With both the Section 1 and CHSFL playoffs in full swing, here’s a look at last weekend’s top performances:
1. Andrew Livingston and Tim DeGraw, Rye: The two seniors have had terrific careers, but they’ve never been better in a bigger situation than they were on Saturday. Livingston was a near-perfect 8 for 11 for 257 yards and three scores, all of them to DeGraw, who had four catches for 183 yards, including touchdowns of 64, 54 and 56 yards. The 64-yarder was his best, a screen pass where he received a block and just took off. Livingston had three terrific throws: the 54 and 56-yarders, the first of which broke Section 1’s all-time passing record, and a deep ball to Drew Abate thrown as a Yorktown defender launched into his chest. Livingston also added a pair of rushing TDs in the 35-14 victory.
2. Enoch Penney-Laryea, Tuckahoe: The big senior played with a purpose Saturday. He dominated the game on both sides of scrimmage, recording four sacks and running for 225 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries. That included a 99-yarder to end the first half. It was a devastating performance.
3. Dylan Mucci, Iona Prep: It’s been a huge senior season for the former backup safety, but his biggest day came Sunday. Mucci caught five passes for 114 yards and three touchdowns, including a 14-yard score where he reached through a defender to snare a pass with one hand.
4. Nick Santavicca, Yorktown: With his team in a deep early hole, Santavicca continued to attack, racking up 26 carries for 200 yards. The explosive junior also had three catches for 45 yards, but the Huskers fell to Rye, 35-14, in Saturday’s Class A championship.
5. Malcolm Major, Stepinac: The senior had a relatively modest 13 carries for 79 yards on the ground, but he made big plays throughout the Crusaders’ 36-22 victory over Cardinal Hayes. Major piled up 253 all-purpose yards, including a 67-yard kickoff return immediately after Hayes tied the score late in the third quarter. It led to Stepinac’s go-ahead touchdown. Major added a score on the ground for insurance in the fourth.
6. Robert Madison, Iona Prep: It was an erratic start for Madison, who threw incomplete on his first eight passes. But the senior settled into a rhythm, completing 17 of 24 for 292 yards and five touchdowns in the rest of Iona Prep’s 41-6 thrashing of Holy Trinity.
7. Sam Lubeck, Rye: The senior, perhaps Rye’s most overlooked player, has been a steadying force for a young defense all season. He served that role again on Saturday, making plays all game from his inside linebacker position. He also caught a long pass to set up Rye’s second touchdown.
8. Jaychar Howell, Stepinac: In a game where Stepinac’s offense couldn’t take care of the football, Howell had a knack for taking it back from Hayes. The junior had an interception and recovered a fumble to help the Crusaders pull away, 36-22.
9. Chris Corrado, Tuckahoe: The little junior played big again, recording a pair of interceptions and racking up 141 all-purpose yards as the Tigers pulled away from Haldane early, winning the Class D title 40-0 on Saturday.
10. Andrew Geni, Stepinac: The 5-foot-7, 140-pound senior again proved his hands more than make up for what he lacks in size. Geni caught six passes for 81 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Stepinac’s 36-22 victory.