Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Final football rankings
I've received a lot of nice compliments from readers this week. Now, you can call go back to hating me.
Here are the final Varsity Insider rankings for the football season. The rankings have been fun to do and have created such good debate. We'll never settle this Section 1 vs. CHSFL rift, but I'd love to hear suggestions for next season on what we could do to make them better.
1. New Rochelle: The champs deserve to stay on top, even if its season ended with a tough defeat.
2. Ossining: The way this team was playing in the four weeks leading up to the Lansingburgh game, I put them on the field with anybody and them a chance to win. The defense was so big and physical.
3. Iona Prep: Let the criticism begin. There's really no hope for me winning this argument anyway. But this the Gaels team was excellent and they deserve to be this high.
4. Stepinac: What more can you say about what this team did? They won 10 games, a CHSFL championship, and overcame a litany of injuries to get past a White Plains team that had four weeks to prepare for them. Stepinac had three days.
5. North Rockland: I love teams that exceed expectations and this team certainly did. No superstars, just 11 solid football players on both sides of the ball.
6. Mount St. Michael: A .500 record does this team no justice. If a Section 1 team came back and beat two teams in the postseason that they lost to during the regular season, and was minutes from beating a six-time defending champ, we'd call for them to be higher. The Mounties are this good and unfortunately many didn't get to see them play.
7. Clarkstown South: Getting to the sectional semifinals and winning a bowl game is definitely not something you should overlook. The Vikings, playing in AA despite a ton of two-way starters, overcame some midseason struggles and showed a lot of poise. I'll always have respect for this team.
8. John Jay: Losing two games to end the season is a little unsettling for a team that had as good a shot as any to win a title. But you can't blame them for coming out flat against South after losing to New Rochelle in what many called the 'sectional final'. A great season nonetheless.
9. Fox Lane: Take away a 41-0 loss in the Class A final to arguably the section hottest team, and the Foxes really accomplished a lot this season. And it wasn't all because they had one of the most talented player in Mike Mathews. This team had a lot of different dimensions.
10. Eastchester: The Cinderella team of 2007. The Eagles lost one game, falling to Fox Lane in the Class A semis. But that doesn't outshine beating Harrison and Somers in the same year. Can they keep the momentum going?
Honorable mention: Fordham Prep; Somers; Mount Vernon; Yorktown; Carmel; Mamaroneck.
1. Rye: State champs. Enough said.
2. Sleepy Hollow: Second best team in the state. Enough said.
3. Dobbs Ferry: Don't let the state final skew your memory of this team. These Eagles were as dominant as anyone.
4. Rye Country Day: We dropped the ball on this team all season. It was a special group and one that will be a contender for years to come.
5. Pleasantville: The Panthers sound, well-coached team that was simply stuck in a conference with two juggernauts.
Rankings by conference
1. New Rochelle
2. North Rockland
3. Clarkstown South
4. John Jay
5. Mount Vernon
2. Fox Lane
2. Sleepy Hollow
1. Dobbs Ferry
3. Rye Neck
1. Iona Prep
3. Mount St. Michael
4. Fordham Prep
1. Rye Country Day
4. Sacred Heart