Football Rankings: WE/HV
By Kevin Devaney Jr. | Wednesday, August 10, 2011
MSG Varsity football expert Kevin Devaney Jr. offers his Pre-Camp Rankings for football across the Hudson Valley
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Westchester/Hudson Valley Top 10
1. New Rochelle:
Despite losing 15 starters, the five-time Section 1 champs looked way ahead of schedule last week at Champions Camp. Don’t expect the usual slow start from this group.
For those who think the Crusaders are in for a rude awakening moving up to the CHSFL AAA Division, think again. There are many people who believe this Stepinac team could be even better than last year’s.
We’re going to find out how much the graduation of running back Trevor Officer means to this team very quickly. But this is a program that reloads every year. They’ll find someone to fill his shoes.
4. White Plains:
There’s as much buzz about this White Plains team than I’ve seen in 12 years. If they’re finally going to end the drought against rival New Rochelle, this could be their best chance.
5. Horace Greeley:
It’s hard not to label the Quakers the favorite in Class A in Section 1 when they have the section’s best player, quarterback Justin Ciero. But winning this championship will be a difficult task.
Graduation hit this team hard in spots, but the core is returning for the Section 9 Class A champs. Wallkill should be headed for another grudge match with rival Cornwall.
7. Iona Prep:
The Gaels have question marks. But c’mon, it’s still Iona Prep. If the talented young core of players, led by running back Chris Cooper, can mature quickly, Iona will contend again in the CHSFL.
You can say I’m not giving the Huskies enough respect after they went to the Class A state championship game. But losing the interior of the offensive line and their best two play-makers on offense might be tough to overcome.
Few people put much stock into 7-on-7s. But Rye not only looked mighty good at New Canaan last month, they’re clearly a confident and determined group. Look for QB Jake Meyerson to keep the offense moving.
Many coaches I’ve spoken to believe Somers is the most complete team in a crowded field of Class A contenders. I can’t totally buy in when you lose your best two-way lineman and quarterback. But I think the Tuskers have considerable potential.
Honorable mention: Cornwall; Poughkeepsie; Arlington; John Jay; Mahopac; Ossining; Croton-Harmon.