There were only six games this week, but with the increased stakes there were plenty of players who shined.
Here’s a look at the best of the best…
• Mark White, Stepinac: The junior QB ran for 103 yards and two TDs, including the winning score in overtime of a 27-21 upset of Xaverian in the CHSFL AAA semifinals.
• Tim Soave, Dobbs Ferry: The sophomore fullback had 131 yards rushing on 13 carries in a 47-13 win over O’Neill in the Class C state quarterfinals.
10. Tom Ginty, North Rockland: The senior rushed for 112 yards on 14 carries in North Rockland’s 13-10 2 OT loss to Shenendehowa in the Class AA state quarterfinals.
9. Brian Crosby, Sacred Heart: In a 26-8 win over Harvey in the Hudson Valley Bowl, Crosby completed 8 of 9 passes for 101 yards to become the first Sacred Heart player to surpass 1,000 passing yards in a season.
8. Garfield Heslop and Vincent Narog, Stepinac: Along with No. 1, Heslop and Narog were dominant crashing into the Xaverian backfield and setting the edge for the Stepinac defense. Heslop had a sack and recovered the fumble and Narog scored on a 75-yard touchdown run and forced a fumble on the final play of the game.
7. Nick Grous, Croton-Harmon: The junior running back rushed for 165 yards and three TDs in Croton’s 46-3 victory over Marlboro in the Class B state quarterfinals.
6. Garrett Washington, Rye Country Day: The senior QB passed for 150 yards and rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-6 win over Hackley. He helped the Wildcats finish 9-0 and clinch the outright Fairchester Athletic Association championship.
5. Mike Caputo, North Rockland: At all of 5-foot-8, 165 pounds, the senior defensive end was a terror on third down, recording three sacks for the Red Raider defense in a 16-13 loss to Shenendehowa in the Class AA state quarterfinals.
4. Dan Fischer, Iona Prep: The senior had two more interceptions — including one with two minutes remaining and his team down four points — in the Gaels’ 14-10 loss at St. Anthony’s.
3. Croton-Harmon defense: The Tigers completed locked up Marlboro, holding the Dukes to just seven yards of offense in a dominant 46-3 victory in the Class B state quarterfinals. Kyle Ricciardi and Alex Bowser each had a sack and Tyler Gilman had an interception for Croton.
2. Eddie Ritch, Dobbs Ferry: The senior running back had 252 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries in Dobbs’ 47-13 victory over O’Neill in the Class C state quarterfinals.
1. Austin Taps, Stepinac: The senior defensive end continued his torrid finish at the perfect time for the Crusaders. He was a physically dominant presence, recording 13 tackles and two sacks to hold Xaverian’s high-powered offense at bay and lift Stepinac to a 27-21 OT win in the CHSFL AAA semifinals.