After a one-week hiatus last week, the rankings have returned. You can expect to see them every Tuesday from now until the end of the regular season.
Let me know what you think…
1. Stepinac (2-0). The Crusaders looked every bit like the area’s top team last Saturday, albeit against a Monroe-Woodbury team depleted by graduation. Still, that’s a great win for the Stepinac program. Outside of New Rochelle and Iona Prep, Monroe has been the best program in the region these last 10 years.
2. New Rochelle (2-0). The Huguenots receive their first real test Friday night. I expect they’ll be ready. John Jay will not pass all over them like it did Mahopac.
3. Iona Prep (1-1). It sounded like a wild game last Friday night down in Maryland. That the Gaels were in it with their backup QB was impressive. St. Frances is certainly ambitious; it heads north this week to play Paramus Catholic. As for the QB, I’m hearing Iona could get Robert Madison (broken leg) back next week.
4. John Jay-East Fishkill (2-0). I was surprised Mahopac had so much success offensively last week. That says a lot about Mahopac for sure, but it also suggests John Jay still has strides to make defensively. Better make them quickly.
5. Scarsdale (2-0). I can’t gloat too much about Scarsdale’s effort because I ultimately picked the Raiders to lose. I just wasn’t surprised they were right in it. This team is loaded with athletes. Who in their right mind is going to kick it to James Nicholas now?
6. North Rockland (1-1). Offensive mistakes proved costly again for the Red Raiders. If they’re allowing four touchdowns in a game against top opponents, it’s going to be trouble.
7. Yorktown (2-0). Well, as I said, if Yorktown competes with Somers, we have to take the ‘Huskers serious as contenders. Well, I guess that means it’s past time for them to earn that label. I think Mike Rescigno underestimated his team (or pretended to) in the preseason.
8. Somers (1-1). A slice of humble pie may be what the Tuskers needed. However, Yorktown clearly exposed them up front, which, not surprisingly, was the chief area of concern heading into the season.
9. Mahopac (1-1). The Indians were very impressive in defeat, rallying from two touchdowns down to take the lead. Sounds like QB Dan Foley will be a factor the next two seasons.
10. Arlington (1-1). If Arlington is truly a Top 10 team, it could win out the rest of the regular season. Three of its four remaining games are at home after this week’s trip to White Plains and none of my Top 6 in Class AA are on the list.
On the bubble: Rye (2-0), John Jay (2-0), Sleepy Hollow (2-0), Clarkstown South (2-0).
CLASS AA. The top two teams meet Friday night at City Park in New Ro.
1. New Rochelle
2. John Jay-East Fishkill
4. North Rockland
7. Clarkstown South
8. Horace Greeley
9. Clarkstown North
CLASS A. Good thing I was out on paternity leave last week. I probably wouldn’t have had Yorktown any higher than No. 6. Oops.
4. John Jay
5. Sleepy Hollow
CLASS B. The race for the final playoff spot will be heated, but I like the Top 3 to finish as the Top 3 for the second straight year.
1. Our Lady of Lourdes
7. Putnam Valley
CLASS C/D. A clash between Nos. 1 and 2 awaits in Week 4. First, Bronxville will have to go on the road Saturday night to play Tuckahoe.
1. Rye Neck
5. Dobbs Ferry
6. Blind Brook
8. Yonkers Montessori
CATHOLIC/PRIVATE. It’s tight between RCDS and Hackley, but I’ll give the Wildcats the edge after a strong effort against Lourdes (albeit in defeat).
2. Iona Prep
3. Rye Country Day