2016 preseason rankings: Stepinac begins where it ended — No. 1 again
Week 2 rankings: After near-stumbles, Scarsdale, South remain in Top 10
Week 3 rankings: No. 1 Stepinac set to tussle with No. 3 Iona Prep
Week 4 lohud football rankings
1. Stepinac (2-0) — The Crusaders might not be as dynamic as they were the last two years, but they are still capable of big things. They did take a hit on both sides of the ball by losing senior DeVante Reid, a two-way starter who will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. The Super 11 pick was injured in the first half against Cornwall two weeks ago.
Week 3 rewind: Stepinac needs fifth-down stop in 42-34 defeat of Iona
2. New Rochelle (3-0) — The Huguenots rolled past Scarsdale last week behind two more touchdowns of 50-plus yards by junior Romeo Holden. He is a prime example of their top-end talent, which is as good as any team’s in the area.
3. Iona Prep (0-2) — After an 0-2 start, the Gaels can legitimately run the table. After dropping into the CHSFL’s ”AA” division, they are the clear favorite to win a title. Transfers Michael DeGasparis (Briarcliff), Ki’shyne Shipmon (Yonkers Montessori) and Matt DiSanto (White Plains) have bolstered what was already a talented junior class.
4. Rye (3-0) — The Rye offense has been scary so far. An improved T.J. Lavelle has given the Garnets a dynamic passing game. The running game didn’t miss a beat during last week’s win at Lourdes with backup Will Tepedino rumbling for a pair of scores.
5. Yorktown (3-0) — The Huskers outplayed Somers in every way in front of a packed house last Friday. They are a very complete team with plenty of skill players to supplement star QB Jose Boyer, stout linemen on both sides of scrimmage and an excellent linebacking corps.
Week 3 rewind: Yorktown overcomes second-half setback to top Somers
6. Arlington (3-0) — The Admirals beat John Jay for the first time in eight years last week and now appear to be a serious Class AA challenger. Michael Morano has kept the program on the right track in his head-coaching debut.
7. Clarkstown South (3-0) — The Vikings have a chance to reach 4-0 this week at Ramapo, but a matchup with fellow unbeaten New Rochelle looms on Sept. 30.
Week 3 rewind:Matt Jung and Clarkstown South improve to 3-0
8. John Jay-East Fishkill (2-1) — The Patriots lost to Arlington last week, but they won’t have long to regroup. They’ll host Ketcham Friday in an intradistrict rivalry game.
9. Somers (2-1) — The Tuskers had trouble protecting their quarterback and running backs in last week’s loss at Yorktown and never found much of an offensive rhythm. The schedule doesn’t get much easier this week when they host John Jay.
10. Brewster (3-0) — Last week’s spectacular win at Hen Hud should do wonders for the Bears, who have Lincoln before hosting Rye the following week in what could be an intriguing matchup of unbeatens.
Week 3 rewind: Guida’s eight TDs wills Brewster to remarkable 56-49 win
On the bubble: Scarsdale (2-1), Spring Valley (3-0), Clarkstown North (2-1).
Class AA — 1. New Rochelle, 2. Arlington, 3. Clarkstown South, 4. John Jay-East Fishkill, 5. Scarsdale, 6. Spring Valley, 7. Clarkstown North, 8. Carmel, 9. North Rockland, 10. Port Chester.
Class A — 1. Rye, 2. Yorktown, 3. Somers, 4. Brewster, 5. Lourdes, 6. John Jay, 7. Hen Hud, 8. Pearl River, 9. Eastchester, 10. Panas.
Class B — 1. Westlake, 2. Nanuet, 3. Pleasantville, 4. Valhalla, 5. Ardsley.
Class C/D — 1. Woodlands, 2. Dobbs Ferry, 3. Bronxville, 4. Rye Neck, 5. Tuckahoe.
Catholic/Private — 1. Stepinac, 2. Iona Prep, 3. Rye Country Day, 4. Hackley, 5. Kennedy.