By Mike Dougherty
Ready or not, it’s time for the biggest rivalry of the season.
Andrew Livingston and Joe Nannariello were kindergarten quarterbacks the last time Rye and Harrison met this early in the season. It’s a quirk of the new schedule, one that is forcing both schools to adjust the usual Week 2 routine.
“It’s not the next game,” Garnets coach Dino Garr said. “It’s Rye-Harrison. It’s the game.”
And there’s no sense ignoring the maroon and garnet elephant in the room.
Other games of the week:
Stepinac vs. Monroe-Woodbury
When: Saturday, 3 p.m.
Where: Stepinac High School
Key players — Stepinac: Brandon Coleman (5-10, 160), Sr., QB; Gavin Heslop (6-1, 190), Sr., HB/SB/CB; Damarcus Miller (6-1, 180), Sr., WR/LB/SS. Monroe-Woodbury — Brandon Lewis (5-10, 170), Sr., DB; Jesse Kaffenberger (6-0, 170) Sr., WR/DB; Ryan O’Malley (6-2, 180), Jr., QB.
Outlook: Two strong teams will be colliding, one from the CHSFL and the other from Section 9, and it’s going to be very interesting to see what transpires. The Navy-bound Coleman, Heslop and Miller were all Journal News preseason Super 11 selections. Stepinac opened its season last Saturday by blowing out visiting Mansfield, a defending Massachusetts state champ, 42-7. Stepinac made four interceptions, including two by T.J. Morrison. Coleman threw for two touchdowns. “They’re one of the best in New York, better than anyone in Massachusetts right now,” Mansfield coach Mike Redding was quoted as saying afterward in an article posted on thesunchronicle.com. Monroe-Woodbury, which was 12-0 before losing to Aquinas in the Class AA state final last year, opened with a 35-0 win over visiting Holy Cross of Queens last Friday. O’Malley ran for 108 yards and threw for two scores. Kaffenberger caught both touchdown passes and made an interception. Lewis returned an interception for a touchdown. Two years ago, Monroe-Woodbury came to White Plains and beat Stepinac 35-7. Monroe-Woodbury coach Bernie Connolly played for Stepinac and later coached the team from 1984 to 1987.
North Rockland vs. Scarsdale
When: Saturday, 3 p.m.
Where: Scarsdale High School
Key players: North Rockland — Ryan Bakutes (5-11, 165), Sr., QB; Eric Favors (6-0, 235), Sr., NG/OG; Tyler Senatore (5-5, 144), Jr., RB. Scarsdale — Matt Gliatta (5-8, 185), Sr., RB/LB; James Nicholas (6-0, 180), Sr., SB/FB/DB/KR; Giancarlo Cugini (5-7, 160), Sr., QB/DB.
Outlook: Scarsdale is going to have to try to get Favors blocked since he’s such a disruptive force on the defensive line. The Super 11 pick knocked Carmel quarterback Joey Rodriguez out of the game early on last Saturday and the Red Raiders went on to win their opener 28-0. They didn’t allow the Rams to reach 100 yards in total offense. Favors had two sacks. Bakutes threw for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Senatore gave North Rockland balance, rushing for 120 yards and a score. North Rockland will have to be wary of Nicholas. He ran for 25-, 18- and 14-yard touchdowns on the way to a 160-yard day in Scarsdale’s season-opening 27-21 overtime win at Greeley that took two days to complete due to the heat index and lightning.
— Brian Heyman