Each week, I will attempt to predict all of the area’s high school football games. This is a bit of a different week. Several teams are off to surprising 3-0 starts, including the likes of Carmel, Pearl River and Eastchester, which will all be tested this weekend.
Our game coverage will reflect the importance of some of those games. Saturday will also mark a possible preview of the Class B final as contenders Nanuet and Westlake are scheduled to meet.
Here’s the coverage you can expect from us this weekend and where to find Twitter updates on the games:
John Jay-East Fishkill at Scarsdale, 7 p.m.: Josh Thomson (@lohudinisder)
North Rockland at Carmel, 7 p.m.: Nancy Haggerty (@haggertynancy)
Yorktown at Somers, 7:15 p.m.: Mike Dougherty (@hoopsmbd)
Westlake at Nanuet, 1:30 p.m.: Josh Thomson (@lohudinisder)
Harrison at Pearl River, 1:30 p.m.: Mike Dougherty (@hoopsmbd)
Josh Thomson’s 2015 predictions –
Picks of the Week: 14-1 (5-0 last week)
Overall: 77-27 (27-9 last week)
Picks of the Week
Friday, Sept. 25
John Jay-East Fishkill 28, Scarsdale 21: Scarsdale will be in this game throughout, but I’m not sure its defense will be able to stop John Jay consistently enough to win. The Patriots will lean on the Raiders and, I think, wear them out in the end.
New Rochelle 21, Arlington 14: New Ro has already gone on the road to Dutchess and won. To sweep would be pretty impressive, but I expect it. New Ro looked its best last week. Plus, the Huguenots should be motivated after last year’s semifinal loss to Arlington on its home turf.
Carmel 28, North Rockland 13: Considering the way Carmel handled White Plains to open the season, I think the Rams have to enter here as the favorite. North Rockland can’t get dragged into a shootout, so it will need to lock down the high-powered Carmel offense led by Joe Rodriguez and Kwashon Correa in order to win. I don’t see it.
Saturday, Sept. 26
Nanuet 14, Westlake 6: This will be an absolute slugfest. These are veteran teams that play a physical brand of football. Westlake is just three games into John Castellano’s tenure and has been brilliant twice and not-so-brilliant as well. I give Nanuet the edge at home, but the Wildcats should be even better if these teams meet again later this season.
Pearl River 22, Harrison 21: A 3-0 start doesn’t happen often in Pearl River. This one comes with the additional excitement of hosting Harrison, one of Section 1’s most storied programs. Considering the six non-qualifiers in Class A will play for just three playoff spots, this is a key game. Expect it to remain undecided deep into the fourth quarter.
Friday, Sept. 25
Mahopac 21, Horace Greeley 6
Clarkstown North 27, Mamaroneck 7
White Plains 27, Fox Lane 20
Ossining 26, Port Chester 12
Tappan Zee 19, Ramapo 6
Rye 40, Panas 13
Byram Hills 27, Spring Valley 13
Putnam Valley 34, Valhalla 13
Millbrook 29, Rye Neck 13
Dobbs Ferry 33, Dover/Webutuck 6
Yorktown 41, Somers 17
Lourdes 26, Nyack 13
Saturday, Sept. 26
Albertus Magnus 26, Edgemont 18
Harvey 31, Forman 7
Red Hook 20, Woodlands 13
Hackley 33, Tuckahoe 13
Haldane 12, Pawling 6
Cardinal Hayes 34, Iona Prep 20
Clarkstown South 27, Mount Vernon 6
Ardsley 14, Pleasantville 13 (OT)
Irvington 28, Blind Brook 13
Bronxville 27, Yonkers Montessori 19
Briarcliff 13, Hastings 6
Croton 27, Palisade Prep 0
Gorton 39, Roosevelt 7
Riverside 19, Lincoln 7
Peekskill 32, Yonkers 15
Conwell-Egan Catholic (Pa.) 26, Saunders 13
St. Francis Prep 22, Kennedy 7
Beacon 22, Lakeland 21
Eastchester 34, Sleepy Hollow 21
Stepinac 42, Holy Cross 14
Brewster 35, John Jay 27
Ketcham 21, Suffern 6
Hen Hud 38, Pelham 6