Each week, Josh Thomson will give his predictions on every high school football game in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties. That will include highlighting the five games of the week. Leave your thoughts on this week’s games in the comments, e-mail Josh at email@example.com, or reach Josh on Twitter @lohudinsider.
Week 1: Coach of the Week
Week 1: Player of the Week
Week 1 rewind: High school football scoreboard, Sept. 2-3
Week 2 Games of the Week —
Friday, Sept. 9
Scarsdale at Mamaroneck, 7 p.m. — There are several local rivalries that are thankfully being renewed this week. The Class AA football schedule has a geographical bent this year, and games like this are the byproduct of that. Scarsdale got all it could handle from Mount Vernon last week, but that might say just as much about Mount Vernon as it does about the Raiders. I expect them to bounce back against a Mamaroneck team that is still finding itself. The pick: Scarsdale 35, Mamaroneck 20.
Cornwall at Stepinac, 7 p.m. — This should be a marquee game across the state and in many ways it is. But Cornwall lost last week to Middletown, a good-but-rarely-elite Section 9 team. That doesn’t bode well for its visit to Stepinac, which is one of the state’s top programs right now regardless of class. Expect Stepinac’s speed and athleticism to be far too much. The pick: Stepinac 42, Cornwall 14.
Spring Valley at Fox Lane, 7 p.m. — Spring Valley’s star QB Ori Jean-Charles sat out the second half of last week’s win over Greeley with a knee injury and is questionable for this week’s game. His absence would be a real difference-maker, but Spring Valley played well enough without Jean-Charles last week. That was thanks in large part to Tyreke Smith (four TDs) and his offensive line. If necessary, that should be enough again this week against a team that squeaked by Port Chester in Week 1. The pick: Spring Valley 26, Fox Lane 14.
Saturday, Sept. 10
Harrison at Rye, 11 a.m. — Rye-Harrison can often lead to some unexpected results — even if the actual outcome is the expected one. Harrison played Rye close the last three regular seasons despite Rye entering as the No. 1 or No. 2-ranked team in Class A at the time. Here are those scores: 8-2, 24-13, and (a closer-than-it-indicates) 28-14. It might be hard to fathom something similar, especially after Rye won 42-7 at Beacon and Harrison lost an early lead and fell to a depleted Eastchester team, but don’t get fooled. Harrison has experience and physicality up front, which Rye lacks. Although the Garnets boast a major edge at the skill positions, they’ll need to win some battles at the line of scrimmage to win. They probably will, but it won’t be easy. It almost never is. The pick: Rye 21, Harrison 13.
Clarkstown South at North Rockland, 1:30 p.m. — This is a very difficult game to call. South needed every bit of four quarters to defeat rival North, while North Rockland started strong before fading against New Rochelle. Both came out of Week 1 with uneven grades. Despite the loss, I thought North Rockland looked pretty dangerous with Dylan Senatore and a four-wide receiver attack. This pick will side against my rankings, but I think the Red Raiders will prove tough enough at home to prevail. The pick: North Rockland 21, Clarkstown South 14.
Other Week 2 games:
Friday, Sept. 9
Ketcham at Arlington, 6 p.m. — Ketcham 30, Arlington 20
Suffern at White Plains, 6:30 p.m. — White Plains 20, Suffern 13
Panas at John Jay, 6:30 p.m. — John Jay 34, Panas 27
Valhalla at Putnam Valley, 7 p.m. — Valhalla 19, Putnam Valley 12
Eastchester at Lourdes, 7 p.m. — Lourdes 26, Eastchester 13
Byram Hills at Brewster, 7 p.m. — Brewster 44, Byram Hills 13
Lincoln at Hen Hud, 7 p.m. — Hen Hud 48, Lincoln 12
Pearl River at Yorktown, 7 p.m. — Yorktown 35, Pearl River 21
Sleepy Hollow at Somers, 7 p.m. — Somers 42, Sleepy Hollow 20
Tappan Zee at Lakeland, 7 p.m. — Tappan Zee 26, Lakeland 21
Carmel at John Jay-East Fishkill, 7 p.m. — John Jay-East Fishkill 28, Carmel 14
Greeley at Mahopac, 7 p.m. — Mahopac 33, Greeley 14
Port Chester at Ossining, 7 p.m. — Ossining 27, Port Chester 12
Clarsktown North at Ramapo at Torne Valley Field, 7 p.m. — Clarkstown North 22, Ramapo 13
Long Island Lutheran at Nyack, 7:30 p.m. — Nyack 26, Long Island Lutheran 14
Saturday, Sept. 10
Moore Catholic at Kennedy, 12 p.m. — Moore Catholic 23, Kennedy 13
Tuckahoe at Haldane, 1 p.m. — Tuckahoe 22, Haldane 14
Yonkers Montessori at Albertus Magnus, 1:30 p.m. — Albertus Magnus 40, YMA 13
Edgemont at Croton-Harmon, 1:30 p.m. — Edgemont 22, Croton-Harmon 14
Beacon at Peekskill, 1:30 p.m. — Beacon 30, Peekskill 15
Riverside at Gorton (Riverside home game), 1:30 p.m. — Gorton 41, Riverside 19
Palisade Prep at Yonkers at Lincoln HS, 1:30 p.m. — Yonkers 19, Palisade Prep 6
Roosevelt at Saunders, 1:30 p.m. — Saunders 33, Roosevelt 12
Mount Vernon at New Rochelle, 1:30 p.m. — New Rochelle 42, Mount Vernon 13
Westlake at Ardsley, 2 p.m. — Westlake 20, Ardsley 7
Fieldston at Rye Neck, 2 p.m. — Rye Neck 34, Fieldston 7
Nanuet at Irvington, 2 p.m. — Nanuet 20, Irvington 7
Dobbs Ferry at Woodlands, 2:30 p.m. — Woodlands 33, Dobbs Ferry 27
Hastings at Briarcliff/Hamilton at Briarcliff HS, 2:30 p.m. — Briarcliff/Hamilton 28, Hastings 6
Hackley at Bronxville, 3 p.m. — Hackley 34, Bronxville 21
Pleasantville at Blind Brook, 3 p.m. — Pleasantville 19, Blind Brook 6
Pelham at Port Washington, 3 p.m. — Pelham 27, Port Washington 20
Iona Prep at Brunswick 4 p.m. — Brunswick 35, Iona Prep 27