Week 2 lohud football rankings
1. Stepinac (0-0) — The Crusaders were idle last week after starting their season a week behind the public schools. They’ll face one of the region’s best Friday night when they host Section 9 Cornwall, but the Green Dragons struggled in a 40-27 loss to Middletown in their opener. Stepinac is another step up in competition.
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2. New Rochelle (1-0) — Although the Huguenots had a few issues in a 34-13 season-opening win over North Rockland, they are going to be all sorts of trouble for Class AA foes by season’s end. Their top-end talent matches up with any team in the area. The scariest part is most of New Rochelle’s stars are sophomores and juniors.
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3. John Jay-East Fishkill (1-0) — Any questions about how strong John Jay would be without departed QB Ryan Schumacher were answered quickly against Ossining. The Patriots rolled up 33 points in the first half of their 46-20 win at Ossining. They’re going to be fine.
4. Iona Prep (0-0) — Iona Prep was idle last week, but the Gaels have a major test this week on the road at Brunswick, one of the tri-state’s best non-public schools (not including the Jersey schools, of course). Their skill players should be OK, but the Gaels must prove they can withstand the physical test and come away from the game healthy for Stepinac.
5. Rye (1-0) — Forget about Harrison’s result last week. Rye would enter this week as a formidable opponent for anyone after its 42-7 rout at Beacon. The Garnets are loaded at the skill positions and will be the heavy favorite for the 87th playing of “The Game.”
6. Somers (1-0) — Messiah Horne and the stable of backs behind him had a huge opening week, but watch out for quarterback Kevin Olifers. The junior has a year of experience behind him and opened up with an efficient 7-for-10, 130-yard, two-touchdown day. He could be a difference-maker all season for the Tuskers, who host Sleepy Hollow Friday night in their home opener.
7. Yorktown (1-0) — Brett Makar’s debut as the starting running back was both notable and productive, but Yorktown was pretty good throughout its lineup in Friday’s win at John Jay. Both the defense and special teams had special moments. Already, the Huskers’ Week 3 clash with Somers looms as a marquee Class A game.
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8. Ketcham (1-0) — Several opposing coaches had spread the buzz about Ketcham and the Indians more than lived up to it, rolling past Mahopac 40-23. The key for Ketcham will be consistency, the lack of which has doomed a few promising seasons in recent years.
9. Scarsdale (1-0) — The Raiders probably had the surprise result of the week in Section 1 — even if they won. Mount Vernon gave them everything they could handle, but Scarsdale ultimately secured a 28-26 victory. If the Raiders took the Knights likely at all, they shouldn’t have to worry about a repeat against rival Mamaroneck. The game will have plenty of meaning for the schools.
10. Clarkstown South (1-0) — Like Scarsdale, South received some rave preseason reviews but it had to squeak out a close victory in Week 1. The Vikings will need a better offensive effort against North Rockland, which appeared better than the score would indicate in a three-touchdown loss to New Rochelle.
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On the bubble: Brewster (1-0), Arlington (1-0).
Class AA — 1. New Rochelle, 2. John Jay-East Fishkill, 3. Scarsdale, 4. Clarkstown South, 5. Ketcham, 6. Arlington, 7. Spring Valley, 8. North Rockland, 9. Clarkstown North, 10. Carmel.
Class A — 1. Rye, 2. Somers, 3. Yorktown, 4. Brewster, 5. Lourdes, 6. Pearl River, 7. Sleepy Hollow, 8. Eastchester, 9. Hen Hud, 10. Tappan Zee.
Class B — 1. Westlake, 2. Nanuet, 3. Pleasantville, 4. Ardsley, 5. Valhalla.
Class C/D — 1. Woodlands, 2. Rye Neck, 3. Dobbs Ferry, 4. Bronxville, 5. Tuckahoe.
Catholic/Private — 1. Stepinac, 2. Iona Prep, 3. Rye Country Day, 4. Hackley, 5. Kennedy.