Week 8 lohud football rankings
1. New Rochelle (7-0) — The Huguenots have not really been tested all season. If that keeps up Friday night against Carmel, which enters on a five-game winning streak, it could be a long postseason for the rest of Class AA.
2. Stepinac (4-2) — The Crusaders will maintain their hold on the No. 2 spot over Iona Prep for now, but they certainly don’t look as dangerous offensively since Trill Williams (knee) was lost for the season. They can still run the ball effectively with Antonio Giannico and Jonathan Gomez, but they’ll need more explosive plays to keep up with the CHSFL’s best.
3. Iona Prep (3-3) — Don’t be surprised if Mike Apostolopoulos, Mike DeGasperis, Rodney Samson Jr., Johnryan Freeman and Ki’shyne Shipmon continue to post big numbers. The Gaels might not be truly tested again until the CHSFL’s “AA” final.
4. Arlington (7-0) — Arlington has had a magical season under first-year coach Michael Morano, but losing QB Austin Heck for the season to a broken leg won’t be easy to overcome. North Rockland will come to Dutchess upset-minded for Friday’s quarterfinal.
5. Yorktown (7-0) — Taking Sleepy Hollow’s best shot during their regular-season meeting might be the best thing that happened to the Huskers. They shouldn’t be complacent in Friday night’s playoff rematch with the Headless Horsemen.
6. John Jay-East Fishkill (6-1) — With Heck out for the season, the Patriots might be the favorite to reach the final out of their side of the draw. They can’t look past Friday’s quarterfinal with Scarsdale, which has plenty of big-play ability.
7. Clarkstown South (6-1) — Spring Valley has had plenty of magic this season and will enter Friday’s quarterfinal with another shot of confidence after it beat Fox Lane on a last-second field goal. To avoid feeling the wrath of the Tigers’ 2016 mojo, South would be advised to try to take control early.
8. Brewster (7-0) — The Brewster defense has allowed 102 points this season, but 49 of them came during a 56-49 win at Hen Hud on Sept. 16. The Sailors might have wanted a rematch, but the Bears have plenty to prove Friday night, too.
9. Somers (6-1) — The Tuskers believe they have improved since early this season and now will be their chance to prove it. Even at home, Lourdes will not be an easy out Friday night.
10. Lourdes (5-2) — The Warriors survived a scare from Panas in last week’s 7-0 win. That gave them a chance to defend their Class A title, but it won’t be easy. Lourdes could have to beat both Somers and Brewster on the road to even reach another final.
On the bubble: Carmel (5-2), Scarsdale (5-2), Spring Valley (6-1), Rye (5-2), Hen Hud (5-2).
Class AA — 1. New Rochelle, 2. Arlington, 3. John Jay-East Fishkill, 4. Clarkstown South, 5. Scarsdale, 6. Spring Valley, 7. Carmel, 8. North Rockland, 9. Clarkstown North, 10. Fox Lane.
Class A — 1. Yorktown, 2. Brewster, 3. Somers, 4. Lourdes, 5. Rye, 6. John Jay, 7. Hen Hud, 8. Tappan Zee, 9. Sleepy Hollow, 10. Panas.
Class B — 1. Pleasantville, 2. Westlake, 3. Nanuet, 4. Albertus Magnus, 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.
Previous 2016 rankings
Preseason: Stepinac begins where it ended — No. 1 again