2016 preseason rankings: Stepinac begins where it ended — No. 1 again
Week 2 rankings: After near-stumbles, Scarsdale, South remain in Top 10
Week 3 rankings: No. 1 Stepinac set to tussle with No. 3 Iona Prep
Week 4 rankings: Yorktown, Clarkstown South rise in rankings
Week 5 rankings: Six ranked teams to meet Friday in battle of unbeatens
Week 6 rankings: Top-ranked Stepinac, Iona Prep face tough road tests
Week 7 lohud football rankings
1. New Rochelle (6-0) — Stepinac has been perched atop the local football mountain every week since 2013. That has finally changed with the Huguenots reclaiming a throne that has so often been theirs. They are a deserving No. 1 based on a dominant regular season and high-level talent, led by Romeo Holden, who has developed into arguably Section 1’s best playmaker.
2. Stepinac (4-1) — The Crusaders saw their 28-game league winning streak end in the league’s toughest venue: on the road at St. Anthony’s. Part of what has made Stepinac more vulnerable than in the past has been the loss of its two best two-way players, Trill Williams and DeVante Reid, so the team will need others to fill their void.
3. Iona Prep (2-3) — The Gaels were just a half away from having some real evidence that they had the CHSFL’s best team, but their offense was shut down and shut out in the second half of Sunday’s 25-16 loss to Christ the King. But don’t be fooled: Iona Prep will contend for a league title next month.
4. Arlington (6-0) — Of Arlington’s six wins, Saturday’s defeat of Fox Lane wasn’t its most impressive. Still, the Admirals earned their No. 1 seed in the Class AA playoffs by surviving Section 1’s toughest league. They should be prepared to make a deep playoff run.
5. Yorktown (6-0) — It’s hard to imagine Yorktown facing a serious threat the next two weeks, but the Huskers now might have to go through their playoff adversary, Rye, to reach the Class A final.
6. John Jay-East Fishkill (5-1) — The Patriots have returned to a power game led by running back Danny Dietrich. They will try to mash their way to a Class AA title. That might now include a semifinal rematch with Arlington, the only team to beat them this season.
7. Clarkstown South (5-1) — The Vikings can beat opponents in a number of ways, as they proved against last week against Scarsdale. Their defense is opportunistic and their offense is balanced. In fact, they might have more playmakers than any team in Class AA outside of New Rochelle.
8. Brewster (6-0) — If Henry Terry runs like he did Saturday against Eastchester and protects the football, Brewster will have a chance to win Class A. Really good opponents will be able to make the Bears pay if they can’t establish more on offense than Jack Guida. Terry could be the answer to that problem.
9. Somers (5-1) — If you haven’t seen it, give yourself a peek at what Matt Pires did to the Pearl River defense last week. The senior wideout has been terrific this season, scoring on nine of the 15 passes completed to him.
10. Lourdes (4-2) — The Warriors are back in the top 10 thanks to the play of Joe Scaglione, who is now healthy, and Jaheim Jones, a sophomore who is very explosive. They will be a handful in the playoffs.
On the bubble: Carmel (4-2), Scarsdale (4-2), Spring Valley (5-1), Rye (4-2), Hen Hud (4-2).
Class AA — 1. New Rochelle, 2. Arlington, 3. John Jay-East Fishkill, 4. Clarkstown South, 5. Scarsdale, 6. Spring Valley, 7. Carmel, 8. Clarkstown North, 9. North Rockland, 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. Eastchester, 10. Panas.
Class B — 1. Westlake, 2. Pleasantville, 3. Ardsley, 4. Valhalla, 5. Nanuet.
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.