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 lohud football rankings
1. Stepinac (4-0) — The CHSFL’s ”AAA” has begun the season with plenty of uncertainty. For its part, Stepinac has kept winning despite knee injuries to two of its best players, DeVante Reid and Trill Williams. Friday night’s game at St. Anthony’s should be another challenge. It’s a tough place to play, even with QB Bo Waters out of the lineup. It’s early, but these teams will no doubt help decide the league title.
2. New Rochelle (5-0) — The Huguenots will host rival White Plains, but they have already really distanced themselves from the competition. Going on the road and winning by three touchdowns against a 4-0 team despite six turnovers is something that just doesn’t happen.
3. Iona Prep (2-2) — Iona Prep will be in Queens Sunday to visit Christ the King, which has some of the CHSFL’s best athletes. That’s not hyperbole: Christ the King already beat St. Anthony’s. Iona has proven it can move the ball on anyone and not just during its current two-game winning streak.
4. Yorktown (5-0) — With Rye falling last week, Yorktown becomes the new Class A favorite. The Huskers faltered early, but they finished strong against an underrated Sleepy Hollow team last week. What makes them good are their weaknesses — or apparent lack thereof.
5. Arlington (5-0) — With a road game at Fox Lane on Saturday, Arlington can complete a perfect regular season and put itself in prime playoff position. The biggest positive about the Admirals is that they’ve appeared to improve every week so far.
6. John Jay-East Fishkill (4-1) — The Patriots have rebounded from their only loss to win their last two games by a combined score of 75-14. They visit 2-3 Mahopac on Friday, so a three-game winning streak to enter the playoffs is a real possibility for last year’s Class AA runner-up.
7. Clarkstown South (4-1) — There were plenty of positives for South, which was very competitive in last week’s loss to New Rochelle. The Vikings also needed six turnovers and still lost by three touchdowns. They’ll have to regroup this week with a very good Scarsdale team coming to town.
8. Brewster (5-0) — The most impressive part of Brewster’s upset of Rye was how its defense performed. Rye might not have been at its best, but Brewster was a major reason why.
9. Rye (4-1) — The Garnets will need quarterback T.J. Lavelle (shoulder) to return if they want to regain top form. He has really improved since last season and his passing really opens up Rye’s offense.
10. Somers (4-1) — If Somers beats Pearl River this week as expected, it will enter the playoffs with five lopsided wins and one fairly lopsided loss. At some point, the Tuskers will find out how they fare in a tight game, but that point might come with their season on the line.
On the bubble: Scarsdale (4-1), Spring Valley (4-1), Clarkstown North (5-1), Carmel (3-2), Lourdes (3-2).
Class AA — 1. New Rochelle, 2. Arlington, 3. John Jay-East Fishkill, 4. Clarkstown South, 5. Scarsdale, 6. Clarkstown North, 7. Spring Valley, 8. Carmel, 9. Port Chester, 10. Fox Lane.
Class A — 1. Yorktown, 2. Brewster, 3. Rye, 4. Somers, 5. Lourdes, 6. John Jay, 7. Hen Hud, 8. Tappan Zee, 9. Eastchester, 10. Panas.
Class B — 1. Westlake, 2. Pleasantville, 3. Valhalla, 4. Ardsley, 5. Nanuet.
Class C/D — 1. Woodlands, 2. Dobbs Ferry, 3. Rye Neck, 4. Bronxville, 5. Tuckahoe.
Catholic/Private — 1. Stepinac, 2. Iona Prep, 3. Rye Country Day, 4. Hackley, 5. Kennedy.