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FOOTBALL FRIDAY!

HVSR’s Guide To Week 7 Of The 2017 High School Season

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

It’s playoff time.

Officially and unofficially.

Officially, Section 1 Classes AA and A starts Friday and Saturday with the 16-team qualifying round.

Unofficially, it might as well be the postseason on both sides of the river for quite a few games. To wit:

* In Section 1 Class B, Putnam Valley needs a win in its regular-season finale to ensure it is qualified.

* In Section 9 Class B, Marlboro is at New Paltz for the Division I title and No. 1 seed in sectionals; Spackenkill at O’Neill is for the Division II crown; Rondout-Red Hook is for a playoff spot; Liberty-Highland is for a playoff spot.

* In Section 9 Class C, Dover-Pine Plains is for playoff position.

In fact, some coaches will tell you that in terms of qualifying for the postseason, the importance might have actually begun last week – or even the week before.

But now it’s here, and we’re the recipient of what should be some great football over the next month.

So let’s get to the Week 7 edition of Hudson Valley Sports Report’s Football Friday weekly guides.

Each week we will have this all-encompassing overview, as well as separate previews and predictions for every game. The previews/predictions can all be found on our High School Football Page. (NOTE: Previews and predictions for Saturday games will be published on Friday evenings.).

That will be followed by our comprehensive game coverage, including video, stories and photo galleries, as well as the release of our weekly power rankings and a notebook on Sundays.

THE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
Marlboro at New Paltz, 6:30 p.m.
Spackenkill at O’Neill, 6:30 p.m.
Millbrook at Haldane, 7 p.m.
Liberty at Highland, 7 p.m.
Dover at Pine Plains, 7 p.m.
Kingston at Roosevelt, 7 p.m.
Saugerties at Wallkill, 7 p.m.
Newburgh at Middletown, 7 p.m.
Section 1, Class AA Qualifying Round
No. 16 Ossining at No. 1 Arlington, 6 p.m.
No. 14 Mount Vernon at No. 3 John Jay, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Mamaroneck at No. 4 Carmel, 7 p.m.
No. 10 North Rockland at No. 7 Mahopac, 7 p.m.
Section 1, Class A Qualifying Round
No. 15 Brewster at No. 2 Lourdes, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14
Rondout at Red Hook, 1:30 p.m.
Ellenville at Onteora, 1:30 p.m.
Peekskill at Poughkeepsie, 1:30 p.m.
Lincoln at Beacon, 3 p.m.
Putnam Valley at Briarcliff, 3:30 p.m.
Fort Edward at Pawling, at Dietz Stadium, Kingston, 4 p.m.
Section 1, Class AA Qualifying Round
No. 15 Ketcham at No. 2 New Rochelle, 1:30 p.m.

GAMES OF THE WEEK
FRIDAY
* Marlboro at New Paltz – Last two unbeaten teams left in the HVSR coverage area, biggest game of the season to date.

* Spackenkill at O’Neill – Win tonight and win the division, and secure home field through the sectional finals.

* Ossining at Arlington – Not a huge game, per se, given the seeds but the Admirals want to get off to a great start and match whatever No. 2 New Rochelle does – or vice versa.

* Liberty at Highland – Imagine? Highland wins its first game of the season in its last regular-season game and qualifies for the playoffs?

ON THE HOT SEAT
MAHOPAC – Cliché time for the Indians; they can’t afford to look ahead and wonder what a matchup with No. 2 New Rochelle would be like before they beat a traditional Section 1 stronghold in New Rochelle.

PLAYER TO WATCH
MIKE PISCIOTTA, NEW PALTZ – A backup running back who has emerged into a bigger role with the injury to Christian Burda, Pisciotta could be the key to Friday’s big game.

UNSUNG PLAYER TO WATCH
BILLY WILLIAMSON, MARLBORO – Got a funny feeling that the Iron Dukes will put a spy on New Paltz quarterback Jimmy Verney or, at the very least, pressure him more often with blitzes. If that’s the case, keep an eye on Williamson from his linebacker spot.

BY THE NUMBERS
50 – Average points scored per game scored by Marlboro this year.

38 – Average points scored per game scored by New Paltz this year.

7 – The amount of combined turnovers committed by Marlboro and New Paltz this season (four by the Dukes, three by the Huguenots).

31 – The amount of turnovers recovered by both teams (13 for Marlboro, 18 for New Paltz).

DOT, DOT, DOT
Two requests for Marlboro-New Paltz – a fabulous game, and no issues or problems in the stands … Have to believe the five local Section 1 teams playing home playoff games – Mahopac, Carmel, John Jay, Arlington and Lourdes – are set up for victories. The surprise would be if visiting Ketcham can pull off the road upset at No. 2 New Rochelle … I realize teams that have smaller classes with limited playoff teams – or, none, like in Section 9 Class D with Millbrook already locked in to playing Eldred – need to fill out their regular season schedule. But to put Millbrook, which is scraping by when it comes to the state minimum roster, up against a Woodlands team with nearly 40 players seems odd.

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