Hudson Valley Sports Report

FOOTBALL FRIDAY!

HVSR’s Guide To Week 1 Of The 2021 High School Season

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Let’s Go!

It’s Week 1 of the 2021 high school football season and, like our other fall sports that have begun, we couldn’t wait to see everybody back on the field for what we hope is a full and complete season.

Or, to be completely optimistic, we hope to see somebody in Syracuse in November!

It should be another great season in the area, with great teams and great performers, and HVSR’s Football Friday will serve as your weekly guide.

Football Friday is an all-encompassing overview that serves as the kickoff to the weekend and includes live Twitter updates from as many games as we can get intel on, game coverage from Friday night and Saturday afternoon, and the release of our weekly power rankings and a notebook on Sundays.

So let’s do this!

HS FOOTBALL WEEK 1
THE SCHEDULE

FRIDAY
Highland at New Paltz, 6:30 p.m.
Carmel at Arlington, 6:30 p.m.
Fox Lane at Ketcham, 7 p.m.
Port Chester at John Jay-EF, 7 p.m.
Westlake at Putnam Valley, 7 p.m.
Ramapo at Poughkeepsie, 7 p.m.
Mahopac at Somers, 7 p.m.
John Jay-CR at Lourdes, 7 p.m.
Brewster at Yorktown, 7 p.m.
Kingston at Beacon, 7 p.m.
Pine Plains at Ellenville, 7 p.m.
Spackenkill at Sullivan West, 7 p.m.
Dover at Fallsburg at Morningside Park, 7 p.m.
Newburgh at Minisink Valley, 7 p.m.
Rondout Valley at Chester, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY
Monticello at Wallkill, 1:30 p.m.
Roscoe at Pawling, 1:30 p.m.
Franklin D. Roosevelt at Saugerties, 1:30 p.m.
Tri-Valley at Onteora, 1:30 p.m.
Rye Neck at Haldane, 3 p.m.
SUNDAY
Red Hook at Marlboro, 2 p.m.

GAMES OF THE WEEK
FRIDAY
CARMEL AT ARLINGTON – The Rams went all the way to the Section 1, Class AA championship game in 2019, and Arlington has been a perennial league contender for the last few years. Great matchup for a Week 1 game.
MAHOPAC AT SOMERS – It was the DeMatteo Bowl back in the truncated spring season, and it remains so. Mahopac coach Dominic DeMatteo and his son, quarterback Anthony DeMatteo, won’t be going up against The Legend this time – Tony DeMatteo, Dom’s dad and Anthony’s grandfather, retired. Now they get to face another Anthony DeMatteo as Somers head coach – Dom’s brother and young Anthony’s uncle.

ON THE HOT SEAT
MARLBORO – OK, let’s face facts: the Iron Dukes will always be the Iron Dukes, and will always be a Section 9, Class B title contender. But after getting spanked by Port Jervis last season – twice – how will the program respond both to the losses and to new head coach Ryan Brooks?

3 PLAYERS TO WATCH
NICK SODANO, CARMEL – If this Carmel-Arlington game comes down to a field goal – and it very well might – nobody in Section 1 is better than Rams placekicker Nick Sodano.
DEONDRE JOHNSON, NEWBURGH – Is this junior wide receiver/defensive back the next big star for the Goldbacks’ program?
ANDREW SPEEDLING, PINE PLAINS – Not sure if it’s the fact that he plays for one of the smallest school districts in the area or because he plays on an eight-man football team, but Speedling is one of the north-south running backs in Dutchess County.

3 UNSUNG PLAYERS TO WATCH
ALEXANDER HOLMES, MARLBORO – Already a standout in his right, Holmes will be counted on even more this year after his superb defensive teammate, Jake Ward, transferred to Cornwall for the 2021 season.
OSEI ADOMA, HIGHLAND – He scored three touchdowns last week in Highland’s season-opening victory. An elusive running back, Adoma will be counted on to establish the ground game for the Huskies against New Paltz this week.
COLIN CUBBERLY, ARLINGTON – If the Admirals start chewing up yards against Carmel, don’t look forward to see how far they got, look back to see what size hole this 285-pound offensive tackle opened up.

BY THE NUMBERS
2 – That’s the number of years that have gone by since both New Paltz and Saugerties have snapped a football in anger, after both school districts opted out of playing this past spring.
5 – The total number of victories claimed by Poughkeepsie in the last four years. Hopefully, Mark Bianco is here to settle the head coaching position, which would go a long way to improving the play on the field.
16 – John Jay starts the season looking for its 16th consecutive year with a winning record.

DOT, DOT, DOT
It’s going to be interesting to see how Our Lady of Lourdes fares this season. Oh, we have no doubt in new coach Sean Keenan, the former longtime Millbrook coach who develops talent as well as anybody. But the Warriors are in Section 1, Class A North with Somers, John Jay-Cross River, Yorktown and Mahopac – the numbers 2, 3, 5 and 6-rated teams in Class A. The Warriors could be a terrific team and still go 4-4 or 3-5 this season …. John Jay’s success will hinge on four home games in a span of five weeks …. Keep an eye on Wallkill’s Eric Blackshear, one of the best defensive players in Section 9 with 62 tackles in five games last year.

THE PREDICTIONS
FRIDAY
Highland at New Paltz – Two years on the sidelines, and the Huguenots are going to take it out on somebody. New Paltz 20, Highland 16

Carmel at Arlington – Should be a great one, should be a tight one. Carmel 17, Arlington 14

Fox Lane at Ketcham – The Indians open with a home win. Ketcham 22, Fox Lane 20

Port Chester at John Jay – The Patriots will pick up right where they left off for the last 15 years. John Jay 27, Port Chester 6

Westlake at Putnam Valley – The Tigers will play well at home, but well enough to win? Westlake 18, Putnam Valley 17\

Ramapo at Poughkeepsie – Po’town had trouble in its season opener against Kingston, but should rebound. Poughkeepsie 28, Ramapo 21

Mahopac at Somers – Somers might have a new coach for the first time in ages, but the Tuskers still have the same tough team. Somers 33, Mahopac 22

John Jay-CR at Lourdes – Another tough one for the Warriors after opening with a loss to Rye last week. John Jay-Cross River 30, Lourdes 20

Brewster at Yorktown – Tough opener for the Bears on the road. Yorktown 19, Brewster 6

Kingston at Beacon – Geez, nothing like welcoming Beacon to Section 9 with a game against a AA team. Kingston 37, Beacon 19

Pine Plains at Ellenville – Real good matchup against two of the eight-man league’s best. Ellenville 41, Pine Plains 38

Spackenkill at Sullivan West – Dan Collins and the boys open with a victory. Spackenkill 33, Sullivan West 14

Dover at Fallsburg – With an influx of some players from Millbrook this year, Dover could be a surprise. Dover 14, Fallsburg 8

Newburgh at Minisink Valley – MV is always a difficult place to play, but the Goldbacks survive here. Newburgh 28, Minisink 21

Rondout Valley at Chester – Rondout has a game under its belt but Chester is still Chester. Chester 34, Rondout 18

SATURDAY
Monticello at Wallkill – We see the Panthers opening with a win at home. Wallkill 21, Monticello 6

Roscoe at Pawling – Terrific rematch of last year’s eight-man title game. Same outcome. Pawling 36, Roscoe 20

Franklin D. Roosevelt at Saugerties – Roosevelt also has a game under its belt and that might be the difference. Roosevelt 12, Saugerties 8

Tri-Valley at Onteora – Like Dover, the Eagles could be a surprise in the eight-man league this year. Onteora 30, Tri-Valley 28

Rye Neck at Haldane – The Blue Devils will need a game or two to break in their new skill position players. Rye Neck 24, Haldane 8

SUNDAY
Red Hook at Marlboro – Impressive win for Red Hook in last week’s opener against Roosevelt. Tough to duplicate on the road against the Dukes, though. Marlboro 31, Red Hook 21

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