Hudson Valley Sports Report

FOOTBALL FRIDAY!

HVSR’s Guide To Week 2 Of The 2021 High School Season

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Make no mistake, Week 2 in high school football – at any level, really – can be make or break, especially mentally.

The unbeaten teams want to keep it going and prove that opening week – or, in the case of 2-0 Highland, the first two weeks – was not a fluke.

Or the teams who opened with a loss who are looking to make amends instead of falling into an 0-2 hole.
So it’s already a critical week with some great matchups on deck.

Let’s do it!

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.

HS FOOTBALL WEEK 2
THE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY

John Jay at New Rochelle, 6 p.m.
Ketcham at White Plains, 6 p.m.
Putnam Valley at Hen Hud, 6 p.m.
Scarsdale at Arlington, 6:30 p.m.
Ellenville at Dover, 7 p.m.
Beacon at Franklin D. Roosevelt, 7 p.m.
Monticello at Highland, 7 p.m.
New Paltz at Marlboro, 7 p.m.
Eldred at Pine Plains, 7 p.m.
Red Hook at Rondout Valley, 7 p.m.
Ellenville at Dover, 7 p.m.
Spring Valley at Carmel, 7 p.m.
Somers at Brewster, 7 p.m.
Lourdes at Mahopac, 7 p.m.
Wallkill at Middletown, 7 p.m.
Cornwall at Newburgh, 7 p.m.
Saugerties at Kingston, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY
Tri-Valley at Pawling, 1:30 p.m.
Fallsburg at Onteora, 1:30 p.m.
Haldane at Woodlands, 1:30 p.m.
Poughkeepsie at Peekskill, 6 p.m.

GAMES OF THE WEEK
FRIDAY

JOHN JAY AT NEW ROCHELLE – NewRo has been John Jay’s nemesis for years. These are two of the most consistent programs in Section 1 but the Patriots have always come up on the short end.
LOURDES AT MAHOPAC – The Warriors go on the road for the first time after starting 1-1, including last week’s wild 52-44 win over John Jay-Cross River. Mahopac knows what’s coming – the question is, can the Indians stop it?
CORNWALL AT NEWBURGH – Definitely the matchup of the week between two of the best Section 9 programs over the last half-decade.

ON THE HOT SEAT
ARLINGTON – The Admirals simply did not look good in a 27-point loss to Carmel last week although, to be fair, the Rams are probably one of the top three or four Class AA teams in Section 1 this season. Still, Arlington could use a bounce-back or become one of those 0-2 teams.

3 PLAYERS TO WATCH
KEVIN DALL, CARMEL – The quarterback of the Rams keeps the offense humming. Carmel will never be out of a game because of Dall and the talent it has in the skill position players.
ADEN WISER, HIGHLAND – So far, the senior quarterback has called two good games. And that’s exactly what you want in a signal caller – a game manager with some explosiveness.
RYAN REILLY, MAHOPAC – If anybody is going to shut down Lourdes’ vaunted rushing attack, it will be Reilly calling the shots from his inside linebacker position.

3 UNSUNG PLAYERS TO WATCH
SHANE BAXTER, ROOSEVELT – Game in, game out, the quarterback of the Presidents has shown steady improvement. FDR had a solid win over Saugerties last week because of Baxter’s continued consistency.
TYLER HAYDT, BEACON – The senior center is a beast when it comes to anchoring the line and was a big reason why the Bulldogs knocked off Kingston last week.
GRIFFIN ALTIERO, ONTEORA – He started as a freshman last year and ended up as Onteora’s leading tackler. Definitely a name to watch as the Eight Man League season progresses.

BY THE NUMBERS
2 – Victories for Highland, one of five local teams to play a “Week Zero” game two weeks ago and the only one with two wins already.
8 – The number of sophomore starters on John Jay, a huge number for a Class AA team.
61 – That’s how many times Lourdes ran the football last week against Cross River.
0 – That’s how many times Lourdes passed the football last week in the win.

DOT, DOT, DOT
Been thinking about this for a while, so I’m just going to say it. Having covered University of Michigan football, as well as the Big Ten for a national magazine, I can tell you that college football recruiting has never been more sophisticated, and more comprehensive, than it is right now. A high school player good enough to be recruited, no matter what the school or league or location, is going to be found. This whole idea of “reclassifying” and transferring to a private school that is supposedly a better recruiting ground is a bunch of B.S.

THE PREDICTIONS
FRIDAY

John Jay at New Rochelle – Remember, John Jay – as good as the Patriots are – is still rebuilding. New Rochelle 40, John Jay 20.

Ketcham at White Plains – RCK is a hard team to pick because the Indians are so inconsistent. And White Plains has not one but two good running backs. White Plains 30, Ketcham 21

Putnam Valley at Hen Hud – PV had its troubles at home last week, and we suspect it will continue on the road. Hendrick Hudson 22, Putnam Valley 6

Scarsdale at Arlington – Time for the Admirals to bounce back at home. Arlington 26, Scarsdale 13

Ellenville at Dover – Dover put a lot of points on the board last week vs. Fallsburg. Can the Dragons do it again? Dover 20, Ellenville 19

Beacon at Franklin D. Roosevelt – Interesting game. Both teams coming off good wins last week. FDR gets the slight edge at home. Roosevelt 18, Beacon 14

Monticello at Highland – Highland is 2-0. Make it 3-0. Highland 28, Monticello 12

New Paltz at Marlboro – New Paltz is still finding its away, as we saw last week vs. Highland. Marlboro 44, New Paltz 14

Eldred at Pine Plains – The host Bombers just have too much for Eldred. Pine Plains 51, Eldred 20

Red Hook at Rondout Valley – The Raiders took it on the chin against Marlboro, but lots of teams take it on the chin against Marlboro. Red Hook 20, Rondout Valley 16

Spring Valley at Carmel – Somebody is going to give Carmel a good game this season. Spring Valley isn’t it. Carmel 33, Spring Valley 15

Somers at Brewster – Brewster is coming off the surprising road victory at Yorktown. Can the Bears sustain it? Somers 17, Brewster 16

Lourdes at Mahopac – Great coaching matchup between OLL’s Sean Keenan and the Indians’ Dom DeMatteo. Who has the ball last? Mahopac 21, Lourdes 20

Wallkill at Middletown – Tough game for Wallkill to win on the road. Middletown 23, Wallkill 12

Cornwall at Newburgh – Tremendous matchup, but Cornwall might just have a little more experience on the field. Cornwall 24, Newburgh 18

Saugerties at Kingston – Kingston is a tough team to figure. Beat Poughkeepsie in its opener, didn’t score a point the following week at Beacon. Still … Kingston 14, Saugerties 13

SATURDAY
Tri-Valley at Pawling – The defending Eight Man League champions should have no issues at home here. Pawling 38, Tri-Valley 28

Fallsburg at Onteora – Fallsburg could only put 12 points on the board last week in a loss to Dover. Those problems could continue here. Onteora 29, Fallsburg 14

Haldane at Woodlands – Haldane looked really sharp in last week’s shutout win in its opener. If the Blue Devils continue to run the ball effectively, it’s another win. Haldane 23, Woodlands 17

Poughkeepsie at Peekskill – Po’town had its game cancelled last week when Ramapo shut down over COVID-19. The extra week could help. Poughkeepsie 24, Peekskill 18

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