Hudson Valley Sports Report

FOOTBALL FRIDAY!

HVSR’s Guide To Week 3 Of The 2021 High School Season

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Last week, I had to write a difficult column.

In the wake of the stabbing death of an Arlington High School student in the parking lot following the Admirals’ win over Scarsdale – and physical altercations at both Roosevelt and Kingston that required police intervention – I wrote that maybe it was time to rethink the Friday night football game.

It’s not what I want, of course.

I’ve spent 35 years championing the cause of high school athletics. I started this website specifically to give high school athletes extra publicity and recognition. To me, nothing screams high school sports like the Friday night football game.

But – and this goes years beyond what happened this past Friday night – it’s getting dangerous out there. Some coaches think I was blaming it all on football, or on Friday night, or a combination of both. I wasn’t.

But the fact remains, you don’t see these kinds of confrontations at night boys soccer games or field hockey contests. You also don’t see the big crowds and, well, to put it succinctly, my father used to say that in every large gathering the odds are there’s always one asshole or one person or who thinks he’s a tough guy.

Arlington is on the road this week but Roosevelt and Kingston have reacted appropriately – the Presidents moved their game from Friday night to Saturday afternoon, and Kingston pushed its kickoff time up to 5 p.m. instead of 7.

Let’s see where these initiatives go.

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 3
THE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY

Red Hook vs. Kingston at Dietz Stadium, 5 p.m.
Middletown at Newburgh, 5:30 p.m.
John Jay at Ossining, 6 p.m.
Nanuet at Putnam Valley, 6 p.m.
Highland at O’Neill, 6:30 p.m.
Rondout Valley at New Paltz, 6:30 p.m.
New Rochelle at Carmel, 7 p.m.
Arlington at Suffern, 7 p.m.
Ketcham at Clarkstown South, 7 p.m.
Lakeland at Mahopac, 7 p.m.
Pawling at Dover, 7 p.m.
Marlboro at Port Jervis, 7 p.m.
Goshen at Wallkill, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY
Valley Central at Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1:30 p.m.
Haldane at Albertus Magnus, 1:30 p.m.
Spackenkill at Onteora, 3 p.m.
Brewster at Lourdes, 6 p.m.
Poughkeepsie at Irvington, 7 p.m.

GAMES OF THE WEEK
FRIDAY

New Rochelle at Carmel – Monstrous. An epic rematch of the 2019 Section 1, Class AA championship game.
Marlboro at Port Jervis – Monstrous. An epic rematch of the two games the two teams played last spring, dominated by Port. Like, really dominated by Port.
Pawling at Dover – A renewal of a great rivalry from the Bi-Valley Conference days, and a matchup of two 2-0 teams.

ON THE HOT SEAT
MARLBORO – The Iron Dukes lost two games to Port Jervis back in the spring by the combined scores of 119-0. Marlboro needs a good showing here.

3 PLAYERS TO WATCH
IAN GRIFFIN, ARLINGTON –
If the Admirals are to have success on the road this week, they need their stars to step up. Griffin did last week.
WILL McCARTHY, PAWLING – The quarterback accounted for five touchdowns last week, a classic combination of a dual threat.
CARTER BROWN, RED HOOK – After three touchdowns last week, the Raiders will need another strong performance from Brown to take on Class AA Kingston.

3 UNSUNG PLAYERS TO WATCH
PAWLING DEFENSE –
The Tigers forced three turnovers in last week’s win; Dover hasn’t faced a defense as big and as quick in its first two victories.
BRADY SAUNDERS, NEW PALTZ – One of the most underrated two-way players around. If the Huguenots are going to give Rondout a run, they’ll need another big game from Saunders.
MYLES GORDON, KINGSTON – 162 yards and four touchdowns last week for the running back, who is quickly going from unsung to ‘sung.’

BY THE NUMBERS
71-0 – The score of Marlboro’s first loss to Port Jervis back during the spring season.
48-0 – The score of the second loss.
9 – The number of years that passed since Kingston had a home shutout after blanking Saugerties, 40-0, last week.

DOT, DOT, DOT
The game this week between Saugerties and Beacon, scheduled to be played at Beacon, was canceled when Saugerties reported COVID-19 cases and several players had to quarantine. Tough blow for both teams but especially the host Bulldogs, who were on a roll after starting 2-0 with good wins over Kingston and Roosevelt …. We gotta get Ketcham a win. The Indians start off each year with such promise and then dig a hole …. If Highland beats O’Neill to move to 4-0 – and it should – it will be hard to keep the Huskies out of the HVSR Power Rankings. Unbeaten is unbeaten, no matter who you play.

THE PREDICTIONS
LAST WEEK: 18-1 !!! Only game I missed was picking Roosevelt over Beacon.
FRIDAY
Red Hook at Kingston – Really like the make-up of this Red Hook team, while Kingston has looked sharp in wins over Poughkeepsie and Saugerties. Red Hook 14, Kingston 13

Middletown at Newburgh – Heartbreaker to lose in the last minute to Cornwall last week for the Goldbacks. They should prevail here. Newburgh 27, Middletown 9

John Jay at Ossining – The visiting Patriots are smarting from a 39-0 loss to New Rochelle last week. John Jay 28, Ossining 6

Nanuet at Putnam Valley – Nanuet is off to a solid 2-0 start and the Tigers have struggled at 0-2. Nanuet 20, Putnam Vally 7

Highland at O’Neill – Highland is the surprise team of the year so far at 3-0. Make it 4-0. Highland 24, O’Neill 22.

Rondout Valley at New Paltz – The host Huguenots have struggled this year but we like them here at home. New Paltz 19, Rondout Valley 13.

New Rochelle at Carmel – A big one. Carmel has the offense to get into a shootout with NewRo, but we have a funny feeling it’s going to be a relatively low-scoring game. Carmel 21, New Rochelle 20.

Arlington at Suffern – The tragedy at Arlington after last week’s game still lingers, but playing again seven days later should be helpful to the Admirals. Arlington 26, Suffern 24

Ketcham at Clarkstown South – Ketcham has struggled in its first two losses. South is unbeaten after two. Clarkstown South 17, Ketcham 0

Lakeland at Mahopac – Completely dominant performance by ‘Pac last week in a win over Lourdes. Should continue here. Mahopac 20, Lakeland 7

Pawling at Dover – One of the area’s great rivalries. Both teams are 2-0, although a little surprising for the Dragons. Pawling has a well-rounded team and should win on the road here. Pawling 33, Dover 30

Marlboro at Port Jervis – We expect this to be more competitive than the two games back in the spring. But we don’t expect the outcome to change. Port Jervis 24, Marlboro 23

Goshen at Wallkill – There’s something to be said for playing at home. Wallkill 17, Goshen 6
SATURDAY
Valley Central at Franklin D. Roosevelt – FDR blew a 14-0 lead against Beacon last week Presidents need to bounce back. Roosevelt 12, Valley Central 7

Haldane at Albertus Magnus – Magnus is a tough place to play but Haldane’s offense has surprised us this year. Haldane 30, Magnus 28

Spackenkill at Onteora – Good here in Eight-Man Football. Onteora has been a nice surprise as well. Onteora 31, Spackenkill 28

Brewster at Lourdes – Both teams got crushed last week. Let’s see who bounces back the best. Lourdes 25, Brewster 22

Poughkeepsie at Irvington – Nice road win for Po’town last week at Peekskill. Poughkeepsie 20, Irvington 17

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