Hudson Valley Sports Report

FOOTBALL FRIDAY!

HVSR’s Guide To Week 4 Of The 2021 High School Season

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Can they do it?

Can Carmel High School run the table and go undefeated in the regular season?

Tell you what – if they do, it will be quite the accomplishment when you look at the schedule.

The 3-0 Rams opened against a good Arlington team on the road and won handily, whipped Spring Valley and then completely dominated perennial powerhouse New Rochelle.

This week it’s John Jay. Then a good Clarkstown South team, a very good Suffern team, and a regular-season finale against North Rockland.

If Carmel wraps up at 7-0 heading into the Section 1 playoffs, it will be well-deserved.

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 4
THE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY

Arlington at Spring Valley, 6 p.m.
Pleasantville at Putnam Valley, 6 p.m.
Mahopac at John Jay-Cross River, 6:30 p.m.
Lakeland at Lourdes, 7 p.m.
Walter Panas at Brewster, 7 p.m.
Franklin D. Roosevelt at Cornwall, 7 p.m.
Spackenkill at Dover, 7 p.m.
Beacon at Goshen, 7 p.m.
Warwick at Newburgh, 7 p.m.
Saugerties at Highland, 7 p.m.
Wallkill at Marlboro, 7 p.m.
Onteora at Pine Plains, 7 p.m.
Kingston at Pine Bush, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY
Hastings at Haldane, 1 p.m.
Red Hook at Liberty, 1:30 p.m.
Ellenville at Tri-Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Rondout Valley at Monticello, 1:30 p.m.
New Paltz at Burke Catholic, 3 p.m.
Carmel at John Jay, 3 p.m.
Ossining at Ketcham, 5 p.m.
MONDAY
Poughkeepsie at Edgemont, 6 p.m.

GAMES OF THE WEEK
FRIDAY
Mahopac at John Jay-Cross River – Good one. This is a real chance for Mahopac to solidify its place in Section 1, Class A and improve to 3-1 overall.
SATURDAY
Carmel at John Jay – See above. Carmel is clearly the best team in the section but John Jay represents a good challenge on the road.

ON THE HOT SEAT
PUTNAM VALLEY – The Tigers are winless on the season and could use a good performance at home against Pleasantville.

3 PLAYERS TO WATCH
DYLAN O’BANKS, MARLBORO –
The Valley Central quarterback has given the Iron Dukes, normally known as a power running team, a terrific passing attack.
MATHEW SHEA, WALLKILL – The quarterback is proving he’s just as solid on the gridiron as he is on the basketball court. It will take a big effort from Shea to win at Marlboro.
LOGAN LYDON, PINE PLAINS – Yeah, go ahead and try to stop the 6-foot-8 standout for the Bombers. Easier said than done.

3 UNSUNG PLAYERS TO WATCH
ERIC NUNEZ, KETCHAM – Man-child. The big offensive lineman is the key to the Indians’ ground game and to protecting quarterback Sean Camacho.
RYAN McCONVILLE, HALDANE – The Blue Devils are going for a 3-1 mark and coach McConville has done a tremendous job of replacing a plethora of graduated seniors and somehow making it work.
ANTHONY HOYT, SPACKENKILL – Taking over at quarterback for the injured Dan Collins, Hoyt has performed splendidly and has kept the Spartan offense humming.

BY THE NUMBERS
17 – The number of players that Lourdes lost to a COVID-19 outbreak last week prior to falling to Brewster, 26-6.
37 – The number of points the Dover offense is averaging this season in forging a 2-1 record.

DOT, DOT, DOT
It appears that Lourdes will have all its players who missed last week’s loss to Brewster because of quarantine back for Friday night’s game against Lakeland. There had been some discrepancy about when a full 10 days of quarantine were up. Turns out it’s 6 p.m Friday, beating the 7 p.m. kickoff …. Section 1, Class A is a beast with Rye and Somers and several other programs always vying for a title, but I really like what Mahopac has done. Only a last-minute interception in the end zone against Somers is the difference in an unbeaten season.

THE PREDICTIONS
LAST WEEK: 11-8
SEASON: 41-18
FRIDAY

Arlington at Spring Valley – The Admirals’ 1-2 mark is deceiving given the teams they have played. Arlington will be ready here to even its record. Arlington 20, Spring Valley 17

Pleasantville at Putnam Valley – P’ville brings a 3-0 record into the game. This might not be the night that Putnam Valley gets off the schneid. Pleasantville 26, Putnam Valley 6

Mahopac at John Jay-Cross River – Good matchup of 2-1 teams here. Like I said above, I just really like what Mahopac is doing right now. Mahopac 19, Cross River 17

Lakeland at Lourdes – If the Warriors have their full complement of players it’s still going to be a tough game, especially since none of them will have practiced in 10 days. Still …. Lourdes 14, Lakeland 10

Walter Panas at Brewster – Panas is winless, the Bears are at home and playing well. The old saying is you still have to play the game but Brewster shouldn’t have much of a problem here. Brewster 33, Walter Panas 8

Franklin D. Roosevelt at Cornwall – I have an immense amount of respect for FDR coach Ken Barger, but this has the potential to be ‘one of those games’ against the two-time defending state champs. Cornwall 46, Roosevelt 12

Spackenkill at Dover – Again, another good matchup of 2-1 teams, this from the Eight-Man League. This one is simple – can the Spartans shut down Dover’s offensive attack? Dover 30, Spackenkill 28

Beacon at Goshen – Beacon has surprised us with two big wins this season over Kingston and Roosevelt. How ‘bout them ‘Dogs! Beacon 23, Goshen 16

Warwick at Newburgh – Looks like the host Goldbacks sufficiently bounced back from their loss to Cornwall with the win over Middletown. Be forewarned, however – Warwick’s Nick DiMarco is a darn good QB. Newburgh 24. Warwick 17

Saugerties at Highland – The host Huskies were cruising through the first three games until running into O’Neill two weeks ago. Can they get the W back? Highland 18, Saugerties 13

Wallkill at Marlboro – The visiting Panthers have been a true, pleasant surprise so far at 3-1. Winning at Marlboro, however, is another story altogether. Marlboro 30, Wallkill 14

Onteora at Pine Plains – Pawling has grabbed most of the headlines in Eight-Man so far this year, but Pine Plains is lurking. Pine Plains 48, Onteora 21

Kingston at Pine Bush – The Bushmen haven’t scored a point yet this season and have given up 76. Kingston 31, Pine Bush 8

SATURDAY
Hastings at Haldane – Given the way it has played, given that it is home, and given that Hastings is 0-3, we like the Blue Devils. Haldane 24, Hastings 6

Red Hook at Liberty – Red Hook has been one of the true sleeper teams this year, losing on to Marlboro. But this won’t be a surprise. Red Hook 39, Liberty 13

Ellenville at Tri-Valley – Ellenville has struggled through its first three losses of the season, and the Devils get no breaks here. Tri-Valley 36, Ellenville 18

Rondout Valley at Monticello – Rondout won its opener over Saugerties then lost to Chester, Red Hook and New Paltz in a tough stretch. Monticello is averaging only six points a game. Rondout Valley 16, Monticello 0

New Paltz at Burke Catholic – Both teams picked up their first victories of the season in their last game. Slight edge to the home team. Burke 14, New Paltz 13

Carmel at John Jay – Any other year and the Patriots not only get a fighting chance but might even be the favorite. But the Rams are the best team in the area and Jay is still somewhat inexperienced. Carmel 31, John Jay 10

Ossining at Ketcham – The host Indians are coming off a great win over Clarkstown South, their first of the year, and are looking to build off the momentum. Ketcham 20, Ossining 16

MONDAY
Poughkeepsie at Edgemont – The Poughkeepsie program hasn’t turned the corner yet, but the Pioneers are getting closer to the intersection. We like Po’town. Poughkeepsie 29, Edgemont 20

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