Hudson Valley Sports Report

FOOTBALL FRIDAY!

HVSR’s Guide To Week 1 Of The 2017 High School Season

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Let’s do this!

At long last, the 2017 high school football season is upon us. The journey begins Friday night, with games also on Saturday.

Destination? Syracuse and the Carrier Dome, where Our Lady of Lourdes and Newburgh Free Academy have most recently been for the New York State championship game in their respective classes.

There’s something special about all high school sports, but football has that magical “Friday Night Lights” appeal that makes it almost mystical.

It’s back.

And so are 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 evening).

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.

So let’s do this.

Let Week 1 commence!

THE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Spackenkill at Rondout, 4 p.m.
Port Chester at Arlington, 6 p.m.
Burke at New Paltz, 6:30 p.m.
Ketcham at Carmel, 7 p.m.
Poughkeepsie at Somers, 7 p.m.
Brewster at Tappan Zee, 7 p.m.
Ossining at Mahopac, 7 p.m.
Nyack at Lourdes, 7 p.m.
Wallkill at Valley Central, 7 p.m.
Saugerties at Port Jeervis, 7 p.m.
Kingston at Newburgh, 7 p.m.
O’Neill at Marlboro, 7 p.m.
Tuckahoe at Ellenville, 7 p.m.
Dobbs Ferry at Millbrook, 7 p.m.
Pawling at Pine Plains, 7 p.m.
Highland at Chester, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
John Jay-CR at Beacon, 1:30 p.m.
Putnam Valley at Bronxville, 1:30 p.m.
Rye Neck at Haldane, 1:30 p.m.
Roosevelt at Monticello, 1:30 p.m.
Liberty at Red Hook, 1:30 p.m.
Onteora at Roscoe, 1:30 p.m.
Woodlands at Dover, 1:30 p.m.
Fox Lane at John Jay, 7 p.m.

GAMES OF THE WEEK
FRIDAY
* Port Chester at Arlington – After winning eight straight games to open the season last year, taking the league title, and returning 18 starters this season, what do the Admirals have for an encore?
* Ketcham at Carmel – The Indians say they shouldn’t be slept on this season. Here’s their first chance to prove it, and on the road no less.
* Kingston at Newburgh – Two of the great rivals in the Hudson Valley, but two who couldn’t be more diametrically opposed – the Goldbacks are going for a fourth straight Section 9, Class AA title, and the Tigers are coming off a winless season. (NOTE: HVSR will live stream this game on the site beginning at 7 p.m.)
* O’Neill at Marlboro – These two schools built up a nice little rivalry last season. O’Neill dropped 63 on the Iron Dukes during the regular season, but Marlboro won when it counted by holding the Raiders to 56 points less than that in the playoffs.
* Poughkeepsie at Somers – What a lucky guy Nigel Whitaker is? Not only does the coach get to take over a shaky program – the fifth coach in six years – but he gets to do it on the road against the defending state champions.
SATURDAY
* Fox Lane at John Jay – Both Jay and Ketcham got brand new magnificent turf fields over the summer. Here’s the chance for the Patriots to break theirs in first.

ON THE HOT SEAT
Dominick DeMatteo – Nobody’s really on the hot seat for their first game with a new program, but Mahopac is DeMatteo’s hometown and the faithful are expecting big things. The former Arlington mentor has talked a lot about rebuilding the program with the help of the community, and that’s great. Except, uh, the community wants to win. Now.

PLAYER TO WATCH
Richie Eletto, John Jay – He has a year under his belt now at quarterback after taking over last year for the departed Ryan Schumacher, and he has a massive frontline to guard him like a Mafia don. It’s Eletto’s time to shine.

UNSUNG PLAYER TO WATCH
Joe Sarcone, Beacon – You might not know his name, but we can guarantee you that every one of Beacon’s opponents do. Sarcone is one of the best two-way linemen in the area, and much of the Bulldogs’ success this year will hinge on whether he and his line-mates can open enough holes in the run game and block long enough for new quarterback Joe DeCandia to deliver the ball.

BY THE NUMBERS
19 – That’s around the number of players on the roster at Millbrook and other small-school programs like Dover and Pawling. Millbrook, in fact, will have not one but two eighth-graders playing heavily in the rotation. God bless these teams against further injuries.
2,619 – That’s how many passing and rushing yards combined that New Paltz’s Jimmy Verney accumulated last season in guiding the Huguenots to the Section 9, Class B title. He’s back. Sorry Marlboro, Highland, O’Neill, Spackenkill, Rondout, Red Hook ….
50 – That’s the number of points Arlington kicker Alex Maier had last year on 29 out of 30 PATs and seven field goals. That’s a nice weapon but Maier was a senior and the Admirals would love to see his replacement duplicate that effort.

DOT, DOT, DOT
Arlington coach Mike Morano is sporting the Grizzly Adams look this season after having a 5 o’clock shadow for most of last year. If you’re waiting for significance, there is none. Just an observation  … Here is something more important about the Admirals, though – Xavier Powell has won the starting quarterback job for Friday’s opener … Nice to see Julian Meltz back on the Highland roster this season … You heard it here first: Ketcham running back/cornerback Delvaine Seagers, who entered scrimmage week last year as the No. 2 RB before badly breaking his collarbone and missed the entire season, is healthy and is going to have a breakout year.

 

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