Hudson Valley Sports Report

FOOTBALL FRIDAY!

HVSR Guide to Week 2 of the 2016 season

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Well it was an interesting first week of the season in high school football, but now it’s ‘proving ground’ time in Week 2 in this week’s edition of Hudson Valley Sports Report’s Football Friday.

Can Ketcham follow up its great opening win at home with a road win at Arlington?

Ditto Marlboro, which has to go on the road to O’Neill in a matchup of last year’s Section 9, Class B title game.

Can Arlington move to 2-0 ahead of its always highly anticipated game with John Jay?

Are Saugerties, Roosevelt, New Paltz, Red Hook and Highland for real?

Can Spackenkill and Lourdes bounce back?

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 under our Football Friday tab. (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 Mondays in our new upcoming subscription newsletter, “The Insider.”

So let’s get to Week 2 of the 2016 season!

THE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Ketcham at Arlington, 6 p.m.
Marlboro at O’Neill, 6:30 p.m.
Rondout Valley at New Paltz, 6:30 p.m.
Valhalla at Putnam Valley, 7 p.m.
Byram Hills at Brewster, 7 p.m.
Carmel at John Jay, 7 p.m.
Greeley at Mahopac, 7 p.m.
Eastchester at Lourdes, 7 p.m.
Washingtonville at Newburgh, 7 p.m.
Roosevelt at Minisink Valley, 7 p.m.
Wallkill at Valley Central, 7 p.m.
Dover at Ellenville, 7 p.m.
Millbrook at Sullivan West, 7 p.m.
Chester at Spackenkill, 7 p.m.
Kingston at Pine Bush, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Tuckahoe at Haldane, 1 p.m.
Beacon at Peekskill, 1:30 p.m.
Poughkeepsie at Monticello, 1:30 p.m.
Saugerties at Goshen, 1:30 p.m.
Pine Plains at Liberty, 1:30 p.m.
Red Hook at Highland, 3 p.m.

GAMES OF THE WEEK
FRIDAY
* Ketcham at Arlington – Terrific matchup of 1-0 teams who both looked impressive last week. As long a RCK stays healthy, the Indians have some of the best weapons in the area. But we saw something special in that Arlington overtime win over Carmel – finding a way. Can’t teach those intangibles.
* Eastchester at Lourdes, Millbrook at Sullivan West, Chester at Spackenkill, Greeley at Mahopac – Why all bunched together? Because if you told us that any one of those four local teams had a chance to be 0-2 to start the season, we would have laughed. Heartily.
SATURDAY
* Red Hook at Highland – Another good matchup of teams that both were victorious in Week 1. If there’s a contender to the expected Section 9, Class B title game between Marlboro and Spackenkill, it could come out of this game.

ON THE HOT SEAT
Millbrook’s Defense – That was really, really, really unlike a Sean Keenan-coached team to give up that many points but also to be pushed around the way the Blazers were. It will be interesting to see what happens on Friday night after a week of practice in which Keenan promised to circle the wagons.

PLAYER TO WATCH
Jimmy Verney, New Paltz – New Paltz grad and FOX NFL analyst Charles Davis raved about him last week. After whipping Wallkill, let’s see what the quarterback has up his sleeve for Rondout this week.

UNSUNG PLAYER TO WATCH
Dylan Burnett, John Jay – We’ve been talking so much about Danny Deidrich shouldering the load at running back that with all due respect we should be including Burnett as well. They each have their own styles, which makes it a bee-yotch for defenses to handle.

BY THE NUMBERS
2,500 – That’s our guess for the number of fans at the Ketcham-Arlington game. Both schools and both programs have been hyping the game all week on Twitter so expect a good crowd.

3 – The amount of touchdowns Westlake scored on its first three snaps of the game last week in an eventual win over Putnam Valley. Note to Put Valley – don’t let that happen again.

30 – Just learned this, but according to some estimates from Section 9 observers, New Paltz’s 27-0 blitz of Wallkill last week was the Huguenots’ first victory over the Panthers in three decades.

DOT, DOT, DOT
We do not wish ill on anybody nor do we want teams to run up the score, but just have this weird feeling that Spackenkill is going to roll 50 and take it out on Chester on Friday for its second-half collapse last week in which it scored zero points after intermission ….. Where last year – maybe the last few years – was the season of the quarterbacks, this fall is shaping up as the year of the running backs. Looking at you, Dhyquem Lewinson, Danny Deidrich, Dylan Burnett, Jesse Pascale, Chris Monroe, Jadon Munroe and company ….. Looking at John Jay’s regular-season schedule and, sorry, but we don’t see a team on there beating the Patriots before the sectionals.

Rich Thomaselli
rich@hudsonvalleysportsreport.com
@HVSportsReport
845-605-1281

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