Hudson Valley Sports Report


It’s The First Re-Set Since The Preseason, With Four New Teams In

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Week 1 for high school football is in the books, and the HVSR Power Rankings have been re-set and re-calculated and re-adjusted.

Expect it to be a weekly occurrence.

There wasn’t much movement among the top five or six teams, but plenty of change among the second five.

As always, the HVSR rankings are a subjective listing of who we think are the top teams from that particular week. We hold no bias against teams from smaller classes and rankings could change whether a team wins or loses


DROPPED OUT FROM LAST WEEK: Millbrook, Pine Bush, New Paltz

STRONG CONSIDERATION: Red Hook, Saugerties, Warwick, Highland, Minisink Valley

DEBUTING THIS WEEK: Chester, Liberty, Goshen, Valley Central, Ketcham

10) TIE, LIBERTY (1-0) and CHESTER (1-0) –  Liberty definitely had the upset of the week, beating Spackenkill at Spack, 22-21, behind Kymanni Dennis. Chester is a program that has fluctuated between Class C and D, and took on a Port Jervis team that currently resides in Class A. The 16-6 victory was impressive, especially defensively.

9) VALLEY CENTRAL (1-0) – Big game for QB Chandler Toth with five touchdown passes in a 55-21 rout of Wallkill. He’ll be tested by Warwick coming up in Week 2.

8) GOSHEN (1-0) – Granted, Kingston has had its struggles the past few years but the Gladiators played up a class and put a 41-12 spanking on the Tigers. Goshen’s offense looked remarkable, ripping off 35 straight points before halftime.

7) KETCHAM (1-0) – We said it before, we’ll say it again – RCK’s 7-0 victory over North Rockland was huge for the program. The trick now is to follow it up with a victory in Week 2.

6) JOHN JAY (1-0) – The Patriots had an impressive road victory with a 21-0 shutout at Mahopac, but we dropped them a notch until we get a better feel – and the Patriots themselves get a better feel – for the quarterback situation. With Richie Eletto already out, Jay apparently suffered another injury to a QB although the extent is unknown.

5) LOURDES (1-0) – Warriors were all business in a win over Lakeland, giving the hosts the first touchdown and then dropping 48 straight points for the easy win.

4) TIE, CARMEL (1-0) and JOHN S. BURKE (1-0) – The Rams showed no dropoff with their offense as Carmel rolled to a 51-0 victory over Suffern. Burke shut out Roosevelt, 40-0, and – no surprise – running back Solomon Hemingway was a beast with 200+ yards on the ground.

3) ARLINGTON (1-0) – Questions about the offensive line were answered as the Admirals pounded Ramapo, 60-6, behind the four TDs by James Bringman. But how will that line hold up this week against Carmel?

2) MARLBORO (1-0) – The Dukes handed new coach Brian Beck his first win in his first game to get that out of the way, a 21-13 victory over New Paltz. But should we be concerned that the Dukes didn’t score a point after halftime?

1) TIE, CORNWALL (1-0) and NEWBURGH (1-0) – Same as it was in the preseason. Cornwall broke in new freshman quarterback Aidan Semo and he threw for 223 yards in a 32-22 win over Pine Bush, helped mightily by 167 rushing yards by Amin Woods. As for Newburgh, the Goldbacks went up against Section 4 power Union-Endicott and rolled to a 60-21 victory. Terry Anderson and Sincere Tatum combined to rush for 338 yards.

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