Hudson Valley Sports Report


No Changes At The Top, Several Changes At The Bottom

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Week 1 is in the books, and if you’re a student of history you’ll remember that the most movement in any rankings always comes at the beginning of the season.

For the Hudson Valley Sports Report High School Football Power Rankings, the opening week proved to be no exception.

Oh, everything is still status quo at the top. But the bottom was shaken up with some losses. As a result, some new teams said hello to the rankings.

These are the most comprehensive rankings you will find in the mid-Hudson Valley. We cover 56 high schools in five counties; you get ranked here and you’re talking best of the best in our area.

OUT – New Paltz, O’Neill, Lourdes, Monroe-Woodbury, Arlington and Haldane

IN – Beacon, Brewster, Ketcham, Washingtonville

KNOCKING ON THE DOOR – Burke, Kingston

10) BEACON (1-0) – Santino Negron scored all three touchdowns in an 18-0 win over Poughkeepsie, but the defense might have been most impressive.

9) BREWSTER (1-0) – Also a strong defensive performance in this one, with the same score – 18-0 Brewster over Lakeland. The Bears have a big road date at Lourdes next week.

8) TRI-VALLEY (1-0) – The Bears drop back a bit from preseason despite a 34-26 victory over Dover. We’re not sure how good Dover is right now so this win might have been a tad more difficult than it needed to be – or not if the Dragons continue their strong play.

7) KETCHAM (1-0) – The Indians picked up right where they left off last year when they closed the season strong to finish 6-3. RCK pitched the 28-0 shutout against Ossining. Home opener this week vs. Mahopac.

6) WASHINGTONVILLE (1-0) – No matter what, New Paltz is always a difficult place to play. The Wizards did a solid job on defense in a 13-7 victory ahead of a Week 2 matchup with Goshen.

5) CHESTER (1-0) – With the Section 9, Class C title already wrapped up – the Hambletonians are the only team in the league – Chester needs to create a sense of urgency in every game. They did a nice job of that with a road win at Valhalla.

4) MARLBORO (1-0) – Ho-hum. Another year, another bunch of talk about graduated seniors and maybe not being as good as previous years, and another impressive win. This one was 34-0 over O’Neill.

3) NEWBURGH (1-0) – See above. The Goldbacks are hit hard by graduation every year, but they went on a long trip to open the season and took home a 14-10 win over Elmira.

2) JOHN JAY (1-0) – The defense is still ahead of the offense, but that’s OK when you’re practically impenetrable. The Patriots did just enough in a 14-9 victory at Carmel..

1) CORNWALL (1-0) – Dominant second half for the Dragons as they beat Monroe-Woodbury, 24-10, in a game where new head coach Ryan Baldock went up against his old team. Cornwall hosts New Paltz this week.

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