One of the most dynamic running backs in the Hudson Valley in 2016 returns this fall. The biggest headline, though, is where he's playing.
Glenmour Osbourne, who led Section 1 in rushing in the regular season at White Plains last year, has moved with his family to Ardsley and will play for the Class B contenders this fall.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Osbourne has been working out with Ardsley in the offseason and figures to become the focal point like he was at White Plains last season.
“Workouts have been great,” Osbourne said. “There has been a camp and it went really well. I fit the offense and a lot of speed and power to it, which makes it a win win.”
Osbourne rushed for 1,831 yards and 22 touchdowns last season, averaging 8.4 yards per carry. He posted 293 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a win over Mahopac and 361 yards, the most by any back last season, and five touchdowns to upend Mount Vernon.
At Ardsley, he steps into an offense that’s centered around quarterback Julian McGarvey, an all-section pick last year as a junior.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound McGarvey is a bullish runner who will complement the game-breaking speed and elusiveness of Osbourne.
“The atmosphere is really good and Julian is a great quarterback,” Osbourne said. “We still have to get to know each other better. Now we are just doing weight room workouts but the program is really great and I see a bright future and a good season. I’m going to give everything I can to the team and the program.”
Ardsley faces its toughest test in Week 1, opening the schedule against defending Section 1 Class B champion Pleasantville on Sept. 2.
To understand the impact Osbourne could make at Ardsley this fall, check out his highlight tape from his junior season. His playmaking ability is jaw-dropping:
Ardsley 2017 Season Schedule
|Sept. 2||vs. Pleasantville||1:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 8||at Valhalla||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 16||at Briarcliff||1:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 23||vs. Nanuet||1:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 28||at Putnam Valley||6 p.m.|
|Oct. 7||at Blind Brook||7:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 14||vs. Westlake||1:30 p.m.|
NEW CANAAN 7 ON 7 SET FOR JULY 7-8
One of the premier events of the summer, the Grip It and Rip It 7 on 7 at New Canaan (CT) High School, is scheduled for this weekend.
While as many as 64 teams from around the Tri-State and beyond have participated in years past, this year's field is limited to just 16 due to ongoing construction at New Canaan.
Three teams from the Hudson Valley will participate: Iona Prep, Stepinac and Sleepy Hollow.
The full list of teams entered: New Canaan, Greenwich, New Milford, Windsor, Hall, Shenendehowa, Daniel Hand, Ludlowe, Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, St. Joseph (CT) and Brunswick.
Pool Play games begin on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Based on Friday's results, teams will be placed in a double elimination bracket tournament on Saturday to decide the winner.
Hudson Valley Football Recruiting update (July 3):
-- While the offers keep coming in for Somers lineman Nick Gargiulo, he recently emphasized one of the dozens of schools recruiting him.
“Holy Cross looks like the school right now,” he said at Somers’ “Block and Tackle Camp” last week.
Gargiulo, a 6-foot-5, 270-pounder, helped guide Somers to a Class A state championship last fall. To date, he has offers so far from Buffalo, Colgate, Cornell, Rhode Island, Wagner and Holy Cross. He’ll make visits to each this summer.
-- The 2017 season could be a major one for linemen recruits from the Hudson Valley. Two of the biggest are from Iona Prep in Jack Doty and Derek Ferraro, who are both from Harrison.
Ferraro, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound tackle, has now earned five Division I/I-AA offers — Rice, Maine, Bryant, Fordham and Stony Brook.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Doty has received an offer from Columbia.
-- The breakout star of 2017 in Hudson Valley football could be Jyraie Stevens of Ketcham.
The 6-foot-5 wideout and rising junior has turned heads at combines and said this week he’s already visited N.C. State, UNC, Duke and intends make unofficials to West Point and UConn this month. West Point has already made an offer and many more at the high D-1 level are expected.
-- Brunswick star linebacker Harrison Caponiti announced his commitment this week. The Rye native will play in the Ivy League at Princeton.