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State Quarters Breakdown: New Rochelle vs. Troy

by Kevin Devaney Jr. on
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 12:37 PM — @KDJ_N12Varsity

Updated Thu, Nov 9, 2017 10:07 PM
State Quarters Breakdown: New Rochelle vs. Troy
Photo by Angel Chevrestt


NEW ROCHELLE (10-0) VS. TROY (10-0)

Date: Friday, November 10, 7 p.m.

Location: Columbia High School, East Greenbush

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Rankings: New Rochelle — No. 4 in NYSSWA; No. 12 in News 12 Varsity Tri-State Poll. Troy — No. 1 in NYSSWA.

VIDEO PREVIEW: KDJ breaks down the matchup and makes his pick on Huddle Up (11/9/17)

TOP 25 SHOW: New Rochelle stays at No. 12 in the latest Tri-State Poll on News 12 Varsity (11/7/17)

Road to the State Quarters

New Rochelle: As they have all season, the Huguenots romped in the Section 1 championship, beating Clarkstown South 40-15. Jared Baron and Romeo Holden had two touchdowns each and Khairi Manns led the defense with eight tackles, including three for loss. Watch the full game replay here.

Troy: Defeated Saratoga Springs 28-6 in the Section 2 “Super Bowl” for its second straight title. Joey Ward scored two touchdowns in the win.

State Tournament History

2016: Troy beat New Rochelle 20-14 in the semifinals last season on its way to a state title. Despite being shutout in the second half, the Flying Horses made two critical defense stops in the fourth quarter to hold off New Ro. Joey Ward had 119 yards rushing and two touchdowns and Joey Casale led Troy’s defense with two interceptions and nine tackles. Both return this fall.

Highlights: Troy 20, New Rochelle - Class AA State Semifinals (11/19/16)

Rec: 13-9 (2 titles)   Rec: 15-5 (3 titles)
Year Result   Year Result
2000 Reached AA final   1993 Lost in A semis
2003 Won AA title   1996 Won A title
2004 Reached AA final   1997 Reached AA final
2006 Lost in AA quarters   1998 Won AA title
2007 Lost in AA semis   1999 Reached AA final
2008 Lost in AA semis   2000 Lost in AA semis
2009 Reached AA final   2010 Reached AA final
2010 Lost in AA semis   2016 Won AA title
2012 Won AA title      
2015 Lost in AA semis      
2016 Lost in AA semis      


2017 Season Schedule


NEW ROCHELLE (10-0)   TROY (10-0)
9/2 Mamaroneck W 33-17   9/2 Columbia W 55-14
9/8 Clarkstown South W 29-0   9/8 Guilderland W 59-26
9/15 White Plains W 47-0   9/15 La Salle W 55-7
9/23 North Rockland W 48-0   9/22 Bethlehem W 49-3
9/30 Mount Vernon W 35-0   9/29 Schenectady W 55-0
10/7 Scarsdale W 35-0   10/6 Shaker W 40-15
10/14 *Ketcham W 48-6   10/13 Colonie W 48-3
10/21 *Clarkstown North W 49-20   10/20 CBA W 25-7
10/28 *John Jay-EF W 28-14   10/27 Shenendehowa W 50-14
11/4 *Clarkstown South W 40-15   11/3 Saratoga Springs W 28-6

Player Spotlight

New Rochelle
Jared Baron, Sr., RB/LB

The lead back for the Huguenots is getting more and more productive in the postseason. After rushing for 207 yards and two touchdowns in the Class AA semis, Baron ran for 120 yards and two scores on just 10 attempts in the final over Clarkstown South. Baron has rushed for 930 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season. Sports Central: Jared Baron, New Rochelle

Joey Ward, Sr., RB

Ward is a sensational talent and arguably the state’s best running back. In nine games, he’s amassed 1,537 yards and 27 touchdowns on 155 carries (9.9 avg.) and decimated New Rochelle last year in the state semifinals, rushing for 119 yards and two touchdowns. His explosiveness and ability to break tackles makes his a threat to go for a touchdown on every play.

Game Breakdown

Key matchup: DE Khairi Manns, New Rochelle vs. QB Joey Casale, Troy. The way Manns dominated at the line last week is exactly what he must do on Friday night. Casale stepped in at quarterback this season and has done an admirable job, passing for 1,078 yards and 15 touchdowns with only one interception. He hasn’t faced a rusher that has the size and speed of Manns. The junior must disrupt Casale often.

How New Rochelle can win: Control possession. Last year’s New Rochelle loss to Troy came down to Huguenots inability to convert first downs. They were 4 of 17 on third down and 3 for 9 on fourth. Even when the defense can shut out the opposing team in the second half, it’s hard to win football games at this level. The biggest problem for New Rochelle was blocking at the second level. Joe Casale came up from the safety spot and wrecked the New Rochelle ground game, turning what would be an 8 or 9 yard gain into a 2 or 3-yard pickup. As great as Joey Ward is, Casale was the difference maker on defense.

How Troy can win: Get the ball to Dev Holmes. The 5-foot-9 wideout burned the New Rochelle defense last year as it loaded up the box to stop Ward and hit Holmes downfield early in the game. He caught a touchdown and had 86 yards receiving vs. New Rochelle last year. In the last three games, Holmes has lit it up of late, catching 12 passes in the past two games and a pair of touchdowns. He’s also run for 278 yards and four touchdowns in the past three games.

How it will play out: The only way New Rochelle wins this game and dethrones the defending state champs is if it keeps Ward and Holmes off the field. Controlling the tempo and taking away the big play. New Ro’s defense has been rigid all season and allowed the state’s fewest points. But they haven’t seen talent that’s anything close to as dynamic as this.

Sports Central Season Stats

New Rochelle Huguenots 2017

Troy Flying Horses 2017 (Albany Times-Union)

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