NYSPHSAA CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS
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)
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.
|Rec: 13-9 (2 titles)||Rec: 15-5 (3 titles)|
|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|
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.
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