Week 4 Rewind: Hudson Valley football
Headline of the Week: A Couple of Class A Classics. If Saturday afternoon is any indication of what’s to come in Class A in Section 1, sign us up. Defending state champ Somers had its 13-game winning streak snapped in an overtime thriller against Lourdes. Across town, Yorktown pulled off a stunning comeback to defeat Rye, 34-30. The road to a Class A championship is officially wide open.
Three takeaways from Week 4:
1. League AA-North continues to entertain. The Friday slate only had two games because of Rosh Hashana; John Jay-EF slipped by Mahopac 14-10 and Arlington outlasted Carmel 21-14. Those four teams have played five games head to head and the outcomes were decided by 7, 6, 5, 4 and 1 point scores. Carmel-John Jay-EF is the last of the bunch in Week 5.
2. Jared Baron is the section’s best running back (when he gets the ball). The dominance of New Rochelle, in some ways, is a curse. The consequence of having so much talent and blowing everyone out is that we don’t get to see enough of players like Jared Baron handling the football. In Saturday’s 48-0 romp of North Rockland, the senior ran for 164 yards and two touchdowns but only got seven carries. He ripped off touchdown runs of 52 and 89 yards. Baron has 259 yards and 3TD on the season on just 18 carries (14.4 ypc).
3. Forcing fumbles is an art. And Arlington is exceptionally good at it. The Admirals essentially beat Carmel on Friday because they had 11 guys on defense on the field at all times who swarm, hit hard and strip the football. Arlington forced six fumbles, recovered them all and returned one, by E.J. Escoto, for a touchdown in a 21-14 win.
KDJ’s Section 1 Class-by-Class Rankings (9/24)
BEST MOMENTS FROM WEEK 4
Best Game: Yorktown 34, Rye 30. From the middle of the second quarter on, this was a game that would make your head spin. Yorktown trailed 21-7 at the half, scored twice in the third quarter on consecutive touchdown drives to tie the game. Rye regained control on a Billy Chabot touchdown late in the third and went up 30-21 on a field goal early in the fourth. But Yorktown scored twice in the final six minutes, including Tommy Weaver’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Alex Ujkaj with 37 seconds left. Rye’s last-second pass to the end zone was broken up by Brandon Meyreles.
Best Finish: Lourdes 19, Somers 13 (OT): This game had a playoff-level tension from the opening kickoff. For Lourdes to go on the road, give up a damaging touchdown before the half, regroup and then throw the ball all over the vaunted Somers defense says a lot about the talent and maturity of this group. Max Kras tossed three touchdowns, including two to Kyle Strack, for the Warriors, who blew an opportunity to win the game in regulation. But the defense, led by Sean McDowell and a stout defensive line, was superb and ended Somers’ 13-game winning streak.
Biggest Surprise: Cornwall 31, Newburgh 28. Not a Section 1 game but it’s definitely one that teams all around the Hudson Valley should all take notice of. Cornwall, the six-time Class A champs in Section 9, pulled off a stunner on Saturday afternoon over three-time Class AA champ Newburgh. The Dragons rode running back T.J. Gayle and did a terrific job of keeping the Newburgh offense off the field just long enough to survive in the final minutes.