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Hudson Valley/Westchester: Top 10 Rankings
1. New Rochelle (6-0):
The Huguenots completed another regular season undefeated, their fourth in the last five years. New Rochelle, winners of six of the last seven Class AA titles in Section 1, are 76-10 overall in that span and 69-4 versus Section 1 competition.
2. Monroe-Woodbury (7-0):
Speaking of dominating your section, Monroe dismantled Newburgh in what some believed could be a preview of the Class AA final in Section 9. Monroe has another injury to quarterback Ryan Spelman. But don’t be too worried just yet.
3. Stepinac (6-0):
Yawn, another 40-0 win over the Crusaders on Saturday night. They’re marching right along here and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.
4. Iona Prep (5-1):
The Gaels not only continued to win this weekend, they’re kept their string of dominating victories in tact. With Saturday’s 33-8 win over St. Joseph by the Sea, Iona has outscored their AAA opponents 192-57.
5. Mahopac (6-0): How can you not bump Mahopac up? It went out and beat rival Carmel on Saturday to finish the regular season unbeaten and snag the top seed in the Class AA playoffs.
6. White Plains (5-1):
A 27-0 lead at halftime on Ossining turned into a nailbiting victory for the Tigers. That shouldn’t happen. We’ll give them a pass because they were probably caught looking ahead to the postseason. Now it’s time to kick it in gear.
7. Wallkill (7-0): The first Class A school on this list is one from Section 9. Surprising, but Wallkill has played such good, consistent football. Whether Wallkill or Cornwall wins the title in 9, the Section 1 opponent will have their hands full.
8. Clarkstown North (5-1):
The Rams needed a fourth-quarter, fourth-down touchdown to knock off rival Clarkstown South. They didn’t look sharp for most of the game. But, like any good team, they made the plays needed to win.
9. Nyack (5-1):
Losing Donnie Davis in the Roosevelt game completely changed things on offense and defense for Nyack, which played the most consistent football of the season in Class A.
10t. Rye and Harrison (5-1):
In my opinion, Harrison was the better team going into Saturday. And, even though Rye won, I still think the Huskies have an edge. They outplayed Rye for the most part, losing on a sensational final drive where Connor Eck and Brian Pickup simply was not going to be denied.
Section 1 Rankings
1. New Rochelle
3. White Plains
4. Clarkstown North
4. John Jay
Section 9 Rankings
5. FDR-Hyde Park
9. New Paltz