HVSR Guide for Week 2 of the 2021 School Season
By Rich Thomaselli
Make no mistake, week 2 in high school football – at any level, really – can be decisive, especially mentally.
The undefeated teams want to go on and prove that opening week – or, in Highland’s case 2-0, the first two weeks – was no accident.
Or teams that opened with a loss looking to redeem themselves instead of falling into a 0-2 hole.
It is therefore already a critical week with superb clashes on the bridge.
Let’s do it!
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HS FOOTBALL WEEK 2
John Jay at New Rochelle, 6 p.m.
Ketcham at White Plains, 6 p.m.
Putnam Valley at Hen Hud, 6 p.m.
Scarsdale at Arlington, 6:30 p.m.
Ellenville at Dover, 7 p.m.
Beacon at Franklin D. Roosevelt, 7 p.m.
Monticello at Highland, 7 p.m.
New Paltz at Marlboro, 7 p.m.
Eldred at Pine Plains, 7 p.m.
Red Hook at Rondout Valley, 7 p.m.
Ellenville at Dover, 7 p.m.
Spring Valley in Carmel, 7 p.m.
Somers at Brewster, 7 p.m.
Lourdes at Mahopac, 7 p.m.
Wallkill at Middletown, 7 p.m.
Cornwall at Newburgh, 7 p.m.
Saugerties at Kingston, 7 p.m.
Tri-Valley at Pawling, 1:30 p.m.
Fallsburg at Onteora, 1:30 p.m.
Haldane at Woodlands, 1:30 p.m.
Poughkeepsie at Peekskill, 6 p.m.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
JOHN JAY IN NEW ROCHELLE – NewRo has been John Jay’s nemesis for years. These are two of the most consistent programs in Section 1, but the Patriots have always arrived on the short term.
HEAVY AT MAHOPAC – The Warriors hit the road for the first time after starting 1-1, including last week’s insane 52-44 win over John Jay-Cross River. Mahopac knows what’s coming – the question is: can the Indians stop him?
CORNWALL IN NEWBURGH – Definitely the match of the week between two of the best Section 9 programs in the past half-decade.
ON THE HOT SEAT
ARLINGTON – The Admirals just didn’t look good in a 27-point loss to Carmel last week although, to be fair, the Rams are probably one of the top three or four Class AA teams in the section 1 this season. Still, Arlington could use a rebound or become one of those 0-2 teams.
3 PLAYERS TO WATCH
KEVIN DALL, CARMEL – The Rams quarterback has the offense buzzing. Carmel will never be absent from a game because of Dall and the talent he has in skill positions.
ADEN WISER, HIGHLAND – So far the senior quarterback has called two good games. And that’s exactly what you want in a call sign – a game manager with some explosiveness.
RYAN REILLY, MAHOPAC – If anyone is to stop Lourdes’ vaunted hasty attack, it will be Reilly who calls the shots from his inside linebacker position.
3 UNKNOWN PLAYERS TO WATCH
SHANE BAXTER, ROOSEVELT – Match in, match out, the Presidents quarterback has shown steady improvement. FDR took a solid victory over Saugerties last week due to Baxter’s continued consistency.
TYLER HAYDT, BEACON – The senior center is a beast when it comes to anchoring the line and that’s one of the main reasons the Bulldogs knocked down Kingston last week.
GRIFFIN ALTIERO, ONTEORA – He started as a freshman last year and became Onteora’s top tackle. Definitely a name to watch out for as the Eight Men’s League season progresses.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 – Victories for Highland, one of the five local teams to have played a âWeek Zeroâ match two weeks ago and the only one to have already won two victories.
8 – The number of sophomore starters on John Jay, a huge number for a class AA team.
61 – This is the number of times Lourdes ran football last week against Cross River.
0 – This is the number of times Lourdes passed the ball last week in the victory.
POINT, POINT, POINT
I’ve been thinking about it for a while, so I’m just going to say it. Having covered University of Michigan football, as well as the Big Ten for a national magazine, I can tell you college football recruiting has never been more sophisticated and comprehensive than it is today. A high school player good enough to be recruited, no matter what school, league or location, is going to be found. This whole idea of ââ”reclassification” and transfer to a private school that’s supposed to be a better recruiting ground is a bunch of BS
John Jay in New Rochelle – Remember, John Jay – as good as the Patriots are – is still rebuilding himself. New Rochelle 40, John Jay 20.
Ketcham at White Plains – RCK are a tough team to pick because the Indians are so inconsistent. And White Plains doesn’t have one but two good running backs. White Plains 30, Ketcham 21
Putnam Valley in Hen Hud – PV had some trouble at home last week, and we believe he will continue on the road. Hendrick Hudson 22, Putnam Valley 6
Scarsdale in Arlington – It’s time for the admirals to bounce back home. Arlington 26, Scarsdale 13
Ellenville at Dover – Dover scored plenty of points on the board last week against Fallsburg. Can the Dragons start over? Dover 20, Ellenville 19
Beacon to Franklin D. Roosevelt – Interesting game. Both teams had great victories last week. FDR gets a slight advantage at home. Roosevelt 18, beacon 14
Monticello at Highland – Highland is 2-0. Make it 3-0. Highland 28, Monticello 12
New Paltz at Marlboro – New Paltz is still finding its way, as we saw last week against Highland. Marlboro 44, New Paltz 14
Eldred in Pine Plains – Host Bombers just have too much for Eldred. Pine Plains 51, Eldred 20
Red Hook at Rondout Valley – The Raiders took it on the chin against Marlboro, but many teams take it on the chin against Marlboro. Red hook 20, VallÃ©e Rondout 16
Spring Valley at Carmel – Someone is going to give Carmel a good game this season. Spring Valley is not it. Carmel 33, Spring Valley 15
Somers at Brewster – Brewster just picked up a surprising road victory at Yorktown. Can bears take it? Somers 17, Brewster 16
Lourdes at Mahopac – Great coaching match between Sean Keenan of the OLL and Dom DeMatteo of the Indians. Who has the ball last? Mahopac 21, Lourdes 20
Wallkill in Middletown – Tough game for Wallkill to win on the road. Middletown 23, Wallkill 12
Cornwall at Newburgh – Huge game, but Cornwall could well have a little more experience on the pitch. Cornwall 24, Newburgh 18
Saugerties in Kingston – Kingston are a difficult team to understand. Defeating Poughkeepsie in his opener, did not score a point the following week at Beacon. Alwaysâ¦ Kingston 14, Saugerties 13
Tri-Valley at Pawling – The reigning Eight Men’s League champions should have no problem at home here. Pawling 38, Tri-Valley 28
Fallsburg at Onteora – Fallsburg could only put 12 points on the board last week in a loss to Dover. These problems could continue here. Onteora 29, Fallsburg 14
Haldane at Woodlands – Haldane looked really strong in last week’s shutout victory in his first game. If the Blue Devils continue to spin the ball efficiently, it’s another victory. Haldane 23, Bois 17
Poughkeepsie at Peekskill – Po’town had its game called off last week when Ramapo closed due to COVID-19. The extra week might help. Poughkeepsie 24, Peekskill 18