Before we get to this week’s predictions, a quick programming note: Just like last week, I will host a live chat, here, on Thursday night at 8. Bring all your questions, concerns and comments regarding high school football and I will do my best to shine a spotlight on them.
Remember: Varsity Insider blog. Thursday. 8 p.m. Be here.
Now, it’s time to turn our attention to those very games we’re likely to discuss on Thursday. I have given my predictions on all of them below. Last week spoiled a near-perfect mark with this season’s “Picks of the Week” as I stumbled to 2-3.
Lastly, before we move onto the predictions, here’s the coverage you can expect from us this weekend and where to find Twitter updates on the games:
Mahopac at New Rochelle, 7 p.m.: Josh Thomson (@lohudinsider)
Byram Hills at Tappan Zee, 7 p.m.: Mike Zacchio (@zacchio_lohud)
Panas at Brewster, 7 p.m.: Mike Dougherty (@hoopsmbd)
Rye at Harrison, 11 a.m.: Josh Thomson (@lohudinisder)
Cardinal Hayes at Stepinac, 1:30 p.m.: Mike Dougherty (@hoopsmbd)
Scarsdale at North Rockland, 1:30 p.m.: Adrian Szkolar (@szkolar_lohud)
Carmel at Fox Lane, 4 p.m.: Josh Thomson (@lohudinisder)
Link: Week 6 schedule
Josh Thomson’s 2015 predictions –
Picks of the Week: 21-4 (2-3 last week)
Overall: 139-43-1 (28-10-1 last week)
Link: Week 5 predictions
Picks of the Week
Friday, Oct. 9
New Rochelle 27, Mahopac 7: I thought that New Ro lost its rhythm on offense last week against Clarkstown North. Credit the Rams defense, but I also think the weather hurt. As surprising as it is to say, the Huguenots need to throw the ball to be at their best. If the rain holds off, they might really shine this weekend.
Byram Hills 34, Tappan Zee 26: Byram is 1-4 and Tappan Zee is 4-1, yet I kind of consider the Bobcats the favorite this week. Lou Filippelli has been very difficult to stop all season. They are accustomed to playing high-scoring games. Can TZ keep pace? It will have to.
Saturday, Oct. 10
Rye 35, Harrison 7: The Garnets probably enter this game as strong of a favorite as I can remember, at least in my 13 years following this Rye-Harrison rivalry. Sure, Rye has won 11 of the last 12, but none of those came by more than 25 points. I think Harrison will need some of that special rivalry magic to keep this one close. The Garnets are pretty balanced on offense and have a stout defense that probably won’t allow many big plays.
Stepinac 31, Cardinal Hayes 20: Hayes has been the team people have talked about for the last year as being on the rise. Athletically, the Bronx school may have the talent to compete with Stepinac, but I’m not sure it has the consistency to upset the CHSFL champ.
Carmel 21, Fox Lane 13: At first thought, I really liked Carmel, which has played the tougher schedule and beat Ketcham — a team that beat Fox Lane — fairly easily. But if the Rams struggled as much as they did stopping the run, they will face a challenge in Fox Lane, which had two backs go over 100 yards last week alone. Expect a close one.
Friday, Oct. 9
Lincoln 18, Yonkers 12
Dobbs Ferry 38, Tuckahoe 19
John Jay-East Fishkill 28, Mamaroneck 13
Arlington 21, White Plains 7
Clarkstown North 40, Ossining 20
Mount Vernon 27, Pelham 6
Brewster 27, Panas 13
Nyack 27, Lakeland 19
Albertus Magnus 39, Hastings 6
Saturday, Oct. 10
Rye Country Day 26, Hopkins 14
Harvey 22, Dalton 20
Woodlands 33, Rye Neck 14
Long Island Lutheran 27, Gorton 12
Scarsdale 28, North Rockland 13
Clarkstown South 34, Horace Greeley 6
Suffern 26, Port Chester 8
Yorktown 35, Beacon 7
Somers 31, Sleepy Hollow 19
Eastchester 34, Hen Hud 13
Pearl River 20, Spring Valley 13
Nanuet 34, Edgemont 0
Croton-Harmon 22, Yonkers Montessori 6
Saunders 41, Riverside 18
Ketcham 34, Ramapo 14
Briarcliff 21, Palisade Prep 6
Peekskill 41, Roosevelt 14
Lourdes 40, John Jay 27
Ardsley 19, Bronxville 7
Hackley 28, Riverdale 7
Monsignor Farrell 34, Iona Prep 20
Pleasantville 13, Putnam Valley 7
Westlake 22, Irvington 13
Valhalla 30, Blind Brook 8
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