With both teams undefeated and headed into key games last weekend, Clarkstown North and Carmel were highlighted in last week’s rankings. So, naturally, they are now unbeaten no more.
The revolving door of challengers that is Class AA in Section 1 continues to turn. This time, it’s Mahopac, by virtue of a two-touchdown win over Arlington, and Scarsdale, fresh off a 31-point defeat of Carmel, which appear, at least at the moment, to be pointed in a positive direction.
Mahopac and Scarsdale are this week’s rising teams in an otherwise steady Top 10. In fact, despite its loss to New Rochelle, Clarkstown North stayed put at No. 4. Read on to find out why, plus much more, including this week’s class-by-class rankings.
Week 6 lohud football rankings
Top 10 overall
1. Stepinac (4-0) – Again, the Crusaders had a scary finish, but, again, they survived. This time, they have Antonio Giannico (206 yards, 3 TD) to thank.
2. New Rochelle (5-0) – The Huguenots were quiet offensively, but, on a night made for running, their defense was terrific against Clarkstown North’s highly productive ground game.
3. John Jay-East Fishkiil (4-1) – The Patriots have now won four straight and have been increasingly more dominant as the season has continued. The defending champs look like a top challenge in Class AA yet again.
4. Clarkstown North (4-1) – Despite its struggles moving the football with the game on the line, the Rams were so strong defensively. They completely shut down New Rochelle in the second half and are in this Class AA race for the long haul.
5. Rye (5-0) – Rye, which had been so strong in previous weeks, beat Lourdes by just a touchdown. Still, last Friday night was so miserable that only the final outcome mattered.
6. Mahopac (3-2) – The Indians had as good a week last week as anyone. They proved they could beat a quality opponent, and confirmed that their recent lineup changes have been effective.
7. Scarsdale (3-2) – The Raiders certainly had the profile of a team that could beat Carmel, but 38-7? The final score – not the victory – was unexpected part.
8. Arlington (2-3) – The Admirals will welcome winless White Plains this week looking for a spark. They have now lost three straight and don’t want to enter the playoffs on a four-game skid.
9. Carmel (4-1) – Carmel’s defense was simply unable to solve Scarsdale’s rushing attack. That’s worth watching this week as the Rams face Fox Lane’s Nick Lancia, who has 699 yards and seven touchdowns in five games.
10. Eastchester (5-0) – Who knows if Eastchester is good enough to win Class A, but its combination of John Arcidiacono and Andrew Schultz is as tough to stop as any in Section 1. They are explosive.
On the bubble: Lourdes (3-2), Yorktown (3-2).
Class AA – 1. New Rochelle, 2. John Jay-East Fishkill, 3. Clarkstown North, 4. Mahopac, 5. Scarsdale, 6. Arlington, 7. Carmel, 8. Clarkstown South, 9. Fox Lane, 10. North Rockland.
Class A – 1. Rye, 2. Eastchester, 3. Lourdes, 4. Yorktown, 5. Brewster, 6. John Jay, 7. Somers, 8. Lakeland, 9. Pearl River, 10. Tappan Zee.
Class B – 1. Nanuet, 2. Westlake, 3. Pleasantville, 4. Ardsley, 5. Valhalla.
Class C/D – 1. Dobbs Ferry, 2. Woodlands, 3. Rye Neck, 4. Tuckahoe, 5. Haldane.
Catholic/Private – 1. Stepinac, 2. Iona Prep, 3. Hackley, 4. Rye Country Day, 5. Kennedy.