With only one of the Top 10 teams losing last week, there was little upheaval in this week’s rankings. In fact, even the team that lost (Mahopac) did so against No. 2 New Rochelle, which was (and still is) undefeated.
None of the teams on this week’s Top 10 will match up this weekend, but that doesn’t mean none of them will be tested. In fact, No. 1 Stepinac, which has sat atop the list all season, will put its No. 2 state ranking on the line when it hosts St. Anthony’s.
The Friars enter the game undefeated and as the No. 11-ranked Class AA team in the state. They should also have added motivation after losing to Stepinac last year for the first time since 1983.
Stepinac, the defending league champ, will take a 14-game CHSFL winning streak into Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 in White Plains.
Week 7 lohud football rankings
Top 10 overall
1. Stepinac (5-0) – The Crusaders finished strong last week against a talented Cardinal Hayes team. They are expected to get back senior linebacker Daniel Negron, who missed the last three games with a concussion.
2. New Rochelle (6-0) – New Rochelle gave Mahopac no hope last week, overwhelming the Indians in all three phases of the game. The gap between them and the competition just continues to widen.
3. John Jay-East Fishkiil (5-1) – The key this postseason for the Patriots will be keeping QB Ryan Schumacher healthy. He is the key. With him, they are a contender.
4. Clarkstown North (5-1) – The Rams rushed for another 437 yards in last week’s win over Ossining. Those 400-yard days have become commonplace.
5. Rye (6-0) – Rye certainly didn’t want to play Harrison again, but that doesn’t mean the Garnets won’t enter their postseason with confidence.
6. Scarsdale (4-2) – Remember: The last time Scarsdale played White Plains, it fell into an early 20-0 hole. The Tigers may be 0-6, but this is not who the Raiders wanted to see.
7. Mahopac (3-3) – When Section 1’s qualifying round matchups were determined, the Indians were probably one of the more fortunate teams. They drew Greeley, which they beat 38-6 on Sept. 25.
8. Arlington (3-3) – The Admirals weren’t thrilled they were an 8-seed and drew a Dutchess rival in Ketcham. That’s not an easy postseason opener.
9. Carmel (5-1) – Carmel’s five-win regular season was an impressive step forward, but this is a team with designs on advancing in the playoffs — not just making them.
10. Eastchester (6-0) – Tappan Zee beat two very good Class A playoff teams this year, but drawing Eastchester was unkind. The Eagles have dominated teams from the first possession in recent weeks. They are rolling.
On the bubble: Lourdes (4-2), Yorktown (4-2), Clarkstown South (5-1).
Class AA – 1. New Rochelle, 2. John Jay-East Fishkill, 3. Clarkstown North, 4. Scarsdale, 5. Mahopac, 6. Arlington, 7. Carmel, 8. Clarkstown South, 9. Ketcham, 10. Fox Lane.
Class A – 1. Rye, 2. Eastchester, 3. Lourdes, 4. Yorktown, 5. Brewster, 6. John Jay, 7. Somers, 8. Pearl River, 9. Tappan Zee, 10. Nyack.
Class B – 1. Nanuet, 2. Westlake, 3. Ardsley, 4. Valhalla, 5. Putnam Valley.
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. Harvey.