I saved the best conference for last in my Section 1 previews. Yeah, I said it. Class A will be the most entertaining conference this season. Here’s why:
Conference overview: How rare is it that two defending Section 1 champs will in the same conference? Rye and Nyack are both looking to repeat, and could settle the score in Mahopac in the sectional final. Ossining will have something to say about that, as will about six other potential contenders in a wide-open conference. This class will be fun to watch every single week.
Ossining: I really struggled with this one (and you’ll call me a hypocrite in a few moments, but listen why). The best team in Class A this moment is Ossining. Even with Dakota Degree done for the season, the O have a stellar defense and a half-dozen big-play threats on offense. There are a few guys coming up from the JV who’ll make an impact.
Rye: The two-time Class B state champs are moving and really shouldn’t miss a beat. The Garnets come in with a winning attitude to complement a deep, veteran roster. The Garnets might finally lose a game in Section 1, but a championship is definitely within reach.
Nyack: If Donny Davis is as good as advertised, and Venson Constant and Kivar Thurman have no issues coming back from injuries, the Indians will be the best team in the conference. Let’s wait and see on that, and let’s see if the offensive and defensive lines mature. But as far as potential goes, the Indians have the most.
In the running (so many here, we’ll keep it brief)
Somers: When you have a go-to back as good as Matt Deiana, you’re automatically a contender. Health is the biggest issue.
Eastchester: Huge offensive and defensive lines, and depth in the backfield.
Horace Greeley: The biggest team in Section 1. Justin Ciero, the new soph QB, is a star in the making.
Brewster: The Bears are blessed with depth and size up front, and RB Tyler Hanson is on the verge of a monster season.
Harrison: Although young, the Huskies have talent that just might mature a year earlier than expected.
Lakeland: An experienced QB in Conor Prunty and several capable receivers makes the Hornets a threat.
Poughkeepsie: There’s talent at the top of the roster. Finding capable role-players will be the No. 1 question.
Fox Lane: Don’t forget what the Foxes did late last season. QB Jesse Hunt and WR Tim Muller are a dangerous combo.
Yorktown: There are holes to fill. But the Huskers shouldn’t experience much of a lull.
Spring Valley: This is a veteran team with a new attitude under coach Andrew Delva.
QB: Connor Eck, Rye
RB: Dave Thomas, Roosevelt
RB: Cole McCormack, Rye
RB: Donny Davis, Nyack
WR: Jamel Lucky, Ossining
WR: Tim Muller, Fox Lane
OL: Ben Green, Horace Greeley
OL: James Kehoe, Eastchester
OL: Charlie Rollins, Rye
OL: Maxim Ngolla, Nyack
OL: Duke Alvora, Harrison
DL: Brendan Nagle, Rye
DL: Ray Nichols, Nyack
DL: Elijah Sorel, Nyack
LB: Tyler Hanson, Brewster
LB: Tanner Knox, Harrison
LB: Reuben Frank, Poughkeepsie
LB: Matt Deiana, Somers
DB: Matt Laccetti, Ossining
DB: Kivar Thurman, Nyack
DB: Lemar Johnson, Ossining
DB: Donovan Walker, Roosevelt
K: Jack Molloy, Harrison
Ath: Matt Fedro, Yorktown