The favorite: Rye. I’m going out on a limb here tabbing the Garnets with this title considering its loss was technically to a non-playoff team. But they’ve rebounded well and looked to be clicking on all cylindars these last two weeks.
Top contender: Somers. Let’s give the Tuskers some respect. Nobody is this dominant without being pretty good. The only thing they lack is a true regular-season test, which Rye got four of. Otherwise, they’re even.
Sleeper: Poughkeepsie. With that said about Somers, doesn’t Poughkeepsie scare you? This is a team with two Division I players and has suffered two brutal losses to Eastchester and Fox Lane late in the fourth quarter. Otherwise, look out for a Pioneers team that’s outscored their last three teams 106-6.
Be weary of: Roosevelt. I’ve picked against the Indians every week and they’ve continued to make me look silly. When this team clicks, there might not be anybody better. But to win a title, they’ll have to face three strong, well-coached defenses and that’s not a good proposition.
The rest of the pack: Remember Ossining? Nobody seems to give this team much title consideration. But any team with a quarterback as explosive as Lemar Johnson and a set of backs as good as Matt Laccetti and Darrick Ridenhour has a chance to go far. … Fox Lane is as good offensively as any team in the conference, if not the best. But can they make enough stops three weeks in a row in order to win it all? I’m not so sure. … Nyack’s hopes to get past the first round rest solely on the health of quarterback Ray Nichols. If he can’t go because of his injured knee, the Indians are in trouble. … Nobody is giving Lakeland a chance to get past the first round. I’m picking against them, too, but I could see them putting up a good fight.
Semifinals: Rye over Somers; Ossining over Fox Lane
Championship: Rye over Ossining
MVP: Cole McCormack, Rye