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Croton Shuts out Blind Brook 27-0 Reaches Section 1 Finals

October 30, 2006

The Croton-Harmon High School Football Team seeded No. 1A in Section 1 Class C beat Blind Brook the No. 2B seed 27-0 Sunday at Spencer Field in Croton. The win puts the Tigers into the Sectional Finals next weekend at Mahopac High School against perennial power and last year’s state champion Dobbs Ferry. Dobbs, the No. 1B seed, beat Valhalla, seeded No. 3B, today by a score of 20-0 at their home field Gould Park in Dobbs Ferry. Croton’s record now stands at 8-0 overall and 6-0 in league play. The Tigers were ranked 9th in the state last week among Class C schools.

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Croton, who defeated Rye Neck last weekend in the Quarterfinals 14-0, seemed to not skip a beat despite the game being moved from Saturday due to stormy weather. After a scoreless opening quarter; Senior RB Matt Forzaglia scored on a 58-yard touchdown run on the first play of the 2nd Quarter. The Tigers never looked back. Forzaglia added a 71-yard scoring run in the third quarter and teammate Senior RB Ben Rudnick scored from 16 yards out two minutes later. Senior SE Ben Feldman caught a 79-yard touchdown pass from Sophomore Quarterback Nick Mainiero late in the 4th Quarter to cap the scoring. Mainiero is Section 1’s leading passer this season with 775 yards, a .615 pass completion percentage, and 7 TD passes.

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The Tiger defense which has been outstanding all season recorded their 4th shutout of the year and 2nd in two weeks. They have given up only 55 points in 8 games, second only to Dobbs Ferry which has yielded just 25 points in 8 games. Croton held Blind Brook’s Joe Denti, Section 1’s leading rusher this season with 1,112 yards, to 96 yards on 19 carries. Denti left the game in the first half with a leg injury and did not return. The Tiger defense, which saw 12 different players with at least one tackle, was led today by Junior LB John Sandoval with 7 tackles and a huge fumble recovery at the Croton 5-yard line in the second quarter to halt a Blind Brook scoring drive. Feldman chipped in with 7 tackles and an interception and Senior LB Pat Koch recorded 7 tackles.

This is the deepest a Croton Football squad has gone in the Sectional playoffs in many years so check back later in the week for a full preview of this weekend’s game against the state’s No. 1 ranked Class C team Dobbs Ferry. Game times have not been posted by the league yet.

On November 6, 2008 9:29 PM, Tom Moore said:

Croton vs Westlake for the championship of Section One,

Class C championship preview

Posted By Kevin Devaney Jr. On November 6, 2008 @ 4:04 pm In Uncategorized | 8 Comments

The first game of the weekend has the potential to be the best.

The Class C championship doesnt include Dobbs Ferry for the first time in six years. Croton-Harmon and Westlake will square off in a game that, when I broke down, is like a perfect storm. So even, so talented.

If youre the casual fan, I strongly suggest either going to Mahopac tomorrow at 4:30 or watching live on Mogulus.

Westlake (8-1) vs. Croton-Harmon (8-1) When: Friday, 4:30 p.m. Where: Mahopac High School How did they get here: Westlake defeated Albertus Magnus, 49-8, in the quarterfinals before beating Rye Neck, 14-10, on a fourth-quarter comeback. Croton-Harmon beat Bronxville, 35-20, before upsetting seven-time sectional champion Dobbs Ferry, 22-21 in the semifinals. First game: Westlake upended Croton-Harmon, 28-13, on Sept. 20 (Week 3). Westlake got four touchdowns (one on a 75-yard punt return) and 208 yards rushing from Jesse DeBiase. The Wildcats defense held Croton to minus-22 yards rushing. Both of the Tigers touchdowns came on defense.

[1] Position-by-position breakdown Quarterback Westlake: With a backfield as talented as theirs, the Wildcats dont need Ryan Muprhy to carry the offense. But the senior has been steady all season, throwing for 520 yards and eight touchdowns. Croton-Harmon: They dont make quarterbacks in this conference better than Nick Mainiero. The senior is a third-year starter who has thrown for 502 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 814 yards and 15 scores. Hes as dangerous as any player at Mahopac this weekend. Edge: Croton-Harmon

Running backs Westlake: Jesse DeBiase defines toughness as a running back. Hes rushed for 1,290 yards on 165 carries (7.8 average) and is coming off a bullish 103-yard effort against a vaunted Rye Neck defense. Will Carter is a threat, rushing for 589 yards and seven touchdowns, and Carl Dottore is good for at least one big play per game. Croton-Harmon: Mainiero is basically a running back considering the number of plays designed for him to tuck and run. But Dan Luntz is a difficult matchup at 6-3, 220. Hes quietly gained 742 yards and four touchdowns. If he has a big game, Croton will be in position to win. Edge: Westlake

Receivers Westlake: Considering the Wildcats throw only 7-8 times per game, there arent many opportunities. Joe Perillo and 6-4 tight end Anthony Calcagni each have roughly 200 yards receiving and three touchdowns on the year. Croton-Harmon: Joe Glue Hands Tralli is so dangerous and knows how to come down with the ball, evidenced by the Dobbs Ferry game. He has caught 15 passes, eight going for touchdowns. Edge: Croton-Harmon

Offensive line Westlake: An interesting group, to say the least. Croton has the size but Westlake has the speed. Harrison Knowles, Joe Devito, Frank Hrotko, Rob Collins and Joe Luckie both explode off the line and open up holes quickly. A very underrated unit. Croton-Harmon: Nobody expected this group would become what it has. Michael Corveddu has been exceptional and helped a unit with four new starters grow, including freshman Kyle Ricciardi. Jonathan Ghegan, Bobby Dusconi and Dan Finch are sturdy group and the Tigers are confident running behind each. Theyll take on the challenge of not playing well in the first game. Edge: Push

Defensive line Westlake: Hrotko is so good at cutting runs off at the line and taking on all blockig schemes. Adam Rannellone is fun to watch up front because hes so tough for his 5-6, 180-pound frame. And Calcagni at defensive end is a potential I-AA recruit whos size makes it difficult get around on the onside. Croton-Harmon: How much this group has improved from Week 3 completely changes this game. Corveddu is so tough in the middle, and Ghegan and Dennis OConnell do a very good job at getting to the quarterback and cutting down the outside running lanes. Edge: Westlake

[2] Linebackers Westlake: Carter is a superb read-and-react middle linebacker and his 75 tackles on the year proves it. Hes so good at getting to the ball. Steve Aprea is very good coming on the blitz, recording five sacks. And the Wildcats have shifted DeBiase from safety to linebacker, which was successful in stopping Rye Necks ground game. Against a passing team like Croton, hell probably move around depending on the situation. Croton-Harmon: This is the strength of both defenses. Luntz and Mainiero are as good a tandem as youll find in Class C. Theyre intelligence allows them to get to the ball and consistently make plays. Tom Moore and Ricciardi lead the team with 50 tackles, and Dusconi has 26. Edge: Push

Secondary Westlake: With DeBiase moving to more of a linebacker position, this unit loses its most reliable player. Joe Perillo is strong cover-man, intercepting six passes, and will likely draw the assignment of containing Joe Tralli. Carl Dottore and Mike Ulley will be relied to come up and make tackles. Croton-Harmon: Joe Tralli is an athlete in the secondary who cuts down on a lot of big plays. Tyler Dorian and Tyler Keppler do a solid job stopping the pass. Dorien has three interceptions and Keppler has one. Edge: Croton-Harmon

Special teams Westlake: There really isnt much DeBiase cant do. He returned a punt for a touchdown the first time these teams met. Most teams dont bother kicking to him. Josh Kramel is 15 for 18 on extra points this season. Croton-Harmon: The Tigers have plenty of playmakers on the roster but havent broken any games open on returns. Tyler Dorian has made 21 extra points this season. Edge: Westlake

Bottom line: Westlake might have won the first game convincingly, but so much has changed since then. Croton-Harmon believes it played by far its worst game that afternoon, and is vastly improved on the offensive and defensive line. Coming off the emotional 22-21 win over Dobbs Ferry, its hard to predict how theyll come out on Friday. The game will ultimately come down to which star players has the better night: Mainiero or DeBiase. Theyre both complete players. It might come down to a few yards. But the winner will be decided by these two veterans.

Score prediction: Westlake 28, Croton-Harmon 21

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GO TIGERS!!!!

On October 18, 2008 10:26 PM, Tom Moore said:

Maxpreps http://www.maxpreps.com/new-york/sports/croton-harmon-(croton-on-hudson)/schedule.aspx?schoolid=efdcc747-395c-4cbc-89e0-47c4a163773a&ssid=2f36027d-d6f6-4509-aba9-adad5cc85b5e&urpath=,print

  • Tigers Croton-Harmon vs. Falcons Woodlands Box Scores

Croton 42 Woodlands 12

Scoring Summary First Quarter Summary: CH TYLER KEPPLER 22 YARD RUN CH TYLER DORIEN KICK CH TYLER DORIEN 2 YARD RUN CH TYLER DORIEN KICK Second Quarter Summary: CH JOE TRALLI 22 YARD PASS FROM NICK MAINIERO CH TYLER DORIEN RUN CH DAN LUNTZ 22 YARD RUN CH KICK NO GOOD Third Quarter Summary: CH JESSE MAINIERO 3 YARD PASS FROM NICK MAINIERO CH TYLER DORIEN KICK Fourth Quarter Summary: CH DYLAN CARR 3 YARD RUN CH TYLER DORIEN KICK WOOD DANIEL YOUNG 35 YARD KICKOFF RETURN WOOD RUN FAILED WOOD CHAD BURGESS 29 YARD PASS FROM KRIS JENKINS WOOD PASS FAILED

The boys finish 6 -1 and Bronxvile is coming next week for the first round of playoffs.

The game is at 130pm At Spencer Fields.

Go Tigers !!!!!

On October 4, 2008 9:22 PM, Tom Moore said:

Saturday Oct 4 another winner at home.

Croton 35 Hasting 12,

Croton is now 4 - 1 on the season.

They play next Saturday at Haldane 130pm.

10/18/08 1:30 PM vs. Woodlands Is the last home game of the regular season before the playoff start. It also is Home coming weekend.

http://www.maxpreps.com/new%20york/sports/croton-harmon%20(croton%20on%20hudson)/schedule.aspx?schoolid=efdcc747-395c-4cbc-89e0-47c4a163773a&ssid=2f36027d-d6f6-4509-aba9-adad5cc85b5e&urpath=,local,team

The above link is for Max Prep.

It is a great site for all high school sports team.

http://www.gocrotontigers.org/HomeSweetHome.html

Please check the Croton booster club web site for info on all Croton sports teams.

Go Tigers !!!!

On October 2, 2008 8:09 PM, Tom Moore said:

Oct 2008

Croton Football is back.

Croton is 3 - 1 and they have a home game this saturday at 330 pm. Come on down and support the team.

Here is a link to a good story about last weeks home game against Lincoln Hall.

http://www.northcountynews.com/sports/ncn_sports1.asp

The booster club is still looking for new members. ]

Please go to

http://www.gocrotontigers.org/HomeSweetHome.html



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