J-Rod’s Week 2 Section 9 Football Picks

Friday

  • Burke Catholic at New Paltz, 6:30 p.m.: BC coach Aaron Hasbrouck is the father of the West Coast offense, but he and his staff channeled their inner Buddy Ryan in last week’s dominant shutout win over Roosevelt.
    The pick: Burke Catholic
  • Washingtonville at Kingston, 7 p.m.: Sophomore RB Mark Russell made a few plays in loss to Goshen last week. Now Kingston just has to find a few more Mark Russell’s, which will happen in time.
    The pick: Washingtonville
  • Monroe-Woodbury at Pine Bush, 7 p.m.: M-W WR Teeshan Udayakumar already has a spot on the Section 9 Football Insider All-Name team and he can make plays. He caught a 78-yard TD pass from Steven Campione in last week’s loss to Aquinas Institute.
    The pick: M-W
  • Middletown at Newburgh, 7 p.m.: Memo to Syncere Tatum: You were right. Not listing you on the Top 30 Players to Watch was an honest oversight. But you are looking Top 10 right about now.
    The pick: Newburgh
  • Warwick at Valley Central, 7 p.m.: Warwick will need more offense and, perhaps, another pep talk from Maslanka to pull this one off.
    The pick: Valley Central
  • Roosevelt at Minisink Valley, 7 p.m.: Who is the Mack at Minisink? That would be WR John Mack, who caught four passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns against Washingtonville last week.
    The pick: Minisink Valley
  • Marlboro at Cornwall, 7 p.m.: Cornwall this season playing its toughest schedule in years and feeding off the challenge.
    The pick: Cornwall
  • Spackenkill at Port Jervis, 7 p.m.: Hyped Spackenkill RB Dhyquem Lewinson didn’t disappoint with 165 yards and two TD’s in Liberty loss last week. He could go bigger in Week 2.
    The pick: Spackenkill
  • Red Hook at Ellenville, 7 p.m.: Scott Ricketson predicted a big year from sophomore RB Hayden Campalong during preseason and the kid is going to make his coach look good.
    The pick: Red Hook
  • O’Neill at Millbrook, 7 p.m.: O’Neill lost star RB James Tehui-Matautia to ankle injury in Saugerties last week. Lots of talent at O’Neill, but as Tehui-Matautia goes, O’Neill goes.
    The pick: O’Neill

Saturday

  • Goshen at Saugerties, 1 p.m.: Just to clear up a playful social media debate, there is only one “Matty Ice” in Goshen right now: Giordano.
    The pick: Goshen
  • Wallkill at Monticello, 1 p.m.: The proud Panthers pick up first win since October 21st, 2016 when they defeated Port Jervis.
    The pick: Wallkill
  • Chester at Liberty, 1 p.m.: Expect hard-working LB Alex Wilson to be a tackling machine for Liberty this year.
    The pick: Liberty
  • Rondout Valley at Dobbs Ferry, 1:30 p.m.: Another one for the All-Name team, Rondout Valley’s Dallas Romaguera. Dallas had two touchdown receptions last week against Onteora.
    The pick: Dobbs Ferry
  • Highland at Onteora, 2 p.m.: Highland took a huge step with big win over young Millbrook last week.
    The pick: Highland

Eight-man football

Friday

  • Pawling at Fallsburg, 6:30 p.m.: Fallsburg’s latest return to football comes in the form of an eight-man outfit.
    The pick: Pawling
  • Eldred at Sullivan West, 7 p.m.: We will miss Collin Hauschild under center for the Bulldogs, but look out for new quarterback Gabe Campanelli.
    The pick: Sullivan West
  • Roscoe at Pine Plains, 7 p.m.: Pine Plains had a breakout five-win season in 11-man football last year.
    The pick: Pine Plains

Saturday

  • Dover at Tri-Valley, 1:30 p.m.: Eight-man football is wide open and Drew Hartman will make plays at a variety of skill positions on offense.
    The pick: Tri-Valley

J-Rod’s record

  • Last week: 13-3 (missed on Chester, Saugerties Highland)
  • Season: 13-3