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Get Ready for These Big Football Games

It seems like we were just getting ready for the start of opening week.

So it may come as a surprise that most varsity football teams in Westchester have either hit or are about to hit the halfway point of the regular season.

That was fast.

And eventful, too.

Which means there are plenty of big matchups to look forward to before the Section 1 playoffs start, wrapping up with the class championship games Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 at Mahopac High School.

Here’s a look at some of them:

Ossining at Sleepy Hollow (Saturday, Oct. 1. 2:30 p.m.): Once one of the fiercest rivalries in the state, the teams did not play for 17 years -- from 1991 till 2007 – because the disparity in the schools’ enrollment kept them in different classes. But this annual Route 9 showdown, which started in 1955, is back in full force. Ossining senior Brian Connolly is one of the area’s top quarterbacks.

Rye at Greeley (Saturday, Oct. 1, 2 p.m.): No one would have expected one of these teams would enter this matchup at 0-3, but that’s where Rye is – for the first time since 1982. The quarterback matchup should be especially interesting with Greeley having arguably the top all-around talent in the section in three-year starter Justin Ciero and Rye having a rising star in freshman Andrew Livingston, coming off his first varsity start in a loss at Ossining.

Hen Hud at Panas (Saturday, Oct. 1, 3 p.m.): It’s always interesting when these rivals meet, no matter what the sport, and football is certainly no exception.

Fox Lane at John Jay (Saturday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.): This is a renewal of a once heated rivalry and is expected to draw the largest crowd of the season at John Jay. Fox Lane is led by quarterback TJ Hallock and John Jay by running back Danny Caiola.

Rye at Harrison (Saturday, Oct. 15, 1:30 p.m.): You’d be hard-pressed to make a case for any other game as being the top annual rivalry in Westchester than this one. After all, it’s known simply as “The Game,” and dates back to 1929. But the main focus entering this one is Rye’s eight-game win streak against the Huskies.

Croton at Westlake (Saturday, Oct. 2, 1:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.): Quarterback Jesse Mainiero leads the way for a Croton team that is looking to go unbeaten in Section 1 play for the second straight year. Westlake has one of the top passers in Westchester in John D’Onofrio.

Mamaroneck at Scarsdale (Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m.): Similar to Hen Hud and Panas, no matter what sport, it’s always interesting when these rivals meet.

  • Briarcliff at Pleasantville at Parkway Field (Saturday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.): This game is also always a must-see because of the rivalry factor.
  • Should any games be added to this list? Be sure to post your comment.

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