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White Plains Will Play For Sectional Football Title

Somers will try to repeat as Section 1 football champions in the title game against Rye Saturday. White Plains and Tuckahoe also play for titles.
Somers will try to repeat as Section 1 football champions in the title game against Rye Saturday. White Plains and Tuckahoe also play for titles. Photo Credit: Daily Voice

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Pleasantville and Rye Neck high schools won their respective Section 1 Class B and Class C championships last weekend.

Now, local fans will have three more title games to watch at Mahopac High School on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Class D: Tuckahoe (4-4) vs. Haldane (3-4), noon The day of football begins with the annual matchup of Tuckahoe and Haldane in the Class D small-school title game at noon. With just two 'D' football-playing schools remaining in Section 1, the Tigers and Blue Devils have met in the tile game the last nine years.

Defending champion Tuckahoe (4-4) was the state runner-up in 2012 after winning a second state championship in 2010. Haldane took home the Class D title in 2007 and 2011.

Three-year starter quarterback Mike Castracucco engineers the Tigers' offense with running back Enoch Penney-Layrea carrying the load on the ground. Two-way lineman Mike Arborn leads a Tuckahoe defense that has to stop Haldane's speed running backs Will Moss and Mike Balducci.

The Tigers won last year's championship matchup 35-6 over the Blue Devils.

Class A: White Plains (7-1) vs. North Rockland (7-2), 3:30 p.m. The middle game of the tripleheader pits White Plains, appearance in its first Class AA final since 1993, and longtime big-school powerhouse North Rockland.

White Plains quarterback Cameron Crabbe and his runningback mate Chris Jordan each had two touchdowns in a convincing 33-6 victory over John Jay of East Fishkill in last week's semifinals. North Rockland topped Ketcham 32-15 to earn a spot in the final. The Tigers' offensive and defensive lines have been the reason for the team's resurgence after a tough 1-7 season last fall and Crabbe and the running game are playing their best football. Jordan ran for 154 yards in the John Jay win. North Rockland's offense is keyed by a good passing game with quarterback Nikc Imperato throwing and receiver Derrick Brooks a big-play threat. Running back Matt Caputo rushed for 167 yards last week. Mike Earlington leads the defensive front line for the Red Raiders.

Class A: Somers (8-1) vs. Rye (9-0), 7 p.m. The last game of the day matches two Westchester rivals in the defending Class A champion Somers Tuckers and the unbeaten Rye Garnets. Tim Fazzinga led the Somers running attack in last week's 52-14 victory over Ossining, gaining 205 yards and scoring five times.

The Tuskers' defense, which will have to play its best game against Rye, was led by Tyler DeVito and Matt Arita, who had five interceptions between them.

Rye depends on quarterback Andrew Livingston, Rye, who tossed three touchdown passes a 28-7 semifinal win over Tappan Zee. Tim DeGraw had 164 receiving yards and caught two Livingston passes for touchdowns.

Pleasantville and Rye Neck have the week off and will play in the state regional playoffs bext Saturday in upstate Kingston.

* You can check out class-by-class brackets for the Section 1 football playoffs here.

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