First off, let me apologize for this post being so late. I originally scheduled this post to run at 6 a.m. this morning, but apparently scheduled it for tomorrow. I just realized this now.
There’s no sugarcoating the “match of the night” — it’s Panas at Yorktown, and I think everyone knows it.
A potential Class A section final preview, the two undefeated squads and neighborly rivals will serve it out in what should be one of the biggest marquee match ups to date. Yorktown is riding high after a couple of very nice wins to start the season, and will have the benefit of having “The Crop” — the alias for the Huskers’ student fan base — in attendance to provide true “home-court advantage.”
Yorktown will need every ounce of ammunition to try and take down Panas, the favorite to repeat as section champs. Had this game been at Panas, I would’ve given it to the Panthers in four; but being that it will be at Yorktown, I’ll say the crowd makes them sweat it out a little bit in five, 20-25, 25-22, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23.
As for the rest of the night, I’m going with — against my better judgement — predominately visiting teams in my predictions. I’m picking 15 road teams to win out of the 20 matches on the slate tonight.
The big home team prediction to watch: Pelham vs. Clarkstown South. The Pelicans will host their home-opener, riding a winning streak that spans back to 2009.
Here’s the full schedule, along with my predictions:
Wednesday, September 18
Panas at Yorktown, 4:15 p.m.
Beacon at Brewster, 4:15 p.m.
Lourdes at Carmel, 4:15 p.m.
John Jay at Lakeland, 4:15 p.m.
White Plains at Lincoln, 4:15 p.m.
Haldane at Mahopac, 4:15 p.m.
Poughkeepsie at Putnam Valley, 4:15 p.m.
Somers at Pawling, 4:15 p.m.
Clarkstown South at Pelham, 4:30 p.m.
Saunders at Blind Brook, 4:30 p.m.
Keio at Briarcliff, 4:30 p.m.
Suffern at Cornwall, 4:30 p.m.
Horace Greeley at Harrison, 4:30 p.m.
Ketcham at Hen Hud, 4:30 p.m.
Fox Lane at Rye Neck, 4:30 p.m.
Westlake at Pleasantville, 4:30 p.m.
Rye at Port Chester, 4:30 p.m.
Byram Hills at Hamilton, 6 p.m.
Ossining at Croton-Harmon, 6 p.m.
Peekskill at North Salem, 6:15 p.m.
Zacchio’s prediction record this season: 69-20