CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The Croton-Harmon High School football team will host Westlake High School on Saturday in the Tigers’ homecoming game.
Croton needs a win to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Tigers started out 3-0 but have lost their last two games and now sit in the middle of the Section 1 Class B standings with three other 3-2 teams. A loss would likely drop Croton out of the playoff picture.
The Tigers had a rough outing against Ardsley High School last week as they allowed Gabe Kardish to catch six passes for 127 yards and three touchdowns and let George DiFiore rush for 119 yards and a touchdown. Croton’s offense also sputtered as DiFiore returned an interception for a touchdown and scooped up a fumble.
Croton has been relatively consistent on both sides of the ball this season. Croton has averaged 17 points per game and has allowed 20 points per game, including 27 to Our Lady of Lourdes High School and 39 to Ardsley High School in the Tigers’ last two games.
Westlake is 2-3 and has alternated wins and losses all season. The Wildcats lost a heartbreaking 17-14 game to Nanuet High School last week, which potentially knocked Westlake out of playoff contention. Westlake absolutely must win its final two games, and even that might not be enough to get the Wildcats into the postseason.
Westlake’s strength is in its running game, offensive line and defensive line. Senior Dan Bassi has spearheaded the Wildcats’ offense all season, while fellow senior Tommy Hopkins has anchored the offensive and defensive lines.
Croton will need to buckle down on defense and slow Westlake’s ground game if it wants to win this game.