BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. The Briarcliff football team had its unbeaten streak snapped at four games last week and will be looking to get back on the winning track when it visits Kennedy Catholic in Somers Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The Bears (4-1) used a potent passing attack to work through their first four wins, outscoring opponents 110-74 until suffering a tough 19-14 loss to defensive-minded Ardsley last weekend. Briarcliff is on target for a good playoff seeding if it can win out against Kennedy and Pleasantville next week.
Kennedy (0-5) rushed to a 14-0 victory over Tuckahoe before the Tigers answered with 48 straight points in a 48-14 victory. The Gaels defense is suspect, especially against the run where they allowed six rushing touchdowns last week.
Bears quarterback Ryan Hooper has several receiving targets, including Jon Marrero, Jackson Plimpton and running back Colin Orr, who has also thrown several important option passes. The Bears have thrown for more than 240 yards a game and prefer the pass over the run.
The Gaels have been outscored 220-48 with two shutouts along the way, so the defense must improve to be in the game against the high-flying Bears.
Kennedy quarterback Dominic Manno had control of the offense early last week and running back Rob Yurkowski ran free on the Gaels first two possessions before the Tigers defense toughened. Yurkowski is the Gaels' main weapon, gaining 607 yards and scoring all six touchdowns for the Gaels offense.
Briarcliff should win this one and can win out next week against a struggling Pleasantville squad, setting up a good playoff seeding.
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