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New Rochelle, White Plains Tangle in Class AA

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Five-time defending Section 1 Class AA champion New Rochelle begins defense of its title Thursday by hosting the White Plains Tigers in a quarterfinal meeting at McKenna Field at 3 p.m.

“White Plains is a very good team,” New Rochelle running back Kemet McLean said. “We expect the best out them because it’s our rivalry game, so we're prepared and working hard in practice to be ready for this big game.”

New Rochelle (6-1) comes in with three straight victories and White Plains (4-2) is on a four-game winning streak and has recovered from a 0-2 start. The Huguenots’ lone loss came at the hands of John Jay in a 14-0 shutout out Week 3 of the regular season.

There’s speed on both sides of the ball at all times and speed on special teams. Defensive letdowns will lead to big plays, so New Rochelle has the edge here because its defense has been more consistent all season, allowing 7.7 points per game while the Tigers have yielded 16.7.

Jeff Avery quarterbacks the Tigers and has developed a good passing game to go along with his backfield that includes Jaeshon Brooks and Michael Scotman. Kickoff and punt returner and running back Darrell Everett is the Tigers’ wild card, with the ability to break returns, run with short passes and even rush the ball from scrimmage.  Terrell Meads is a breakaway receiver.

New Rochelle quarterback Khalil Edney has grown more confident with each game and has the ability to move the offense with the pass. Running backs McLean and Jonathan Forrest are a tough tandem to stop. Receivers Shaquille Evans, Andrew DiRienzo and Joe Clarke can all catch the ball.

New Rochelle is the favorite here as it should be on the strength of record and past success, but the Tigers are confident and can steal a win with speed and if they can play consistent defense.

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