Leading off today:
If I were ever to be hauled into Sports Journalism Court, I would have to plead guilty to the charge of fixating too much on offense while doing roundups of highlights in sports such as football.
That changes now ... for at least a day anyway. Special teams most definitely ruled on the first football Saturday of the 2017 season.
What a way to finish: Teddy Mouzakitis blocked a field-goal attempt with eight seconds left in a tie game, and Tyriq Phynn returned it 75 yards for the winning touchdown as Yonkers Saunders defeated Riverside 13-7 to start its season.
Also in Section 1:
Junior Nolan Egan slipped through Ardsley's line and blocked the winning field-goal attempt with :44 to go in his varsity debut to preserve Pleasantville's 7-6 victory.
Egan also had a sack in the game.
• James Luciano returned a pair of kicks for touchdowns as John Jay East Fishkill rolled past Fox Lane 46-0. Luciano returned a punt 69 yards for one score and a free kick following a safety 65 yards for the other TD.
More special teams: Whitehall blocked two punts and an extra point in a 54-6 win over Cohoes. For good measure, the defense brought back two interceptions for TDs.
• Maryvale scored the final 22 points of the game, all in the fourth quarter, to open with a 30-24 win over Cleveland Hill Ray Blackwell (eight catches for 126 yards, two TDs) caught the