September 24, 2022 By Vaseline

Ramsay leads Mamaroneck to defeat White Plains

WHITE PLAINS — White Plains and Mamaroneck have played four quarters of football against each other since 1911.

But the 2022 version was effectively over after just two quarters as of Friday night.

White Plains, who won that 1911 game and held a 31-11 advantage (with a tie) in their matchups, tied Friday’s game 7-7 early in the first quarter.

After that it was all Mamaroneck.

To a certain extent, it was all Jack Ramsay.

The elder running back, who started on offense for the first time due to a teammate’s injury, ran for three long touchdowns in the first half and another big hit in the second half as Mamaroneck rolled to 42-14.

What it means

White Plains, down 35-7 at halftime, couldn’t help themselves in the early stages as Mamaroneck got the ball in White Plains territory and conceded after a White Plains fumble and an interception.

“It was groundbreaking,” said Michael Lindberg, White Plains coach, of the turnovers.

He also pointed to several penalties, adding: “Stupid mistakes have put us behind. But those are all things we can fix.”

With the loss, White Plains is down 3-0 and Mamaroneck advanced to a perfect 3-0.

player of the game

Mamaroneck's Jack Ramsay scores a touchdown during their football game against White Plains at White Plains High School September 23, 2022.

Perfect might also be a good way to describe Ramsay’s night.

The triple athlete (soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse) displayed monster play on both sides of the ball.

Ramsay, who started in the backfield while Demari Hamilton was sidelined through injury, opened the scoring with a 38-yard TD run in the first quarter, followed by a 71-yard touchdown in the second quarter and capped the offense with a 60-. Hof, TD run in the third quarter.

In all, he carried the ball eight times for 195 yards.

And Ramsay also ruled from his linebacker position. He had 21 tackles, five for losses (including two sacks) and forced two fumbles, one of which early key-envelope teammate Henry Mackie recovered.

Based on the numbers

Mamaroneck quarterback Jason Cox carries the ball during their football game against White Plains at White Plains High School September 23, 2022.

Mamaroneck (3-0) — As good as he was, Ramsay was only part of the story. Quarterback Jason Cox carried eight carries for 64 yards and three touchdowns. His TDs were five yards, 14 yards and one yard. The 14-yarder made it 21-7 in the first quarter and came after Cox knocked down a high snap and was surrounded deep in the backfield by three White Plains defenders but evaded them and everyone else. Cox also completed eight of 15 passes. Zach Sheppard was six to six extra points. Andrew Glinski had the early interception for Mamaroneck.

White Plains quarterback Sammy Mendez looks for some space against Mamaroneck during their football game at White Plains High School on September 23, 2022.

White levels (0-3) — Isaiah Thelemaque, who left the game in the third quarter with a leg injury, made White Plains’ first TD on a 9-yard run to end the game 7-7 with a 7-36 in the first quarter. White Plains wouldn’t score again until quarterback Sammy Mendez got in play from two yards in the fourth quarter. Fabian Perez converted both PAT attempts.

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You said so

Of his three TDs, Ramsay said he enjoyed his second best, noting that he turned after his goal and saw his entire team running towards him, and then fellow Henry Bennett lifted him in the air.

He said his team had to “lock itself in” after White Plains’ first TD, and it did so with a “revived spirit.”

Mamaroneck head coach Anthony Vitti praised the work of assistant coach David Smith for “stabilizing” a struggling team.

While his squad remains winless, Lindberg saw some positives.

“I think we ran pretty well,” he said.

And he added, “I felt like the kids were playing the whole game hard.”

What’s next

White Plains play in Ossining on Friday at 18:00.

Mamaroneck will play the Yonkers Brave next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Saunders High School.

Nancy Haggerty covers cross country, track and field hockey, downhill skiing, ice hockey, girls’ lacrosse and other sporting events for The Journal News/lohud. Follow her on Twitter at both @HaggertyNancy and @LoHudHockey.