Leading off today:
Mike Libert and Elio Velez track the New York City high school football scene for the New York State Sportswriters Association. Here's Mike's weekly rundown of where the top teams stand at the moment:
1) Erasmus Hall (2-0) -- It was a blowout early for the Dutchmen who went to Staten Island on Saturday and came home with a convincing 44-0 victory. Erasmus went up early 24-0 at the half led by duel threat QB Jordan Armstead '20 who scored with both his arm and his legs in what was a strong effort by the Dutchmen who are now 2-0 with both wins coming on the road on Staten Island. They finally will come home this Friday when they host a young and very talented South Shore team.
2) Tottenville (2-0) -- The Pirates took it to a Brooklyn team for the second straight week as after downing Lincoln to start out 49-14 it was Boys & Girls feeling Tottenville's wrath on Friday with a 47-0 win. Scoring five TDs on the ground, Tottenville got a pair of touchdowns from RB Justyn Ellam '20 to lead the way. Next week it will be an early forfeit win over Flushing before coming back on the 28th at home against fellow unbeaten Susan Wagner.
3) Msgr. Farrell (2-0) -- It wasn't easy for the Lions but they were able to get a pair of TD passes from QB Michael Regan '19, including one midway through the fourth quarter to win it and take down Christ the King on the road 15-14 after going for the 2-point conversation and making it to ultimately take the lead. It's a perfect start so far for Farrell, which moves up a spot this week and will next head to Long Island to face off with Chaminade next Saturday.
4) Cardinal Hayes (0-0) -- Another week without a game for the Cardinals who fall from third to fourth because of their inactivity. It wasn't necessarily the fault of Hayes but they just haven't had the ability to showcase what they can do in a game because of Hamden Hall (CT) pulling out of a non-league game against them on short notice. Sofian Massoud '20 is one of the area's top QB prospects and he and the Cardinals should be ready when they finally hit the field on Saturday on the road at Iona Prep.
5) Midwood (2-0) -- While some may have had doubts about Midwood going into the big game on Saturday against defending PSAL champion Curtis, the Hornets believed and came up with the big plays late as RB Tyrese Weeks '20 scored on a 65-yard run, and then the defense came up with a big stop late to have Midwood hold on for a huge 22-20 road victory on Staten Island. Friday will see Midwood play its home opener as they will take on New Dorp looking to go 3-0 on the young year.
6) South Shore (2-0) -- Even though RB Zubrei Mobley '22 had a pair of TDs it continues to be the South Shore defense that leads the way as they Vikings have yet to give up a point through two games as they easily rolled past Fort Hamilton on Friday night at home 34-0. South Shore will now look to keep up the scoreless streak this coming week, though it will be significantly tougher when the Vikings go on the road on Friday afternoon to face off with Erasmus Hall.
7) Lehman (2-0) -- As the PSAL Bowl Division champions a year ago, the Lions moved up to the City Division this season and haven't lost a beat as they moved to 2-0 with an impressive 28-14 victory on Saturday over Canarsie. QB Marc Duplessy '19 had a pair of TD throws, with his brother Jaylen Duplessy '19 the recipient in one of those TD strikes as Lehman scored 28 unanswered to get the big win. Looking to stay perfect, the Lions will next take on DeWitt Clinton in a road test on Saturday.
8) Susan Wagner (2-0) -- Getting great play from QB Joseph Thorpe '20, who went 7-9 for 128 yards and 2 TDs, the Falcons were able to push out to an early lead and never look back in what ended up being a 26-14 victory over DeWitt Clinton. Going to 2-0 for the first time since 2009, Wagner now will look to get to 3-0 in what looks on paper to be another winnable game when they host Brooklyn Tech on Saturday on Staten Island in what should be another game with a strong offensive output.
9) Curtis (0-2) -- When your record is 0-2 it can be tough to say you are one of the 10 best teams in NYC. But having dropped a game against Erasmus Hall in Week 1, the Warriors fell for the second straight time when they were on the wrong end of a 22-20 score to another highly ranked team in Midwood. Even behind the 125 yards on the ground of RB Sam Martin '22 it wasn't enough to get the Warriors the win. Abraham Lincoln now awaits next in a must win for both teams.
10) Christ the King (0-2) -- Joining Curtis at 0-2, Christ the King had its chances on Saturday against Msgr. Farrell and led for a good portion of the game before a late TD and 2-point conversation set them back in what ended up being a 15-14 loss for the Royals. RB Tirek Murphy '20 did his part with a strong game on the ground, finishing with near 100 yards and a TD but it wasn't enough. The tests will continue to be tough as Christ the King will next get St. Anthony's at home on Saturday.
1) Moore Catholic (2-0) -- Maybe not the defensive effort that Moore Catholic would've liked but the Mavericks denied a 2-point try late and held off Holy Cross at home for a 34-32 victory. Justin Lacks '20 continues to show why he is one of the top RBs in the CHSFL this season as he ran for 221 yards and 3 TDs to lead the way. Moore will next look to get back to its strong defensive showing from Week 1 when it hosts St. Francis Prep on Saturday.
2) Bayside (2-0) -- Offensively it seems as if the Commodores are just on a different level from the rest of the teams in the PSAL Bowl Division right now as QB Douglas Flug '19 was 14-for-18 for 253 yards and 4 TDs in what was a dominant 53-18 win over Tilden. The defense also is playing extremely well as Bayside will look to keep up the strong early-season play when they come back home on Saturday to face off with Eagle Academy II.
3) Xavier (2-0) -- Once again the Knights got a great performance in the backfield from RB Daniel Vittiburga '19 as for the second straight week the senior had a pair of rushing TDs in what ended up being a 42-7 victory on the road against St. John the Baptist on Sunday afternoon. After giving up a TD on the opening drive of the game, Xavier stayed perfect the rest of the way in the win. A major matchup of CHSFL powers awaits next Saturday when Xavier plays host to Kellenberg.
4) James Madison (2-0) -- For the second straight week it was a complete defensive outing by the Golden Knights as