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) Tottenville (3-0, Last Week: #2) The Pirates won by forfeit this week as Flushing has yet to put a team on the field this season. Tottenville has been clicking on all cylinders through two games and should be an offensive force to reckon with the rest of the way. Next: Friday vs. No. 8 Susan Wagner.
#2) Msgr. Farrell (3-0, Last Week: #3) WR Christian Tait '19 had three TDs as the Lions went on the road and were able to knock off Chaminade 34-20. Farrell held a commanding 27-7 lead in the third quarter before a late scare, though it was a strong win on the road in CHSFL play going into their Game of the Week matchup on Friday. Next: Friday vs. No. 4 Cardinal Hayes.
#3) South Shore (3-0, Last Week: #6) QB Darrius Thompson '19 threw for a TD though it was the South Shore defense that held Erasmus Hall scoreless through three quarters and did enough to have the Vikings hold on for a 20-12 victory -- picking up the school's biggest football win in years. Next: Saturday @ New Utrecht.
#4) Cardinal Hayes (0-1, Last Week: #4) In one of the wilder games of the weekend, QB Sofian Massoud '20 nearly led the Cardinals back from a major deficit as he ran for three TDs and threw for two more though a late rally couldn't get them over the top in a 51-48 defeat on the road in the season opener against Iona Prep. Next: Friday @ No. 2 Msgr. Farrell.
#5) Midwood (3-0, Last Week: #5) It was a fantastic day on the ground for Tyrese Weeks '20 as the junior RB rushed for three TDs in what was a dominating 40-6 victory for the Hornets that saw them roll over their Staten Island foes to maintain pace with many of the traditional NYC powers. Next: Friday @ DeWitt Clinton.
#6) Erasmus Hall (2-1, Last Week: #1) For the first time since Oct. 29, 2016, the Dutchmen fell during the regular season as even with a pair of Jordan Armstead '20 TD throws in the fourth quarter, Erasmus ran out of time in what was a 20-12 home loss to South Shore on Friday. Next: Saturday @ No. 10 JFK.
#7) Lehman (3-0, Last Week: #7) It was some kind of day for RB Eric Williams '19 as he ran for 234 yards and two TDs on 12 carries in what would be a 30-6 victory over DeWitt Clinton. The victory puts the Lions win streak at 24 games as the move up to the PSAL City Division has them now shining among the best. Next: Saturday vs. Flushing.
#8) Susan Wagner (3-0, Last Week: #8) Another shutout performance for what is looking to be one of the better defenses in the PSAL. The Falcons were able to roll 20-0 over Brooklyn Tech as James Morse '19 ran for over 100 yards and a TD to lead the way for Susan Wagner. Next: Friday @ No. 1 Tottenville.
#9) Abraham Lincoln (2-1, Last Week: NR) Going out to Staten Island the Railsplitters got a huge late-game stand to pull out a 28-21 win over Curtis. Tyliek Bethea '19 had it going through the air with a pair of TD tosses as Lincoln now looks to get things going and become a power to watch once again in the PSAL. Next: Friday vs. Canarsie.
#10) JFK (2-1, Last Week: NR) After losing in Week 1 in a tight battle at Susan Wagner, the Knights have now won two straight as Gary Kennedy '19 ran for a pair of TDs in what was a 24-6 victory over Canarsie. The defense rose to the challenge in a major way for the second straight week. Next: Saturday vs. No. 6 Erasmus Hall.
#1) Moore Catholic (3-0, Last Week: #1) The Mavericks made quick work of St. Francis Prep at home on Saturday by taking down the Terriers 36-6 by scoring the first 22 points of the game behind Justin Lacks '20, who continues to prove himself as one of the top all-around offensive weapons in the CHSFL this season. Next: Saturday @ No. 4 Xavier.
#2) Bayside (3-0 Last Week: #2) While things didn't go especially well in the air this week for the Commodores, RB Jordy Chen '20 ran for 147 yards and a TD in a 21-7 victory over Eagle Academy III to keep them as the team to beat in the PSAL Bowl Division so far this season. Next: Saturday vs. Thomas Jefferson.
#3) James Madison (3-0, Last Week: #4) The entire offense had things clicking early and often for the Golden Knights as QB Maurace Morris '19 for ran for a pair of TDs, while also throwing for one in Madison's 44-13 victory at Thomas Jefferson. Next: Saturday vs. Lafayette Educational Complex.
#4) Xavier (2-1, Last Week: #3) While the Knights kept it close for three quarters the game got away from Xavier late as they fell 47-14 to what clearly looks to be one of the best second-division CHSFL teams in Kellenberg on Saturday night even though the Knights got a solid game on the