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 (4-0, Last Week: No. 1) The dominating offensive ways of the Pirates continued this past week as they blitzed past Susan Wagner at home on Friday night 42-0 as QB T.J. Brown '19 had two TDs via the air, and another on the ground to push Tottenville to 4-0 heading into what looks to be the PSAL Game of the Year. Next: Friday @ No. 3 South Shore.
#2) Msgr. Farrell (4-0, Last Week: No. 2) Needing a last second-stand, the Lions held Cardinal Hayes on fourth down from inside the 15-yard line to come away with an impressive 26-24 victory over the Cardinals at home on Friday night. LB Chris Ortalano '19 scooped up a blocked punt and ran it in for the game-winning TD in the fourth quarter to help Msgr. Farrell grab a major CHSFL win. Next: Saturday vs. Iona Prep.
#3) South Shore (4-0, Last Week: No. 3) After giving up their first points of the season during the fourth quarter of last week's win over Erasmus Hall, the Vikings defense got another zero up on the board as the defense led by LB Ivancile Jules '19 held New Utrecht scoreless for a 26-0 victory on the road on Friday with South Shore now heading into what looks to be the PSAL Game of the Year. Next: Friday vs. No. 1 Tottenville.
#4) Midwood (4-0, Last Week: No. 5) It was another strong showing this week on both sides of the ball for the Hornets as led by QB Michael Bernard '19 who threw for two TDs it was Midwood easing past DeWitt Clinton on Friday afternoon 30-6 in what was a near-shutout performance on the defensive side as well if not for a last-minute touchdown. Next: Friday vs. No. 5 Erasmus Hall.
#5) Erasmus Hall (3-1, Last Week: No. 6) Falling short last week to South Shore in their first-regular season loss in nearly two years, Erasmus came back with a vengeance on Saturday as they went to the Bronx and defeated JFK 34-0 as QB Jordan Arsmstead '20 had a smooth rhythm going to the tune of three TDs in helping the Dutchmen get back on track heading into another huge matchup. Next: Friday @ No. 4 Midwood.
#6) Cardinal Hayes (0-2, Last Week: No. 4) Leading for nearly the entire game on the road against Msgr. Farrell, the Cardinals saw a blocked punt with under five minutes to go in the game be run back for the game-winning TD in what was a 26-24 loss to the Lions. QB Sofian Massoud '20 threw three TDs in the defeat. Hayes now goes home this week looking for win No. 1. Next: Friday vs. No. 9 Christ the King.
#7) Lehman (4-0, Last Week: No. 7) As much as people didn't want to believe in the Lions this season coming up from the Bowl Division to the City Division of the PSAL, they keep showing that they belong as they demonstrated once again in a 51-0 blowout victory over Flushing on Saturday night. Eric Williams '19 had another huge day on the ground with three TD runs in what was a dominating all-around performance from the Bronx power. Next: Friday @ Harry Truman.
#8) Abraham Lincoln (3-1, Last Week: No. 9) After a setback in Week 1, the Railsplitters have since been clicking in every way as on Friday night it was Israel Abinikanda '20 who ran for 140 yards and a pair of TDs in a solid 36-20 win over Canarsie. The Lincoln O-Line was a huge difference as well, creating all the running room as the Railsplitters again look to be a force in the PSAL. Next: Sunday @ Boys and Girls.
#9) Christ the King (1-3, Last Week: NR) Moving back into the top 10 this week are the Royals, who have been competitive in each of their CHSFL games this season but were winless heading into Sunday's matchup with Chaminade. Christ the King though made a pair of big defensive stands late, headed by DL Jared Harrison-Hunte '19 to get win No, 1 at home over Chaminade, 14-7. Next: Friday @ No. 6 Cardinal Hayes.
#10) Susan Wagner (3-1, Last Week: No. 8) Coming into the week unbeaten and with a ton of confidence, Wagner was downed by our No. 1 Tottenville team 42-0 as the offense never found a rhythm, even though the defense did look solid for most of the opening half before they wore down and faltered down the stretch in their first loss of the season. Next: Sunday vs. New Utrecht.
#1) Moore Catholic (4-0, Last Week: No. 1) Rising to the challenge of playing one of the CHSFL's top defenses, Moore Catholic got two TDs passes from QB Vincent Scarola '19 as the Mavericks were able to coast to an impressive 38-14 victory on the road on Saturday night. The win keeps Moore unbeaten so far this season. Next: Saturday vs. Mount St. Michael.
#2) Bayside (4-0, Last Week: No. 2) The Commodores kept on rolling as defensively they pitched a shutout in dominating Thomas Jefferson to the tune of a 41-0 home win on Saturday afternoon. On offense, QB Douglas Flug '19 again threw for a pair of TDs as the big signal caller ran the show to perfection for Bayside leading up to the big PSAL Bowl Division showdown this coming Friday. Next: Friday vs. No. 3 James Madison.
#3) James Madison (4-0, Last Week: No. 3) It was all about the running game on Saturday for the Golden Knights as RB Mark Shepherd '20 continues to thrive for Madison as he ran for two TDs in what was an easy 30-0 win over Lafayette. The game sets them up perfectly for what is the Bowl Division matchup of the year in the PSAL with the two best in the league on Friday set to square off. Next: Friday @ No. 2 Bayside.
#4) Fordham Prep (3-1, Last Week: No. 6) Controlling the game both in the air and on the ground, the Rams were able to roll past St. Joseph by the Sea on Saturday 37-0 to get their third win in a row in proving to be a force in the