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   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:

Class AA

#1) South Shore (5-0, Last Week: #3) The Vikings did it again by knocking off another NYC powerhouse in Tottenville as QB Darius Thompson '19 ran it in from 32 yards with under a minute to go in the game to see South Shore down the Pirates 33-28 after trailing at the half by 14. Next Week: Friday vs. No. 9 Curtis.

#2) Tottenville (4-1, Last Week: #1) It looked for a good portion of Friday's game in Brooklyn against South Shore that the Pirates would head back to Staten Island with a victory. RB Mike Jones '19 ran in a TD while also catching one and taking it to the house for 68 yards, but it wasn't enough as Tottenville fell for the first time this season. Next: Saturday @ New Dorp.

#3) Msgr. Farrell (4-1, Last Week: #2) Going into its game with fellow unbeaten Iona Prep on Saturday the Lions' confidence was soaring. The potent offense of the Gaels, though, caused all sorts of problems for Farrell in what would be a 49-14 defeat. QB Mike Regan '19 ran for one TD and threw for another in what was otherwise a very tough defeat for the Lions. Next: Saturday @ Archbishop Stepinac.

#4) Erasmus Hall (4-1, Last Week: #5) In a hard-fought battle from start to finish, the Dutchmen scored the only TD of the game in the second quarter on the defensive side of the ball as they were able to hold on and stop Midwood inside the 10-yard line late to come away with a 6-0 victory and prove that they are still among the elite in the PSAL. Next: Friday vs. Fort Hamilton.

#5) Cardinal Hayes (1-2, Last Week: #6) The Cardinals got into the win column as QB Sofian Massoud '20 had two TD's to lead the way for Cardinal Hayes as they scored the game-winning touchdown with under five minutes to go and held on from there to defeat Christ the King 24-18 and inch their way up the CHSFL standings. Next: Friday @ St. Anthony's.

#6) Midwood (4-1, Last Week: #4) Having chance after chance, the Hornets couldn't convert against Erasmus Hall on Friday afternoon with a final-minute attempt from inside the red zone being turned away. Even though Midwood shined defensively, they couldn't get the ball in the end zone, causing them to fall for the first time this season 6-0. Next: Saturday vs. #7 Abraham Lincoln.

#7) Abraham Lincoln (4-1, Last Week: #8) Playing their archrivals in Boys and Girls on Sunday afternoon the Raisplitters made quick work of the Kangaroos as they got two TDs from RB Israel Abanikanda '20 and pushed open a close game at the half to pull away for the convincing 41-6 win. Next: Saturday @ #6 Midwood.

#8) Susan Wagner (4-1, Last Week: #9) Coming off their first loss of the season the Falcons were able to fly past New Utrecht on Sunday 22-6 behind the strong play of a solid secondary, and the two TD passes from Joseph Thorpe, who got back on track in a big way to lead Wagner to the victory. Next: Saturday vs. Canarsie.

#9) Curtis (2-3, Last Week: NR) After what could only be categorized as a rough start to the season, Curtis is rounding into form as proven by the 42-14 victory on Friday over Fort Hamilton. QB Gennaro Basciano '20 had two TDs in the air for the Warriors as this young group looks to finally be coming together. Next: Friday @ #1 South Shore.

#10) Christ the King (1-4, Last Week: #9) They may not be getting the wins that they want but the Royals have yet to be out of a game against New York competition this season. That continued on Saturday night when Christ the King was tied late on the road against Cardinal Hayes before ultimately falling 24-18, though it was another strong game on the ground from talented young RB Tirek Murphy '20. Next: Saturday @ Iona Prep.

Class A

#1) Moore Catholic (5-0, Last Week: #1) Every time the Mavericks are presented with a big game they seem to respond with flying colors. This week saw a visit to Staten Island from Mount St. Michael, and with RB Justin Lacks '20 continuing to prove why he is among the CHSFL's top talents with a pair of TD runs, Moore was able to run away with a 42-12 victory to stay undefeated on the year. Next: Saturday vs. #3 Fordham Prep.

#2) Bayside (5-0, Last Week: #2) It wasn't an easy or even a pretty game for the most part but the Commodores managed to grind it out against our previously ranked #3 James Madison team as QB Douglas Flug '19 had a pair of TDs to help propel Bayside past the Golden Knights 25-20 in what very well could be a preview of the Bowl Division title game. Next: Saturday @ Grand Street Campus.

#3) Fordham Prep (4-1, Last Week: #4) While leading just 10-7 at the half over St. Francis Prep on Saturday, the Rams were able to come up with big plays on both sides of the ball in the second half as LB Jake Torres '20 scored a TD off of a fumble recovery to seal a 34-13 victory. Next: Saturday vs. #1 Moore Catholic.

#4) Xavier (3-2, Last Week: #6) Led by a strong rushing effort from Daniel Vittiburga '19, who scored late in the second quarter to put the Knights in front, Xavier was able to get a pair of big defensive stops down the stretch to see them hold on and take down St. Peter's 13-7 in what was a big home CHSFL league win. Next: Saturday vs. Holy Trinity.

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#5) James Madison (4-1, Last Week: #3) Getting a pair of TDs through the air from QB Maurace Morris '19, Madison held tight on the road throughout against Bayside but couldn't overcome an early deficit in falling to the Commodores 25-20 and taking their first loss of the season. Next: Saturday vs. Franklin D. Roosevelt.

#6) Xaverian (3-2, Last Week: #7) This weekend seemed to be full of games that may have not been played all that great, but it's only the final score that matters as the Clippers proved. They were able to get a fourth-quarter TD from RB Shane Greene '20 to help Xaverian hold off St. Joseph by the Sea in dramatic fashion 22-18 and keep them in the conversation of contenders for a CHSFL title. Next: Friday vs. #9 St. Peter's.

#7) East Harlem Pride (5-0, Last Week: #8) After a close game a week ago that saw East Harlem pull out a close one it was back to dominating form for the Pride as RB Dajon Gilbert rushed for 118 yards and two TDs in a 40-0 victory over Beach Channel with East Harlem also scoring on the defensive side in the excellent start-to-finish effort. Next: Saturday vs. Thomas Jefferson.

#8) Tilden (4-1, Last Week: #9) It was an offensive barrage for the Blue Devils who got tgree TDs from talented young RB Giovanni Philippe '21 as Tilden was able to blow by Thomas Jefferson at home 44-13. With the offense again dominating it was the defense that seems to continue to improve and give Tilden a solid balance on both sides of the ball. Next: Saturday @ Franklin K. Lane.

#9) St. Peter's (2-3, Last Week: #5) For yet another week it's the Eagles offense that went cold as they did enough to give themselves a chance defensively against Xavier at home on Saturday. WR Eric Torres '19 had a TD reception for St. Peter's but that was all they could muster in what was ultimately a tough 13-7 defeat. Next: Friday @ #6 Xaverian.

#10) Eagle Academy II (3-2, Last Week: NR) Opening the season with losses to Bayside and Tilden put Eagle II in a hole but they have more than climbed out of it after a strong 24-6 victory over Frederick Douglass Academy on Sunday. RB Tywon Johnson Jr. '20 ran for a pair of TDs in the win for the Eagles, who are now winners of two in a row. Next: Saturday @ Christopher Columbus.

Class B

#1) KIPP NYC College Prep (4-0, Last Week: #1) In a #1 vs. #2 matchup it was KIPP, led by RB Sean Tyrrell '19 with three TDs, putting away Petrides for the 34-14 road victory. The win solidifies KIPP as the top team in the PSAL Cup Division and puts them in prime position to hold on to the top spot the rest of the year. Next: Saturday vs. Benjamin Cardozo.

#2) Poly Prep (3-2, Last Week: #3) After a pair of losses to open the season the Blue Devils are now winners of three in a row with a 26-12 win over The Pingry School (NJ) on Saturday evening. It's becoming clear that Poly Prep is a serious contender for the MIFL title this year as they are hitting their stride as we head toward the end of the regular season. Next: Saturday @ Rye Country Day.

#3) Petrides (3-1, Last Week: #2) RB Tyheer Tucker '19 had another strong game as he rushed for a pair of TD's, but the offense for Petrides ran dry in the second half as they fell to #1 KIPP at home on Friday night 34-14. It was a disappointing loss but one that did prove they can hang with the very best in the Cup Division. Next: Friday vs. Information Technology.

#4) Stuyvesant (3-1, Last Week: NR) Coming into the rankings for the first time this season are the Peglegs as they have rebounded from an early-season eight-point loss to Petrides and look like a Cup Division contender in the PSAL. RB Kevin Chan '19 ran for 2 TDs in what was a solid 30-6 victory over August Martin on Friday to push them in here at #4. Next: Saturday @ George Washington.

#5) Horace Mann (3-1, Last Week: NR) With just one loss on the season it's now three wins in a row for the Lions as they pitched a shutout to take down Harvey on Saturday 36-0. It was a solid defensive effort but the offense also had their best performance of the season as Horace Mann will look to continue their strong play next week in New Jersey. Next: Saturday @ Newark Academy (NJ).


  
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