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) 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.
#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.