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 (6-0, Last Week: #1) It wasn't easy but the Vikings found a way to overcome a 14-0 deficit and rally for the 17-14 victory over Curtis on Friday night. Brandon Smith '20 connected on a 30-yard FG late in the fourth quarter to push South Shore to the win to stay unbeaten on the season. Next: Friday @ Flushing.
#2) Tottenville (5-1, Last Week: #2) After suffering their first defeat of the season last week, the Pirates got back on the winning side of things as QB T.J. Brown '19 threw for 172 yards and 2 TDs. Tottenville opened up a tight game in the second half and ran away with it for a 33-12 win over New Dorp on Saturday morning. Next: Friday vs. #8 Curtis.
#3) Erasmus Hall (5-1, Last Week: #4) The offense for the Dutchmen got on track in a big way on Friday afternoon against Fort Hamilton as QB Jordan Armstead '20 threw for 2 TDs and rushed for a pair of others and the Brooklyn power cruised to a solid and convincing 45-8 win. Next: Saturday vs. #7 Abraham Lincoln.
#4) Midwood (5-1, Last Week: #6) It was a special game for WR David Stephens '20 as he returned the opening kickoff for a TD and then hauled in two TD catches in helping the Hornets down Abraham Lincoln at home on Saturday afternoon 36-22. Next: Saturday @ Fort Hamilton.
#5) Msgr. Farrell (4-2, Last Week: #3) Going on the road on Saturday afternoon to take on a reeling Archbishop Stepinac team, the Lions led 17-14 early in the third quarter as QB Michael Regan '19 had two TDs before Farrell gave up 21 unanswered to fall for the second week in a row. Next: Saturday @ #2 in Class A Fordham Prep.
#6) Cardinal Hayes (1-3, Last Week: #5) While WR Jalen Smith '20 proved to be a versatile weapon as he returned a kickoff for a TD and caught a long pass for a TD, the all-around attack of St. Anthony's proved to be too much for the Cardinals as Hayes went to Long Island and fell to the longtime CHSFL power 56-32. Next: Saturday vs. Chaminade.
#7) Abraham Lincoln (4-2, Last Week: #7) Even with RB Israel Abanikanda '20 scoring a pair of first-half TDs, the Lincoln defense couldn't stop the Midwood offense on Saturday afternoon as the Railsplitters fell on the road 36-22 in a game that saw the offense continuously move the ball, with the defense struggling in the defeat. Next: Saturday @ #3 Erasmus Hall.
#8) Curtis (2-4, Last Week: #9) Jumping ahead of South Shore 14-0 early on in Brooklyn on Friday night, the Warriors showed just how dangerous a team they can be. They ended up falling in a heartbreaker 17-14 in a game that saw RB Sam Martin '22 score a TD while rushing for over 100 yards against one of NYC's best defensive units. Next: Friday @ #2 Tottenville.
#9) Lehman (5-1, Last Week: NR) After losing to Harry Truman last week in one of the bigger shock results of the season, the Lions came back and showed off their great defense while RB Dwayne Moore '19 rushed for a late TD to help Lehman come away with the 14-0 victory over Port Richmond. Next: Saturday @ New Utrecht.
#10) Canarsie (3-3, Last Week: NR) Coming back into the rankings for the first time in a over a month, the Chiefs have been playing better football as of late and got a pair of TDs on the ground on Saturday from Lamy Constant '20 to propel Canarsie past Susan Wagner on the road 18-0. Next: Friday vs. DeWitt Clinton.
#1) Bayside (6-0, Last Week: #2) Once again it was a day all about what QB/K Douglas Flug '19 could do. Having passed for two TDs, Flug would come on and kick a 33-yard FG as time expired to see Bayside take down Grand Street Campus on the road 31-28 and claim the NYC Class A #1 ranking. Next: Friday @ Frank Macchiarola Educational Complex.
#2) Fordham Prep (5-1, Last Week: #3) It was a four-TD day for QB Derek Bufano '19 as the Rams fought back from what was a 20-8 deficit in the opening half to take the 35-27 victory over previously undefeated Moore Catholic and solidify themselves as a true CHSFL contender this season. Next: Saturday vs. #5 in Class AA Msgr. Farrell.
#3) Moore Catholic (5-1, Last Week: #1) With RB Justin Lacks '20 rushing for an early TD to put the Mavericks up 12-8 it looked as if Moore would run its way to another victory. But with Lacks picking up an ankle injury and the Mavericks defense struggling, Moore would lose for the first time this season on Saturday in falling to Fordham Prep 35-27. Next: Saturday vs. #9 Xaverian.
#4) James Madison (5-1, Last Week: #5) Coming off their first loss of the season last week to Bayside, the Golden Knights went back home and made quick work of Franklin D. Roosevelt 30-0 as RB Mark Shepherd '20 got back on track with a pair of TD runs to help Madison get back in the win column. Next: Saturday @ Springfield Gardens.