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 (7-0, Last Week: #1) The Vikings had a field day on Friday afternoon against a winless Flushing team as star freshman RB Zuberi Mobley '22 had a pair of TD runs while the defense held the Red Devils to negative total yards from scrimmage in what was a thoroughly dominating performance for a 57-0 victory. Next: Saturday @ Brooklyn Tech.
#2) Tottenville (6-1, Last Week: #2) Once again RB Roland Dempster '20 proved to be too much as the junior put together a huge second half to finish with 232 rushing yards and a pair of TDs in a 40-14 runaway victory for the Pirates over their arch-rivals from Curtis as they continue to keep pace and stay among the elite in NYC. Next: Saturday @ Port Richmond.
#3) Erasmus Hall (6-1, Last Week: #3) In what was a complete and total effort all around, the Dutchmen got four TDs in the air from QB Jordan Armstead '20 in pummeling Abraham Lincoln at home 51-14 on Saturday. It was the most lopsided win in this storied rivalry since 1989 as Erasmus continues to roll through PSAL competition. Next: Saturday vs. #10 Canarsie.
#4) Midwood (6-1, Last Week: #4) With the defense once again holding up its end of the bargain in containing Fort Hamilton, the offense for the Hornets came to life in the second half as Tyrese Weeks '20 plowed his way through for two TDs and Midwood rolled home late to a 28-6 home win. Next: Saturday vs. #7 JFK.
#5) Msgr. Farrell (5-2, Last Week: #5) A dominating effort against Class A Fordham Prep allowed the Lions to go on the road and take the 48-21 victory. QB Mike Regan '19 had four TDs, three of which came in the air, to help propel Msgr. Farrell to the win and get them back on the winning track after back-to-back defeats. Next: Friday vs. St. Anthony's.
#6) Cardinal Hayes (2-3, Last Week: #6) Playing at home against a struggling Chaminade team was just what the doctor ordered for Cardinal Hayes as Jeremye Brown '19 and Tafari Mason '19 each ran for two TDs in a 47-10 victory for the Cardinals over the Flyers. They look to be peaking at just the right time of the year. Next: Saturday vs. Archbishop Stepinac.
#7) JFK (5-2, Last Week: NR) Using a nice balance of the run and pass the Knights were able to roll past Brooklyn Tech on Saturday afternoon 24-6 as RB Chris Boadi '20 had a TD run with 88 yards on the ground. JFK jumps back into the top 10 and has a couple of chances coming up to make more noise and move up even higher. Next: Saturday @ #4 Midwood.
#8) Lehman (6-1, Last Week: #9) A strong game from Marc Duplessy '19 helped Lehman get past New Utrecht on the road 32-20 on Saturday evening as the strong-armed QB had a pair of TDs through the air and one more on the ground in a solid win. The Lions continue to build themselves into a PSAL City Division contender. Next: Saturday vs. Boys & Girls.
#9) Abraham Lincoln (4-3, Last Week: #7) Yet another week where the Railsplitters had a chance to make a statement and prove themselves to be among the PSAL's best, but Lincoln couldn't get the job done. Even behind a pair of TD throws from Tylik Bethea '20 they couldn't get the necessary stops against Erasmus Hall in what would be a tough 51-14 defeat. Next: Friday vs. Harry Truman.
#10) Canarsie (4-3 Last Week: #10) For one of the first times this season the Chiefs offense came alive as RB Lamy Constant '20 had a pair of TDs and 129 yards rushing to help Canarsie to a 44-6 win over DeWitt Clinton. The defense has been strong and effective all season long but the offense seems to be coming into form at just the right time. Next: Saturday @ #3 Erasmus Hall.
#1) Bayside (7-0, Last Week: #1) It was another sterling performance from QB Douglas Flug '19 as the big senior had 207 yards in the air and passed for four TDs in a dominating 34-6 victory on Friday afternoon over Frank Macchiarola. Jordy Chen '20 rushed for over 100 yards as well as the Commodores continued to flex their muscles in the PSAL. Next: Friday vs. Springfield Gardens.
#2) Fordham Prep (5-2, Last Week: #2) Going up against a AA team, and a deep and talented one at that in Msgr. Farrell, meant that the odds were too much for the Rams to overcome. Jack Goodkin '19 had a TD reception in this one but the Lions offense proved to be more than they could handle in a 48-21 defeat at Farrell's hands. Next: Saturday @ Kellenberg.
#3) James Madison (6-1, Last Week: #4) After weeks of controlling games on the ground the Golden Knights look to be going through the air now a bit more as QB Maurace Morris '19 for the second straight game passed for three TDs and Madison easily dispatched Franklin D. Roosevelt on Saturday, 44-0. Next: Saturday vs. Frederick Douglass Academy.
#4) Xavier (4-3, Last Week: #6) The rushing game was on point for the Knights on Saturday evening as Daniel Vittiburga '19 continued his stellar season by running for 142 yards and four TDs in a 48-27 win over Mount St. Michael. Matt Geruso '20 ran for a pair of TDs as well in the