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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 (8-0, Last Week: #1) It was yet another superb defensive outing for what looks to clearly be the best team on that side of the ball in New York City this season. The Vikings held Brooklyn Tech to just over 50 total yards in the game while Zuberi Mobley '22 ran from two scores in a 33-0 victory for our overall #1 team. Next: Friday @ #8 Abraham Lincoln.

#2) Tottenville (7-1, Last Week: #2) With the Pirates already having an eye on next weekend's showdown with Erasmus Hall you could say it wasn't Tottenville's best performance of the year. But Justyn Ellam had two TDs rushing and nearly 100 yards on the ground to help the Pirates to a 30-16 victory on the road over Port Richmond. Next: Friday vs. #3 Erasmus Hall.

#3) Erasmus Hall (7-1, Last Week: #3) From start to finish it was a complete effort on both sides of the ball for the Dutchmen as Jordan Armstead '20 had a pair of TDs on the ground and one in the air. His outstanding opening half allowed Erasmus Hall to pull away early and coast past Canarsie at home 39-0. Next: Friday @ #2 Tottenville.

#4) Midwood (7-1, Last Week: #4) The top four teams in the PSAL have clearly separated themselves from the pack at this point as Midwood made another statement on Sunday afternoon. Tyrese Weeks '20 ran for 133 yards and 3 TDs in a 48-8 win over a very talented JFK team. Next: Sunday @ Boys and Girls.

#5) Msgr. Farrell (5-3, Last Week: #5) It was a solid effort without question by the Lions as they took on CHSFL favorites St. Anthony's on Staten Island on Friday. Vin Wagner '19 put together a solid game in the backfield as the senior had 106 yards and a TD but it wasn't enough against the powerful Friars and Msgr. Farrell fell in this one, 38-16. Next: Friday vs. #6 Cardinal Hayes (CHSFL Quarterfinals).

#6) Cardinal Hayes (2-4, Last Week: #6) In a game that featured a ton of playoff implications for seeding purposes, the Cardinals hung tough on a cold Sunday night as Sofian Massoud '20 passed for three TDs to keep Cardinal Hayes close. But the offense stalled on the possible game-winning drive and Stepinac was able to hold on and down the Cardinals, 23-20. Next: Friday @ #5 Msgr. Farrell (CHSFL Quarterfinals).

#7) Lehman (7-1, Last Week: #8) It was 100-plus yards on the ground and in the air for Marc Duplessy '19 as the Lions QB threw for 147 yards and two TDs while also gaining 104 yards and two more TDs on the ground. Lehman took a 42-26 victory over Boys and Girls on Sunday to remain in prime position for a deep playoff run. Next: Friday @ #9 JFK.

#8) Abraham Lincoln (5-3, Last Week: #9) The defense proved to be incredibly stout in holding Harry Truman scoreless on Friday evening, while the offense was clicking on all cylinders from start to finish as well with Lloyd Williams '20 running for 119 yards and four TDs to have the Railsplitters run away to a convincing 52-0 win. Next: Friday vs. #1 South Shore.

#9) JFK (5-3, Last Week: #7) Nothing went right on the road for JFK on Sunday afternoon as the Bronx power went to Brooklyn to take on Midwood. The defense couldn't get a stop while the offense couldn't get going as the Knights never got any traction and ultimately fell 48-8 in a game that JFK will look to forget as quickly as possible. Next: Friday vs. #7 Lehman.

#10) Curtis (3-5, Last Week: NR) Needing a win to keep their PSAL playoff hopes alive, the Warriors got a huge game out of the youngest player on the field as Sam Martin '22 ran for 221 yards on 21 carries, rushing for three TDs in what would be a huge come-from-behind, 23-20 victory over Staten Island rival Susan Wagner. Next: Sunday @ New Dorp.


Class A

#1) Bayside (8-0, Last Week: #1) While the Commodores did have another impressive day throwing the ball, they got the ground game going as well on Friday during their 35-6 victory over Springfield Gardens. Jordy Chen '20 had 160 yards on the ground and two TDs in the win to keep Bayside atop the PSAL and our NYC rankings. Next: Friday @ Jamaica.

#2) James Madison (7-1, Last Week: #3) With the defense pitching its third straight shutout and fifth of the year, the Golden Knights would get two TDs from Alex McBurnie '21 to see James Madison run past Frederick Douglass Academy 24-0 and stay among the top threats in Class A in New York City this season. Next: Sunday @ #8 Eagle Academy II.

#3) Fordham Prep (5-3, Last Week: #2) Nothing went right for the Rams on the road on Friday night as they fell to one of the CHSFL's best in Kellenberg 41-0. The defense struggled to contain the Firebirds' potent offensive attack, and with the offense sputtering whenever they crossed midfield, the obstacle on the road proved to be too much to overcome. Next: Friday vs. St. John the Baptist (CHSFL Quarterfinals).

#4) Xavier (5-3, Last Week: #4) Getting four TD runs from bruising back Daniel Vittiburga '19, the Knights were able to score early and often in what would be a 40-0 victory on


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  • Friday against St. Francis Prep. It was the perfect way for Xavier to build momentum as they look to make a deep run in the CHSFL playoffs which begin next weekend. Next: Friday @ #6 Xaverian (CHSFL Quarterfinals).

    #5) St. Peter's (4-4, Last Week: #5) The star of Kaiwan Taylor '21 continues to rise as the sophomore had four TDs on the ground, making it seven total in just the past two weeks as the Eagles easily ran past Mount St. Michael on Friday night 42-18 to close out the regular season. The playoff road won't be easy but St. Peter's will surely go in with a lot of confidence. Next: Saturday @ Kellenberg (CHSFL Quarterfinals).

    #6) Xaverian (5-3 Last Week: #6) In what could only be categorized as a grind-it-out, defensively controlled game, the Clippers went out to Long Island and took care of business as the CHSFL West Division champions were able to slug out a 12-10 victory vs. St. John the Baptist. They now prepare for what they hope will be a run to a CHSFL crown. Next: Friday vs. #4 Xavier (CHSFL Quarterfinals).

    #7) Moore Catholic (6-2, Last Week: #7) With star RB Justin Lacks '20 back in the lineup after an injury sidelined him for the past couple of games, the Mavericks offense was officially back on track. Lacks had three TDs rushing as Moore Catholic put up 50 first-half points in what would ultimately be a 63-22 victory for the Mavericks over St. Joseph by the Sea. Next: Saturday @ Holy Trinity (CHSFL Quarterfinals).

    #8) Eagle Academy II (6-2, Last Week: #8) Going on the road is never easy, especially when you have to go to Staten Island early on a Sunday morning. Nothing could faze Eagle Academy though as John Washington '19 had two late TD passes to help the Eagles overcome a second-half deficit and take down McKee/Staten Island Tech, 28-22. Next: Sunday vs. #2 James Madison.

    #9) East Harlem Pride (8-0, Last Week: #9) A tight game was opened up by East Harlem in the fourth quarter as Taj Harvey '19 threw for 196 yards and a TD, while Nelson Montalvo '19 was able to intercept a late pass and run it back for a touchdown as well to help the Pride stay unbeaten and looking to continue their magical run into the playoffs. Next: Sunday vs. Frederick Douglass Academy.

    #10) Franklin K. Lane (6-2, Last Week: #10) In a game that came down to the wire, the Knights were able to get a late TD run from Shakel Clarke '19 as the do-it-all QB scrambled for a score to give Franklin K. Lane the lead in the closing two minutes in beating Grand Street Campus 32-29 to maintain their spot in this week's Top 10. Next: Sunday @ John Adams.

    Class B

    #1) KIPP NYC College Prep (7-0, Last Week: #1) Staying unbeaten on the year, KIPP got 137 yards on the ground and a pair of TDs from Sean Tyrrell '19 in the 30-12 victory on Friday evening over William Grady to keep KIPP in the driver's seat as the top seed in the PSAL Cup Division playoffs. Next: Sunday @ Evander Childs.

    #2) Petrides (6-1, Last Week: #2) Another team that looks to be coasting toward a high seed in the PSAL Cup Division playoffs, Petrides keeps getting outstanding play from RB Tyheer Tucker '19 who again had big numbers -- 141 yards rushing and three TDs -- to lead his team to a 40-14 win over Alfred E. Smith. Next: Friday @ Mott Haven.

    #3) Stuyvesant (6-1, Last Week: #3) Running out to a quick 21-0 lead early on, the Peglegs were able to put away Automotive early on as Kevin Chan '19 ran for three TDs to help push Stuyvesant to a 40-18 win. They'll look to maintain pace with the top of the PSAL as they finish the season with two home games. Next: Friday vs. Philip Randolph.

    #4) Horace Mann (6-1, Last Week: #4) Like many of the teams in Class B, the Lions jumped out early and took control of the game in the opening quarter. They led 34-0 before a late Newark Academy (NJ) touchdown broke up the shutout as Horace Mann took the 34-7 win to advance to the HVFL title game. Next: Saturday vs. Dalton/Harvey School winner (HVFL championship).

    #5) Poly Prep (5-3, Last Week: #5) In the MIFL semifinals on Friday night, the Blue Devils played host to The Pingry School (NJ). After Poly scored on three straight possessions in the opening half they were up 21-0 and rolled they rest of the way to advance to next week's title game in what would be a 28-7 victory. Next: Saturday @ Rye Country Day (MIFL championship).

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