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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 (9-0, Last Week: #1) After falling behind at the half the Vikings scored the final 18 points of the game to take a 25-14 victory over Abraham Lincoln on Friday night as Zuberi Mobley '22 had a pair of late TD runs. South Shore is now the #1 seed in the PSAL City Conference playoffs. Next: 11/17 vs. Campus Magnet or Curtis (PSAL quarterfinals)

2) Erasmus Hall (8-1, Last Week: #3) Solidifying themselves as the #2 team in the PSAL heading into the playoffs, and getting a first-round bye, the Dutchmen went to Staten Island to take on Tottenville and dominated the game to run away with a 35-14 win behind the 3 TDs from backup QB Tyrique Alston '19, who did a fantastic job filling in on Friday night. Next: 11/17 vs. #10 Canarsie or Fort Hamilton (PSAL quarterfinals)

3) Midwood (8-1, Last Week: #4) Needing a win to secure the #3 seed and an opening-round PSAL playoff bye, Midwood was able to get the ground game going with Tyrese Weeks '20 early as he rushed for a pair of TDs. Then it was all about the defense as they controlled the play and never allowed Boys and Girls get its offense going in what was a strong 26-6 win for the Hornets. Next: 11/17 vs. #8 Abraham Lincoln or JFK (PSAL quarterfinals).

4) Cardinal Hayes (3-4, Last Week: #6) It was the Cardinals getting revenge for an early-season loss to Msgr. Farrell as Hayes went back to Staten Island on Saturday and comfortably rolled past the Lions 33-9 in the CHSFL quarterfinals. QB Sofian Massoud '20 had three TD's, two in the air and one of the ground, to push them into the semifinals. Next: Friday @ St. Anthony's (CHSFL Semifinals).

5) Tottenville (7-2, Last Week: #2) With a win the Pirates would've been the #2 seed in the PSAL City playoffs. Instead, Tottenville struggled against the potent offensive weapons all over the field of Erasmus Hall as even at home on senior night the Pirates couldn't get anything going. Even with a pair of TD throws from Timothy Brown '19, Tottenville fell 35-14 and will be a #4 seed with an opening-round playoff bye. Next: 11/17 vs. #7 Lehman or Susan Wagner (PSAL quarterfinals).

6) Msgr. Farrell (5-4, Last Week: #5) Already holding a win at home over Cardinal Hayes this season, the Lions went into Saturday's CHSFL quarterfinal matchup with the Cardinals confident. But outside of a rushing TD from Vin Wagner '19 in the second quarter nothing went right for Msgr. Farrell as they couldn't get an offensive rhythm going in a 33-9 defeat to end the season. Next: Season over.

7) Lehman (8-1, Last Week: #7) Closing out the regular season in style, the Lions went on the road to take on Bronx rivals JFK on Friday night. They got two TDs from RB Raeshon Correa '19 as Lehman controlled the game on the ground, rushing for nearly 300 yards in a 28-6 victory. Lehman is now the #5 seed heading into the PSAL City playoffs. Next: Saturday vs. Susan Wagner (PSAL opening round).

8) Abraham Lincoln (5-4, Last Week: #8) For nearly three quarters of play it looked like Lincoln was going to shock the PSAL and knock off an unbeaten South Shore team. The offense though couldn't get make a big play late and the defense struggled down the stretch to contain the Vikings running game in a 25-14 loss. The Railsplitters now will enter the PSAL playoffs as the #6 seed. Next: Saturday vs. JFK (PSAL opening round).

9) Curtis (4-5, Last Week: #10) Quite possibly the team no one wants to face heading into the playoffs, the Warriors were able to dominate a must-win game to make the playoffs. They did win easily as Sam Martin '22 had three TDs in a 34-8 victory over New Dorp. Curtis will go into the PSAL City playoffs as the #9 seed. Next: Saturday @ Campus Magnet (PSAL opening round).

10) Canarsie (5-4, Last Week: NR) You can have a number of teams here in this spot but Canarsie will have it for now as the only team under consideration that has defeated another playoff team. The Chiefs were able to take care of business on Saturday night when they defeated Brooklyn Tech 18-6 as Lamy Constant '20 had two TD runs. Next: Saturday @ Fort Hamilton (PSAL opening round).


Class A

1) Bayside (9-0, Last Week: #1) With Douglas Flug '19 throwing for 137 yards and a pair of TDs the Commodores offense was rolling from start to finish. RB Jordy Chen '20 added 137 yards on the ground to help Bayside run away from Jamaica 44-14 in an impressive way to finish the regular season. The Commodores will entering the PSAL Bowl Conference playoffs as the top seed. Next: 11/17 vs. McKee/Staten Island Tech or Eagle Academy III (PSAL quarterfinals).

2) James Madison (8-1, Last Week: #2) In what many viewed as one of the biggest games of the weekend, Madison went on the road to take on Eagle Academy II. It proved to be all Golden Knights though as RBs Alex McBurnie '20 and Mark Shepherd had two TDs each and James Madison rolled to a 42-14 victory to clinch the #2 seed in the upcoming PSAL playoffs. Next: 11/17 vs. #10 Lafayette or Franklin D. Roosevelt (PSAL quarterfinals).

3) Fordham Prep (6-3, Last Week: #3) The offense was thriving on Saturday evening when the Rams hosted St. John the Baptist in the CHSFL quarterfinals. Derek Bufino '19 was able to throw a pair of first-half TD passes as Fordham Prep jumped out to a big lead and never looked back in a 39-12 victory that booked their place in the CHSFL semifinals. Next: Saturday @ Kellenberg (CHSFL semifinals).


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  • 4) Xavier (6-3, Last Week: #4) Taking on Xaverian to start the CHSFL playoffs on Sunday night the game was scoreless until Daniel Vittiburga '19 imposed his will running the ball in the second half to the tune of three TDs and 122 yards to help Xavier past the Clippers 27-0. They now look to keep their drive for a CHSFL title alive when they head to Long Island next weekend. Next: Saturday @ Holy Trinity (CHSFL semifinals).

    5) East Harlem Pride (9-0, Last Week: #9) It was nothing short of the Bennell Ellis '19 show on Sunday afternoon. East Harlem capped off a perfect regular season as the star RB ran for 148 yards and two TDs to help the Pride past Frederick Douglass Academy 30-6. The win puts East Harlem as the 3 seed, a remarkable feat as expectations were minimal coming into the year. Next: 11/17 vs. Eagle Academy II or Grand Street Campus (PSAL quarterfinals).

    6) St. Peter's (4-5, Last Week: #5) After keeping pace early on and staying within 14-7 after the opening quarter the Eagles struggled against Kellenberg in the CHSFL quarterfinals on Saturday evening. St. Peter's didn't score in the second half as the Firebirds rolled 48-14 to end the Eagles' season. There is a lot to look forward to though as Kaiwan Taylor '21 in the backfield looks to be a star of the future for St. Peter's. Next: Season over.

    7) Xaverian (5-4 Last Week: #6) Riding the wave of an impressively strong defense to the CHSFL West Division regular-season title the Clippers hosted Xavier in the quarterfinals on Sunday night. Even though the defense stayed solid for a half the second half saw them give up three rushing TDs and their offense never got going as Xaverian fell 27-0 to end what still has to be looked at as a fantastic year. Next: Season over.

    8) Moore Catholic (6-3, Last Week: #7) Taking a lead into the fourth quarter it looked as if the Mavericks behind the legs of Justin Lacks '20 were going to advance. That didn't happen though as Moore gave up a TD with seven seconds remaining with the extra point being converted meaning Moore Catholic would be eliminated from the playoffs in heartbreaking fashion against Holy Trinity on the road in the quarterfinals, 27-26. Next: Season over.

    9) Franklin K. Lane (7-2, Last Week: #10) For QB Shakel Clarke '19 it's been him doing big things all year long for the Knights as he continues to be among the PSAL's top overall talents. Clarke had three total TDs as Lane knocked off John Adams 36-22 to finish the regular season. The win wasn't enough to get opening round bye as the Knights will be the #5 seed in the PSAL playoffs and will get underway this weekend. Next: Saturday vs. Frederick Douglass Academy (PSAL opening round).

    10) Lafayette (7-2, Last Week: NR) Entering the rankings this week for the first time this season, the Patriots have given up just six points in the past five games combined. They ended the regular season by defeating Franklin D. Roosevelt 16-0. The offense also got great play by QB Javanni Larocca as he had both TDs for Lafayette to set up a playoff rematch. Next: Saturday vs. Franklin D. Roosevelt (PSAL opening round).

    Class B

    1) KIPP NYC College Prep (8-0, Last Week: #1) Once again it was the KIPP defense pitching a shutout as they dominated the Evander Childs offense and only let them cross the 50-yard line once all game. Diavon Clements '20 was one of three different players to score for KIPP as they took a 22-0 victory as they will now look to next weekend and their attempt at a perfect regular season. Next: Friday vs. Alfred E. Smith.

    2) Petrides (7-1, Last Week: #2) As easy a win as Petrides will ever get they were awarded a forfeit victory over Mott Haven this week in what otherwise looked like on paper as if it would've been a tough game on the road in the Bronx. Now with the win in their pockets they will look to finish out the regular season on a strong note as they look to lock up the #2 playoff seed. Next: Saturday @ Long Island City.

    3) Stuyvesant (7-1, Last Week: #3) Dominating the game in a major way, the Peglegs got five total TDs from QB Lucas Dingman '20 as they rolled to a 47-14 victory over Philip Randolph. Stuyvesant has now scored 55, 40, and 47 points in the last three games to prove just how complete and talented an offense they have as their regular season comes to an end next weekend. Next: Friday vs. Information Tech.

    4) Horace Mann (7-1, Last Week: #4) Wrapping up in championship fashion, the Lions were able to close out the season with an impressive victory over Dalton for the HVFL Championship. Horace Mann lost its opening game of the season to Riverdale which opened up a lot of questions about how good this season's Lions team was but they reeled off seven straight after that and dominated the HVFL en route to the championship. Next: Season over.

    5) Poly Prep (5-4, Last Week: #5) After falling to Rye Country Day a couple weeks back to close out the MIFL regular season, Poly had a second chance in the league title game this past Saturday. They were convincingly defeated the first time but had their chances this time in what was a tie game late before Rye was able to get a late TD to take the 34-28 win over the Blue Devils, and ending their season one win short of the title. Next: Season over.

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