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 (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).
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).