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 (10-0, Last Week: #1) It wasn't easy in the quarterfinals on Saturday as the Vikings rested a good amount of their starters and it almost came back to bite them. But a second-quarter defensive TD allowed them to advance to the semifinals with a hard fought, 7-0 win over Susan Wagner. Next: Saturday vs. #5 Abraham Lincoln (PSAL City Conference semifinals).
#2) Erasmus Hall (9-1, Last Week: #3) Nearly everyone had a big day for the Dutchmen but it was Andrew Howell '19 who had two TDs on the ground early on to help Erasmus Hall take a quick 19-0 lead. They ran away with things after that for a convincing 39-0 victory that pushes them into next weekend's semifinals where they will stay at home. Next: Saturday vs. #4 Midwood (PSAL City Conference semifinals).
#3) Cardinal Hayes (4-5, Last Week: #2) Leading 12-6 at the half in the CHSFL championship game on Saturday against Stepinac, the Cardinals looked to be in control. But Hayes struggled to get much going on the ground in the second half and couldn't get a big stop when they needed it as the Cardinals fell 29-18 in the AAA title game. Next: Thursday vs. Mount St. Michael @ Cardinal Spellman (Turkey Bowl Game).
#4) Midwood (9-1, Last Week: #4) The Hornets got a pair of TD runs from Tyrese Weeks '20, and it was a late 99-yard fumble recovery taken to the house that propelled Midwood to a 28-18 victory over Curtis which puts them back in the semifinals next weekend. Next: Saturday @ #2 Erasmus Hall (PSAL City Conference semifinals).
#5 Abraham Lincoln (7-4, Last Week: #7) They were the only home team to win in the opening round last weekend, and this time around they were the lone road team to advance. The Railsplitters were led by Israel Abanikanda '20 who had four TD runs and 183 yards on the ground to help push Lincoln past Tottenville 34-12 in a major victory on Staten Island. Next: Saturday @ #1 South Shore (PSAL City Conference semifinals).
#6) Msgr. Farrell (5-4, Last Week: #6) The season may be over for the Lions but they still had a phenomenal year as RB Vin Wagner '19 rushed for over 1,000 yards and continues to be one of the more underrecruited talents in New York State right now. Farrell looks primed for another strong season a year from now. Next: Season over.
#7) Tottenville (7-3, Last Week: #5) Playing at home in the quarterfinals the Pirates had to be confident going into their game on Saturday against Abraham Lincoln, a team they handily defeated earlier this season in Brooklyn. It wasn't meant to be though as a slow start crushed Tottenville's chances and the Railsplitters won 34-12 to end the Pirates' season. Next: Season over.
#8) Curtis (5-6, Last Week: #8) Holding close most of the way, the Warriors went on the road this past Saturday in the quarterfinals to take on Midwood. Curtis kept it close most of the way with freshman phenom RB Sam Martin '22 doing a great job of keeping the Warriors in it, but a late Midwood TD ended things in what was a 28-18 loss for Curtis. Next: Season over.
#9) Susan Wagner (6-5, Last Week: #10) Not many gave them a chance going on the road to take on undefeated South Shore in the quarterfinals on Saturday, but the Falcons stayed in it from start to finish and had chances late in Vikings territory. They couldn't get in the end zone in what was a 7-0 loss to finish off Wagner's year. Next: Season over.
#10) Canarsie (6-5, Last Week: #9) After a number of strong defensive performances this season the Chiefs struggled mightily on Saturday as they couldn't get a stop on any of Erasmus Hall's first four possessions, falling into a big deficit and never recovering in a 39-0 defeat to close out the season. Next: Season over.
1) Bayside (10-0, Last Week: #1) In the biggest game of the season to date the Commodores came up with their best defensive performance of the year as they stymied the McKee/Staten Island Tech offense and held them scoreless while Jordy Chen '20 ran for a TD in a 15-0 victory. Next: Saturday vs. #9 Eagle Academy II (PSAL Bowl Conference semifinals).
2) Xavier (7-4, Last Week: #2) Playing without their star RB Daniel Vittiburga '19 because of injury the Knights were hampered on the offensive side in the CHSFL championship game. While they tried as much as they could, Kellenberg took over late and controlled the game in what ended up being a 41-6 loss for Xavier. Next: Thursday @ #4 Fordham Prep (Turkey Bowl Game).
3) James Madison (9-1, Last Week: #3) Jumping out quickly to a 21-0 lead, the Golden Knights were paced by QB Maurace Morris '19 who had three TDs, two in the air and one on the ground. Madison ran past Lafayette 32-8, allowing only a late score to advance to next weekend semifinals. Next: Saturday vs. #8 Tilden (PSAL Bowl Conference semifinals).