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 (11-0, Last Week: #1) It wasn't easy but the Vikings got 250 yards on the ground on 41 carries from QB Darius Thompson '19 as South Shore pulled away late to a 30-12 victory over Abraham Lincoln in the PSAL City Conference semifinals on Saturday and moved into next week's PSAL title game. Next: Tuesday 12/4 vs. #2 Erasmus Hall (PSAL City Conference Championship Game @ Yankee Stadium).
#2) Erasmus Hall (10-1, Last Week: #2) Against a very talented Midwood team things were made easy as the Dutchmen overcame a halftime deficit with two TDs from QB Tyrique Alston '19, one on the ground and one in the air. They head to the PSAL City Conference Championship Game after a 13-6 victory, one win away from finally bringing home the trophy. Next: Tuesday 12/4 vs. #1 South Shore (PSAL City Conference Championship Game @ Yankee Stadium).
#3) Cardinal Hayes (5-5, Last Week: #3) Playing just five days after they fell in the CHSFL Class AAA title game, the Cardinals were able to put the sting of that defeat behind them as Sofian Massoud '20 passed for three TDs in a 46-24 Turkey Bowl victory over Mount St. Michael for a positive way to end the season. Next: Season Over.
#4) Midwood (9-2, Last Week: #4) Looking like they were in firm control in the early going as David Stephens '20 caught a 72- yard TD pass to put the Hornets up, the offense couldn't do much after that as Erasmus Hall kept them at bay and took a lead in the fourth quarter to push past Midwood 13-6 and end their season in heartbreaking fashion. Next: Season Over.
#5 Abraham Lincoln (7-5, Last Week: #5) After Tylik Bethea '19 completed a TD pass early in the second quarter to tie the PSAL City Conference semifinal against South Shore up at 6-6 things were looking up for the Railsplitters. The offense though cooled off and late in the game it was the Vikings who pulled away to end Lincoln's season, 30-12. Next: Season Over.
#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 players in the area right now. Farrell looked primed for another strong season a year from now. Next: Season Over.
#7) Tottenville (7-3, Last Week: #7) Not the way that the Pirates wanted the season -- a 34-12 defeat at home in the PSAL City Conference quarterfinals to Abraham Lincoln. It was a tough defeat but the positive side is that they bring back tough and bruising RB Roland Dempster '20 next season as they should again be a team to reckon with. Next: Season Over.
#8) Curtis (5-6, Last Week: #8) Holding it close most of the way, Curtis eventually fell to defeat just over a week ago now in the PSAL City Conference quarterfinals when they lost to Midwood 28-18 in a game that saw Sam Martin '22 push himself over 1,000 yards rushing on the year, an impressive feat for one of the top freshman you will find anywhere. Next: Season Over.
#9) Susan Wagner (6-5, Last Week: #9) When the Falcons matched up with South Shore in the PSAL City Conference quarterfinals not many gave them a chance against the unbeaten Brooklyn power. But Wagner held close and only gave up a defensive TD in a 7-0 loss to end what has to be considered a successful season. Next: Season Over.
#10) Canarsie (6-5, Last Week: #10) Finishing the season with 25 sacks was an impressive feat for DE Adisa Isaac '19, one of the top recruits in the country. It wasn't enough though as Canarsie fell to Erasmus Hall over a week ago now 39-0 in the PSAL City Conference quarterfinals, ending their season and Isaac's tremendous high school career. Next: Season Over.
#1) James Madison (10-1, Last Week: #3) For the first time this season the Golden Knights are the #1 team in Class A as they were able to knock off Tilden at home on Saturday 26-12. Alex McBurnie '21 ran for 112 yards and a TD in Madison's win, which sends propels them into the title game next weekend in Brooklyn. Next: Sunday vs. #4 Eagle Academy II (PSAL Bowl Conference Championship Game @ Abraham Lincoln H.S.)
#2) Fordham Prep (7-4, Last Week: #4) Even though the Rams lost to Kellenberg in the CHSFL Class AA semifinals they got to finish the season with a win as they hosted Xavier for the 96th annual Turkey Bowl between the two schools. QB Derek Bufano '19 scored a pair of TDs as Fordham Prep took the 21-13 victory. Next: Season Over.
#3) Xavier (7-5, Last Week: #2) Coming back just five days after falling to Kellenberg in the CHSFL Class AA title game, the Knights met up on Thanksgiving morning against their archrivals from Fordham Prep in the Bronx. Matt Geruso '20 had two TDs but it wasn't enough as Xavier fell 21-13 in a hard-fought game to close out their year. Next: Season Over.
#4) Eagle Academy II (8-3, Last Week: #9) Going into Queens to take on our previous #1 Bayside team in the PSAL Bowl Conference semifinals on Saturday, the Eagles got a 65-yard TD reception from Savion Johnson '20 to pull out a thrilling 15-14 upset victory and move into next weekend's PSAL Bowl Conference title game. Next: Sunday vs. #1 James Madison (PSAL Bowl Conference Championship Game @ Abraham Lincoln H.S.)