Leading off today:
Mike Libert tracks 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) Erasmus Hall (1-1)
Last Week: #1
Recap: After falling in their opener to St. Peter's Prep of New Jersey, the Dutchmen got into league play on Friday and pitched a shutout as in a rematch of last season's PSAL City Championship. It was Erasmus again showing themselves to be the better squad as Andre Hines and Justin Bellido each had TD's in the Dutchmen's 29-0 victory over South Shore to get PSAL play off to a good start. Next: Friday @ Fort Hamilton.
2) Christ the King (2-0)
Last Week: #3
Recap: Going to Pennsylvania to take on Pottsgrove on Friday night proved to be just another chance for the Royals to show that they are easily among New York State's best. Noah Bodden led the offense from under center while RB Tirek Murphy put together another strong showing as Christ the King would come home with a dominating 52-14 victory to make a major statement moving forward. Next: Friday @ #8 Msgr. Farrell.
3) Cardinal Hayes (1-1)
Last Week: #2
Recap: When you take on one of the best team's in the country it's no easy to task, which is what the Cardinals dealt with this Saturday in their matchup with St. Joseph's of New Jersey. Hayes made a few too many mistakes even though they were able to move the ball fairly consistently. Jalen Smith had a 21-yard TD run as a highlight in the Cardinals' 33-7 loss to show they could hang with anyone put in front of them. Next: Saturday vs. St. Anthony's.
4) Curtis (1-1)
Last Week: #4
Recap: Doing a bit of everything for the Warriors was sophomore RB Sam Martin as he had a pair of TD runs to go along with a beautiful 33-yard TD reception off a great pass from QB Gennaro Basciano in a 32-22 road victory over Abraham Lincoln. Curtis trailed 22-20 at the half but the defense stepped up and kept Lincoln scoreless the rest of the way. Next: Saturday vs. Canarsie.
5) Tottenville (1-1)
Last Week: #5
Recap: Getting into PSAL play was just the remedy that the Pirates needed from an opening-week loss as six Tottenville players scored, including star RB Roland Dempster who also rushed for 113 yards. They blanked Fort Hamilton at home on Friday night 48-0. It was a nearly flawless showing on both sides of the ball for a Tottenville team with title-winning aspirations this season. Next: Friday @ #6 Midwood.
6) Midwood (2-0)
Last Week: #8
Recap: It looked as if Midwood was done in while down 20-14 with under a minute to go on the road Friday at Canarsie. But QB Zade Edwards called his own number and tied the game with a 7-yard TD run to send the game into OT. Both teams scored in the first extra session and it was a David Stephens run that won it for the Hornets in the second OT as they went on the road and took a tough 32-26 victory. Next: Friday vs. #5 Tottenville.
7) JFK (2-0)
Last Week: #8
Recap: Ground and pound is the name of the game this season for the Knights and on Saturday afternoon it was all about RB Emmanuel Enkwocha, who ran for three TDs and 122 yards in a 36-6 victory for JFK over Harry Truman. It was sloppy in the early going for the Knights, who led 16-6 at the break, but Enkwocha got going in the third and JFK didn't look back to stay perfect on the season. Next: Friday vs. Brooklyn Tech.
8) Msgr. Farrell (1-1)
Last Week: #7
Recap: A week after shutting out Fordham Prep in their opener the Lions made the trip up to Rhode Island to take on one of that state's best in LaSalle Academy. A 42-yard TD reception from Christian Tait put Farrell up 14-13 early in the fourth quarter but the Lions couldn't hold on as a late LaSalle TD meant it was a 19-14 Msgr. Farrell defeat in the tough road contest. Next: Friday vs. #2 Christ the King.
9) Abraham Lincoln (0-2)
Last Week: #6
Recap: Going into halftime with a 22-20 lead over Curtis in a marquee PSAL opening week showdown on Friday night, the Railsplitters had a ton of confidence knowing they could move the ball up and down the field. An injury in the third quarter to star RB Israel Abanikanda slowed the Lincoln run game down and they went scoreless the rest of the way in a tough 32-22 loss to the Warriors in Brooklyn. Next: Friday @ South Shore.
10) Lehman (1-0)
Last Week: NR
Recap: Having their non-league game last week against Monsignor Bonner of Pennsylvania called off at the last minute because of poor field conditions at Evander Childs meant Lehman was one of the last teams in NYC to hit the field. They got going on Saturday and looked sharp as Dante Nelson and Elijah James each had big games to lead the way in a 39-6 victory over Susan Wagner. Next: Friday @ New Dorp.
1) Bayside (2-0)
Last Week: #2
Recap: It's going to be very tough to slow down this Commodores offense this season as for a second straight week Brian Nezaj threw for a pair of TDs. RB Jordy Chen rushed for 151 yards and 3 TDs in another Bayside victory as they took down East Harlem Pride on Friday afternoon 38-6. With the defense playing just as well as the offense right now it's clear why the Commodores are our new No. 1. Next: Saturday @ Eagle Academy II.
2) Moore Catholic (2-0)
Last Week: #3
Recap: For the second week in a row it was Justin Lacks who was dominant in the backfield as the star RB for the Mavericks had 3 TDs -- including a 95-yard scamper -- to get Moore Catholic going in a 26-0 victory over Xavier in their league opener. Nick Heineman also threw a TD pass for the Mavericks, who look like the clear-cut top team in the CHSFL right now. Next: Sunday vs. Kellenberg.
3) Tilden (2-0)
Last Week: #4
Recap: Building off of a strong Week 1, the Blue Devils ran the ball with successfully Saturday against DeWitt Clinton