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 (2-1)
Last Week: #1
Recap: It was all E-Hall from nearly the start Friday afternoon as Andre Hines ran for a pair of TDs, while Justin Bellido had a fantastic TD catch while reeling in over 100 yards receiving in the Dutchmen's 39-0 victory. It was a huge effort once again by everyone on the Erasmus D as they got going early and never relented in the convincing PSAL victory to stay flawless in league play. Next: Friday @ Canarsie.
2) Cardinal Hayes (2-1)
Last Week: #3
Recap: Going up against St. Anthony's on Saturday afternoon it was expected that it would be a nip and tuck battle throughout but in reality it was all Cardinals. Jalen Smith ran for 254 yards and three TDs while both QBs Henry Belin and Jonathan Jenkins had two TD passes each as the Cardinals rolled past the Long Island power 46-17 in a truly eye-opening win to help them move up from No. 3 this week. Next: Saturday vs. Fordham Prep.
3) Christ the King (3-0)
Last Week: #2
Recap: While it maybe wasn't a flawless performance on the road Friday night against Monsignor Farrell, the Royals came on strong in the fourth quarter as they got a pair of late TD throws from QB Noah Bodden, with WR Tahliq Battle corralling in both catches. Christ the King came away with a 20-3 victory. They fall a spot because of Hayes' impressive win this week but the battle among the top three is ultra close. Next: Friday @ St. Anthony's.
4) Curtis (2-1)
Last Week: #4
Recap: Sam Martin and Maurice Hinton ran for TDs in the first half as the Warriors made quick work of Canarsie in their home opener Saturday afternoon 34-6. QB Gennaro Basciano threw for a TD as well for Curtis, which looks well on its way to cementing itself as a serious contender once again in what looks to be a deep and talented PSAL. Next: Friday @ #9 Midwood.
5) Tottenville (2-1)
Last Week: #5
Recap: Getting a pair of TD runs from QB Anthony Pucciarelli along with a TD pass to Roland Dempster, the Pirates went to Brooklyn on Friday afternoon and coasted to a 30-12 victory over previously unbeaten Midwood. Tottenville did a great job in limiting the Midwood running game while Dempster proved to be a bruiser who helped control the game on the ground for the Pirates in the win. Next: Friday vs. #7 Abraham Lincoln.
6) JFK (3-0)
Last Week: #7
Recap: The Knights dominated on the ground as RB Karamogo Sylla ran for 165 yards and a pair of TDs in JFK's 28-6 victory on Friday night over Brooklyn Tech. The Knights scored all four of their touchdowns running the ball while the defense also limited Brooklyn Tech to under 150 total yards with the lone TD they gave up coming in the closing minutes in a near perfect performance. Next: Friday vs. Boys & Girls.
7) Abraham Lincoln (1-2)
Last Week: #9
Recap: Leading the way for Lincoln was RB Lloyd Williams, who attacked the defense on the ground from start to finish as the Railsplitters picked up their first victory of the season Friday afternoon with a 28-0 win at South Shore. The defense led by Zacckary Hinds pitched a shutout to get Lincoln in the win column for the first time on the year. Next: Friday @ #5 Tottenville.
8) Lehman (2-0)
Last Week: #10
Recap: One week after opening with a near-complete effort, Lehman went back to Staten Island for the second straight week to make quick work of their opponent as the Lions took down New Dorp on Friday night 44-0. Xavier Ricketts was the offensive pace setter as the RB ran for 158 yards and three TDs in the victory that keeps Lehman's perfect record in tact. Next: Saturday @ Campus Magnet.
9) Midwood (2-1)
Last Week: #6
Recap: There was a lot of anticipation around Friday's home gams vs. Tottenville for the Hornets as it was their first chance to take on one of the PSAL's best and show what they could do. Midwood got on the board first with a TD pass from Zade Edwards to David Stephens but they offense didn't get more going after that in what ultimately proved to be a 30-12 defeat. Next: Friday vs. #4 Curtis.
10) Msgr. Farrell (1-2)
Last Week: #8
Recap: Msgr. Farrell had numerous chances Friday night against Christ the King as they were only down 6-3 going into the fourth quarter, but the Lions lost QB Michael Marten to a neck injury in the second and only managed a 37-yard FG from Dylan Hach in what was a rough offensive performance in a 20-3 loss to the Royals. However, it was an outing that Farrell should surely be able to build off of as well. Next: Sunday @ St. Francis Prep.
1) Bayside (3-0)
Last Week: #1
Recap: Heading out on the road for the first time this season still meant a comfortable win for the Commodores as they got three TDs and 248 yards rushing from RB Jordy Chen in a 28-14 victory over Eagle Academy II. Bayside continues to show itself as the class of the PSAL Bowl Division this season with a strong, balanced offensive attack and a defense that routinely commands the line of scrimmage. Next: Saturday vs. Frank Macchiarola.
2) Tilden (3-0)
Last Week: #3
Recap: Throwing for a pair of TDs was QB Isaiah Larrier, while DoMorri West rushed for 97 yards and two TDs as the Blue Devils stayed undefeated on the season with a convincing 34-0 victory on the road over East Harlem Pride. West made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball as well with nine tackles and a sack to also help the Tilden cause in the win. Next: Friday vs. Thomas Jefferson.
3) New Utrecht (3-0)
Last Week: #5
Recap: QB Isaiah Wright broke a 16-all tie at the half with a beautiful TD pass from 12 yards out to Jordan Moran, and