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 (3-1)
Recap: The Vincent Cajano era has begun as the freshman QB went off and threw for three TDs showing off impressive arm strength and understanding for someone his age as the Dutchmen went on the road Friday and rolled to a 40-0 victory over Canarsie. Next: Friday vs. New Dorp.
2) Cardinal Hayes (3-1)
Recap: Going out of league in CHSFL play to take on fellow Bronx school Fordham Prep meant quick work for the Cardinals as QBs Jonathan Jenkins and Henry Belin were both fantastic in the pocket helping Hayes to roll to a 53-14 victory. Next: Saturday @ #3 Christ the King.
3) Christ the King (4-0)
Recap: Heading out on the road to Huntington to take on St. Anthony's is never an easy task and the Royals were trailing 16-12 with under two minutes to go. But an 85-yard TD from Noah Bodden to Tahliq Battle helped rally CTK to an 18-16 win, the school's first ever at the CHSFL perennial power. Next: Saturday vs. #2 Cardinal Hayes.
4) Curtis (3-1)
Recap: RB Sam Martin rushed for three TDs to help the Warriors rally from a 24-13 deficit and take a hard-fought, 25-24 victory at Midwood on Friday night. A late goal-line stand also proved huge as both sides of the ball were instrumental in the win. Next: Sunday @ Susan Wagner.
5) Tottenville (3-1)
Recap: It was an offensive barrage from the Pirates on Friday night as they got three rushing TDs from Roland Dempster along with a pair in the air from Anthony Pucciarelli to help Tottenville cruise past a very solid Lincoln team 53-26. Next: Sunday @ Boys & Girls.
6) JFK (4-0)
Recap: Karamoga Sylla only rushed the ball nine times Friday against Boys & Girls but he made each time he touched the ball count as he ran for 152 yards and a pair of TDs in the Knights' 34-10 takedown of the Kangaroos. Next: Friday @ #10 Abraham Lincoln.
7) Lehman (3-0)
Recap: Through three games the Lions have been a dominating defensive force as they have yet to allow a point, and with QB Dante Nelson throwing for three TDs, two of which went to Tony Windley, Lehman had little trouble again Saturday as they eased past Campus Magnet 36-0. Next: Saturday vs. #8 Midwood.
8) Midwood (2-2)
Recap: It was heartbreak for the Hornets as Midwood led for nearly the entire game Friday against a very talented Curtis team with David Stephens rushing and throwing for a TD. Midwood gave up the game-winner with under a minute to go in a tough 25-24 loss. Next: Saturday @ #7 Lehman.
9) Msgr. Farrell (2-2)
Recap: Coming off a disappointing loss last week to Christ the King at home it was a much easier time this week for the Lions as they traveled out to league to take on St. Francis Prep. Christian Tait had a pair of TDs for Farrell, which got back on the winning track. Next: Saturday @ Iona Prep.
10) Abraham Lincoln (1-3)
Recap: A combination of injuries and sloppy play did in the Railsplitters this past Friday as Lloyd Williams did a good job running on the Pirates defense but the Lincoln defense struggled against the Tottenville firepower in what was a 53-26 road defeat. Next: Friday vs. #6 JFK.
1) Bayside (4-0)
Recap: When you got it going on, you got it going on. QB Brian Nezaj had his hand in five TDs for the Commodores on Saturday as they made quick work of Frank Macchiarola in a 62-0 victory to stay perfect on the year. Next: Friday @ #7 McKee/Staten Island Tech.
2) Tilden (4-0)
Recap: Kevon Patrick rushed for a pair of TDs for the Blue Devils while QB Isaiah Larrier ran for one and threw for one in Tilden’s 44-14 victory Friday over Thomas Jefferson to set up a battle of unbeatens this Friday. Next: Friday @ #3 New Utrecht.
3) New Utrecht (4-0)
Recap: Getting 113 yards rushing from Michael Alexis led the way for New Utrecht while QB Isaiah Wright had two TDs himself as the Utes went on the road and took a 28-14 victory over Frederick Douglass Academy and maintained their perfect record on the year. Next: Friday vs. #2 Tilden.