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   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:

Class AA

1) Erasmus Hall (3-1)
Previous: #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)
Previous: #2

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)
Previous: #3

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)
Previous: #4

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)
Previous: #5

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)
Previous: #6

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)
Previous: #8

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)
Previous: #9

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)
Previous: #10

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)
Previous: #7

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.

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Class A

1) Bayside (4-0)
Previous: #1

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)
Previous: #2

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)
Previous: #3

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.

  
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4) Moore Catholic (3-1)
Previous: #4

Recap: Pretty it was not but on Sunday the Mavericks went to Queens to take on Holy Cross with the Knights tying the game at 22 in the closing seconds to send the game to OT. Justin Lacks scored the game winner on the ground on Moore's first possession to give them a 28-22 OT win. Next: Friday @ #8 Xaverian.

5) James Madison (3-1)
Previous: #7

Recap: It was a complete balanced effort from the Golden Knights as RB Chad McBurnie ran for a TD and 116 yards while QB Rickey Riley has a pair of TDs in the air as Madison continues to get back on track after a 36-0 win over Springfield Gardens. Next: Friday vs. DeWitt Clinton.

6) St. Joseph by the Sea (4-0)
Previous: #8

Recap: Continuing their trend of putting up big offensive numbers it was Jackson Tucker who threw for a pair of TDs while also running for another as Sea stayed perfect with a 40-20 victory over Holy Trinity. Next: Saturday @ St. Peter's.

7) McKee/Staten Island Tech (3-1)
Previous: #9

Recap: As a team McKee ran for 246 yards with four players combining for all the rushing in a 38-8 win for the Seagulls over FDR. Charles Metayer had two TDs to lead the way as MSIT continues to climb up the Class A rankings. Next: Friday vs. #1 Bayside.

8) Xaverian (3-1)
Previous: #10

Recap: Heading up to the Bronx for a Saturday afternoon clash against Mount St. Michael meant good things for Shane Greene as the RB went for three TDs on the ground as after tough opening week loss the Clippers have certainly found a solid groove. Next: Friday vs. #4 Moore Catholic.

9) Frederick Douglass Academy (3-1)
Previous: NR

Recap: While not in a win it was still an impressive outing for FDA as Phoenix Terry had both of the Tigers TDs in a 28-14 loss to New Utrecht showing that Frederick Douglass can compete on a high level against any competition. Next: Sunday @ Grand Street Campus.

10) Port Richmond (2-2)
Previous: NR

Recap: Dominating on the ground was Dezmond Fredericks as the Raiders RB had 135 yards rushing and three TDs to propel Port Richmond to a 28-12 victory over Franklin K. Lane. The Raiders continue showing they are among Class A's best. Next: Sunday @ Eagle Academy III.

Class B

1) Petrides (4-0)
Previous: #1

Recap: In what was a defensive battle it was the Panthers who prevailed. QB Mike DiForte scored one of Petrides; TDs while Thomas Bruns ran for the other and the defense did the rest in a strong 14-8 victory at home over a very game Mott Haven team. Next: Friday vs. Stuyvesant.

2) Riverdale (4-0)
Previous: #2

Recap: Strong-armed QB Harry Landis threw for four TDs, two of which went to WR Jonathan Faber as the Falcons were able to knock off Poly Prep for the first time in over three decades with a 35-25 home victory. Next: Saturday @ Long Island Lutheran.

3) Cardozo (4-0)
Previous: #3

Recap: Without a doubt it was a player of the week performance from RB Tyler Ragler, who ran all over the field on his way to 146 yards and four TDs. QB Wendell Sealy added 101 yards on the ground as the Judges took down August Martin 32-12. Next: Sunday @ Long Island City.

4) A. Philip Randolph (4-0)
Previous: #5

Recap: He may have only thrown for 62 total yards in the game but QB Saul Medina Tavares had a pair of TD passes, including the game-winner in OT to push Randolph to a 22-20 victory over Beach Channel to see them remain perfect this season. Next: Sunday vs. August Martin.

5) Mott Haven (3-1)
Previous: #4

Recap: Nearly taking down our No. 1 Petrides team were the Mavericks as Mott Haven got within one score with five minutes to play but couldn't get that game-winner. The Mavericks gave a great effort before ultimately falling 14-8 on Staten Island. Next: Sunday @ George Washington.


  
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