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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) Tottenville (6-1)
Previous: #5

Recap: It was as wild a finish as one could imagine as the Pirates went to Brooklyn and knocked off the defending PSAL champions and previous No. 1 Erasmus Hall 24-21. Tottenville converted on a pair of fourth downs, including a 4th-and-20 that saw a miraculous catch keep the drive alive. And then with 18 seconds left it was QB Anthony Pucciarelli to Eric O'Neill from 6 yards out for the winning score. Next: Friday vs. New Dorp

2) Erasmus Hall (5-2)
Previous: #1

Recap: What many of the Dutchmen players and coaches will remember about their 24-21 loss at home on Saturday to Tottenville is the mistakes they made to allow the Pirates to have the chance to win. A couple of penalties to keep the final drive alive for Tottenville really stung. Jordan Armstead had a pair of TD passes to Christopher Bright but it wasn't enough in the hard-luck defeat. Next: Saturday vs. #8 Lehman

3) Christ the King (5-2)
Previous: #2

Recap: Once again this week when challenged against an elite defense the Royals struggled to score. While QB Noah Bodden tossed for one TD and Tirek Murphy ran in for another they couldn't get anything consistently going as Iona Prep was able to get a good rhythm going in the second half to run away and defeat a still very talented Christ the King team, 35-18. Next: Saturday @ Kellenberg

4) Cardinal Hayes (4-3)
Previous: #3

Recap: Losing star RB Jalen Smith to a broken bone in his foot could've meant a lot of bad things for the Cardinals but they went up to White Plains on Saturday and gave Archbishop Stepinac all they could handle in a 28-26 heartbreaking loss. Hayes would score with 43 seconds remaining to take a 26-25 lead only to see the Crusaders march down the field for the game-winning FG as time expired. Next: Saturday vs. Iona Prep

5) Curtis (6-1)
Previous: #4

Recap: Going to Brooklyn to take on an overmatched Fort Hamilton team meant easy work for the Warriors on Saturday as Maurice Hinton had a pair of TD runs, from 46 yards out and 1 yard out. RB Sam Martin had two TDs as well as Curtis ran wild for a dominating 42-0 victory with QB Gennaro Basciano throwing for a TD as well in the blowout win. Next: Friday vs. #9 JFK

6) Midwood (5-2)
Previous: #6

Recap: It's three wins in a row now for the Hornets, who have looked like a new team after moving David Stephens from the RB spot to under center. Stephens scores a pair of TDs with his legs as that is still the most valuable part of his game, and with Xzavion Isaac rushing for a pair of TDs as well it was a 28-6 victory for Midwood on Friday over South Shore. Next: Saturday vs. Campus Magnet

7) Abraham Lincoln (3-4)
Previous: #7

Recap: Have yourself a day Jahzair Hubbard as the Railsplitters QB went 11 of 15 for 185 yards and three TDs in Lincoln's 52-12 dominating victory over Canarsie on Friday night. It wasn't just Hubbard though as Israel Abanikanda carried it nine times but had 201 yards on the ground and three TDs himself as the Railsplitters were able to do whatever they wanted in the road win over one of their main Brooklyn rivals. Next: Saturday @ Susan Wagner

8) Lehman (6-1)
Previous: #8

Recap: While the defense continues to dominate for the Lions it was Xavier Ricketts running through holes as well all over the Boys & Girls line. The junior RB had 117 yards and two TDs in Lehman's 21-6 Saturday afternoon win in Brooklyn. Dante Nelson was solid under center as he ran a TD in with a keeper to keep Lehman in position for a strong playoff seed with just a couple weeks left in the PSAL regular season. Next: Saturday @ #2 Erasmus Hall

9) JFK (6-1)
Previous: #9

Recap: Kennedy continues to show it can make things happen offensively in a variety of ways as demonstrated in the 36-20 victory on Saturday over Susan Wagner. Chaze Milton had a TD pass to Gregory Genross, Karamogo Sylla had two TD runs and the Knights also scored on a kickoff return as well in showcasing their versatile skill set in their victory at home. Next: Friday @ #5 Curtis

10) Msgr. Farrell (2-5)
Previous: #10

Recap: If you analyze what the other teams we have considered for this No. 10 spot compared to the type of schedule that the Lions have faced off against, it makes sense and should be understood why Farrell is once again keeping the position. The Lions got a couple TD runs from Aaron Espinet but it wasn't enough as Msgr. Farrell went out to St. Anthony's and fell out in Huntington, 35-14. Next: Friday vs. Archbishop Stepinac

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Class A

1) New Utrecht (7-0)
Previous: #1

Recap: With the defense pitching a shutout it was pretty easy work for our No. 1 team in Class A as the Utes were able to get 144 yards and a couple TDs from RB Michael Alexis, and another TD on the ground from his partner in the backfield in Christopher Molien. New Utrecht scored two touchdowns early and never looked back in their 32-0 win over Franklin K. Lane to stay perfect on the season. Next: Saturday @ #6 Port Richmond

2) Moore Catholic (6-1)
Previous: #2

Recap: In the rain it was Justin Lacks who ran all over the defense of St. Joseph by the Sea. He rushed for 122 yards and three TDs while QB Nick Heineman hooked up for a pair of TD passes to Cameron Holmes as Moore Catholic won the Battle of Staten Island on Sunday 36-26 in a great offensive showing for the Mavericks to keep them in the No. 2 spot this week. Next: Saturday @ St. John the Baptist

  
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3) James Madison (6-1)
Previous: #3

Recap: Ever since the Golden Knights' lone loss to New Utrecht earlier in the season they have been making quick work of everyone put in their path. Saturday's game at Lafayette proved to be no different as Rickoy Riley had a couple TD passes to Mark Shepherd, while Alex McBurnie had a couple TD runs as well to help James Madison to a 38-12 win over the Patriots. Next: Saturday vs. #8 Bayside

4) Tilden (6-1)
Previous: #4

Recap: The Blue Devils needed OT against KIPP NYC College Prep but with DoMorri West scoring on one of his two TD runs in the extra session while also rushing for a game-high 152 yards it was Tilden pulling out a 20-14 win. Kevon Patrick also ran for 114 yards for the Blue Devils, who next week will look to go 7-1 for the first time in school history. Next: Saturday @ #5 McKee/Staten Island Tech

5) McKee/Staten Island Tech (6-1)
Previous: #5

Recap: A rushing team of all rushing teams, McKee was able to rack up a total of 452 yards on the ground paced by Thomas Doyle's 191 and Ryan Hourican's 160 with the two combining for four TDs to help the Seagulls to a 34-13 road victory over Grand Street Campus. MSIT led 22-0 at the half and never looked back in the easy win. Next: Saturday vs. #4 Tilden

6) Port Richmond (5-2)
Previous: #7

Recap: In what was final game on the Port Richmond field this season the Raiders rolled to a 26-12 victory over Frederick Douglass Academy as sophomore sensation RB Dezmond Fredericks had a pair of TD runs and 104 yards on the ground. Kvjon Woods scored on a 75-yard kickoff return to start the second half en route to the win for Port Richmond, which continues to thrive operating their primarily run offense. Next: Saturday vs. #1 New Utrecht

7) St. Joseph by the Sea (6-1)
Previous: #6

Recap: QB Jackson Tucker proved to be a slippery and great duel threat as he did all he could do to help keep the Vikings in their game on Sunday on the road at Moore Catholic in the rain. He ran for a pair of TDs while also throwing for two more though St. Joseph by the Sea came up just short in falling to the Mavericks 36-26 for Sea's first loss of the season. Next: Friday vs. Holy Cross

8) Bayside (5-2)
Previous: #9

Recap: Running all over the Springfield Gardens defense on Friday afternoon was Jordy Chen as the Commodores RB had 226 yards on the ground and two TDs to help Bayside to a 34-8 win. Brian Nezaj had 157 yards in the air and a TD pass as well as after two straight losses, Bayside gets back on the winning track as next up is another tough matchup against one of the PSAL Bowl Division's best. Next: Saturday @ #3 James Madison

9) Frederick Douglass Academy (5-2)
Previous: #8

Recap: On Staten Island on Saturday it was the Lions getting off to a quick start with Phoenix Terry rushing in from 8 yards out to give FDA a 6-0 early lead. But Frederick Douglass would give up the next 26 points against Port Richmond which would do them in as the Lions would fall 26-12. Khalil Poteat had a TD pass late for FDA as the Lions fell for just the second time this season. Next: Saturday vs. Lafayette

10) Xavier (2-4)
Previous: NR

Recap: All four of the Knights' losses have come to teams ranked higher than them with one of the best AA teams in Iona Prep to start the season in a game where Xavier held the Gaels scoreless in the second half. Other losses included to Kellenberg and Moore Catholic. Saturday was their latest loss, a 7-6 road defeat to Chaminade in a game Matt Geruso scored on the ground but it wasn't enough against one of the CHSFL's best. Next: Saturday vs. St. Peter's

Class B

1) Petrides (7-0)
Previous: #1

Recap: Another dominating and complete effort from the Panthers keeps them in the top spot as QB Mike DiForte ran for 94 yards and a TD, while also throwing for 91 yards and a TD in Petrides' 33-6 victory on Saturday over Christopher Columbus. Thomas Bruns was the man on the ground as well as he ran for 155 yards and scored three times to help the Panthers keep their perfect mark on the year. Next: Saturday @ Jamaica

2) William Grady (6-1)
Previous: #4

Recap: With the Falcons' only loss coming on Staten Island against our #1 Petrides team, Grady has been flawless since as Daniel Brown and William Stoney each ran for TDs in a 16-0 victory over A. Philip Randolph. Tyler Francis sacked the QB twice for Grady as the Falcons controlled the game on both sides of the ball in a complete game win to move them up in our rankings. Next: Friday @ Stuyvesant

3) Benjamin Cardozo (6-1)
Previous: #5

Recap: Coming off their first loss of the season on the road at Grady, the Judges were able to make quick work of William Bryant at home on Friday night in taking a 52-0 win. Tyler Ragler ran for 103 yards and three TDs in just one half of football. Wendell Sealy threw trwo TDs and ran for another while Brad Jean-Louis ran for a TD as well in a 35-0 first half in the comeback win for Cardozo. Next: Friday vs. Evander Childs

4) A. Philip Randolph (6-1)
Previous: #2

Recap: Randolph had a perfect 6-0 record when they went to Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon to take on William Grady. Enrique Guerrero has had a fantastic year to date but he was mainly held in check by the Falcons, and while the Randolph defense more than held its own it wasn't enough as they fell for the first time this season in a 16-0 loss to Grady. Next: Saturday vs. George Washington

5) Beach Channel (5-2)
Previous: NR

Recap: Both of the Dolphins' losses came in heartbreaking fashion against teams ranked ahead of them in the NYC Class B rankings, a 21-18 defeat at Cardozo and a 22-20 loss on the road at A. Philip Randolph. Beach Channel has shown it can hang and compete with anyone as demonstrated again this week in a 32-6 win over August Martin. Masiah Franklin had 177 rushing yards and two TDs in the win. Next: Saturday vs. Long Island City


  
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