3) James Madison (7-1)
Recap: Losing to New Utrecht in Week 2 may have been the best thing to happen to the Golden Knights. Since that defeat they have been making quick work of everyone in their way including a dominating 42-0 victory on Saturday night over a good Bayside team. Alex McBurnie had three TDs on the ground with Mark Shepherd added two more as Madison dominated on both sides of the ball. Next: Sunday @ Eagle Academy III.
4) Tilden (7-1)
Recap: When the ground attack gets going it's incredibly hard to stop the Blue Devils offense as they jumped out to an 18-8 lead at the half and they would continue their strong play into the second half for a 26-16 victory at McKee/Staten Island Tech. Kevon Patrick and DoMorri West combined for 206 yards rushing and three TDs in a statement making win for a very solid Blue Devils team. Next: Friday vs. Eagle Academy II.
5) St. Joseph by the Sea (7-1)
Recap: Have yourself a day Jackson Tucker. The Vikings QB dominated Holy Cross on Friday night as he ran 13 times for 209 yards, rushing for two TDs while also passing for 148 yards and three TDs. After trailing 8-6 at the half against the Queens school, St. Joe's by the Sea got going offensively in the second half for a 33-22 victory. Next: TBA vs. Mount St. Michael (CHSFL AA-2 Quarterfinals)
6) Port Richmond (5-3)
Recap: Nothing was going right for the Raiders for most of their game on Saturday at home against unbeaten and No. 1 New Utrecht. It wasn't until the fourth quarter when Port Richmond came alive as Jayden Duffy threw a long TD pass to Tayshaun Lewis, while Dezmond Fredericks also had a jump pass near the goal line for a TD. But a late New Utrecht stop near the goal line meant the Raiders would come up short, 20-14. Next: Sunday vs. #7 McKee/Staten Island Tech.
7) McKee/Staten Island Tech (6-2)
Recap: Again it was a solid game on the ground for the Seagulls as Charles Metayer had 107 yards and a TD, while Thomas Doyle had 72 rushing yards and a TD. But the defense couldn't get enough stops, especially early on as Tilden led 18-8 at the half and never trailed in this one. MSIT fell for just the second time this season 26-16 at home on Staten Island. Next: Sunday @ #6 Port Richmond.
8) Xavier (3-4)
Recap: Things weren't looking good early on for the Knights as they gave up a couple quick TDs to trail 13-0 at home to St. Peter's on Saturday. But Matt Geruso made sure they weren't down for long as the senior RB would score four TDs on the ground and dominate after a difficult start to help propel Xavier to 35 unanswered in a 35-13 victory for Xavier on senior afternoon. Next: TBA vs. St. Peter's (CHSFL AA-1 Quarterfinals)
9) Lafayette (6-2)
Recap: Welcome back to the Patriots as Lafayette was in the top 10 earlier this season and return after a solid win on Saturday, taking down previously ranked Frederick Douglass Academy 14-12. Frarlyn Marte was able to use his speed to get out for big gains on the edge, while Reuben Smith finished off the drives with a pair of pounding TDs inside as the Lafayette defense stood up strong late for the win. Next: Friday @ Frank Macchiarola.
10) Bayside (5-3)
Recap: Even though the Commodores have had games this season where they looked unstoppable with a great passing attack and a strong rushing game, Saturday was Bayside's third loss in four games. They were easily downed by James Madison on the road 42-0 as nothing went the Commodores way. With another tough game next week this could be Bayside's last week in our top 10. Next: Friday @ #1 New Utrecht.
1) Petrides (7-1)
Recap: Staying at No. 1 this week are the Panthers even though they fell for the first time this season, 16-14 on the road at an unranked Jamaica. Petrides still has a 30-12 win over our No. 2 Grady and they nearly had the win on Saturday as well as Jamaica missed a 25-yard FG with the Panthers up 14-13 but with Petrides offsides a 20-yard FG was good to knock off the Panthers, 16-14. Next: Friday vs. Long Island City.
2) William Grady (7-1)
Recap: In what was maybe the individual performance of the year, sophomore RB William Stoney had 315 yards and five TDs on 16 carries in a 76-50 victory for the Falcons on Friday night over Stuyvesant. Stoney also had an 85-yard kickoff return for a TD and a pair of 2-point conversions as he would finish with 40 points all by himself in an eye-opening performance to help Grady to the victory. Next: Sunday @ #5 Beach Channel.
3) Benjamin Cardozo (7-1)
Recap: While not quite the performance that Stoney had it was still one heck of an effort from Judges RB Tyler Ragler as the senior carried it 11 times for 265 yards and four TDs in a 47-8 victory on Friday night over Evander Childs. It wasn't just Ragler either. QB Wendell Sealy ran for 143 yards and two TDs and threw for 79 more yards and a TD in the blowout win. Next: Sunday @ John Adams.
4) A. Philip Randolph (7-1)
Recap: Coming off their first loss of the season to Grady a week ago, it was a great rebound performance on Saturday as Randolph made easy work of George Washington 32-6. Saul Tavares had a pair of TDs in the air and one of the ground while Enrique Guerrero had 122 yards on the ground and a TD for Randolph as they went up early and never looked back to get back on the winning track. Next: Sunday @ Alfred E. Smith
5) Beach Channel (6-2)
Recap: Another team that had a pair of RBs do big things. Both Masiah Franklin and Eric Pryor rushed for two TDs while they combined to gain 217 yards on the ground in Beach Channel's 28-12 victory over Long Island City on Saturday afternoon. The Dolphins got off to a quick start and led 14-0 after the opening quarter and were never really in danger after that in taking their fourth win in a row. Next: Sunday vs. #2 William Grady.