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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 (7-1)
Previous: #1

Recap: Taking on an overmatched New Dorp team at home on Friday night meant easy work for the Pirates as QB Anthony Pucciarelli had a pair of TDs, as did RB's Jason Salcedo and Justyn Ellam. Tottenville led 28-0 at the half and cruised to a 55-14 victory that keeps them in the top spot yet again this week, though a marquee Staten Island battle next week could change all that. Next: Friday @ #4 Curtis.

2) Erasmus Hall (6-2)
Previous: #2

Recap: A week after they fell for the first time on the season in a loss to Tottenville it was a great response from the Dutchmen. Andre Hines had a pair of TD runs for Erasmus Hall while the defense led by William Mohan and Jahzion Harris proved to be perfect as the Dutchmen shut out one of the best in the Bronx in Lehman in a near-flawless performance during a 35-0 win on Saturday. Next: Friday vs. #6 Midwood.

3) Christ the King (6-2)
Previous: #3

Recap: After not finding a ton of offensive success lately it was a great way to finish the regular season for the Royals as they went on the road and took on Kellenberg, a lower division team with a powerful offense. The CTK defense didn't play its best but QB Noah Bodden had six TD passes in one of his best games of the season. The Royals were able to shine on offense in the 67-34 win. Next: TBA vs. #10 Msgr. Farrell (CHSFL AAA Quarterfinals).

4) Curtis (7-1)
Previous: #5

Recap: With their big Staten Island matchup against Tottenville a week away the question was how would the focus of the Warriors be at home when they took on a solid JFK squad. That question was answered early as RBs Sam Martin and Maurice Hinton combined for 198 yards and four TDs as Curtis made quick work of JFK with a 42-6 victory heading into Friday's big showdown. Next: Friday vs. #1 Tottenville.

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

Recap: Having lost five fumbles and throwing a pair of interceptions meant that it was far from the best effort from Cardinal Hayes on Saturday. When going against one of New York's best in Iona Prep they had to be perfect if they wanted the W. Henry Belin did throw four TDs for the Cardinals, three of which went to Kuno Mendez, but the mistakes proved costly as it would be a 58-41 Gaels victory on Saturday in the Bronx. Next: TBA vs. St. Anthony's (CHSFL AAA Quarterfinals).

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

Recap: Yet again it was the dynamic running duo of David Stephens and Zade Edwards stealing the show on Saturday as the Hornets made quick work of Campus Magnet at home in a 35-12 victory. Stephens had a pair of TDs and 94 yards, while Edwards proved to be tough to contain under center as the signal caller scrambled for 86 yards and a couple TDs in a strong overall day for Midwood. Next: Friday @ #2 Erasmus Hall.

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

Recap: RB Israel Abanikanda had a pair of TDs on the ground in the opening half as the Railsplitters went out to Staten Island and took a 28-7 lead at the break against Susan Wagner. Lincoln was able to maintain the advantage throughout as well as QB Jahzair Hubbard had a couple TDs as well in the air to push the Railsplitters to a 36-22 victory over the Falcons. Next: Friday vs. Fort Hamilton.

8) Lehman (5-2)
Previous: #8

Recap: In their biggest game of the year the offense ran dry for the Lions in a Saturday road matchup in Brooklyn against Erasmus Hall. The running game failed to get going though Dante Nelson was able to do some things scrambling out of the pocket in a 35-0 loss. Malik Matthew and Atreiyu Young did have solid games on defense but it wasn't enough against a bigger and quicker E-Hall team. Next: Saturday vs. Harry Truman.

9) JFK (6-2)
Previous: #9

Recap: Seemingly nothing went right for the Knights during their trip to Staten Island on Friday when they took on Curtis. JFK only rushed for 17 yards as a team in the game with their lone score coming late in the fourth quarter when QB Chaze Milton connected on a 53-yard TD pass to David Agyapong to stop the shutout in an otherwise forgettable 42-6 defeat to the Warriors. Next: Friday vs. Campus Magnet.

10) Msgr. Farrell (2-6)
Previous: #10

Recap: Things looked good early on Friday night as the Lions played host to N.Y. power Archbishop Stepinac. Stephen Booras ran back a 91-yard interception for a TD, and Dylan Hach connected on a 37-yard FG to give Farrell a 10-7 lead at the half, but it proved to not be enough. The Lions were outscored 28-7 in the second half and fell to the Crusaders, 35-17. Next: TBA @ #3 Christ the King (CHSFL AAA Quarterfinals)


Class A

1) New Utrecht (8-0)
Previous: #1

Recap: It wasn't easy but the Utes were able to go out to Staten Island on Saturday and defeat Port Richmond 20-14. A pair of Christopher Molien rushing TDs gave New Utrecht a 20-0 lead after one quarter. The Raiders scored two TDs late and gave the Utes a scare but a late goal-line stand allowed New Utrecht to stay perfect on the year going into the final game of the regular season. Next: Friday vs. #10 Bayside.

2) Moore Catholic (7-1)
Previous: #2

Recap: Anthony Perlongo had yet another big game for the Mavericks on Saturday in their 38-16 victory out on Long Island against St. John the Baptist. The WR would score on a 45-yard TD from QB Nick Heineman, while also taking a 65-yard interception to the house for his second TD of the day. Justin Lacks had a pair of rushing TDs as well as Moore Catholic won the CHSFL AA-2 Division with the win. Next: Bye. football site

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

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)
Previous: #4

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)
Previous: #7

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)
Previous: #6

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)
Previous: #5

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)
Previous: #10

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)
Previous: NR

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)
Previous: #8

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.

Class B

1) Petrides (7-1)
Previous: #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)
Previous: #2

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)
Previous: #3

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)
Previous: #4

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)
Previous: #5

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.

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