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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) Cardinal Hayes (7-4)
Last Week: #3

Recap: With Henry Belin having gone 12-17 for 207 yards and a TD in the air and RB Jalen Smith running for 117 yards and a score it was the Cardinals doing what many considered not possible at the start of the playoffs. They defeated Iona Prep on the road in the semifinals a week ago and then on Saturday knocked off Archbishop Stepinac 25-7 for the CHSFL AAA title in dominating fashion to ascend to #1. Next: Saturday @ Canisius (CHSAA AAA State Championship)

2) Tottenville (10-1)
Last Week: #1

Recap: After the opening half of play on Saturday afternoon in the Pirates PSAL quarterfinal game against Susan Wagner it was clear that they were clicking on all cylinders. Anthony Calabrese had three first half interceptions, with RB Roland Dempster finding the end zone for three TD's as Tottenville took a 32-7 lead into the break and cruised home for the 46-21 victory over the Falcons. Next: Saturday vs. #6 Abraham Lincoln (PSAL City Division Semifinals)

3) Erasmus Hall (9-2)
Last Week: #2

Recap: For the 7th time in 11 games this season the Dutchmen held their opponents scoreless as the defense led by William Mohan and Jahzion Harris were able to combine for 21 tackles and 4 sacks as Erasmus Hall defeated Lehman in the PSAL quarterfinals on Saturday 32-0. Yaseen Murden had a couple TD runs as well to pace the Dutchmen who now look forward to a home semifinal matchup on Saturday. Next: Saturday vs. #5 Curtis (PSAL City Division Semifinals)

4) Christ the King (7-3)
Last Week: #4

Recap: The season came to an end for the Royals over a week ago now in a 43-6 CHSFL AAA semifinal defeat to Archbishop Stepinac but the talent is there for Christ the King to make a deep run a year from now as QB Noah Bodden will be back under center, while a good portion of the offensive and defensive lines return meaning a good core will return for a Royals team hungry for a deeper playoff run. Next: Season Over

5) Curtis (9-2)
Last Week: #5

Recap: Maurice Hinton had a pair of TD runs for the Warriors while Sam Martin rushed for 101 yards and a score in just three quarters of play as Curtis was able to take control early in the third quarter en route to a 28-6 victory over JFK. Credit has to go to the Warriors defense as well as they limited the Knights potent rushing attack and were able to control the game on the ground themselves to advance to the semifinals. Next: Saturday @ #3 Erasmus Hall (PSAL City Division Semifinals)

6) Abraham Lincoln (7-4)
Last Week: #6

Recap: Far from as easy as it looked it would be at the start, the Railsplitters rushed out to a 16-0 lead over Midwood on Saturday in the PSAL quarterfinals as Jahzair Hubbard had a TD run and pass in the opening half, but the Hornets stormed back to take a late lead. It wasn't until a TD run from Israel Abanikanda in the closing two minutes that Lincoln went back on top and took a 24-22 victory. Next: Saturday @ #2 Tottenville (PSAL City Division Semifinals)

7) Midwood (6-5)
Last Week: #8

Recap: There was absolutely no quit in the Hornets as they would fall behind 16-0 early to Lincoln in the PSAL quarterfinals on Saturday, but a late TD to close the half from David Stephens got Midwood just a bit closer. Stephens would add two more scores as well to give the Hornets a fourth quarter lead, but a late TD from the Railsplitters ruined Midwood's upset chance with the Hornets season ending, 24-22. Next: Season Over

8) JFK (8-3)
Last Week: #7

Recap: Coming into their PSAL quarterfinals matchup with Curtis on Saturday it seemed as if the JFK offense was really finding its groove as they were putting up big numbers and scoring in bunches. That ended on Saturday though as the Knights only score came on a fumble return for a TD early in the second quarter as JFK's year came to an end on the road 28-6. Next: Season Over

9) Lehman (6-4)
Last Week: #9

Recap: The Lions won't want to see Erasmus Hall again for as long as possible as Lehman fell late in the regular season to the Dutchmen 35-0, and then in the PSAL quarterfinals on Saturday it was Erasmus doing them in again as Dante Nelson and the rest of the offense went cold and silent again as the Brooklyn power was able to muscle their way to a 32-0 victory in what was Lehman's end to the year. Next: Season Over

10) Susan Wagner (5-5)
Last Week: #10

Recap: While it wasn't anywhere close to the opening half that Susan Wagner wanted in their PSAL quarterfinal game on Saturday against #1 Tottenville you have to give them credit for not quitting on the game. After trailing 32-7 at the half it was QB Joe Thorpe who threw for two second half TD's as the Falcons held their own in the second half before eventually falling 46-21 to finish out their season. Next: Season Over


Class A

1) New Utrecht (10-0)
Last Week: #1

Recap: It's a 10 win season for the first time in Utes football history as they matched up with Thomas Jefferson on Saturday in the PSAL quarterfinals and were able to roll with ease as Christopher Molien had a couple of TD runs with Michael Alexis taking on another. The New Utrecht offense dominated from start to finish as they moved into the semifinals after a 38-0 thrashing of the Orange Wave. Next: Saturday vs. #6 Port Richmond (PSAL Bowl Division Semifinals)

2) Moore Catholic (9-1)
Last Week: #2

Recap: Capping off one of the best high school careers in New York City high school football history saw Justin Lacks rush for 225 yards and two TD's, breaking the All-Time NYC career rushing mark with 5,629 yards in his illustrious four varsity years as the Mavericks were able to take control early in the third quarter and runs away with it down the stretch to win the CHSFL AA-2 title by downing St. Joseph by the Sea 28-6. Next: Season Over

3) James Madison (9-1)
Last Week: #3

Recap: The ground attack thrived in a big way for the Golden Knights on Saturday as Alex McBurnie ran for 106 yards and a couple TD's while Mark Shepherd had a TD on football site

79 yards on the ground as Madison was able to control the tempo and run through the Eagle Academy II defense in what would be a perfect 20-0 victory for the defending PSAL champs who now move into next weekend's semifinals looking to repeat. Next: Saturday @ #4 Tilden (PSAL Bowl Division Semifinals)

4) Tilden (9-1)
Last Week: #4

Recap: After a couple weeks off because of an opening round playoff bye it was the Blue Devils shaking off the rust early on as they got 144 yards from Kevon Patrick on the ground, with DoMorri West adding 103 yards as the dynamic backfield tandem rolled through Eagle Academy III en route to a 28-12 victory in the PSAL quarterfinals as they now have a berth in the upcoming semifinals. Next: Saturday vs. #3 James Madison (PSAL Bowl Division Semifinals)

5) St. Joseph by the Sea (8-2)
Last Week: #5

Recap: Hoping to knock off Moore Catholic for the first time in program history were the Vikings on Saturday in the CHSFL AA-2 championship. Early on Sea was able to keep close as QB Jackson Tucker ran it in from a yard out to tie the game at 6 in the opening quarter but the Vikings would give up 22 unanswered the rest of the way to finish out their season in defeat with a 28-6 loss to the Mavericks in the title game. Next: Season Over

6) Port Richmond (7-4)
Last Week: #7

Recap: You couldn't get a more thrilled end to a game as Port Richmond was down 20-15 to McKee/Staten Island Tech in the PSAL quarterfinals on Saturday with time for just one more play from the 1 yard line. It was star RB Dezmond Fredericks who got the call with the game on the line as he scored from a yard out as time expired to give the Raiders a 21-20 victory and advance them into the semifinals. Next: Saturday @ #1 New Utrecht (PSAL Bowl Division Semifinals)

7) McKee/Staten Island Tech (7-3)
Last Week: #6

Recap: In the Seagulls final game of the regular season they knocked off Port Richmond in a low scoring 10-0 contest. The two teams met again on Saturday in the PSAL quarterfinals and the results proved to be different as while Charles Metayer had a pair of TD runs on the ground it was a final second score from the Raiders that put them over the top to stun MSIT 21-20 and eliminate them from the postseason. Next: Season Over

8) Eagle Academy III (5-6)
Last Week: #8

Recap: Coming off an opening round playoff win over Lafayette where they limited the Patriots to just 110 total yards of offense it proved to be a much more difficult task on Saturday when Eagle III went on the road at Tilden. Shawn Vassell had a strong game as he would rush for nearly 100 yards on the ground but Eagle Academy couldn't get enough offense going in what would be a 28-12 defeat. Next: Season Over

9) Eagle Academy II (5-6)
Last Week: #9

Recap: Even though they have a loss on their record many consider James Madison to be the favorites in the PSAL Bowl Division again this season and it was Eagle II's task on Saturday to try and stop their run. Unfortunately Eagle couldn't contain the Madison rushing attack while Tywan Johnson was held out of the end zone for the first time in 5 games as Eagle Academy's season came to an end, losing to Madison 20-0. Next: Season Over

10) Thomas Jefferson (7-4)
Last Week: #10

Recap: With the Orange Wave getting a great game in the air from QB Devonte Smith a week ago to the tune of 4 TD passes in Jefferson's win over Bayside in Round of 16 in the PSAL Bowl Division playoffs it looked as if the ability to move at a fast and throw the ball around would be key to the Orange Wave's success. They were stifled in a big way though on Saturday as Jefferson's season ended in a 38-0 loss to New Utrecht. Next: Season Over

Class B

1) Petrides (9-1)
Last Week: #1

Recap: Leading 25-0 at the half in their PSAL quarterfinal game on Saturday against Mott Haven it was a complete and total effort all across the field for Petrides as QB Michael DiForte had a TD pass and run in the early while Thomas Bruns had two first half TD runs as well, and with the defense thriving in every way it was the Panthers who put together a great effort in a 31-6 win to move into next weekend's semifinals. Next: Saturday vs. #4 Benjamin Cardozo (PSAL Cup Division Semifinals)

2) Beach Channel (8-2)
Last Week: #2

Recap: In Saturday's PSAL quarterfinals it was the Dolphins taking on Stuyvesant in a repeat matchup of a game from earlier this season won by Beach Channel 28-6. This result was very similar as much like in their first contest where Masiah Franklin ran for 166 yards and 2 TD's it was the junior RB doing it again as he had 155 yards and 3 TD's this time as the Dolphins advanced with a big 40-14 win over the Peglegs. Next: Saturday @ #3 William Grady (PSAL Cup Division Semifinals)

3) William Grady (8-2)
Last Week: #3

Recap: William Stoney led the way for the Falcons with 3 TD's on the ground while fellow RB Tyler Francis added two more for Grady as they were in control from beginning to end in their PSAL quarterfinal matchup on Saturday against John Adams. They combined to rush for over 300 yards as the Falcons were able to plow past their Queens opposition to move into the semifinals with a 44-8 victory. Next: Saturday vs. #2 Beach Channel (PSAL Cup Division Semifinals)

4) Benjamin Cardozo (8-2)
Last Week: #4

Recap: Having 14 days off from the last time they took the field, a loss to close out the regular season against John Adams, the Judges had a lot of time before their PSAL quarterfinal game against Far Rockaway to stew on that defeat. They came out strong and focused as Tyler Ragler ran for 246 yards and had 4 TD's in a great one man effort to help carry Cardozo to a 31-18 win and move them into Saturday's semifinals. Next: Saturday @ #1 Petrides (PSAL Cup Division Semifinals)

5) Cardinal Spellman (4-4)
Last Week: #5

Recap: The season didn't start out all that well for the Pilots, but after a big win to close out the regular season against AA team Mount St. Michael it was a confident Spellman team going into the playoffs. They were able to get by Nazareth to advance to the CHSFL A title game, and while it was a 39-33 OT loss the RB duo of Ethan Ortiz and Jalen White had strong seasons to remember for an up and coming Pilots team. Next: Season Over

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