GAME OF THE WEEK
WHO: Fort Hamilton (1-7 in 2012) vs. Poly Prep (6-3 in 2012)
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 31 at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Poly Prep Country Day School
WHY IS THIS GAME IMPORTANT: This game is technically just a scrimmage, but there is much more at stake for this annual event — neighborhood bragging rights. Jay Hayes and Poly Prep beat Fort Hamilton 34-0 last season and will certainly want to show that they are still the team to beat in Bay Ridge. Meanwhile, Danny Perez wants to make up for last season’s poor 1-7 showing by getting off on the right foot during this rivalry game.
“It’s a neighborhood rivalry,” said Dino Mangiero, head coach of Poly Prep. ”We play them every year, they were down a little last year, but historically it’s always been a really good game. Even last year it was 34-0, but it was a hard fought competitive game. It’s basically a scrimmage, but we’re certainly keeping score of this one. A lot of their kids wanted to come here and visa versa so there is a lot of pride at stake.”
Poly Prep is lead by Notre Dame commit Jay Hayes and a tough defensive squad that will give fits to any team it faces this year. Fort Hamilton is a bit of a question mark. Quarterback Adrian Maldonado and running back Isaiah Washington are expected to lead this team after they both basically missed all of last season with injuries.
“We had a young team last year, we went through a lot of injuries and we’re trying to turn it around this year,” Perez said. “We’re just trying to get back to fundamentals. We definitely expect a step in the right direction this weekend.”
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Senior defensive tackle Jay Hayes
Senior offensive and defensive lineman Denzel Monroe
Senior offensive and defensive lineman Sean Feldman
Senior quarterback Adrian Maldonado
Senior running back Isaiah Washington
Junior receiver Edwin Lee
Poly Prep: Dino Mangiero
Fort Hamilton: Danny Perez
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Last game: These two teams last faced each other on Sep. 1, 2012 as Poly Prep beat Fort Hamilton 34-0. Poly’s quarterback Chris Parker scored three touchdowns, including two rushing, to lead the Blue Devils to victory.
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