Erasmus Hall remains our top team in the borough. In fact, they’re probably going to stay that way, unless there is a big upset, until the Dutchmen take on Lincoln on Oct. 18. Other than that the biggest change is that New Utrecht moves into the four spot and Grand Street Campus was the biggest mover jumping three spots to seven from 10.
(Previous rankings – week 1)
1. Erasmus Hall (2-0, LW: 1): They were a little slow against Boys and Girls in the first half of their matchup, but turned it on in the second half. Curtis Samuel just gives them an offensive weapon that other teams can only wish they had. Nobody has scored off them since Tottenville did on the very first drive of the season. Next week: vs Campus Magnet.
2. Lincoln (2-0, LW: 2): Another week and another big win for Lincoln. Javon Moore threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns, he found Malik Andrews for 120 of those yards, and Antoine Holloman Jr. rushed for 116 yards on just six attempts. Tottenville will be a good match for them next week. Next week: @ Tottenville.
3. Poly Prep (2-0, LW: 3): Quarterback Chris Parker ran wild against Peddie High School last weekend for 248 yards and three touchdowns. With so many offensive options and Jay Hayes on defense there is no guarantee that anyone will beat them this year. It’s a shame we can’t see them go up against Lincoln or E-Hall to really find out who the best in the borough is. Next week: @ Niagara Academy.
4. New Utrecht (2-0, LW: 5): Nos. 1, 2, and 3 are locked up for the time being so being ranked fourth in Brooklyn is pretty impressive. Coach Alan Balkan said his defense is among the best in the city and his secondaries are the best in the city. Can they beat an elite team like Lincoln though? Next week: vs Susan Wagner.
5. Fort Hamilton (2-0, LW: 6): The only other undefeated team in the City Conference in Brooklyn, its already surpassed its win total from last season with wins over Brooklyn Tech and John Adams. Sharif Legree is emerging as a star in the PSAL with 157 yards passing and another 61 running to go with two touchdowns against John Adams. Next week: vs Curtis.
6. Boys and Girls (1-1, LW: 4): The Kangaroos finally played their first game this week after they were given a win in a forfeit against Jefferson in week one. With only one starter returning from last season, they are inexperienced and show it. But a loss to Erasmus Hall is nothing to be ashamed of and they have the talent to beat some good teams. Next week: @ Truman.
7. Grand Street Campus (1-1, LW: 10): Was Grand Street Campus overrated in the preseason? Some people say yes, but a week one loss to Flushing is not the end of the world, especially considering they lost by just nine points, and a win over Brooklyn Tech is not easy. Grand Street may not be elite yet, but they’re getting there. Next week: vs JFK.
8. Bishop Ford (1-1, LW: 8): It was a tough loss as they just missed a fourth quarter comeback and a win against Cardinal Hayes would have looked good for the resume. Dante Aiken rushed for 150 yards and Rodney Gonzales caught seven passes for 91 yards. This team is talented and I expect they’ll only move up in these rankings. Next week: Christ the King.
9. Canarsie (1-1, LW: 7): As impressive as New Utrecht was in the win, Canarsie hung tough with them. If it weren’t for a well timed interception and quarterback Antonio Snell getting ejected with about eight minutes left, they might have been able to pull out a win. They don’t have an easy schedule coming up as they face Flushing, Boys High, Grand Street, and E-Hall over the next four weeks. Next week: Flushing.
10. Brooklyn Tech (0-2, LW: 9): I’m a little surprised by Brooklyn Tech because I thought the Engineers could beat both Fort Hamilton and Grand Street Campus, two younger teams, but here we are and they’re 0-2. I expect a turnaround, and they’re going to need it because Nazareth wants this spot and Jefferson is finally coming back for week three. Next week: vs Sheepshead Bay.