GAME OF THE WEEK
WHO: Erasmus Hall (8-0 in 2012) vs Tottenville (7-1 in 2012)
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Sid Luckman Field
WHY IS THIS GAME IMPORTANT: This is a rematch of last year’s Public School Athletic League championship game at Yankee Stadium that Erasmus Hall won by the slimmest of margins 15-14. That’s why this is going to be such a huge matchup as Erasmus is going to want to show that game was no fluke and Tottenville is going to want to show it’s the better team after all. Of course, this is a brand new season with many new faces. However, both teams are expected to be powerhouses once again.
Erasmus Hall still has Curtis Samuel, an Ohio State commit and one of the best players in all of New York City. Samuel rushed 1,047 yards last season and scored 18 touchdowns. Kahlil Lewin will be joining him to lead the offense after he rushed for 898 yards and three touchdowns last season. Their quarterback will be new with Elijah Davis expected to take most of the snaps in place of the graduated Matthew Domina and Jonathan Samerson.
On defense, Erasmus Hall has Jose Duncan and Maynor Oregon leading the way and tackle Oumar Coulibaly is returning on the line as well. Aside from quarterback, E-Hall’s biggest change is probably on its offensive line where the only starter returning is Kwanii Figueroa.
Tottenville’s strength is seemingly its defense this season with lineman Rocco Fama returning along with free safty James Munson and Joe Ojo. Six defensive starters in total are returning. Their offense should be well protected though as four out of their five starting linemen from last season are back.
The big difference is that Brandon Barnes has graduated and Joshua Rainey has taken his place. Rainey did play in the second half, including the championship game, last season though so he’s not exactly unfamiliar with running the offense. Andrew Russo, who transferred from St. Joseph by the Sea and rushed for 1,293 yards and 19 touchdowns will run for Tottenville. Which gives Tot a weapon it didn’t have last season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Senior running back Curtis Samuel
Senior running back Khalil Lewin
Senior quarterback Elijah Davis
Senior defensive end Rocco Fama
Senior defensive back James Munson Jr.
Junior quarterback Joshua Rainey
Erasmus Hall: Danny Landberg
Tottenville: Jim Munson
Sept. 7 vs Tottenville
Sept. 15 at Boys and Girls
Sept. 21 vs Campus Magnet
Sept. 28 at Lehman High School
Oct. 6 vs Fort Hamilton
Oct. 12 at Canarsie
Oct. 18 at Lincoln
Oct. 26 vs Curtis
Nov. 3 vs Brooklyn Tech
Sept. 7 at Erasmus Hall
Sept. 14 vs Campus Magnet
Sept. 20 vs Lincoln
Sept. 28 at Susan Wagner
Oct. 6 at Dewitt Clinton
Oct. 11 vs Truman
Oct. 19 at Curtis
Oct. 26 at Port Richmond
Nov. 2 vs Fort Hamilton
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