There is a new favorite in Brooklyn.
All season long the top of the rankings have been the same, but not today. No. 2 Lincoln shook things up last Friday night with an upset over No. 1 Erasmus Hall under the lights in Coney Island. E-Hall doesn’t fall too far though as they are still among the very elite in the city. Expect the two teams to face each other again in Yankee Stadium.
1. Lincoln (7-0, LW: 2): Lincoln scored 38 points against a team that hadn’t allowed a touchdown since the first week of the season. Javon Moore threw for 196 yards and four touchdowns, Malik Andrews caught two of those touchdowns and 124 yards while Carlos Stewart and Luis Rodriguez each had TDs. Next week: at Fort Hamilton.
2. Poly Prep (7-0, LW: 3): Poly Prep remains perfect this season with a 45-0 victory against Valley Forge Military Academy and moves up to the No. 2 spot with E-Hall’s loss. Jay Hayes thinks Poly should be No. 1 in the city because, he says, the Blue Devils have had the toughest schedule. He has a good point, but wonder if he’s not selling Lincoln short for playing a New York City schedule. Next week: Friendship Collegiate Academy.
3. Erasmus Hall (6-1, LW: 1): Erasmus Hall falls out of the top spot all the way down to No. 3 despite the fact that Curtis Samuel rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Elijah Davis left the game early with a leg injury and Kahlil Lewin was held to 75 yards. It was a tough loss, but one that will certainly motivate the Dutchmen going forward. Next week: vs Curtis.
4. Bishop Ford (6-1, LW: 4): After beating Nazareth, Bishop Ford has scored 218 points during a five-game winning streak. Dante Aiken ran for 168 yards and three touchdowns and Rodney Gonzales scored twice with 74 yards rushing and 61 yards receiving. Quarterback James Esposito threw for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Next week: vs Mount St. Michael.
5. Fort Hamilton (5-2, LW: 5): Fort Hamilton struggled against Campus Magnet with Sharif Legree being limited to 57 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Isaiah Washington was also limited to just 69 yards as well. Daquan Glover did recover a fumble. Next week: vs Lincoln.
6. Boys and Girls (5-2, LW: 7): Boys High’s win over Clinton was impressive enough to move them up the rankings past New Utrecht. Dashawn Brice threw for 85 yards and threw one touchdown and ran in another, Rolin Arzu had an interception and ran for 131 yards and a TD. Wesley Gibbons had an impressive five sacks and Shameek Brown had four. Next week: at Brooklyn Tech.
7. New Utrecht (5-2, LW: 6): New Utrecht’s Jaleel Brown had an amazing game as he ran for 285 yards and five touchdowns. Michael Velasquez had an interception and recovered a fumble and Kevin Hilliman also recovered a fumble. Kadeen Dryden also had three tackles for loss and a sack. Next week: at Midwood.
8. Grand Street Campus (4-3, LW: 9): I’ve decided to move Grand Street up past Midwood this week because while the Hornets are still raw, they have a lot of young talent and I feel like they are the better team. Justin White and Rahmel Ashby are just too good and bring with them a promising future. Next week: vs John Adams.
9. Midwood (5-2, LW: 8): Sorry to knock Midwood down a notch. It’s just hard to take when Jefferson, an 0-7 team, comes within two points of winning. The credit for their win belongs to Brandon French, who ran for 141 yards with a touchdown and Nicholas Falzone connected with French on a 27-yard touchdown pass. Sean Cameron had an interception. The Hornets can make a statement though as it has a chance to pick up a couple of decent wins against New Utrecht and Canarsie in the next couple of weeks. Next week: vs New Utrecht.
10. Canarsie (3-4, LW: 10): Canarsie used the ground game to beat New Dorp 12-7. Ramshar Clarke scored both touchdowns and ran for 103 yards. Brandon Hollingsworth had two interceptions, Lascelles Williams recovered two fumbles, Glenville Bell had two sacks and Justice Scott recovered a fumble. Next week: at JFK.