Brooklyn High School Power Rankings – Week 8

Nobody expected a lot out of New Utrecht this season, but they have a deep team and are one win away from a seven-win season. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Nobody expected a lot out of New Utrecht this season, but they have a deep team and are one win away from a seven-win season. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

There is only one more week left in the season for most Brooklyn teams (Poly Prep’s season is over) and as it stands eight of the 16 PSAL City Conference teams going to the playoffs are from Brooklyn. While it seems likely that it’s going to be Lincoln and Erasmus Hall at Yankee Stadium in the finals, there is enough of talent in the borough that the playoffs will still be exciting. With one more week to go, here are this week’s power rankings.

1. Lincoln (8-0, LW: 1): Lincoln stayed undefeated with a 27-12 win over Fort Hamilton and they used the ground game to do it. Antoine Holloman ran for 152 yards, Leroy Hancle had 104 yards, Javon Moore had 102 and each of them had a touchdown. Moore also threw a touchdown pass to Malik Andrews. Aaron Henderson had two interceptions on defense. Next week: at Boys High.

2. Poly Prep (7-1, LW:2): Poly Prep was one win away from a perfect season, but it slipped away as Friendship Collegiate Academy beat it 27-7. It was the final game of the season so Poly Prep is locked in at No. 2 at least until the end of the season.

3. Erasmus Hall (7-1, LW: 2): E-Hall went right back to shutting teams out as it beat Curtis 28-0. Kahlil Lewin had three touchdowns as he ran for 108 yards and returned a kick 82 yards for a score. Kefa Cort had the other TD and Aaron John and Xavier Braithwaite each had interceptions. Next week: vs Brooklyn Tech.

4. Boys and Girls (6-2, LW: 6): Boys and Girls beat Brooklyn Tech 28-6. Brandon Harding had 120 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Dashawn Brice had a passing and a rushing touchdown too. Jonathan Giles, Nicholas Smith and Rolin Arzu each had picks. Boys High has quietly turned into a team with upset potential in the playoffs. Next week: vs Lincoln.

5. New Utrecht (6-2, LW: 7): New Utrecht showed off its depth against Midwood as Richard Wright threw for two touchdowns and ran in another one, Vonn Grant had a running and catching touchdown, Jaleel Brown ran in two TDs and Michael Velasquez had a touchdown and an interception to set up another. The Utes have a real shot at a seven-win season. Next week: at Grand Street Campus.

6. Fort Hamilton (5-3, LW: 5): Fort Hamilton got beat up a bit by Lincoln, but that is to be expected. Sharif Legree still threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jordan Blake. Mohammad Masoud had 97 yards receiving. Isaiah Washington had an interception. Fort Hamilton has a chance to pick up a big win next week against Tottenville as they can grab the No. 3 seed in the PSAL with a win. Next week: at Tottenville.

7. Bishop Ford (6-2, LW: 4): A tough 22-12 loss to Mount St. Michael on Sunday to snap a five-game winning streak. James Esposito passed for 104 yards and a touchdown. Jevon Smith had 87 yards rushing and a touchdown. Ford had a great year, but a little bit of a soft schedule. They have to be careful not to just be happy to be in the AA playoffs. Next week: at St. Francis Prep.

8. Grand Street Campus (5-3, LW: 8): Another soft win against John Adams this week. Grand Street’s biggest win of the season came against Canarsie which is why they are not one spot lower. For me to believe they are capable of anything in the playoffs, they are going to come up with a big game against a tough New Utrecht team. Next week: vs New Utrecht.

9. Canarsie (3-5, LW: 10): John F. Kennedy is a tenacious team so a 34-28 loss to them is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s just that with victories over New Dorp and Flushing, Canarsie should be winning more games. Antonio Snell, Kamari Jones Hunter and Ramshar Clarke each had rushing touchdowns and Brandon Hollingsworth return a kick for a 70-yard touchdown as well. Next week: vs Midwood.

10. Midwood (5-3, LW: 9): If Midwood played New Utrecht the way it played Lincoln it might have won. Instead the Hornets suffered a brutal 38-12 defeat on their own field on Saturday. Brandon French was held to 27 yards, but did score on a touchdown when he recovered a fumble. Nicholas Falzone threw a touchdown pass to Merlin Neal. Next week: at Canarsie.

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