Game of the Week: No. 1 Erasmus Hall at No. 2 Lincoln

Lincoln and Erasmus Hall, two undefeated Brooklyn teams, go head to head this weekend in a matchup that will likely be a preview of the city championship. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Lincoln and Erasmus Hall, two undefeated Brooklyn teams, go head to head this weekend in a matchup that will likely be a preview of the city championship. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

HIGH SCHOOL GAME OF THE WEEK

WHO: No. 1 Erasmus Hall (6-0) at No. 2 Lincoln (6-0)

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Lincoln High School, Coney Island, Brooklyn

WHY THIS GAME IS IMPORTANT: This is easily the biggest regular season high school football game in Brooklyn this year. It’s a fact. There is a lot of great talent in this borough, but when it comes to public school teams there is Erasmus Hall, Lincoln and then everyone else. However, if you listen to anyone of the players or coaches from either team, whom all have championship aspirations, they will insist that this is just another game.

“Next week is just as important as any other game,” Lincoln receiver Malik Andrews said with a wide smile. “Week 13 is the most important week to us. Week 13 that’s what we’re looking forward to. Week seven? Yeah, that’s going to be a good one, but that’s just one step toward our ultimate goal.”

That’s the kind of talk you get from teams that are so focused on getting to Yankee Stadium and winning a city title. They simply refuse to admit that this is a big game. Many have been looking forward to this one for a while, but the term “week 13″ has been drilled into their heads so much that they seem to actually be buying into the idea that this is just another game.

“It’s just another game. Every week is a big game, this is a big game, but our championship is not (this) week,” said Lincoln coach Shawn O’Connor. “I love to hear the kids say that. If they answer questions that way it’s great to hear. I haven’t even given them the this-is-just-another-game speech yet and they already know. It just shows how focused they are.”

More candidly it’s easy to see how badly each team has been looking forward to it. Just checking out some posts on Facebook this week and there is much trash talking and many players are literally counting down the days.

“Time to turn that switch right now!” E-Hall’s Shavar Brathwaite wrote. “I’ve been waiting for this week for a long time and it’s here!”

The bottom line is that Lincoln won the city title in 2011, E-Hall won it in 2012, the two team are likely going to face each other in the championship game at Yankee Stadium this December, and this is just a preview.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

Lincoln senior defensive tackle Thomas Holley
Lincoln senior cornerback Khendell Puryear
Lincoln senior running back Antoine Holloman

Erasmus Hall senior running back Curtis Samuel
Erasmus Hall senior running back Kahlil Lewin
Erasmus Hall senior defensive back Darin Peart

COACHES: 

Lincoln: Shawn O’Connor
Erasmus Hall: Danny Landberg

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

Lincoln
Sept. 7 won 42-6 over Curtis
Sept. 14 won 44-8 over Sheepshead Bay
Sept. 20 won 26-7 over Tottenville
Sept. 27 won 26-6 over New Utrecht
Oct. 6 won 44-0 over Campus Magnet
Oct. 11 won 36-12 over Midwood

Erasmus Hall
Sept. 7 won 21-7 over Tottenville
Sept. 15 won 20-0 over Boys and Girls
Sept. 21 won 42-0 over Campus Magnet
Sept. 28 won 47-0 over Lehman
Oct. 6 won 48-0 over Fort Hamilton
Oct. 12 won 34-0 over Canarsie

FOLLOW THE ACTION: Follow Brooklyn Eagle Sports on Twitter @BkEagleSports for updates during the game. Then check back here at the website afterward for recaps, photos, and analysis on the game.

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