The Catholic High School Football League varsity playoffs begin this weekend. Brooklyn has two teams in the single-elimination tournament: Bishop Ford, who is in the AA playoffs, and Xaverian, in the A playoffs.
Here are the first round matchups:
No. 1 St. Peters vs No. 8 Kellenberg, 1:00 p.m.
No. 2 Cardinal Hayes vs No. 7 Fordham Prep, 3:00 p.m.
No. 3 Holy Trinity vs No. 6 Xavier, 1:00 p.m.
No. 4 Bishop Ford vs No. 5 Mount St. Michael, 6:00 p.m.
No. 1 St. John the Baptist vs No. 4 Christ the King, 1:00 p.m.
No. 2 Spellman vs No. 3 Xaverian, 1:00 p.m.
BISHOP FORD: The Falcons have a legitimate shot to win this thing but it won’t be easy. They’ve already beaten No. 1 St. Peter’s. No. 2 Cardinal Hayes did beat them and so did their first round opponent Mount St. Michael. However, in that game against Mount, Ford really outplayed them in the first half, taking a 12-0 lead into halftime, and showed some reasons to believe they could beat them if given a second chance.
James Esposito led the Falcons with 1,531 passing yards with 16 touchdowns, Dante Aiken had 1,135 rushing yards with 12 touchdowns and Rodney Gonzales had 1,181 yards and 14 touchdowns. Quamari McAllister had three fumble recoveries and two interceptions, Malik Warner had two interceptions, Sean Wade had a pick and a fumble recovery.
XAVERIAN: It’s been a tough season for Xaverian as they were dominated in pretty much all of its loses and only beat teams in the A playoffs. Still, it beat Christ the King already and St. John the Baptist and Spellman should be good competition for the Clippers.
WEEK ONE PREDICTIONS: St. Peter’s over Kellenberg, Cardinal Hayes over Fordham Prep, Holy Trinity over Xaverian, Bishop Ford over Mount St. Michael St. John the Baptist over Christ the King, Spellman over Xaverian.