HIGH SCHOOL GAME OF THE WEEK
WHO: Lincoln Railsplitters (12-0) vs Tottenville Pirates (10-2)
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Yankee Stadium, 1 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10451
WHY IS THIS GAME IMPORTANT: This is it. This is what every football team in New York City plays for — the Public School Athletic League championship game at Yankee Stadium. This one promises to be a good one as well as it give the Railsplitters a chance to get some revenge for last season when Tottenville eliminated them in the PSAL semifinals.
Of course, these two teams faced each other back on Sept. 20 with Lincoln coming away with a strong 26-7 victory out on Staten Island. Throw that game out the window though as Tottenville quarterback Joshua Rainey has really improved since then and he connected with quick receiver Devin Martin for over 200 yards in the semis against Erasmus Hall. Rainey is also dangerous as a runner, but the real threat on the ground is Andrew Russo, who had 1099 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns during the regular season.
“Coach Munson and Tottenville has a dynamic offense,” Lincoln’s head coach Shawn O’Connor said. “They have a quarterback that does a good job making plays. You really have to cover him and the receivers as well. They have a tremendous run team so we’ve got to do a good job covering the holes.
Defensively Tottenville can be especially big trouble. They held their opponents to just over 13 points a game this season and that includes two games against Erasmus Hall and one against Lincoln. Defensively they are led by James Munson, son of head coach Jim Munson, who has 39 tackles, three interceptions, a fumble recovery, and a defensive touchdown (he’s also had nearly 500 yards receiving with 10 catches overall this year).
“On the defensive side, coach Munson runs a strong defense that presents a lot of challenges,” O’Connor continued. “His son is a tremendous football player. It’s been great watching him grow as a young man and as a player.”
As impressive as Tottenville is, it’s going to be hard to stop the Railsplitters. Javon “Spanky” Moore might be the MVP of the league with 27 touchdowns on 1994 yards passing in 12 games on top of 525 yards rushing, five more touchdowns, and 11 two-point conversions.
Spanky has a huge line blocking him some talented receivers to throw to in Malik Andrews, Carlos Stewart and and Luis Rodriguez. He also has Antoine Holloman running for him, the 5-foot-8 and 185-pound cannonball that has 23 touchdowns this season. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Leroy Hancle has also emerged as a serious running threat with five touchdowns already in the playoffs.
We haven’t even gotten to the defense yet. This is a team that has not been beaten as they held opponents to an average of just more than 10 points per game. Thomas Holley is a 6-foot-4, 305-pound beast that has already nailed the Tottenville quarterback with three sacks this year. Alejandro Oregon has 56 tackles and seven sacks this year. Defensive backs Khendell Puryear and Jahsi Meade lead a backfield that is sure to give Rainey fits all night as well.
Lincoln is a stacked team that is motivated to finish their season perfect and get revenge on Tottenville for last season. Sure, Tottenville has improved since earlier in the season, but so has Lincoln. And, unlike Erasmus Hall, Lincoln is healthy, rested, and ready for this game.
“Everybody wants the opportunity to win the city championship,” Holley said. “There are so many great teams in New York that want to win this and for us to win it would definitely top off everything we’ve done.”
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Tottenville junior quarterback Joshua Rainey
Tottenville senior wide receiver Devin Martin
Tottenville senior James Munson
Lincoln senior lineman Thomas Holley
Lincoln senior quarterback Javon Moore
Lincoln senior running back Antoine Holloman
Tottenville: Jim Munson
Lincoln: Shawn O’Connor
HOW THEY GOT HERE:
Sept. 7 lost 21-7 to Erasmus Hall
Sept. 14 won 47-14 over Campus Magnet
Sept. 20 lost 26-7 to Lincoln
Sept. 28 won 35-16 over Susan Wagner
Oct. 6 won 34-6 over Dewitt Clinton
Oct. 11 won 35-0 over Truman
Oct. 19 won 34-0 over Curtis
Oct. 26 won 41-16 over Port Richmond
Nov. 2 won 28-6 over Fort Hamilton
Nov. 9 won 31-8 over Canarsie (playoffs)
Nov. 16 won 34-12 over Boys and Girls (playoffs)
Nov. 23 won 41-33 over Erasmus Hall (playoffs)
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
Oct. 18 won 38-23 over Erasmus Hall
Oct. 26 won 27-12 over Fort Hamilton
Nov. 3 won 41-6 over Boys and Girls
Nov. 9 won 56-30 over Midwood (playoffs)
Nov. 16 won 39-8 over New Utrecht (playoffs)
Nov. 23 won 55-7 over Flushing (playoffs)
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