Big changes at the bottom of Brooklyn’s power rankings
After the first week of play in high school football there wasn’t a lot of movement at the top of the power rankings as Lincoln, Poly Prep, Erasmus Hall and Grand Street all won as expected. Now that I’ve seen both Lincoln and Poly Prep play, I have to say that they are about even to the point where it almost might be fair to call them No. 1A and No. 1B rather than No. 1 and No. 2, but I’m going to leave it like this for now.
Where you see the big changes this week is in the second half of the rankings which is to be expected as it is tougher to predict the middle teams. Boys and Girls High School is the biggest name to fall off this list. It lost a lot of seniors and look very raw early in the season. I wouldn’t be surprised if after a few games we see them on this list again at some point, but they have a little ways to go.
Canarsie also falls off the list after it lost a close game to New Utrecht. That might be a bit unfair since it was bumped off by Jefferson, who also lost its match, but I wanted to try to get some new names on the list early on and the Chiefs certainly aren’t far away from a return to the rankings.
1. Lincoln (1-0, Last week: 1): A big Week 1 win over Tottenville where Paul Litvak, 107 yards passing, 57 yards rushing, two touchdowns, emerged as a legitimate threat as did Prince Klutsey, 93 yards and a touchdown. This team also has multiple receiving options and a defense strong enough to shutdown Tottenville. Next opponent: at Campus Magnet.
2. Poly Prep (1-0, LW: 2): Poly Prep showed that there is no team in New York City that can beat it except for maybe Lincoln as the Blue Devils easily handled Cardinal Hayes in a game that many expected to be much closer. Quarterback Chris Parker is extremely fast and small enough that he’s totally elusive to defenders. Then you consider they have Brenden Femiano, Tegha Egbiri, Devin Rose and Fara’ad McCombs and it’s easy to see this team running its way to a perfect record. Next opponent: vs Peddie.
3. Erasmus Hall (1-0, LW: 3): Erasmus Hall looked very good on Saturday as six different players ran for a combined 205 yards including 75 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Aaron Grant. With Deonte Roberts running the defense it is clearly going to be one of the top teams in Brooklyn again. The question is — can they shut down tougher competition? Flushing and Curtis will give us a good guage of how good the Dutchmen really are, but it might not be until Week 5 against Lincoln where we really get a chance to see how good this team can be. Next opponent: at Flushing.
4. Grand Street Campus (1-0, LW: 4): It was a little surprising to see Midwood give Grand Street such tough competition in the first week, but Grand Street didn’t have its entire roster yet and ultimately did come away with the victory. Kordell Wray, a fumble recovered for a touchdown, and Taysir Mack, a punt returned for a touchdown (to go with 85 yards receiving and a touchdown catch) saved them. The Wolves have a couple of tough games coming up, but that Week 4 matchup against Lincoln is the one to watch. Next opponent: Curtis.
5. New Utrecht (1-0, LW: 8): Palyte Stubbs ran for 101 yards and a touchdown to give the Utes a close victory over Canarsie, but they might have gotten lucky considering the Chiefs had more than 100 total yards than them. It’s likely that the winner of their next game against South Shore will occupy the No. 5 spot on these power rankings next week and the loser could fall to No. 7 or 8 so it’s important for the Utes to keep it going. Next opponent: South Shore.
6. Fort Hamilton (0-1, LW: 5): I couldn’t drop the Tigers down too far after a tough loss to Curtis since South Shore’s opponent, Beach Channel, isn’t exactly a powerhouse. The Tigers can’t afford to fall to 0-2, though, with Tottenville looming in Week 3. Getting Michael Brooks back will be huge for them. Next opponent: Clinton.
7. South Shore (1-0, LW: 6): A weak opponent, but a nice win against Beach Channel in South Shore’s first ever game in the City Conference. Quarterback Jason Martin threw for 238 yards and four touchdowns and the Vikings also ran for over 200 yards. They’ll get more respect if they can beat New Utrecht this week. Next opponent: At New Utrecht.
8. Brooklyn Tech (1-0, LW: N/A): The Engineers have a couple of very nice players in quarterback Elijah Rueda, 133 yards passing with one touchdown and 42 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Lawrence Menyah, 56 yards rushing and a touchdown, another 38 yards receiving, and he recovered a fumble. Alpha Gamby also recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. This could be a team to keep an eye on. Next opponent: Lehman.
9. Midwood (0-1, LW: 9): A tough loss for the Hornets, but it wasn’t so bad considering they hung in there with a team that is expected to compete for a championship this season in Grand Street. Quarterback Nick Falzone threw for 143 yards and a touchdown, but they are going to have to get their running game going as nobody had more than 18 yards. Carl Colas did have two touchdowns, one receiving and one running, and over 100 total yards on the day. Next opponent: Jefferson.
10. Jefferson (0-1, LW: N/A): Jefferson was 6-2 just two years ago and an incident in the weight room last year got its coach in trouble and set the program back a few years. But former Lehman coach Michael Saunds has taken over the program and I’m being a bit optimistic here by putting it in the No. 10 spot. A matchup against Midwood wouldn’t exactly put it back on the map as far as the road to Yankee Stadium goes, but it would allow the Orange Wave to regain a certain level of respect again. Next opponent: at Midwood.