Brooklyn High School Power Rankings – Week 3

Erasmus Hall beat Boys High 36-8 during the first week of the 2014 season. Photos by Rob Abruzzese.

Aaron Grant has been keeping Erasmus Hall near the top of the power rankings this season. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

The page turns to Week 3 and more big wins for the tops teams in Brooklyn while the rest of the pack is still sorting itself out. The biggest surprises, so far, have been Brooklyn Tech and Fort Hamilton as the Techies have been perfect so far and Fort Hamilton is still looking for its first win.

1. Lincoln (2-0, Last week: 1): The Railsplitters make it look so easy sometimes and they did it again when they beat Campus Magnet by 39 points. Paul Litvak threw for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Roget O’Neill threw for 100 yards, a touchdown and ran for an additional 71 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Tud caught for 103 yards and a touchdown (including an 89-yard bomb from O’Neill). Jordan Hannah, a player I didn’t even mention in my preview, had four catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Next opponent: Boys and Girls.

2. Poly Prep (2-0, LW: 2): The Blue Devils were sloppy early on against Peddie, but had amazing defense, led by Nicky Storz (two sacks and a fumble recovery) so the 28-0 victory was easy in the end. Brenden Femiano, who had over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns, is likely the best back in Brooklyn and maybe the city and toss in Chris Parker, who scored one touchdown, and two or three other strong running backs and this team could run its way to a perfect record this season. Next opponent: Canada Prep School.

3. Erasmus Hall (2-0, LW: 3): Another nice win for the Dutchmen, who scored exactly one touchdown each quarter against a tough Flushing team. Aaron Grant threw three touchdown passes for 166 yards and added 103 yards on punt returns as well. The defense chipped in offensively as Shavar Brathwaite returned an interception for a touchdown. Next opponent: at Curtis.

4. Grand Street Campus (2-0, LW: 4): Grand Street’s wins haven’t been pretty this season, but the Wolves are still perfect. They fought to come back from down 12-0 to win 32-12. Justin White threw for 213 yards and four touchdowns. Taysir Mack, 67 yards and two touchdowns, Kimani Talbot, 33 yards and a touchdown, and Aaron Lewis, 70 yards and a touchdown, were on the receiving end. Eugene Qualls ran for 64 yards and a touchdown. Next opponent: New Dorp.

5. New Utrecht (2-0, LW: 5): Huge win in a close game for the Utes over South Shore. South Shore led by two at halftime, but a third quarter touchdown was the difference in a 12-8 victory. Angelo Carrera threw for 65 yards and a touchdown, with Walid Othman on the receiving end, while Dayquan Russell ran for 110 yards and a touchdown. Next opponent: at Brooklyn Tech.

6. Brooklyn Tech (2-0, LW: 8): Surprise, surprise, the Engineers are 2-0 as they picked up a nice win over Lehman with 18 points in the fourth quarter for a 24-7 victory. Elijah Rueda threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Lawrence Menyah caught two of those and had 110 yards receiving. Alpha Gamby had a touchdown on three catches and 41 yards. Can the Engineers keep this winning streak going? Next opponent: New Utrecht.

7. South Shore (1-1, LW: 7): The Vikings faced their first setback since their promotion with a 12-8 loss to New Utrecht. Jason Martin threw for 121 yards and a touchdown, but also threw an interception and fumbled. Timothy Bowers ran for 70 yards, but was kept out of the end zone. Is this just a small setback or a sign that they’re not quite ready to compete at the highest level? Next opponent: Truman.

8. Midwood (1-1, LW: 9): It was a close game, but the Hornets held on against Jefferson to win 14-12. Nick Falzone threw for 142 yards and a touchdown. He found Darryl Robinson, who finished with 98 yards receiving and a touchdown, for a 70-yarder at one point. Carl Colas had 72 yards rushing and the defense had five sacks. Darryl Robinson also returned a kick for an 80-yard touchdown. Next opponent: Canarsie.

9. Fort Hamilton (0-2, LW: 6): The Tigers now have a six-game losing streak going that stretches back to an Oct. 12, 2013 victory over Grand Street. They’re not getting crushed and have lost two games by a total of eight points this season, but starting 0-2 is not a good sign they’re headed to Yankee Stadium. Their big players stepped up, Legree threw for 147 yards and two touchdowns, Troy Booker ran for 133 yards, no touchdowns, and Michael Brooks was amazing with two interceptions, a fumble recovery and two touchdowns (one on defense and one on special teams). How do they not win like that? Next opponent: Tottenville.

10. Canarsie (1-1, LW: N/A): Say hello to the Chiefs, who beat up on Beach Channel 42-6. Kamari Jones Hunter was the player of this game as he had two touchdowns on 22 yards rushing plus another touchdown on one of his two fumble recoveries. Festus Oziegbe also recovered a fumble for a touchdown, quarterback Jeffrey Killebrew found Darius Lancaster for a touchdown and Palyte Stubbs had another score on 107 yards rushing. Next opponent: at Midwood.


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