High School Football Game of the Week
WHO: No. 1 Lincoln Railsplitters vs No. 4 Grand Street Campus Wolves
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Aviator Sports Complex, 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, 11234
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT: This will be, so far, the biggest high school football game played in Brooklyn this season. It puts the reigning city champion Railsplitters up against Grand Street, an up-and-coming team that could potentially have the best chance of anyone in the city to end Lincoln’s 16-game winning streak.
“We know everyone is picking Lincoln to win (this) game,” said Grand Street head coach Bruce Eugene. “They’re the champs and they’ll be the champs until somebody knocks them off. This is what we wanted, we wanted this game on the big stage. It’s time for the changing of the guard. We’ll be ready for them.”
This isn’t just some big game in name only. Lincoln has one of the most high powered offenses with Paul Litvak throwing to a talented group of receivers including Luis Rodriguez, Michael Tud and Justice Seales. Lincoln is loaded in the backfield too with Dayquan Audain and Prince Klutsey back there. On defense, Lincoln is lead by Alejandro Oregon, Najee Baker, Dionte Fleming and Jordan Nicholson with Maurice Allen and Corey Wright in the backfield.
Grand Street’s depth nearly matches Lincoln’s though as it is lead by Justin “Lefty” White, who is likely the best quarterback in the city. He’s throwing to talented receivers Taysir Mack, Aaron Lewis and Romiio Littlejohn. Rahmel Ashby and Eugene Qualls are as talented as any in the backfield. Defensively, how about Rutgers-commit Kamaal Seymour, outstanding sophomore Kordell Wray and Justin Philip. Edwin Lee is as good as it gets as a defensive back.
PREDICTION: Lincoln will triumph. The Railsplitters seem to be already clicking on all cylinders already while the Wolves had a bit of a slow start, and struggled at times in their 26-14 victory over Midwood in Week 1. I expect Lincoln to come away with a win in Week 4, but it’ll be its biggest challenge and it won’t necessarily represent what will happen if/when the two teams meet in the playoffs.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Lincoln quarterback Paul Litvak
Lincoln wide receiver Luis Rodriguez
Lincoln rrunning back Dayquan Audain
Grand Street quarterback Justin “Lefty” White
Grand Street defensive tackle Kamaal Seymour
Grand Street wide receiver Taysir Mack
Lincoln: Shawn O’Connor
Grand Street: Bruce Eugene
HOW THEY GOT HERE:
Sept. 5: 28-6 win over Tottenville
Sept. 13: 55-16 win over Campus Magnet
Sept. 19: 41-6 win over Boys and Girls
Sept. 5: 26-14 win over Midwood
Sept. 14: 32-12 win over Curtis
Sept. 20: 42-0 win over New Dorp
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.