For the first time in the (short) history of Brooklyn Eagle Sports there will be a new No. 1 on these power rankings after Erasmus Hall upset Lincoln over the weekend. However, except for some slight changes at the top everyone else is staying the same this week.
With everyone from No. 4 through No. 10 staying put, the only decision was to figure out who to put at No. 1 — Erasmus, who had just beaten Lincoln, or Poly Prep, who was No. 2 behind Lincoln for a year and a half. Poly Prep is likely the better team with a much tougher schedule, but Erasmus Hall is much deeper and could win in a head-to-head matchup. For now, I’m going with Poly Prep in the top spot, but I’m not sure that it will stay there all year.
For Poly it is going to come down to its game against Friendship Collegiate Academy, a team it lost to last season. If Poly falls to the team from Washington D.C. again this season it will likely fall to No. 2 or even No. 3 (depending on how Lincoln does). Erasmus Hall also will have the chance to move up if it beats Lincoln (or possibly Grand Street) in the playoffs as that would be another huge win under its belt and take away Poly’s edge because of its tough schedule.
1. Poly Prep (5-0, LW: 2): Chris Parker continues his excellent season as Poly’s quarterback as he ran for two touchdowns and over 200 yards and connected on two more touchdown passes during a 42-21 victory over Salesianum. Brenden Femiano was big offensively, as usual, and Nick Storz and Fara’ad McCombs each caught a touchdown pass. Lineman Malik Bethea had an interception. Next opponent: Worcester Academy.
2. Erasmus Hall (5-0, LW: 3): The Dutchmen might not have the talent of Curtis Samuel this season, but they showed a more well-rounded team during an 18-16 victory over Lincoln. Aaron Grant threw for two touchdowns and Kefa Court scored two, including one on a kickoff return. Keon Gravenhise caught the other TD. Gravenhise and Jacob Croker both recovered fumbles and Croker’s would have been a touchdown had it not been for a block in the back penalty. Next opponent: South Shore.
3. Lincoln (4-1, LW: 1): Lincoln’s 17-game winning streak ended as its offense didn’t click and its defense hardly stopped Erasmus Hall in an 18-16 loss. Paul Litvak threw two touchdown passes, both to Justice Seales, and Axel Pembele kicked a 24-yard field goal. Luis Rodriguez, who has been Lincoln’s best offensive weapon this season, fumbled the ball in a big spot that really hurt the Railsplitters. Next opponent: at Sheepshead Bay.
4. Grand Street Campus (4-1, LW: 4): The Wolf Pack had a nice rebound week by beating New Utrecht 25-6. Justin White threw 201 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another. Rahmel Ashby ran for 87 yards and a touchdown. Taysir Mack and Romiio Littlejohn caught the TD passes. Alexander Badine’s interception at the five-yard-line might have been the play of the game. Justin Philip led with three sacks, Hakiem Francis had two and Kamaal Seymour and Randy Lewis each had one. Next opponent: at Jefferson.
5. Fort Hamilton (2-3, LW: 5): Make that two wins in a row for Fort Hamilton as it beat Boys High 22-6. Sharif Legree only completed one pass, but Michael Brooks took over the game and ran for 137 yards and a touchdown. Noah Solano scored his second touchdown of the year. Fort has a big game coming up against Erasmus Hall in two weeks. Next opponent: vs Truman.
6. New Utrecht (3-2, LW: 6): The Utes had a tough 25-6 loss to Grand Street with its only score coming on a big pass from Angelo Carrera to Walid Othman. This is the second week in a row where their defense, which had been great early on, got blown out. Only a bad call by the referees kept Grand Street from topping 30 points. It’s looking like the Utes are repeating last season where they are very good, but not quite good enough to be considered an elite team in New York City.
7. Brooklyn Tech (4-1, LW: 7): What a crazy game. Tech had an early lead, blew it, but found a way to comeback and beat Canarsie 21-20. Elijah Rueda threw for 169 yards and three touchdowns. Alpha Gamby had two of those touchdown catches while Donovan Ortiz had the other. Daniel Grushko and Robert Deokinandan had sacks for Tech. Next opponent: Campus Magnet.
8. South Shore (4-1, LW: 8): South Shore picked up another win when it beat Susan Wagner 34-0. Jason Martin threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 97 yards with a touchdown. Omar Jarrett ran for 80 yards and a touchdown. Kamauley Steadman, Michael Watson and Tylik Brown had the touchdown catches. Four different players had sacks and Timothy Bowers had an interception. The Vikings have their biggest game of the season coming up. Next opponent: at Erasmus Hall.
9. Canarsie (2-3, LW: 9): Canarsie has now lost back-to-back games since beating Midwood. The Chiefs came close to beating Tech, but couldn’t close out the game. Palyte Stubbs ran for two touchdowns and also scored on a pick-six. He’s been their best and most consistent player, but he needs help if Canarsie is going to stay in the rankings. Next opponent: JFK.
10. Nazareth (2-3, LW: 10): Nazareth’s offense scored a touchdown in three of the four quarters, but its defense couldn’t do much to slow Fordham Prep down during a 41-22 loss. Naz might have to beat Christ the King, a team that just defeated Xaverian this week, if it is going to stay on this list. Next opponent: Christ the King.