Halfway through the high school football season and Erasmus Hall is the best team in Brooklyn.
Two weeks ago, E-Hall took over the No. 2 spot behind Poly Prep after it defeated the Lincoln Railsplitters. However, Poly Prep then dropped its game against Worcester Academy and suddenly Erasmus Hall is the only undefeated team left in Brooklyn, sitting atop the power rankings looking down.
That was the biggest action of the week as there was no movement in the rankings from No. 4 through No. 9. The only difference aside from the top was to swap out Nazareth, which has lost three in a row, for Xaverian High School in the final spot.
1. Erasmus Hall (6-0, Last Week: 2): It certainly wasn’t a pretty victory for Erasmus Hall when it beat South Shore 14-12, but their deep offense continues to find ways to get it done while it’s best-in-the-city defense has carried it to the top. Aaron Grant threw 146 yards and had one throwing and one passing touchdown. Keon Gravenhise led with 88 yards receiving and a touchdown. On defense, Andre Francis and Tysene Foster led with three sacks each. Next opponent: at Fort Hamilton.
2. Lincoln (5-1, LW: 3): The Railsplitters absolutely spanked Sheepshead Bay 56-0 last week. Paul Litvak threw for 195 yards and four touchdowns, Dayquan Audain ran for 84 yards and a touchdown. Jahmusa Haughton, Prince Klutsey, Jordan Hannah (also had an INT), Justice Seales, Luis Rodriguez and Michael Tud all had TDs as well. Next opponent: Curtis.
3. Poly Prep (5-1, LW: 1): Chris Parker sat out most of the first half of Poly Prep’s 23-16 loss to Worcester Academy. He did manage to return in the fourth quarter and scored on a 14-yard run to tie the game. However, the Blue Devils couldn’t pull it out in overtime to drop their first game of the year. Next opponent: Wyoming Seminary College Prep.
4. Grand Street Campus (5-1, LW: 4): The Wolves ran all over the field during a 34-0 blowout of Jefferson. Justin White and Mateo Gil both threw touchdown passes (White also ran in a touchdown), but Rahmel Ashby, 168 yards, and Eugene Qualls, 131 yards, both dominated the game and had a touchdown apiece. The defense totally dominated as Randy Lewis picked up three sacks and Abdul Kamal Ajelero, Hakiem Francis and Kamaal Seymour had two sacks each. Donnell Scott and Peter Sims had interceptions. Next opponent: Brooklyn Tech.
5. Fort Hamilton (3-3, LW: 5): Fort Hamilton stretched its winning streak to three games by beating Truman 42-22. Sharif Legree threw 147 yards, ran for 121 yards and had four touchdowns. Noah Solano also had 104 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. Juan Tejada and Mohammad Masoud were Legree’s touchdown partners. Next opponent: Erasmus Hall.
6. New Utrecht (3-3, LW: 6): The Utes have now lost three in a row after a 20-10 loss to Flushing and the only thing keeping them in this spot was early season victories against Canarsie, South Shore and Brooklyn Tech. The only highlight was a 60-yard touchdown pass from Walid Othman to Avery Waterton. Angelo Carrera has really struggled and threw three interceptions and now has more INTs than touchdown passes this season. Next opponent: Midwood.
7. Brooklyn Tech (4-2, LW: 7): Talk about disappointing losses. Tech lost 18-14 to Campus Magnet, a team that was blown out by South Shore and beaten by Jefferson. Elijah Rueda threw for 126 yards and a touchdown, but had two interceptions. John Hemminger had a touchdown catch and Paul Pianin ran in another. Next opponent: at Grand Street Campus.
8. South Shore (4-2, LW: 8): South Shore might have lost 14-12 this week, but it played a great game against No. 1 Erasmus Hall and easily could have won the game if it could have converted a first-and-goal at the nine in the final minute of the game. Timothy Bowers had 55 yards rushing and a touchdown and Omar Jarrett recovered a fumble and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown. Next opponent: Lehman.
9. Canarsie (3-3, LW: 9): A big 27-6 win for the Chiefs, who needed it, over JFK. Jeffrey Killebrew only threw for 63 yards, but his one touchdown pass, to Darius Lancaster, was a beauty. Killebrew also scored on a run. Palyte Stubbs picked up his typical 94 yards and a score. Next opponent: at New Dorp.
10. Xaverian (2-3, LW: N/A): Coming off a win, 28-0 over Kennedy Catholic, and headed into a game against Nazareth next week, I thought I would change things up and put Xaverian at No. 10 on this list. Tyler Stewart led the team with 101 rushing yards, Garrett Murnan and Phil DePaulis had rushing TDs, Greg Juliano recovered a fumble and returned it for a TD and Gabriel Wilson had a kickoff returned for a score. Next opponent: at Nazareth.