For the first time all season there has been no changes made to this list at all from last week to this week. Of course, there was nearly a very big move as Fort Hamilton nearly upset Erasmus Hall. The Tigers led the Dutchmen 22-6 late in the fourth quarter and managed to come back to tie the game at 22-22 and eventually won in double overtime in a miraculous comeback.
While Erasmus Hall managed to win that game, and retained the top spot in this week’s poll, it does show that high school football in Brooklyn, and New York City, is on a pretty level playing field this year. In recent years it has been a three-team battle between Lincoln, E-Hall and Tottenville, but not this year. For once it is a wide open field where it’s not crazy to think that, on the right night, almost any team on this list could claim to be the best.
That’s not to suggest that Xaverian could beat Erasmus Hall. That’s still unlikely, sorry Clippers but I wouldn’t put my money on you in that game, it could happen though and if the two teams did play each other it would likely be a competitive game.
1. Erasmus Hall (7-0, Last week: 1): A 28-22 victory for the Dutchmen, but this game showed that they are beatable. Aaron Grant struggled passing, but ran for 72 yards and a touchdown. Shavar Brathwaite ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns, Nelson Tyler scored on two yards rushing and Jahquel Webb ran for 72 yards. Next opponent: Campus Magnet.
2. Lincoln (6-1, LW: 2): Another less than impressive game for the Railsplitters, who barely held on to beat Curtis 23-20. Paul Litvak completed just three pass attempts and threw for 97 yards and a touchdown. Luis Rodriguez was once again the star with 99 yards receiving and 75 yards rushing, but had just one touchdown. Prince Klutsey scored once on 23 yards rushing. If not for a 65 yard kick return touchdown by Michael Tud, Lincoln would have lost this game. Next opponent: Clinton.
3. Poly Prep (5-1, LW: 3): It was a bye week for the Blue Devils, who probably need it to rest up their short roster at this point in the season. They have a big matchup coming up this week and in two weeks they’ll face Friendship Collegiate Academy, the only team that beat them last year. Next opponent: at Wyoming Seminary College Prep.
4. Grand Street Campus (6-1, LW: 4): The Wolves have now won three in a row since they lost to Lincoln, but had their toughest competition since in a 26-14 victory over Brooklyn Tech. In fact, those 14 points are the most they’ve allowed aside from Lincoln since they gave up 14 to Midwood. Next opponent: at Beach Channel.
5. Fort Hamilton (3-4, LW: 5): Fort Hamilton came so close to a huge victory last week, but couldn’t close out a 16-point lead. Sharif Legree threw for just 46 yards, but managed to find Mohammad Masoud for a 34 yards and a touchdown. Legree also ran for 74 yards and Troy Booker added another 50 and a touchdown. Booker also had a punt return touchdown and 136 total yards. Next opponent: at Jefferson.
6. New Utrecht (4-3, LW: 6): The Utes got a much needed win, but they should be good enough to beat Midwood by more than two points (14-12). Angelo Carrera had a much better week completing 7-of-10 pass attempts, but was limited to 65 yards and one touchdown pass (to Yousef Othman). Carrera also ran for 28 yards and a touchdown. Avery Waterton picked up a safety which was the difference in the game. Next opponent: at Lehman.
7. Brooklyn Tech (4-3, LW: 7): The Techies fall to 4-3 with a 26-14 loss to Grand Street. Elijah Rueda threw for 158 yards and a touchdown and ran for 50 yards. Alpha Gamby led with 72 yards, but Brian Gil had the lone receiving touchdown. Next opponent: at Sheepshead Bay.
8. South Shore (5-2, LW: 8): A nice 32-14 win for the Vikings against Lehman. Jason Martin threw for an insane 453 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another 70 yards. Kamauley Steadman was his favorite target and had 150 yards and a touchdown. Tylik Brown had 83 yards and two touchdowns while Rafael Cordero had 36 yards and a touchdown. There were six different receivers in total. Omar Jarrett also ran for 65 yards and a score. Next opponent: Flushing.
9. Canarsie (4-3, LW: 9): A two-game winning streak for the Chiefs after their 22-6 victory over New Dorp. Jeffrey Killebrew threw for 136 yards and a touchdown and Shawn Cabbell ran for 44 yards and a touchdown. Darius Lancaster had 104 yards and a touchdown catch (on a 75-yard pass). Kamari Jones Hunter had four sacks and an interception. Next opponent: at Boys High.
10. Xaverian (3-3, LW: 10): A big win 35-12 win for the Clippers thanks to a great game by Greg Juliano, who ran for 18 yards and scored a touchdown on both offense and defense. Brandon Peterson and Garrett Murnan also scored on the ground while Anthony Bianchi caught a 45 yard pass from Phil DePaulis to score. Next opponent: bye week.