It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done a power rankings because there wasn’t much movement. Things have changed, big time, over the last week as both former No. 1 Erasmus Hall and No. 2 Lincoln were upset by Tottenville and former No. 5 Fort Hamilton respectively. These are the final power rankings for the regular season, but a lot can still happen between now and Yankee Stadium.
1. Poly Prep (8-1, LW: 3): Poly Prep finished its season strong including a big 33-7 win over Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.), a team that had beaten it in each of the last three years. Chris Parker is in the running for All-Brooklyn Player of the Year and he has an amazing supporting cast including running back Brenden Femiano and freshman star-in-the-making Fara’ad McCombs. Next week: season is over.
2. Erasmus Hall (9-1, LW: 1): Erasmus Hall looked like the top team in Brooklyn until it was beaten by Tottenville 23-15 during the final week of the regular season. Deonte Roberts and his defense has allowed as many as 20 points just twice this season, but they’ll have to step up to win the city title. Next week: bye.
3. Fort Hamilton (6-4, LW: 5): Fort Hamilton had all the pieces to start the season, but needed more experience before it could step up among the elite teams. With its 30-15 win over Lincoln and tough 28-22 overtime loss to Erasmus Hall, the Tigers have shown that they can run with the big boys. Troy Booker is only a sophomore, but teams better watch out for him. Next week: vs. New Utrecht.
4. Lincoln (7-2, LW: 2): There have been more ups and downs for Lincoln this season than was expected. Paul Litvak has been strong as quarterback, but he’s now missed the last two games with a shoulder injury. While Roget O’Neill is an amazing backup, he might not be ready to lead the team to a city title. Luis Rodriguez is going to have to take over and lead this team if the Railsplitters can get to Yankee Stadium. Next week: bye.
5. Grand Street (9-1, LW: 4): It’s been an amazing season for Grand Street Campus, but quarterback Justin White suffered a concussion next week and it’s hard to say what this team is capable of if he can’t play. Will White’s absense also cause Taysir Mack to be ineffective? Can Rahmel Ashby and Eugene Qualls make it up with the running game? Next week: vs. Brooklyn Tech.
6. New Utrecht (6-4, LW: 6): The Utes had some big wins this year against Canarsie, South Shore and Brooklyn Tech, but when it came to teams like Fort Hamilton, Grand Street and Lincoln, they couldn’t keep up. Still, this team has upset potential thanks to running back Dayquan Russell and lineman Kadeen Dryden. It’s got a tough rematch coming up against Fort Hamilton, a team it already had big problems with during the season. Next week: at Fort Hamilton.
7. Brooklyn Tech (5-5, LW: 7): The Engineers had a tough final week loss to Midwood, but it was without quarterback Elijah Rueda. Grand Street is vulnerable in the first round, but it might not matter if Rueda isn’t on the field. He is the one that makes Alpha Gamby and Lawrence Menyah so dangerous, after all. Next week: at Grand Street.
8. South Shore (7-3, LW: 8): South Shore got the final week of the year off after Sheepshead Bay ended its season early. That could either help or hurt them depending on how seriously they worked during practice. This team has the potential to take down elite teams like Erasmus Hall, but not if it plays like it did against Flushing last month. Speaking of Flushing… Next week: at Flushing.
9. Xaverian (5-3, LW: 10): Xaverian overcame a lot of injuries early in the season and have now won four in a row headed to the CHSFL A finals. Fordham Prep is no easy opponent capable of scoring lots of points so Greg Juliano and his defense are going to have to step up. Next week: at Fordham Prep.
10. Canarsie (5-5, LW: 9): After loses in its final two games of the season, Canarsie barely got into the playoffs. Running back Palyte Stubbs is going to have to have the game of his life to overcome the tough Curtis. Next week: at Curtis.