Friday, October 21, 2011
Gut check for several teams in Week 6 New York football
By By Brandon Parker
Who's got the juice now?
That's the question several New York football teams will settle this weekend. No need for a long intro; it is what it is. So let's get to it....
Chaminade (5-1) at No. 1 St. Anthony's (5-0) As the state's top team, St. Anthony's knew it would get every opponents' best shot week in and week out. Last week, they barely survived a late flurry by Xaverian and this week a surging Chaminade squad comes to town for homecoming. With Chaminade fresh off a big win against Iona Prep, this rivalry appears like it could be more competitive than in years past. Thing is, the Friars have a slew of athletic weapons -- some of which are just returning to full strength, including tailbacks Dariyan Riley and Brian Sherlock.
My pick: St. Anthony's 31, Chaminade 17
No. 3 Fort Hamilton (6-0) at Erasmus Hall (3-3) The intrigue surrounding this game really comes down to one question: Which Erasmus Hall team will show up? Will it be the one that knocked off a very good Tottenville squad? Or will it be the team that blew second-half leads in a losses to Campus Magnet and Jefferson? It's anybody's guess, really. Should Wayne Morgan and the Dutchmen give Fort Hamilton its best shot, this could be an interesting matchup.
My pick: Fort Hamilton 28, Erasmus Hall 24
No. 6 Tottenville (5-1) at Curtis (4-2) Though they are one of the state's most talented team, Tottenville has struggled of late to get its offense going. Curtis and RB Kevin Hall could take advantage of this...but it's not likely. Not with (and if) Brandon Barnes, Augustus Edwards and Alvin Cornelius playing to their high potential.
My pick: Tottenville 28, Curtis 20
Sheepshead Bay (5-1) at No. 9 Lincoln (6-0) Lincoln made its debut in the top 10 this week, but few would argue that the Railsplitters' schedule up to this point has been pretty easy. Sheepshead Bay will give them their first test with powerful running back Ricardo Appleton leading the attack. The Sharks will test the Railsplitters with their size, but it's questionable if that will be enough to combat Lincoln's dynamic duo of QB Jessel Jones and RB Kareem Folkes.
My pick: Lincoln 34, Sheepshead Bay 20
Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.