Friday, November 4, 2011
No. 5 Fort Hamilton, No. 7 Lincoln battle in Week 8 New York football
By By Brandon Parker
No complaints here with two ranked teams meeting in a crucial point before the playoffs, but raise your hand if you thought Lincoln, not Fort Hamilton, would be the undefeated team entering this matchup (Don't lie!)
Lincoln was supposed to be rebuilding after losing top state prospect Ishaq Williams, among others, and Fort Hamilton was riding a 32-game regular season win streak entering this season. But the Railsplitters have surged to an 8-0 record and the Tigers lost two weeks ago to Erasmus Hall while losing starting QB Marvin Centeno for the season.
This rematch of last year's PSAL championship should still be a good one. The Tigers still have weapons in Tyrone Raymond and Travon Reid Segure while Lincoln is looking to assert itself as a contender after blazing through a schedule that many have viewed as easy.
My pick: Fort Hamilton 21, Lincoln 17
Campus Magnet at No. 5 Tottenville Two weeks ago, this game probably wouldn't have made out top games list, but with Tottenville QB Brandon Barnes now out for the season with an ACL injury, the Pirates' mettle is now under the microscope. Campus Magnet will look to take advantage behind its own talented signal caller in Kahlik Greenwood, but the Pirates still possess the likes of Alvin Cornelius and Augustus Edwards to make plays.
UPSET ALERT: Campus Magnet 24, Tottenville 20
Chaminade at Iona Prep Two teams that narrowly toppled No. 1 St. Anthony face off against one another in the first round of the CHSFL playoffs. After a few shaky games, Iona Prep showed its grit by coming within a two-point conversion of beating St. Anthony and Mario Biaggi has settled into the QB position. But when these two met in the regular season, Chaminade was the victor on a 47-yard field goal. Will history repeat itself?
My pick: Iona Prep 17, Chaminade 14
Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at email@example.com.