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No. 5 Fort Hamilton, No. 7 Lincoln battle in Week 8 New York football

November, 4, 2011
11/04/11
3:43
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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 brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Gut check for several teams in Week 6 New York football

October, 21, 2011
10/21/11
11:01
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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 brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

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