High-SchoolNew-York: Alvin Cornelius

The jury is no longer out: Lincoln is the real deal -- again.

In a season that was slated by some as a rebuilding one, Lincoln has gone 9-0 to secure the top seed in the PSAL playoffs and avenged last year's loss to Fort Hamilton in the state championship with a 22-0 win this past weekend. Kareem Folkes continued his big year with 123 rushing yards and one score.

Fort Hamilton was without QB Marvin Centeno, who is out for the year with a shoulder injury, but the Railsplitters still deserve their due for the shutout win -- hence, their No. 5 spot in the rankings.

Tottenville played its first game without its star QB, Brandon Barnes, but Alvin Cornelius made sure to pick up the slack. The two-way starter totaled two touchdowns while intercepting two passes to lead the Pirates to a 44-13 win against Campus Magnet and earn the second seed in the PSAL playoffs.

With the start of the postseason, that'll do it for our weekly rankings until we release our final list following what should be an intriguing playoffs. In the meantime, stay tuned for postseason updates.

Here are how the final regular season rankings shake out (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. St. Anthony's (Melville) 8-0 (1)
The Friars began their march to a repeat CHSFL AAA title with a 21-0, first-round win against Mount St. Michael. Next up: Iona Prep.

2. Orchard Park 10-0 (2)
The Quakers beat Jamestown in the first round of the playoffs Next up: Rush-Henrietta.

3. Aquinas Institute (Rochester) 9-1 (3)
The Little Irish beat McQuaid Jesuit, 40-3. Next up: Sweet Home.

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Holy Cross shoots for upset of No. 1 St. Anthony's in Week 3 NY football

September, 30, 2011
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It's been a pleasantly surprising start to the season for Holy Cross. A win against Xaverian along with coach Tom Pugh;s 200th victory last week highlights the Knights' 3-0 start, but nothing would top a victory against defending CHSFL champ and current No. 1 St. Anthony's (2-0).

The Knights have homefield advantage and a solid defensive attack, but quite frankly, most of the odds are stacked against them. The Friars boast tons of experience and depth — both of which were witnessed last week when Anthony Anderson stepped in for the injured Dariyan Riley to rush for 136 yards in a 51-0 rout of Fordham Prep. Riley is expected back this week and the Friars' defense is evolving into midseason form. Don't get wrong — Holy Cross will put up a fight, but this bout will end in a 22nd straight victory for the Friars.
My pick: St. Anthony's 35, Holy Cross 17

No. 8 St. Joe's Collegiate (3-1) at No. 4 St. Francis (3-1)
Just two weeks after facing No. 2 Aquinas Institute, St. Francis comes up against another strong team in St. Joe's Collegiate. Both teams possess big-time playmakers, with St. Francis anchored by Akeel Lynch (705 rushing yards and seven scores despite missing a game a half with injury) and the Marauders led by Elite 11 QB Chad Kelly. Ironically, this will be the first time these two will play on the same field. Last year, an injury held out Lynch, as Kelly went off for five scores in an easy win. And the year before that, Kelly was still playing in Pennsylvania, as Lynch had a career-high five touchdowns in victory. What's more is that both teams only loss came to No. 2 Aquinas Institute. Like Lynch, Kelly has been off to a great start, totaling 14 TDs through the air and on the ground. In other words, this matchup is primed to be a shootout.
My pick: St. Francis 38, St. Joe's Collegiate 35

Xaverian (2-1) at No. 9 Iona Prep (3-0)
Last week was the Justin Combs show, as Diddy's son stepped in at quarterback to score three touchdowns for the surging Gaels in a 28-7 win against Monsignor Farrell. The Gaels will need a similar effort from the versatile starter this week against a tough Xaverian squad. Quarterback Isaiah Kearney (a total of 644 yards and seven TDs) will keep the Gaels defense on its heels, but ultimately, I think Iona Prep's offense of Combs, Mario Biaggi and Shaquille Townsend will be too much for the Clippers.
My pick: Iona Prep 28, Xaverian 20

No. 3 Tottenville (3-0) at Erasmus Hall (1-2)
Many thought this game would be a matchup of undefeateds, but Erasmus Hall has sputtered in its first three games. Despite boasting All-State DB Wayne Morgan, the Dutchmen defense has struggled, surrendering 17 second-half points in a loss to Campus Magnet and 30 points last week against Clinton. Tottenville, on the other hand, has cruised to a 3-0 start behind the three-headed monster of QB Brandon Barnes, RB Augustus Edwards and WR Alvin Cornelius. The good news for Erasmus Hall is talented enough to rebound and still contend for a state title. The bad news is that Tottenville easily beat Clinton a few weeks ago and won't let up tonight.
My pick: Tottenville 31, Erasmus Hall 17

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.

St. Anthony’s strengthens hold on top spot in Week 3 NY rankings

September, 26, 2011
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Last Friday, I mentioned there were some doubts about St. Anthony's ability to live up to its high standard since injuries have taken their toll on the Friars. But the top-ranked squad silenced those thoughts with a 51-0 rout of Fordham Prep. In the win, the Friars displayed their depth, subbing in Anthony Anderson (136 rushing yards and one score) for injured starting RB Dariyan Riley. Granted, Rich Reichert's squad would love to have Riley back for this week's test against a surging Holy Cross program.

The rankings remained steady this week, with William Floyd bouncing back from a loss last week. But the Colonials should be on guard, as Holy Cross is knocking on the door.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

As of Saturday, Sept. 24

1. St. Anthony's (South Huntington) 2-0 (1)
Even without standout running back Dariyan Riley (ankle), the Friars silenced the doubters with a 51-0 rout of Fordham Prep. Next up: Holy Cross.

2. Aquinas Institute (Rochester) 4-0 (2)
The Little Irish keep on rolling as they shut out McQuaid Jesuit, 42-0, last week. A matchup against Corning is next.

3. Tottenville (Staten Island) 3-0 (3)
The Pirates looked scary good last week, as Augustus Edwards scored four times and Alvin Cornelius added punt and kick return touchdowns in a 49-6 rout of John Adams. The Pirates face Wayne Morgan-led Erasmus Hall this week.

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Fordham Prep bids for upset against St. Anthony's in Week 2 NY football

September, 23, 2011
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Up until this week, it appeared No. 1 St. Anthony's couldn't get a break.

In the offseason, Sean McDonaugh, who was supposed to replace the graduated Charlie Raffa at quarterback, went down with a season-ending back injury. Then the replacement, Pete Carew, sprained his ankle and standout defensive lineman Bryan Rhodes tweaked his hamstring. If that wasn't enough, after Hurricane Irene cancelled the season opener, tailback Dariyan Riley left last week's game with a foot injury.

Fortunately for the Friars, Riley is OK and they beat Monsignor Farrell to extend their current win streak to 20 games. But the road doesn't get any easier, as they travel to face a tough Fordham Prep squad. The Rams have breezed to a 2-0 start behind quarterback James McHale and tailback Logan Williamson (four touchdowns). Their defense should test Carew at quarterback, but the balance and experience of the Friars should help them pull out the win.
My pick: St. Anthony's 20, Fordham Prep 14

No. 6 Fort Hamilton (2-0) at Boys & Girls (1-1)
The regular-season win streak is at 34 for the Tigers, thanks Travon Reid Segure blocking a potential game-tying field goal against Campus Magnet last week. The defending PSAL champs will be tested again versus Boys & Girls, although the Kangaroos looked a bit out of sorts last week after showing promise in the opener. Boys & Girls has a playmaker in quarterback Keon Marsh, but it probably won't be enough to hang with the Tigers' strong rushing game behind Segure and quarterback Marvin Centeno.
My pick: Fort Hamilton 28, Boys & Girls 14

Erasmus Hall (1-1) at Clinton (1-1)
The last time these two teams met, Clinton pulled off the upset in the 20-16 upset in the first round of the PSAL playoffs. Match that with the sting from blowing a 13-point fourth quarter lead to Campus Magnet in the opener and you've got a vengeful team in Erasmus Hall. Clinton struggled to slow the talented Tottenville tandem (say that three times fast) of QB Brandon Barnes and WR Alvin Cornelius, and with All-State player Wayne Morgan leading the Dutchmen, it could be another long game for Clinton.
My pick: Erasmus Hall 21, Clinton 10

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.

McFarlane, Tottenville duo reach new heights on gridiron

September, 20, 2011
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In this week's edition of the New York Football All-State Stock Watch, I'll take a look at a quarterback-wide receiver duo that has many thinking state title and a running back who can simply do it all.

UP — Brandon Barnes & Alvin Cornelius, Tottenville QB & WR
Last year, Tottenville lost just one game. Unfortunately for the Pirates, that lone blemish came in the PSAL semifinals to eventual champ Fort Hamilton. With a 2-0 start this season, the Pirates appear primed to make this year's run last all the way to the 'ship. Point much of the credit to Barnes and Cornelius, who hooked up for all three touchdowns in the Pirates' 21-0 win against Clinton last week. The athletic duo has combined for six scores this year, with Barnes recording two in the opener and Cornelius returning one of his two picks for a touchdown.

DOWN — Stacey Bedell, William Floyd RB
Bedell probably figured there'd be games like last Friday. With the Longwood defense making no bones about its plan to key in on the All-State tailback, Beddell gained just 67 rushing yards. More than half of his output came on a 35-yard run. The senior did manage to sneak out of the backfield for a touchdown catch, but it wasn't enough to keep his team from losing to Longwood for the first time ever. Whether Bedell bounces back shouldn't be an issue, but the Colonials might have to get creative if they want their standout runner to overcome this extra attention in the future.

UP — DeVante McFarlane, Half Hollow Hills West RB
Two weeks ago, McFarlane earned ESPNHS East Regional Player of the Week honors by racking up five touchdowns (four rushing, one passing) and 277 rushing yards in the Colts' 34-14 opening-night win. A week later, the versatile Syracuse commit was at it again, totaling four scores (three rushing, one passing) and 182 total yards in a 29-7 win. For those counting at home, that means McFarlane has accounted for all seven of the Colts' touchdowns this year.

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.

Aquinas Institute drops St. Francis, Iona Prep debuts in Week 2 NY rankings

September, 19, 2011
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With Hurricane Irene long gone, the state's top team was finally able to get into action last week. And St. Anthony's didn't disappoint, beating Monsignor Farrell, 41-26. Sure, there were signs of rust and backup quarterback Pete Carew is still adjusting to his new starting role, but a conference win is a conference win. The road doesn't get any easier though, as the Friars face a 2-0 Fordham Prep squad on the road.

Aquinas Institute continued to build its case for the top slot, beating previous No. 3 St. Francis, 34-20. Xaverian wasn't as fortunate, falling to Holy Cross and, as a result, out of rankings. A surging Iona Prep took the Clippers' spot and then some, earning the No. 9 spot, thanks to a loss by William Floyd.

Here's how the state rankings shake out this week:

1. St. Anthony's (South Huntington) 1-0 (1)
The Friars finally got their season underway, beating Monsignor Farrell by a score of 41-26. The loss came with some bad news, though, as running back Dariyan Riley left the game early with an ankle injury. Next up: a tough Fordham Prep squad.

2. Aquinas Institute (Rochester) 3-0 (2)
The Little Irish showed their mettle once again against a top-10 squad, this time beating former No. 3 St. Francis High, 34-20. A battle against McQuaid Jesuit is next on the schedule.

3. Tottenville (Staten Island) 2-0 (4)
The Pirates rolled to a 21-0 victory against Clinton behind three touchdown throws from Brandon Barnes to Alvin Cornelius. Next up: Adams.

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