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.