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Five Days of List-Mas: NY's underclass football stars

December, 13, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had their run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in New York next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.
5. Kahlil Lewin (SO), Erasmus Hall, RB
Credentials: After starter went down, Lewin emerged in last two playoff games for 244 yards, a touchdown and a SportsCenter top play.

4. Tyler Rouse (JR), Baldwinsville, RB
Credentials: 1,863 rushing yards, 22 touchdowns

3. Brandon Barnes (JR), Tottenville, QB
Credentials: 835 passing yards, 10 touchdowns through eight games before a season-ending knee injury

2. Augustus Edwards (JR), Tottenville, RB
Credentials: 1,411 total yards, nine total TDs, two kick return TDs

1. Zach Kearney (JR), Xaverian, RB
Credentials: 1,255 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, 1,040 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns

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Tomorrow: POWERADE state hoops rankings

Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

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

November, 4, 2011
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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
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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.

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.

Click here for full POWERADE New York weekly football rankings.

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