High-SchoolNew-York: Campus Magnet

New York football playoffs beginning to heat up

November, 11, 2011
11/11/11
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With the PSAL entering its postseason play this weekend, the entire state of New York is now in the midst of its most exciting time during the football season — the playoffs.

An epic battle between St. Joe's Collegiate and Canisius on Thursday proved just that. Marauders QB Chad Kelly showed why he made the Elite 11 this past summer, orchestrating a last-minute drive to help his team pull out a 48-47 win in the MMAA semifinals.

Down 47-40 with, Kelly drove his offense to the Canisius 6 with under a minute to play. Two incomplete passes and a run play that yielded negative yards brought up fourth-and-16. But Kelly showed his poise, connecting with Rod Payne for the touchdown before finding Yanni Zaulia for the decisive two-point conversion with 18 seconds remaining. Next, the Marauders will face St. Francis, which they beat earlier this season, 27-20.

Here are some other intriguing games to watch out for this weekend:

Iona Prep vs. St. Anthony's
When these two met on the gridiron two weeks ago, even though St. Anthony's escaped with a 21-20 win, there were some who weren't convinced that the Friars were the better team. The difference came when Iona Prep's two-point conversion try was stuffed with 24 seconds remaining, but coach Vic Quirolo said that had his kicker (and All-State goalkeeper) Alex Kapp been at the game rather than at a soccer commitment, they would have kicked the PAT and rolled the dice in overtime. Kapp is expected to play this weekend, which is welcome news for the Gaels, but is it enough? The Friars appear to be as close to full strength as they've been all season after standout players like Dariyan Riley and Brian Sherlock struggled with injuries. And though Kapp is slated to play, starting QB Mario Biaggi III might not due to an ankle sprain he sustained last week. If not, Justin Combs, who scored three times in last round's win, will get the nod.
My pick: St. Anthony's 24, Iona Prep 21

Campus Magnet vs. Curtis
Campus Magnet's season began with hope (a 24-20 comeback win against Erasmus Hall) while Curtis' started in defeat (a 40-12 loss to Boys & Girls). Both have had their ups and downs en route to a 6-3 regular season showing, making this weekend's first-round PSAL contest a closely matched one. Homefield advantage is in Campus Magnet's favor, but Curtis has a tailback Kevin Austin who could exploit the Bulldogs' struggles against the run this year.
My pick: Campus Magnet 24, Curtis 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.
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.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly New York football rankings

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

November, 4, 2011
11/04/11
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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.

Injuries, upsets shake up Week 8 New York football rankings

October, 31, 2011
10/31/11
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At this point in the season, most top teams are hoping to run damage control and ease into the playoffs. Not so for some New York squads.

No. 1 St. Anthony's survived yet another upset bid with a goal-line stand on a two-point conversion, this time stuffing Iona Prep for a 21-20 win. The outcome gives the Friars the top seed and momentum going into this week's CHSFL Class AAA playoffs.

No. 4 Tottenville had the best team on paper in the state – that is, until QB Brandon Barnes went down with a torn ACL during last week's 20-6 win against Susan Wagner. The Pirates will find out how they can fare without Barnes when they face a big test in Campus Magnet this week.

No. 5 Fort Hamilton won in its first game without QB Marvin Centeno, who is out for the year with a shoulder injury, but the Tigers take on No. 7 Lincoln in their next contest.

Meanwhile, Freeport and William Floyd both lost, sending one of out of the top 10.

Without further ado, here are this week's state rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. St. Anthony's (Mehlville) 7-0 (1)
The Friars escaped another upset bid by stopping Iona Prep's two-point conversion try in a 21-20 win. Next up: Mount St. Michael in the first round of the CHSFL AAA playoffs.

2. Orchard Park 9-0 (2)
The Quakers beat Niagara Falls, 49-14. Next up: Jamestown.

3. Aquinas Institute (Rochester) 8-1 (3)
Little Irish beat Honoeye Falls-Lima, 21-0. Next up: McQuaid Jesuit.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly New York football rankings

Gut check for several teams in Week 6 New York football

October, 21, 2011
10/21/11
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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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