High-SchoolNew-York: Dariyan Riley

New York football playoffs beginning to heat up

November, 11, 2011
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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.

Fort Hamilton stumbles in Week 7 New York football rankings

October, 24, 2011
10/24/11
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Results as of Sunday, Oct. 23

For the first time in 39 regular season games, Fort Hamilton ended up on the losing end of the scoreboard because, unfortunately for the Tigers, a mercurial Erasmus Hall squad showed its good side during their Saturday matchup.

Wayne Morgan showed why he's considered by some to be the state's top player, piling up four touchdowns in the Dutchmen's 32-14 win. The Tigers weren't helped by the loss of quarterback Marvin Centeno, who had accounted for both of the team's touchdowns before being carted off with a shoulder injury in the first half.

The win only continues the uncertainty surrounding Erasmus Hall, which has twice squandered late, double-digit leads but also beaten two ranked teams in Tottenville and Fort Hamilton. But Saturday's big win could give the Dutchmen the momentum they need with the playoffs just three weeks away.

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

1. St. Anthony's (South Huntington) 6-0 (1)
Turnovers nearly did in the Friars, but Dariyan Riley's late touchdown helped them pull away from Chaminade for a 21-13 win. Next up: Iona Prep.

2. Orchard Park 8-0 (2)
The Quakers shut out their second straight opponent. this time beating Niagara-Wheatfield, 55-0. Next up: Niagara Falls.

3. Aquinas Institute (Rochester) 7-1 (4)
The Little Irish bounced back from their first loss with a 35-3 win against Wayne. Next up: Honeoye Falls-Lima.

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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.

Aquinas Institute falls for first time in Week 6 NY football rankings

October, 17, 2011
10/17/11
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Results as of Sunday, Oct. 16

After a weekend filled with upsets and near-misses, there was plenty of movement in this week's New York football rankings.

No. 1 St. Anthony's nearly lost for the first time in 24 games, but a Jared Katz interception in the final seconds stopped a late drive by Xaverian in the Friars' 16-14 win. The Clippers gave St. Anthony's all it could handle behind Zach Kearney's 155 rushing yards, but Friars RB Dariyan Riley returned from an ankle injury to play a big role in the win, rushing 13 times for 120 yards.

The No. 2 team wasn't so fortunate, as Aquinas Institute fell for the first time this season. The Little Irish's offense was outdone by Cathedral Prep (Pa.) kicker John Cheseron, who booted three field goals in a 16-13 win. Cheseron connected on a 52-yard field goal and a 46-yarder, which are now the two longest in school history.

St. Joe's Collegiate also lost to an out-of-state squad, falling to 8-0 Steubenville from Ohio, while Iona Prep went down for the second time this season. The Gaels fell 23-19 to a surging Chaminade squad, whose gained momentum behind three field goals by running back/kicker Matthew Graham.

Lincoln benefited the most from the wild weekend, as the Railsplitters made their debut in the top 10 after downing Grand Street Campus 42-12. Through six games, Lincoln has outscored its opponents by a whopping margin of 272-24.

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

1. St. Anthony's (Melville) 5-0 (1)
The Friars endured their closest contest of the season, holding off a late comeback to beat Xaverian, 16-14. Next up: Chaminade.

2. Orchard Park 7-0 (3)
The Quakers have quietly moved up the rankings, beating Riverside, 48-0, last week. Next up: Niagara-Wheatfield.

3. Fort Hamilton (Brooklyn) 6-0 (4)
The Tigers won their 38th straight regular season game, defeating New Utrecht by a count of 36-6. Next up: Erasmus Hall.

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Top 10 teams St. Anthony's and Xaverian battle in Week 5 NY football

October, 13, 2011
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Thanks to Hurricane Irene cancelling its opener, No. 1 St. Anthony's had to jump into its CHSFL schedule headfirst. The Friars, of course, have handled it — along with injuries to some of their top players — well.

Next on the slate is No. 9 Xaverian (4-1), which has had success but been inconsistent at times. Junior quarterback Zach Kearney has played well of late and running back Laray Smith racked up three more touchdowns in a 37-16 win against Holy Trinity.

The Clippers are surging, but it might not be enough against the Friars (4-0). First-year starting QB Pete Carew had his best game of the season last week (three touchdowns) and standout players Brian Sherlock and Dariyan Riley are expected back from injuries this week, giving the state's top team more firepower.
My pick: St. Anthony's 35, Xaverian 21

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
9/26/11
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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
9/23/11
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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.

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

September, 19, 2011
9/19/11
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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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