High-SchoolNew-York: Fort Hamilton

St. Anthony's wins third straight state football title

November, 21, 2011
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Like their chances entering the season, St. Anthony's third straight football championship was never in question.

The Friars shutout Archbishop Stepinac, 14-0, to run their undefeated streak to 21 games and capture their third consecutive CHSFL AAA title on Friday. Defensive lineman Pat McHugh, who was named MVP, and defensive back Tim Stackpole, who forced a fumble that Anthony Leggio returned 61 yards for the decisive score, proved to be the defensive difference makers. For more, check out this game story from ESPNNewYork.

*In AA title action, Fordham Prep outlasted Kellenberg with a late two-point conversion for the second time this season. Logan Williamson found Jarred Moorer in the back of the end zone with 18 seconds remaining to seal a 22-21 victory. The outcome marked the Rams' first-ever AA championship. Kellenberg star QB Matt McDaniels racked up 343 rushing yards, including an 80-yard score on the first play, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Rams' timely defensive plays.

*Defending PSAL champ Fort Hamilton lost 16-8 in the second round to DeWitt Clinton. The Tigers had been fighting an uphill battle since losing QB Marvin Centeno to a season-ending shoulder injury a few weeks ago and backup Travon Reid Segure to a torn ACL. Tailback Robert Thomas did what he could to put the Tigers in contention, but Clinton pulled away behind a 79-yard punt return score by Jeremiah Obeng-Agyapong. The Governors' win puts them the semifinal round for the first time since 1989.

*Hornell pushed its win streak to 38 games by downing Chittenango, 35-27, in the Class B semifinals. The Red Raiders will go for their third straight championship this weekend against Croton-Harmon in the Carrier Dome.

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.

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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.

Injuries, upsets shake up Week 8 New York football rankings

October, 31, 2011
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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.

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Fort Hamilton stumbles in Week 7 New York football rankings

October, 24, 2011
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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
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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.

Top teams breeze to victory, hold strong in Week 5 NY football rankings

October, 10, 2011
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Results as of Sunday, Oct. 9

St. Anthony's looked the part of No. 1, easily beating Archbishop Stepinac, 55-29. Fort Hamilton won its 37th straight regular season contest, this time beating Jefferson by a count of 44-36. Plus, Tottenville and Iona Prep bounced back from their first losses of the year with wins.

In other words, it was pretty much business as usual for New York's top football teams this past weekend. Looming on the schedule, though, is a matchup between No. 1 St. Anthony's and No. 9 Xaverian that could shake up the rankings, so stay tuned.

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

1. St. Anthony's (Melville) 4-0 (1)
First-year starter Pete Carew had his best game of the year, completing 10 of his 11 throws for 141 yards to go with two total touchdowns in a 55-29 win against Archbishop Stepinac. Next up: Xaverian.

2. Aquinas Institute (Rochester) 6-0 (2)
Little Irish easily beat Canisius, 50-7, this past week. Next up: Cathedral Prep (Pa.).

3. Orchard Park 6-0 (3)
Okoya Anderson rushed for 136 yards and two scores in a 37-14 win against Lancaster. Next up: Riverside.

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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.

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