High-SchoolNew-York: Niagara Falls

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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