New York High School: Fordham Prep

Baseball poll: June 11

June, 12, 2012
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The baseball season is over. Grand Street Campus claimed the PSAL title, while Iona Prep won the CHSAA championship. Here's the final poll of the season.

Here's the poll:

1. Grand Street Campus (21-1/Last week: 1): Grand Street Campus vanquished George Washington to take home the Public Schools Athletic League title.

2. Poly Prep (20-4/Last week: 2): Poly Prep finishes the year ranked second, another fine season for the school.

3. Iona Prep (18-6/Last week: 4): Iona Prep defeated Fordham Prep to win the CHSAA title.

4. George Washington (19-3/Last week: 3): George Washington could not repeat as champions as it fell to Grand Street Campus in the final.

5. Fordham Prep (16-9/Last week: 5): Fordham Prep beat St. Joseph, but then lost to Iona Prep in the final.

6. St. Joseph by-the-Sea (17-6/Last week: 6): St. Joseph by-the-Sea lost to Fordham Prep, falling one game short of the CHSAA final.

7. Xaverian (19-3/Last week: 7): Xaverian was the favorite of the CHSAA tournament but instead had to watch as Iona Prep was crowned champions.

8. Tottenville (17-4/Last week: 8): Tottenville had a great year, but surely has to think it should have gone further in the PSAL tournament.

9. Cardozo (18-1/Last week: 9): Cardozo also had a fantastic season, but needed to make it further than the semifinals of the PSAL tournament.

10. St. Raymond (14-7/Last week: 10): St. Raymond had a strong season, although it couldn't keep up its hot play once the CHSAA tournament began.

Baseball poll: June 4

June, 7, 2012
6/07/12
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It's been a crazy week in the playoffs. Defending CHSAA champion Xaverian was ousted, as well as Cardozo, the top seed in the PSAL playoffs. The champions will be crowned Friday. Here's this week's poll, which has plenty of changes.

Here's the poll:

1. Grand Street Campus (20-1/Last week: 1): Grand Street Campus swept Telecommunications to set up the final vs. George Washington.

2. Poly Prep (20-4/Last week: 4): Poly Prep is the ACIS champion after it defeating Fieldson in the title game more than a week ago.

3. George Washington (19-2/Last week: 7): Not that you would expect differently, but the defending PSAL champs are back in the finals.

4. Iona Prep (17-6/Last week: Unranked): Iona Prep won five straight games in the CHSAA tournament and is in the final.

5. Fordham Prep (15-8/Last week: Unranked): Fordham Prep will face St. Joseph by-the-Sea with the winner going to the CHSAA final.

6. St. Joseph by-the-Sea (17-5/Last week: 10): St. Joseph by-the-Sea will meet Fordham Prep to determine who faces Iona for the title.

7. Xaverian (19-3/Last week: 2): Xaverian lost to Fordham and then was ousted by Molloy in the CHSAA tournament.

8. Tottenville (17-4/Last week: 3): Tottenville fell in the quarterfinals to John Adams, which had to leave a bitter taste in its mouth.

9. Cardozo (18-1/Last week: 5): Cardozo fell victim to eighth-seeded Telecommunications in the quarterfinals.

10. St. Raymond (14-7/Last week: 8): Losses to Iona Prep and St. Joseph by-the-Sea eliminated St. Raymond from the CHSAA tournament.

Baseball poll: May 7

May, 7, 2012
5/07/12
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Grand Street Campus continues its reign with a 2-0 week. The same 10 teams from last week remain in the poll, with Fordham Prep slipping after a loss to All Hallows. Here's the poll.

1. Grand Street Campus (10-1/Last week: 1): Grand Street Campus went 2-0 this week with wins over FDR and New Utrecht.

2. Xaverian (10-0/Last week: 2): Xaverian picked up nice wins against St. Edmund Prep and Bishop Ford this week.

3. St. Joseph by-the-Sea (7-0/Last week: 3): St. Joseph by-the-Sea defeating Archbishop Stepinac in its lone game this week.

4. Poly Prep (12-3/Last week: 4): Poly Prep has now won nine in a row after it took down Collegiate, Horace Mann and Xavier this week.

5. Cardozo (11-0/Last week: 6): Cardozo moves up one spot after its 2-0 week with wins over Newtown and Franklin K. Lane.

6. George Washington (11-1/Last week: 7): George Washington went 3-0 with wins over Environmental Studies, Graphic Communications and W. 50th St.

7. Tottenville (10-3/Last week: 7): Tottenville defeated New Dorp twice and then took down Curtis to remain at the top of Staten Island A.

8. Fordham Prep (8-1/Last week: 5): Fordham Prep takes a hit in the poll as it lost its first game of the season to All Hallows.

9. James Monroe (9-0/Last week: 9): James Monroe is now 11-0 in league play after a pair of wins this past week.

10. Moore Catholic (7-1/Last week: 10): Moore Catholic went 2-0 with wins over St. Peter's and Cardinal Hayes.

Baseball poll: April 30

April, 30, 2012
4/30/12
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Finally, a team stays atop the poll. Grand Street Campus did not lose this week and therefore remains the No. 1 team in New York City. Here's this week's poll.

1. Grand Street Campus (8-1/Last week: 1): Grand Street Campus went 3-0 this week with wins over Lincoln, Lafayette and Telecommunications.

2. Xaverian (8-0/Last week: 2): Xaverian had a quality win against Molloy and stays undefeated in the CHSAA.

3. St. Joseph by-the-Sea (6-0/Last week: 3): St. Joseph by-the-Sea defeated Spellman and Monsignor Farrell twice to improve to 6-0 on the year.

4. Poly Prep (9-3/Last week: 4): Poly Prep has now won six in a row after it defeated Fieldston this weekend to get to 9-3.

5. Fordham Prep (8-0/Last week: 8): Fordham Prep continues its hot start to the season and rises three spots after a big win against a tough St. Raymond team on Sunday.

6. Cardozo (9-0/Last week: 6): Wins over Long Island City and John Adams keeps Cardozo undefeated in Queens A East play.

7. George Washington (8-1/Last week: 5): George Washington falls two spots in the poll after losing to Manhattan Center this past week.

8. Tottenville (7-3/Last week: 7): Tottenville would be undefeated in league play had it not been for those forfeited wins to start the year.

9. James Monroe (9-0/Last week: Unranked): James Monroe returns to the poll as it is 9-0 in Bronx A West play this season.

10. Moore Catholic (5-1/Last week: Unranked): Moore Catholic makes its debut in the poll, having only lost to St. Joseph this season.

Baseball poll: April 16

April, 16, 2012
4/16/12
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An exciting week that saw the conclusion of the James Monroe and George Washington tournaments also saw our top team in New York City lose back-to-back games. With those results on our minds, here's our poll.

1. George Washington (3-0/Last week: 3): The Trojans are in first after winning their tournament by defeating Cardozo, who had previously knocked them off.

2. Grand Street Campus (3-1/Last week: 6): Grand Street Campus won the vaunted James Monroe tournament by defeating the Monroe, Tottenville and Xaverian.

3. Xaverian (3-0/Last week: 5): Xaverian picked up a win against Holy Cross in league play and lost in the Monroe Tournament final to Grand Street Campus.

4. St. Joseph by-the-Sea (1-0/Last week: Unranked): St. Joseph by-the-Sea knocked off Iona Prep in league pay and then took down Poly Prep to complete its week.

5. Cardozo (4-0/Last week: 2): Cardozo made it to the George Washington tournament final but fell to the hosts in a rematch.

6. Poly Prep (3-3/Last week: 1): A big drop for Poly Prep as it lost games to Fieldston and St. Joseph by-the-Sea this week to fall to .500.

7. Iona Prep (2-1/Last week: 4): The Gaels lost to St. Joseph in league play and Xaverian in the Monroe tournament, but did knock off Monsignor Farrell.

8. Tottenville (2-3/Last week: 7): Tottenville finished third in the Monroe tournament, losing to eventual champion Grand Street Campus in the semifinals.

9. James Monroe (4-0/Last week: 8): An unfavorable quarterfinal matchup against Grand Street Campus led to Monroe's early departure from its own tournament.

10. Fordham Prep (0-0/Last week: 10): We're still waiting for the Rams to play their first game of the season so we can see them in action.

Baseball rankings: April 9

April, 9, 2012
4/09/12
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There have already been some great games to kick off the baseball season. We've seen some upsets in tournaments, including Cardozo knocking off George Washington, and there have been some other surprising results. Here's our first poll of the year.

1. Poly Prep (2-0): Poly Prep is off to a fast start this season and picked up a nice win in league play this week by defeating Riverdale.

2. Cardozo (4-0): Cardozo is undefeated in league play and knocked off George Washington in a tournament this week, sending a message that the Judges are going to be a tough out in the Public Schools Athletic League.

3. George Washington (3-0): The Trojans might have lost in their tournament but they are still a loaded team and are already off to a 3-0 start on the season in league play.

4. Iona Prep (1-0): The Gaels got their season going on the right foot when it knocked off CHSAA finalist All Hallows in their season opener last week.

5. Xaverian (2-0): The defending Catholic High Schools Athletic Association champion has beaten Bishop Ford and Christ the King in league play to start the season.

6. Grand Street Campus (3-1): Grand Street won both of its division games this week as well as going 2-0 in pool play during the Monroe Tournament.

7. Tottenville (4-1): The PSAL finalists lost their one game by forfeit but have won every other game and also have been 2-0 in pool play during the Monroe Tournament.

8. James Monroe (4-0): The Bronx power is off to yet another great start with an undefeated record in league play as well as going 2-0 in pool play in its tournament.

9. All Hallows (1-1): All Hallows started the season with a dominant win against Hayes but then fell just short against Iona Prep in a battle between two of the better teams in the league.

10. Fordham Prep (0-0): Fordham Prep gets the final spot in the poll based on its reputation coming into the year as it has not played a league contest yet.

Week 12/playoffs: Five games to watch

November, 23, 2011
11/23/11
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We're getting down to the final two weeks of action in New York City. While Erasmus Hall vs. Tottenville will be the game of the week, here are some games to keep an eye on this week in New York City.

No. 7 Dewitt Clinton at No. 1 Lincoln (Saturday, noon): This is an unlikely semifinal as Dewitt Clinton upset defending city champion, Fort Hamilton, to reach this game. Lincoln finally had a tough game last week when it barely beat Thomas Jefferson. Will Clinton's scrappy and tough squad be able to out work Lincoln and head to the finals? Lincoln will be looking to return to the title game for the second straight year.

No. 1 James Madison at No. 2 August Martin (Sunday, 1:30 p.m.): This matchup between the top two seeds is for the "Bowl" division title on Sunday. Oddly enough, these two teams did not meet this year which gives this game an even more interesting storyline. Both teams barely made the finals, with James Madison winning 12-6 against Tilden and August Martin edged Grady by one point. This should be a highly entertaining battle for the title.

No. 1 McKee/SI Tech vs. No. 2 South Shore (Sunday, 10:30 a.m.): Unlike the "Bowl" final, the "Cup" title game features two teams that have met. MSIT defeated South Shore, 32-6, in their only meeting this year. South Shore is also going to have a short schedule after having to play its semifinal game Tuesday. Will that come back to haunt the Vikings or will it inspire them? We'll see come Sunday.

Fordham Prep at Xavier (Thursday, 10 a.m.): A Thanksgiving rivalry game that should be a very close game. Fordham Prep just won the Class "A" title and will now try to make a statement against its rivals. Xavier went 8-2 but has to feel bad about getting bounced in the Class "A" quarters. They'll get to see if they could have possibly been champions of the league when they meet the Rams.

Cardinal Hayes at Mount St. Michael (Thursday, 10 a.m.): This might not be a title game like it was two years ago but this will be an entertaining Thanksgiving game. Mount St. Michael had the better season of the two teams but as the old saying goes, records get thrown out the window during rivalry games.

CHSFL AA: Fordham 22, Kellenberg 21

November, 19, 2011
11/19/11
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UNIONDALE, N.Y –As soon as Fordham Prep took possession midway through the fourth quarter, coach Pete Gorynksi started going through his playsheet. He knew from then that if the Rams scored he would skip the extra kick and go for two.

In the end, he looked brilliant after Logan Williamson found sophomore running back Jarred Moorer in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion with 18 seconds left that gave Fordham Prep a 22-21 victory over Kellenberg Saturday in the CHSFL Class “AA” championship game at Mitchel Field in Uniondale. It was the Rams’ first-ever ‘AA’ title.

“I had the play,” Gorynski said. “What was I going to do, go home with it?”

He wanted the win, not overtime. Gorynski refused to give Kellenberg’s Matt McDaniels the ball with any substantial amount of time on the clock. So when Williamson caught James McHale’s five-yard touchdown pass to put the Rams within a point, the coach already had the play ready.

“I knew he was going to call that play,” Moorer said. “We had been practicing it for three weeks.”

Moorer didn’t think the ball would come his way. Goranski called a halfback option. Williamson rolled out right. Moorer figured the ball would go to junior running back James Drago. But Kellenberg swarmed Drago, leaving Moorer all alone. Willamson found him but Moorer tripped and juggled the pass before securing it on his chest when he fell to the ground.

“I just heard the crowd roar and everyone picked me up,” Moorer said.

That’s how Moorer knew that he caught it.

Moorer, who stands 6-3, also plays on the varsity basketball team. When the game ended, Gorynski grabbed Moorer by the shoulders. Gorynski always teases Moorer about playing basketball. Gorynski’s daughter played at Lehigh. He calls it a girl’s sport.

“You’ve probably scored a lot of deuces in your life,” the coach said, “but wasn’t that the sweetest deuce you’ve ever scored.”

Moorer nodded. “It was coach. It really was," he said.

When the game started – McDaniels broke loose for an 80-yard score on the first play of the game – it showed all the makings of high-scoring game. But a huge defensive play set things up for Fordham Prep.

McDaniels had been practically unstoppable the entire game. The senior quarterback finished with 343 rushing yards and had already racked up 200 at halftime. Now he was marching the Firebirds downfield again with less than 10 minutes to play and his team up 21-14.

But Fordham Prep senior linebacker JC Sullivan stuffed McDaniels, on fourth down-and-4 for a 3-yard loss. It was the third time the Rams stopped McDaniels from gaining positive yards in the game.

Moorer might have come down with the game-winning catch but Williamson was the hero for Fordham Prep. The junior had two rushing scores, caught the touchdown pass that set up the two-point conversion, then made the pass to Moorer that won the game.

“It was just a relief,” Williamson said. “I mean, I’m not a quarterback. I like to think I can throw the ball but when he caugh that ball, I just knew it was over. I knew we had it."

There’s no wonder Moorer thought the pass would go to Drago, the same reason Drago was double-teamed in the end zone. The Rams’ junior carried the bulk of the offense, finishing with 27 carries and 141 yards. McHale completed 14-of-21 passes for 145 passing yards.

For Kellenberg, it makes the second straight season the Firebirds lost in the "AA" final. Last year, Stepinac tagged them, 41-7. This game left a little more sting.

“We weren’t in that game,” Kellenberg coach Kevin Hanifan said. “This game we were in it the whole way. We were right there with 18 seconds left and made one mistake.”

Week 11/playoffs: Five games to watch

November, 18, 2011
11/18/11
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In addition to the Game of the Week pitting St. Anthony's vs. Stepinac this weekend, here are five other playoffs games to keep your eyes on this weekend.

No. 1 Fordham Prep vs. No. 3 Kellenberg (Saturday, 1 p.m.): The CHSFL's "AA" title game features two teams that had one of the better games earlier this season, a 29-28 win in overtime. Will Fordham Prep be able to have the same success it had last time? Or will Kellenberg's do-it-all quarterback Matt McDaniels be able to lead his team to the crown? This game surely won't disappoint.

No. 1 Lincoln vs. No. 14 Thomas Jefferson (Saturday, noon): This might be the most interesting game of the weekend. Lincoln has been the best team in the PSAL all weekend but is running into a team coming off the biggest upset of the postseason in Jefferson. It's always tough to face a team riding a huge wave of momentum and Lincoln better not take the Orange Wave lightly--or it could end up ousted from the playoffs like Canarsie.

No. 4 Fort Hamilton vs. No. 7 Dewitt Clinton (Saturday, noon): Fort Hamilton has been battling a rash of injuries and barely survived its first round game against Sheepshead Bay. Could this be the week where it all catches up to the Tigers? Dewitt Clinton made easy work of a solid Port Richmond team in the first round and is playing some of its best ball. This should be a good one.

No. 5 Erasmus Hall vs. No. 6 Boys & Girls (Saturday, noon): This is the best PSAL quarterfinal game of the weekend. Two of the best teams in Brooklyn are going to meet with a spot in the semifinals on the line. Erasmus Hall is finally playing as everyone envisioned it would behind the strong play of cornerback/quarterback Wayne Morgan and Boys & Girls has a strong rushing game. Erasmus Hall won the matchup earlier this year but will they be able to do it again?

No. 2 South Shore vs. No. 3 Alfred E. Smith (Sunday, noon): This semifinals matchup in the "Cup" division is a rematch of a great game from earlier this year when South Shore edged Alfred E. Smith, 16-14. South Shore enters the game at 8-1 and has a great chance of winning the title. Will Alfred E. Smith be able to get the better of the Vikings in the second meeting?

Kellenberg's McDaniels does it all

November, 17, 2011
11/17/11
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. – All the football lingo doesn’t describe Matt McDaniels. He gets the euphemisms that define a coach’s dream. The kid is all heart. His motor doesn’t stop. He thrives on adversity.

All the good stuff.

But proof is in his responsibility to Kellenberg’s offense. McDaniels is the guy. He’s the first option and the second and everyone knows it. But no one can stop it. McDaniels remained the constant light in the Firebirds’ season, one that started with five straight losses and could end in a CHSAA ‘AA’ division title on Saturday against Fordham Prep at Mitchel Field in Uniondale.

“There isn’t a coach in this league that doesn’t know he’s our only option,” head coach Kevin Hanifan said.

McDaniels, Kellenberg’s quarterback, has 1,678 rushing yards this season and averages about 165 yards per game with 15 touchdowns. He scored four touchdowns against Cardinal Hayes in the quarterfinals and broke loose for a 42-yard go-ahead score when Kellenberg earned a dramatic comeback win against Holy Trinity last week to advance to its second straight "AA" championship game.

The senior started as a wide receiver last year when Hanifan started utilizing McDaniels’ speed in wildcat-like offensive packages. The coaching staff quickly discovered that McDaniels is the team’s best athlete. So when Nick Fiore graduated last year, they taught McDaniels to throw in the summer during camp.

“Before, I couldn’t throw to save my life,” McDaniels said laughing. “I mean, I could throw a football but I learned how to really throw.”

At 5-10, McDaniels is not the average size for quarterback. But the senior is tough and strong. He has breakaway foot speed and invites contact like a running back. Hanifan said it took about three weeks before the league realized that McDaniels was an option on every down. At quarterback, McDaniels forces defenses to make a choice between crowding him, where he could throw over the defense, or playing back and giving him a cushion to run.

“I know that he’s always going to make the right read,” said senior tackle Kevin Liddy. “When he’s back there, I know that all I have to do is make my block and he’s going to make the right decision.”

The quarterback’s exploits had been buried behind a team struggling through the first half of the season with a 0-5 record. But the Firebirds have won three straight and 4 of their last 5 games headed into the final. Last year, Stepinac capped an undefeated season by thumping Kellenberg, 41-7. Hanifan considered winning against Fordham Prep for the "AA" crown as an excellent way to “salvage” the season.

McDaniels admitted his team was intimidated when they dropped the title game to Stepinac last year. This time, the Firebirds are playing their best ball and facing a team that they lost to by one point in overtime Oct. 2.

“Go to any coach in the country and say, ‘Coach, if you’re 0-5 and you end up winning five or six games at the end of the year and getting what a league will give you as a second-level championship, would you be happy with that? Would you think that’s a success?’” Hanifan said. “I think most guys would say yes. We could have easily bagged on any of the games between here and there and we didn’t.”

CHSFL AA playoffs breakdown

November, 3, 2011
11/03/11
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With the CHSFL playoffs beginning this weekend, we polled our staff of high school writers to get their takes on which teams they see emerging victorious. Matt Ehalt, Amara Grautski, Chris Hunt and Rob Abruzzese give their takes on how the CHSFL "AA" playoffs will breakdown.

AA BRACKET
No.1 Fordham Prep vs. No. 8 St. John the Baptist
No. 2 Holy Trinity vs. No. 7 St. Peter’s
No. 3 Kellenberg vs. No. 6 Cardinal Hayes
No. 4 St. Joseph by-the-Sea vs. No. 5 Xavier

WHO IS THE TEAM TO BEAT?

Ehalt: Fordham Prep: The Rams are reeling and aren’t as good as they were perceived to be but they might be a little too much for the rest of this bracket.

Abruzzese: Xavier: The Knights went undefeated in league play displaying a strong offense and defense. It’s hard to see anybody stopping them and that includes No. 1 Fordham Prep.

Grautski: Fordham Prep: has knocked out other top competitors Holy Trinity and Kellenberg during the regular season, and its offense is averaging about 40 points per game.

Hunt: Xavier: It can say the one thing that no other team in AA can: It hasn’t lost a conference game. The Knights can really prove themselves against if they match up with Fordham Prep in the semifinal.

WHICH TEAM IS THE SLEEPER?

Ehalt: Xavier: Xavier went 7-1 this year with its only loss coming out of conference in its season-opening game. There’s no reason that it can’t run the table and pull this off like Stepinac last year.

Abruzzese: Holy Trinity: The Titans weren’t very impressive this season, but they pulled it together at the end to pick up a pair of big wins. This could be a sign that they finally got their act together. If so, they could surprise some teams in the playoffs.

Grautski: Kellenberg: Kellenberg defeated second-ranked Holy Cross during the regular season and only lost to Fordham Prep, 29-28. The 2-point conversion by Fordham Prep made the difference in the fourth quarter. Kellenberg’s only been shut out once this year

Hunt: Holy Trinity: Holy Trinity waxed St. Joseph by the Sea and then won a close game against a speedy Mount St. Michael last week. That’s the kind of win that catapulted a team through the playoffs.

WHICH TEAM COULD GET UPSET EARLY?

Ehalt: St. Joseph by-the-Sea: St. Joseph was the worst team in the AAA and they have a bad quarterfinal matchup against Xavier. They could be one-and-done in this thing.

Abruzzese: Fordham Prep: The Rams faced some tough teams this season and didn’t look good against any of them. They are also going into the playoffs with a 4-game losing streak. They likely will make past the first round, but a semifinals exit is just as likely.

Grautski: Holy Trinity: Holy Trinity lost to sleeper pick Kellenberg, 40-28, during the regular season, in a game when Kellenberg's quarterback wasn’t at his best. Kellenberg could defeat Holy Trinity again in the second round of the playoffs.

Hunt: Xavier: If Xavier is the team to beat then it also makes them the biggest candidate for an upset, especially if my bracket plays out. Holy Trinity has two wins this season.

WHAT’S THE TITLE GAME?

Ehalt: No. 5 Xavier over No. 1 Fordham Prep: Xavier has played the best of any of these teams and will beat its rival in a big game on Thanksgiving.

Abruzzese: No. 5 Xavier over No. 1 Fordham Prep: Xavier has the confidence as they were unbeaten in league play this year and they have the biggest offensive weapon in running back William Solomon. Fordham Prep hasn’t even come close to winning a big game this year either.

Grautski: No. 3 Kellenberg defeats No. 1 Fordham Prep: Fordham Prep is a great football team, but it isn’t invincible. Kellenberg will avenge its 1-point loss to knock Fordham Prep out in the final game.

Hunt: No. 5 Xavier over No. 1 Fordham Prep: This is a pick’em game. Fordham Prep is 3-5 but have played a tougher schedule than Xavier, which should feel like a team with something to prove.

TOURNAMENT PICKS?

Ehalt: Fordham over SJTB; Holy Trinity over St. P’s; Kellenberg over Hayes; Xavier over SJBTS; Xavier over Holy Trinity; Fordham over Kellenberg

Abruzzese: Fordham over SJTB; Holy Trinity over St. P’s; Hayes over Kellenberg: Xavier over SJBTS; Fordham over Hayes; Xavier over Holy Trinity

Grautski: Fordham over SJTB; Holy Trinity over St. P’s; Kellenberg over Hayes; SJBTS over Xavier; Fordham over SJBTS; Kellenberg over Holy Trinity

Hunt: Fordham over SJTB; Holy Trinity over St. P’s; Kellenberg over Hayes; Xavier over SJBTS; Fordham over Kellenberg; Xavier over Holy Trinity

Rapid Reaction: Iona Prep 63, Fordham Prep 30

October, 9, 2011
10/09/11
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WHAT IT MEANS: Last week Iona Prep suffered a tough loss at home to Xaverian and this week was all about putting that game behind them.

On Sunday, that mission was accomplished as they improved in all areas, offensively, defensively, and on special teams to beat Fordham Prep in convincing fashion 63-30 at Coffey Field in the Bronx.

“Last week was a wake up call,” said Iona Prep head coach Vic Quirolo. “We didn't have a good week against Farrell and we didn't have a real good week against Xaverian. There was a lot of build up and we knew that if we didn't do something about it that we'd be in trouble.”

HOW IT HAPPENED: Iona Prep went three-and-out on their first drive, but after that it seemed like they couldn't be stopped. Quarterback Mario Biaggi found Brandon Williams for a 40-yard touchdown pass to get the scoring started with 8:43 left in the first quarter.

A interception returned for a touchdown by Matthew Berni made it 14-0 just three minutes later. Then only 32 seconds after that Biaggi ran for another touchdown to make it 21-0, capitalizing on an interception by Michael Barbuto.

Shaquille Townsend was then turned loose as he picked up a pair of rushing touchdowns over the next five minutes to pad the lead to 35-0.

FORDHAM PREP’S BRIEF COMEBACK: Fordham Prep wouldn't just go away even though they were down 42-0 in the second quarter. Head coach Peter Gorynski pulled starting quarterback John Trimble in favor of James McHale and the move seemed to pay off at first.

McHale immediately had an impact as he found Logan Williamson in the end zone for their first score of the game and a two point conversion made it 48-2.

However Biaggi wouldn't just let them back into the game as he found Omari Buster on the next drive for a 10-yard touchdown pass.

SECOND-HALF MESSAGE: Fordham Prep actually managed to get back into the game 49-24 early in the second half, but Chris Cooper made it almost impossible as he ran a kickoff back for an 88-yard touchdown that made it 56-24.

PICKOFFS EVERYWHERE: There was no way Iona Prep would be able to score 63 points in this game without some help from Fordham’s quarterbacks who threw four interceptions. Four different players in total had picks including Berni, Barbuto, Daniel Fischer, and Aaaqil Sheppard.

Iona Prep’s All-American cornerback Justin Combs didn’t have a pick, but that might only be because Fordham Prep looked afraid to throw the ball his way. Ben Andreycak, the wide out Combs was covering, only caught four passes all game for 57 yards. The total yardage might seem like a decent amount, but most of that came on one 31-yard pass.

TOO MANY PENALTIES: Iona Prep won by a whopping 33 points, but it would not have even been that close if it hadn’t been for so many big penalties. In all there were three personal fouls called and two pass interferences for a total of 75 penalty yards. All but one of those plays were in the second half and it was part of the reason why the second half score was 14-14.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Biaggi was awful last week against Xaverian as he was pulled after the first half against Xaverian. This week was a big bounce back for him as he threw three touchdown passes, rushed for another one, and had 162 yards passing overall.

“Last week I wasn't really into it,” Biaggi admitted. “I'll be honest, I wasn't completely into it. But this week I was ready to play hard and it felt good when it finally paid off.”

UP NEXT: Iona Prep will look to keep their momentum going as they face Chaminade on Saturday afternoon in another road game. Fordham Prep has their hands full as they head to Monsignor Farrell next Friday night.

Week 5: Five games to watch

October, 7, 2011
10/07/11
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While Don Bosco takes on St. Edward in a game of national interest, there are plenty of other good matchups in the New York City leagues this week. Let's take a look at the best of the rest.

No. 1 St. Anthony's at No. 2 Archbishop Stepinac (Friday, 7:30 p.m.): In a game that we all wished we could have seen last season, the top-ranked teams in the CHSFL will meet in an early-season clash at White Plains High School. Both teams are carrying long winning streaks and have not lost since 2009 and are defending champions of the AAA and AA divisions in the CHSFL. This game will be a great measuring streak for Stepinac to see where it stands among the big boys in the league and St. Anthony's will look to win its third straight road game against a CHSFL contender.

No. 8 Iona Prep at No. 10 Fordham Prep (Sunday, 5 p.m.): Iona Prep is coming off its first loss of the season and surely does not want to drop back-to-back games. Fordham Prep, meanwhile, is 3-1 but hasn't beaten a top team in the CHSFL yet. This game might show us more whether Fordham Prep deserves to be among the top teams in the CHSFL. In its only game vs. a contender this season, the Rams lost 51-0 to St. Anthony's. They need to do better against Iona Prep.

Canarsie to No. 9 Dewitt Clinton (Sunday, 11 a.m.): Two teams that are off to 3-1 starts meet up Sunday in the Bronx. Canarsie is the more surprising of the two to get off to a fast start although it has yet to beat that quality opponent in the PSAL. Dewitt Clinton, meanwhile, has been playing great ball and it's lone loss came to Tottenville. A Canarsie win would mean more in significance than a Dewitt Clinton win since the perception is that the Governors are the better squad.

Boys & Girls at Truman (Sunday, noon): Truman got its welcome to the Championship Division when it got thumped by Lincoln last week to lose its first game of the season. This weekend, the Mustangs will look to get back on track against a good Boys & Girls team that defeated previously unbeaten Port Richmond. Truman has a lot to show and will get that chance at home. Boys & Girls looks to keep its momentum going in the right direction.

Grady at Beach Channel/Channel View (Sunday, noon): We head to the Bowl Division to see this clash of two undefeated teams. Grady and Beach Channel/Channel View are both 4-0 to start the year. The two teams are currently ranked first and second in the power points and Grady is five points ahead of Beach Channel/Channel View.

Week 5: NYC Top 10 Poll

October, 3, 2011
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There's some movement in this week's poll. Tottenville fell to Erasmus Hall, Xaverian clobbered Iona Prep and Campus Magnet lost to Jefferson and those results have created some change in our top 10. With that in mind, let's check out this week's poll.

1. St. Anthony's (3-0): Unlike last week, St. Anthony's had a tough game on the road against Holy Cross, but the Friars once again came out with the win. This week, they face another tough squad in Stepinac. Up next: Oct. 7, at Stepinac.

2. Archbishop Stepinac (4-0): Stepinac is mastering the ugly win. After a tough game against Kellenberg, the Crusaders pulled out a tough one against Mount St. Michael. This week, against St. Anthony's, an ugly game likely won't result in a win. Up next: Oct. 7, St. Anthony's.

3. Tottenville (3-1): Yes, there should probably be more of a penalty for losing to Erasmus Hall, but we still believe that Tottenville is the best team in the PSAL and had it's one bad game. Up next: Oct. 9, at Port Richmond.

4. Lincoln (4-0): Lincoln still is looking for a team to give it a game as it trounced previously undefeated Truman this past weekend. Up next: Oct. 7, vs. FDR.

5. Fort Hamilton (4-0): The win streak is up to 36 as the Tigers took care of Susan Wagner this past weekend. Up next: Oct. 9, at Thomas Jefferson.

6. Holy Cross (3-1): Holy Cross more than proved its for real with its tough loss against St. Anthony's. This is a team that will be in the hunt for the CHSFL title all season. Up next: Oct. 8, at Mount St. Michael.

7. Xaverian (3-1): Talk about an impressive win. Xaverian hit the road and dominated Iona Prep to improve to 3-1 and also hand the Gaels their first loss of the season. Up next: Oct. 7, vs. Holy Trinity.

8. Iona Prep (3-1): Iona Prep suffered its first loss this weekend against Xaverian. The loss wasn't as surprising as the final score as Iona got beat by double digits. Up next: Oct. 8, at Fordham Prep.

9. Dewitt Clinton (3-1): Dewitt Clinton handled an easy Midwood team and takes on a fellow 3-1 team in the PSAL in its upcoming game. Up next: Oct. 9, vs. Canarsie

10. Fordham Prep (3-1): Fordham Prep needed overtime to take care of Kellenberg, but a win is a win and the Rams now are 3-1 to start their season. Up next: Oct. 8, vs. Iona Prep.

Game of the week: No. 1 St. A's at No. 7 Fordham

September, 23, 2011
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Let's be honest: Both quarterbacks want to be the lone starter. It's only natural.

Fordham Prep sophomore quarterback James McHale and junior signal caller Jack Trimble both would like that chance to run the show themselves, be the one quarterback who leads the Rams into battle.

They don't get that chance, though. Instead of an one-man operation, they play in a dual-quarterback system, each getting their chance to shine but still having to yield time to the other quarterback as well.

"It works out," McHale said. "Jack's a great quarterback and we're working hard and we can get it done together."

For the first time in head coach Pete Gorynski's 15 years, the No. 7 Rams are using the dual-quarterback system and it's been successful as they are off to a 2-0 start. The pair has combined for 433 passing yards and 97 rushing yards and three combined touchdowns.

McHale and Trimble will need to be at their best Saturday night when Fordham Prep hosts defending league champion and top-ranked St. Anthony's at 7 p.m at Coffey Field in the Bronx. St. Anthony's ended Fordham Prep's season in the semifinals last year.

"This is definitely our statement game. If we beat these guys, people will know last year wasn't just a one-hit wonder," Trimble said. "I'm talking to the seniors saying if McHale does well, I do well and our defense holds up, we got a good shot."

Gorynski will be the first to say he would prefer not to use a tag team combination at quarterback.

Heading into this year, with the two then-underclassmen vying for the starting job, Gorynski told them if he couldn't come to the conclusion that one was clearly better, he might use the dual-quarterback system.

Both quarterbacks tried to earn the gig, with McHale mentioning a summer clinic as a chance for one of them to create separation, but the two stayed neck and neck with each other. It wasn't a case where neither quarterback played well enough to warrant a starting role, but they both proved they deserved it.

"Looking at their different skills, they both possess different positive attributes that I started to view it as an opportunity to diversify our attack," Gorynski said. "It hopefully gives people a little bit of a hard time preparing for us because they have to prepare for two guys now."

Their system is simple. McHale runs the passing attack while Trimble controls the running game and the option. McHale starts the first quarter, Trimble comes in for the second, although McHale gets the two-minute drill. Depending on the game situation, the second half can go to either quarterback. Last week against Holy trinity, McHale received most of the playing time in the second half in the win.

The two quarterbacks believe this system allows them to push each other to do better. If one is leading the charge, the other has to be there with him carrying his load of the work. Neither guy wants to be the one who had the bad game. It's a friendly competition.

"During the games, if I see him in the first drive, the first quarter, going and scoring a touchdown, that just makes me wants to go in right away and score a touchdown just as much," Trimble said.

So far, McHale is 18-of-39 for 345 yards and two touchdowns this season while Trimble is 3-of-6 for 88 yards with 97 yards rushing and one touchdown. It's not the system Gorynski wanted to use, but the results are there.

"They've exceeded my expectations," Gorynski said. "Both kids have taken their skill set and maximized their opportunities."

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