High School football continued in the Big Apple this weekend with some pivotal Week 2 matchups. Queens CHSFL power Holy Cross came up short against St. Anthony's in a 28-14 loss. Ishaq Williams and Lincoln scored a big road win against Campus Magnet to remain undefeated.
Here’s a closer look at those games and also a few notes on how the rest of our games of the week played out:
St. Anthony's 28, Holy Cross 14 (Friday, 7 p.m.): St. Anthony's won the biggest game of the week when it topped Holy Cross, 28-14, on Friday night. Holy Cross came into the Friars' house red-hot after an impressive 31-6 win at home against St. Francis Prep in Week 1, while St. Anthony’s survived its trip to State College, Pa., with a 28-17 Week 1 victory. Holy Cross head coach Tom Pugh said before the game that he believed the team to beat in the CHSFL is St. Anthony’s. The Friars proved Pugh right on Friday night.
Xaverian 20, Chaminade 14 (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.): Chaminade is winless after the season's first two weeks following last Saturday's home loss to Xaverian. Chaminade lost to Kellenberg for the first time in school history, 24-21, in overtime on Sept. 11 and had its hands full with a Clippers squad that clobbered St. Peter’s on the road, 55-7, in Week 1. Xaverian coach Joe DeSiena says he has the fastest team in the league this year and expects the Clippers to be in contention for the CHSFL title. A win on the road against Chaminade on Saturday bolstered his point.
Curtis 32, Lehman 6 (Sunday, 1:30 p.m.): Curtis survived another week without Shaquan Coles. After a Week 1 loss, the Warriors righted the ship on Sunday with a 32-6 win over Lehman. Curtis’ offense looked anemic at times in a 14-12 loss to Erasmus Hall in Week 1 but it rolled against the overmatched Lions. Lehman, on the other hand, dominated James Madison 44-12 in Week 1 and was looking to pull the upset at home against the Warriors, but Curtis was much too strong on Sunday.
Thomas Jefferson 30, Sheepshead Bay 20 (Sunday, Noon): Both these teams were looking to start the season 2-0 on Sunday, but only host Thomas Jefferson walked off the field undefeated after it topped intra-borough rival Sheepshead Bay. Thomas Jefferson dismantled Flushing at home, 30-14, in Week 1, and the win against Sheepshead gave the Orange Wave some serious momentum heading into their game against Curtis next week. Sheepshead Bay, meanwhile, shut out Grand Street Campus 30-0 behind a 296-yard rushing attack. The Sharks will have to regroup prior to their matchup against Brooklyn foe Erasmus Hall next week.
Lincoln 14, Campus Magnet 8 (Sunday, 11 a.m.): Lincoln started the season off in great fashion with a 28-7 win over Port Richmond as quarterback Andrew Vital rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns. Vital was at it again on Sunday, rushing for a 48-yard touchdown against Campus Magnet, which was the decisive score in the Railsplitters' win. Campus Magnet will have to get past this loss quickly as it heads into the meatgrinder portion of its schedule, which includes games against Boys and Girls, New Utrecht, Fort Hamilton, Curtis and Sheepshead Bay in successive weeks.