PSAL Cup, Bowl finals livecast primer
It’s Championship Sunday on Coney Island as the PSAL Cup and Bowl division titles will be decided at Lincoln HS in a pair of games broadcast live on MSGVarsity.com.
Here’s a look at the both match-ups
PSAL Cup Division championship
Who: No. 1 McKee/Staten Island Tech vs. No. 2 South Shore
When: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Lincoln HS
No. 1 McKee/Staten Island Tech Seagulls
Head coach: Anthony Cialdella
Player to watch: Ivan Cooper, Sr. RB
No. 2 South Shore Vikings
Head coach: Matt Ciquera
Player to watch: Rayon Jeffrey, Sr. QB
Outlook: A year ago, McKee/Staten Island Tech defeated Staten Island rival Petrides, 24-0, to claim the city title. Twelve months later, MSIT is in the same boat, looking to win a second straight crown and extend its winning streak to 17 straight games.
Ivan Cooper has led the way for the top-seeded Seagulls, rushing for 819 yards and 10 touchdowns, including 159 yards and two scores in a 24-0 semifinal win against Petrides. He also has eight sacks and an interception defensively. Emmanuel Johnson leads the Cup Division with four interceptions.
It’s a rematch of a Week 3 showdown, which saw MSIT pull out a 32-6 win on Staten Island. That’s been the only hiccup for South Shore, which is riding a seven-game winning streak into the rematch. Rayon Jeffrey leads South Shore in rushing with 573 yards and eight touchdowns and has also thrown for 423 yards and a league-high eight TDs.
PSAL Bowl Division championship
Who: No. 1 James Madison vs. No. 2 August Martin
Where: Lincoln HS
When: Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
No. 1 James Madison Knights
Head coach: Tom Mobilla
Player to watch: Barry Dagbolen, Sr. QB
No. 2 August Martin Falcons
Head coach: Marcus Louison
Player to watch: Ricky Dunbar, Sr. QB
Outlook: A year ago, Madison was winless in the City Championship Division following a two-win campaign. Head coach Tom Mobilla made the decision to move his program to the Bowl Championship and the Knights have reached the final as the top seed.
Quarterback Barry Dagbolen is a big part of Madison’s success. The senior has thrown for 662 yards and seven touchdowns, including a 91-yard pass to A.J. Anifowoshe in a 12-6 semifinal victory against No. 4 Tilden and also had a clutch interception late in the fourth quarter.
Second-seeded August Martin is making its second title-game appearance in three years, losing in the 2009 final to Thomas Jefferson. Senior Ricky Dunbar has helped lead the Falcons to the title game, throwing for 379 yards and six touchdowns, rushing for 480 yards and eight TDs and adding three interceptions defensively.
The unsung heroes, though, have been the two-way linemen, including Layquane Ezelgwe, Rashad Worrel and Tylique Darnley.