NYC football power rankings: (9/4)
NYC top 15 football teams
Led by Syracuse-bound running back Augustus Edwards and two-year starting quarterback Brandon Barnes, the Pirates are a favorite to reach the PSAL final after back-to-back semifinal defeats.
Next: @ No. 4 Fort Hamilton (Saturday, Noon)
One year after falling a yard short of reaching the CHSFL Class AAA final, Laray Smith, Zach Kearney and Jonathan Badyna guide a speedy and hungry squad.
Next: @ Newburgh Free Academy (Friday, 7 p.m.)
A host of seniors are gone from a team that went undefeated and won the PSAL title last year. But that doesn’t mean the Railsplitters are rebuilding.
Next: No. 10 Clinton (Friday, 7 p.m.)
Injuries decimated the Tigers chances of repeating as PSAL champions, but versatile athlete Travon Reid Segure is back for the perennial powerhouse.
Next: No. 1 Tottenville (Saturday, Noon)
The Dutchmen return the running back duo of Curtis Samuel and Kahlil Lewin from a team that played in the PSAL final at Yankee Stadium last year.
Next: @ No. 11 Curtis (Saturday, Noon)
Led by UConn-bound two-way end Cameron Stapleton, two-way lineman Jay Hayes and spectacular freshman Ray Marten, the Blue Devils are looking to bounce back from a two-win season.
Next: @ Iona Prep (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.)
James McHale, James Drago, Logan Williamson and Malik Crossdale guide an explosive offense that led the Rams to the CHSFL Class AA title last year.
Next: @ St. John the Baptist (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.)
Almost everyone is back defensively and the Knights have a bunch of talented running backs. If the offensive line can run block, look out for Cross.
Next: Kingston @ Dietz Stadium (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
New quarterback Blessuan Austin, defensive end Asaikie Blake, wide receiver Will Callender and Peter Jacob lead the new-look Bulldogs with just one returning starter back.
Next: @ Sheepshead Bay (Saturday, Noon)
A year after reaching the PSAL semifinals, Clinton is an inexperienced, but hard-working blue-collar bunch led by two-way linemen Ruby Mendoza and Danny Mejia.
Next: @ No. 3 Lincoln (Friday, 7 p.m.)
Running back/linebacker Kevin Austin returns along with wide receiver Elijah Caldwell and linebacker Shawn Brown for a team looking to enjoy a deep postseason run.
Next: No. 5 Erasmus Hall (Saturday, Noon)
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Cornerback Jared Chester is one of a few starters back from a team that lost to St. Anthony’s in the CHSFL Class AAA first round a year ago.
Next: @ New Cannan (Friday, 6 p.m.)
Led by two-way end Ebenezer Ogundeko, who has 36 BCS-level scholarship offers, the Orange Wave has the talent to make a deep playoff run this fall.
Next: @ No. 14 Brooklyn Tech (Saturday, 1 p.m.)
Talented athletes Kyvaune Brammer (Buffalo), James Gales and Thomas Plonski (Villanova) guide a senior-laden Engineers squad that could be poised for a breakout season.
Next: No. 13 Jefferson (Saturday, 1 p.m.)
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With talented junior quarterback Anthony Cruz and Cardinal Hayes transfer Tim Jones leading the way, JFK could be on its way back to becoming a PSAL powerhouse.
Next: @ New Dorp (Saturday, Noon)