Last Updated: 5:31 AM, September 21, 2010
Posted: 10:53 PM, September 20, 2010Comments: 0
The opening week of the CHSFL league schedule certainly didn’t disappoint, already causing a shake up in our rankings.
Xaverian may have had the toughest climb up the rankings— even if it was only two spots. The Clippers lost wide out Kendall (Speedy) Thomas in the first half to injury and overcame turnovers for a win over Chaminade in Mineola . Fordham Prep, which goes from seven to five, also picked up a big road win. The Rams outmuscled St. Joseph by the Sea in Huguenot. Iona Prep shouldn’t be counted out yet after a win over previous No. 2 Holy Trinity.
So where do those teams and your school sit in this week's rankings? Check below
1. St. Anthony’s (2-0) (Last week: 1)
This is a completely different St. Anthony’s team from the one that won the Class AAA crown last year, its eighth in the last nine years. But the Friars showed why they are the favorite to win it again, defeating No. 3 Holy Cross, 28-14, at home Friday night. Quarterback Charlie Raffa ran the triple option well and the defense, anchored by Tyler McLees, kept Holy Cross star Devon Cajuste in check.
Next: @ No. 9 Monsignor Farrell (Sept. 24, 7 p.m.)
2. Xaverian (2-0) (4)
The Clippers vault into the No. 2 spot in the rankings off a gutty, but sloppy 20-14 win on the road over Chaminade, one the CHSFL's most storied programs. Xaverian missed chances to put the game away early, but sophomores Zach Kearney and Laray Smith filled in beautifully in the second half for classmate Kendall (Speedy) Thomas, who injured his shoulder. The X-Men should be without the explosive received for some time. Can they stay atop the rankings?
Next: @ No. 5 Fordham Prep (Sept. 26, 5 p.m.)
3. Holy Cross (1-1) (3)
Knights coach Tom Pugh said it is critical to get Devon Cajuste the ball early and often, but on Friday night the Stanford-bound star only had 13 touches for a total of 51 yards and just two receptions. Despite the loss to the Friars, quarterback Kevin Durkan was impressive, especially running the ball, and Adrian Paljevic was an absolute beast defensively.
Next: @ Kellenberg (Sept. 24, 7 p.m.)
No. 4. Archbishop Stepinac (2-0) (6)
The Crusaders have been exactly what we thought they were – one of the league's most talented teams even as a Class AA squad. Tyrell Goodman struck early and often, going 7-for-8 for 166 yards and three touchdowns in an easy 42-0 win over Cardinal Spellman. Stepinac will need to step up when athletically-gifted Cardinal Hayes comes calling. A win would go a long way to a regular season title.