Last Updated: 12:20 AM, November 9, 2010
Posted: 11:47 PM, November 8, 2010Comments: 0
Those two-a-days in the August heat, the long trip to preseason camp and countless hours of watching film, lifting weights and working on schemes in practice are to get to this part of the season, the Class AAA and AA are down to the semifinals and the Class A title will be on the line this weekend.
There’s little movement in The Post’s CHSFL rankings, but that’s because the top teams won and the middle teams lost. Cardinal Hayes, though, makes its debut at No. 9 following an upset win against former No. 9 Monsignor Farrell in the Class AA quarterfinals at the Lions Den Saturday night.
1. St. Anthony’s (9-0) (Last week: 1)
There’s nothing like a glorified scrimmage to start the postseason and that’s just what the Friars had Saturday night when they scored on their first six possessions to open up a 42-0 halftime lead in a 42-8 win against No. 10 St. Joseph by the Sea in the Class AAA quarterfinals. That sets up a scintillating matchup between two of the league’s final three undefeated teams Friday night in South Huntington.
Next: No. 2 Fordham Prep, Class AAA semifinals (Nov. 12, 7 p.m.)
2. Fordham Prep (9-0) (2)
The offense sputtered, turning the ball over five times, but the defense forced five Xaverian turnovers and Matt Casella capped a 14-7 win against the Clippers with a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown. Fordham Prep advances to the Class AAA semifinals for the first time in program history and heads to Cy Donnelly Field to meet the defending champions. Do you believe? They do.
Next: @ No. 1 St. Anthony’s, Class AAA semifinals (Nov. 12, 7 p.m.)
3. Archbishop Stepinac (9-0) (3)
History did not repeat itself for Stepinac. A year ago it was stunned by St. Francis Prep in the Class AA quarterfinals, but this time around it thrashed the winless Terriers, 48-6. The Crusaders came out inspired and led 41-0 at the half, leaving little doubt that they belonged among the league’s 'AAA' teams. A familiar foe in No. 9 Cardinal Hayes stands between them and a shot at a Class AA title.
Next: No. 9 Cardinal Hayes, Class AA semifinals (Nov. 13, 1 p.m.)
4. Iona Prep (7-2) (4)
The Gaels gave No. 1 St. Anthony’s all they could handle two weeks ago. They sit a win away from another possible meeting with the Friars after handling Holy Cross 33-14 in a game that was not as close as the score. Sidney Weston ran for three scores on the ground. Iona beat semifinals opponent No. 5 Holy Trinity, 31-21, in their regular season meeting back in Week 2, both teams have matured since then.