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NY Post CHSFL final rankings

Posted Tuesday, November 30, 2010 by Mike O'Donnell

CHSFL rankings

Thanksgiving favorites pick up wins, keep rankings the same in final week

Last Updated: 10:03 PM, November 29, 2010

Posted: 5:12 PM, November 29, 2010

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Thanksgiving Day put an official end to the CHSFL season.

Mount St. Michael held off rival Cardinal Hayes and Fordham Prep capped a historic season with a win over Xavier. The food also tasted extra scrumptious for Stepinac after being the first team in school history to end undefeated by topping White Plains. With all the pads and footballs locked away, we say fairwell to this year’s senior class and begin looking forward to what’s to coming next season.

Here are the final rankings:

1. St. Anthony's (11-0) (Last week: 1)

Charlie Raffa and Brian Kensil shared MVP honors as St. Anthony’s completed its fourth-ever undefeated season with a ninth Class AAA title in the last decade. But the Friars success was built on some talented juniors, including running backs Dariyan Riley and Brian Sherlock and defensive backs Tim Stackpole and Maston Ellerby and kicker James Doktor. How can you improve on perfection?

No one was catching Brian Sherlock (34) and St. Anthony's this year.
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No one was catching Brian Sherlock (34) and St. Anthony's this year.

Next: Season complete

2. Archbishop Stepinac (12-0) (2)

The perfect and historic season is complete. This group of Crusaders became the first in school history to finish the year 12-0 with a 42-14 thrashing of White Plains on Thanksgiving Day. Tyrell Goodman finished his high school carrier with 265 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns and junior Caleb Gilligan Evens had 125 yards and two scores on the ground.

Next: Season complete

3. Iona Prep (8-3) (3)

Iona Prep coach Vic Quirolo isn’t asking for any sympathy, but you have to feel for the Gaels. Led by Sidney Weston, Iona Prep’s lone three losses came to two undefeated teams and two were against St. Anthony’s, including a 41-23 defeat in the Class AAA title game. Look for two-way standout Dan Fishcer, kicker Alex Kapp and perhaps Justin Combs to lead the way next year.

Next: Season complete

4. Fordham Prep (10-1) (4)

The Rams had an undefeated regular season, reached the Class AAA semifinals for the first time and then finished the season with 10 wins for the first time ever with a 17-7 victory against Xavier Thanksgiving morning. That’s about as good as it gets for a special group of seniors, including quarterback Max Kinder, receiver Devin Rice, do-it-all captain Anthony Bronzo and corner Matt Casella.

Next: Season complete

5. Holy Trinity (7-3) (5)

Holy Trinity wasn't able to earn a return trip to the CHSFL Class AAA title game, but will have one of the league best returnees next season. Quarterback Chris Laviano will be back after throwing for 1,504 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Coach Tony Mascia will have the tough task replacing key pieces on a stout defense.

Next: Season complete

6. Xaverian (5-5) (6)

If Xaverian can keep its talent on the field, it again has a chance to be one of the league top teams next season, though it will need to replace quarterback Greg Rando. The senior threw for a league-high 1,801 yards and 15 touchdowns. Offense shouldn’t be a problem with Zach Kearney, Laray Smith and Tushaun Plummer all back. The Clippers will need to improve on their 11th ranked defense.

Next: Season complete

7. Mount St. Michael (5-5) (7)

Jaylen Amaker couldn’t have written a better script for his final high school game. The elusive quarterback posted career highs in rushing yards with 245 yards on 15 carries and four touchdowns in a wild 37-30 win over rival Cardinal Hayes on Thanksgiving. The return of fullback Kenny Acquah and key pieces on defense has Mount set up well for next season.

Next: Season complete

8. Holy Cross (4-6) (8)

Devon Cajuste will be playing at Stanford next season, but that doesn’t mean the Knights offense will not be a force. Quarterback Yianni Gavalas returns a lot with bruising running back Shyheim Wingate and receiver Pierrot Senat. That trio will certainly be looking to improve Cross’ inconsistent campaign.

Next: Season complete

9. Kellenberg (5-6) (9)

Their season ended with a lopsided loss to Archbishop Stepinac in the Class AA title game, but the Firebirds have a lot to celebrate about this season, including their first two ever wins against rival Chaminade. Evan Calvo, Shakhir Moore-Ellis, Tim Wienclaw and Nick Fiore deserved a better send off to their high-school careers.

Next: Season complete

10. St. Joseph by the Sea (4-6) (10)

No one coaches with more passion than Greg Manos, who always has his team ready to go. Unlike last year when Lyle McCombs and Andrew Amato graduated, the Vikings will have some key players coming back, including running back John Diaz and quarterback Matt Bowers.

Next: Season complete

New: None

Dropped out: None

On the bubble: Xavier (6-5), Monsignor Farrell (4-6), Christ the King (6-4) and Cardinal Hayes (5-6)

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