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ESPN- NY City Top Ten Preseason Poll

Posted Friday, August 19, 2011 by ESPN
 
  2011 Preseason Borough/Town
1. St. Anthony's Melville, N.Y.
2. Tottenville Staten Island
3. Xaverian Brooklyn
4. Archbishop Stepinac White Plains, N.Y.
5. Poly Prep Brooklyn
6. Erasmus Hall Brooklyn
7. Curtis Staten Island
8. Lincoln Brooklyn
9. Fort Hamilton Brooklyn
10. Iona Preo New Rochelle, N.Y.
 
 

Preseason New York Top 10 poll

August, 19, 2011
AUG 19
12:32
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Football season is upon us and the first week of games will be here before we know it. With that in mind, here is the first look at who will be the elite teams in the New York City football leagues this upcoming season. Let's look at the preseason edition of the ESPNNewYork.com New York Top 10 poll. 

1. St. Anthony's: The defending CHSFL champion loses a lot from last season, but like it does every year, will be reloaded to make another run this year. The team returns running backsBrian Sherlock and Dariyan Riley, who combined for over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. The Friars will have to replace quarterback Charlie Raffa. 

2. Tottenville: The Pirates are the clear-cut favorites to win the PSAL title this season. The Pirates lost in the semifinals last season, but will tough to beat with rising junior sophomore quarterback Brandon Barnes and rising senior wide receiver Alvin Cornelius, a Syracuse recruit. 

3. Xaverian: The Clippers didn't live up to their potential last season, going 5-5 and losing in the first round of the playoffs, but are littered with talented playmakers for this season. Running backs Laray Smith and Isaiah Kearney will be a potent group in the backfield for the Clippers. 

4. Archbishop Stepinac: The Crusaders make the move to the AAA-AA Division this season after going undefeated and winning the Class "AA" title last year, but are well-equipped to handle the move. Running back Caleb Gilligan-Evans and tight end/defensive end Austin Tappsshould anchor the team and it also returns a bevy of starters. 

5. Poly Prep: The Blue Devils an independent schedule, but will again be one of the better teams in New York City. Safety/Tight End Malik Rodriguez, who is headed to Ohio, quarterbackKevin Gebon and running back Mike Bernandez will guide a team coming off an 8-1 season. 

6. Erasmus Hall: The Dutchmen teased us with their potential last season, but didn't put it all together. That shouldn't the case this season. Erasmus has the top recruit in the city in cornerback Wayne Morgan. Coach Danny Landberg said that rising senior linebacker Luder Jean Louis is the leader of the team. 

7. Curtis: The Warriors lost in the quarterfinals of the playoffs last season, but will return with perhaps the most promising young quarterback in the city in rising sophomore Prince Dukes. Three transfers should help the team, according to coach Pete Gambardella, and he said his team has the chance to have an explosive offense. 

8. Lincoln: The Railsplitters lost plenty to graduation, including top recruit Ishaq Williams, but the city finalists have a lot of their lineman back, according to head coach Shawn O'Connor. Running back Kareem Folkes will anchor the backfield and rising senior Jessel Jones will take over at quarterback. 

9. Fort Hamilton: The defending PSAL champions, who defeated Lincoln for the city title, will be relying on their young players to compete this season. Rising senior Marvin Centeno is back at quarterback and should be a steady presence, while rising junior wide receiver/cornerbackTravon Reid Segure will be a key player for the Tigers. 

10.Iona Prep: The Gaels, like many teams on this list, lose some talented players from last season, but should be able to recover form their losses. Rising senior cornerback Justin Combsis a top recruit in the area, but Iona Prep will have to find new starters at quarterback and running back.

 
 

Preseason Top 10 Tri-State poll

August, 19, 2011
AUG 19
12:20
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With the High School football season upon us, it's time to start looking at which teams will be the cream of the crop in the Tri-state area. With the help of ESPNHS' regional rankings, and ESPNU's player rankings, we present the preseason edition of the ESPNNewYork.com Tri-state top 10 poll.

1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.): Don Bosco is ranked No. 1 in the country, according to ESPNHS, and it's not hard to see why. It went undefeated and last season and returns a bevy of Division-I prospects, including cornerback Yuri Wright, defensive end Darius Hamilton and safety Ellijah Shumate

2. Holy Spirit (Absecon, N.J.): The Spartans too went undefeated last year at 12-0 and won the Non-Public 3 State title. The team will look from big seasons from linebacker Dan Mastromatteo, a three-star recruit whom recently decomitted from North Carolina, and running back Nigel Jones, a two-star recruit. 

3. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.): It's a tough life when you have to play Don Bosco in the regular season and then in the playoffs. That's life for Bergen Catholic, whose only losses last year came against Don Bosco. The big question for Bergen Catholic will be how it replaces players like Tanner McEvoy, who is headed to South Carolina, and Shutang Mungwa, who signed with Syracuse. 

4. St. Anthony's (Melville, N.Y.): The defending CHSFL champion loses a lot from last season, but like it does every year, will be reloaded to make another run this year. The team returns running backs Brian Sherlock and Dariyan Riley, who combined for over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. The Friars will have to replace quarterback Charlie Raffa

5. Piscataway (Piscataway, N.J.): Piscataway also went 12-0 last season and won 34-6 over Hunterdon Central in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 title game. Rising junior quarterbackNadir Barnwell will return to anchor the offense and rising senior defensive tackle Jonathan Kinslow is a two-star recruit. 

6. St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.): The big question for St. Peter's Prep this season will be whether it can replace running back Savon Huggins, who was the No. 4 running back nationally and stayed home to head to Rutgers. The Marauders were 9-2 last season, getting ousted in the playoffs by Don Bosco. 

7. Masuk (Monroe, Conn.): Masuk steamrolled all of its opponents on its way to a Class "L" title last season, capping its 13-0 year with a 50-20 demolition of New Canaan in the title game. The Panthers have the best recruit in the state in quarterback Casey Cochran, who has committed to Connecticut. 

8. Wayne Hills (Wayne Hills, N.J.): Wayne Hills won its group state championship with a 24-21 win over Old Tappan last season, which gave them an 11-1 record. Having rising junior quarterback Kevin Olsen back to run the offense should help the Patriots this season as they aim to repeat as champions. 

9. Xavier (Middletown, Conn.): While Xavier wasn't as dominant in Connecticut as Masuk, the Falcons still won the Class "LL" title to complete a 13-0 record. Gone is linebacker Graham Stewart, the top recruit from the state last season who is headed to Florida. Returning running back Mike Mastroianni will be a key part of the offense. 

10. Tottenville (Staten Island, N.Y.): The Pirates are the clear-cut favorites to win the PSAL title this season. The Pirates lost in the semifinals last season, but will tough to beat with rising junior sophomore quarterback Brandon Barnes and rising senior wide receiver Alvin Cornelius, a Syracuse recruit.

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