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Bruising fullback Caleb Gilligan Evans returns to anchor Stepinac as it accepts the challenge of leaping a full division in CHSFL football this fall.
The CHSFL's Class AAA division has a new arrival in Stepinac, which cruised to the "AA" championship last season with a 12-0 record. Although QB Tyrell Goodman and Syracuse-bound DE Donnie Simmons graduated, Stepinac retained the services of bruising FB Caleb Gilligan Evans and TE Austin Taps, who's now a senior.
- Iona Prep, the Class AAA runner-up, may use Justin Combs, a junior cornerback whose speed and instincts are gaining interest from Illinois and UCLA, to start at quarterback.
- Mount St. Michael will rely on a strong defense led by senior CB Bruce Parker and two-way standouts Kenny Acquah, a linebacker, and Najae Brown, a safety who is also expected to start at QB.
- Cardinal Hayes coach C.J. O'Neill looks to contend in Class AA with what he describes as a hard-working group that includes first-year QB James Richardson and RB DeQuan June.
- Willie Cawley is taking over as coach at Cardinal Spellman.
- Clinton has gotten stronger and faster. The Governors, who lost to Lincoln in last year's PSAL quarterfinals, will have a transfer from Hayes, Ryan Camilo, at QB and junior RB Ashton McKenzie, who rushed for 627 yards as a sophomore.
- Second-year Lehman coach Michael Saunds says he will instill a "nasty" mentality to get the Lions back to the PSAL playoffs.
- JFK coach Andy Lancberg is counting on such veterans as senior OT/DT Francisco Mendez Jr., who is getting interest from Connecticut and Rutgers, and junior TB/CB Romario Dillion to get the Knights to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
- Truman, last year's PSAL Bowl champion, will need to adjust to more competitive surroundings. Senior lineman St. Clair Richards and WR/DB Erik Reynolds are among the Mustangs' few returning players.
- Former South Bronx football coach Jose Cosme and some of his players are now at the new Mott Haven Educational Campus program. South Bronx will not have a football program this year. Columbus and George Washington round out the Bowl division.
- Stevenson, a PSAL Cup division semifinalist last season, will compete against Alfred E. Smith, Evander Childs, Stuyvesant and KIPP NYC College Prep, a first-year varsity program.
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