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Posted Monday, November 14, 2011 by jstaszewski

CHSFL rankings

Last Updated: 4:30 AM, November 14, 2011

Posted: 3:48 AM, November 14, 2011


The CHSFL playoffs are down to just two games and one final week.

Bishop Ford came from behind to beat St. Francis Prep in the closing seconds for the Class A title Saturday night and the final two champions will be crowned this weekend.

Stepinac catapults up to No. 2 off its thrilling 'AAA' semifinal win over Xaverian, which drops to the third spot. The Crusaders meet No. 1 St. Anthony’s in the final. Over in the ‘AA,' No. 8 Fordham Prep takes on No. 10 Kellenberg. The red-hot Firebirds will try to erase a memory of last season’s championship game loss and move themselves up these rankings next week.

Stepinac's Mark White helped lead his team to their first ever CHSFL Class AA title game.
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Stepinac's Mark White helped lead his team to their first ever CHSFL Class AA title game.

Here is how this week shakes out:

1. St. Anthony’s (9-0) (Last week: 1)

Again it was tight, but again the Friars came out victorious. Defensive lineman Pat McHugh recovered a fumble in the closing minutes and tipped a Justin Combs pass at the line to seal a 14-10 win to send St. Anthony’s to its 17th CHSFL ‘AAA’ title game in 18 years. Sophomore quarterback Greg Galligan is improving each week.

Next: No. 2 Archbishop Stepinac, CHSFL Class AAA final (Nov. 18, 7 p.m. @ Mitchell Field)

2. Archbishop Stepinac (8-2) (4)

It wasn’t pretty, but most of Stepinac's wins haven’t been this season. The Crusaders turned the ball over five times and missed two field goals. But the only turnover that mattered was Shane Hogan recovering a Xaverian fumble on the 2-yard line to secure a 27-21 win to reach a first-ever CHSFL ‘AAA” championship game. Defensive ends Austin Taps and Garfield Heslop helped control the Clippers running game.

Next: No. 1 St. Anthony’s, CHSFL Class AAA final (Nov. 18, 7 p.m. @ Mitchell Field)

3. Xaverian (7-3) (2)

The Clippers rallied and were a few inches away on a pass to Tushaun Plummer and 2 yards short on a run by Zach Kearney in overtime from reaching their first ‘AAA’ title game. Instead Kearney fumbled and one of the best seasons in program history ended in disappointment. The Brooklyn school rallied from 21-7 down to put itself in position to win.

Next: Season complete

4. Iona Prep (6-4) (3)

No team has played St. Anthony’s better than the Gaels, but twice they fell a big play short of pulling the upset. In the regular season it was a missed two-point conversion. In the semifinals Iona Prep saw two drives stall deep in Friars territory late in the fourth. Rap mogul Sean (Diddy) Combs was on the sideline to watch son Justin end his high school career.

Next: Season complete

5. Chaminade (5-4) (5)

A senior-heavy Flyers team should hold their heads high after a season that shows the program is on the upswing. Chaminade being a title contender again only adds to the drama of the CHSFL.Quarterback Joe Anile will obviously be thinking about adding another chapter to Flyers lore next season.

Next: Season complete

6. Mount St. Michael (4-4) (6)

Injuries and a loss to Holy Trinity setup the Mountaineer for a tough opening-round game against St. Anthony’s. Senior Najee Brown and Bruce Parker Jr. will be two of the players Mount fans talk about for years to come. The two stars get to add another chapter to their careers on Thanksgiving against Cardinal Hayes. The Mountaineers have won the last two meetings.

Next: Cardinal Hayes, Turkey Bowl (Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m.)

7. Farrell (4-5) (7)

After a season-ending loss, first-year coach Jim Bradley said he felt the structure to run the program the way he envisions it. If this year was any example, one of the CHSFL’s most hallowed teams is in good hands. Bradley helped the Lions return to the Class AAA playoffs they and gave Xaverian all it could handle for a half.

Next: Season complete

8. Fordham Prep (4-5) (8)

The Rams started the season strong and are trying to finish it that way. Logan Williamson scored three times and Jimmy Drago ran for 135 yards in a 28-8 win over St. Joseph by the Sea in the CHSFL Class AA semifinals Sunday. Coach Pete Gorynski called it his team’s best performance of the season. Stopping Kellenberg quarterback Matt McDaniels and trying to win a title is their next challenge

Next: No. 10 Kellenberg, CHSFL Class AA final (Nov. 19, TBA, @ Mitchel Field)

9. Holy Cross (4-5) (9)

The fine careers of quarterback Yianni Gavalas, Shyheim Wingate, Pierrot Senat and Timothy LaVelle come to end. The Knights never realized the promise they showed in the early season. Plenty of talented players returned next season and coach Tom Pugh will be hoping they learn from some of the tough losses late in the season.

Next: Season complete

10. Kellenberg (4-6) (10)

The Firebirds have been one of the CHSFL’s toughest teams this season and that starts at quarterback with Matt McDaniels. The senior is writing quite an end to his career and his team’s season. He had 331 all-purpose yards to lead Kellenberg back from a 20-0 halftime deficit to beat rival in the CHSFL Class AA semifinals. A second straight trip to the final awaits.

Next: No. 8 Fordham Prep, CHSFL Class AA final (Nov. 19, TBA, Mitchel Field)

On the bubble: Holy Trinity (3-7), St. Joseph by the Sea (2-7), Xavier (7-2), Bishop Ford (6-4) and St. Francis Prep (5-5)

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