Leading off today:
The New York football postseason has reached the point where fans can start projecting playoff finalists in the NYSPHSAA, Long Island, CHSFL and Monsignor Martin Association.
I anticipate unveiling NYSPHSAA brackets in a day or two, but for now you can start digging into the tournament schedules courtesy of the New York State Sportswriters Association's Steve Grandin.
Here's the link to the Week 10 playoff action.
Week 9 football scoreboard: The full list of New York scores from the weekend is available on the site, as is the rundown on how the ranked teams fared.
Tottenville forfeits: Tottenville, ranked second in the state in Class AA, will forfeit its twice-postponed football game against Staten Island Curtis, coach and AD Jim Munson told The Advance on Sunday.
On Thursday, Tottenville moved its home game against Curtis from Friday to Sunday in the aftermath of Wednesday’s suicide of 15-year-old Felicia Garcia after an ugly string of events that New York City media reported apparently involved football players. Later, the game was rescheduled for Monday at Curtis, where fans would not be allowed to attend.
But with Hurricane Sandy closing in on the Northeast, New York City Mayor closed schools and canceled after-school activities.
“The game versus Curtis is canceled and will not be replayed. We will take a forfeit,” Munson told the paper. “That’s not so important right now, at this time of tragedy for our school and our school community.”
PSAL football commissioner Jerry Epstein declined comment Sunday, referring inquiries to the Department of Education. An email sent to DOE spokesperson Margie Feinberg had not been returned to the paper as of Sunday night.
Police continue to investigate whether Garcia had been the subject of taunts and bullying following an alleged sexual encounter with members of the football team at a postgame party Oct. 19.
Until the forfeit, Tottenville was in line to ascend to No. 1 in the new state rankings to be released Wednesday because ...
No. 1 R-H stumbles: Aquinas pulled off a 21-13 upset of top-ranked Rush-Henrietta as Billy Lombardi rushed for 171 yards and the Little Irish defense sacked Chauncey Scissum four times.
“Our defense played with passion and pride,’’ Lombardi told the Democrat and Chronicle. “Guys like Alec Clanton came to play.’’
Clanton was credited with 1½ sacks and Aquinas held the Royal Comets to their lowest point total since a 17-13 loss to Pittsford in Week 5 of the 2011 season. The Irish intercepted two passes and recovered two muffed punts.