- Last Updated: 5:08 AM, November 21, 2011
- Posted: 4:48 AM, November 21, 2011
The Post’s high school staff looks ahead to the most intriguing matchups in football and girls volleyball for the week of Nov. 21 through Nov. 27.
Fordham Prep @ Xavier (Thursday, 10 a.m. @ Aviator)
There will certainly be some added pressure on Fordham Prep this season. The Rams head into their game with Xavier as the CHSFL Class AA champion and boast a 17-7 win last season. The Knights, the 'AA-A' division champs, lost just once this season to St. Joseph by the Sea in the 'AA' quarterfinals. They would like nothing more than to spoil Fordham's strong finish.
Cardinal Hayes @ Mount St. Michael (Thursday, 10:30 a.m.)
Mount St. Michael has dominated the game in recent years and has won the last three meetings, including a thrilling 37-30 win last season. The Mount would love to erase the sting of a loss to St. Anthony’s and end a sensational season with a win. Injuries could be a factor for Hayes, which would love to steal a win and Mount was nicked up at season’s end. Either way it will be a great atmosphere in The Bronx.
Erasmus Hall @ Tottenville (Saturday, 12 p.m.)
There might not be a happier team in the PSAL City Championship division semifinals than Tottenville. Erasmus Hall handed the Pirates their only loss in the regular season and the boys from Huguenot are bent on revenge. It won’t come easy in this rematch of the 2009 semis – E-Hall is playing its best football right now and is red hot.
DeWitt Clinton @ Lincoln (Saturday, 12 p.m.)
It’s a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal showdown, won comfortably by Lincoln, 32-6. Kareem Folkes ran for 122 yards and a touchdown in that game; he will obviously be the focal point for the seventh-seeded Clinton defense, which has excelled in recent weeks, allowing just 26 points in its last four games. The No. 1 Railsplitters will certainly look to run the ball after quarterback Jessel Jones threw two interceptions in last Saturday’s 30-28 win over Thomas Jefferson. Winners of five straight, the Governors will be thinking upset, and why not after sending defending champion Fort Hamilton home last Saturday?
Cup division final (Sunday, 10:30 a.m. @ Lincoln)
No. 1 McKee/Staten Island Tech booked its ticket to the final by blanking No. 4 Petrides, 24-0, on Sunday. The undefeated defending champion;s opponent has yet to be determined. The No. 2 South Shore/No. 3 Smith game was postponed because of the Friday murder of South Shore student Shaquille Jones. It has yet to be rescheduled.
Bowl division final (Sunday, 1:30 p.m. @ Lincoln)
James Madison didn’t win a single game last year up in the City Championship division and had just two victories in 2009. Making the Bowl finals was exactly what the Knights wanted from moving down and reordering the program. Meanwhile, August Martin was in this game just two years ago and lost by a point – the Falcons have serious unfinished business.
PSAL Class B final (Monday, 5:30 p.m. @ Hunter College HS)
Brooklyn bragging rights and a championship will be decided when division rivals Fort Hamilton and Goldstein get together for the fifth time this season. Fort Hamilton won the first meeting in Brooklyn B6 play, but Goldstein won the other league match and beat the Tigers twice in tournament finals. This is another tournament final, only a much bigger one.
PSAL Class A final (Monday, 7 p.m. @ Hunter College HS)
Francis Lewis and Cardozo are synonymous with PSAL girls volleyball in the last decade and those two teams will meet for the third time in five years to determine the city champion. Lewis won the previous two final matches and didn’t lose a league game for five years before this season. Cardozo beat its rival twice in the regular season and is trying to win a second straight title.Follow @NYPostsports