The Public Schools Athletic League's varsity football schedule for week four features a clash between undefeated borough rivals and a game between a pair of desperate teams. Here's a preview of the top match-ups and a look at the entire schedule for Saturday, September 29.
Bayside Commodores vs. James Madison Knights (12:00 p.m.)*Bowl Division up-and-comers Bayside (2-1) and James Madison (3-0) square off in a possible playoff preview. Last week, Bayside's George Wallace ran for 192 yards and four touchdowns against Franklin D. Roosevelt. Madison uses a more balanced attack, led by Corey Woods (250 yards rushing). Last year, Bayside hammered James Madison, 28-6, but the Knights went on to the win the Bowl title.
John F. Kennedy Knights vs. Canarsie Chiefs (12:00 p.m.)The Knights (1-2) defeated Brooklyn Tech in week two, 14-13, and lost their other two games by a combined eight points. After beating Lehman to open the season, the Chiefs (1-2) have dropped two straight games. Kennedy quarterback Anthony Cruz has been up and down with three TDs and five turnovers. Canarsie's Diequan Underwood (239 yards rushing) has to get going early on.
Brooklyn Tech Engineers vs. Fort Hamilton Tigers (12:00 p.m.)Brooklyn Tech (1-2) and Fort Hamilton (0-3) were trendy preseason picks, but the Engineers and Tigers have one win between them so far this season. Tech will turn to running back James Gales, who had 123 yards rushing and two TDs against JFK last week. Quarterback Adrian Maldonado (four TDs) is the key to victory for Fort Hamilton. The loser of this game will have a long road to the playoffs.
Tottenville Pirates vs. New Dorp Central Cougars (12:00 p.m.)Staten Island rivals Tottenville (3-0) and New Dorp (3-0) are two of six undefeated teams left in the Championship Division standings. Syracuse-bound running back Augustus Edwards has been tearing it up with 350 yards and six touchdowns so far this season. Meanwhile, New Dorp's stingy defense has yielded 18 points in three games. Last season, the Pirates defeated Cougars, 28-8.
The rest of the schedule for week four:Jamaica vs. South Shore (11:00 a.m.)
KIPP NYC Prep vs. Adlai Stevenson (11:00 a.m.)
Port Richmond vs. Grand Street Campus (11:00 a.m.)
Far Rockaway vs. Evander Childs (11:00 a.m.)
Stuyvesant vs. Franklin K. Lane (11:00 a.m.)
Dewitt Clinton vs. Campus Magnet (11:00 a.m.)
Mckee/Staten Island Tech vs. Springfield Gardens (11:00 a.m.)
Long Island City vs. August Martin (11:00 a.m.)
Benjamin Cardozo vs. William C. Bryant (12:00 p.m.)
Susan Wagner vs. Boys & Girls (12:00 p.m.)
Midwood vs. Erasmus Hall (12:00 p.m.)
Grady vs. Christopher Columbus (12:00 p.m.)
Flushing vs. Herbert H. Lehman (12:00 p.m.)
Sheepshead Bay vs. Thomas Jefferson (12:00 p.m.)
Abraham Lincoln vs. New Utrecht (12:00 p.m.)
Mott Haven vs. Lafayette (12:00 p.m.)
Harry S. Truman vs. John Adams (12:00 p.m.)
Beach Channel vs. Curtis (12:00 p.m.)
Petrides vs. East Harlem (1:00 p.m.)
Franklin D. Roosevelt vs. Tilden (1:00 p.m.)
George Washington vs. Automotive (2:00 p.m.)
Alfred E. Smith vs. Information Technology (2:00 p.m.)
* All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who has reported on New York City high school sports since 2000. He has covered high school basketball, baseball, football and soccer, and prep championship games at Madison Square Garden, Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium.