Flatbush Avenue’s top seeded Erasmus Hall will play Staten Island’s Tottenville today at Yankee Stadium at 5 p.m. in the PSAL Championship, matching up “undoubtedly the two best teams in the city” according to MSG’s Dalen Cuff. The game will be shown on MSG Varsity at 9 p.m. The two squads were supposed to meet in a much-anticipated regular season match but the game was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.
Erasmus boasts an undefeated 11-0 record including a September 20-0 win over a Midwood Hornets team that ended up 1-7. The Dutchmen’s brightest star is Curtis Samuel (pictured above), a junior running back who has already received scholarship offers from heavyweight northeast football programs Rutgers, Syracuse and UConn, reports the Daily News. Samuel is the centerpiece in a high powered offense that is the envy of much of the city. The Dutchmen advanced to the championship game last season as well before losing 20-12 to Lincoln (who Tottenville just defeated 21-8). Erasmus hasn’t won a championship since 1987.
Tottenville’s team is sporting a stellar 10-1 record. The team has been knocked out in the semi-finals in each of the last two years before this season’s breakthrough. This year, they’ve advanced to the finals despite being surrounded by controversy after the suicide of 15-year-old student Felicia Garcia was linked to bullying by Tottenville football players. Four players remain suspended because of the incident, reports the Daily News.
MSG Varsity reviewed each team’s season and previewed the championship game here. Erasmus is the consensus favorite going in.
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