- Last Updated: 3:35 AM, December 5, 2011
- Posted: 3:27 AM, December 5, 2011
NYPost.com PSAL football beat writer Marc Raimondi takes a closer look at the 2011 Erasmus Hall Dutchmen, who will meet Lincoln in the PSAL City Championship final Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx.
Head coach: Danny Landberg (10 years)
How they got here: Defeated No. 12 John F. Kennedy, 28-0, in the first round; No. 6 Boys & Girls, 26-10, in the quarterfinals; and No. 2 Tottenville, 20-17 in overtime, in the semifinals
Team notes: Erasmus Hall has never made a city title game at the highest classification. … One of the oldest schools and programs in the history of New York City. … Won ‘B’ championships in 1978, 1986 and 1987. … Just made the move up to the City Championship division in 2008. … Is the first football program to make the final after its school underwent a restructuring and became multiple schools in one building.
(from league coach under condition of anonymity)
“Speed, speed and more speed. Usually when you talk about speed, you talk about the skill positions. Erasmus has speed everywhere – even on their defensive line. It’s hard to turn the corner against them on runs. … They were the best team we saw this year on film and we felt the same after playing them. … Wayne Morgan is not really a quarterback. He doesn’t throw the ball very well. But boy does he make plays. He can find open receivers and he’s so incredibly explosive – he hits a hole and he’s gone, forget about catching him. On defense, he’s like a homing missile and he packs a punch. … The loss of [Shaquell] Jackson (knee) is a big one – he’s one of the best backs in the city. But they don’t lose much with [Kahlil Lewin]. He’s tough to bring down and strong as an ox for a little guy. … Their defense is underrated. But where Lincoln has the greatest advantage is size up front. I don’t think [Lincoln] has seen the kind of speed E-Hall has, though.”
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Notes: Wayne Morgan has been starting since his freshman year. … A Semper Fidelis All-American for his skills as a defensive back. … Has game-breaking speed and athleticism. … College list is Syracuse, UConn, Rutgers and others.
Landberg’s take: "Wayne’s a leader. He’s gotta do his job. He’s gotta be mentally strong in this game like every other game. He’s gotta manage the game. He’ll make his plays like he always does. He has to manage the other plays.”
Notes: All-city caliber running back Shaquell Jackson will miss the game with a knee injury. … Sophomore Kahlil Lewin was the star of the semifinals, rushing for 109 yards on 10 carries with the game-winning touchdown in overtime. … Tyquan Irons will also see time. … Curtis Samuel, another star sophomore, has been out since midseason with broken bones in his leg.Follow @NYPostsports