By John Torenli, Sports Editor
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Exactly one month and one day after their much-anticipated regular-season showdown was postponed due to the aftereffects of Superstorm Sandy, the Dutchmen of Brooklyn’s Erasmus Hall and the Pirates of Staten Island’s Tottenville High School will meet in the PSAL Bowl Division Championship Game at Yankee Stadium next Tuesday evening.
The top-ranked Dutchmen (11-0), who suffered a heartbreaking 20-12 loss to Lincoln in last year’s championship showdown in the Bronx, are once again a single win away from grabbing the school’s first gridiron crown since 1987.
The Pirates (10-1) knocked off the defending champion Railsplitters, 21-8, last Saturday at Tottenville High School Field behind the passing of senior quarterback Brandon Barnes, who completed 12-of-19 attempts for 147 yards and two touchdowns.
Coach Danny Landberg’s Dutchmen remained unbeaten since their loss to Lincoln last December by stomping Curtis, 27-6, at Sid Luckman Field.
Senior Jonathan Samerson scored three touchdowns and Curtis Samuel rumbled for 113 yards and a TD as Erasmus put itself in position to finish off what it fell just shy of a year ago.
“That’s our main goal,” noted Samerson.
In other local high school sports news, the girls’ varsity basketball team at Brooklyn Friends is off to a strong start after knocking off non-conference rival Winston Prep, 41-10, on Monday.
Senior Janna Joassainte scored 22 points for the Blue Pride Panthers, who will take on neighborhood rival St. Ann’s on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.
On the boys’ side, junior Nathan Josaphat had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six steals as BFS beat Winston Prep, 44-30, on Monday.
The Panthers will visit UNIS Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.