Jun 152019

By Matt Diano:

For departing St. Anthony’s signal caller, Greg Campisi, nothing could go wrong on Friday night…Winning a game of rock/paper/scissors over fellow All-Catholic/All-State representative, Matt Sluka (Kellenberg) in order to earn the right to orchestrate the first offensive series of the game for Team Long Island, the Harvard bound Friar would be the centerpiece behind an even greater victory, as LI emerged with the 44-20 victory against their counterparts from New York City in the 2019 Empire Challenge on the campus of Hofstra University.

Getting the best and brightest from Nassau and Suffolk counties off on the perfect footing, it would not take Campisi long to showcase that his scholastic swan song would be one that the NYCHSFL faithful will remember forever…Utilizing all of his appendages on LI’s opening drive, the Farmingdale resident would preserve possession by scrambling for 12 yards on 3rd-and-8, and then follow it up with another 15-yard dash to put Long Island on the 4-yard line…Two plays later, he would finish what he started, hitting Carey’s Nick Giacalone on a short slant for the touchdown to make the score 7-0 (Chaminade’s Anthony Pecorella with the successful PAT).

The aforementioned TD dart would be the first of two occasions in which #11 [Campisi] would hook up with #25 [Giacalone] for points…Providing bookend scores, the duo played pitch-and-catch on a four-yard strike midway through the fourth quarter to account for the final TD of the game for LI…Earlier in this drive, it would again be Campisi’s ability to make something out of nothing that paved the way to the promised land.  Twice facing 4th down deep in NYC territory, the future Crimson student-athlete would survey the field and find Jordan Clinton (William Floyd) both times (including on 4th-and-14) to keep the march alive.

Completing his evening with a stat line that read 9-for-15 with the aforementioned two touchdown passes, Campisi would complement his curricula vitae by adding 63 yards rushing…In recognition of his body of work, he was named the recipient of the Most Outstanding Player Award, making him the second NYCHSFL player in the past three years (Cardinal Hayes’s Christian Anderson in 2017) to have this esteemed honor bestowed upon him…Making the moment all the more special and cherished was the fact that he achieved all that he did while being coached one last time by his mentor/ living legend, Rich Reichert (Head Coach of Team LI), who put down his clipboard tonight after 41 amazing years of service to the St. Anthony’s program.

Outstanding in his own right would be the Metropolitan Catholic League’s other star field general, Sluka…Himself a worthy candidate of MVP consideration, the pride of Firebird Nation provided several glowing examples on Friday of why he never lost a single varsity game in which he suited up (22-0; back-to-back “AA” crowns).

Another unstoppable, All-Purpose, “Do anything and/or everything” presence under center, even when it was not the “Red Headed Assassin” punching the pigskin into the end zone directly, Sluka would still be very much at the heart of each triumphant pilgrimage up and down the gridiron…

Breaking free on a 27-yard run on the second series of the game (Long Island recorded points on five straight drives), Sluka moved the ball inside the New York City 39 and laid the tracks for Kevon Hall (Roosevelt) eventual 14-yard TD run to make the score 14-0 (another Pecorella PAT make).

Late in the 1st half (1:49 remaining), Sluka’s speed and strength again proved essential as he would gain five yards on a 3rd-and-6 to create a very manageable 4th-and-short (which Hall easily converted on the subsequent carry)…The reward for his effort came shortly thereafter when with 58 ticks still on the clock, #11 would hurl a “ball of beauty” into the arms of Oceanside’s Jake Lazzaro for the 20-yard touchdown to make the score 27-6

Answering a HUGE stop by his defense with  Holy Trinity standout and Uniondale native John Stroughn contributing all night at Defensive End, (held on 4th& goal) at the onset of the third quarter, the 6’3, 205-pounder out of Roslyn immediately picked up where he left off, connecting with Lawrence’s Jordan Alexander on 3rd-and-6 to move the chains and then teaming up with yet another Catholic school standout, Kyle Angus (St. Anthony’s) on a 37-yard catch-and-run to advance the ball to the opposing 12-yard line…Identical to his performance in the 1st half, [Kevon] Hall did the rest, taking the hand-off the distance to further pad the LI lead.

All in all, Sluka accumulated 95 yards in the air, going 6-for-12.  And while his total quantity of ground damage was not known at the time of publication, you best be sure it was plentiful!

Not to be overshadowed was the kicking prowess of Pecorella, who in addition to his previously cited consistency on extra point attempts, also tacked on a 35-yard field goal to close out the first 30 minutes of action.

LI’s output of 44 tied the all-time event record set by another group of Section VIII/Section XI/NS Catholic’s finest in 2005.

Perhaps the ultimate indicator that the festivities truly belonged to the NYCHSFL was that even on the losing sideline, it was wide receivers extraordinaire, Camari Glasgow (Iona Prep) and Shawn Harris Jr. (Stepinac) having a hand in all three of New York City’s scores.

Trailing 20-0 with 2:13 remaining in the second quarter, it would be the soon-to-be Merrimack College stud [Glasgow] on the back end of a TD pass to break the ice and put the City on the board…The touchdown haul was the first of a pair for the now graduated Gael, as he later made a spectacular 14-yard, sliding grab (as described by Newsday) half a minute into the 4th quarter to cut the deficit to 37-12.

Approximately 10 minutes later, it was Harris Jr.’s turn to shine, as he rounded out the combined tally of 64 points with a 20-yard reception.

To these gentlemen referenced above, as well as all of our favorite sons who graced us with an encore on June 14th, we thank them for the plethora of memories and wish them nothing but continued blessings as they embark on the next chapter of their careers!

Most of all, the players and fans who attended walk away supporting a great cause with the proceeds of the game going to the Boomer Esiason Foundation which fights to combat Cystic Fibrosis.

In case you missed it the Game will air on TV on CBS Sports Network on Saturday June 29th at 3:00 PM

Dec 042018

CHSFL 2018 Awards

~ Players of the Year Awards ~

Monsignor Matthew Peters Award – Student Athlete Award

David Amelemah – St John the Baptist


Golden Eleven Awards

Brandt Mandia – Monsignor Farrell

Tom Bossert – St Peter’s

Matthew Mongelli – Kellenberg

Brendan Kennedy – Fordham Prep

Brendan Lebitsch – Kennedy Catholic

Antonio Corrado – Mount Saint Michael

Matt Panker – Iona Prep

Philip Arnold – Chaminade

Joseph Garbowski – Archbishop Stepinac

Stephen Ryan – Xavier

Brandon Ramrattan – Xaverian


Special Teams Player of the Year

A Special Teams Player of the YearBrendan Lebitsch (Kennedy Catholic)


AA Special Teams Player of the YearNick Guglielmo (St. Peter’s)


AAA Special Teams Player of the YearAnthony Pecorella (Chaminade)


Defensive Player of the Year

A Defensive Player of the YearCole Esposito (Kennedy Catholic)

AA Defensive Player of the YearValery Gwardyak (Xavier)

Vincent O’Connor Memorial Award – AAA Defensive Player of the YearMakhai Murphy (St. Anthony’s)


Offensive Player of the Year

A Offensive Player of the YearMyles Proctor (Kennedy Catholic)

AA Offensive Player of the YearMatt Sluka (Kellenberg)

Joe Riverso Memorial Award – AAA C0 – Offensive Player of the YearDerek Robertson (Iona Prep)

Joe Riverso Memorial Award – AAA C0 – Offensive Player of the YearGreg Campisi (St. Anthony’s)


Lineman of the Year

A Lineman of the YearBrenton Winter (Nazareth)

AA Lineman of the YearTedi Kushi (Moore Catholic)

Joe Thomas Memorial Award – AAA Lineman of the YearAnthony Bonavita (Iona Prep)


Metropolitan Football Association Award

In Memory of John Bromm

Joshua Rivera – Holy Cross

Joseph Rodda – Iona Prep

Michael Angelone – St. Joseph by the Sea

Joseph Leone – Xaverian

Irving Ithier – Cardinal Hayes


The Ken Weinman Award

Donated by the Intercounty Association of Football Officials

Brandon Cerciello – St. John the Baptist

Thomas Rogan – Chaminade

John Rainis – Kellenberg


Lieutenant Ronald Winchester Award – Unsung Hero Award

Donated by the L.I.A.F.O. Foundation of New YorkPeter Hagan – St. Anthony’s


-Team Awards-

~ Bob Stenger Memorial JVB Sportsmanship Awards ~City – Cardinal Spellman

Long Island – St. John the Baptist


~ Junior Varsity Awards ~

AA Division ChampionsKellenberg

AA ChampionsSt. Francis Prep

AAA Division Champions & John Marchassalla Award

Iona Prep

 Presented to the League Champions

Head Coach Award

Jerry Thompson 

Assistant Coaches Awards

Presented by the Head Coach

Darrin Gilenwater

Jordan Reid

Keith Cordero

Eli Moise


~ Varsity Awards ~

Division Awards

Joe Sullivan Award – A Division ChampionKennedy Catholic

Howie Smith Award – AA Division Champion

East DivisionKellenberg Memorial

West Division Xaverian

Bro. Neri Fulton, O.S.F. Award – AAA Division Champion

St. Anthony’s


Championship Awards

Tom Murray Award – A ChampionCardinal Spellman


Joe Lamas Memorial Award – AA ChampionKellenberg

Michael Cunnion Memorial Trophy

Presented to the League Champions Archbishop Stepinac 

Joseph Tricario Memorial Trophy Presented to the Winning Coach Michael O’Donnell


Assistant Coaches Awards

Presented by the Head Coach

Joe Venice

Jonathan Demarco

Ken Barger

Adam Gullo

Joe Collins

Greg Sanzari

Gene Johnson

Lowell Robinson

Jamel Richardson

Kevin Magee

NYSCHSAA State Championship Plaque

Archbishop Stepinac

Dec 042018


December 2, 2018

NYCHSFL Senior Bowl

Scoring Summary & Stats


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
New York City 7 14 7 6 34
Long Island 0 0 7 7 14


1st 06:25 NYC Seth Surrett 2yd run (Nick Guglielmo kick) 7-0
2nd 03:34 NYC Angel Tamarez 22yd reception from Michael Regan (Brendan Lebitsch kick) 14-0
2nd 00:50 NYC Tafari Mason 20yd reception from Derek Bufano (Nick Guglielmo kick) 21-0
3rd 06:06 Island Jahlil Watson 18yd Rumble Recovery/Return (Anthony Peccorella kick) 21-07
3rd 01:47 NYC Jack Goodkin 29yd reception from Michael Regan (Gearoid Kennedy kick) 28-07
4th 09:52 Island Brandon Janosko 4yd run (Anthony Peccorella kick) 28-14
4th 01:47 NYC Jeremye Brown 49yd reception from Derek Bufano (kick blocked) 34-14


Team Totals New York City Long Island
Rushing 6 3
Passing 8 4
Penalty 0 3
Rushing Attempts 27 29
Average Per Rush 4.5 3.9
Rushing Touchdowns 1 1
Yards Gained Rushing 121 132
Yards Lost Rushing 0 -18
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-22-3 8-15-0
Average Per Attempt 15.4 8.7
Average Per Completion 20.0 16.4
Passing Touchdowns 4 0
Total offense plays 49 44
Average Gain Per Play 9.4 5.6


New York City


Name # Gain Loss Net TD Long Average
Conrad Perry (Mount St. Michael) 4 28 0 28 0 21 7.0
Vin Wagner (Monsignor Farrell) 6 28 0 28 0 13 4.7
Jeremye Brown (Cardinal Hayes) 6 21 0 21 0 6 3.5
Michael Regan (Monsignor Farrell) 3 20 0 20 0 8 6.7
Seth Surrett (Kennedy Catholic) 5 12 0 12 1 5 2.4
Jack Goodkin (Fordham Prep) 2 8 0 8 0 5 4.0
Derek Bufano (Fordham Prep) 1 4 0 4 0 4 4.0
TOTALS 27 121 0 121 1 4.5


Name Att Cmp Int Yds TD Long
Michael Regan (Monsignor Farrell) 7 7 0 141 2 32
Derek Bufano (Fordham Prep) 7 6 0 130 2 49
Sonny Badyna (St. Peter’s) 5 3 0 10 0 8
Vin Scarola (Moore Catholic) 3 1 2 58 0 58
TOTALS 22 17 2 339 4


Name # Yds TD Long
Angel Tamarez (Cardinal Hayes) 3 99 1 58
Jeremye Brown (Cardinal Hayes) 1 49 1 49
Jack Goodkin (Fordham Prep) 2 37 1 29
Michael Escobar (Cardinal Hayes) 1 32 0 32
Seth Surrett (Kennedy Catholic) 2 28 0 31
Matt Panker (Iona Prep) 2 25 0 21
Tafari Mason (Cardinal Hayes) 1 20 1 20
Ryan Soules (Iona Prep) 1 16 0 16
Vin Wagner (Monsignor Farrell) 1 15 0 15
Eric Torres (St. Peter’s) 2 13 0 8
Lance Powell (Cardinal Spellman) 1 5 0 5
TOTALS 17 339 4


Long Island


Name # Gain Loss Net TD Long Average
Nazareth McFarlan (St. Francis) 4 46 0 46 0 18 11.5
Greg Campisi (St. Anthony’s) 5 25 (1) 24 0 15 4.8
Brandon Janosko (Chaminade) 6 16 (1) 15 1 5 2.5
Andre McGann (Christ the King) 2 15 0 15 0 13 7.5
Michael Henglein (Holy Cross) 2 9 0 9 0 7 4.5
Matt Sluka (Kellenberg) 3 10 (2) 8 0 9 2.7
Jalen Rivers (Holy Trinity) 2 3 (2) 1 0 3 0.5
Ryan Razzano (Holy Trinity) 4 8 (10) -2 0 5 0.0
Bobby Spano (St. John the Baptist) 1 0 (2) -2 0 0.0
TOTALS 29 132 (18) 114 1 3.9


Name Att       Cmp     Int Yds TD Long
Greg Campisi (St. Anthony’s) 7 4 0 59 0 33
Michael Henglein (Holy Cross) 4 2 0 38 0 24
Ryan Razzano (Holy Trinity) 4 2 0 34 0 32
TOTALS 15 8 0 131 0


Name # Yds TD Long
Matthew Mongelli (Kellenberg) 2 34 0 32
Tyrick Dodd (Holy Cross) 1 33 0 33
Seth Orengo (Holy Cross) 1 24 0 24
Connor McCormick (Chaminade) 1 22 0 22
Frankie Roder (Kellenberg) 3 18 0 14
TOTALS 8 131 0
Dec 022018

By Matt Diano:

As we closed the book on another action-packed season of NYCHSFL football and commenced with the process of bidding farewell to our treasured class of 2019 members, we did so in the manner in which the Lord has taught us, by sitting down as one league, one community, and one family to partake in one of our grandest rituals, the Annual Communion Awards Breakfast.

Father Albert of Kellenberg celebrates Mass

Hosted once again on the campus of Kellenberg Memorial High School, prior to breaking bread and paying homage to our best and brightest performers from the 2018 season, celebrant, Father Albert Bertoni SM would impart upon his congregation the lessons of Luke 21: 25-28, 34-36, reminding the captive audience that Jesus will reveal himself in a variety of forms.  Therefore, we must always be attentive to the signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars for the return of our savior in the clouds.

Perhaps not quite the literal definition of this gospel passage, but in reflecting on all of the “power and glory” that our esteemed honorees brought with them to the field every day for the past three months, it was not difficult to spot the presence of God in these present-day stars!!!

David Amelemah of St. John the Baptist

Claiming the morning’s most prestigious and cherished distinction, the Monsignor Matthew Peters Award, in recognition of being named the top scholar-athlete in the NYCHSFL this season was St. John the Baptist senior running back/defensive back, David Amelemah…A two-year starter and three-year member of Head Coach, Ralph Carusillo’s varsity squad, the resident of Amityville finished third on the team in rushing yards (157 yards on 30 attempts), while also ranking in the top-10 among SJB tacklers with a defensive stat line that included 21 stops and one interception…However, while his contributions on the gridiron were nonetheless outstanding, what would set Amelemah apart from his peers this season would be the breadth of resume he possesses in all areas of his scholastic journey…On pace to be the salutatorian (second highest grade point average) of the class of 2019 at the West Islip based high school, the 17-year-old, three-sport athlete (also runs track during the winter and spring seasons) holds an average of 104 while enrolled in a curriculum that includes several advanced placement and honors courses.  He scored a remarkable 1530 on the scholastic aptitude test (SAT), darn-near achieving a perfect score in the mathematics section with a 790…Having already been an invited participant to the Cornell University CATALYST Academy, as well as having secured a six-year internship with National Grid, this future engineer is equally as selfless as he is brilliant.  A retreat leader, a mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, active in Habitat for Humanity, while also serving as a volunteer at both Good Samaritan Hospital and the Long Island Cares Corporation, Amelemah is the epitome of all the values in which we hold sacred within our league, thus making him a perfect selection.

Hailed for their abilities to consistently dazzle the crowd with spectacular exploits with the pigskin in hand were a quartet of senior showstoppers—Derek Robertson (Iona Prep), Greg Campisi (St. Anthony’s), Matthew Sluka (Kellenberg Memorial), and Myles Proctor (Kennedy Catholic)—who are this year’s recipients of the Offensive Player(s) of the Year in their respective divisions.

So special and paramount to the successes enjoyed by their schools, when it came time to pick this year’s Joseph Riverso Memorial Award winner (AAA Offensive Player of the Year), it became apparent that the only way to truly achieve justice and fairness was to establish a precedent and recognize TWO heralded signal callers in the persons of Robertson and Campisi.

Throwing for a Westchester County record of 2,774 yards as a junior in 2017, the two-year starter under center for the Gaels [Robertson] may not have succeeded in breaking his own milestone this season, but was quite extraordinary in every other possible way…Topping all triple-A field generals and finishing 5th overall in the Empire State in both categories in his swan song, the 6’2, 185-pounder out of Yonkers would complete 201 of his 312 attempts (64.4%) for 2,556 yards and 31 touchdowns in leading Iona Prep to a 7-2 mark this season…Combing to hurl for 5,330 yards and 58 touchdowns during his tenure in New Rochelle, Robertson led the Gaels to the AAA semifinals in each of his two years as the starting quarterback…He becomes the third Gael this decade to receive the Riverso, joining the likes of Mario Biaggi (2012) and Robert Madison (2014).

Bound for Harvard University next fall, there may never again be a dual-threat quarterback the caliber of Campisi in South Huntington.  Absolutely unstoppable at times during his 2.5-year reign running the Friar offense, the 6’1, 175-pounder contributed two NYCHSFL regular season titles and a 2017 runner-up finish to the rich STA football history, as he compiled an incredible 19-3 record against New York Catholic foes (21-4 overall)…Named Honorable Mention All-State as an 11th grader last year following a season where he accumulated 2,432 yards and 20 touchdowns of total production, Campisi would surpass all of his previous personal bests in his final season donning the Black & Gold…Named to the Newsday All-Long Island 1st team earlier this week, #11 would have a senior campaign for the ages, completing 60.3 percent of his throw attempts (138-for-229) for 2,109 yards (3rd in AAA) and 25 touchdowns (3rd in AAA), while simultaneously rushing for 942 additional yards and scoring 12 more times to account for a mind-blowing 37 TDs in 2018…Closing out this chapter of his football career having thrown for 4,879 yards and 47 touchdowns, and run for 1,641 yards and 24 scores, Campisi may have never won the AAA league title, but he certainly won the hearts of all NYCHSFL aficionados and enthusiasts…Campisi is the first Friar since fellow signal caller, James Brady (2007), to win this award.

Never tasting defeat (22-0) in his two-year varsity stint as the field general for the KMHS Firebirds, 2018 must have felt like déjà vu for the Roslyn resident [Sluka], as he complements the back-to-back Double-A team titles he won with the Blue & Gold juggernaut by adding a second All-Long Island 1st team designation this past Wednesday and now a second consecutive NYCHSFL Player of the Year plaque to his mantel…The centerpiece and/or focal point for an offensive cohort that averaged over 40 points per game in both of his seasons taking the snaps, the 6’3, 205-pound red-headed stud leaves behind a legacy in Uniondale that will forever survive the test of time…Inheriting a program that went 1-8 in 2016, Sluka’s influence would bear witness to Kellenberg rising to the #3 ranking in NYS in the latest polls…A 2nd-Team All-State selection in 2017, it goes without saying that when the NYSSWA releases the 2018 edition, he will again be featured prominently…A year removed from a 2,603-yard (1,619 on the ground; 984 in the air), 36-touchdown (24 rushing, 10 passing) all-purpose season as a junior, Sluka would be even better this season, as his commitment to the development of his passing skills would yield a 69.2 percent completion rate (74-for-107), as he tossed for 1,203 yards and 14 touchdowns…The emergence of All-League running back, Jordan Delucia (led AA with 1,380 yards) meant that Sluka would not need to be as busy with his legs.  But still, despite calling his own number on fewer occasions, the Marianist gem would be the NYCHSFL TD king on the ground, finding pay dirt on 22 separate occasions as a part of an 1,131-yard effort…Posting 11 touchdowns (seven rushing, four throwing) in two title game appearances (2x Offensive MVP) in 2017 and 2018, perhaps what fans will miss most about Sluka next season is his propensity to play his best when the stakes were their highest…The first NYCHSFL player since Matt Hahn (St. Anthony’s; 2002/2003) to repeat as an Offensive Player of the Year winner, Sluka is the third Firebirds this decade to earn the award, joining Matthew McDaniels (won the AAA award in 2011) and Bobby Musso (A/AA recipient in 2014).

A true breakout star during the 2018 season, Proctor, alongside teammate, Seth Surrett, would traumatize opposing defenses this year, finishing as the top-2 runners in the A-division and combining to gain close to 2,000 yards and score 19 touchdowns…Just barely edging out his “partner in crime” in the rushing yards race, Proctor finished second to Surrett in touchdowns scored, with the former crossing the goal line nine times, while the latter accomplished the feat on 11 different occasions…Together, this dynamic duo would make history in Somers, delivering the first “A” division regular season title to Head Coach, Dom Tassone, and taking the Gaels to championship weekend for the first time in school history…Surpassing the 100-yards running plateau in six of the eight games he played this season (ran for 96 yards in another contest), the 6’2, 190-pounder out of Yorktown Heights was a human highlight reel as a senior, averaging over eight yards per carry…Proctor was twice selected as a POTW in 2018, including an afternoon of career-bests during a week #3 victory over St. Dominic’s where he ran for 215 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries…By virtue of their senior tailback’s selection, Kennedy Catholic has now claimed this award in the two of the past three seasons, as quarterback, David Keogh, earned the prize in his senior season in 2016.

Turning our attention to the other side of the ball, whether it be Lombardi, Ditka, Saban, or any other legendary coach in any sport in this country, the sentiments regarding defense remains the same…Whereas the offense tends to be the face of many winning teams, it is the 11 men on the other side of the line of scrimmage that operate as the heart, soul, and backbone of any perennially successful organization…Three young men who always put their schools in a position to obtain victory, Makhai Murphy (St. Anthony’s), Valery Gwardyak (Xavier), and Cole Esposito (Kennedy Catholic) are precisely the type of individuals that military historian, John Keegan was writing about when he spoke of an “inability to compromise, an unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, an absolute loyalty to others, and a refusal to let the task at hand go until it is has been sufficiently done.”….Two of our three selections [Gwardyak and Esposito] would be dominant linebackers on divisional runner-up programs, while the third [Murphy] was the shutdown defensive back for not one, but a pair of AAA regular season crowns.

Murphy, who finished 2nd in the triple-A division (top-20 in NYS) with four interceptions for the second straight season, was such a feared commodity at the cornerback position that more times than not, he would successfully negate the top receiver on the opposing team, thus creating many a long afternoon or night for adversarial quarterbacks…Tasked with the unenviable challenge of being a D-back in a league that boasted four of the top-20 passing quarterbacks in the entire Empire State, when you look at the numbers that those signal callers mustered versus the Friars as opposed to other secondaries, you begin to garner a deep appreciation for how unique a talent the 5’10, 175-pounder truly is…When St. Anthony’s played eventual league and State champs, Archbishop Stepinac, the Friar defensive backfield held Crusader signal caller, Joey Carino to a 52.4 completion percentage, which was seven points below his season average…In two showdowns this season against returning 3rd Team All-State field general, Sofian Massoud (Cardinal Hayes), from an individual perspective, Murphy notched one INT apiece and the secondary as a whole forced the Cardinal junior into his only two interception game of the regular season and limited him to a modest 106-yard tossing in the AAA semifinals…Competing against another 2018 All-Catholic performer, Farrell QB, Mike Regan, Murphy would post another interception and the last line of defense collectively limited the Lions to 11-for-29 for only 108 yards…The first STA student-athlete since Scott Vallone (2007) to be named the Vincent O’Connor Memorial Defensive Player of the Year, Murphy snaps Stepinac’s four-year streak (Gavin Heslop, Dan Negron, Gene Brown, and Trill Williams).

League President Chris Hardardt

As it pertains to vaunted defensive tradition built by Xavier Knights’ head coach, Chris Stevens, the saying goes, show me a bunch of goose-eggs and I’ll show you a star linebacker at the eye of the storm…Following in the footsteps of Frank Masella (2015), Gwardyak would put an exclamation mark on his incredible scholastic career by captaining the NYC based school back to championship weekend for the first time since winning in 2015…And while the Knights may have fallen short of hoisting the hardware on November 17th, the loss in no way detracts from what was one heck of an individual and unified effort by the Maroon & Blue “D”…Pitching four shutouts during the course of the year, including two straight in the quarter and semifinal round of the double-A playoffs, Xavier may have bent a bit at times, but they hardly every broke during the homestretch…A person who flies to the ball with a natural fluidity and tenacity, Gwardyak would top all Knight tacklers for the second year in a row, reaching the 70+ stop milestone for the second time in as many attempts…Finding himself in the opposing backfield on more than a few occasions, the Staten Island resident would post double-digit tackles for losses this season…In addition, after not being credited with a single sack in his junior year, #44 would rank second on the team in the category with 2.5 QB bags.  He would add the first interception of his career to further enhance his solid resume.

Like Gwardyak, Esposito too would prove himself to be a revolutionary player, as it would be his stellar play from the LB position that enabled the Gaels to reach the “A” title game for the first time in program history…The second [Sluka above] and final repeat award winner of the morning, the 6’1, 205-pound Cortland Manor native was to the Gael defense what his teammate, Proctor, was to the offense; a God-given play-maker that elevated those around him…A three-year linchpin and/or anchor in the middle of the Kennedy Catholic front-7, Esposito would earn DPOY status in 2017 following a junior campaign that saw him finish second overall in “A” with 95 tackles (12 TFL), while adding three sacks and two caused fumbles…Demonstrating that he had no intention of resting on laurels, his numbers would explode through the roof in his senior year, as he wrapped up his last season as a Gael by being ranked in the top-20 in NYS with 120+ tackles (3rd in the “A” Division), tying for the Empire State lead with 49 stops for negative yardage (tops in the NYCHSFL), and tacking on seven sacks (tied for best in “A“)…Making 10 or more tackles in seven of his team’s 10 appearances in 2018, Esposito would put forth his finest display in the 2018 semifinal round when he accumulated 17 total tackles, while setting new personal records for TFL (11) and sacks (3….Praised a year ago for being a huge reason why Kennedy Catholic was able to shave 10 points off of their per game allowed average between the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Esposito would do it again in 2018, as KC would surrender only 12.2 points per contest this season (8.1 against “A” division foes).

Rounding out our list of distinguished student-athletes that were recognized on Sunday morning were the young gentlemen who have the often thankless and undervalued job of banging heads in the trenches…The proverbial “straws the stir the drink”, if you watch game film at any level of the sport, you will clearly see that nothing worthwhile occurs without a lineman of some kind providing a much-needed spark…A constant clash for territory, there is no purer art in the realm of athletics than the “dance” that these 200-300 pound warriors perform week in and week off…The muscle within a game that is becoming more and more finessed, there is no “half speed” or “plays off” when trying to be the ultimate difference maker in a battle for inches…Leading the charge for this year’s talented OL/DL class were Anthony Bonavita (Iona Prep), Tedi Kushi (Moore Catholic), and Brenton Winter Jr. (Nazareth).

Bonavita, one of the most potent and polished offensive linemen in New York State, put himself in a club all his own today, as he became the first IP player to earn the Joe Thomas Award…Standing 6’3 and tipping the scales at an even 300 pounds, the Irvington resident certainly passes the eye test of what a dominant lineman ought to resemble…However, in bestowing upon him this honor, the selection committee looked more at the measurement of his skillset than at his physical stature…Simply put, this is a beast that knows how to push people around…In fact, so good was Bonavita this season, that it could be argued that without him serving as primary protector, Robertson’s candidacy as OPOY would have greatly compromised…Part road grader, part body guard, no matter what was asked of him this season, Bonavita would go above and beyond the call of duty in all endeavors…Paving the way for a Gael running attack that accumulated 1,500 yards (167 per game) and scored 19 touchdowns, as well as kept Robertson and his 2,556 yards + 31 touchdowns in the air upright, the Iona Prep senior OL provided the grit and foundation for an offense that ranked 1st in AAA in points per game (40.8) and averaged 452 yards of total output.

Kushi, who at 6’6 and 330 pounds might be one of, if not the only Catholic League football player capable of making Bonavita look small by comparison, would be our favorite kind of linemen, a two-way, 48-minutes a day, unapologetic animal for the Mavericks….Named to the All-Catholic team for the third time in his scholastic career, the mainstay at left tackle for Moore Catholic would be an invaluable asset as both a lead blocker and a blindside watchdog…Running through the tunnels built by their massive senior OT, the Mavs’ assortment of rushing options (led by sensational junior, Justin Lacks; 1,161 yards, 19 touchdowns) would accumulate 2,000 yards (222.1/game) of ground production, scoring 27 touchdowns…Aerially, senior quarterback, Vincenzo Scarola, would make the most of the clean pocket, as he hurled for career highs in yardage (971) and TDs thrown (11)…All in all, the MC offense averaged 348 all-purpose yards while scoring 34.2 per outing.  This represented a 7.5-point and 88-yard improvement in one year’s time…Already established on the offensive side of the gridiron, Kushi’s greatest area of improvement came on “D” where he went from making just 13 stops as a junior to being one of the most menacing and disruptive DTs in the league, as evidenced by his 48 tackle, .5 sack, two fumble recovery showing as a 12th grader…And just as the points scored average would increase, the points surrendered stat would fall from 26.7 (2017) to a 17.8 (2018).

Just the second ever Kingsmen to amass individual honors (the other being 2015 Defensive Player of the Year, Tariq Gordon), Winter Jr. would set the tone for a program that performed considerably better than their 1-8 tally might suggest…Gelling by the end of the 2018 season, Nazareth Regional would lose both games, but succeeded in pushing “A” champions, Cardinal Spellman and divisional runners-up, Kennedy Catholic, to the brink, losing by respectable scores of 9-8 and 21-12…A diamond on a roster of promising but still developing coal, Winter Jr. would leave no doubt as to his prowess as a pass rushing specialist, leading the “A” division with five recorded QB hurries and finishing tied with Esposito for the top honors with seven sacks…In addition, he would raise his stop total from 19 in 2017 to 32 in his last hurrah donning the Maroon & Gold jersey.

One final gentleman most certainly worthy of commendation and acknowledgement is St. Anthony’s senior defensive back, Peter Hagan.  One of those rare exceptional human beings whose contribution to his team and his school transcended what appears within a box score, repeatedly throughout the 2018 season, the 5’11, 175-pounder  conducted himself as the consummate “team-first” ally, putting the best interests of the Friars ahead of any personal acclaim or fame…It was due to this ideal demeanor that there was no more fitting a candidate to be the recipient of this year’s Lieutenant Ronald Winchester Award, presented to the person deemed to be the unsung hero of the roster…Handed out in tribute to the former Chaminade High School/United States Naval Academy offensive lineman who sacrificed his life on September 3rd while fighting for his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Winchester was described by former teammates as the “guy who was behind the scenes making the block that no one saw; the guy who would play with broken ribs; the guy who stood out because of his work ethic.”…Like Winchester, Hagan has made his patriotic vow, accepting admission into West Point (United States’ Military Academy) as a part of the class of 2023.

Congratulations to our decorated student-athletes…And to all of our departing seniors, we whole-heartedly thank you for the wealth of memories you leave behind…Win or lose, you always did yourselves, your families, your school, and our league mighty proud!  May your future journeys, both on and off of the field football field be met with continued blessings and wisdom from above.

Nov 272018
Last First Class Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
Grant Malik 12 RB 5’10 190 Bronx Archbishop Stepinac
Harris Sean 12 WR 5’11 175 Mount Vernon Archbishop Stepinac
Mucciolo Jonathan 12 OL 6’5 295 Mahopac Archbishop Stepinac
Wise Chris 12 RB 5’8 175 Harlem Archbishop Stepinac
Escobar Michael 12 WR 6 170 Bronx Cardinal Hayes
Tamarez Angel 12 WR 6’2 185 Bronx Cardinal Hayes
Brown Jeremeye 12 RB 5’11 170 Bronx Cardinal Hayes
Powell Lance 12 WR 5’11 180 Bronx Cardinal Spellman
McCormick Connor 12 WR 6’3 205 Islip Chaminade
Janosko Brandon 12 RB 6’0 210 Westbury Chaminade
Martin Richard 12 OL 6’3 255 Floral Park Chaminade
Pecorella Anthony 12 K/P 6’3 190 Malverne Chaminade
Bodden Noah 10 QB 6’4 210 Long Island Christ the King
Elgammal Adam 12 OL 6’7 260 Long Island Christ the King
Fuller Darryl 12 OL 6’4 270 Queens Christ the King
Murphy Tirek 11 RB 6’1 210 Queens Christ the King
Silvera Rudy 12 WR 6’2 220 Brooklyn Christ the King
Bufano Derek 12 QB 6’1 165 Cortland Manor Fordham Prep
Goodkin Jack 12 WR 6’0 205 Briarcliff Fordham Prep
Kennedy Brendan 12 OL 6’2 235 Rye Fordham Prep
McCarthy Matt 12 WR 6’2 155 Harrison Fordham Prep
Villarba Andre 12 OL 5’8 235 Yonkers Fordham Prep
Wallace Zachary 11 RB 6’0 175 New Rochelle Fordham Prep
Henglein Michael 12 QB 5’10 185 Broad Channel Holy Cross
Beaubrun John 11 WR 5’11 185 West Hempstead Holy Cross
Razzano Ryan 12 QB 5’10 190 Manorville Holy Trinity
Robertson Derek 12 QB 6’2 185 Yonkers Iona Prep
Bonavita Anthony 12 OL 6’3 300 Irvington Iona Prep
Fleming Sean 12 WR 6’4 230 Dobbs Ferry Iona Prep
Glasgow Camari 12 WR 6’0 190 Bronx Iona Prep
McFadden Franklin 10 RB 5’8 190 Yonkers Iona Prep
Panker Matt 12 WR 5’9 165 Hawthorne Iona Prep
Sluka Matt 12 QB 6’3 205 Roslyn Kellenberg
DeLucia Jordan 11 RB 510 175 Bellmore Kellenberg
Mongelli Matthew 12 WR 6’3 175 Flower Hill Kellenberg
Cipolla Thomas 12 OL 6’4 245 Island Park Kellenberg
Proctor Myles 12 RB 6’2 190 Yorktown Heights Kennedy Catholic
Regan Michael 12 Qb 6’4 190 Staten Island Monsignor Farrell
Lubrano Nicholas 12 OL 6’0 270 Staten Island Monsignor Farrell
Comitini Carmine 12 OL 5’10 225 Staten Island Monsignor Farrell
Wagner Vin 12 RB 6’0 210 Staten Island Monsignor Farrell
Tait Christian 12 WR 6’3 175 Staten Island Monsignor Farrell
Lacks Justin 11 RB 6’0 215 Staten Island Moore Catholic
Kushi Tedi 12 OL 6’6 295 Staten Island Moore Catholic
Lawton Dashawn 9 WR 5’9 155 Newark, NJ Moore Catholic
Perry Conrad 12 RB 5’10 190 Bronx Mount Saint Michael
Manzanet Justin 12 WR 5’8 125 Bronx Mount Saint Michael
Wynter Jr. Brenton 12 OL 5’6 250 Brooklyn Nazareth
Campisi Greg 12 QB 5’11 170 Long Island St. Anthony’s
Parker Dan 12 WR 5’10 165 Long Island St. Anthony’s
Angus Kyle 12 RB 6’1 190 Long Island St. Anthony’s
Wright Chris 12 OL 6’3 275 Long Island St. Anthony’s
Blyman Charles 12 OL 6’5 280 Hicksville St. Dominic
Jones Omarion 11 QB 5’9 152 Queens St. Francis Prep
Mitchell Aubrey 10 RB 5’10 160 Queens St. Francis Prep
McFarlan Nazareth 12 RB 5’9 188 Queens St. Francis Prep
Delcore Nicholas 12 WR 6’2 180 Smithtown St. John the Baptist
Stroble Matthew 11 OL 5’8 220 Blue Point St. John the Baptist
Tucker Jackson 10 QB 5’10 165 Staten Island St. Joseph by the Sea
Simermeyer Ryan 12 WR 6’3 185 Staten Island St. Joseph by the Sea
Badyna Sonny 12 QB 6’2 180 Brooklyn St. Peter’s
Sluder Peter 12 OL 6’5 330 Staten Island St. Peter’s
Greene Shane 11 RB 5’11 190 Brooklyn Xaverian
Perlstein Jason 12 WR 6’0 170 Brooklyn Xaverian
Vittiburga Dan 12 RB 5’8 165 Brooklyn Xavier
Last First Class Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
McKenna Kevin 11 LB 5’11 190 Somers Archbishop Stepinac
Gray Kevin 12 LB 6’3 225 Hawthorne Archbishop Stepinac
Smith DeAndre 12 LB 5’10 170 Cortland Manor Archbishop Stepinac
Simmons Doug 12 DL 6’1 211 White Plains Archbishop Stepinac
Garbowski Joe 12 DL 6’3 255 Putnam Valley Archbishop Stepinac
Atuahene Joel 12 LB 5’10 160 New York Cardinal Hayes
Pearsall Chyon 12 LB 5’10 180 New York Cardinal Hayes
Sherrod Maurice 12 DE 6 255 New York Cardinal Hayes
Zapata Christian 12 DL 6’2 240 Bronx Cardinal Hayes
Azcona Johan 12 DL 6 250 Bronx Cardinal Hayes
Carmona Zoilo 12 DL 5’9 230 Bronx Cardinal Spellman
Arnold Philip 12 LB 6’1 210 Williston Park Chaminade
Schaefer Dan 12 DB 6′ 170 Lido Beach Chaminade
Tariche Sean 12 DB 6’1 170 Garden City Chaminade
Hunte Jared 12 DL 6’5 285 Queens Christ the King
Lester Zephron 11 DL 6’1 270 Queens Christ the King
Sundar Jahlani 12 DB 6’0 170 Queens Christ the King
Kenny Donte 12 LB 5’11 200 Williamsburg Holy Cross
Stroughn John 12 DL 6’1 245 Uniondale Holy Trinity
Rivers Jalen 12 DB 5’10 180 Westbury Holy Trinity
Edwards Jimaar 12 DL 5’11 260 White Plains Iona Prep
Stanton Charlie 12 LB 5’11 185 Hastings Iona Prep
Lambert Jayden 12 DB 5’10 170 Mount Vernon Iona Prep
Wilson Dan 12 LB 6’3 195 Levittown Kellenberg
Deakin Jake 12 LB 5’10 170 Wantagh Kellenberg
Brzezinski Thomas 12 DL 6’5 295 Seaford Kellenberg
Esposito Cole 12 LB 6’1 205 Cortland Manor Kennedy Catholic
Rumpf Wyatt 12 LB 5’10 165 Ossining Kennedy Catholic
Monaco JonMichael 12 DB 5’9 165 Staten Island Monsignor Farrell
Lasako Anthony 12 DB 5’10 170 Staten Island Monsignor Farrell
Mandia Brandt 12 DB 5’11 170 Staten Island Monsignor Farrell
Miller Mausari 12 LB 5’9 180 Staten Island Moore Catholic
Randazzo Joe 12 LB 6’1 230 Staten Island Moore Catholic
Corrado Antonio 12 LB 6’1 220 Bronx Mount Saint Michael
Simmons Jamar 12 DB 5’9 165 Bronx, Mount Saint Michael
Fleetwood Kevin 12 LB 5’11 190 Brooklyn Nazareth
Murphy Mahkai 12 DB 5’10 175 Long Island St. Anthony’s
DePaul Anthony 12 DL 6’1 240 Long Island St. Anthony’s
Espada Nicolas 12 DB 6’0 190 Long Island St. Anthony’s
Fitzgerald Billy 12 DL 6’4 205 Long Island St. Anthony’s
Joyner Jamel 12 LB 6’0 195 Long Island St. Anthony’s
Whitcomb Niko 12 LB 5’11 230 Eaton Neck St. Dominic
Castro Xavier 12 DL 6’1 225 Queens St. Francis Prep
Gasparik Tim 12 LB 6’4 185 Seaford St. John the Baptist
Licata Nickolas 12 DL 5’9 180 Bay Shore St. John the Baptist
Ryan Aidan 11 DB 5’9 165 Staten Island St. Joseph by the Sea
Hoffler Mike 12 DL 6’4 230 Brooklyn St. Peter’s
Torres Eric 12 DB 6’1 180 Brooklyn St. Peter’s
Bossert Tom 12 LB 5’9 215 Staten Island St. Peter’s
Auguste Roberto 12 DB 6’0 180 Brooklyn Xaverian
Hansen Derrin 11 DL 6’2 225 Staten Island Xaverian
Langan Brian 12 LB 6’1 170 Brooklyn Xaverian
Resker Thomas 11 LB 6’1 185 Brooklyn Xaverian
Sosa Jordan 12 DL 6’3 220 Manhattan Xavier
Guzman Milton 12 DL 6’0 235 Yonkers Xavier
Connelly Kevin 12 DB 6’0 185 Queens Xavier
Gwardyak Valerie 12 LB 5’10 180 Staten Island Xavier
Nov 262018

The Senior Bowl Practices scheduled for this afternoon are cancelled due to inclement weather. Practice will be held for the remainder of the week as scheduled.

Senior Bowl Practice Schedule;

City Practice Schedule
(11/26) Monday at Monsignor Farrell (4:30 – 6:30) (CANCELLED)
(11/27) Tuesday at Fordham Prep (4:30 – 6:30)
(11/28) Wednesday at Fordham Prep (4:30 – 6:30)
Island Practice Schedule
(11/26) Monday at Mitchel Athletic Complex (4:30 – 6:30) (CANCELLED)
(11/27)  Tuesday at Mitchel Athletic Complex (4:30 – 6:30)
(11/28) Wednesday at Mitchel Athletic Complex (4:30 – 6:30)
Combined Practice
(11/29) Thursday at Holy Trinity High School (4:30 – 6:30)
Nov 262018

Senior Bowl Practice Schedule;

City Practice Schedule
(11/26) Monday at Monsignor Farrell (4:30 – 6:30) (CANCELLED)
(11/27) Tuesday at Fordham Prep (4:30 – 6:30)
(11/28) Wednesday at Fordham Prep (4:30 – 6:30)
Island Practice Schedule
(11/26) Monday at Mitchel Athletic Complex (4:30 – 6:30) (CANCELLED)
(11/27)  Tuesday at Mitchel Athletic Complex (4:30 – 6:30)
(11/28) Wednesday at Mitchel Athletic Complex (4:30 – 6:30)
Combined Practice
(11/29) Thursday at Holy Trinity High School (4:30 – 6:30)

Photo by Harrison Keller (CHSFL)


College Night – Thursday, November 29th @ Holy Trinity High School (7:30 pm) – Open to Seniors and their parents from member schools only.  No Ticket Required.


Communion Awards Breakfast – Sunday, December 2nd @ Kellenberg (Mass – 9:30 am followed by breakfast) – Tickets will be sold through member schools.  Tickets are $20.00. Parents, coaches and players are required to have a ticket for admission.  No Tickets will be sold at the door. Jacket & tie recommended.


Senior Bowl Game – Sunday, December 2nd @ Mitchel Athletic Complex (1:30 pm) – No Ticket Required.