Dec 052021

By Matt Diano:

Tis the season where good deeds are rewarded tenfold and kings are gifted with gold!!!

Unable to break bread as one Christian flock for a second consecutive season because of ongoing health restrictions (COVID), nothing replaces the elegance of our Communion breakfast custom…But still we are overjoyed to commemorate these worthy disciples with the same passion and affection of yesteryear!

Today, your legacies are forever cemented as you are officially recognized as the finest of your craft!

Taking home the top offensives prizes in recognition of respective outstanding performances that yielded 6,601 yards, 77 touchdowns, and most importantly, THREE NYCHSFL title-game berths on behalf of their schools were…

Joseph Riverso Memorial Award – Ajani Sheppard, Iona Prep

AAA Offensive Player of the Year

Ajani Sheppard Jr. QB Iona Prep – Made Westchester County history last weekend during the 2021 CHSAA AAA State title when he became the first student-athlete to boast a 2,000-yard passing/1,000-yard rushing season, completed 181 of 255 throw attempts (71%) for 2, 357 yards and 22 touchdowns, while simultaneously rushing for an additional 1,041 yard and 16 more scores on 138 carries…In doing so, he wrapped up his junior campaign as the top overall rushing in the triple-A classification and finished a close 2nd in terms of passing yardage…Regarded as one of the top 2023 dual-threat field generals in the Empire State, with Sheppard captaining the offense, the Gaels averaged 36 points per game this fall en route to an 11-1 record on their way to Metro League (first in AAA since ‘08) and Catholic State team titles (first in program history)!  Sheppard is formally the fourth member of the Gael QB fraternity that has hoisted the Joe Riverso Memorial Award.  Preceding him among the brother brotherhood were: Mario Biaggi (2012), Robert Madison (2014), and Derek Robertson (2018)…Running backs, Jeffrey Mack (2008) and Sidney Weston (2010) are also former winners for IP!

AA-I Offensive Player of the Year – Christian Alacqua, Chaminade

Christian Alacqua Sr. RB Chaminade – Stepped in to fill the cleats of one of the Flyers’ all-time greats in the backfield (Mario Fischetti), Christian so incredible in his only season as the primary RB that he darn-near equaled all of his predecessor’s accolades and like Fischetti, was successful in leading the Crimson & Gold to brass ring in the AA-1 division!…Carrying the ball 148 times for 1,327 yards and finding pay dirt on 16 occasions, the team captain/Cornell University bound (lacrosse) student-athlete ranked 12th in all of New York State this fall in total rushing yards (2nd in the entire NYCSHSFL; 1st in the AA-1)…In 10 appearances in his swan song year, the Manhasset resident surpassed the century mark on eight unique occasions, highlighted by a career-best 203-yard effort on October 16th as part of a win against Fordham Prep…Alacqua also notched SEVEN multiple TD performances, including striking for a pair in the Double-A-1 title contest versus Moore Catholic!  He may have worn the #11 and #16 jerseys during the season, but he was undeniably the #1 reason the Flyers are celebrating back-to-back crowns in Mineola!  He is the first Chaminade player since 2013 (Sean Cerrone) to formally be a recipient of OPOY honors!

AA-II Offensive Player of the Year – Mark Anthony – St. John the Baptist

Mark Anthony Scott Sr. RB St. John the Baptist – Scott ranked in the top-10 in the entire Evil Empire in both yardage (1,624; 6th) and rushing touchdowns (19; tied for 8th) and closed out his senior season as the all-around top back on the Catholic football map!!!  His aforementioned totals swept both major ground categories…The owner of a mind-blowing average of 11 yards per handoff, the Port Jeff Station product ran for no fewer than 115 yards in any game he participated in this fall.  To truly appreciate how special and invaluable he was to helping deliver the Cougars back to title weekend for the first time since 2014 (23-10 loss to Holy Trinity), you need look only at his three postseason efforts.  Amassing 619 yards w/8 touchdowns during this stretch, his 356/5 performance in the semis against Kennedy Catholic may have been the finest day posted by a NYCHSFL representative this season!!! Even in defeat, his talents jumped off the page, as illustrated by the 140-yard/1TD display he put forth in his last day (the league finals loss) as the heart of the Cat!!!  As of November 5th, he remained a free agent as it pertains to college services.  But we’re adamant in stating that whomever lands him is getting the FULL PACKAGE (stars in the classroom with a 3.7 GPA to accompany his gridiron greatness)!!

In speaking on the clash between offense and defense, author, Sun Tzu, stated, “Invincibility is a matter of defense; vulnerability is a matter of attack; Therefore, skillful warriors are able to be invincible, but cannot cause opponents to be vulnerable…And while we have nothing but the utmost respect for the “Art of Warrior” creator, he never met extraordinary gentlemen such as our three Defensive Player of the Year selections, because these standouts more than wreaked havoc and elicited fear to any opposing offense lined up across from them!

Vincent O’Connor Memorial Award – Zyian Moultrie-Goddard, Iona Prep

AAA Defensive Player of the Year

Zyian Moultie Goddard Jr. LB Iona Prep – A bona fide blue chipper that commands your attention on every snap, as we wrote earlier in the season when was named as a POTW, the 247 Sports 3-star linebacking prospect [Moultrie-Goddard] is so dominant that even in the lone defeat suffered by the Gaels in their league and state title claiming season, he still was every bit the most impactful player on either sideline…The pulse of an IP D-Unit that surrendered just 15.5 points per contest versus NYCHSFL foes (best in AAA) this fall, the three-year starter/2x team captain was credited with 81 total tackles (45 solo) this season, including 21 of which that resulted in a loss of yardage.  In addition, he added five sacks to his resume…Named as the DMVP of the 2021 AAA League championship (aided in limiting the then top rusher in triple-A to a modest 37 yards), is comes as a shock to no one that he is entertaining offers from power-5 conference institutions such as Arizona State, Syracuse, Tennessee, and West Virginia among others!…Described by the Iona Prep coaching staff as a “young man of the highest character”, when he was not busy serving as “landlord of the house pain”, he found the energy to be a considerable asset on offense, as he ran for 9 touchdowns (323 yards) while utilized as a short-yardage “big back”!…Moultie-Goddard is now the third Gael since 2010 to seize the Vincent O’Connor Memorial Trophy.  He joins previous winners, Michael Longo (2010; AAA) and Rodney Samson (2016; AA)!

AA-I Defensive Player of the Year – Hagan Wagner Sr. DB Chaminade

Hagan Wagner Sr. DB Chaminade – Labeled by the Head Coach, Kevin Dolan, as the “most indispensable performer” on a squad that pitched three shutouts and allowed a mere 4.2 points against fellow AA-1 opponents (15.9 if you factor in all competitions), Wagner falls into that category of new breed hybrid safety/linebacker that influences and/or takes over the game in an infinite manner of ways…Deriving as much satisfaction and pride in being a stout run stopper as he is a ball-hawking air traffic controller, the multi-sport gem (also plays for Chaminade’s nationally ranked lacrosse program) exhibited the full array of his tools in earning the Defensive Most Valuable Player award of the Double-A-1 championship (43-7 over Moore Catholic), as recorded close to double-digit stops, scooped up a fumble inside the Mavs’ red zone, and posted his second pick-6 of the season in propelling the Flyers to a repeat of the hardware…For the year, he was the proprietor of a stat line that read as follows: 75 tackles (49 solo), 9 TFLs, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions for TDs, 3 pass break-ups, and two forced fumbles!  Simply put, Wagner is the name; turnover creating machine is the philosophy for the #45 jersey…Wagner is now the second straight honoree from the all-boys Marianist school [Chaminade] to win this award.  In 2019, Aiden Cappellino accepted the plaque!

AA-II Defensive Player of the Year – Jameer Reader, Holy Trinity

Jameer Reader So. LB Holy Trinity – Only a sophomore, this might be just the beginning of the trophy collection that the 5’10, 185-pound LB out of Freeport [Reeder] will assemble in the coming years…A key component in a defense that pitched SIX shutouts and gave up just 49 points in all on their way to an immaculate 10-0 tally (only unbeaten school in the NYCHSFL in 2021), the ultimate compliment that can be paid to Reeder Is that among a roster filled with worthy candidates, he was man that received the bid from Hed Coach/Titan alumnus, Kahmal Roy!…Reeder compiled a curriculum vitae consisting of the following bullet points: 38 total stops (22 solo), 4 TFLs, 2 caused fumbles/1 fumble recovery!  He is now just the second member of the Green & White tradition to win DPOY, providing company to former NFL (as a TE) player, Andrew Quarless, who won in 2004!

Turning our attention to the Goliaths of the Catholic football landscape, true to what is uttered by 1 Samuel (verse 17:4), our three beasts in the trenches proved time and time again that they were made in the mold of champions…Whether it was along the OL, the DL, or, as an ironman battling for all 48 minutes they embraced every challenge and selflessly put the well-being of their teams ahead of personal interests at all times!!!  Elite linemen are a special breed unto themselves; and none were more spectacular than these…

Joe Thomas Memorial Award – Scott Becker, Iona Prep

AAA Lineman of the Year

Scott Becker Sr. OL Iona Prep – Hailed as the “best lineman I ever coached” by Gaels head man, Joe Spagnolo, the 6’2, 295-pound, senior out of Briarcliff Manor [Becker] may have played all five positions during the season, but he should be most candidly adorned with the moniker of centerpiece!!  The trend-setter/2-year captain of an offensive line paved the way for the New Rochelle based school to accumulate 4,811 yards and score 56 touchdowns on his watch, the future Princeton Tiger (selected the Ivy League institution from a list of 20+ offers, including all three major service academies and all other Ivies) emerged with over 90 pancake blocks this season and routinely registered double-digit block performances!  A combination of strength (squats 600/380 bench) and athleticism, Becker’s greatest trait is the integrity and leadership abilities he brought with them each and every week of his final year wearing the Maroon & Gold!…With his selection today, he becomes the second Iona Prep player ever (as well as the second in the past three opportunities) to be named the Joe Thomas Memorial Award recipient…In 2018, former 1st Team All-Stater/current Merrimack College roster member, Anthony Bonavita, established the precedent!

AA-I Lineman of the Year, Thomas Kemp IV, Chaminade

Thomas Kemp IV Sr. DL Chaminade – Praised by Coach Dolan for his knack for making open-field hits and an aggressive/but not reckless style of pursuit, during each of the past two seasons, Kemp has been that person that the rest of the defensive line has leaned on as the example/tone-setter!!!  Identical to his already cited/honored teammate [Wagner], big #76 was an unblockable menace along the front-7, consistently disrupting all facets of opposing offensive schemes…Finishing the fall 2nd on the Flyers with 81 total tackles (29 solo), the Hempstead resident thrived in the area of penetration, as his 21 TFLs topped all NYCHSFL personnel and ranked 10th in all of New York…He added three sacks to his body of work and even transformed “D” into “O” when he recorded a safety on 10/23 against St. Francis Prep…After three months of putting a lock on enemy offenses, Kemp locked down his future when he announced his intention to remain in-state and compete collegiately at Stony Brook University!

AA-II Lineman of the Year – Irv Briggs IV, Holy Trinity

Irv Briggs IV Jr. OL/DL Holy Trinity – Briggs the only one of the trio that performed double duty this season in taking his team to Titletown, is the next in a long, but ever-growing lineage of two-way brutes for the Titans…Walking that same path that landed former HT ironmen, John Stroughn (Utica) and Elijah Tobin (2019 NYCHSFL LOY; now attending AIC) scholarships, while his “forefather” are doing their thing on defense in college, Briggs is so versatile on both sides of the line that he feasibly could pencil in anywhere whenever he enrolls in the fall of 2023….As an OL (LT), he was the human insurance policy for a primarily two-quarterback system that combined to toss for over 1,600 yards and 23 TDs, while concurrently sealing the edge for a dynamic RB committee that generated 1,400+ yards age struck on 23 occasions!!!…On defense (DE), he racked up 17 solo stops (28 total tackles) and 4 TFLs for #1 cohort (regardless of division) in the NYCHSFL!

Rounding out our celebration of occupational superiority were the fellows that took the “special” in special teams to a whole new stratosphere during the 2021 season…Two of them equally decorated and renowned in the more conventional/popularized phases of the game; the other a pure savant that bound for the NCAA DI level, no matter which side of the boot they were on (kicking or receiving),  these players contributed the “extra” to all of the extraordinary deeds garnered by their school!

Special Teams Player of the Year

AAA Special Teams Player of the Year – Ellis Robinson IV, Iona Prep

Ellis Robinson IV So. Returner Iona Prep – One of the most feared defensive backs in New York State (tops in the Empire w/8 interceptions), it became very obvious early on that opposing teams were not only hesitant to throw the ball in his direction, they were outright opposed to allowing the #4 overall 2025 prospect in the land [Robinson IV] have any touches period…Because his opportunities were few and far between, it became essential that he capitalize each and every time an opportunity did materialize…Averaging over 20 yards per return during the NYCHSL season, Robinson IV posted a head-turning 25% TD rate, as he recorded takebacks of 89 (KO) and 46-yard (punt)  versus St. Anthony’s and Chaminade to finish with two scores on just eight attempts!!!  In the AAA Catholic State finals, he continued to showcase the inherent difference his presence creates when two of his punt returns (50 yards to the opposition’s 20; 21 yards to the St. Francis 17) later transformed into 10 points thanks to the ideal starting field position!…Robinson IV currently holds 30 FBS scholarship offers; rather than name them all, let us instead just say that any and every major power-5 program has his name jotted on their Christmas list!

AA-I Special Teams Player of the Year – Michael Solimando, St. Francis Prep

Michael Solimando Sr. Ath. St. Francis Prep – “WE OVER ME” is the mantra that every coach prays will resonate with his/her pupils.  And in the case of Terrier Head Coach, Rich Carroll, he hit a jackpot in the 6’1, 175-pound, Queens Village resident [Solimando]…Sporting a 98+ grade point average and heralded for how coachable he has been during his scholastic career, there was no role that Solimando deemed insignificant.  Like an unbottled genie, no matter what task was requested of #11, he enthusiastically gave 150%!!!!…One of those “in all places at once” type of performers, if high school football was factored into labor statistics, he personally would lower unemployment by 10-15%…Instrumental in every detail of the “third rail” of football, in addition to being a spark plug as a return man (32.7-yard average + 2 touchdowns on nine kickoffs; 10.1/per on six punts), Solimando also served as the holder on all field goals and PATs, and never shied away from gunner duties!!!…A true energizer bunny that never left the turf/grass, he mastered all of these distinct roles while in the midst of being irreplaceable on offense (21 grabs for 328 yards w/2 TDs as WR) and defense (29 tackles, 3 INT, highlighted by a pick-6))!

AA-II Special Teams Player of the Year – RJ Kocan, St. John the Baptist 

RJ Kocan Sr. K/P St. John the Baptist – Kocan who has committed his thunder bolt leg to Morgantown (West Virginia University) thrived in his dual role as PK/punter for the AA-2 runner-up Cougars…. Indisputably priceless as a flipper of fields, the future Mountaineer averaged 36 yards per punt, placing nearly 1/3 of his attempts inside the 20…There was no letdown off the tee either, as 65% (37 of 57) of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks…The limb was as precise as it was mighty, as Kocan converted 4 of 6 FGs (long of 30) and went an impressive 43-for-45 on point-after tries!

Golden 11 Student Athletes: 

Andrew Bardak – LB St Anthony’s

Henry Belin – QB Cardinal Hayes

Thomas Stueber – QB Chaminade

Liam Dunn – OL St. John the Baptist

James McCauley – QB Archbishop Stepinac

Michael Solimando – WR St Francis Prep

Justin Axiak – 3B Xavier

Matthew Skjeveland – LB Holy Trinity

Christian Terranova – CB Kellenberg

David LaGanga – OL Xaverian

Anthony Ulses – OL St. Joseph by the Sea

Monsignor Peter’s Award – Scott Becker Iona Prep

Scott Becker Sr. OL Iona Prep sits at the helm of the proverbial table as the conferee of our most prestigious and sacred award (The Monsignor Peter’s Memorial Trophy) as the 2021 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was Iona Prep star offensive lineman, Scott Becker!!!

Exceptional and multi-faceted to the core definitions of both words, the Princeton University pledged chap devoted his free time not only to the pursuit of academic excellence, but also towards being a pioneer/active constituent among the student body, not to mention a pillar of the off-campus community!

Cultivating and then subsequently maintaining a magnificent grade point average 97.4 to complement the cumulative 1380 (Math-700; Verbal-680) he registered on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Becker was unrelenting and ambitious in pursuing a most demanding course load that featured Advanced Place options in concentrations of Government, U.S History, Calculus, and Language & Composition!..He is a double honor society inductee (National Honor Society; Spanish Honor Society) as a symbol of acknowledgment for his starch dedication to developing  the mind!

As a continuation of his desire to be a future policy influencer and/or “shaper of the world”, Becker held executive seats in his chosen extracurricular activities, acting as the Vice President of the International Relations Club, while concurrently serving as a House Captain within the school’s Student Congress!

Gleaning joy from the humility of giving, Becker was a cherished patron within all of Westchester after volunteering at the Hope Soup Kitchen, and the Walk to End MS…He was a football camp counselor to further exhibit his generosity!

Dec 082017

Father Philip Eichner S.M. President of the Pincipal’s Council

By Matt Diano: Celebrating the conclusion of yet another exciting, action-packed, and character-building season of New York Catholic High School football, the best of the best in the NYCHSFL gathered together one final time on December 3rd, to take part in the cherished and incomparable tradition of the Annual Communion Championship Awards Mass & Breakfast.

Addressing his congregation, Father Albert Bertoni SM, spoke candidly and passionately about the importance of reflection during the Advent season and how we, as Catholic sons and daughters are called to take a step back from the daily “hustle and bustle” and instead devote our time toward relaxation and properly preparing for the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ…..”Preparation”, whether it be in regard to making a place in our lives for Christ or in bringing glory and dignity to our schools via our play on the football field was a theme that naturally permeated the hearts and minds of those young men who were blessed and gifted enough to be revered and decorated as worthy of being a 2017 honoree…..Starting way back in late-August/early September, these blessed student-athletes poured every ounce of their being into being champions, on and off of the field….And, by the grace of God, they were elevated above the rest and will forever be remembered and treasured by virtue of their selection….

In looking over the list of distinguished parties, I can truly say that there were no finer and more deserving alternative than the men cited/profiled below.

Fordham Prep QB Matt Valecce

Winning what many consider the most significant award of the morning, the Monsignor Matthew Peters Award, for the league’s most outstanding student-athlete, would be Fordham Prep senior quarterback, Matt Valecce…..An individual whose feats in the classroom are as impressive and inspiring as his heroics on the football field, the future signal Caller at Boston College must made it a pattern during his 3.5 years in the Bronx of being the head of the class in all endeavors….The proud owner of a 4.28 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), as a student, Valecce has been recognized as  a General Excellence and scholarship recipient by his school during every step of his scholastic journey….With regard to gridiron accolades, his resume needs no introduction and speaks for itself in evert possible way.   A four-year starter who led the Rams to the “A” Division crown as a 9th grader, what he did in 2014 was simply the culmination of what would grow to be one of the finest high school careers ever by a New York State quarterback….A soon-to-be three-time All-State honoree, the FP captain would throw for 10,027 yards in his career (2nd all-time in NYS) and toss 112 touchdown passes (3rd all-time)….In this, his swan song campaign, the living CHSFL legend would leave nothing in the proverbial tank, setting career highs with 3,333 yards and 41 touchdowns thrown in leading his school to a runner-up finish (10-2) in the Double-A division….Simply put, Valecce was such a once-in-a-lifetime talent that I feel confident in stating that I will never see another of his caliber during my lifetime.

Honored for their ability to light up the scoreboard in the blink of an eye were a pair of juniors—Roberto Auguste (Xaverian) and Matthew Sluka (Kellenberg), as well as a departing senior who garnered serious consideration to be last year’s honoree, Lucas Nunez (Cardinal Hayes).

An All-Catholic selection as a 10th grader in 2016, it came as no surprise that the Clipper junior [Auguste] would have a knack for taking over every game in which he played….Surpassing the 100-yard barrier on five different occasions this season, Head Coach, Mike Jioia’s star pupil was a runaway (no pun intended) leader in the “A” Division in all major rushing categories, accumulating 1,196 yards (more than double his next closest challenger) and finding the end zone on the ground 14 times (five more than the #2 person).  His yards per carry average of 7.4 was also tops among all backs who had 50 or more attempts….As Auguste went, so too did Xaverian, finishing as the “A” regular season champs with an unblemished record before advancing to the title game where they just barely fell short of their second title in the past three seasons….2017 marked the second time in the past three years that the Offensive Player of the Year was won by a Clipper.  In 2015, it was Phil DePaulis hoisting the trophy.

Kellenberg QB Matt Sluka

Described by his coaches as “One of most dynamic players to ever step on the field for Kellenberg,” Sluka’s legacy was cemented when he did something no other Firebird field general had ever done by leading KMHS to an immaculate season (11-0) en route to winning their first AA title in history and the first title of any kind since 1999 (A champs)….Nicknamed the “Redheaded Assassin” by me, the Roselyn resident would do something unheard of when he topped all rushing categories in Double-A from the quarterback position….Recently named to the All-Long Island 1st Team (the lone Catholic representative on the list), Sluka ran for 1,619 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2017.   Three separate times this season, he not only surpassed the 100-yard plateau in a game, he blew right past 200+ yards, including a 17 carry, 238 yard, 5 touchdown performance during championship weekend that earned him Offensive MVP recognition….While not the featured part of his game, when asked to play the role of the traditional drop-back passer, Sluka would thrive in this regard as well, completing 61.3 percent of his 93 attempts to rack up 984 yards and 10 touchdowns in the air…If 34 touchdowns and 2,603 yards of total production are not enough to convince you, let it be known that he was also stellar as a place-kicker, converting on 32 of 40 PAT tries….Of the 424 points scored by the Firebirds as a unit this season, Sluka had a direct hand in 236 of them (56 percent)…..A natural leader and born winner, in less than one calendar year, Sluka’s has been instrumental in delivering titles in two different sports to Uniondale.  Last spring, he was a key member of a Kellenberg lacrosse squad that claimed the 2017 AA Catholic State crown….Sluka is the first Kellenberg player since Bobby Mossa (2014) to win Offensive Player of the Year.

Cardinal Hayes WR Lucas Nunez

A second-team All-State pick as a junior, as well as a unanimous All-Catholic selection following a 2016 campaign that saw him make 58 catches for NYS bests of 1,582 yards and 21 receiving touchdowns, when we said that Nunez was a very viable candidate to win the Joe Riverso Memorial Award as the top Offensive Performer in AAA a season ago, we were not overstating his value…..As dangerous a play-maker as the CHSFL has ever seen, the Sacred Heart University bound wide-receiver missed a few games at the onset of his senior season, but still managed to be the #1 yardage gainer in all of New York State in 2017, accumulating 1,400 yards on 66 grabs (4th in NYS), with 15 (2nd in NYS) of his catches resulting in touchdowns…An individual who was both dominant and consistent, Nunez would post 100-yard receiving games in all but one (92 yards in his return from the injury) appearance this season.   Only twice in 2017 was he kept out of the end zone for a full 48 minutes, compared to three occasions that witnessed him catch three TD passes in a single outing…Of the nine games he played in his finale year as a Cardinal, he recorded multiple TD games in six….Nunez closes out this chapter of his scholastic career ranked 5th All-time in the Empire State for total receiving yards.   He is the second straight Cardinal Hayes standout to earn the Riverso.  In 2016, he was beaten out by teammate, Christian Anderson (currently playing at West Point).

While offense has always been the side of the ball that hogs the glory and commands the headlines, if you ask any football purist they will say without the slightest hesitation that the path to the “ring” has always and will forever rest on the shoulder pads of those special young men capable of taking over a game when the ball does not belong to them….In the case of out 2017 Defensive Players of the Year, all three did their part in confining the opinion of the historians, with two—Daniel Wilson (Kellenberg) and Trill Williams (Stepinac)— winning titles in the AA and AAA Divisions respectively, and the “A” selection, Cole Esposito (Kennedy Catholic) leading his school the deepest postseason run in program history.

Kennedy Catholic LB Cole Esposito

A known commodity on the Gael linebacking corps as a sophomore in 2016, the Cortlandt Manor resident [Esposito] would be a breakout star for the unit this past season, finishing second only to Kennedy teammate, Ed Longest (who we will address later) in “A” ball with 92 total stops…Without question the person who will ceremoniously step into the role of defensive trend setter for Head Coach, Dom Tassone’s squad in 2018, Esposito would be unblockable for the vast majority of his junior season, reaching double digits for total tackles in six of his nine appearances, including a 17-stop effort in a week #4 victory over St. Dominic’s that earned him a berth on the POTW list…An absolute animal during the homestretch of the 2017 season, he added 15 and 10 tackle showings in two of KC’s last three games, propelling them to back-to-back shutouts to give the program their first goose-eggs on the defensive side since 2010….In addition to challenging the century mark for tackles, Esposito final stat line this season included 15 tackles for a loss, three sacks, a pair of forced fumbles, an interception, as well as a blocked punt for the cherry on top…The ultimate compliment that we can give to Esposito is justify why he was a perfect choice is to state that with him taking on greater responsibilities this year, the Gaels saw their points allowed average fall from over 26 PPG to just 17.5….Anytime you can play a part in shaving off close to 10 points, you without question are a gem.

Kellenberg LB Dan Wilson

Wilson, whose uncanny ability to roam sideline to sideline like a gazelle fostered a change in position from defensive end to “Mike” linebacker, was nothing short of outstanding in his first season on the Firebird varsity….A three-sport crown jewel who was so special that he was promoted as a sophomore (a rare occurrence for a Marianist school) to both the varsity basketball and Catholic State Champion lacrosse teams, it is a scary though that the Levittown native can be “this good” in what technically might be considered his third athletic endeavor…The team leader in overall stops with 67 (9 TFL), when I watched Wilson play, what immediately commanded my attention was the ferocity in which he could apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks.   Never was this unrelenting pursuit of the foe’s signal caller more evident than when he logged three of his season total six sacks in the regular season victory over Fordham Prep that set the tone for the remainder of Kellenberg’s unblemished year….As complete a defensive player as you will find anywhere on Long Island or in New York State, when Wilson was not busy preventing passes from being thrown, he proved quite adept at knocking them down too, ending his junior campaign with six successful pass break-ups…..The anchor/foundation/pulse of a defensive unit that ranked 1st in AA and 2nd overall in the NYCHSFL (surrendered just 13.6 points per game), the United States’ Naval Academy (Lax) commit will have all of next season to further solidify his status as one of the best student-athletes to ever wear the Blue & Gold….While winning the “AA” DPOY would have been a thrill regardless of any surrounding details, an added bonus was that Wilson received this award on his Aunt Christine’s (alumnus of Kellenberg; class of 1993) birthday.

When it comes the man who lived up to the “thrill” nickname, we could write an entire novel and we’d still fail to do him justice…A dynamic and versatile performer who if it has been needed, could have likely been the Offensive Player of the Year for the 2017 AAA League and Catholic State Champs from Stepinac, Williams has been one of, if not the purest and most feared, athletes in the NYCHSFL since he first stepped onto the varsity grass in White Plains as a sophomore in 2015….A specimen blessed with the total package of athletic tools (4.4 speed being among them), if not for an injury that cost him the bulk of his junior season, there is little doubt that the future Syracuse University Orangeman could have/would have been a multiple-year All-State selection, a mainstay on the All-Catholic team, and a very realistic candidate to have been a two-time winner of the Vincent O’Connor Memorial Award….A consistent shutdown presence at the cornerback position, Williams routinely took the opposing team’s #1 wide-out and erased him from the equation for 48 minutes….Finishing the year with a division-high  five interceptions (including a combined three in back-to-back weekends in the AAA League and State game triumphs) and adding an astounding 20 pass break-ups, this consummate ball hawk was magic when it came to forcing opposing turnovers, complementing his five picks (one of which was returned for a TD) by forcing five fumbles….As a demonstration of his triple-threat abilities, let it be known that the 13 total touchdowns he scored in 2017 came in four different ways, as he caught six TD balls, ran in five others, had the aforementioned pick-6, and even returned a punt in the AAA league finals….The choice of Williams as this year’s DPOY keeps the streak alive for the Crusaders, as they have now won the award four consecutive seasons, starting with Gavin Heslop in 2014 and continuing in 2015 and 2016 with Dan Negron and Gene Brown.

No Player of the Year ceremony would be complete without fully recognizing and showing appreciation for the unsung heroes and resident ironmen within our game, the linemen….Often tagged with the labels of road graders, hole stuffers, QB protectors, and whatnot, no one works harder and needs to be tougher than the boys that bang heads in the trenches….This year’s recipients—Ed Longest (Kennedy Catholic), Joseph Petti (Fordham Prep), and Grayson Cherubino (St. Anthony’s)—all epitomize what it means to be tenacious, courageous, and selfless.   In a league that this is rich in interior talent, for these three superstars to be the ones who emerged as the crème de la crème speaks volumes of just how respected and admired they were for their contributions in the “war zone”.

Kennedy Catholic Lineman Ed Longest

Despite not playing one of the so-called glamour positions, Longest, a four-year starter and two-year team captain, was very much the most important player on the Gael roster this season…A shoe-in to have been the recipient of the “A” DPOY if not for the league’s decision to honor him for the full depth of his immense service, the Kennedy senior was a full-fledged dominant force regardless of which side of the line of scrimmage he was occupying….As an O-lineman , Longest was a role model for a unit that helped the Gaels compile 1,889 yards of production (630 in the air; 1,259 on the ground) and score 18 total touchdowns….Defensively, he was the gold standard, leading the “A” division with 101 tackles (6th in the CHSFL regardless of division) and six sacks….A person who lived in the opposing backfield, 18 of Longest’s century-shattering stop total resulted in a loss of yardage.  A 2016 CHSAA State Wrestling champion, last weekend was not the first time that Longest found himself being atop the proverbial podium as the envy of his competitors.

Fordham Prep Lineman Joe Petti

Hailed by the Ram coaching staff as a “Mountain of a Man”, the 6’6, 295-pounder, Petti, was easily identifiable on the gridiron for much more than just his physical measurements….Another of our two-way studs, when we consider the legendary career of Valecce, it is essential that we remain mindful of the fact that none of it could have been achieved if not for someone the caliber of Petti protecting and affording him a wealth of time in which to survey the field…With the future Navy Midshipman bulldozing anything that got in his way, the 2017 AA runners-up from the Bronx were one of the most lethal offenses in NYS, averaging 30 points and 367.5 total yards per appearance….Unmovable as a DT (which is the spot that he will play at the next level), Petti recorded 19 tackles and three sacks for a defense that allowed less than 20 points per game this season.

St. Anthony’s Linemen Grayson Cherubino

Joining a heralded club of elite Friar linemen that includes the likes of recent Joseph Thomas Memorial Award honorees, Justin Tustin (2012) and last year’s winner, Dan Lord, Cherubino specialized on the defensive side of the ball, but was so stellar at defensive end, that his comprehensive performance demanded that he be among our chosen few…..The linchpin, backbone, and focal point of a St. Anthony’s defense that ranked 1st in points allowed (16.5) in the AAA division, when speaking about their prized weapon, the Friars’ staff painted him as a linebacker trapped in the body of a DL….A quarterback’s worse nightmare, the future Bucknell Bison was renowned for the tireless effort he put into never allowing the opposition’s signal caller from enjoying a second of peace….Closing out his scholastic career with seven sacks and 12 hurries, as well as 14 tackles for a loss and a pair of forced fumbles, if not for the chaos that Cherubino wreaked on a weekly basis, St. Anthony’s would not have seized the regular season title and advanced to their first championship weekend since 2013.

Also highlighted last Sunday as award winners were:

Golden Eleven Award:

Golden 11 Winner’s

Robert Scala – Chaminade

Patrick Mc Ardle – St. Francis Prep

Deuce Prince – Archbishop Stepinac

Jake Valensi – Monsignor Farrell

Michael De Gasperis – Iona Prep

Michael Palermo – St. John the Baptist

Frank Corrado – Xavier

Dominick De Masi – Kellenberg

Gabriel Gelves – Holy Trinity

Claude Watford – Cardinal Hayes

Jack Donovan – St. Anthony

John Buscini – St Joe by the Sea


Metropolitan Football Association Award (In Memory of John Bromm)

Sal Maida – Cardinal Spellman & Matthew Gomes – St Joseph by the Sea

The Ken Weinman Award (Donated by the Intercounty Association of Football Officials)

Mark Johnston – St John the Baptist

Andrew Pace – Chaminade

Lieutenant Ronald Winchester Award – Unsung Hero Award (Donated by the L.I.A.F.O. Foundation of New York) 

Daniel Bentivegna – Monsignor Farrell 



Dec 032017

The annual CHSFL Communion Championship Awards Breakfast  recognized the championship teams and players for the 2017 season.  The ceremonies began with mass and was followed by breakfast in the cafeteria of Kellenberg Memorial High School.  The 2017 award winner are as follows;

Monsignor Matthew Peters Award – Student Athlete Award

Matthew Valecce – Fordham Prep

Golden Eleven Awards

Robert Scala – Chaminade

Patrick Mc Ardle – St. Francis Prep

Deuce Prince – Archbishop Stepinac

Jake Valensi – Monsignor Farrell

Michael De Gasperis – Iona Prep

Michael Palermo – St. John the Baptist

Frank Corrado – Xavier

Dominick De Masi – Kellenberg

Gabriel Gelves – Holy Trinity

Claude Watford – Cardinal Hayes

Jack Donovan – St. Anthony

John Buscini – St Joe by the Sea

Defensive Player of the Year

Vincent O’Connor Memorial Award – AAA Defensive Player of the YearAtrilleon Williams (Archbishop Stepinac)


AA Defensive Player of the Year – Daniel Wilson (Kellenberg)

A Defensive Player of the Year – Cole Esposito (Kennedy Catholic)

Offensive Player of the Year

Joe Riverso Memorial Award – AAA Offensive Player of the YearLucas Nunez (Cardinal Hayes)

AA Offensive Player of the Year – Matt Sluka (Kellenberg)

A Offensive Player of the Year – Roberto Auguste (Xaverian)

Lineman of the Year

Joe Thomas Memorial Award – AAA Lineman of the YearGrayson Cherubino (St. Anthony’s)

AA Lineman of the Year – Joseph Petti (Fordham Prep)

A Lineman of the Year – Ed Longest (Kennedy Catholic)


Metropolitan Football Association Award

In Memory of John Bromm

Matthew Gomes – St Joseph by the Sea

Sal Maida – Cardinal Spellman

The Ken Weinman Award

Donated by the Intercounty Association of Football Officials

Mark Johnston – St John the Baptist

Andrew Pace – Chaminade

 Lieutenant Ronald Winchester Award – Unsung Hero Award

Donated by the L.I.A.F.O. Foundation of New YorkDaniel Bentivegna, Monsignor Farrell

Bob Stenger Memorial JVB Sportsmanship Awards

Long Island – Holy Trinity

City – Fordham Prep

 Players of the Week Awards 

Week 1

Frankie Roder (Jr.); RB/LB – Kellenberg

Mike Nicosia (Sr.); QB – Archbishop Stepinac

Vin Wagner (Jr.); RB – Monsignor Farrell

Sean Bryan (Sr.); RB – St. Anthony’s

Malkelm Morrison (Sr.); DB/KR – Iona Prep

Will Loffredo (Sr.); WR – Fordham Prep

Marc-Anthony Dalce (Sr.); LB/FB/P – St. Francis Prep

Week 2

Elijah Jones (Sr.); WR/CB – Cardinal Hayes

Justin Felder (Sr.); RB – Holy Cross

Chris Viglilante (Sr.); QB – St. Joseph’s by the Sea

Roberto Auguste (Jr.); RB/DB – Xaverian

Will Ford (So.); WR – St. Dominic

Kevin Gray (Jr.); LB – Archbishop Stepinac

Week 3

Marquis Jimenez (Sr.); QB – Mount St. Michael

Matt Sluka (Jr.); QB – Kellenberg

Matt Kindya (Sr.); OL – Monsignor Farrell

John Stroughn (Jr.); OL/DL – Holy Trinity

Greg Campisi (Jr.); QB – St. Anthony’s

Sonny Badyna (Jr.); QB – St. Peter’s

Week 4

Matt Valecce (Sr.); QB – Fordham Prep

Roberto Auguste (Jr.); RB/DB – Xaverian

Christopher Auricchio (Sr.); FB/LB – St. Francis Prep

Derek Robertson (Jr.); QB – Iona Prep

Cole Esposito (Jr.); LB – Kennedy Catholic

Justin Hairston (Sr.); LB – Archbishop Stepinac

Week 5

Demetrios Demetriades (Jr.); WB/CB – Xavier High School

Michael DeGasperis (Sr.); WR – Iona Prep

Grayson Cherubino (Sr.); DE – St. Anthony’s

Matthew Sluka (Jr.); QB – Kellenberg

Omarion Jones (So.); QB/DB – St. Francis Prep

Michael Palermo II (Sr.); RB/LB – St. John the Baptist

Week 6

Liam McHale (Sr.); WR – Fordham Prep

Michael Palermo II (Sr.); RB/LB – St. John the Baptist

Sofian Massoud (So.); QB – Cardinal Hayes

John Kelly (Sr.); LB – Monsignor Farrell

Conrad Perry (Jr.); RB/LB – Mount Saint Michael

Anthony Pecorella (Jr.); PK/P – Chaminade

Week 7

Jack Rooney (Jr.); QB – St. Dominic

Thomas Force (Sr.); TE/SS – St. John the Baptist

Isaiah Amazon (JR.); WR/DE – Xaverian

Omarion Jones (So.); QB – St. Francis Prep

Makhai Murphy (Jr.); CB – St. Anthony’s

Ryan Scelzi (Sr.); RB – St. Joseph’s by the Sea

Week 8

Jonathon Geruso (Sr.); RB – Xavier

Ki’Shyne Shipmon (Sr.); RB/WR – Iona Prep

Matt Valecce (Sr.); QB – Fordham Prep

Ed Longest (Sr.); OL/DL – Kennedy Catholic

Justin Medina (Sr.); RB/DB – Cardinal Spellman

Playoffs – Quarter Finals (Week 9)

Jayden Lambert (Jr.); RB/CB – Iona Prep

Valery Gwardyak (Sr.); LB – Xavier

Justin Ancheta (Sr.); RB/LB – Fordham Prep

Wyatt Rumpf (Jr.); OL/LB – Kennedy Catholic

Chris Beyers (Sr.); LB – Kellenberg

Elijah Jones (Sr.); WR/CB – Cardinal Hayes

Playoff  – Semi-Finals

Ian Devine (Sr.); DE/DT – Fordham Prep

Shawn Harris (Jr.); RB/WR – Archbishop Stepinac

Brendan Whitehead (Sr.); DL/OG – Kellenberg Memorial

Robert DiGregorio (Sr.); PK – St. Anthony’s

Championship Game Offensive & Defensive MVP’s

AAA Championship Offensive MVP – Atrilleon Williams (Archbishop Stepinac)

AAA Championship Defensive MVP – Kevin Gray (Archbishop Stepinac)

AA Championship Offensive MVP – Matthew Sluka (Kellenberg)

AA Championship Defensive MVP – Shawn Hughes (Kellenberg)

A Championship Offensive MVP – Isaac Yearwood (Cardinal Spellman)

A Championship Defensive MVP – Michael Booth (Cardinal Spellman)


Claude Watford (Sr.): DB – Cardinal Hayes

Joseph Petti (Sr.): OL – Fordham Prep





Dec 102015

chsfl_logo_footerBy Matt Diano: Just hours before they donned jerseys one final time in their respective scholastic careers, the incredible student-athletes of the Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York would “suit up” in a different kind of manner, as they, accompanied by family and friends, partook in one of the NYCHSFL’s grandest traditions, the annual Communion Awards Breakfast.

Hosted on Sunday December 6th on the campus of Kellenberg Memorial High School, the day-long celebration of academic and athletic achievement commenced with the saying of a special mass by School President, Father Philip K. Eichner, S.M….Addressing the congregation with the wisdom that has made him a beloved member of the Society of Mary, as well as the Chaminade and KMHS administrations, Eichner’s message was simple, but elegant…As we enter the Advent season, “we must stop looking around and instead turn to a period of listening; by blocking out all superficial and unnecessary distractions, we can fully prepare and ready ourselves for the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ.”

Following the conclusion of the mass, those in attendance received an invite to feast on a platter of the classics— eggs, French toast, muffins, sausage, beacon, as well as “Kellenberg’s famous crumb cake”—-as the best and brightest young men from our league were recognized and honored for their exemplary skill and character, both on and off of the gridiron during the 2015 season.

Named in memory of founding father, Monsignor Matthew Peters, the former Principal of Cardinal Hayes, who formed the NYCHSFL in 1954, the Msgr. Peters Award is the highest and most prestigious declaration bestowed upon a Catholic high school football player each year. A distinction that is presented to that one individual who most epitomizes what it means to be a genuine scholar-athlete by holding academic excellence superior to athletic pursuits, there could not be a more fitting choice than this year’s honoree, Monsignor Farrell senior captain/field general, Michael Cloppse…Gifted in all categories across the board, Cloppse currently ranks 8th overall in his graduating class with a four-year average of 99.75 and scored an extraordinary 2100 on his Scholastic Aptitude Test…Additionally, the 6-foot, 190-pounder from Staten Island is a beacon and pillar of both his school and his community, devoting his personal time to Hearing Our Heroes (a club that hosts special events that pay tribute to our veterans and service men), the Holy Name Society, and to the Special Olympics.   Off campus, he continues to live the word of the Gospel, volunteering as a coach for the challenger football program in Staten Island….Athletically, the 2014 All-State Honorable Mention/2015 All-Catholic team member under center, also shines on the baseball diamond, helping the Lions to a title in 2015…Cloppse will advance his academic and athletic objectives next fall as a member of the class of 2020 at Bowdoin College (ranked #4 by U.S. News & World Report among national liberal arts colleges and universities).

Rewarded for their stellar play with the ball in their hands would be Joe Riverso Memorial Offensive Players of the Year, Tyquell Fields (Archbishop Stepinac; AAA recipient), Jerome Brooks III (St. John the Bapitst Diocesean High School; AA winner), and Phil DePaulis (Xaverian; A Division)…Both Fields and DePaulis led their teams to their respective divisional titles, as each won the Offensive Player of the game in the AAA and A title contests….Brooks, one half of a lethal Cougar running attack [Nicholas Cipolla being the other] that averaged 400 yards per game on the ground, brought his team to the semifinals before bowing out to the eventual champions from Xavier.

The owner of a 24-1 record in his two year stint as the signal caller for the Crusaders, Fields not only captained his team to consecutive NYCHSFL AAA crowns, he topped it by delivering to them a 2015 Catholic High School State title, overcoming the pain of a high ankle sprain to throw four touchdowns passes in Stepinac’s 42-28 victory on the road over Monsignor Martin champion, St. Francis High School on November 28th….On the year, the Super 11 selection completed 175 of his 288 attempts for a school record 2,268 yards and 24 TD passes. The dual-purpose quarterback proved himself quite adept with his legs, running for 435 yards on 69 carries, including five keepers that found the end zone…It is this versatility and playmaking ability that enabled Fields to attract the interests of the likes of Stony Brook University, Eastern Illinois, Delaware State, and Rhode Island, all of whom have extended scholarship offers to the 6’4 resident of Yonkers…Fields wraps up his scholastic career having accumulated 3,702 total yards (2,898 passing, 804 rushing) and 42 total touchdowns (34 passing, eight on the ground).

Brooks III, who may have set a record for most player of the week nominations, dominated on both sides of the ball for Ralph Carusillo’s Cougars…Called the cornerstone of the program by his head coach, the 6’1, 185-pounder from Central Islip, tallied 1,473 yards on 157 carries, reaching the end zone on 17 separate occasions.   While utilized less in this aspect of the game, when called upon to do so, Brooks showcased his trustworthy hands, catching 14 passes for 250 yards…For good measure, he pulled off the trifecta by starring on special teams, returning one kick and one punt for touchdowns, to round out the 1,923 yards of total offense achieved by him in his swan song….Brooks III, an honors-level student who gets the job done as well in the classroom as he does on the grass, is presently entertaining offers from Lafayette, New Hampshire, Towson, in addition to local programs, Stony Brook and Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus.

DePaulis, who like his AAA counterpart [Fields], made the most of all of his limbs as a dual threat QB, would have a knack for embracing the moment and elevating his level of play in big game situations. Never was this truer than in the “A” Championship game when he tossed three first half touchdowns en route to the Clippers’ 31-12 victory over Cardinal Spellman in locking up the program’s first title since 2006…A captain and role model in all endeavors, when DePaulis is done throwing for nearly 900 yards (54-for-103, 880 yards, and 12 touchdown passes) or running for an additional 547 yards with 13 ground touchdowns, he devotes his team to Christian service, volunteering at a neighborhood soup kitchen as a pure example of Matthew 25:40.

Refusing to be outdone were the three gentlemen who helped to keep points off the scoreboard in 2015, the Vincent O’Connor Memorial Defensive Players of the Year, Dan Negron (Stepinac; AAA Division), Frank Masella (Xavier; AA), and Tahriq Gordon of Nazareth.

Negron, who became the second player in as many years from Stepinac to win this award (Gavin Heslop being the choice in 2014) was nothing short of remarkable in his third straight season starting at linebacker for the Crusaders…Finishing second on the team in total tackles (91) despite missing the first three games of the season while recovering from an injury, the 4.0 student averaged double digit stops for a second consecutive season, racking up 10.1 hits per game in 2015 after collecting 135 tackles as a junior (10.4/game)…Voted to the All-Catholic squad for the first time last Sunday, Negron’s other accolades this season included, but were not limited to being picked to be a member of the All-Hudson Valley 1st team, and earning an Honorable Mention citation on MSG Varsity’s All-Metro team….Negron wraps up his career with the following career totals: 308 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 interceptions (the second of which came in the New York Catholic State finals and set up a touchdown to give Stepinac a 13-0 lead over St. Francis)….An individual whose best days still awaits him on the collegiate level, Negron has caught the eye of the University of Pennsylvania, Sacred Heart University, and a plethora of other schools that play in the Ivy and Patriot League conferences.

Masella, was the unquestionable anchor of a Knight defensive unit that surrendered only 11.1 points per game this season in claiming their second title in the past four seasons (previously won the AA division in 2012)…A runaway choice to the All-Catholic team for a second straight year, the 5’9, 200-pound linebacker amassed over 100 tackles (102 in 2014, 125 in 2015 in both his junior and senior campaigns….Setting Masella and his teammates apart from the rest of the field, was the way in which they consistently embraced the moment and peaked at precisely the right time. An example of their clutch play came in the 2015 AA semifinals when they held Offensive Player of the Year, Brooks III, scoreless for the first time all season in pitching a 14-0 shutout to avenge their 2014 playoff loss…The Queens resident sees his decorated career end with totals of 227 tackles, 29.5 TFL, and seven sacks.

Gordon, who personifies all of the qualities that we seek in determining the most deserving candidate, is a person whose influence on the Kingsmen may only be fully acknowledged and/or appreciated in the years to come….Playing alongside a roster consisting of 10 freshmen and 10 sophomores, the stat line took a backseat to the Nazareth senior’s work as a peer mentor for his younger teammates…Described by the school’s Athletic Director, Rick Dolan, as “the first to arrive and the last to leave team functions,” Gordon routinely led study hall sessions and always found the time to lend an ear to a teammate in need of guidance…Reflecting upon three decades of experience, Dolan showed no hesitation in labeling the 6’4, 220-pound defensive end as one of the “best athletes to ever represent Nazareth.”…Gordon will bring his impeccable demeanor and championship attitude with him next fall when he officially becomes a Stony Brook University Seawolf.

By no means excluded on Sunday were be the studs who serve as the backbone, foundation, and lifeblood on both offense and defense, A.K.A. the two-way linemen…A rare breed of warrior, these ironmen often get caught in the shadows despite being the ones who in many cases are doing the brunt of the labor.   To step onto the field knowing that you are about to go to “war in the trenches” requires a person of unmatched courage, determination, and toughness.   Unlike Las Vegas where what happens there stays there, when you are performing double duty, you bring those battle scars home with you on a daily basis. It is for this reason that the NYCHSFL makes it a priority to see to it that this beastly cohort be given the same level of admiration as their potentially more famous schoolmates…In consideration of all the attributes one needs to possess in order to excel in this capacity, there could not be better or more worthy candidates than Zach O’Neill (Monsignor Farrell), Lorenzo Worrell (Christ the King), or Michael Marinelli (Xaverian), the respective conferees of the Joe Thomas Memorial Lineman of the Year Award.

Hardly be the largest physical specimen on the field at 6’2, 225 pounds, O’Neill made up for anything he lacked in God-given stature by playing with a wealth of heart…A two-year starter at tackle, it is no coincidence that in the years that he controlled the OL, fellow senior, Steven Viegas, ran for a pair of 1,000+ seasons (1,067 yards in 2014; 1,340 yards in 2015) and score 21 rushing touchdowns in earning All-Catholic distinction back-to-back seasons. As a pass protector, O’Neill provided teammate, the aforementioned Cloppse, with ample time in the pocket as the latter connected on nearly 60 percent of his throws for just under 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns….Turning our attention to defense, despite facing more than his fair share of double teams, O’Neill flourished from his spot at DE, compiling 10 sacks as a pass rusher, and establishing the edge as a never-quit run stuffer….As exceptional a human being as he is an athlete, the Staten Island native participates in the Lions’ Bread for Life drive, is a consummate patriot as evident by his membership in the school’s Hearing Our Heroes Club, and further demonstrates his love of the game by volunteering as a youth coach.

Worrell, who helped the Royals reach the AA title game for the first time since 2007, undoubtedly acted as a catalyst in all areas…Unlike his fellow Thomas recipient [O’Neill], it is impossible to overlook this behemoth of a young man, as Worrell stands 6’5 and tips the scales at an imposing 255 pounds. Despite these chart topping measurements, it is with total validity that we say that the completeness of his skills stood out above all else…A three-year starter for the Middle Village based program, as Worrell continued to develop/grow from year to year, so too did the number of checkmarks in the win column, as the Jason Brown coached squad moved from three victories in 2013 to 10 wins and a finals berth this past season…The degree to which Worrell contributed to this turnaround cannot be overstated. Lining up on the outside at tackle, the kid who calls Rosedale home played like a human bulldozer, disposing of anything that attempted to impede the Royals potent running game.   With their “big daddy” serving as the lead blocker in many an instance, Christ the King accumulated 2,500 yards and 43 scores on the ground, as four different running backs exceeded the 400 yard mark for the season. Living up to his billing as the total package, Worrell provided top notch pass protection, as senior field general, David Navas, enjoyed a fine year, hurling the pigskin for 1,208 yards and 12 TDs….While he made it impossible to touch his quarterback on one end, Worrell would be a nightmare for opposing QBs on the other, leading Double-A leader in sacks this season with nine (of his 56 total tackles)…A true master of all trades, Worrell even saw a little time at placekicker during the 2015 season, successfully connecting on 21 of 29 PAT tries….With many NCAA DI schools having reached out, the Royal senior is exercising patience and doing his homework before making this big decision.

For the 6’4, 230-pound Marinelli, winning both the Thomas Award and the “A” Division title may only rank second and third among his most memorable feats in the past few months. A member of the Xaverian band that played for Pope Francis during the pontiff’s visit to New York in September, the senior defensive end made just as sweet a sound when hitting opposing ball carriers….Recording team highs in tackles (82) and sacks (10), it would be a family affair on the D-Line for the Clippers as Michael (12) teamed-up with younger brother, Anthony (20), to combine for an astounding 32 tackles for a loss….Surrendering more than 10 points only once this season to an “A” opponent, the third time ended up being the charm for the Clippers as they erased the painful memories of back-to-back finals losses in 2013 and 2014, by going undefeated (with four shutouts) in league games in 2015….Offensively, Marinelli moonlighted as a TE/SE, using his size efficiently as an overpowering run blocker for a team that piled up nearly 2,000 yards and 36 touchdowns from the ground…Like many of the student-athletes recognized last weekend, Marinelli’s most powerful tool is his brain as he maintains a 92 grade point average while enrolled in honors-level courses.

Also commended at the breakfast were the recipients of the Golden Eleven Awards, the Ken Weinman Award, the Metropolitan Football Association Award, and the Lieutenant Ronald Winchester Award – Unsung Hero Award. In order of specific acclaim, the selections were:


Golden Eleven Awards:

Michael Calicchia (Iona Prep)

Colin Moran (Holy Trinity)

Patrick Simons (Chaminade)

Thomas Walsh (St Peter’s)

Nicholas Ranieri (Kellenberg)

Clayton Kendrick-Holmes (Xavier)

James Baglino (Xaverian)

Daniel Negron (Archbishop Stepinac)

Ryan Westerhaus (St. Anthony’s)

Justin Covington (Cardinal Hayes)

Alexander Bracco (St. Francis Prep)


The Ken Weinman Award (Dedicated by the Intercounty Association of Football Officials):

Jason Delucia (Kellenberg)

Michael Rossetti (Xaverian)

Jack Natale (St. John the Baptist)

Luke Lunarola (Monsignor Farrell)

Alex Valdes (St. Joseph by the Sea


Metropolitan Football Association Award (In Memory of John Bromm):

Ibrahim Kante (Cardinal Hayes)

Stephen Weir (Cardinal Spellman)

Tahj Trumpler (Mount Saint Michael)

Hugh Fraser (Mount Saint Michael)


Lieutenant Ronald Winchester Award – Unsung Hero Award (Dedicated by the L.I.A.F.O. Foundation of New York; Donated by Scholastic Promotions Awards & More):

Ryan Flanagan (St. John the Baptist)

Dec 072014

CHSFL Award Winners


Metropolitan Football Association Award

In Memory of John Bromm

Joseph Schillaci (St. Joseph by the Sea)

Andre Brown (Cardinal Spellman)

Callahan Ciriacks (Xavier)

 The Ken Weinman Award

Donated by the Intercounty Association of Football Officials

Robert Gregor (St. Anthony’s)

Andrew Spyridon-Tow (Holy Cross)

Michael DiCarlo (St. John the Baptist)

 Lieutenant Ronald Winchester Award – Unsung Hero Award

Donated by the L.I.A.F.O. Foundation of New York

Gordon Tsang (Xaverian)

 ~ The Bob Stenger Memorial Freshmen Sportsmanship Awards ~

City – Cardinal Spellman

Long Island – St. Peter’s

 ~ Junior Varsity Awards ~

Division Champions

Cardinal Hayes

 Championship Awards

Joe Sullivan Award – AA Champions


League Champions

 John Marchassalla Award

Presented to the League Champions

Cardinal Hayes

 Head Coach Award

Craig Joseph

Assistant Coaches Awards

Presented by the Head Coach

Marcus Reyes

Julio Figueroa Jr.

Jeffrey Hunter

POS. Player School Year Ht. Wt. Hometown
OL Dwayne Scott Archbishop Stepinac Sr. 6’2 295 Bronx
QB Brandon Coleman Archbishop Stepinac Sr. 5’9 170 Yonkers
RB Malcolm Major Archbishop Stepinac Sr. 5’7 175 Yonkers
RB Tyquan Ennis Archbishop Stepinac Sr. 5’10 185 Mount Vernon
R GianCarlo Furio Archbishop Stepinac Sr. 6’2 190 Bronx
OL Jaelen Vazquez Cardinal Hayes Sr. 6’3 260 Bronx
R Jayvon Ingram Cardinal Hayes Sr. 6 185 Bronx
RB Elloheim Tucker Cardinal Spellman Sr. 5’10 160 Harlem
RB Kenny Johnson Cardinal Spellman Sr. 6’1 175 Bronx
OL Kevin Coyne Chaminade Sr. 6’3 265 Floral Park
RB Jack Tigh Chaminade Sr. 5’11 185 Garden City
RB Jamen Williams Christ the King Sr. 5’9 186 Queens
OL Rashawn Williams Christ the King Sr. 6’1 250 Brooklyn
R Marcus Layne Christ the King Sr. 6’2 160 Brooklyn
WR Will Randell Fordham Prep Sr. 6’ 180 Port Chester
C Nick Lorusso Fordham Prep Sr. 5’9 200 Thornwood
OL Will LeClairE Holy Cross Sr. 6’ 270 Flushing
OL Prince McCarthy Holy Cross Sr. 6’1 295 Rosedale
WR Amed Bah Holy Cross Jr. 6’3 200 Brooklyn
OL Jeremy Medina Holy Cross Sr. 6’2 255 Whitestone
WR Paul YodicE Holy Cross Sr. 5’9 165 Howard Beach
R Earl Meyers Holy Trinity Sr. 5’10 170 Uniondale
QB Cameren Hayes Holy Trinity Sr. 6’3 180 Uniondale
RB Phil Crawford Holy Trinity Sr. 6’ 200 Valley Stream
R Dylan Mucci Iona Prep Sr. 5’10 170 Cortlandt Manor
QB Robert Madison Iona Prep Sr. 6’3 205 Bronx
OL Franco Iannacito Iona Prep Sr. 6’2 250 Bronx
OL Xavier Tyler Iona Prep Sr. 5’11 250 Mount Vernon
QB Bobby Mossa Kellenberg Sr. 5’10” 175 Malverne
RB Jason Delucia Kellenberg Jr. 6’ 210 North Bellmore
C Jimmy Longest Kennedy Catholic Sr. 5’10 185 Katonah
RB Tucker Clair Kennedy Catholic Sr. 5’11 175 Somers
TE Sean Coughlin Monsignor Farrell Sr. 6’2 220 Staten Island
WR Andrew Lunarola Monsignor Farrell Sr. 5’10 175 Staten Island
OL Pat Kelly Monsignor Farrell Sr. 6’5 260 Staten Island
RB Steven Viegas Monsignor Farrell Jr. 5’8 165 Staten Island
OL Lindsay Malcolm Mount Saint Michael Sr. 5’11 248 Bronx
WR Julian Massiah Mount Saint Michael Sr. 5’10 155 Mount Vernon
QB Shakur Bey Nazareth Sr. 5’2 140 Brooklyn
RB Darrius Black Nazareth Sr. 5’9 225 Brooklyn
WR Chaasad Colas Nazareth Sr. 6’1 140 Brooklyn
WR Rob McCann St. Anthony’s Sr. 6’ 195 East Meadow
OL Brennan Walsh St. Anthony’s Sr. 6’3 310 East Islip
WR Danny Jones St. Anthony’s Sr. 5’9 160 Baldwin
OL Tom Dennis St. Anthony’s Sr. 6’5 305 Port Jefferson
OL Ryan Finn St. Anthony’s Sr. 6’3 290 Huntington
QB Robert Einersen St. Francis Prep Sr. 5’11 165 Flushing
OL Anthony Pravata St. Francis Prep Sr. 6’2 245 Bayside
RB Nicholas Cipolla St. John the Baptist Jr. 5’10 160 East Islip
RB Jerome Brooks III St. John the Baptist Jr. 5’11 175 Central Islip
OL Frank Guidice St. John the Baptist Soph. 5’11 260 Wantagh
QB Michael Russell St. Joseph by the Sea Sr. 6’3 200 Staten Island
R Joe Robles St. Joseph by the Sea Sr. 6’4 250 Staten Island
OL Carlo Krecic St. Joseph by the Sea Sr. 6’1 235 Staten Island
RB Galo Carrera St. Peter’s Sr. 5’10 180 Staten Island
OL Sean Kennedy St. Peter’s Sr. 6’5 230 Staten Island
C Will Myhre St. Peter’s Sr. 6’4 245 Staten Island
WR Willie Dale St. Peter’s Sr. 6’2 205 Staten Island
QB Joe Czelusniak St. Peter’s Sr. 6’2 175 Staten Island
OL Louis Springer Xaverian Sr. 5’10 280 Staten Island
RB Brandon Peterson Xaverian Jr. 5’7 170 Brooklyn
OL Teddy Boateng Xavier Sr. 5’10 210 Queens
RB Mike Chiarovano Xavier Jr. 5’8 175 Queens
RB Zachary Cilmi Xavier Jr. 5’9 160 Staten Island
POS. Player School Year Ht. Wt. Hometown
DB Gavin Heslop Archbishop Stepinac Sr. 6’1 180 Yonkers
DT Christopher Jordan Archbishop Stepinac Sr. 6’2 295 Yonkers
DE Terry McDonald – Preston Archbishop Stepinac Sr. 6’2 225 White Plains
LB Damarcus Miller Archbishop Stepinac Sr. 6’1 185 New Rochelle
DE Isiah Williams Cardinal Hayes Sr. 6’3 240 Bronx
DE Albert Smith Cardinal Hayes Sr. 6’ 225 Harlem
LB Justin Collins Cardinal Hayes Sr. 5’11 190 Bronx
LB Calvin Milliner Cardinal Hayes Sr. 5’10 196 Harlem
CB Ashton Toliver Cardinal Hayes Sr. 6’1 180 Harlem
LB Javier Barcelona Cardinal Spellman Sr. 5’9 187 Bronx
DL Ted Capsis Chaminade Sr. 6’3 250 East Williston
LB Jack Fowler Chaminade Sr. 6’1 215 Wantagh
DL Brain Goulard Chaminade Sr. 6’2 250 Garden City
FS Jack Morris Chaminade Jr. 6’ 175 Bellmore
LB Vinny Speranza Chaminade Sr. 5’11 200 Syosset
DB Christian Layne Christ the King Jr. 6’ 186 Brooklyn
LB Cory Giordano Fordham Prep Sr. 6’1 230 Rye
DB Calvert Springer Holy Cross Sr. 5’9 170 Springfield Gardens
LB Christopher Manfre Holy Cross Sr. 5’11 205 Howard Beach
DB Justin Johnson Holy Trinity Sr. 6’3 185 Cambria Heights
LB Andre Devieux Holy Trinity Sr. 6’1 220 Amityville
LB Lorenzo Gisonda Holy Trinity Sr. 5’11 190 Franklin Square
LB Myles Dewar Holy Trinity Sr. 5’9 190 Uniondale
LB Colin Moran Holy Trinity Jr. 6’ 190 Syosset
DE Qaadir Sheppard Iona Prep Sr. 6’4 235 Bronx
DB Taj Marable Iona Prep Sr. 5’10 180 White Plains
LB Sal Villano Iona Prep Sr. 5’11 195 Bronxville
DB Syncier Malone Iona Prep Sr. 6’2 185 New Rochelle
DB Brian Thompson Iona Prep Sr. 6’2 195 Bronx
LB Michael Greene Kellenberg Sr. 5’11 190 Stewart Manor
LB Michael Patalano Kellenberg Sr. 6’ 185 Mineola
LB Joe Irlinger Monsignor Farrell Sr. 5’10 185 Staten Island
DB Fred DiTommaso Monsignor Farrell Sr. 5’10 200 Staten Island
DL Christian Sheridan Monsignor Farrell Sr. 6’2 270 Staten Island
LB Phil Forma Monsignor Farrell Sr. 5’10 190 Staten Island
LB Storm Williams Mount Saint Michael Jr. 6’ 210 New York City
DB Nazir Hopson Mount Saint Michael Jr. 5’9 150 New Jersey
DB Aaron Brown Mount Saint Michael Sr. 5’7 160 New York City
DE Pete Corbett St. Anthony’s Sr. 6’ 235 Wantagh
LB Kyle O’Donnell St. Anthony’s Jr. 6’1 210 Seaford
LB Josh Jefferson St. Anthony’s Sr. 6’ 215 Lindenhurst
DE Russell Kohler St. Anthony’s Jr. 5’10 225 Seaford
LB Richard Posch St. Francis Prep Sr. 5’10 205 Whitestone, NY
LB Francis Cole St. Francis Prep Sr. 5’11 190 Maspeth, NY
DE Brendan Cole St. Francis Prep Sr. 5’11 190 Maspeth, NY
DL Daniel Driscoll St. John the Baptist Sr. 6’ 240 Rocky Point
LB Jamal Butler St. John the Baptist Sr. 6’1 230 Bay Shore
DE Frank Pannacchione St. John the Baptist Sr. 6’1 175 West Islip
LB Brian Weintraub St. Joseph by the Sea Sr. 6’ 225 Staten Island
DB Frank Vigilante St. Joseph by the Sea Sr. 5’11 180 Staten Island
DL Nic Franklyn St. Peter’s Sr. 5’7 190 Staten Island
LB Sean Wade St. Peter’s Sr. 5’10 220 Staten Island
DB Jeff Karteron St. Peter’s Sr. 6’1 175 Staten Island
LB Michael Rosetti Xaverian Jr. 5’8 190 Brooklyn
DT Joseph Garthaffner Xavier Sr. 5-11 195 Brooklyn
LB Ryan Fitzpatrick Xavier Sr. 5-10 180 Staten Island
LB Frank Masella Xavier Jr. 5-9 200 Queens

~ Varsity Awards ~

 Division Awards

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

Archbishop Stepinac

 Howie Smith Award – A Division Champion


 Championship Awards

Tom Murray Award – A Varsity Champion

Fordham Prep

Joe Lamas Award – AA Varsity Champion


 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

Joseph Spagnolo

Jon Demarco

 Andy Martinez

Sheddrick Wilson

Steve Moroney

Joe Collins Jr.

 Adam Gullo

Gene Johnson

Kevin Magee

Ryan Hunt

Sanjay Singh

 ~ Players of the Year Awards ~

New York State Football Coaches

Championship Game Offensive and Defensive Player Awards

AAA Championship Offensive Most Valuable Player – Gavin Heslop (Archbishop Stepinac)

AAA Championship Defensive Most Valuable Player – Damarcus Miller (Archbishop Stepinac)

AA Championship Offensive Most Valuable Player – Nicholas Crennan (Chaminade)

AA Championship Defensive Most Valuable Player – Vincent Speranza (Chaminade)

A Championship Offensive Most Valuable Player – Matthew Valecce (Fordham Prep)

A Championship Defensive Most Valuable Player – Michael Bronzo (Fordham Prep)

Vincent O’Connor Award

Defensive Player of the Year


Qaadir Sheppard (Iona Prep)


Gavin Heslop (Archbishop Stepinac)

 A Defensive Player of the Year

Cory Giordano (Fordham Prep)

 Joe Riverso Memorial Award

Offensive Player of the Year


Andrew Lunarola (Monsignor Farrell)


Robert Madison (Iona Prep)

A Offensive Player of the Year

Bobby Mossa (Kellenberg)

Joe Thomas Memorial Award

Lineman of the Year


Peter Corbett (St. Anthony’s)


Dwayne Scott (Archbishop Stepinac)

A Lineman of the Year

Kenneth Preisel (Kellenberg)

 Golden Eleven Awards

Erick Pacher (Chaminade)

Tom Dennis (St Anthony’s)

Matthew Conlon (St John the Baptist)

Jeff Karteron (St Peter’s)

Will Randell (Fordham Prep)

Jonathan Miller (Holy Trinity)

Tucker Clair (Kennedy Catholic)

Dan McLaren (Xavier)

Woodley Jean-Louis (Mount Saint Michael)

Christopher Manfre (Holy Cross)

Fred Di Tomasso (Monsignor Farrell)

 Monsignor Matthew Peters Award

Student Athlete Award

Brandon Coleman (Archbishop Stepinac)

Dec 012013

New York State Football Coaches
Championship Game Offensive and Defensive Player Awards
A Offense – Bryan Sinclair, QB, St. John the Baptist
A Defense – Jamal Butler, LB, St. John the Baptist
AA Offensive – Roberto Nunez, QB, Cardinal Hayes
AA Defensive – Steven Batista, DE, Cardinal Hayes
AAA Offensive – Naim Jones, RB, St. Anthony’s
AAA Defensive –Scott Arens, DB, St. Anthony’s

Vincent O’Connor Award
Defensive Player of the Year
Chris Caraballo (Monsignor Farrell)

Jordan Francklin (Holy Cross)

AA/A Defensive Player of the Year

Shawn Antoine II (Cardinal Hayes)

Joe Bilotti (St. Peter’s)

Joe Riverso Memorial Award
Offensive Player of the Year

Jordan Gowins (St. Anthony’s)

Sean Cerrone (Chaminade)

AA/A Offensive Player of the Year

Lawson Prendergast (St. John the Baptist)

James Esposito (Bishop Ford)

Joe Thomas Memorial Award
Lineman of the Year

Steven Fletcher (St. Anthony’s)

Brian Harris (Archbishop Stepinac)

AA/A Lineman of the Year

Jaelen Vazquez (Cardinal Hayes)

Walter Ferdinand (Bishop Ford)

Golden Eleven Awards
Joseph Barettta – St. Joseph by the Sea
Mike Russo – St Anthony’s
Patrick Williams – Holy Trinity
Kevin DeMauro – St. Francis Prep
Steven Alonso – Chaminade
Phineas Reichert – St John the Baptist
Joseph Principato – Xaverian
Kevin Fitzpatrick – Xavier
Nicholas Kryza – Iona Prep
Dan Kleis – St. Peter’s
Brian Harris – Archbishop Stepinac

Monsignor Matthew Peters Award
Student Athlete Award
Nicholas Lazzara – Monsignor Farrell

Dec 012013

Bro. Neri Fulton, O.S.F. Award – AAA Division Champion
St. Anthony’s

Championship Awards
Tom Murray Award – A Varsity Champion
St. John the Baptist

Joe Lamas Award – AA Varsity Champion
Cardinal Hayes

Michael Cunnion Memorial Trophy
Presented to the League Champions
St. Anthony’s

Joseph Tricario Memorial Trophy
Presented to the Winning Coach
Richard Reichert

Assistant Coaches Awards
Presented by the Head Coach
Lenny Anderson
Larry Broesler
Alex Conlon
Fred Gallagher
Chris Koepplin
Bob Lewis
Mark Maier
Mike Maratto
Dick McGuire
George McLaren
Matt McLees
Joe Minucci
Tom Monahan
Neil Varricchio

Dec 012013
Week 1
Sean Cerrone, QB, Chaminade
Malik Crossdale, RB, Fordham Prep
Will Solomon, RB/FS. Xavier
Jordan Franklin, LB/RB, Holy Cross
Week 7
Patrick Williams, DB, Holy Trinity
Odean Gilzene, DT, Mount St. Michael
Sean Wade, TE/LB, Bishop Ford
Stephan Smith, RB/DB, Iona Prep
Week 2
Joe Sotomayor, LB, St. Anthony’s
Brandon Coleman, QB, Stepinac
Lawson Prendergast. RB/LB, St. John the Baptist
Rob Speranza, RB, Chaminade
Week 8
Shakur Bey, QB, Nazareth
Matthew Tierney, K, Archbishop Stepinac
Greg Galligan, QB, St. Anthony’s
Michael Greene, LB, Kellenberg
Week 3
Kasim Thomas, QB/DB, Mount St. Michael
Dante Aiken, RB, Bishop Ford
Jordan Gowins, RB, St. Anthony’s
Justin Guerre, RB, St. Francis Prep
Week 9
Christopher Monfre, LB-FB, Holy Cross
Jonathan Joseph, CB, St. Francis Prep
Brian Harris, C – DE, Archbishop Stepinac
Week 4
Rodney Gonzalez, SB, Bishop Ford
Shaka Shomari, RB, Holy Trinity
Jack Fowler, LB, Chaminade
Michael Hartgrove, WB. St. Francis Prep
Osaze Perry-Porter, DE-TE, Stepinac
Playoffs Round 1
Tim Poindexter, RB, Cardinal Hayes
Albert Sutton, RB/LB, Mount Saint Michael
Steven Bradley, RB, St. Peter’s
Naranda Itwaru, S, Archbishop Stepinac
John Antetomaso, R, Kellenberg
Edwin Webber, QB, Cardinal Spellman
Week 5
James McHale, QB, Fordham Prep
James Esposito, QB, Bishop Ford
Tyrrell Halliman, WR/DB, Mount St. Michael
Robert Bambil, OLB, Archbishop Stepinac
Shakur Bey, QB, Nazareth
AAA – AA Semi-Finals
Naim Jones, RB, St. Anthony’s
Kasim Thomas, QB, Mount Saint Michael’s
​Jordan Francklin, LB-RB, Holy Cross
Sam Orta, OLB, Cardinal Hayes
Robert Irimescu, DT/RB, Xavier
Week 6
Bryan Sinclair, DB/RET, St. John the Baptist
Tariq Oliver, RB, St. Francis Prep
Joseph Barretta, RB, St. Joseph-by-the-Sea
Trey Solomon, RB, Xavier
New York State Football Coaches
Championship Game Offensive and Defensive Player Awards
A Offense – Bryan Sinclair, QB, St. John the Baptist
A Defense – Jamal Butler, LB, St. John the Baptist
AA Offensive – Roberto Nunez, QB, Cardinal Hayes
AA Defensive – Steven Batista, DE, Cardinal Hayes
AAA Offensive – Naim Jones, RB, St. Anthony’s
AAA Defensive –Scott Arens, DB, St. Anthony’s
Dec 012013

Metropolitan Football Association Award
In Memory of John Bromm
Pierangelo Licata – St Francis Prep
Joseph Cutrone – Xavier
Stefan Harrington – Holy Cross

The Ken Weinman Award
Donated by the Intercounty Association of Football Officials
Raffaele Bradshaw – Holy Trinity
William Renz – Chaminade
Francesco Tangredi – Chaminade

Lieutenant Ronald Winchester Award – Unsung Hero Award
Donated by the L.I.A.F.O. Foundation of New York
Aidan Morgan (Xaverian)

The Bob Stenger Memorial Freshmen Sportsmanship Awards
City – Fordham Prep
Island – St. John the Baptist

Junior Varsity Awards
Division Champions
St. Anthony’s

Championship Awards

Joe Sullivan Award – AA Champions
Holy Cross

League Champions

John Marchassalla Award
Presented to the League Champions
St. Anthony’s

Head Coach Award
Phil LaGreca

Assistant Coaches Awards
Presented by the Head Coach
Fred Gallagher Sr
Lou Bonnanzio
Darren Dawber
Rich Mamolite
Robert Lewis
Harrison Passante
Sam Maratto
Chris Koepplin
Nicholas Auriemma
Bro. Xavier Castaldo

Dec 012012

New York State Football Coaches
Championship Game Offensive and Defensive Player Awards

A Offense – Xaviah Mattocks (Bishop Ford)
AA Defense – Devonte Linton (Bishop Ford)
AA Offensive  – William Solomon (Xavier)
AA Defensive – Ryan Kilgallen (Xavier)
AAA Offensive –  Sean Cerrone (Chaminade)
AAA Defensive – Brian Dunne (Chaminade)

Vincent O’Connor Award
Defensive Player of the Year

Jordan Francklin (Holy Cross)

Christopher D’Ambrosio (Chaminade)

AA/A Defensive Player of the Year

Khalil Collier (Cardinal Hayes)

Lawson Prendergrast (St. John the Baptist)

Joe Riverso Memorial Award
Offensive Player of the Year

Andrew Russo (St. Joseph by the Sea)

Mario Biaggi (Iona Prep)

AA/A Offensive Player of the Year

Devon Mitchell (Bishop Ford)

William Soloman (Xavier)

Joe Thomas Memorial Award
Lineman of the Year

O’Shane Morris (Iona Prep)

Joe Tustin (St. Anthony’s)

AA/A Lineman of the Year

Mamadou Bah (Cardinal Hayes)

Jackson Moses (St. John the Baptist)

Golden Eleven Awards

Nicholas Groszewski – Fordham Prep
Joseph Gotti – Holy Trinity
Brett Bracco – Msgr. Farrell
Xavier Watkins – St.John the Baptist
William Bishop – Iona Prep
Andrew Lane – Mount St. Michael
Steven Wasserfall – St. Francis Prep
Thomas Galli – St. Joseph by the Sea
George Dawson – Cardinal Hayes
Christopher D’Ambrosio – Chaminade
Rory Walsh – Kellenberg

Monsignor Matthew Peters Award
Student Athlete Award

Rob Casey – St. Peter’s