Jun 152017

As the season is only a few months away from opening up the Varsity,  JV A, and JV B Master Schedules have been released with game times and locations.  To view the schedules click the Schedules tab and select the schedule you would like to view (Varsity, JV A, JV B).  Please note some games may be subject to change.

Feb 012017
The following Student-Athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education and football careers at the
collegiate level:
  • Rodney Samson Jr RB/LB – Iona Prep – Merrimack College
  • John Tyrrell OL/DL – Iona Prep – New Haven University
  • Noah Lancia C – Monsignor Farrell – Saint Anselm College
  • Dan Lord DL – St. Anthony’s – United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Tyler Palminteri RB – St. Anthony’s -Merrimack College
  • Charles Barsella LB – St. Anthony’s – Trinity College
  • Tyler LoCicero K – St. Anthony’s – Nassau Community College
  • Andrew Hancock WR – St. Anthony’s – Endicott College
  • Steve Beseler LB – St. Anthony’s – RPI
  • Devin Henry DB – St. Anthony’s – University of Albany
  • Jason Martello DL – St. Anthony’s Endicott College
  • Will Corchado RB/DB – Holy Trinity – Sacred Heart University
  • Jared Williams RB/DB – Holy Trinity – LIU Post
  • Matthew Ragno QB – Holy Trinity – Hartwick College
  • Matthew McCarthy TE – Holy Trinity – University of Buffalo
  • Malik Fischer RB/DE – Xavier – Villanova University
  • Ifeany Emeh – Xavier – SUNY Cortland
  • Rory Kinsella – Xavier – Carnegie Mellon
  • Antonio Giannico RB/LB – Stepinac – Bryant University
  • Louis Blackwell LB – Stepinac – Gannon University
  • Izayah Powell DE/LB – Stepinac – Brown University
  • Devonte Myles S – Stepinac – Sacred Heart University
  • Tyger Winston WR/S – Stepinac – Gannon University
  • John Walsh OL – Stepinac – Ithaca College
  • Brandon Gasparre WR – Stepinac – Endicott College
  • Jaylin Mills DT – Stepinac – Springfield University
  • Devante Reid WR/CB – Stepinac – Worchester Academy
  • Malcolm Koonce DE – Stepinac – University of Buffalo Milford
  • AJ Mistler WR/DB – St. Peter’s – University of Albany
  • Dom Anderson WR/DB – St. Joe’s by the Sea – Cornell University
  • Carlos Hernandez S – St. Joe’s by the Sea – Springfield College
  • Mike Hemsley OL – St. Joe’s by the Sea – Farleigh Dickinson University
  • Francis Perry QB – St. Joe’s by the Sea – RPI
  • Andrew Cortese WR/DB – St. Joe’s by the Sea – RPI
  • Dan Welsome OL/DL – Xaverian – Stonehill College
  • Julius Arcaro TE/LB – Xaverian – Springfield College
  • Pat Wolff K – Fordham Prep – Wesleyan
  • John Rooney OL/DL – Fordham Prep – Williams
  • Matt Conlon OL/DL – Fordham Prep – U.S. Naval Academy
  • Anthony Lang TE/DE – Christ the King – University of Albany
  • Hasan Chambers RB/DB – Christ the King – Monmouth University
  • Justin Terry QB/DB – Christ the King – Monmouth University
  • Jonathan Coste OL/DL – Christ the King – Deleware State University
  • Randy Pringle DB – Christ the King – Stony Brook University
  • Nathaniel Pierre OL/DL – Christ the King – Marist College
  • Jonathan Melendez OL/DL – Christ the King – Alfred State University
  • Bryson Welch RB/LB – Mount St. Michael – Springfield College
  • Isaac Yeboah OL/DL – Mount St. Michael – Alfred State College
  • Christian Anderson QB/DB – Cardinal Hayes – United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Shameen Jones WR/DB – Cardinal Hayes – Rutgers University
  • Jawuan Jones RB/LB – Cardinal Hayes – Buffalo State University
  • Camarin Blair OL/DL – St. Francis Prep – American International College
  • Michael Veneziano OL/DL – St. Francis Prep – Becker College
  • Jacob Woods OL/DL – St. John the Baptist – Endicott College
  • Sean Cavanagh RB/DB – St. John the Baptist – Gettysburg College
  • Andrew Fusco OL/DL – St. John the Baptist – Hobart College
  • Noah Charvat RB/DB – St. John the Baptist – SUNY Maritime
  • Salvatore Escaldi OL/DL – St. John the Baptist – SUNY Maritime
  • Patrick Leahy RB/LB – Kellenberg Memorial – St. John Fisher College
  • Ian Nalepinski OL/DL – Kellenberg Memorial – Salve Regina University
  • Hollis Hansen DE – Kellenberg Memorial – SUNY Maritime
  • David Keogh QB – Kennedy Catholic – Curry College
  • Liam McManus OL – Kennedy Catholic – SUNY Maritime


Check back for more updates…

Stepinac Players sign their letters of intent


Malik Fisher from Xavier signs his NLI to play Football & Study at Villanova University next fall

Dec 092016

brandonjacksonReminders of Brandon Jackson, a starting sophomore defensive back at Army who died in a single-car crash early on Sept. 11, are everywhere.

There is the glistening gold helmet within the locker at West Point’s fabled Michie Stadium that is so painfully unoccupied. There are helmet stickers bearing his number, 28. There are hashtags posted by players: #DoItForBJack and #Forever28


Dec 052016

chsfl_logo_footerOfficial Stats:

NYCHSFL Football Senior Bowl

December 4, 2016                 

Mitchel Athletic Complex, Uniondale NY


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

New York City

0 0 0 10


Long Island 7 3 0 7



1st 02:08 Island Jared Williams 1yd run (Liam Dvorak kick)



2nd 08:59 Island Liam Dvorak 38yd Field Goal


3rd     No Scoring




11:57 NYC Pat Wolf 41yd Field Goal



03:43 Island Francesco Tangredi 3yd run (Liam Dvorak kick) 3-17
4th 01:02 NYC Dominick Anderson 4yd reception from John Martinos (Pat Wolf kick)



Team Totals New York City Long Island
Rushing 6 5
Passing 3 7
Rushing Attempts 13 35
Average Per Rush 3.4 4.5
Rushing Touchdowns 0 2
Yards Gained Rushing 60 178
Yards Lost Rushing -16 -22
Completions-Attempts-Int 13 – 28 – 0 8 – 19 – 0
Average Per Attempt 5.5 5.5
Average Per Completion 11.8 13.1
Passing Touchdowns 1 0
Total offense plays 41 54
Average Gain Per Play 4.8 4.8


New York City



# Gain Loss Net TD Long


Andrew Cortese (SJS)

2 25 0 25 0 23 12.5
Jonathan Gomez (AS)


13 0 13 0 8


Rodney Samson (IP)

4 13 -5 8 0 9 2.0
Ifeanyi Emeh (Xr) 3 7 -2 5 0 5


Rodney N’Guessan (CS)

1 2 0 2 0 2 2.0
Michael Apostolopoulos (IP) 1 0 -9 -9 0



13 60 -16 44 0



Name Att Cmp Int Yds TD Long

John Martinos (SP)

12 6 0 71 1 59
Frank Patalano (MF) 5 3 0 54 0


Francis Perry (SJS)

5 2 0 27 0 17
David Keogh (KC) 1 1 0 3 0


Michael Apostolopoulos (IP)

6 1 0 -2 0

TOTALS 28 13 0 153 1




# Yds TD Long
Rocco Miraglia (MF) 1 59 0


Brandon Gaspare (AS)

2 46 0 36
Nick DiStefano (MF) 3 35 0


Dominick Anderson (SJS)

3 12 1 10
Rodney Samson (IP) 2 10 0


Bobby Wing (SP)

2 -9 0


TOTALS 13 153 1



Long Island


Name # Gain Loss Net TD Long Average
Umari Taylor (HT) 12 100 -15 85 0 47


Matthew Ragno (HT)

4 15 0 15 0 4 3.8
Jared Williams (HT) 4 13 0 13 1 7


Tosin Oyekanmi (CK)

1 10 0 10 0 10 10.0
Patrick Leahy (KM) 2 10 0 10 0 8


Franceso Tangredi (C)

5 11 -1 10 1 4 2.0
Sean Cavanagh (SJB) 4 13 -4 9 0 6


Christian Valdez (HC)

1 4 0 4 0 4 4.0
Marco King (Naz) 2 2 -2 0 0 2




35 178 -22 156 2 47




Att       Cmp     Int Yds TD Long
Matthew Ragno (HT) 9 5 0 50 0


Christian Valdez (HC)

6 2 0 40 0 28
Matthew Chmil (C) 4 1 0 15 0




19 8 0 105 0




# Yds TD Long
Terrence Mooney (SA)


43 0


Jared Williams (HT)

1 23 0


Michael Ciardiello (HC)

2 13 0


Patrick Leahy (KM)

1 12 0 12
Marco Mongelli (KM) 1  8 0


Tosin Oyekanmi (CK)

1  6 0


TOTALS 8 105 0



Dec 042016



Monsignor Matthew Peters Award – Student Athlete Award

Francesco Tangredi – Chaminade


Golden Eleven Awards


Rory Kinsella – Xavier

Steven Baseler – St. Anthony’s

Gavin Monreale – Monsignor Farrell

Patrick  La Rosa – Kellenberg

Izayah Powell – Archbishop Stepinac

Christian Valdez – Holy Cross

Miraj Patel – Kennedy Catholic

Sean Cananaugh – St. John the Baptist

Francis Perry – St. Joseph by the Sea

Alex Parciak – Holy Trinity

John Rooney – Fordham Prep

 Vincent O’Connor Memorial Award – AAA Defensive Player of the Year

Gene Brown – Archbishop Stepinac


AA Defensive Player of the Year

Rodney Samson – Iona Prep


A Defensive Player of the Year

Julius Arcaro – Xaverian


Joe Riverso Memorial Award – AAA Offensive Player of the Year

Christian Anderson – Cardinal Hayes


AA Offensive Player of the Year

Umari Taylor – Holy Trinity


A Offensive Player of the Year

David Keogh – Kennedy Catholic


Joe Thomas Memorial Award – AAA Lineman of the Year

Dan Lord – St. Anthony’s


AA Lineman of the Year

Frank Guidice – St. John the Baptist


A Lineman of the Year

Michael Booth- Cardinal Spellman


Lieutenant Ronald Winchester Award – Unsung Hero Award

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

Justin Montoyo (Mount Saint Michael)



Metropolitan Football Association Award: In Memory of John Bromm

Souleymane Camara –  Cardinal Hayes

Brandon Gibson – Kennedy Catholic

Chris Cammarata – St Joseph by the Sea

 Intercounty Association of Football Officials Award: In Memory of Ken Weinman

Donated by Scholastic Promotions Awards & More

Mike Garzone – Xaverian

Joe Reitano – Xaverian

Ian Mullaney – St John the Baptist

Dec 032016



# Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown
3 Liam Dvorak Chaminade K/P 5’8 170 Bayport
4 Umari Taylor Holy Trinity RB 5’9 175 Freeport
10 Christian Valdez Holy Cross QB 6’1 165 Howard Beach
11 Marco Mongelli Kellenberg WR 5’11 165 Flower Hill
12 Matthew Ragno Holy Trinity QB 6’2 195 Farmingdale
13 Matthew Chmil Chaminade QB 6’1 180 Garden City
15 Terrence Mooney St. Anthony’s WR 6’ 175 Long Island
16 Terrell Jones Christ the King DB 5’10 175 Bushwick
18 Sean Cavanagh St. John the Baptist RB 5’8 155 Port Jefferson
20 Francesco Tangredi Chaminade RB 5’9 175 Smithtown
23 Dion Williams St. Anthony’s RB 5’11 190 Long Island
24 Jared Williams Holy Trinity RB 5’10 185 Massapequa
25 Andrew Hancock St. Anthony’s WR 6’1 205 Long Island
27 Patrick Leahy Kellenberg RB 5’10 170 Franklin Square
28 Marco King Nazareth RB 6′ 150 Brooklyn
31 Devin Henry St. Anthony’s DB 6’ 235 Long Island
32 Luke Pacher Chaminade DE 6’ 190 Williston Park
33 William Corchado Holy Trinity DB 6’2 180 Elmont
34 Justin Hollis St. Francis Prep DB 5’7 165 Queens
35 Michael Fellin Holy Cross DB 5’10 185 Astoria
39 Christian Legagneur St. John the Baptist DB 5’8 170 Bay Shore
40 Tyge Duffy St. Francis Prep LB 6′ 175 Queens
41 Dillon Kirby Kellenberg LB 5’8 175 Mineola
42 Victor Opera St. Dominic LB 5’11 205 Hempstead
43 Jesse Antonacci St. Anthony’s DB 6′ 190 Long Island
44 James Errante Chaminade LB 6’ 205 Wantagh
45 Alexander Parciak Holy Trinity LB 6’ 195 Hicksville
47 Jonathan Brown Holy Trinity LB 5’11 190 Freeport
48 James Doherty St. Dominic DE 6’ 220 Plainedge
49 Dylan McCutchen Holy Cross DE 6’2 230 Whitestone
50 Julius Arcaro Xaverian LB 6’1 225 Brooklyn
51 Charles Barsella St. Anthony’s LB 6’2 235 Long Island
52 Brandon McClaren Holy Trinity DE 6’2 230 Roosevelt
53 Jon Coste Christ the King DL 6’2 285 Corona
54 Lucus Anastasis Holy Cross DT 6’1 235 Douglaston
55 Frank Guidice St. John the Baptist DE 6‘3 260 Wantagh
56 Steve Beseler St. Anthony’s LB 5’11 215 Long Island
57 Gerry Fester Holy Trinity DL 5’11 215 Freeport
62 Jordan Brathwaite Nazareth DL 6’2 250 Brooklyn
63 Ian Nalepinski Kellenberg OL 6’1 215 Malverne
63 Jason Martinez St. Anthony’s DE 6′ 275 Baldwin
64 Paul Samms Chaminade OL 6’1 240 Hempstead
66 Andrew Fusco St. John the Baptist OL 5’10 25 East Islip
68 Nick Pavata Holy Cross OL 6’4 310 Bayside
70 Darius Nieves Christ the King OL 6’2 245 East New York
71 Nicholas Torres Holy Cross OL 6’5 290 Whitestone
72 Camarin Blair St. Francis Prep OL 5’11 290 Queens
75 Conor Ferrick Chaminade OL 6’3 235 Rockville Centre
76 Dan Welsome Xaverian OL 6’2 290 Brooklyn
77 Matt Perez Xaverian OL 5’10 300 Brooklyn
78 Jacob Woods St. John the Baptist OL 6’4 310 Smthtown
81 Kevin Gutierrez St. Anthony’s DE 6’2 235 Huntington
82 Michael Ciardiello Holy Cross WR 5’8 155 Whitestone
85 Tosin Oyekanmi Christ the King WR 6’1 185 Far Rockaway
86 Dominic Doria Chaminade WR 6’3 185 Massapequa
Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Kevin Hanifan
Assistant Coaches: Jim McDermott, Kevin Dolan, Darrin Dawber,                                          John Diffendale, Fred Capace, Sal Rogers
1 John Martinos St. Peter’s QB 6’1 188 Staten Island
3 David Keogh Kennedy Catholic QB 5’11 185 Mahopac
4 Frank Patalano Monsignor Farrell QB 6’ 175 Staten Island
10 Bobby Wing St. Peter’s RB 5’9 175 Staten Island
11 Jonathan Gomez Archbishop Stepinac RB 6’ 200 Sleepy Hollow
12 Michael Apostolopoulos Iona Prep QB 6’2 200 Yonkers
13 Rodney Samson Iona Prep RB 6′ 205 Ossining
15 Jalen Johnson Xavier RB/SLT 5’9 180 Brooklyn
16 Ifeanyi Emeh Xavier RB/TE 5’11 190 Brooklyn
17 Rodney N’Guessan Cardinal Spellman RB 5’9 236 Bronx
18 Francis Perry St. Joseph by the Sea QB/FS 6’ 165 Staten Island
20 Andrew Cortese St. Joseph by the Sea WR/SLT 5’7 155 Staten Island
23 Miory Dawson Mount Saint Michael WR 5’11 150 NYC
24 Ryan Panny Kennedy Catholic WR 5’10 165 Mahopac
25 Stephen Weir Cardinal Spellman WR 6’0 165 Bronx
27 A.J. Mistler St. Peter’s S 6′ 190 Staten Island
28 Chris Taliercio Monsignor Farrell C 5’9 170 Staten Island
29 Christian Croner St. Peter’s C 5’10 165 Staten Island
30 Roger Montalvo St. Peter’s C 5’8 155 Staten Island
31 Carlos Hernandez St. Joseph by the Sea SS 6′ 170 Staten Island
32 Frank DiTommaso Monsignor Farrell S 6’ 170 Staten Island
33 Lamont McGriff Iona Prep SS/OLB 6’ 190 Yonkers
34 David Lopez Mount Saint Michael DB 5’8 160 Bronx
35 Paul Inzerillo Monsignor Farrell K 5’9 170 Staten Island
40 Louis Blackwell Archbishop Stepinac LB/M 6’2 220 White Plains
41 Devonte Myles Archbishop Stepinac LB/O 6’1 190 Yonkers
42 Justin Montoyo Mount Saint Michael LB/M 5’10 180 Bronx
43 Micah Jobson Mount Saint Michael LB/M 5’11 180 Bronx
44 Nick Volpe St. Peter’s LB/O 6’2 195 Staten Island
45 Dan Heaney St. Peter’s LB/O 6’1 195 Staten Island
47 Ryan Thatcher St. Peter’s LB/M 6’ 190 Staten Island
48 Rory Kinsella Xavier LB/O 6’ 185 Manhattan
49 Eric Berrios Cardinal Spellman LB/O 5’7 170 Bronx
50 Adley Raboy Monsignor Farrell DE 6’3 215 Staten Island
51 Tyler Young St. Joseph by the Sea DE 5’10 190 Staten Island
52 Donovan Shanks Xavier DL 6’1 250 Brooklyn
53 Rob Rohan Iona Prep NG 6’1 270 White Plains
54 Brandon Wren Monsignor Farrell DE 6’1 210 Staten Island
55 Aidan Donnelly Fordham Prep DL 5’11 220 Rye
56 Jaylin Mills Archbishop Stepinac DL 6’0 210 White Plains
57 Pat Wolf Fordham Prep K/P 6‘2 185 Bronx
64 Noah Lancia Monsignor Farrell OL/C 6’2 265 Staten Island
65 Tyler Catone St. Peters OL/G 6′ 235 Staten Island
66 Reyd Williams-Pedro Fordham OL/T 6’5 380 Bronx
67 Jared Maldonado St. Peters OL/G 5’9 230 Staten Island
68 Robert Rodriquez Cardinal Spellman OL/C 5’7 200 Bronx
70 Michael Hemsley St. Joseph by the Sea G/T 5’9 252 Staten Island
71 John Tyrrell Iona Prep T/G/C 6’5 290 Bronx
72 Paul Panettiere Monsignor Farrell G 5’10 215 Staten Island
74 Charlie White Fordham Prep C 6’3 230 Crestwood
75 Liam McManus Kennedy Catholic OL/DL 6’3 255 Carmel
76 Isaac Yeboah Mount Saint Michael C/G/T 5’11 220 Bronx
77 John Rooney Fordham Prep G 6’2 260 Bronxville
78 Ryan Rivera Monsignor Farrell G 5’10 220 Staten Island
80 Dominick Anderson St. Joseph by the Sea WR/1 6’4 185 Staten Island
81 Nick Distefano Monsignor Farrell TE 6’1 210 Staten Island
82 James Wieder Jr. Kennedy Catholic WR 5’7 170 Ossining
84 Rocco Miraglia Monsignor Farrell WR 6’ 180 Staten Island
85 Brandon Gasparre Archbishop Stepinac WR 6’2 175 Bronx
86 Tyger Winston Archbishop Stepinac WR 6’2 190 New Rochelle
Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Mark DeCristoforo
Assistant Coaches: Joe Spagnola, Rob Sica, Billy Figueroa,  John Clemente, John Applebee, Matt Garrity
Dec 032016

Cardinal Hayes (8-4; Metro) vs. Canisius (9-2; Monsignor Martin)


By Matt Diano:

When: Sunday December 4th, 2016

Where: Fordham University

Time: 1pm

Watch: News12Varsity.com


How they won their respective Regional Titles:

Canisius (31-20 over St. Francis)

-Combined to run for 357 yards and four TDs….Tailback, Raeqwon Greeer (Sr.), and quarterback Jayce Johnson (Jr.) tied for the team high with 143 yards each.  Greer scored two of the team’s four rushing touchdowns

-Greer (2) and Stephen Dillon joined forces in the defensive secondary to come away with three interceptions….Ranked 6th this season in the state with 2,070 passing yards and a member of the top-15 all-time among Empire State signal callers, Hickson was limited to just 118 yards on 12-for-24, getting picked twice and failing to throw a TD pass for just the second time in his senior campaign.

-Led by senior outside linebacker, Jacob Lutz’s five, Canisius racked up 13 tackles for a loss…Mason Hoose (2), Jeremy Cych (2), and Cole Burniston (2) also posted multiple TFL games.

-Hoose, who is fourth in NYS in total tackles with 134, topped the Blue & Gold with 15 stops; Lutz (12), Burniston (12), Cych (11), and Colby Moultrie (10) all reached double digits.

-Senior placekicker/Punter, Blake Haubeil, dominated in all areas of his craft, connecting on a 47-yard field goal on his lone attempt, going a perfect 4-for-4 on PATs, and controlled starting ball position by burying two of his four punts inside the 20-yard line, while also forcing five touchbacks on six kickoffs…Knowing how explosive the Hayes return game can be, Haubell’s foot might be a difference-maker. …It is by no coincidence that he is committed to the Ohio State University.


Cardinal Hayes (41-39 over Archbishop Stepinac)

-Senior QB, Christian Anderson, was named the offensive MVP following a 14-for-27, 354 yard, four TD effort…Also ran for 51 yards

-Junior TB, Carlos Fernandez, led all Cardinals’ rushers, racking up 65 yards and one score on 21 carries.

-Five different receivers had multiple catch evenings, led by Lucas Nunez, who gained 133 yards and scored a pair of 6’s on his four grabs…Rutgers recruit, Shameen Jones, who played in his first game of the year after being shelved by an injury for the entire regular season, made three catches for 52 yards, including a 29-yard TD snag.

-Nunez also had an 81-yard punt return for a TD, giving him three in total on November 19th

-Hayes held the lethal 1-2 senior running back combo of Antonio Giannico (90) and Jonathan Gomez (24) to a modest total of 114 yards.  ..While Gomez would score three touchdowns on the ground, his yards per carry average of 4.0 was less than half his season average of 8.1/touch.

-Oscar Abreu had a key fumble recovery in the fourth quarter that ended a Stepinac drive that could have given the two-time defending champs their first lead of the night.

-Freshman DB, Sofian Massoud, knocked away the potential game-tying two-point conversion attempt to preserve the Hayes victory




The classic tale of the high-powered offense versus the shutdown defense, the ultimate question on everyone’s mind as we approach the final game of the 2016 season, is which team will be able to make the other play their style at their preferred tempo?


The Metro league champions, Cardinal Hayes, led by C.J. O’Neil, would love nothing more than to see the final score end up in the 40s or 50s…After all, when you are putting up 40+ points per game every time you step onto the field, you are going to win 99.9 percent of the time….Losers of their first three games of the 2016 season (not scoring more than 30 points in any of these defeats), following a close 18-15 win over Xavier, something just seemed to click into place for the boys from the Bronx, who went on to win four of their final five regular season games before peeling off three postseason wins (avenging two of their four losses)….Since the fifth week of the regular season, Hayes has proceeded to score no less than 33 points and have surpassed the 40-mark in five straight outings (including recent 43-24 win on Thanksgiving over Mt. St. Michael Academy).


Taking nothing away from the Hayes defensive unit, who most certainly has the speed, size, and skill to take over a game, the validity of the matter is that the key to Hayes’ victory is going to be how productive they are in getting all of their freak athletes involved with the ball in their possession….Already blessed with a roster than read up and down like a future NCAA DI Track roster, the last thing that Cardinal foes needed to see was the return of Shameen Jones….Arguably considered the best receiver in the Catholic League entering the 2016 season, when Jones went down, it took a few weeks for Hayes to find their new go-to guy…However, the emergence of Lucas Nunez ( has made all the difference in the world as he will conclude his junior season as the #1 TD pass catcher in the Empire with 20 of his 52 total catches being accompanied by a “six” being put up on the scoreboard…Now armed with a 1 and a 1A option, senior quarterback, Christian Anderson, should have absolutely no problem padding his state-highs in both yards (3,267) and touchdown passes (34)…Anderson, who we hope has silenced any doubters who did not feel he was the best dual-threat quarterback in the state, is also a threat to take off with the ball, as he is second only to Carlos Fernandez (603 yards and eight TDs on 137 carries) with 586 yards.  Anderson leads the squad with nine touchdown runs too.


Canisius, who make no mistakes about it, are capable of scoring (averaging over 36ppg), would rather for a low-scoring affair….Knowing that Hayes has transformed themselves into the masters of the down-to-the wire shootout, the Buffalo based school does not need to trade blows in order to claim their second State crown in three years (defeated Stepinac in the inaugural title game in 2014)….Anchored by the likes of Mason Hoose (134 tackles, 36 TFL, 7 sacks), Cole Burniston (71 stops, 21 TFL, 8 sacks), Stephen Dillon (82 tackles, 7.5 for a loss, and a trio of sacks), and Jeremy Cych (72 stops, 8 tackles for a loss) along the D-line and the backer corps, and complemented by Raeqwon Greer(leads the team with four INTS), Paul Woods (2 picks) and Colby Moultrie (2 interceptions) in the secondary, this cohort does not get scored upon often, as they are giving up just 12.8 points per game…


Offensively, sixth-year head coach, Rich Robbins, receives significant contributions from many of these same names and faces….Using a very balanced and depth-rich running attack as the foundation of their scheme, Greer leads the Crusaders in both yardage (662 on 102 carries) and touchdowns (11)…Burniston, while getting less touches, is the owner of a higher average than his fellow senior, chewing up 7.1 yards every time he touches the ball to enter the state title contest with 466 yards and five TDs of his own….Hoose, who at 230 pounds is a beast of a young gentleman, has best been utilized in short-distance/goal line type situations, scoring seven touchdowns on 36 carries….While his numbers are slightly slanted because of the emphasis on the run, Woods is a dynamic playmaker from the wide-out position, leading the team in every receiving category with 26 catches for 505 yards and a cinco in the TD category.


Not to be outdone is a trio of other major contributors who have gone uncited up to this point….While his stats may not match up to those of his counterpart [Anderson], Jayce Johnson is as good as anyone when it comes to commanding his troops at the field general position…A capable passer who is completing over 50 percent of his attempts (63-of-120 for 894 yards and 8 touchdowns), the 6’5, 200-pounder is at his best when he is bulldozing would-be defenders to the tune of 599 yards and five TDs on 76 carries (7.9 average)….Kenyatta Huston might be Canisius’s answer to Nunez in terms of overall athleticism and “take it to the house” explosiveness…Starring as both the #2 running option (661 yards,  and nine TDs while averaging 13.8 per carry) and a lethal kick returner (33 yard average per KOR), the 5’9, 165-pounder is not big in stature, but is a giant in terms of importance….And finally, it is not every day that a special teamer falls into the category of “must include.”  Then again, Blake Haubell is not your everyday kicker/punter, an opinion that is shared by his future college head coach, Urban Meyer….Contending with the nasty upstate wind, the future Buckeye still managed to nail 6-of-9 field goal attempts, including his season long in the Monsignor Martin title game and was a perfect 50-for-50 on extra point kicks….Stepping onto the gridiron with a Howitzer for a leg, Haubell’s impact is not just limited to the points for which he accounts.  Rather, because he is able to drive the ball so deep off the tee or from punt formation that often times, he forces the opponent to start their possessions in poor field position.   Considering how efficient the Crusader defense is at stymieing anything thrown at them, the mere notion of having to go the entire length of the field against them can shatter an opponent’s confidence and will.


So, our prediction is this—-If the over/under exceeds 60, Hayes takes the crown and gives downstate the 2-1 edge in terms of total state title wins….50 or below and it will be the Crusaders celebrating on the road yet again (their 2014 victory was on Long Island).


Dec 012016

2016 Board of Governors Inductee’s

By Matt Diano: In the gospel of Matthew, it is written, “The greatest among us will be those who are called to serve (23:11).”

The Book of Peter concurred, stating, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms (4:10).”

All throughout our sacred book, the message remains….In order to be true brothers or sisters of Christ, we must always place the interests of our fellow man ahead of ourselves. 

Never were these lessons better exemplified than in the bodies, souls, and hearts of Jim Graham, Jim Parker, Kevin Magee, Dan Eagle, and John Kelly—all of whom will receive the ultimate earthly recognition and reward for their respective lifetimes of service to Catholic Football on Sunday when they are formally inducted onto the Board of Governors at the Annual Communion Awards Breakfast. 

Being enshrined into an exclusive and unparalleled club, the class of 2016 will be the 184th, 185th, 186th, 187th, and 188th members to have our highest honor bestowed upon them….Consisting of two officials and three iconic coaches, these distinguished gentlemen upheld with the utmost certainty the teachings of the “Good Book” as all used their chosen gifts to the fullest of their abilities in promoting, cultivating, and instructing our student-athletes….They represent the bedrock of all we hold dear; they are pillars of the CHSFL community. 

On behalf of those who walked before them, as well as the many who in future years will aspire to reach their standard of excellence and selflessness, please join us in rejoicing and celebrating our five new brethren; we welcome them with the same open arms that received Paul and Barnabas during their travel to Jerusalem. 


Jim Graham

Enjoying more than two decades of service to the CHSFL, Mr. Graham’s heart has long belonged to the Catholic athletic, dating back to his time as a student at St. John the Baptist High School….A measuring stick against which other referees use to determine and improve their effectiveness, the former Cougar routinely ranks among the highest rated officials in the league, as recognized by the frequency in which he is called upon to handle postseason assignments (including having the honor of being a member of the crew for the first Catholic State title game in 2014)…When not donning the zebra suit, Graham has also thrived in another capacity, serving as chairperson for the committee that selects the prestigious Winchester Unsung Hero Award since its inception.


Jim Parker

The second of our two decorated officials, Mr. Parker himself recently surpassed his 20-year anniversary, getting his start with the Metropolitan Officials Association and the CHSFL in 1991…Like Graham, Parker is the epitome of what it means to be a “ref’s ref.”  Regarded as one of the best in the business by his peers, Parker is cherished not just for his ability to get the call right on the gridiron, but also for his unrelenting willingness to take younger officials under his wing and mentor them.


Kevin Magee

Labelled as a ‘wearer of many hats” by the Archbishop Stepinac football family, Mr. Magee is that rare specimen who does not get caught up in titles or politics.  His personal job description is that he does WHATEVER it takes in order to help the Crusader student-athletes bring their dreams to fruition….A 24-year veteran on the AS sideline, prior to making his way to Stepinac, Magee was on staff at Westchester Community College.


Dan Eagle

Like Magee, Eagle has been at the forefront of some of his school’s greatest moments…His coaching career at Cardinal Spellman commenced in 1972, serving as the Head Coach of the Junior Varsity for two seasons…Promoted to Varsity Defensive Coordinator in 1974, he held this position through the 1980 season…In 1994, he returned to the varsity sideline, eventually ascending into the top spot on staff in 1997…In the six years that he was Head Coach, the Pilots flourished, advancing to the AA title game in 1998 and returning to Championship weekend in 2002 as a part of the single-A final….Transitioning into more of a mentoring/emeritus role over the course of the past three seasons, even if his name did not appear on staff, it goes without saying that Eagle very much had a direct hand in helping Spellman reach the Class-A title contest in back-to-back seasons (2015, 2016).


John Kelly

A man who loves this game so much that the only thing that could keep him away on a daily basis were the effects of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Kelly is an inspiration, both for his work on the field and for the courageous example he is now setting off of it….Hailed as the “perfect freshman coach” by those who know him best, Kelly spent 10 years turning the boys on his Xavier teams into men and future leaders…A builder of character and an instiller of core values that translate into every walk of life, if you had the privilege of playing for Kelly, you no doubt are now a better person because of that experience….Amassing a career record of 53-25, in the decade spent roaming the sidelines, Kelly only had one losing season.  To this day, he remains the only football coach in Knights’ history to oversee a perfect season, which his squad achieved when they posted an 8-0 mark in 2010.  It is worth noting that two years later, many of those same players would be key members of the 2012 varsity team that won the AA crown…While his health may have forced him into relinquishing coaching duties, Kelly remains the backbone and foundation of Xavier football.  His presence is always felt…On Thanksgiving Day, Xavier was honored to have him in attendance for the 93rd edition of their historic Turkey Bowl rivalry against Fordham Prep.