Day: September 14, 2023

2023 NYCHSFL AA GOTW #2 Preview

Mount St. Michael Academy vs. Xavier When: Saturday September 16, 2023 @1:30 pm Where: Rocco B. Commisso Field as part of the Mozilo Sports Complex (4300 Murdock Ave, Bronx, NY 10466) Watch: Youtube/MSMA Page (Click to View)   Players to Watch (Mount St. Michael Academy) *Marc Pearson Jr. (Sr.; QB)—The straw that is going to stir the drink for the Mountaineers yet again in 2023, as a junior, Pearson Jr. Garnered both All-Catholic and All-State (3rd Team) honors after having a hand (or leg) in 1,922 yards and 24 touchdowns (14 in the air, 10 on the ground)….The reigning AA-2 Offensive Player of the Year award recipient, the Bronx boy is just getting started, as he came out of the gate strong during week #0, going 15-for-24 in the air for 197 yards, while rushing for 54 more (1 TD) on 10 attempts! *Tyler Bobe (Sr.; RB)—One of three primary

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2023 NYCHSFL AAA GOTW #2 Preview

Holy Trinity vs. Immaculata When: Saturday September 16, 2023 @2pm Where: Holy Trinity HS (98 Cherry Ln, Hicksville, NY 11801) Watch: Youtube/HTHS Page (Click to View)   Players to Watch (Holy Trinity) *Rocco Rainone (Sr; QB)—-In his third year running the show for the explosive Titan offensive attack, the 5’9, 170-pound senior is a dual-threat standout who can/will beat you with equal efficiency with either of his limbs!!….Totaling 20 touchdowns last fall, he’d connect on 71-of-130 pass attempts for 1,224 yards (16 TDs), while also running for four additional scores…He has struggled a bit with accuracy thus far in 2023 (8-of-27, 164 yards, 2 TD hurls), but if he finds his groove during week #2, he is a game-changer!  *Jameer Reeder (Sr.; RB/LB)—The 2021 NYCHSFL AA-2 Defensive Player of the Year recipient, there is nothing that the 5’10, 190-pound gentleman cannot achieve if he sets his mind to it…A mainstay

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Week #1 (September 8th-10th, 2023) Marco Aruta (Jr.); QB/RB – St. Peter’s Eagles THE EAGLES ARE FOR REAL!!!  After hailing the game as a match-up that would weed out “contenders” from “pretenders” in our GOTW preview, there is no “ifs”, “and”, or “buts” about the fact that the buzz on Clinton Avenue is legitimate as St. Peter’s defended the home soil last Saturday, knocking off the preseason #3 team in the AA-1 division, St. John the Baptist, 19-14!! Starting the season 2-0 for the first time since 2016, Eagles’ Head Coach, Mark DeCristoforo, showed no hesitation in identifying his junior jack-of-all trades [Aruta] as the main component in his program’s rise from the ranks of “disrespected” to “title sleepers” in a matter of weeks!! Most certainly an individual who would have been a worthy/deserving selection in week #0 when he accumulated 154 yards of total offense (91 on the ground;

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