Rivalry Week Preview: Don Bosco vs Bergen Catholic

*Originally Posted October 2016*

It’s here….. What you all have been waiting for, it is Bosco week. The long, fearsome rivalry between these two private schools continues this season, this time in Oradell. After Bosco sweeping the series 2–0 last year and knocking BC out the playoffs, the Crusaders will set the stage for revenge.

This is the type of matchup where rankings don’t matter. Bosco could be 0–6 and Bergen 6–0 and it would still be a battle. With that said, Bergen comes in on a one game wins streak and sits at 5–2 on the season. Bosco, on the other hand, is coming off a loss and stands at 3–4. It has been a down season for the Ironmen but they still have threats on both sides of the ball.

Led by Syracuse commit and 3-Star QB Tommy DeVito, the Ironmen will look to upset their arch-rivals. The Senior has struggled so far this season but definitely has the talent to get back on track. The Ironmen don’t have a feature back this year like Malik Bakker, but they still feature arguably the best offensive line in the state. Led by 4-Star Tyler Friday the line is as dominant as ever. 65% of Bosco’s plays this season have been drop backs, so the BC secondary better be ready.

The Ironmen started off 0–3 but have climbed back to 3–4 since then. The defense for Bosco is missing 3-Star Marcus Valdez but still contains 3-Star Kevin Brennan and 3-Star Marcellus Earlington.

Here come the crusaders. After a perfect 4–0 start the kids from Oradell have slipped up in the last three going 1–2 with a struggling victory against Pope John last week. The Crusaders should see a returning Aneas DiCosmo and Erik Massey this game as well as feature back Josh McKenzie. Langanwill play, but one again not at full health. We saw more mobility from the Dual Threat QB last week so hopefully, he takes the next step this week.

The main thing that will need to be watched is the offensive line. A set of positions that wasn’t necessarily struggling in the early season, has been an atrocity in the last three games. If the Crusaders want to win, they need to get a push-up front. As far as the defense goes, they should be amped and ready to go led by Ship Idrizi.

It is going to be a good one, I can tell. See you in Oradell, NJ at 1PM EST tomorrow afternoon.


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