*Originally Posted October 2016*
Rivalry week has concluded in North Jersey between the two powers of Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco. Defense, turnovers, big plays and momentum swings dominated this game, so let’s get into the recap.
The Ironmen swept the Crusaders in two matchups last year, so the Crusaders sought revenge this past Saturday. Unfortunately, that would not happen as Bosco would win in Oradell 17–10 in an OT thriller. All in all the game was pretty sloppy, the Ironmen just made fewer mistakes. A combination of Langan turnovers set up Bosco for both of their regular time scoring opportunities on which they capitalized. After that, the Ironmen weren’t giving the Bergen offense anything.
The Crusaders would score in the first half off of a miracle catch by Ankaury, but they would be shut down for the majority of the game. The only time the offense got going again was an attempt at a game-winning drive which was squandered as instead of a TD, the Crusaders would settle for a game-tying field goal.
The Crusader defense was nothing to fool around with either. The Ironmen struggled just as much as Bergen on offense but just had better field position to make something happen. Led by Ship Idrizi and Javontae Jean-Baptiste the BC defense was as stout as ever. The offensive line seemed to be improved when factoring the collateral of how good the Bosco defensive line is, but they still struggled. Marcellus Earlington really dominated the whole game and caused havoc in both the run and pass games.
It was another tough loss for the Crusaders who fall to 1–3 in the last four and are really starting to show their youth now. Hopefully, they can get back on track against Seton Hall this weekend at home for senior day.