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Rivalry Week Recap: Bergen Catholic vs Don Bosco

*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.

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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.

North Jersey High School Football Playoff Preview

*Originally Posted October 2016*

This weekend kicks off the very exciting North Jersey HSFB playoff! With numerous big-time games being played across the board, even in the first round, there is a lot to cover. Let us take a look at some of the big North Jersey powers.

*Rankings are from MaxPreps

(2) Paramus Catholic (7–2) vs (49) St Joseph’s (Metuchen) (9–0)

Both of these schools are coming into this game having very strong seasons. The Paladins have without a doubt played tougher competition than Falcons, but 9–0 is still impressive. The Paladins will be at home for this one and hope Senior QB Andrew Brito can lead them to victory. I expect big games for Corey Bolds and Johnathan Clark as well as a cruising Paladin victory.

(3) Don Bosco Prep (5–4) vs (47) Seton Hall Prep (2–7)

Prep vs Prep is what this one is. The always fearsome Ironmen take on the Pirates who are coming off of a struggling season. The Pirates are coming off of a loss to Bergen Catholic on the road as the Ironmen are coming off of back to back road victories against SPP and BC. After a struggling start, Toal and crew have bounced back to a very solid 5–4 going 5–1 in New Jersey play. The Ironmen are at home and should run away with this one.

(6) St. Peters Prep (6–3) vs (20) Delbarton (4–5)

The Marauders have played very well this season thus far but will miss their starting QB Johnathan Lewis for the rest of the season as he has gone down with an injury. Even with that said, the Marauders should still be better at every position on the field compared to the Green Wave. It is also at Caven Point, which is a very big aid for SPP. Like the previous three games, I expect to see a victory from the favorite.

(5) Bergen Catholic (6–3) vs (4) St Augustine (9–0)

Now this right here should be a game. The 9–0 Hermits take on the 6–3 Crusaders in Oradell, but this is a game a lot of people have swinging towards the underdog. St. Augustine has dominated almost everyone they have played this season and looked confident in doing so. There also is the smallest gap in the rankings between these two teams compared to the others. The offensive line will play a big factor in this one and will need to set the tone early. The Crusaders best chance to win is if the running game can finally show back up, but we should be in for a good one.

Why no St. Joes (Montvale) coverage?

The reasoning behind me not discussing the Green Knights even though they are a North Jersey power is simple. The Green Knights have elected to play in a much smaller, easier division with the new grouping system. They open up against Pingry, a school that St. Joes is higher nationally than Pingry is ranked in the state. I think you get my point.

I wish every team the best of luck! Don’t forget to be at kickoff in Oradell at 1PM EST Saturday 11/12/16.

Bergen Catholic 2016 Season In Review

*Originally Posted October 2016*

The Bergen Catholic Crusader football season is over, and for the second year in a row they finished at 7–4 and have failed to reach Metlife. Last season they lost for the second time in the season to arch-rival Don Bosco, and this time to St. Peters.

It was a season of ups and downs for the Crusaders. A season that was proclaimed by many, a “rebuilding year” started off more than just that. BC would start off 4–0 but quickly suffer a slew of injuries to valuable players. After the latter happened, that is where the youth and lack of depth started to show. After starting off 4–0, BC would finish the regular season 2–3 and season in general 3–4.

Even in losses, though, we saw the emergence of some breakout seniors and some special underclassmen. Ankaury Camilo and Erik Massey burst onto the scene for BC this year and Ship Idrizi elevated his game to a level I have not seen in HS football before. Young stars in the making like Dylan Classi, Javontae Jean-Baptiste, and Zaakir Faith also laid their impact in their first season starting on varsity. The roster is loaded with talent and a lot of that showed this season.

All in all the season was great. A lot of new faces dominated and stepped up as well as some old ones continued to play well. It was a shame Bergen Catholic couldn’t capture it’s 17th state championship, we will just have to hold off for an another year.

Personally, I would like to thank everyone who has read every column I have put out. Whether you just read one or read them all, you all contributed to my enjoyment of writing them and witnessing the season. We totaled over 50K reads/views throughout the season. This whole experience has been helpful to me as I have grown as a writer both with my content and connections. I would also like to thank personally, Coach Nunz. When I brought the idea to him early in the summer, I had no idea it would go as well as the latter explained. I would like to take him for constantly providing me with info about the team, quotes and much more and not once complaining.

Once again, Thank you.