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St. Anthony's Football Runs Over Holy Cross

Charlie Raffa leads a ground attack that runs for 274 yards as St. Anthony's beats CHSFL rival Holy Cross, 28-14.

Score: St. Anthony's 28, Holy Cross 14

Records: St. Anthony's 2-0, 1-0; Holy Cross 1-1, 0-1

Hero: St. Anthony's senior middle linebacker Tyler McLees seemed to get in on every play on Friday night before a crowd of 2,000 in South Huntington. He stopped CHSFL rival Holy Cross runs cold twice on fourth-and-1 plays, turning the ball over to the Friars. McLees, the son of linebackers coach and Carey High School athletic director Matt McLees, finished with 12 tackles and two sacks. After surrendering a first-quarter touchdown, the defense held Holy Cross out of the end zone until the final minute of the game.

Turning Point: Friars senior quarterback Charlie Raffa, a Maryland recruit in lacrosse, changed the tone of the game just before halftime. He jumped-started the option offense with a weaving 60-yard run to set up St. Anthony's at the Holy Cross 1-yard-line. Senior fullback Mike Schillizzi capitalized two plays later with a 1-yard dive into the end zone. James Doktor's point after kick put the Friars in front 14-7 with 14.8 seconds left in the second quarter. Raffa finished with 11 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Quote: "I thought Tyler played good, very steady,'' said St. Anthony's coach Rich Reichert, who earned his 192nd career win.

Bottom Line: It wasn't sexy, but the Friars' option attack moved the chains and got in the end zone four times. The team amassed 274 rushing yards, 191 in the first half alone . . . On the defensive side, tackle Jonathan Desir came alive in the fourth quarter with three stops in a row . . . Senior cornerback Eddie Finocchiaro suffered a broken right tibia with 2:05 remaining and is likely done for the season . . . This was a rematch of last season's CHSFL Class AAA semifinal, won by the Friars.    

Key Stat:  The Friars held Stanford-bound wide receiver Devon Cajuste in check. Aside from a 31-yard reception in the first quarter, Cajuste was a non-factor until he hauled in a 1-yard touchdown reception with 20 seconds left and the game already decided. Credit Friars cornerback Matt DeLea, who matched up well with the 6-4 Cajuste.

Who's Next:  Sept. 24 St. Anthony's @ Farrell (Staten Island), 7 p.m.


TEAMS…………….1….2….3….4 – F

Holy Cross……….7….0….0….7 – 14

St. Anthony’s….7….7….7….7 –  28

HC – Durkan 37 run (Durkan kick)

SA -- Schillizzi 1 run (J. Doktor kick)

SA -- Schillizzi 1 run (J. Doktor kick)

SA – Raffa 15 run (J. Doktor kick)

SA -- LoCascio 1 run (J. Doktor kick)

HC – Cajuste 1 pass from Gavalas (Durkan kick)

Jason Molinet September 18, 2010 at 02:22 PM
It wasn't sexy, but the St. Anthony's offense imposed its collective will and ground out an important win.
Bubba Chuck September 18, 2010 at 03:10 PM
How about a shout out to one of SA's greatest bball players John Schmidt. You think if he was 6'5" he would have played at UNC or Duke? not at CW Post? Could Johnny Boy guard Allen Iverson? :-)
Jason Molinet September 18, 2010 at 05:09 PM
As it was, Schmidt did quite well for himself with the Pioneers.
Bubba Chuck September 18, 2010 at 07:16 PM
your comparing cw post to unc & duke? if he was 6'5" would he have played at unc or duke? remember SA circa 1979? Rich Simkis? SA won a state championship....bring back Gus!!


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