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SFP beats Xavier in overtime


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After beating the Xavier Knights 41-35 in overtime at Hofstra University in Hempstead on Saturday night, October 6, the Saint Francis Prep Terriers are 4-1 overall and 4-0 in Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) competition.

Their lone loss was against Washingtonville High School, from Kingston, New York, in week one.

One of the Terriers’ strong suits — their running game — struggled to get going in the first half, forcing the team to open up the offense and mix in more passing plays.

As the game wore on, the offensive line began opening holes for the backfield duo of junior halfback Justin Guerre and senior back Kadir Wisdom. With 5:26 left in regulation, Wisdom recorded a 60-yard run with the help of strong blocking up front. The drive was completed with a Guerre 3-yard touchdown run tying the game at 27.

On the other side of the ball, the Terriers struggled to slow Knights junior running back William Solomon, who ran for more than 250 yards for the second consecutive game.

In the fourth quarter, both teams had opportunities on offense, but the game came down to defense. A deflection by senior Ramel Joseph, who ran from one sideline to the other to break up a pass and a likely score, and an interception by Guerre, who hadn’t played defense his entire high school career, helped keep the Terriers in the game.

The interception by Guerre put the Terriers back on offense and Guerre was the beneficiary. Senior quarterback Jack Hurley, who threw for 213 yards, delivered a long, accurate pass down the sideline to Guerre for a 64-yard touchdown with 1:51 to go in regulation. The Terriers then tied it with a 2-point conversion strike from Hurley to Joseph.

In overtime, a Hurley to Wisdom 20-yard touchdown and a defensive stop sealed the Prep victory against Xavier.

The game was the difference between a 3-2 team and a 4-1 team – a very big difference in October in the CHSFL.

“It is so surreal [being 4-0 in the league and beating Xavier Saturday night], but we know that we have a lot of work to do and we are not trying to lose any games this year [in the league],” Wisdom noted before Monday afternoon’s practice.

They play their homecoming game Friday, October 12 at 7 p.m. at Mitchell Field in Uniondale against the Cardinal Spellman Pilots.

SFP’s gymnastic team maintains balance as they look toward another championship


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Photos courtesy of Shay Bendeck

The Saint Francis Prep Terriers gymnastics team — the reigning Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) champions — won their first two meets of the season against the Kellenberg Firebirds and the Holy Trinity Titans last week.

Each gymnast has their strengths on the four apparatuses they compete on: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and the floor routine. Head Coach Kamla Modi strategizes the Terriers’ event lineup according to many factors including the competition as well as her gymnasts’ strengths and capabilities, which vary by day due to common injuries in the sport.

Two days after defeating Kellenberg 164.5-157.9 on October 2, the Terriers beat Holy Trinity 166.55-152.35 on Thursday, October 4. Led by sophomore Khayla Martinez-Reyes, junior Veronica Cusack and seniors Jennifer Nicola, Alexis Holuka and captain Marisa Marden, the Terriers were productive on each apparatus.

Martinez-Reyes, who will represent the Terriers individually at the championships, held at The Prep this year on Saturday, October 27, performed beautifully on each apparatus, notably the uneven bars and the vault.

“Since I was four [years old] I just loved doing crazy flips and moves – just natural to me,” Martinez-Reyes said.

Cusack performed an admirable beam routine and capped off her night with a flawless floor routine.

“It’s pretty difficult,” Cusack said of the beam routine. “Most of it is staying focused on what you have to do and not psyching yourself out.”

The floor routine’s difficulty is the choreography and mixing dance moves with gymnastic elements. Cusack explained her process for the floor routine, “I first listen to the music and then see what kind of dances I can do with it and any type of style that would go with the tango.”

Cusack chose tango music this season. Each gymnast picks out her own music for her floor routine.

Holuka also had a sound floor routine, following a difficult beam.

“I did get hurt during [the beam], but I pulled through and did what I did,” said an enthusiastic Holuka. She explained that she got an “adrenaline rush” after her beam routine leading into her floor routine.

The close-knit team looks to the captain, Marden, for advice.

After the meet on October 4, Marden said, “Today I told them: don’t give up, don’t slack, we still need to work hard.”

The Terriers have a total of six meets, competing against three different teams this season before the championships, where each team in the CHSAA competes in team and individual events.

“I think we have a good chance of winning championships again this year, so I am very excited,” Marden said.

High School Football Roundup


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Holy Cross defeats St. Francis Prep

On Saturday night, September 10, the Holy Cross Knights played host to the Terriers of Saint Francis Preparatory School at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx. For the first time in a number of years, this marquee match-up was a non-league game as the Terriers moved from the Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) AAA division last year to the CHSFL AA division this year. Holy Cross remains in the CHSFL AAA division as a top dog contender.

Holy Cross, ranked seventh in the CHSFL, came in to the game with size, strength, and confidence. The Knights are expected to have a superb season as they face a difficult schedule. In front of a standing room only crowd, on the eve of the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, both teams were revved up and ready to go. Sophomore running back Brandon Pelzer sprung into action scoring two touchdowns both on breakout runs thanks to the Knights’ exceptional offensive line. St. Francis drove down the field well on their second possession, but when they were forced to punt on fourth down, Malachi Hoskins blocked the punt and punched it in for a 30-yard touchdown.

Thomas Cani and the Terriers spread out their offense well after the first possession connecting to receivers down field and attempting to establish their running game with the duo of senior running back Casey Beaudoin and junior running back Kadir Wisdom. Wisdom caught the Terriers only touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Although a difficult game to swallow for the Terriers, as they lost to the Knights 31-6 opening night, St. Francis has a lot to look forward to this season. In the CHSFL AA division, the Terriers will be competitive. The players are hopeful to have a winning season and they understand that they need to string together a few productive seasons before they can move back up to the AAA division.

- Neil A. Carousso

John Adams improves to 2-0

The John Adams Spartans returned to the field and defeated the Wagner Falcons 22-12, in a game where chemistry proved most important.

“I think it’s fantastic – our chemistry is growing a little bit day by day,” said Spartans senior quarterback Danny Perez. “We are coming together as a team and taking it one game at a time.”

The game remained scoreless until the second quarter, when the Spartans got on the board first – a factor that head coach Gerry Weitzen believed was of utmost importance to the outcome of the game.

“It was very important to score first since we had a terrible game [last week] at Brooklyn Tech. This time we thought we could play with Wagner,” said Weitzen. “We figured we were competitive with them and I thought we were the favorites.”

After going up 14-0, the Spartans gave up Wagner’s first score of the year on a 75-yard touchdown run. The Spartans defense would give up 302 offensive yards on the day, with 270 of those coming on the ground. Senior Benjamin Ezike had 243 yards rushing on 17 attempts for Wagner.

“We made glaring mistakes and we let them back in the ballgame but as I said, a win is a win,” said Weitzen

For the Spartans, Perez was the offensive star of the game completing seven out of 10 passes for 125 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Because of his performance, Weitzen called Perez the MVP of the game – an honor which surprised the young field general.

“I didn’t even think he would say that,” said Perez. “Well you know MVP is just a title, it was the whole team. [Devven] Baker ran for over 100 yards and Antoine [Arnold] ran for 100 yards. Everybody came together, it was a team effort but I do acknowledge the MVP.”

Senior wide receiver Shane Hubbard was Perez’s favorite receiver, receiving 70 of the 125 yards. On the ground, seniors Arnold and Baker had a 105 and 111 yards respectively with each scoring a touchdown.

With the win, the Spartans improve their record to 1-1 while the Falcons record drops to 0-2.

Next up on the schedule will be the Spartans toughest test yet, the Tottenville Pirates who are one of the best teams in the city. In order for the Spartans to win the game everything must click and work seamlessly.

“Tottenville is a tough team and you know championship winners we are going to have to work hard every day, “Perez added.

- Heather Zwillenberg