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Fordham downs Stepinac 34-6

Posted Sunday, October 01, 2006 by Mike ODonnell

Fordham Prep defeats Stepinac 34-6
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(Original publication: October 1, 2006)

WHITE PLAINS 2 As Fordham Prep continues to roll through the CHSFL's AA division, it must be weary of trap games. Take last night's encounter with rival Stepinac, which had all the makings for tripping the Rams and tagging their record with a loss. The lights were bright, the homecoming crowd was large and the opponent was hyped for its first win of the season.

With that noted, just imagine Fordham Prep coach Peter Gorynski and his utter lack of excitement at seeing Stepinac's Jonathan Riddle return the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score.

"Honestly," Gorynski said, "that really put me in a bad state of mind."

Luckily for him, the Rams' offense barely noticed.

"Actually," running back Calvin McCoy said, "I didn't even see it. I just saw the Stepinac sideline jumping up and down."

Whether Fordham Prep suffered damage or not from allowing the early touchdown, it was short-lived. The Rams scored on their first drive and racked up 333 yards and 34 unanswered points in a 34-6 victory over the host Crusaders.

Senior quarterback Sean McVicker continued his strong start to the season by tossing for 175 yards and three touchdowns. McVicker found different targets each score, including 6-foot-3, 240-pound tight end Morgan Mizell, a Mount Vernon native, who, on fourth-and-six, hauled in a 28-yard touchdown to cap the Rams' first possession of the game.

"We've been trying to get the ball to him," McVicker said of his big tight end. "This week we were able to."

McVicker made his one true mistake on Fordham Prep's next possession when a misread led to an interception by defensive back Maurice Easterling.

Easterling, who calmly waited for the ball after it was tipped by a teammate, returned the interception 42 yards for a go-ahead touchdown, but the play was called back to Fordham Prep's 23 due to a penalty.

On the ensuing possession, the Crusaders attempted a pass on fourth-and-four but Rams linebacker Julian Del Toro recorded the first of his two sacks. The threat averted, Fordham Prep's offense continued to roll as Stepinac's slowly began to flounder outside of the occasional big gain from Easterling, Rashaad Slowley and Greg Caruso.

"We've been getting big plays, but we're not putting them together," Crusaders coach Mike O'Donnell said.

The distance between teams only grew as the game continued. McVicker added touchdown passes to Luke Malone and Peter LaMacchia and McCoy, who finished with 126 yards on 29 carries, scored twice on the ground.

Between the passing game and the one-man backfield, O'Donnell said the Rams' offense is easy to figure out but the diversity makes it difficult to stop.

"They're very simple," O'Donnell said. "They just do what they do very well."

Even when games don't start out so well.

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