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Posted Sunday, September 16, 2007 by Mike ODonnell

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Stepinac stymies St. Peter's
Eagles' defense is up to the task, but offense can't produce in 8-6 loss
Sunday, September 16, 2007
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- St. Peter's was not lacking for opportunity yesterday in its CHSFL matchup with Archbishop Stepinac -- the moments were there.

The execution, however, was not as the Eagles went scoreless in the second half to drop an 8-6 decision to the Crusaders in New Brighton.


"I felt confident that if we got a little momentum and pushed them off the line of scrimmage we would be able to score," said St. Peter's head coach Mike Cosentino. "We had some long pass plays that we didn't connect on; and down on their end of the field a few turnovers (that hurt us)."

SP gave up an early score and a safety on the ensuing kickoff, as the ball was mishandled and then rolled into the end zone where it was recovered by the Eagles.

In the second quarter, SP went three-and-out on its first series, but pinned the Crusaders deep in their own territory on a punt by Tom Low. After a quick series and punt by Stepinac, the Eagles got the ball back with excellent field position and drove 31 yards for their only score.

Trailing 8-6 from the middle of the second quarter on, SP turned the ball over twice in the fourth quarter amidst drives in Crusader territory.

The first was a stripped ball off a quarterback sneak by Low that would have given the Eagles a first down inside the Stepinac 15. The second came on an interception with 1:02 left on SP's final drive of the game in Crusader territory.

For much of the game, the Eagle defense was busy creating every opportunity it could. Stepinac scored its TD in the first quarter on a 52-yard catch and run that featured some shabby tackling by SP.

The Eagles' defense responded at nearly every critical juncture the rest of the way forcing two turnovers in the red zone and a turnover on downs in the fourth quarter. John Dowd, John Mauldin, Low, John Melfi and Eric Winfield turned in solid performances on defense.

"I think if you hold a team to six (offensive) points, you should win the game," said Cosentino. "Offensively, we didn't get it done."

Stepinac80008 St. Peter's06006 AS -- Easterling, 52-yard pass from Collins (run fail) AS -- fumbled kickoff recovered in end zone by SP Dowd SP -- Low, 1-yard run (pass fail) StepinacSP First downs812 Yards rushing51127 Yards passing15767 Passes Att-Comp-Int17-6-117-6-2 Fumbles-Lost1-12-1 Penalties-Yards2-202-20 Punts-Average4-28.54-33.5 ------ Individual statistics

RUSHING -- AS: Easterling 24-52, Guerra 1-2, Fuschetto 1-0, Collins 6-(-3). SP: Figueroa 26-92, Rice 3-15, Lewis 2-12, Low 5-8.

PASSING -- AS: Collins 6-16-157-1, Rzemieniewski 0-1-0-0. SP: Low 6-17-67-2.

RECEIVING -- AS: Rzemieniewski 3-38, Easterling 2-82, Hill 1-37. SP: Ford 2-38, Brandefine 2-16, Cuffe 1-8, Rice 1-5.

INTERCEPTIONS -- AS: Hill, Henderson. SP: Cuffe.

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