Stepinac Crushes Kellenberg in Playoffs
Archbishop Stepinac High School trounced Kellenberg Memorial, 42-21, in the first round of the Catholic High School Football League Playoffs, at Stepinac on Sunday.
Stepinac, the number-one seed, sustained a passing and running game that bewildered the number-eight seed Kellenberg.
Crusaders senior quarterback Joseph Collins completed 19 of 27 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns. With the score tied at 14 in the second quarter, Collins hit tight end Josh Powell with a 20-yard touchdown. Powell caught another touchdown pass from Collins in the fourth quarter, for 45 yards. Powell totaled six receptions for 121 yards, while senior Blake Rzemieniewski caught 10 of Collins’ passes for 132 yards.
“Joe (Collins) has been our leader on offense all year,” head coach Mike O’Donnell said. “He is going to be the all-time leading passer in Stepinac history at the end of this season.”
The Crusaders’ passing game against the Firebirds was complemented by their running game. With star running back Maurice Easterling sidelined with an ankle injury, freshman fullback Caleb Gilligan-Evans stepped-up his game.
Gilligan-Evans gained 121 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns. The Crusaders freshman running back scored twice in the second quarter and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter to make the score 21-14.
Stepinac will next meet rival Fordham Prep, the number-four seed, at Stepinac on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in a semifinal matchup.