| St. Peter's Boys
(2 - 3 - 0)
October 17th, 2009
| Archbishop Stepinac
(1 - 0 - 0)
Archbishop Stepinac 40, St. Peter's 7
WHITE PLAINS, NY - Archbishop Stepinac scored twice in the final minute of the first half to turn an early advantage into a one-sided halftime lead and went on to a 40-7 CHSFL win against visiting St. Peter's.
"Terrible game," said St. Peter's coach Mike Cosentino. "We didn't play well on both sides of the ball, especially offensively. We didn't get anything going."
The Eagles (2-3 CHSFL) were burned by Stepinac senior Joshua Powell for three big-play touchdowns covering a combined 169 yards, while quarterback Tyrell Goodman added two rushing scores.
The Eagles were trailing 14-0 late in the second quarter when Powell - who had earlier taken a lateral screen for a 75-yard rushing score - gathered in another short screen from Goodman and raced 39 yards through the Eagle defense as AA-A division leader Stepinac (5-0) went up 21-0 with a minute to go in the half.
The Eagles ended up turning the ball over on downs when quarterback John Woodford spiked the ball on fourth-and-12 from St. Peter's 33-yard line, and on the final play of the half Goodman danced around the Eagle rush before scrambling to his right and connecting with James Mullen at the goal line for a 33-yard touchdown as the Crusaders took a 28-0 halftime lead.
"When they make a big play" said Cosentino, "we've got to respond with some offense and get something done, and we didn't."
The Eagles never got going against the strong play of Stepinac's defensive line, compiling just 119 yards of total offense and picking up eight first downs. Woodford was sacked four times, leading to minus-26 rushing yards, while running back Hakim Rice ran 16 times for 45 yards, fumbling three times and losing two of them.
Rice's second lost fumble gave Stepinac a short field for its first possession of the third quarter, and Goodman's 7-yard scoring run capped a 25-yard drive. A 54-yard play-action pass from Goodman to Powell finished the Stepinac scoring with 4:06 to go in the third quarter.
Matt Van Manen, who caught three passes for 37 yards, had the Eagles' only score on a 13-yard pass from Woodford in the fourth quarter.
"Give Stepinac credit," said Cosentino. "We didn't play well. They did.