Tony Mascia leads Holy Trinity to CHSFL 'AAA' title game this season.
The suburbs produced some of the finest individual and team performances in the CHSFL. Holy Trinity and Stepinac were crowned 'AAA' and 'AA' regular-season division champions, respectively, and St. Anthony's won its eighth league championship in nine years, scoring 28 second-half points in a fiercely contested 28-21 final.
Even Iona Prep, which struggled throughout the regular season, enjoyed some highlights. The Gaels pulled perhaps the shocker of the CHSFL playoffs against St. Joseph by-the-Sea, upsetting the favored Vikes, 49-29, in the 'AAA' quarterfinals.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Anthony Brunetti, Holy Trinity
Prior to the season, Titans coach Tony Mascia shelved his spread offense and installed a more traditional setup. It was intended to give Anthony Brunetti, a 5-11, 215-pound senior, more opportunities to run.
"I thought it was great," Brunetti said. "I'm a downfield runner, and I wanted to use my speed."
It was a move that benefited the Titans and gave opposing defenses nightmares. The Holy Trinity workhorse rushed for a league-high 2,451 yards on 329 carries and scored 28 touchdowns. The four-year varsity player also played a key role as the team's starting middle linebacker. The Titans allowed the fewest points in the CHSFL.
Brunetti's leadership and ability enabled Mascia to get his impact player on the field as much as possible, and made the coach's job a little easier.
"He knew he wanted the ball," Mascia said of Brunetti. "He wanted to do everything he could to help this team."
COACH OF THE YEAR
Tony Mascia, Holy Trinity
In his 19th year as the Titans' coach, Tony Mascia instilled confidence and a sense of belief in an inexperienced team coming out of training camp. Holy Trinity quickly showed itself to be a standout squad, going undefeated during the regular season and narrowly losing to St. Anthony's in the CHSFL 'AAA' championship.
"It was incredible," Mascia said. "We had only two starters on offense returning, and three on defense. I can't say enough of how well these guys did."
Mascia featured senior running back Anthony Brunetti, who rushed for 2,451 yards. The coach's patience with freshman quarterback Christopher Laviano paid dividends as the team averaged 30 points per game. The Titans also ranked first in team defense.
Brunetti credited Mascia for turning the Titans into contenders.
"Our coach is one of the best I've ever been around," Brunetti said. "He pushed us and kept motivating us all year."
HONORABLE MENTION: Rich Reichert, St. Anthony's; Mike O'Donnell, Stepinac.
FIRST TEAM ALL- BOROUGH
QB Tom Schreiber, St. Anthony's, Sr.
QB Tyrae Woodson-Samuels, Iona Prep, Sr.
RB Anthony Brunetti, Holy Trinity, Sr.
RB Caleb Gilligan-Evans, Archbishop Stepina
WR Michael Ehrhardt, Chaminade, Sr.
OL Michael Sinto, Holy Trinity, Jr.
OL Dan Naja, St. Anthony's, Sr.
LB Samuel Deane, Holy Trinity, Sr.
DE Robert Welsh, St. Anthony's, Sr.
DT Matthew Wilson, Holy Trinity, Sr.
CB/WR Michael Dunkley, Iona Prep, Sr.
SECOND TEAM ALL-BOROUGH
QB Tyrell Goodman, Archbishop Stepinac, Jr.
QB Marc Anthony ÷Parrino, Chaminade, Sr.
RB Colby Fiedler, St. Anthony's, Sr.
RB Derelle Hunter, St. John the Baptist, Jr.
WR Peter DeSalvo, Iona Prep, Sr.
WR Frank Antetomaso, Kellenberg, Sr.
OL Andrea Gigi, Archbishop Stepinac, Sr.
DT George Apostolopoulos, Iona Prep, Sr.
DE Donnie Simmons, Archbishop Stepinac, Jr.
S/WR Joshua Powell, Archbishop Stepinac, Sr
K Jesse Signa, St. Anthony's, Sr.