Last Updated: 3:03 PM, October 21, 2010
Posted: 2:33 PM, October 21, 2010Comments: 0
Terrel Hunt has a message for Donnie Simmons, except he can’t get in touch with his future Syracuse teammate to deliver it.
“He hasn’t answered,” the Christ the King quarterback said. “I don’t think he wants to be my friend until after the game. I’ve been texting him. I’ve been telling him get ready. I left him a message saying I’m coming for you. He never replied. I know he’s coming for me though.”
The Archbishop Stepinac defensive end, though, doubts the veracity of Hunt’s statement.
“He never called me,” Simmons said. “I tried to call him back, but his phone was off.”
What they do agree on was the same college, both committing to the Orange a day apart in the summer, adding an interesting element to Saturday afternoon’s CHSFL Class AA-A showdown in White Plains.
“It’s going to be a very good game because of the whole Syracuse battle thing,” Simmons said. “It’s going to be really competitive. I know he is going to be playing his heart out.”’
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Simmons will be trying to stop Hunt, the league’s most explosive player who is second in the Class AA-A in rushing with 764 yards and 11 touchdowns in six games. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Hunt is also the division’s second best quarterback, behind Stepinac senior Tyrell Goodman.
“Hunt is a tremendous athlete,” Stepinac coach Mike O’Donnell said. “We played against him last year, but he has improved obviously. Our defense has only given up 27 points this year so we are really going to work hard on that this week and trying to contain him and get to him as best we can.”
Goodman, meanwhile, has completed 68 percent of his passes for 861 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also rushed for 555 yards and three touchdowns.
“I think both young men are excellent quarterbacks,” Cardinal Hayes coach C.J. O’Neill said. “I think Stepinac’s offense is a little more efficient and controlled in terms of them doing things in their offensive system whereas Christ the King, a lot of things break down and Terrel Hunt takes off.”
Odds are on Saturday when Hunt takes off, he’ll be doing his best to run away from Simmons. That was Bishop Ford’s plan in Week 6, but Simmons still had an impact on the game.
“He is unbelievable. He shuts down the right side of the field,” Ford coach Jim Esposito said of Simmons. “We saw it on film. We tried to run away from him, but you are not running to the right side of the field then. You can’t throw it. We doubled him. It didn’t matter. He is phenomenal.”
Archbishop Stepinac (6-0, 5-0), ranked No. 3 in the CHSFL by The Post, has demolished the opposition this year. The Crusaders opened the season with a stunning 23-6 non-league win against Iona Prep and haven’t let up since, outscoring the opposition 217-27 this year.
“I’m scared,” Christ the King coach Chris Higgins said. “They’re good, really good. We would have to play our best football to beat them and they would probably have to play their worst football.”
Led by Hunt, No. 10 Christ the King (5-1, 5-0) has rebounded from a one-win season last year to become one of the top teams in the ‘AA-A.’ While Hunt can make a play at any moment, the Royals need to cut down on their turnovers to be in the game with Stepinac.
“They’re real disciplined,” Hunt said. “We can’t make any mistakes because I know they’re not going to make mistakes.”
Whatever happens, Hunt will finally get to connect with Simmons when the game is over.
“We’re friends, but on the field it’s a different story,” Hunt said. “We’ll see what happens then.”