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Daily News- Stepinac Beats CTK

Posted Sunday, October 24, 2010 by NY Daily news

Stepinac's Donnie Simmons runs kickoff back for touchdown to start 45-12 rout of Christ the King

Originally Published:Saturday, October 23rd 2010, 7:40 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 23rd 2010, 9:05 PM

Donnie Simmons starts Stepinac's 45-12 win over Christ the King off with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
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Donnie Simmons starts Stepinac's 45-12 win over Christ the King off with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Christ the King's Terrel Hunt and Stepinac's Donnie Simmons will be teammates at Syracuse next season.

That made the trash talking leading up to yesterday's CK-Stepinac football game even sweeter.

"We were on the phone Friday night and he was talking about he's doing a kick return," said Hunt, the Royals' senior quarterback and defensive back. "So I was like, 'Yeah, you're probably not going to run one back, you're probably a little slow.' (Simmons) surprised me."

He sure did. Simmons, Stepinac's senior defensive end and tight end, opened the game with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and then proceeded to pressure Hunt the remainder of the game, as the Crusaders blasted the Royals, 45-12, in White Plains yesterday. Stepinac quarterback Tyrell Goodman rushed for two touchdowns, while throwing for another.

The game left no doubt that Stepinac (7-0) is the team to beat in the CHSFL's 'AA' division.

"My body is killing me," said Hunt, as he gingerly walked off the field. "It was a tough game."

For the Royals (5-2), that is, who couldn't move the ball on offense, hurt themselves on special teams by giving Stepanic great field, and missed tackles on defense.

Simmons returned the opening kick for an 85-yard TD just 16 seconds into the game, calling the return a "great momentum shift."

"It was a big hole and I just took advantage of it," Simmons said.

Hunt got to know his future teammate pretty well yesterday afternoon. Maybe too well for his liking.

"He's good, he's quick," Hunt said of Simmons. "His nose is always around the ball."

Simmons' opening return was just the start for the Crusaders.

Their defense stopped the Royals' drive and built a 50-yard drive of their own that culminated with quarterback Tyrell Goodman's 10-yard touchdown run. Stepinac added a successful two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead with 4:27 left in the first quarter.

That infuriated Hunt.

"They're not that (freaking) good," Hunt yelled to his sideline. "Come on!"

The Crusaders proved otherwise, scoring two more touchdowns and adding a 25-yard field goal to take a commanding 31-0 halftime lead.

Simmons spent much of the second half helping Hunt off the ground, a spot he found himself often due to a relentless Crusaders' D.

"It' just a matter of respect," Simmons said. "I'm going to be his future teammate at 'Cuse."

Hunt would give the few CK faithful who showed up in White Plains something to cheer about, when he intercepted a pass from Goodman and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, and found Kalief Joyner for a 15-yard hookup in the waning minutes of the game.

Still, Hunt believes he could bump into his new friend Simmons before the year's over and before they begin their college careers at Syracuse.

"We're going to see them again," said Hunt, "in the championship, though."

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