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Posted Sunday, October 09, 2011 by Marc Raimondi

St. Anthony's, Carew cruise in impressive win over Stepinac

Last Updated: 5:02 AM, October 8, 2011

Posted: 1:24 AM, October 8, 2011

 

The growing pains are over. Pete Carew is ready to become the next in a long line of excellent St. Anthony’s quarterbacks.

After struggling the first few weeks of the season, the senior put together a complete performance Friday night in a 55-29 drubbing of Archbishop Stepinac in a CHSFL Class AAA game at White Plains HS. Carew, in his first year under center, was 10-of-11 passing for 141 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score.

“It’s kind of kicking in now,” he said. “We’ve gotten a few wins under our belt. Everything is coming together, each game and each week and each practice.”

St. Anthony's Pete Carew was 10-of-11 passing for 141 yards and a touchdown, with another score on the ground.
Denis Gostev
St. Anthony's Pete Carew was 10-of-11 passing for 141 yards and a touchdown, with another score on the ground.
Photos: St. Anthony's-Archbishop Stepinac
St. Anthony's Jack Poetzsch had 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Denis Gostev
St. Anthony's Jack Poetzsch had 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Photos: St. Anthony's-Archbishop Stepinac
 

Carew had a pair of fumbles last week against Holy Cross and didn’t have the easiest time running or passing the ball. The Friars ground attack bailed him out in a 29-19 win and St. Anthony’s (4-0, 4-0 ‘AAA’) ate up serious rushing yardage again Friday. But this victory was all about Carew and how his strong play gives the powerhouse team yet another dimension.

“Much, much better,” St. Anthony’s coach Rich Reichert said of his quarterback’s performance. “We were hard on him all week, because he just didn’t play well last Sunday. He corrected a lot of his mistakes.”

Senior running back Maston Ellerbe helped open up the field for Carew. He had 157 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, part of the Friars’ 317 total on the ground. Fullback Anthony Anderson had 77 yards on 14 carries with a pair of touchdowns and Brandon Lane had a fourth-quarter score when the game was already decided.

And to think St. Anthony’s did all of that without arguably its two best backs, Dariyan Riley and Brian Sherlock, both of whom are out with ankle injuries. Reichert expects both to be back next week against Xaverian. Jack Poetzsch, who had seven catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, also was taken out with an ankle injury late.

“When a guy goes down, the next guy just jumps in,” the coach said. “They gotta understand they’re always one play away from getting in the game.”

Following Carew’s 7-yard touchdown run with 5:51 left in the first quarter, senior defensive back Durelle Napier picked off Stepinac’s Daniel Hoffer and returned the ball 21 yards to the end zone. Just like that, St. Anthony’s led 14-0.

“I feel like that [interception] just took the soul out of them and they didn’t want to play anymore,” Ellerbe said.

The Crusaders did get within 14-7 on a Mark White (8 carries, 89 yards, two touchdowns) 2-yard run, but that’s as close as they would come. Caleb Gilligan-Evans ran for two scores and Hoffer hit Vincent Narog for a 25-yard touchdown with 2:52 left in the game.

Stepinac (4-1, 3-1 ‘AAA’) came in riding a 16-game winning streak after winning the CHSFL ‘AA’ title last season. The Crusaders have come up to the ‘AAA’ and looked like one of the league’s top teams. Playing the Friars can be a humbling experience, so coach Mike O’Donnell wasn’t ready to say the sky was falling.

“Finishing second would be OK in the division and staying away from St. Anthony’s until the finals,” he said. “That’s the way you’d want to script it out.”

Carew couldn’t have scripted this one any better. He proved some of his doubters wrong with a statement performance against one of the league’s best teams.

“When Pete settles down, plays his game, he’s one of the best in the league,” Ellerbe said.


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