Same ol' Stepinac: CHSFL champs dominant in opener
NEWBURGH – At some point years ago, categorizing a performance as “same ol’ Stepinac” might’ve been a put down. No more. The Crusaders opened their season Friday night at Newburgh looking every bit as fast and ferocious as a year ago when they were CHSFL champs.
Playing without senior T.J. Morrison, one of the area’s top senior recruits, Stepinac breezed out to an early lead and throttled defending Section 9 champ Newburgh on its home turf, 31-0.
Senior Tyquell Fields threw two touchdowns and the defense smothered a Newburgh team that beat Henninger, another one of last year’s Class AA state playoff teams, 64-0 last week at the Carrier Dome. Stepinac allowed just 69 yards of offense, had five sacks and got an interception from Malik Crawford.
“I think this showed that we have young kids, but they’re ready to play,” said senior defensive end Malcolm Koonce, who had a sack.
Stepinac defeated Newburgh 31-0 in football action at Newburgh Free Academy Sept. 11, 2015 Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News
Fields hit on his first seven passes to lead two straight scoring drives to start the game, including a 31-yarder to varsity newcomer DeVonte Reid. He later connected on a touchdown to Jesse Brown and Kobe Miranda ripped off a 52-yard touchdown run to seal it.
Player of the game: DeVonte Reid, Stepinac. In his first varsity game, Reid made an unmistakable introduction. The junior from Yonkers caught a 31-yard touchdown on the game’s opening possession and was electrifying all night, finishing with six catches for 94 yards.
“It meant a lot to me. I’m finally playing varsity. I grew up watching this school since I was in fifth grade. Now I’m finally here playing on the big stage and catching touchdowns from my teammates.”