Michael Booth scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 25 seconds left as Cardinal Spellman High School tipped Xaverian, 20-18, to win its first Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York’s A League title since 2008 and third overall at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale on Saturday.
The Pilots, playing in a third consecutive league title game, avenged a pair of regular-season losses to Xaverian.
Xaverian trailed 14-0 before scoring 18 straight points, taking an 18-14 lead on a 94-yard touchdown pass from James Resker to Timothy McCabe with 2:55 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Spellman gained possession and scored the game-winner with help from big plays – including Isaac Yearbook’s 5-yard run to inside the 1-yard line on fourth down to keep the drive going.
“It was an up and down emotional game. The kids deserve a lot of credit,’’ said Cardinal Spellman coach Will Cawley.
“The kids were confident. We felt we had enough time and we had two timeouts. We set up plays, converted some key plays and used the clock well. They refused to lose.’’
Yearwood and Booth were named the offensive and defensive players of the game, respectively.
Matt Sluka scored six touchdowns as Kellenberg notched the game’s final 33 points in winning its first Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York’s AA title with a 54-19 victory over Fordham Prep at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale Nov. 18.
Matt Valecce, who is heading to Boston College next season, threw touchdown passes to Liam McHale, Will Loffredo and Tommy Walsh for Fordham Prep.
Maddy Siegrist, a senior at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, signed a National Letter of Intent last week to play basketball next year at Villanova University.
Siegrist averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds in earning all-state honors from the New York State Sportswriters Association as a junior in 2016-2017. She is rated among New York State’s Top 2018 Recruits by Northeast Girls Recruiting.
Siegrist is the daughter of George and Ginna Siegrist. Her dad played basketball at Marist College and later was an assistant coach at the college.
Eileen Bishop was named an adult shining star for her work with the St. Augustine’s CYO basketball program by Catholic Charities Community Services at the second annual Ulster County CYO Shining Stars Awards in Kingston.
Nearly 130 people attended the event recognizing youths and adults for their contributions to their parishes.
Dave Rocco scored two goals, including the game-winner with 12 minutes remaining, as St. Peter’s Boys High School tipped John F. Kennedy Catholic, 3-2, for the CHSAA City A boys soccer championship at SUNY Maritime on Sunday.
St. Peter’s, which won its first City Championship in 11 years, rallied from a 2-1 deficit, playing a man down for the final 30 minutes. Mike Giannino scored the tying goal on a penalty kick and assisted on Rocco’s two goals.
Guiseppe Antonacci made 10 saves for the Eagles, who finished the season at 17-2-3 overall and 14-0-3 against CHSAA opponents.
“This team is special,’’ said St. Peter’s co-coach Christina Monzi-Sanger. “They came together so well as a unit and they wanted this more than anything.’’
The John F. Kennedy Catholic High School girls volleyball team finished 1-5 in pool play before dropping 25-14, 25-17 decision to Diocese of Rockville Centre champ Kellenberg in the CHSAA state semifinals on Saturday.
In pool play, the Gaels were 1-1 against Diocese of Brooklyn champ Mary Louis Academy, and 0-2 versus both Kellenberg and Buffalo champ St. Mary’s of Lancaster. St. Mary’s defeated Kellenberg, 25-16, 25-20, 25-20, in the final for its third state title in four years and 16th overall.
A few days prior to the state tournament, Kennedy Catholic suffered a 19-25, 25-17, 25-13, 23-25, 15-5 loss to Mary Louis in the CHSAA City Championship match.
Jaime Carillo scored a goal and added two assists as Mount St. Michael Academy captured the CHSAA City B boys soccer championship with a 3-1 victory over All Hallows at SUNY Maritime on Sunday.
Solomon Castro and Jordan Wilson each added a goal for Mount St. Michael, which received seven saves from goalie Tajae Byrd McClean.
It was the third city championship for the Mount St. Michael boys soccer program.