3 AAA Football Teams Still Unbeaten

And then there were three.

Archbishop Stepinac, Kellenberg and St. Anthony’s were all winners, improving to 3-0 in the AAA Catholic High School Football League. St. Anthony’s defeated defending Catholic high school state champ Iona Prep, 48-42, in New Rochelle.

Iona Prep (3-2 overall) meets rival Archbishop Stepinac (5-0 overall) in White Plains at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Catholic High School Football League’s featured game of the week.

Week 4 Results

Kennedy Catholic 47, St. Dominic’s 7

Archbishop Stepinac 40, Moore Catholic 0

St. Anthony’s 48, Iona Prep 42

Holy Trinity 39, Fordham Prep 0

Kellenberg 27, St. John the Baptist 7

Msgr. Farrell 49, St. Peter’s 0

Xavier 46, Holy Cross 20

St. Francis Prep 41, Cardinal Spellman 0

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 22, Christ the King 12

Chaminade 36, Cardinal Hayes 20

Xaverian 14, Mount St. Michael 6

Week 5 Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 8

Chaminade at Fordham Prep, 1 p.m.

Iona Prep at Archbishop Stepinac, 1:30 p.m.

Xaverian at St. Peter’s, 1:30 p.m.

Holy Cross at Cardinal Spellman, 1:30 p.m.

St. Dominic’s at Mount St. Michael, 1:30 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier at Christ the King, 1:30 p.m.

Xavier at St. Joseph by-the-Sea, 2 p.m.

Msgr. Farrell at Moore Catholic, 2 p.m.

St. Anthony’s at Cardinal Hayes, 3 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 9

Holy Trinity at Kellenberg, 1:30 p.m.

Kennedy Catholic at St. John the Baptist, 1:30 p.m.

St. Anthony’s Next for Iona Prep

There’s no doubt Iona Prep may have the toughest schedule in 2022.

And so far, the Gaels have done quite well to start the season with a 3-1 record.

Iona Prep, the defending Catholic high school state champion, now enters its most challenging portion of its Catholic High School Football League schedule with St. Anthony’s, Archbishop Stepinac and Kellenberg in the next three weeks. All four teams are 2-0 in league play.

Iona Prep is ranked first in the most recent Class AA poll compiled by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Stepinac is third, St. Anthony’s is fourth and Kellenberg is 18th.

On Saturday, the Gaels host a St. Anthony’s team, which is coming off an impressive victory over state-ranked Msgr. Farrell.

Week 3 Results

St. Anthony’s 35, Msgr. Farrell 23

Moore Catholic 28, Fordham Prep 13

Xavier 26, Kennedy Catholic 6

St. Dominic’s 10, Ramapo 8

Archbishop 34, Chaminade 3

St. John the Baptist 44, St. Peter’s 20

Mount St. Michael 27, Cardinal Spellman 0

Iona Prep 56, Christ the King 28

Holy Trinity 34, Holy Cross 8

Kellenberg 36, Cardinal Hayes 35

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 34, St. Francis Prep 28

Week 4 Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 29

St. Dominic’s at Kennedy Catholic, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 30

Archbishop Stepinac at Moore Catholic, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1

St. Anthony’s at Iona Prep, 4 p.m.

Fordham Prep at Holy Trinity, 3 p.m.

Kellenberg at St. John the Baptist, 3:30 p.m.

St. Peter’s at Msgr. Farrell, 4 p.m.

Christ the King at St. Joseph by-the-Sea, 5 p.m.

Cardinal Spellman at St. Francis Prep, 7 p.m.

Holy Cross at Xavier, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 2

Mount St. Michael at Xaverian, 1:30 p.m.

Cardinal Hayes at Chaminade, 1:30 p.m.

PHOTO BY CHRIS SHERIDAN

Iona Prep is No. 1 in State Poll

Iona Prep is ranked first in the first state Class AA football poll released by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

The Gaels, the defending state Catholic high school champion, has won two in a row after losing its season opener.

Iona Prep will host Christ the King on Saturday before having three big weekends of football against St. Anthony’s, Archbishop Stepinac and Kellenberg. Stepinac and St. Anthony’s are ranked third and fourth in the state, respectively, and Kellenberg is 18th.

Also in Class AA, Msgr. Farrell is 14th.

In Class A, Our Lady of Lourdes is sixth, and Moore Catholic is 16th.

In Class B, John S. Burke Catholic and Xavier are 23rd and 24th, respectively.

New Jersey Wins Battle for the Bridge

New Jersey won the Battle for the Bridge.

New Jersey Catholic schools were winners in six of the nine football games against Catholic high school opponents from New York.

Winning their games from the archdiocese were Westchester County rivals Archbishop Stepinac and Iona Prep, which recorded a 42-35 win over New Jersey State power Don Bosco Prep. Stepinac defeated DePaul, 24-3.

Holy Trinity of Long Island defeated Immaculata of New Jersey for New York’s third win.

Week 2 Results

Mount St. Michael 54, St. Francis Prep 48

Holy Trinity 45, Immaculata 42

Kellenberg 38, Fordham Prep 14

Iona Prep 42, Don Bosco Prep 35

Paramus Catholic 21, Chaminade 20

St. John the Baptist 22, Christ the King 18

Archbishop Stepinac 24, DePaul 3

Morris Catholic 52, St. Peter’s 28

Kennedy Catholic 42, Cardinal Spellman 7

Hudson Catholic 33, Msgr. Farrell 14

Moore Catholic 28, Xavier 17

St. Joseph 63, St. Anthony’s 49

Immaculate Conception 14, St. Joseph by-the-Sea 7

Pope John 40, Cardinal Hayes 36

Week 3 Schedule

Friday, Sept. 23

St. Anthony’s at Msgr. Farrell, 7 p.m.

Xavier at Kennedy Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept.24

Ramapo at St. Dominic’s, 1 p.m.

Archbishop Stepinac at Chaminade, 1:30 p.m.

St. Peter’s at St. John the Baptist, 1:30 p.m.

Mount St. Michael at Cardinal Spellman, 1:30 p.m.

Christ the King at Iona Prep, 1:30 p.m.

Holy Trinity at Holy Cross, 1:30 p.m.

Kellenberg at Cardinal Hayes, 3 p.m.

St. Joseph by-the-Sea at St. Francis Prep, 7 p.m.

Moore Catholic at Fordham Prep, 7 p.m.

Spellman President Raising Money, School Spirit with 101-Mile Run

Dan O’Keefe is drumming up school spirit for homecoming weekend at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx.

1¹Dan, 57, is the president of Cardinal Spellman, and get this, he’s going to run 101 miles to raise money for the school’s athletics and activities program.

Dan will begin his run at 4 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 and plans to complete the 407-plus laps on the 400-meter school track at about 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Students, staff, alumni and friends of the school will join Dan in jogging around the track. In addition, the homecoming pep rally will be held after school on the football field Sept. 23 as Dan continues to jog around the track surrounding the field.

Cardinal Spellman will host Bronx rival Mount St. Michael in the homecoming football game at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 24.

Dan is challenging each Cardinal Spellman student to raise $101 for the school. The school has over 1,150 students.

In 2014, O’Keefe, who was the school’s principal at that time, ran 100 miles on the track, raising over $150,000 for the school’s athletics and activities program. In 2017, he ran 103.3 miles through Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx to raise money for the school’s financial aid program, completing his run in Time Square with a time of 27 hours, 15 minutes.

Dan ran cross country at St. Francis Prep in Queens, and later became a marathon runner, running in the famed New York City and Boston marathons, before becoming an ultramarathoner.

Dan said he stays active during the week with walks or jogs before and after school, and during lunch. On the weekend, he’ll do a long run of 15 to 30 miles.

Dan lives in New Jersey with his wife, Lucy. They are the parents of four daughters, Erin, Tara, Nora and Bridget.

Visit cardinalspellman.org for more information and to make a donation.

Click here for story on his 2014 run.

Click here for story on his 2017 run.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CARDINAL SPELLMAN HIGH SCHOOL

CHSFL Teams Travelling to Garden State for Week 2 Football Games

New York vs. New Jersey best sums up this weekend’s Catholic high school football action.

Nine of the 16 games on the schedule have New York Catholic high schools competing against New Jersey Catholic high schools in New Jersey with five of the games being played at Rutgers University.

In one of the games, defending New York State Catholic school state champion Iona Prep plays at New Jersey state power Don Bosco on Friday night.

Here is the complete schedule:

Week 2 Schedule

Friday, Sept. 16

Holy Trinity vs. Immaculata, at Rutgers, 5 p.m.

Fordham Prep at Kellenberg, 7 p.m.

Iona Prep at Don Bosco, 7 p.m.

Chaminade at Paramus Catholic, 7 p.m.

St. Peter’s at Morris Catholic, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Msgr. Farrell vs. Hudson Catholic, at Rutgers, 11 a.m.

Christ the King at St. John the Baptist, 1:30 p.m.

Xavier at Moore Catholic, 1:30 p.m.

St. Francis Prep at Mount St. Michael, 1:30 p.m.

Kennedy Catholic at Cardinal Spellman, 1:30 p.m.

Xaverian at Holy Cross, 1:30 p.m.

St. Joseph by-the-Sea at Immaculate Conception, 2 p.m.

Archbishop Stepinac vs. DePaul Catholic, at Rutgers, 5 p.m.

St. Anthony’s vs. St. Joseph’s, at Rutgers, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Pope John vs. Cardinal Hayes, at Rutgers, noon

Week 1 Results

St. Anthony’s 35, Chaminade 10

Mount St. Michael 27, Kennedy Catholic 21

Kellenberg 21, St. Francis (Buffalo) 18

Xavier 34, Xaverian 6

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 28, St. Peter’s 21

Archbishop Stepinac 45, Msgr. Farrell 11

Moore Catholic 27, Conwell Egan (Pa.) 10

St. John the Baptist 51, Cardinal Spellman 0

Holy Trinity 64, St. Francis Prep 8

Iona Prep 27, Cardinal Hayes 0

Fordham Prep 47, Holy Cross 14

Msgr. Farrell Wins Season Opener

Msgr. Farrell High School coach Rocco DelPriore picked up his first win as head coach when Msgr. Farrell defeated defending Rhode Island state champion Bishop Hendricken, 31-27, on the opening weekend of the Catholic high school football season.

DelPriore, who was the defensive coordinator last season, is a graduate of Msgr. Farrell.

Here is a rundown of the weekend action and what’s coming up this weekend, which includes Msgr. Farrell hosting Archbishop Stepinac on Saturday.

Results

Fordham Prep 31, Mount St. Michael 21

Moore Catholic 41, St. Peter’s 7

Archbishop Hoban 43, Iona Prep 14

Kennedy Catholic 30, Holy Trinity 0

Kellenberg 34, Arlington 16

Yonkers Force 24, St. Dominic’s 13

Msgr. Farrell 31, Bishop Hendricken 27

Stepinac 51, Christ the King 28

Albertus Magnus vs. St. Joseph by-the-Sea, ccd.

Harrison 48, Cardinal Spellman 0

Avon Lake 38, St. John the Baptist 7

Schedule

Friday, Sept. 9

Chaminade at St. Anthony’s, 7 p.m.

Mount St. Michael at Kennedy Catholic, 7 p.m.

St. Francis (Buffalo) at Kellenberg, 7 p.m.

Iona Prep vs. Cardinal Hayes, at Columbia, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Xavier at Xaverian, 1 p.m.

Stepinac at Msgr. Farrell, 1:30 p.m.

St. Joseph by-the-Sea at St. Peter’s, 1:30 p.m.

St. Francis Prep at Holy Trinity, 1:30 p.m.

St. John the Baptist at Cardinal Spellman, 1:30 p.m.

Tottenville at Christ the King, 1:30 p.m.

Holy Cross at Fordham Prep, 4 p.m.

HS Football Starts Next Week

The Catholic High School Football League will begin its season in eight days with a full weekend of the best Catholic high school football action in New York City, Westchester County and Long Island.

Two Bronx rivals – Mount St. Michael Academy and Fordham Prep – will get things going with a 4 p.m. game on Friday, Sept. 2.

The next day, defending state champion Iona Prep plays Ohio State finalist Archbishop Hoban in Akron, Ohio, at noon, and Msgr. Farrell welcomes Bishop Hendrickson of Rhode Island to Staten Island for a 4 p.m. game.

Here is the first weekend’s complete schedule:

Friday, Sept. 2

Fordham Prep at Mount St. Michael Academy, 4 p.m.

St. John the Baptist at Avon, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 3

Moore Catholic at St. Peter’s, 10 a.m.

Iona Prep at Archbishop Hoban, noon

Holy Trinity at Kennedy Catholic, noon

St. Dominic’s at Yonkers Force, 1 p.m.

Xaverian at Long Island Lutheran, 1 p.m.

Arlington at Kellenberg, 1:30 p.m.

Christ the King at Archbishop Stepinac, 1:30 p.m.

Albertus Magnus at St. Joseph by-the-Sea, 2 p.m.

Bishop Hendrickson at Msgr. Farrell, 4 p.m.

Stepinac Mourns Loss of Coach

Spencer Barker, longtime lacrosse coach at Archbishop Stepinac High School, has died.

The school announced his death on Sunday, saying he coached lacrosse at the White Plains school for 23 years and most recently served as head coach of the junior varsity team.

“The impact that Coach Spencer had on the school and student-athletes is legendary. He shall be missed by the entire Stepinac family. But, his legacy will live on forever in the hearts of many Stepinac students and alumni,” the school said on its Facebook page.

The announcement comes just days after Stepinac student Christopher Jack “CJ” Hackett died from injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run accident in Yonkers. Hackett was riding a scooter on McLean Avenue when he was hit by a vehicle.

“CJ’s a great kid with an awesome heart. Always went out of his way for others,” CJ’s guidance counselor Robert Russo said on Facebook.