Iona Prep Leads in State Poll

Iona Prep nudged ahead of Archbishop Stepinac in this week’s state football poll after beating the Crusaders, 42-35, in White Plains on Saturday.

Iona Prep moved from fourth to third, and Stepinac dropped from third to fifth.

Iona Prep will play Kellenberg on Saturday. Kellenberg suffered its first loss of the season last weekend against unbeaten Holy Trinity.

Here are how the archdiocesan high school football teams fared in the current state polls compiled by the New York State Sportswriters Association:

CLASS AA: 3-Iona Prep, 5 Archbishop Stepinac.

CLASS A: 13-Our Lady of Lourdes, 18-Moore Catholic

CLASS C: 8-John S. Burke Catholic

Holy Trinity Only Unbeaten Team

And now there is one.

Holy Trinity is the only Catholic High School Football League program with an unbeaten record after beating Kellenberg in a battle of undefeated teams from Long Island.

Archbishop Stepinac also entered the weekend undefeated before suffering a 42-35 loss to rival Iona Prep.

Here is a rundown of Week 5 Results and what’s coming up in Week 6

Week 5 Results

Chaminade 10, Fordham Prep 6

Iona Prep 42, Archbishop Stepinac 35

St. Peter’s 22, Xaverian 9

Holy Cross 44, Cardinal Spellman 6

Mount St. Michael 47, St. Dominic’s 0

Christ the King 44, St. Francis Prep 8

Xavier 35, St. Joseph by-the-Sea 27

St. Anthony’s 35, Cardinal Hayes 29

Moore Catholic 30, Msgr. Farrell 27

Holy Trinity 28, Kellenberg 19

St. John the Baptist 29, Kennedy Catholic 13

Week 6 Schedule

Friday, Oct. 14

Fordham Prep at St. Anthony’s, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Kellenberg at Iona Prep, 1:30 p.m.

Cardinal Hayes at Archbishop Stepinac, 1:30 p.m.

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

Kennedy Catholic at St. Peter’s, 1:30 p.m.

Holy Cross at Mount St. Michael, 1:30 p.m.

Cardinal Spellman at St. Dominic’s, 1:30 p.m.

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

Xaverian at St. Francis Prep, 7 p.m.

St. John the Baptist at Xavier, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 16

Moore Catholic at Holy Trinity, 1 p.m.

Jerome Signs with Warriors

Iona Prep graduate Ty Jerome is in camp with the Golden State Warriors after being waived by the Houston Rockets and signing with the defending NBA champions.

Jerome and the Warriors will be in preseason action at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night against the Los Angeles Lakers and Iona Prep graduate Matt Ryan.

Jerome, 25, was part of an eight-player trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, who waived Jerome following the trade.

Jerome led the University of Virginia to the 2019 NCAA championship before being drafted 24th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, who traded him to the Phoenix Suns.

The 6-foot-5 guard played in 31 games during his rookie season with the Suns, and has played a total of 112 games in his NBA career with the Suns and Thunder, averaging 7.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 17.1 minutes per game.

Ryan in Lakers Camp

Iona Prep graduate Matt Ryan signed last week with the Los Angeles Lakers and is in camp with the NBA team that opens its preseason at home tonight against the Sacramento Kings.

Ryan joined the Boston Celtics in April 2022 and scored three points in five minutes during his NBA debut against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The 6-foot-7 forward was playing with the Maine Celtics of the NBA G League where he was averaging 19.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in 27 games. 

The 25 year old attended Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Chattanooga.

Manhertz Catches 1st Pass of 2022

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Chris Manhertz caught his first pass of the season for the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 29-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Manhertz and the Jaguars will host the Houston Texans on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The 6-foot-6, 255 pound tight end signed a two-year, $7.25 million deal with the Jaguars in March 2021 and finished last season with six receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown in 17 games, 10 being starts.

For his career, the 30 year old has 18 catches for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

Manhertz played basketball at Canisius College in Buffalo and was offered a tryout by the Buffalo Bills following his collegiate career. After the Bills released him, he was on the practice squad for the New Orleans Saints in 2015 and was in uniform for three games in 2016 before being released.

The Carolina Panthers claimed him off waivers from the Saints and he played five seasons with the Panthers.

Koonce Assists Raiders Defense

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Malcolm Koonce finished with a solo tackle as the Las Vegas Raiders won its first game of the season with a 32-23 victory over the visiting Denver Broncos on Sunday.

It was the second consecutive week the second-year defensive end finished with a solo tackle for the Raiders, who will play Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday.

In 2021, Koonce played in five games and finished with three tackles, two being solo tackles, and two sacks.

The Raiders drafted Koonce out of the University of Buffalo in the third round with the 79th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

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.

Young Helps USA Win Presidents Cup

Fordham Prep graduate Cameron Young won his singles match in helping the United States win a ninth consecutive Presidents Cup with a 17.5-12.5 victory over the International team on Sunday at Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina.

In the 2021-2022 PGA Tour season, Young placed second in five tournaments in his rookie season and third in two more, including the PGA Championship. He earned over $6.5 million in his rookie season.

Young will be competing this weekend in the Sanderson Farms Championship at The Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi.

PHOTO COURTESY OF PGA TOUR

Case Finishes 2022 in Altoona

Iona Prep graduate Brad Case helped the Altoona Curve complete the second half of the 2022 season with a 38-30 record.

The Curve compete in the Eastern League and are the Class AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Case finished the season with a 1-3 record and 3.92 earned average. In 62 innings, he gave up 59 hits and 22 walks. He struck out 58 hitters.

Case was a 17th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALTOONA CURVE