Iona Prep will face a challenging regular-season schedule as it looks to defend its CHSAA state championship in 2022.
The Gaels, who open the season with four road games, will face two state finalists as well as its Catholic High School Football League rivals and state powers to start its season.
Iona Prep opens its season on Sept. 3 in Akron, Ohio, against Ohio state finalist Archbishop Hoban. A week later, the Gaels are in the Bronx to play Cardinal Hayes for their league opener.
On Sept. 17, Iona Prep plays at New Jersey state finalist Don Bosco Prep in a rematch of the 2021 season opener won by Don Bosco Prep, 21-7. The Gaels won 11 consecutive games and a state title after dropping its season opener.
Iona Prep meets Christ the King in Queens on Sept. 24 before playing St. Anthony’s in its home opener on Oct. 1. In 2021, Iona Prep beat St. Anthony’s by only a point on Long Island during the regular season and needed two overtimes to defeat St. Anthony’s in the league playoffs.
The Gaels host rival and perennial state power Archbishop Stepinac on Oct. 8. Iona Prep closes out the season with league games against Kellenberg Memorial on Oct. 15, at Msgr. Farrell on Oct. 22 and versus Chaminade on Oct. 29.
The Gaels defeated Msgr. Farrell for the 2021 league championship and a berth in the state title game.
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