Thanksgiving Football is Back

Looking to get out of the house to enjoy a Thanksgiving tradition before celebrating the day with family and turkey?

Four Catholic high school football programs will carry on their Thanksgiving tradition and rivalries on Thursday morning.

Xavier and Fordham Prep will play at 10 a.m. at Fordham University’s Coffey Field, and Cardinal Hayes will travel to Mount St. MIchael Academy in the Bronx for a 10:30 a.m. game.

These Thanksgiving games were not played in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, Cardinal Hayes and Mount St. Michael did not play because Cardinal Hayes won its league title and was preparing for the state championship game.

Football Champions Crowned

AAA Quarterfinals

Msgr. Farrell 37, Christ the King 7

St. Anthony’s 42, Cardinal Hayes 28

Archbishop Stepinac 42, Kellenberg 7

AA-1 Quarterfinals

Moore Catholic 35, Xavier 21

St. Francis Prep 28, St. Joseph by-the-Sea 27

Fordham Prep 13, St. Peter’s 12

AA-2 Quarterfinals

St. John the Baptist 34, Cardinal Spellman 6

Kennedy Catholic 35, Xaverian 12

Holy Cross 43, Mount St. Michael 14

Bowl Game

St. Dominic’s 35, Nazareth 14

AAA Semifinals

Iona Prep 35, St. Anthony’s 28

Msgr. Farrell 24, Archbishop Stepinac 21

AA-1 Semifinals

Chaminade 31, Fordham Prep 0

Moore Catholic 18, St. Francis Prep 7

AA-2 Semifinals

Holy Trinity 28, Holy Cross 0

St. John the Baptist 42, Kennedy Catholic 29

Championship Games

AA2–Holy Trinity 21, St. John the Baptist 10

AA1–Chaminade 43, Moore Catholic 7

AAA–Iona Prep 49, Msgr. Farrell 15

Hogan Leads Fordham Prep to Title

Myles Hogan won the boys race to lead Fordham Prep to the CHSAA Intersectional Championship at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on Saturday.

Fordham Prep compiled 43 points. Xavier was second with 49 points.

Hogan, a senior, ran to a time of 12 minutes, 50.4 seconds over the 2.5-mile course. His teammate and classmate, Liam Dennehy, was third in 13:27.6.

Xavier senior Michael Hawkes placed second in 13:12.2.

In the girls race, Notre Dame of Manhattan was the top finisher from the archdiocese with 171 points in fifth place. Notre Dame Academy and St. Joseph Hill Academy followed with 172 and 173 points, respectively.

Notre Dame Academy’s Lola Dinneen was the race winner in 15:06.5.

St. Joseph Hill’s Ava Gumb placed second in 15:15.4, and Notre Dame Academy teammates Alyssia Brown (15:57.4) and Meghan Leonard (16:25.3) were third and fourth, respectively.

Fordham Prep Grad Velazquez Claimed Off Waivers by Angels

Fordham Prep graduate Andrew Velazquez was claimed off waivers Friday by the Los Angeles Angels.

Velazquez was one of several players the Yankees lost via waivers on Friday as they cleared spots on their 40-man roster.

Velazquez, a Bronx native, was called up by the Yankees in August when Gleyber Torres was injured and again on the final weekend of the season. when D.J. LeMahieu and Gio Urshela were battling injuries. He was the team’s starting shortstop for the team’s American League wild-card playoff game against the Boston Red Sox.

The 27 year old hit .224 with a home run, six RBI, 11 runs scored and four stolen bases for the Yankees, who signed him last December and invited him to spring training.

Velazquez was a seventh-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks out of Fordham Prep in 2012. He previously played in Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays organizations.

CHSFL Results, Playoff Schedule

Iona Prep, Chaminade and Holy Trinity all picked up top seeds for the upcoming Catholic High School Football League playoffs.

All three received byes and will compete in the semifinals on the weekend of Nov. 12-14. The quaterfinals will be played this weekend.

Here are the results from the final week of the regular season and the playoff schedule.

Week 8 Results

Xaverian 13, Cardinal Spellman 0

Kellenberg 35, Moore Catholic 13

Iona Prep 51, Chaminade 14

Msgr. Farrell 35, St. Peter’s 6

Holy Trinith 42, Kennedy Catholic 0

Cardinal Hayes 49, Archbishop Stepinac 48

Mount St. Michael 30, Nazareth 6

St. Anthony’s 44, St. Francis Prep 7

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 30, Christ the King 15

St. John the Baptist 17, Holy Cross 14

AAA Quarterfinals

No. 1 Iona Prep bye

Friday, Nov. 5–No. 5 Cardinal Hayes at No. 4 St. Anthony’s, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 6–No. 7 Christ the King at No. 2 Msgr. Farrell, 4 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 7–No. 6 Kellenberg at No. 3 Archbishop Stepinac, 1:30 p.m.

AA-1 Quarterfinals

No. 1 Chaminade bye

Friday, Nov. 5–No. 5 St. Peter’s at No. 4 Fordham Prep, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 7–No. 7 Xavier at No. 2 Moore Catholic, 1 p.m.

No. 6 St. Francis Prep at No. 3 St. Joseph by-the-Sea, TBA

AA-2 Quarterfinals

No. 1 Holy Trinity bye

Friday, Nov. 5–No. 6 Xaverian at No. 3 Kennedy Catholic, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 6–No. 7 Cardinal Spellman at No. 2 St. John the Baptist, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 7–No. 5 Mount St. Michael at No. 4 Holy Cross, 1 p.m.

Bowl Game

Saturday, Nov. 6–St. Dominic’s at Nazareth, 7 p.m.

CHSFL Results/Schedule

Week 7 Results

Fordham Prep 9, Christ the King 6

Msgr. Farrell 41, Xavier 21

Cardinal Hayes 55, Kellenberg 49

Iona Prep 35, St. Anthony’s 34

St. John the Baptist 49, Cardinal Spellman 0

Kennedy Catholic 29, Mount St. Michael 8

Holy Trinity 41, Xaverian 0

Archbishop Stepinac 37, St. Joseph by-the-Sea 7

Moore Catholic 20, St. Peter’s 0

Chaminade 42, St. Francis Prep 0

Week 8 Schedule

(Final Week of Regular Season)

Friday, Oct. 29

Cardinal Spellman at Xaverian, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Kellenberg at Moore Catholic, noon

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

Msgr. Farrell at St. Peter’s, 1:30 p.m.

Kennedy Catholic at Holy Trinity, 1:30 p.m.

Archbishop Stepinac at Cardinal Hayes, 3 p.m.

Mount St. Michael at Nazareth, 4 p.m.

St. Anthony’s at St. Francis Prep, 7 p.m.

St. Joseph by-the-Sea at Christ the King, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 31

St. John the Baptist at Holy Cross, 1:30 p.m.

CHSFL Results/Schedule

Week 6 Results

St. John the Baptist 34, Kennedy Catholic 7

Msgr. Farrell 21, Kellenberg 17

Xaverian 42, Nazareth 12

St. Anthony’s 42, Moore Catholic 6

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 27, St. Francis Prep 20

Iona Prep 35, Cardinal Hayes 21

Chaminade 28, Fordham Prep 0

Cardinal Spellman 19, Mount St. Michael 16

Archbishop Stepinac 49, Christ the King 16

Xavier 28, St. Peter’s 21

Holy Trinity 35, Holy Cross 6

Week 7

Friday, Oct. 22

Xavier at Msgr. Farrell, 7 p.m.

Cardinal Hayes at Kellenberg, 7 p.m.

Iona Prep at St. Anthony’s, 7 p.m.

Fordham Prep at Christ the King, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23

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

Kennedy Catholic at Mount St. Michael, 1:30 p.m.

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

St. Joseph by-the-Sea at Archbishop Stepinac, 1:30 p.m.

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

Chaminade at St. Francis Prep, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 24

St. Dominic’s at Holy Cross, 1:30 p.m.

CHSFL Results/Schedule

Week 5 Results

Chaminade 17, Msgr. Farrell 14

St. John the Baptist 42, St. Dominic’s 0

Kennedy Catholic 42, Xaverian 7

Iona Prep 35, Kellenberg 6

Holy Cross 26, Mount St. Michael 20

St. Peter’s 20, Fordham Prep 13

Moore Catholic 26, St. Francis Prep 6

Archbishop Stepinac 40, St. Anthony’s 36

Cardinal Hayes 42, Christ the King 0

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 28, Xavier 21

Holy Trinity 47, Cardinal Spellman 0

Week 6

Friday, Oct.15

St. John the Baptist at Kennedy Catholic, 7 p.m.

Kellenberg at Msgr.Farrell, 7 p.m.

Nazareth at Xaverian, 7 p.m.

Moore Catholic at St. Anthony’s, 7 p.m.

St. Joseph by-the-Sea at St. Francis Prep, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 16

Cardinal Hayes at Iona Prep, 1:30 p.m.

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

Fordham Prep at Chaminade, 1:30 p.m.

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

St. Peter’s at Xavier, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 17

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

Velazquez on Playoff Roster

The New York Yankees just announced that Fordham Prep graduate Andrew Velazquez will be on the team’s 26-man roster for tonight’s American League wild-card game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston.

Velazquez, 27, was recalled from Scranton for the final two games of the regular season when infielders Luke Voit and D.J. LeMahieu were battling injuries and eventually placed on the injured list. LeMahieu was placed on the 10-day injured list and can return for the American League Championship Series if the Yankees advance to that round. Voit is done for the season.

The winner of tonight’s game will play the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series.

Velazquez is one of six infielders and one of 14 position players on tonight’s roster. Velazquez finished the regular season with a .224 batting average, one home run, six RBI, 11 runs scored and four stolen bases. He had two hits in his final 14 plate appearances with the Yankees this season.

The Yankees will have 12 pitchers available tonight including starter Gerrit Cole. Starting pitchers Jordan Montgomery and Corey Kluber are not on the roster for tonight’s game, but starter Nestor Cortes is on tonight’s roster and is available to pitch in relief.

PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW YORK YANKEES