Iona Prep received some help from rival Archbishop Stepinac to take over sole possession of first place in the Catholic High School Football League’s AAA League.
Iona Prep blanked St. Anthony’s, 21-0, to improve to 6-0 overall, 3-0 league. Stepinac beat Christ the King, 45-7, to drop Christ the King to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the league. Stepinac improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the league.
Stepinac hosts Cardinal Hayes on Saturday, and Iona Prep plays at Christ the King on Sunday.
Iona Prep, Ursuline and Fordham Prep will be among the teams competing in Saturday’s Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
Some 10,000 runners from across the country will be participating in the high school meet. Dinner will follow with international treats from around the Bronx.
For the first time, Manhattan College has added an expo for the high school runners on the night before the event. U.S. Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano will deliver the keynote address and college coaches from around New York City will discuss what it takes to be a successful collegiate runner.
Iona Prep, Christ the King and St. Joseph by-the-Sea are the three remaining unbeaten teams in the Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York.
All three teams are 5-0 overall. Christ the King defeated Cardinal Hayes over the weekend to improve to 3-0 in the AAA League. Iona Prep, which beat Msgr. Farrell, is 2-0 in the league.
St. Joseph by-the-Sea is 3-0 in AA-2 League.
All three undefeated teams will be in action this weekend with Christ the King hosting two-time defending state champ Archbishop Stepinac on Sunday.
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Week 4 of the Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York was highlighted with some classic regular-season games including a second consecutive one between two-time defending state champion Archbishop Stepinac and Iona Prep.
Iona Prep won this year’s battle, 36-35. Last year, the Gaels defeated Stepinac in overtime during the regular season before the Crusaders beat Iona Prep in the league playoffs.
Also, St. Anthony’s beat previously unbeaten Christ the King, 18-16, and Moore Catholic was a 28-22 winner over Holy Cross.
Week 5 offers a rematch on Friday night between John F. Kennedy Catholic and Cardinal Spellman. Kennedy Catholic was the Week 1 winner over Cardinal Spellman, 24-6. Cardinal Spellman defeated Kennedy Catholic in the 2018 A League final.
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The Archbishop Stepinac High School football team is ranked second in this week’s New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA poll.
The Crusaders, winners of three state titles in four years, are one of three Catholic high schools from the archdiocese ranked in the top 11. Cardinal Hayes is sixth and Iona Prep is 11th. Christ the King of Queens, a member of the Catholic High School Football league of Metropolitan New York, is seventh.
Stepinac and Iona Prep, both 3-0, play in White Plains on Saturday.
Cardinal Hayes and Iona Prep had the opportunity to compete in football games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Click here to read what the players and coaches had to say about the experience.
Archbishop Stepinac and Iona Prep will meeting in the Catholic High School Football League AAA League opener in White Plains on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Both teams are 3-0.
Stepinac is the two-time defending state champion and has won three state titles in the last four years. In 2018, Iona Prep defeated Stepinac in overtime during the regular season and Stepinac won a playoff matchup between the two clubs from Westchester County.
In other news, Cardinal Hayes won its league opener, 46-17, over St. Anthony’s. The Cardinals host Fordham Prep in a non-league battle at 3 p.m. Saturday.
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