Iona Prep Wins AAA Championship

Ajani Sheppard threw for three touchdowns, ran for two touchdowns and was named the Catholic High School Football League AAA Championship game’s offensive most valuable player after leading Iona Prep to a 49-15 victory over Msgr. Farrell at Mitchel Athletic Field in Uniondale on Saturday.

Sheppard completed 17 of 22 passes for 220 yards and ran for 75 yards on 10 carries for the Gaels, who will host St. Francis of Buffalo in the state Catholic high school championship game at noon Saturday.

Iona Prep, the state’s No. 1 Class AA team in the state sportswriters poll, will be playing for the program’s first Catholic high school state football title.

“Major accomplishment for the program/school,” Iona Prep coach Joe Spagnolo told Catholic New York/Catholic Sports Scene. “The boys are very excited to be playing for a state championship on Saturday.”

Justin Joly caught five passes for 73 yards and one touchdown, and had seven carries for 76 yards and a touchdown for Iona Prep. Michael Senatore, MIke Ryan and Colin O’Garro each scored a touchdown.

Defensively, Iona Prep stopped Msgr. Farrell’s running game and had three quarterback sacks. Zyian Moultrie-Goddard was named the game’s defensive most valuable player.

PHOTO COURTESY OF IONA PREP

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

Iona Prep Grad Leads William & Mary

Darius Wilson and the William & Mary football team will bring a two-game winning streak into Saturday’s 1 p.m. game at the University of Delaware after defeating Villanova, 31-18.

Wilson, a graduate of Iona Prep, completed 10 of 18 passes for 109 yards and ran for 33 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries for William & Mary. The freshman quarterback has thrown for 957 yards and rushed for 330 yards this season.

William & Mary (6-2 overall) competes in the Colonial Athletic Association. Following its game against Delaware, William & Mary will host James Madison, ranked third in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision poll.

Villanova was ranked fourth in the same poll before meeting William & Mary.

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.

Iona Prep Grad, Cardinal Hayes Grad Meeting in CAA Football Battle

Iona Prep graduate Darius Wilson and the William and Mary football begin a tough three-game stretch on Saturday when it plays at Villanova in a Colonial Athletic Association game.

Villanova is ranked fourth in the NCAA Division Football Subdivision poll. Cardinal Hayes High School graduate Justin Covington, a graduate student and running back, has rushed for 469 yards and three touchdowns on 77 carries for the Wildcats, who are 6-1 overall after a 44-0 win over Rhode Island last weekend.

Wilson, a freshman quarterback, has completed 70 of 110 passes for 848 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 297 yards and three touchdowns on 45 carries. In last week’s 40-14 win over Towson, he was 7 for 12 for 164 yards and one touchdown and added six carries for 48 yards on the ground.

William and Mary (5-2 overall, 3-1 CAA) plays at Delaware next weekend before hosting No. 5 James Madison on Nov. 13.

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.

CHSFL Results/Schedule

Week 4 Results

Poly Prep 28, Kennedy Catholic 7

Msgr. Farrell 16, Cardinal Hayes 8

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 27, Fordham Prep 14

Christ the King 28, St. Francis Prep 14

Cardinal Spellman 36, Nazareth 6

Mount St. Michael 14, Xaverian 7

Iona Prep 34, Archbishop Stepinac 7

Moore Catholic 28, Xavier 14

Capital Harbor 20, St. Dominic’s 6

Chaminade 35, Kellenberg 8

St. Anthony’s 42, St. Peter’s 8

Holy Trinity 45, St. John the Baptist 21

Week 5 Schedule

Friday, Oct. 8

Chaminade at Msgr. Farrell, 7 p.m.

St. John the Baptist at St. Dominic’s, TBA

Saturday, Oct. 9

Xaverian at Kennedy Catholic, noon

Iona Prep at Kellenberg, 1 p.m.

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

Fordham Prep at St. Peter’s, 1:30 p.m.

St. Francis Prep at Moore Catholic, 1:30 p.m.

Archbishop Stepinac at St. Anthony’s, 1:30 p.m.

Christ the King at Cardinal Hayes, 3 p.m.

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

Sunday, Oct. 10

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

CHSFL Results/Schedule

Week 3 Football Results

Archbishop Stepinac 55, Moore Catholic 14

St. Anthony’s 48, Cardinal Hayes 14

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 22, Msgr. Farrell 6

Holy Trinity 54, St. Dominic’s 0

JFK Catholic 32, Cardinal Spellman 22

St. John the Baptist 48, Mount St. Michael 14

Holy Cross 28, Xaverian 12

Iona Prep 63, Christ the King 20

Chaminade 45, St. Peter’s 14

Kellenberg 38, Fordham Prep 0

St. Francis Prep 18, Xavier 10

Week 4 Football Schedule

Friday, Oct. 1

Holy Cross at JFK Catholic, 7 p.m.

Cardinal Hayes at Msgr. Farrell, 7 p.m.

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

Christ the King at St. Francis Prep, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 2

Cardinal Spellman at Nazareth, 2 p.m.

Xaverian at Mount St. Michael, 3 p.m.

Archbishop Stepinac at Iona Prep, 4 p.m.

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

Sunday, Oct. 3

St. Anthony’s at St. Peter’s, 1 p.m.

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

Kellenberg at Chaminade, 1:30 p.m.