Stepinac took the opening kickoff to the end zone after a 5:30 possession to take 7-0 lead which they would never relinquish. St. Anthony’s put up a valiant fight when Conor Ryan caught a Greg Campisi sprint pass in the back of the end zone in the second quarter to tie the contest, 7-7.
Stepinac and Alex Thomas’ 65-yard screen pass for a touchdown ended any Friars momentum. After a 4-and-out by St. Anthony’s on their next possession, the Crusaders attacked with a 3-play, 64-yard drive capped off by a Tyler Winston touchdown to make the score 21-7 with 4:25 left in the first half. To their credit, St Anthony’s quickly scored but missed a 2-point conversion to close the deficit to 21-13.
St Anthony’s would then intercept a Michael Nicosia pass and sneak in a field goal to make the score 21-16 at half.
After halftime, St Anthony’s opening drive converted another field goal but that would be the end of the day for the Friars’ scoring and any comeback hopes they might have entertained before their bus ride back to Long Island.
Stepinac, aided by a roughing-the-passer call, would get the ball down to the 32-yard line and convert their own field goal to extend their lead 24-19.
Antrilleon Williams intercepted a Campisi pass on the ensuing possession and one play later found the end zone for a 31-19 lead. With 5:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, Nicosia sealed the victory with another touchdown pass to Shawn Harris for the 38-19 final.
Stepinac is now 2-0 and will play Xaverian Bros (MA) next week at Stepinac (1:30pm)