This Saturday Metlife stadium will be rocking once again, but not because of the Jets or the Giants. The National Catholic High School Football Association (NCHSFA) will be hosting the “Battle for the Bridge” at the home of the NY Giants/Jets in Rutherford. Three teams from NJ and three teams from NY will be facing off against each other, starting at 11am, for Hudson River bragging rights.
Delbarton vs. St. Anthony’s @ 11am
The first game of the day will feature Delbarton (1-0, NJ) taking on St. Anthony’s (0-1, NY). Delbarton will be coming into the game looking to build on the momentum they created for themselves when they came from behind twice in the second half to beat Landon (Md.) 34-27 on opening day Saturday, September 6th. Delbarton QB Cole Freeman was the star of the game throwing for 2 TD’s and rushing for another. Delbarton put forth a solid performance despite being without their stud tight end, Stanford NCAA Division 1 commit , Lukas Ungar. St. Anthony’s will be looking to get back to .500 after falling to Maryland powerhouse Franklin 33-15. Despite the loss St. Anthony’s running back Mario Escobar had a stellar day with two rushing touchdowns.
Pope John vs. Iona Prep @ 2pm
The second game will feature Pope John (0-3, NJ) playing against Iona Prep (1-0, NY). Iona is coming into the game fresh off of a 35-6 rout of Xavier (0-1, NY) where they saw their junior QB Darius Wilson throw for 197 yards and 2 TD’s, while rushing for another. Pope John is struggling to find their game after a slow start so far having a very tough northern NJ schedule. Pope John’s sophomore QB Peter Delaportas will try to build off of his game vs. DePaul Catholic (2-0, NJ) where he threw for 2 TD’s.
St. Joseph’s (Mont.) vs. Cardinal Hayes @ 5pm
The final game of the showcase will feature perennial powerhouse St. Joseph’s (1-0, NJ’s #1 Ranked team) taking on Cardinal Hayes (1-0, NY’s #5 Ranked team). This game features six NCAA Division 1 commits and should not disappoint. St. Joe’s is coming off of a 24-13 road victory in which the Green Knights flew across the country to face highly coveted JSerra (0-1, CA) for the second time in three years as a part of the “Honor Bowl”. St. Joe’s junior linebacker Logan Rivera was the star of that game with his pick-6 that would give the Knights the victory. Cardinal Hayes is coming off of a 54-26 drubbing of Kellenberg Memorial (0-1, NY). Sensational sophomore QB Henry Belin was on fire, connecting on a 50 yard TD to break the game wide open.
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