HighPoint.com Stadium – Bergen Catholic didn’t missed a beat from their last year championship run and looked to devour anyone in its way back to MetLife in December.
BC was a step faster and quicker to the point of attack against Archbishop Wood of Pennsylvania, 21-7, at the New Jersey Vs. Pennsylvania High School Football Rivalry Series at HighPoint.Com Stadium in Piscataway, NJ.
Their apparent quarterback Andrew Boel completed 15 of 21 passes for 264 yards, one TD and no interceptions, and he also ran for a pair of 1-yard scores in the second quarter.
The Crusaders opened a 21-0 halftime lead against Wood and looked like they was on their way to cruise control for the rest of the day.
“We have a lot of young guys that are stepping in and contributing right away. They are really athletic and make us really dangerous. We didn’t play well in the second half but we will get back to practice and straighten things up.” Bergen Catholic DB Jordan Morant said.
Crusaders’ Boel looked poised in the pocket with his awareness threw a 37-yard TD pass to receiver Pierson Tobia on a drag route for a 6-0 lead at 2:51 of the first quarter.
Wood didn’t expect the Crusaders athleticism and speed to the ball. Bergen Catholic outgained Wood in the first half, 260 to 53 but was outgained in the second half, 143 to 67. The slippage in the second half were the Crusaders inability to tackle on the second level.
“I’m not too happy with the second half. They kind of took it to us. We got outgained around 3-to-1 in the second half. We will watch the film and get some of those things cleaned up.” Bergen Catholic Head Coach Vito Campanile said.
The Crusaders did not allow a touchdown until 1:21 was remaining in the game, when senior running back Chris Blackstone punched it in from the three.
The Crusaders will remain #1 in the North Jersey Non-Public Top 6 and #1 in the USA TODAY. Bergen Catholic will travel to Jersey City to play state power St. Peter’s on Friday night.