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2015 BC Football Schedule Released

March 3, 2015

ORADELL---The 2015 Bergen Catholic Football Schedule has been officially released.  To read about the schedule, please click the PDF link on the right side of the screen.


BC Raises $5,000 for Cancer Reaserch

December 17, 2014

ORADELL---Bergen Catholic's football and cheer programs raised over $5,000 for breast cancer research following the 2014 "Pink Out" game against St. Edward of Ohio.  To read the official press release please CLICK HERE.

16 BC Players Earn All-League Honors

December 10, 2014

ORADELL---Bergen Catholic had 16 football student-athletes earn All-League honors in the Big North United Division, in addition to head coach Nunzio Campanile being named Coach of the Year and BC being named Team of the Year.  To read the official BC press release, CLICK HERE


Crusaders Finish Season (8-3)

November 22, 2014

JERSEY CITY---Bergen Catholic's season came to an end on Saturday night, as St. Peter's Prep scored the game's final 21 points in the second half, and advanced back to the Non-Public Group 4 state final, after defeating the Crusaders (31-14) in Jersey City.

BC (8-3) frustrated the Marauders through the first 24 minutes of action, with the Crusader defenase forcing three interceptions which gave the visitors a 4-point lead heading into the halftime locker rooms.  But the high-powered passing offense for St. Peter's Prep proved too much in the 3rd quarter, and the Marauder defense shut down BC's offense in the second half entirely.

Gene Coleman ran for his first rushing touchdown of the season on BC's initial score of the night, while Corey Russo capped off his brilliant career with his team-best 15th rushing touchdown of the season.

BC      7     7     0      0     (14)
SPP    7     3     21    0     (31)


BC Advances to Semifinals

November 15, 2014

ORADELL---Bergen Catholic defeated Paul VI (49-20) on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Crusader Stadium, and guaranteed themselves a rematch with St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City in the state semifinals.  Corey Russo added to his season rushing totals, punching in 3 more scores while running for over 100 yards while playing in 3 quarters of action.

Despite it being only a 2-score advantage at the start of the second half, BC scored 21 unanswered points to seal the game in the 3rd quarter.  Frankie Feaster was one of the standout players for BC, emerging as a new dymnaic threat on offense as a fullback, his normal disruptive force at defensicve end, and a key member of special teams.

With the win, BC improves to (8-2) on the season, and (26-5) all-time at Crusader Stadium in the playoffs.

PVI     0     14     0      6     (20)
BC      21     7     21    0     (49)


BC Drops Ridgewood (40-13)

November 7, 2014

RIDGEWOOD---Despite being without some of their best players, Bergen Catholic still managed to roll past Ridgewood for their 7th win of the regular season on Friday night, as the Crusaders downed the Maroons (40-13) in the 20th all-time meeting between both schools.

After a Ridgewood touchdown tied the game (6-6) halfway through the 2nd quarter, BC would proceed to rattle off 34 unanswered points to evenutally take a (40-6) lead in the 4th quarter.  Corey Russo powered the BC offense with 3 rushing scores, while Mike Aniello ( 17-yard rushing TD), Spencer Dittfield (10-yd TD rec) and Corey Gaarn (1 pass TD) accounted for the other BC scores in the game.

BC (7-2) will now wait to find out their next opponent, as they will host a quarterfinal next week at Crusader Stadium.

BC     6     14     14     6     (40)
RW    0     6       0       7     (13)


BC Wins (10-3) Thriller Over DBP in Oradell

October 26, 2014

ORADELL---For the first time in 15 years, Bergen Catholic was able to claim a regular season victory over Don Bosco Prep, as once again the "Cardiac Crusaders" rallied from a 4th quarter deficit and defeated Don Bosco Prep (10-3) in a defensive slugfest between both teams.

BC (6-2) trailed by a field goal heading into the 4th quarter, and despite not finding any offensive chemistry through the first three quarters of action, the BC defense routinely forced three and outs, and began to tilt the game's field position in BC's favor.  After connecting on a couple of long passes to Gene Coleman, quarterback Corey Gaarn drove his team deep into Bosco territory and set up the game-tying field goal by Joe DiFilippo from 23-yards out with just over 4 minutes left in regulation.

The Crusader defense was brilliant all afternoon long, constantly harassing the DBP passing attack, while holding the Ironman run game in check.  After forcing a quick punt, and giving the ball right back to an offense beaming with confidence, BC began to string together more big plays down the field against a DBP defense which didn't allow a single first down in the 1st quarter of play.  After being shut down for the majority of the game, running back Corey Russo broke free down his own sideline for a go-ahead 42 yard touchdown run which gave BC its first lead of the game with 2 minutes remaining at (10-3).  BC's defense once again stymied their opponents, ending a scoring threat with an interception by Jahmel Johnson.  BC's offense salted away the game thanks to an Ironman offsides penalty on 3rd down and 3, and once the time expired, seemingly the entire BC student body rushed the field to celebrate with their classmates.

The win was BC's first in the regular season against DBP since 1999, which also happened to be the last time BC won a home game against their rivals from Ramsey.  BC will now enjoy their bye week, befure concluding their regular season with a road game at Ridgewood on November 7th.

DBP     0     3     0     0     (3)
BC       0     0     0     10   (10)




BC Pulls Off "The Miracle in Montvale"


October 18, 2014

MONTVALE---Trailing by 7 points, facing a 4th down and 17, and without the services of their starting quarterback, things could not look worse for Bergen Catholic on Saturday afternoon.  But thanks to an amazing play by senior backup quarterback Corey Gaarn, who connected on an pass to junior wide receiver Gene Coleman, who then proceeded to break free for an astonishing touchdown run after the catch, BC forced overtime and eventually won the game in shocking fashion on a 25-yard touchdown run by Corey Russo.  In a game that will be remembered by fans from both schools, Gaarn and the rest of his Crusader teammates engineered the "Miracle in Montvale", and picked up their first win against the Green Knights dating back to 2011 with their (37-34) triumph in double overtime.

SJR jumped out to a (14-0) lead near the tail end of the first half, but BC engineered a huge 80-yard scoring drive just before halftime to make it a (14-7) deficit heading into the locker rooom.  BC continued to use that new-found momentum in the game, and proceeded to score on their next two offensive possessions, and took their first lead of the game at (17-14) midway through the 3rd quarter.

The Green Knight offense, which had been held in check for the majority of the 3rd quarter, finally pieced together a scoring drive late in the quarter, and took the lead back with a 20-yard touchdown pass.  St. Joe's would tack on a field goal in the 4th quarter to extend their lead to (24-17).  The home faithful in Montvale were one defensive stop away from a third straight win against their rivals from Oradell, but this entire BC team was not prepared to give in, no matter the adversity staring them in the face.

Following the end of regulation, BC scored almost an identical passing touchdown to begin the first overtime session, with Gaarn completing a 26-yard touchdown pass to the unstoppable Coleman, who finished with a career-best 3 touchdown catches on the day.  SJR answered immediately with a 25-yard touchdown pass that sent the game to double OT.  BC won the coin toss and elected to play defense, and the Crusaders forced SJR to attempt a 37-yard field, which the home side barely connected on to regain a lead at (34-31).  BC knew that a TD would win the game, and they did not waste any time in finding the endzone.

On the first play from scrimmage, senior running back Corey Russo bounced his run off right tackle and down the SJR sideline, and continued on towards the endzone, sending his entire sideline into a wild frenzy of jubilant celebration.

BC (5-2) had done it, they had clawed all the way back, and they had capped off one of the best finishes in program history. The "Miracle in Montvale" had been complete.

BC     0     7     10     7     7     6     (37)
SJR    7     7     7      3     7     3     (31)



BC Downs DePaul (25-14) at Home

October 11, 2014

ORADELL---Trailing (14-3) early in the 3rd quarter, things did not look good at all for Bergen Catholic in their first home game of the 2014 season.  But following a 12-yard touchdown run by Jarrett Guarantano in the 3rd quarter, the Crusaders gained a spark of confience, and proceeded to take over the game in the second half.  Behind another superb performance from the BC defense, and a great offensive output in the second half, BC rallied for an important (25-14) league win against DePaul Catholic on Saturday afternoon on BC Senior Day.

After taking an early (3-0) lead on a 45-yard Joe DiFilippo field goal on the opening drive that lasted more than 9 minutes in the opening quarter, the Crusader offense could not put any other scoring drives together for the rest of the half.  The BC defense was stellar in shutting down the DePaul run game in the first two quarters, but allowed an unlocky touchdown catch after a BC deflected pass fell into DePaul's hands in the BC endzone.

Following a quick DePaul scoring drive to begin the 3rd quarter, BC faced an 11-point deficit a minute into second half action, with nothing seemingly going right for them on offense.  Following a couple more defensive stops, BC finally gained confidence moving the ball down the field on a pair of long passes from Guarantano to Gene Coleman.  Guarantano would eventually cap off the drive by punching in a 12-yard touchdown run, and threw a 2-point pass to Kyle Cook to pull BC to within 3 points at 14-11.

Another defensive 3 and out gave BC great field position, and set them on a short field early in the 4th quarter.  Corey Russo, running with power and determination, dragged a couple of defenders with him into the endzone from 20 yards out to give BC its first lead since late in the 1st quarter at (18-14).  A dazzling 60-yard touchdown run from Guarantano sealed the game for the home side late in the contest, as the BC defense routinley closed down any opening for the explosive DePaul offense.

BC (4-2) will next travel to Montvale to face long-time rival St. Joseph Regional next Saturday at 1 pm.

DP     0     7     7     0     (14)
BC     3     0     8     14   (25)



CRUSADERS SACKED ON THE ROAD


October 4, 2014

PARAMUS---Bergen Catholic was overwhelmed by the Paramus Catholic defensive line, and could not generate any offense on the afternoon, as PC rolled to a (44-7) victory in the first Big North United Division game of the year for both teams.

The Crusaders allowed 11 sacks on the day, and were never able to mount any offense against the PC defensive unit, as the Paladins wore BC down in the 2nd half, by keeping the Crusader defense on the field for the majority of the final two quarters.

BC will play their first home game of the season next weekend, when they host DePaul Catholic at 2:30 pm at Crusader Stadium.

BC     0     7     0     0     (7)
PC    14    7     9    14     (44)


BC Knocks Off #11 Team in the Nation

September 27, 2014

PALISADES PARK---Bergen Catholic claimed their biggest win since their 2012 semifinal state playoff victory against Don Bosco Prep on Saturday night, as the Crusaders upset the #11 team in the nation in the St. Edward Eagles (14-10) at Overpeck County Park in Palisades Park, NJ.  The win moves BC to (3-1) on the season, and (12-4) overall against out of state opponents under head coach Nunzio Campanile.

St. Edward opened the game's scoring with a 29-yard field goal on their first offensive drive, and the visiting Eagles would maintain their three point advantage entering the second quarter of action.  BC would get on the board with a 15-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jarret Guarantano, and the Crusaders led (7-3).  St. Edward would immediately answer with a touchdown drive of their own, ending in a 39-yard touchdown run, and the Eagles took a (10-7) lead into the lockeroom.

Both defenses were stellar throughout the game, and they certainly imposed their will on their opposing offenses for the majority of the second half.  BC put together a succesful drive late in the 4th quarter, only to see the drive come to an end on a turnover of downs deep in St. Edward territory.  Thanks to another BC defensive three and out, the Crusader offense was awarded one final chance at some late-game heroics, adn thre BC offense didn't disappoint.

Moving the ball methodically down the field with their run and pass opitions, BC eventually took their second lead of the game when Guarantano connected on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Mike Aniello in the back corrner of the endzone, giving BC a (14-10) advantage.  The BC special teams and defensive units then made play-after-play with precious time ticking away, and eventually forced a turnover on downs which ended the game.

The win marks the first Top 20 national win for thre Crusader prorgam since 2012, and the team's second consecutive win at Overpeck Park this season through their first four games.

SE     3     7     0     0     (10)
BC     0     7     0     7     (14)



CRUSADERS DEFEAT ARKANSAS STATE CHAMPS

September 19, 2014

BENTONVILLE, AR---Bergen Catholic came to a jam-packed Tiger Stadium on Friday night, and found a way to keep the crowd of 7,000 plus quiet for most of the game thanks to potent combo of a dominant defense and a power run game as the visitors from New Jersey handed Bentonville their third straight loss to begin the 2014 season (21-10).

The reigning 7A Arkanasa state champions got on the board first, converting a 40-yard field to take an initial (3-0) lead early in the 4th quarter.  After recovering a surprise onside kick, the Tigers looked to extend their lead to two scores, but the BC defense held strong and forced a punt.  Following a BC interception, Bentonville again was forced to punt, but got a favorable bounce off the BC punt returner and recovered the ball at the Crusader 5-yard line.  With all momentun seemingly on their side, and the crowd in a frenzy, Bentonville attempted a play-action pass on 1st and goal and the rest became history for BC.

Junior defensive end Frank Feaster, who was unblockable all evening long and recorded 2 sacks during the game, intercepted the pass and returned it 95-yards for a game-changing touchdown that got BC on the board and gave them the lead at (7-3) in the tail end of the 1st quarter.  Bentonville would answer with a scoring drive of their own on their next possession to take back the lead at (10-7), before the BC offense finally woke up and found success.

Behind an old-school running game, the Crusaders began to impose their will on the Tigers, and Corey Russo led the charge. The senior back carried the ball 19 times for 113 yards and 1 touchdown, and always found a way to push the pile forward when finishing off his runs.  Russo's 7-yard touchdown gave BC back a lead it would never relinquish at (14-10), and the Crusaders would tack on one more score before the half, thanks to a Corey Gaarn fumble recovery in the endzone with 17 seconds in the quarter, and BC took a (21-10) lead into the locker room.

The second half became a defensive-oriented contest, with punts being traded by both sides, and no points being put on the board for the 24 minutes.  BC improves to (2-1) on the season and moves to (11-4) against out of state competition during Nunzio Campanile's coaching tenure in Oradell.  BC will play their final out of state opponent of the season in their next game when they play the #1 ranked team in the country in St. Edward (OH) at Overpeck Park on Saturday night at 7 pm.

BC      7    14    0     0     (21)
BEN    3      7    0     0     (10)
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