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ONTO THE STATE FINAL!  BC DROPS BOSCO AGAIN!

November 17 - Oradell, NJ -
The top-seeded Crusaders started inauspiciously on Saturday afternoon, but by the end, they left no doubt why they are the state's top team.  A terrific foe, Don Bosco opened a 10-0 lead against the Crusaders, but made a critical error late in the half when Pierson "Big Play" Tobia made his second remarkable interception in two games vs. the Ironmen.  This time he set his offiense up, giving them a red-zone possession which Andrew Boel quickly converted into a scoring strike to his favorite target, Tyler Devera.

Coming out of the half, down 10-7, the Crusaders needed to get a stop as Bosco received the second half kick-off.  They succeeded with a three-and-out, but were intercepted, two passes into their possession.  At that point, Don Bosco threw another interception and BC went 56 yards in 3 plays for the last 44 on a sprint to the end zone by Rahmir Johnson, giving BC a 14-10 lead.

Bosco retook the lead at 17-14 and BC was in need of a big play as it lined up to punt.  That is exactly wat they got from linebaker/running-back, Anthony Corbin, who took a direct snap 78 yards for a touchdown.

Now up 21-17, BC would not relinquish its lead.  They extended it as Rahmir ran 62 yards for his second touchdown on the game.

In the fourth quarter, the Crusaders extended their lead to 35-17 as Jeremiah Grant sacked the QB and forced a fumble in the end zone, recovered by AJ Longo.  Michael Kearney booted his fifth PAT and that's all she wrote.
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BC TAKES FIRST STEP IN TITLE DEFENSE

November 10 - Oradell, NJ – Certainly, it's difficult to start more explosively than the Crusaders did on Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA Non-Public 4 Playoffs.  Jordan Morant took the opening kick-off toward the middle, then broke right down the SHP sideline for a 93-yard kick-off return for a touchdown.  BC defensive ends AJ Longo and Jeremiah Grant then hounded the Pirates signal caller all over the field until they punted, putting BC in a deep hole.  No matter.  Rahmir Johnson took the first play out of the Wildcat formation 93 yard for a touchdown.  Unfortunately a holding call brought the play back, so they tried it again, now on 1st and 3 from the 14.  Johnson rambled about 50 yards until he was caught, but he certainly ignited the fire. Andrew Boel found Garrett Cody in the front corner of the end-zone and if was a 14-0 first quarter lead for BC.  
BC opened a 21-0 lead at the half as Boel engineered a twelve-play, 77-yard drive in just 1:14 with a second TD pass to Cody.
 
Rhamir Johnson, who reached the 1000-yard plateau during the game, with a 129 yard effort rushing, scored on a 3rd quarter 7-yard touchdown run. AJ Condemi added BC’s 5th touchdown with a 24-yard scoring gallop and when Mike Kearney hit his fifth PAT, BC achieved running-time on the last play of the third quarter.
 
Rene Nunez finished off the scoring for BC with a dynamic interception return for a touchdown as BC cruised to a 42-6 victory.

BC will play fourth-seeded Don Bosco Prep on Saturday, November 17 at 1:00 pm at Crusader Stadium in the state semi-finals.  





NON-PUBLIC 4 BRACKETS ARE SET

October 28 - Robbinsville, NJ -
As expected, Bergen Catholic earned the top seed in the 2018 State Playoffs.  They will have a bye through the first round and begin their title defense on November 10 at Crusader Stadium vs. the winner of Paramus Catholic - Seton Hall Prep.  The following round is played on November 17 with the Non-Public 4 Final being played most likely at MefLife Stadium on Saturday, November 24 at 7:00 pm.  This is Thanksgiving Day Weekend, and a week earlier for those who have been to many a championship.



CRUSADERS CLINCH SHARE OF SFC UNITED RED TITLE


October 26 – Wayne, NJ – The Bergen Catholic Varsity Football Team made explosive play after explosive play in overpowering DePaul Catholic 42-7 on Friday night. BC started scoring on an electrifying 93-yard touchdown run from Rhamir Johnson. After watching, one young fan, whose initials happen to be TD, reacted, “My car doesn’t go that fast!”
     Andrew Boel hit Garrett Cody for a 67-yard touchdown pass and reception and BC took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter. At that point, Boel’s number-one target, Tyler Devera hauled in a touchdown pass and ran with Bavaro-esque determination to get into the endzone. (Students, if you don’t know, ask your parents who Mark Bavaro was. It is an essential part of any Giants fan’s education.)
     DePaul finally cracked through a stingy BC defense, but a 42-yard TD pass to Amar Gist, followed by a 41-yd TD pass to Cody put BC up 35-7 at half.
   BC returned to push the clock to running as Rahmir sprinted another 57 yards for a score bringing his rushing total to 261 yards for the night. Tyler Booker recorded eight tackles and one sack. Sebastian Sagar finished the night with one sack and Tywonne Malone added 3 tackles and a sack. Rene Nuñez continued his outstanding play on defense, returning an interception 47 yards just before half. Griffin McGovern snuffed out DePaul’s last scoring attempt, with a birthday fumble recovery in the red zone.
     The Crusaders will return to action at home following a November 3, 2018 bye in the NJSIAA Non-Public 4 Tournament. BC is the #1 as they finish the regular season at 8-1, Super Football Conference United Red Champions, tied with St. Joseph Regional and St. Peter’s Prep.
 


CRUSADERS POUND PALADINS


October 20 – Oradell, NJ – It was certainly a welcome sight for the BC Class of 1968, celebrating its 50th Class Reunion and watching their beloved Crusaders roll at home on Saturday 49-0 over Paramus Catholic. BC built a 42-point halftime lead through hard running by Anthony Corbin and a deadly aerial attack led by Andrew Boel, finding receivers like Pierson Tobia, Tyler Devera and Garrett Cody. BC scored first, just 12 seconds into the game on a 62-yard bomb from Boel to Cody and that lit the fuse for what was yet to come in the first half. Tyler Devera added 2 TDs.

 
 
BETTER TO WIN UGLY THAN LOSE PRETTY

October 13 – Oradell, NJ – The visitors from Pope John XXIII of Sparta gave BC all they could handle on Saturday. The winless visitors struggled mightily to move the ball against a relentless defense led by John High, Jevon Cruz, Armani Cruz, Anthony Corbin, Jordan Morant, and Griffin McGovern. But a partially blocked punt was advanced by the Lions and set up a score which made Senior Day in Oradell dicier than anyone in scarlet and gold wanted.
            BC escaped with a 14-6 victory behind an Anthony Corbin 4-yard run and one yard plunge by Andrew Boel, but turnovers in the form of interceptions and fumbles made for a very long afternoon. All said, BC is now 6-1 on the season and driving toward a Reunion Weekend meeting with Paramus Catholic HS next week.



CRUSADERS KNOCK OFF #1 GREEN KNIGHTS 24-20

October 6 - Montvale, NJ -
It was a day Anthony Corbin won't soon forget.  The outstanding senior Linebacker was asked to show more of his ball carrying skills and he put on a show!  Corbin's fourth quarter TD run gave BC a 23-20 lead, followed up by Michael Kearney's 6th point (1 FG and 3 PATs).  Corbin then drilled a SJR potential receiver and when BC last got the ball, it was Corbin putting the icing on the cake, running for a game sealing first down.



BC - SJR TICKETS TO GO ON SALE

October 1 - Oradell, NJ - Tickets to the Bergen Catholic vs. St. Joseph Regional Football Game will be going on sale at Bergen Catholic this coming Wednesday - Friday from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the Main Office.



BC DEFEATS IRVINGTON IN FIRST-EVER MEETING 47-7


September 29 - Oradell, NJ – 
Quarterback Andrew Boel had a tremendous performance on Saturday tossing four touchdown passes, helping BC to dismantle a lightning quick group from Irvington 47-7.
BC opened scoring in the first quarter with a pair of touchdown runs (8 and 6 yards) by Rhamir Johnson. The Blue Knights cut the score in half before the teams switched sides.
That’s when Boel stole the show in the second quarter, throwing 4 TD passes before the half to four different receivers: Johnson (48 yards), Garret Cody (47 yards), Amar Gist (9 yards), Joe Aniello (12 yards).
Rakeem Ross rattled off a 47 yard run in the fourth quarter to set up his own 5 yard scoring sprint. This would end the scoring for the day.
Sebastian Sagar and Tywone Malone made their presence felt on the defensive side of the ball, each sacking the quarterback and pitching in 3 tackles for losses between them. Javon Cruz continues to make his presence felt as he makes some violent tackles and helps to set a tone on defense as does Anthony Corbin, John High and Armani Cruz.




WELCOME HOME!  CRAZIES CELEBRATE CRUSADER WIN OVER DONNIES

September 22 - Oradell, NJ - Week four of the 2018 season welcomed home a team that needed to feel at home.  And it was in the fresh new look of Crusader Stadium that the Crusaders gritted out a hard-fought 14-13 victory over Don Bosco Prep.  It was a big win in this 70th meeting of BC and its most-played rival.  Andrew Boel punched it in from the 1 yardline and Tyler Divera scored the game winner on a pass from Rene Nunez.  READ MORE and READ MORE FROM THE RECORD
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CRUSADERS FALL TO MARAUDERS 34-7

September 14 - Caven Point, Jersey City, NJ - Caven Point has not been a very welcoming place for the Crusaders and Friday night was no exception.  BC fell for the first time in 2018 to St. Peter's Prep, formerly the #2 ranked team in NJ.  Rhamir Johnson was a highlight for BC rushing for over 100 yards in the first half, but the home Prep played stifling second-half defense and launched an aerial assault which led to 4 touchdown passes and a convincing win.  READ MORE.

NATION'S #5 CRUSADERS DOWN ARCHBISHOP WOOD 21-7

September 8, 2018 - Piscataway, NJ - The Crusaders went on the road to play part in a double header billed as the Battle on the Bank at Rutgers University's High Point Soluctions Stadium.  Junior QB Andrew Boel had a hand in all three of BC's first half touchdowns, throwing a 42 yard strike to WR Pierson Tobia and following up with a pair of one-yard plunges behind a dominant offensive line.  MORE

TICKETS FOR THE BATTLE ON THE BANK!!!

September 4, 2018 - Oradell, NJ - Tickets for Satruday's Football Games pitting the best of PA vs. the best of NJ can be purchased on-line at http://www.gosponsorship.com/battle/  The "Battle on the Bank" of the Raritan River pits Bergen Catholic HS vs. Archbishop Wood at Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium at 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

CRUSADERS START COACH VITO CAMPANILE'S CAMPAIGN WITH HISTORIC WIN

August 31, 2018 - Buford, GA - Two of the nation's top football teams faced each other in the deep south on Friday night.  Bergen Catholic (#12) defeated Georgia's top team Grayson (#5) by a score of 34-22.  READ MORE FROM NORTHJERSEY.COM HERENATION'S #5 CRUSADERS DOWN ARCHBISHOP WOOD 21-7


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