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Bergen Catholic Humbles St. Anthony's

St. Anthony's football has school-record 29-game win streak snapped in 59-21 loss to New Jersey power.

TV cameras rolled, flashes popped, poms poms waved and a packed house stood in anticipation. This is what Friday Night Lights is supposed to look like.

Instead of Texas or Florida or western Pennsylvania, this slice of Americana took place before a crowd of 5,100 at Cy Donnelly Field in South Huntington, a fitting setting for one of the biggest regular season games in Long Island football history. 

football players carried the weight of the program’s history on its back and the challenge of facing New Jersey power Bergen Catholic, the No. 17 team in the nation.

The glare of the spotlight proved too much for all but one figure. Bergen Catholic quarterback senior Jon Germano threw for 300 yards, four touchdowns and ran for another as the Crusaders downed host St. Anthony’s, 59-21.

“They outplayed us,” St. Anthony’s Coach said. “They were more physical and much more skilled on offense. They had their way with us. They’re a real good football team.”

The – the second-longest in Suffolk history – into the season opener. Now it’s history.

What the boisterous crowd and TV audience witnessed was the worst Friars loss since Reichert took the helm in 1987. St. Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) handed St. Anthony’s a 49-7 home loss to open 2001. According to team statistician , no Reichert-led Friars team had given up 50 points to a foe – until Bergen Catholic.

“We wanted to make a statement with this game,” Germano said. “We’ve been working hard since January. We felt we had a great team. We focused on getting better every day and going 1-0 every week.”

St. Anthony’s (0-1) trailed 24-0 in the second quarter and never recovered. Every once in a while a great tradition runs into and even more imposing juggernaut. Bergen Catholic (2-0) was just that impressive.

Germano hit wideout John Feaster for a 66-yard touchdown strike with 6:37 left in the opening quarter. Ryan Rose’s extra point put the Crusaders in front 7-0.

“Their quarterback played great,” said Reichert, who admitted BC and its QB looked that much better in person than on tape. “We didn’t get to him and we couldn’t cover their receivers. We just didn’t match up.”

BC jumped ahead 14-0 when linebacker Danny Grasso recovered a fumbled pitch in the end zone.

A.J. Gallagher hauled in a 24-yard pass from Germano to make it 24-0 with 7:50 left in the half.

It wasn’t just that Bergen Catholic, from Oradell, N.J., was making big plays. The Crusaders were physical too. 

Former All-Long Island and Pac-10 center Alex Fletcher, watching his alma mater from the sideline, came away impressed by Bergen Catholic. “These hits are borderline scary,” he marveled. “I’ve never seen high school kids hit like this. They’re dropping the hammer.”

Sophomore running back Jordan Gowins gave the Friars something to cheer with an explosive 52-yard touchdown run to make it 38-14. He added another fourth-quarter TD.

The Crusaders will next head out to Las Vegas, Nevada to face the currently undefeated Bishop Gorman Gaels (2-0). The Gaels are ranked 14th in the nation and first across all of Nevada.

Teams 1 2 3 4 F Bergen Catholic (N.J.)  14 17 14 14 59 St. Anthony's 0 7 7 7 21
Orlando Fontanez September 08, 2012 at 09:28 PM
A great team defeating a very good team. Bishop Gorman (NV.) is now on notice!
james Mazziotta September 08, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Not to mention BC freshmen team had also dominated st Anthony's in oradell nj Saturday morning with an impressive win 30- 8
Bishop Gorman September 08, 2012 at 11:20 PM
BC should be on notice. Bishop Gorman's O Line is bigger than USC's, and our school's training facilities ate better than some pros. Tons of rich alumni have recruited a powerhouse. BC will not match up physically. 2 yrs ago we lost to nationally ranked #1 Armood,Fla. by 3, and Armwood forfeited for illegal players. BG is bigger, Stronger, and alot faster than that. Everybteam is in awe when they see our campus and facilities. And players. BC is the St. Anthonys of this Gorman game. stronger,
Bishop Gorman September 08, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Fontanez, we are ranked higher than Bergen for a reason. Our Lady of Good Counsel was ranked ahead of us last week, hward about their traditiontoo, their 32 game winning streak, and hall of fame coach. They were manhandled. Servite of Calif was too. And they arw bigger and daster than Bergen. East coast schools cannot handle our speed. Thought Good Counsel might, but no. Several players were carried off the field. On National tv. Not gloating, hope they are alright , but we keep hearing about how we are going to be beat by Angelé Morgan is a therapist with Red Rock Psychological Counseling, an outpatient clinic that specializes in treating victims of abuse, including patients referred by the Clark County Department of Family Services. In general, Morgan said children who wait years to report sexual abuse are embarrassed and worry about the consequences of telling someone.historically great teams, but we are too big and strong. And deep at all positions . We have 15 frosh with Div 1 offers already. I am from long island, went to Chaminade then moved to Vegas. Played at BG. Its a different world here. The heat alone will shock Bergen. And jet lag. But, you will be treated eight. The Fertitta family who are alumni and have 3 sons playing on Fertitta Field, own 16 casinos , and pay for Bergen ro stay 1st class at their poshest hotel, eat for free and get nice swag bags as Gifts. It will ease the pain of the loss. gifts.
tacoz September 09, 2012 at 03:16 AM
weet Gorman
BCusa September 15, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Bigger then USC , best fields , best everything huh ? East coast teams can't handle the speed ... Lol .. Scroll back and look at your post , you now officially look like an asshole after getting beat convincingly by BC !!!!

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