Crusaders Face Heat from Florida Powerhouse

Saturday's home game will be broadcast live online at msgvarsity.com/livecast

While Bergen Catholic's Jon Germano threw his way into the record books last week against DePaul, an unfamiliar opponent was busy ripping their own record as the Cocoa (Fla) Tigers decimated neighboring Cocoa Beach Minutemen. On Saturday, the two high-octaned gridiron squads will clash at Crusader Stadium in Oradell for a 1pm kickoff.

The much-anticipated match-up will be broadcast live at 1pm on the web at www.msgvarsity.com/livecast. The game will also air on MSG Varsity on Tuesday, October 16, 9pm.

Bergen Catholic

BC (4-1) has now scored 255 points in their first five games of the season, an average of 51 points a game. The Crusaders are ranked second in New Jersey and 10th nationally by Maxpreps.com.

Bergen Catholic quarterback Jon Germano is the one to watch, having been called one of the best signal callers in New Jersey, and has the stats to prove it. Germano has a 2.43% completion rate as he is 89 for 123 in passes and 1,562 passing yards. He also has the second highest rushing average, behind James Dawson, for the Crusaders with 228 yards and five touchdowns.

Dawson is in the midst of every play, picking up 500 rushing yards, six carries for 61 yards and seven touchdowns; next in line is is Coreey Russo (155 rushing yards). JJ Kulcsar leads all Crusaders with 24 catches for 515 yards to date.

Playing both ways this season are John Feaster (20 carries for 330 yards, 20 tackles), Kyle Quiero (12 carries for 214 yards, 27 tackles) and Garrett Dickerson (11 catches for 182 yards, 21 tackles). Quiero and Feaster have both caught an interception as well, while Feaster has dominated kickoff returns for 126 yards over six returns.

Anthony Malaguti (43 tackles), Danny Grasso (37 tackles) and Kurt Holuba (28 tackles, 4 sacks) round out the defensive unit.

Over on special teams Ryan Rose has been handling the kicking duties with 38 kickoffs for 1,620 yards and 33 points while Danny Halligan has punted six times for 192 yards.

Cocoa (Fla)

The Tigers (3-2) are on a three game win streak having outscored their opponents 85-6 in three weeks after dropping their first two games of the season. The team is ranked 22 in the state of Florida and 239 nationally.

Senior signal caller Jaelon Knowles has struggled this season as he is 17 for 28 in completed passes for 169 yards. He has thrown two interceptions, both in early season losses.

The offense is led by Tarean Folston (88 carries for 506 rushing yards), and five catches for 24 yards), Lorrenzo Pratt (67 carries for 388 rushing yards, six catches for 29 yards), Antwan Lee (72 carries for 534 rushing yards), and Rakeem Murray (two caches for 56 yards).

Folston is also in charge of punting with 14 to date for 510 yards and also returning eight opposing punts for 28 yards. He has five kickoff returns for 108 yards as well. Kicker Matt Adams has completed 20 kickoffs for 736 yards.

Deondre Barnett has 41 tackles and four sacks for the defense. Barnett is followed by J'Vonte Weaver's 33 tackles and Demarcus Sweeting's 30. Sweeting has also picked up 18 interception yards to date.


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