WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino declared Friday Archbishop Stepinac Football Day during a visit to the high school to congratulate the undefeated championship varsity team.
The football team won the 2015 Catholic High School Athletic Association's New York state championship on Nov. 28 with a 42-28 win over St. Francis High School of Buffalo, according to a statement from the county.
"The Crusaders 2015 championship shows the true character of every player and coach on this team and is a testament to their hard work," Astorino said. "As terrific as the team played, and as proud of them as we are, the championship is a stepping stone. With this win, these students are reminded that they will accomplish great things if they strive for them."
The Rev. Tom Collins, president of Archbishop Stepinac High School, said it was an honor to be recognized by the county.
"We will forever treasure his historic proclamation of December 18 as 'Archbishop Stepinac Football Day,'" Collins said, thanking Astorino on behalf of the school and the team.
The county executive presented a proclamation to Mike O'Donnell, the football team's head coach and the high school's athletic director
Under O'Donnell's leadership in 2015, the team won the championship for the second consecutive year. According to the county, Stepinac has five division championships, four AA championships and two AAA championships.
The high school also was presented with an NFL 50th Anniversary Golden Football, the county said.
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