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Stepinac, Iona Prep Meet In Battle Of Football Powers

Iona Prep's Dylan Mucci tries to outrun an Archbishop Stepinac defender during a game last year.
Iona Prep's Dylan Mucci tries to outrun an Archbishop Stepinac defender during a game last year. Photo Credit: IonaPrep.org

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Two of the top football teams in Westchester County clash Saturday in New Rochelle when Archbishop Stepinac meets Iona Prep.

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Iona Prep.

Stepinac (4-0) is ranked No. 2 in the state. Iona Prep (4-1) is ranked No. 31. To compare their season statistics on MaxPreps, click here .

Stepinac ended a four-year losing streak to Iona Prep last year with a 10-7 victory. That was just the second victory since 2004 in the rivalry for the Crusaders.

The Crusaders are flying high as they seek their second straight win over Prep. Stepinac has outscored opponents 175-24, and has won its last two games by a combined total of 105-7.

The Crusaders have a balanced offensive arsenal. Four running backs have compiled more than 200 yards. Malcolm Major has rushed for 253 yards, an average of 6.8 per carry and two touchdowns. Quarterback Brandon Coleman has rushed for 251 yards on an average of 8.6 per attempt, and three touchdowns. He has also thrown for 322 yards and five touchdowns without an interception.

Stepinac will have its own defensive issues against a rejuvenated Iona Prep offense.

Quarterback Robert Madison made his season debut last week after missing four games with a broken leg. He completed 19-of-26 passes for five touchdowns in a 40-14 rout of Mt. St. Michael Academy.

Running back Stephon Smith (396 yards, 7.5 per rush) leads the ground game. The Gaels also like to throw to Dylan Mucci (15 receptions) and Brian Thompson (11). Qaadir Sheppard has nine receptions, four of them for touchdowns.

MaxPreps will have live scoring updates on the game. Click here to follow for updates.

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