WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Last weeks dedication of the new all-weather turf field at Stepinac High School was dampened by a loss to Iona Prep, so the Crusaders will be looking for their first win on the new surface Friday at 7 p.m. against rival Bronx-based Fordham Prep.
Stepinac (5-2) was disappointed in the 30-17 loss to the Gaels but needs to recover against Fordham Prep and prepare for the upcoming Catholic High School Football League playoffs. The Prep (3-4) has struggled this season and has lost three straight coming into this regular-season finale for both teams.
The Crusaders offense is fired by quarterback Mark White (645 yards and 10 touchdowns), who is lightning fast and can break any play from scrimmage. Running back Caleb Gilligan-Evans (409 yards and six touchdowns) is a potent ball carrier and quarterback Daniel Hofer who has completed 41 of 89 for 928 yard and seven scores.
Fordham Prep looks to the pass to move the ball with quarterback James McHale, who has completed 49 for 118 for 665 yards and four touchdowns, while the running game produces just over 100 yards per game with several backs handling the ball, including Malik Crossdale and Logan Williamson.
White should run wild on the new turf this week and the Crusaders defense will be able to handle the Rams offense, so expect the home team to earn its first win on its new home field.
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