Caleb Gilligan-Evans rushed for three touchdowns in the first half and the Crusaders’ defense didn’t allow the Royals to find a rhythm as Stepinac rolled past the Christ the King 41-0 last Saturday on a rainy afternoon in Middle Village.
Both defenses started the game off strongly, playing to a scoreless tie after the first quarter. The Royals defense backs came up with turnovers early too, as junior Johnathan Capace recovered a Crusader fumble on the first drive of the game, and sophomore Darrius Pritchett intercepted a pass from Stepniac quarterback Tyrell Goodman.
Unfortunately, the Crusaders’ defense was equally stout, harassing Royals quarterback Terrel Hunt and not allowing Christ the King to find their running game.
The game broke open in the second quarter, when Stepniac’s first long drive of the game culminated with Gilligan-Evans diving across the goal line for the first score of the game. The Crusader’s defense stood up twice more in the second quarter, once stopping the Royals on a fourth down attempt, and a second time when Joseph Telesco intercepted a pass by Hunt.
Stepinac’s offense followed each defensive stand with a touchdown run by Gilligan-Evans, and by the time the rain began to fall the game was already out of reach.
With the loss, the Royals fall to 0-4 in the Varsity AA-A division, while Stepinac improves to 4-0. Christ the King will attempt to right the ship this Saturday against Cardinal Spellman at Juniper Valley Park. Kickoff is set for 3:00pm.