On Friday night, Oct. 18, the Crusaders finished off their Spirit Week activities with their annual homecoming football game against the Warwick Valley Wildcats.
The Crusaders entered the game with a 2-4 record and in need of victory to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Wildcats were in a similar situation, also with a 2-4 season record.
The Crusaders scored first when Eddie Fennessy hit a 28-yard field goal to put the Crusaders up 3-0.
Early in the second quarter, Anthony Campione found tight end Vinny Quintana streaking down the middle field for a 44-yard touchdown pass. The score was now 10-0.
On the Crusaders' next possession Nick Calderone continued his habit of long touchdown runs as he broke off a 65-yard run. The lead was now 17-0.
CJ Graham stopped the Wildcats' next drive with an interception. It was his second interception in as many weeks.
That set up Campione, who hit Mike Zrelak with a six-yard pass to close the half with the Crusaders up 24-0.
The Crusaders didn’t slow down and early in the second half Campione hit Peter Mastropolo with a screen pass and the senior running back crashed his way through the Wildcats and into the end zone to put the Crusaders up 31-0.
With 3:44 left in the game the Wildcats finally found the end zone when Tim McDonald pick off a pass and raced 90 yards for the lone Wildcat points of the day.
The Crusaders 31-7 victory keeps their playoff hopes alive and sets up a showdown next Saturday afternoon when they travel Washingtonville to face the Wizards.
- William Dimmit