On The Rhode Again: Varsity Football Defeats Moses Brown Prep 44-31

Huddle up: the varsity football team gathers for prayer before kickoff.

By Aidan Cappellino ’20

Any athlete can admit that winning a game on the road proves to be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding tasks during the regular season.  Yet the Flyers, who endured an almost four-hour bus ride to Providence, Rhode Island to compete against Moses Brown Preparatory School’s Quakers, secured a sensational 44 – 31 victory last weekend.

Setting the tone from the beginning, Dylan Lomelo ’20 and the special teams squad produced a masterful 95-yard touchdown return to open the game.  The Flyers’ dominant play continued through the entire first half as the defense engulfed a flustered Quaker offense. Despite the Flyers’ own offensive challenges, Dan Schaefer ’19 and Connor Dempsey ’19 raked in two touchdowns by capitalizing on fumbles, and James Corcoran ’19 snatched an interception for a touchdown, bringing the Flyers to 29 points in the first half.

Moses Brown responded promptly by scoring on the opening drive of the second half, but the Flyers offense finally found its footing, ending the subsequent drive with a four-yard touchdown by quarterback Thomas Rogan ’19 and a two-point conversion thrown by kicker Anthony Pecorella ’19 to long snapper Anthony Catalano ’19.  Following another interception, this time by Sean Tariche ’19, the offense was once again gifted a shot at increasing the Flyers’ 37-24 lead. On their next offensive possession, Thomas Rogan stepped up in the pocket and launched a pass into the hands of wide receiver Conor McCormick ’19, bringing the score to 44-24.

Ultimately, the Flyers’ defense, with monstrous performances by Connor Dempsey ’19, Dan Schaefer ’19, James Corcoran ’19, as well as Phil Arnold ’19 and Matt Grimm ’19, who netted more than thirty tackles combined, helped seal the victory.  Offensively, Spenser Warantz ’19 played an integral part in “moving the chains” with 112 yards on the ground, the first Chaminade running back to do so in almost two years. After defeating the Quakers on their home turf in Rhode Island, the Flyers should present a serious challenge in the CHSFL AAA division back in the Empire State.