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Lions Football Stuck in the Fog Against Chaminade

After 90-minute delay, Flyers feast on Msgr. Farrell lines 49-14.

It took nearly 90 minutes for the officials to even show up Friday night in Staten Island, delaying the start of the Chaminade–Msgr. Farrell football game. You couldn’t say the same for the Lions however.

Maybe while the referees were stuck on the Verrazano, the minds of the offensive and defensive linemen were there with them, bogged down in traffic across the span, laboring with a 2-4 conference record, one win above the basement currently occupied by Mount St. Michael.

Lions head coach Jim Bradley would call the game a disaster, a 49-14 beatdown started by Chaminade RB Christopher Gallic running a touchdown in from 5 yards out on the Flyers’ first possession, followed up by an interception from DB John McDaid, hauling it back 25 yards for the score under the lights.

The Chaminade offense had 235 yards on the ground in 24 attempts – averaging just under 9.8 yards per play – continuing to just decimate defenses while their offensive line will outscore opponents by at least-two-to-one except in one game this year.

Chaminade quarterback Sean Cerrone again showed his playcalling ability when facing a third-and-12,  he managed to break through the defense for a 37-yard touchdown as well as pulling off a sneak for a 1-yard score with 6 seconds left before the half. He also hooked up with Tom Zenker for a 62-yard touchdown pass in the third.

Comin into the game the Lions had rattled off two straight wins to finally put themselves in the win column, averaging 30-plus points per game in its last three contests.

Their only score came in the fourth quarter through an 8-yard run from Bret Bracco and a 17-yard pass to Donato Fiorello.

With only one week left in the regular season – the Flyers will face Holy Cross on October 28 away – there still exists a 4-way tie for first place in the CHSFL between St. Anthony’s, Chaminade, St. Joseph by the Sea and Iona Prep. And right now most of us would have a better time seeing through the fog that rolled in across Amboy Road than prognosticating what the matchups are going to be outside St. Anthony’s – again – getting the top seed.

With a win already in the books over the Gaels, the Flyers are assured of at least the No. 3 slot in the playoffs, which is determined by power points. With the Friars hosting 2-4 Xaverian in their final regular season matchup, Iona matched up against Fordham Prep, the Flyers would have to hope that Holy Trinity would be able to pull something off against St. Joseph’s to completely wrap up the No 2 spot rather than have another log jam at the top of the standings.

Because right now, we still haven’t the foggiest.

1 2 3 4 F Chaminade 14 14 7 14 49 Msgr. Farrell 0 0 0 14 14

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