Class is in session
Perhaps the greatest impact of Don Bosco's 33-6 game winning appearance in Steubenville, Ohio, was communicated by Ken Holloy, the promoter for the three game "Rally in Death Valley" on Saturday. During his halftime interview on ESPNNewYork.com, Holloy said that over 200 coaches from the Ohio Valley were in the stands to study defending national champion Don Bosco, and in particular, the methods of Ironmen head coach Greg Toal.
While the area coaches also wanted to see legendary 28 year St. Ignatius Head Coach Chuck Kyle (the Wildcats won the national title in '89, '93 and '95), they were schooled by Don Bosco's solid defense and explosive run offense. Paul Canevari rushed for over 200 yards. it was an off game from Ironmen quarterback Gary Nova, who threw two picks in the first quarter and lost a fumble in the second. In the first half,
Bosco's defense smothered the St. Ignatius offense
with score at halftime, 23-0.
St. Ignatius came into the game shorthanded, as starting quarterback Matt Hoyer was a scratch with an "undisclosed injury." If Hoyer's last name is familiar, his brother Brian is Tom Brady's backup with the New England Patriots. Matt's backup, Joe Greco, is more of a running quarterback, but was held to 28 yards on 9 carries. Greco was also intercepted twice, both by Kyle Sakowski. Ironically, Kyle's older brother Paul had a pick-6 for Bosco at Cincinnati St. Xavier two seasons ago.
Final Score: 33-6
Bosco is already prepping for this Saturday's showdown game at Bergen Catholic in Oradell, N.J. ESPNewYork.com will stream live play-by-play for this northern New Jersey grudge match at 1 p.m.
Bob Galerstein is a "SportsCenter" anchor at 1050 ESPN New York and is the Play-by-Play voice for 1050's high school web casts. You can e-mail Bob at email@example.com.