Two of the best teams in the state played Saturday evening with a bid to the finals on the line. Sixth seeded Bergen Catholic traveled to the Second Seeded Don Bosco Prep as the winner would clinch a spot against eighth seeded St.Joseph Montvale. St.Joe’s, the long time Non-Public Group III power has made the finals after converting to Group IV this season.
Bergen Catholic would be shorthanded in this game following the injury to freshman RB Josh McKenzie. However, it would be BC striking first as Tennessee commit Jared Guarantano threw a screen pass to Gene Coleman to make the score 6-0 as the PAT failed. With the score 6-0, Guarantano was able to rely on his offensive line. They have been efficient for the Crusaders all year long to get them to this point.
BC would add some more offense later in the first quarter. Jared Guarantano would complete a 35 yard TD pass to Coleman once again to give the Crusaders a 12-0 lead.
Bosco would get on the board early in the second quarter as Thomas Devito would hit Wankeith Akin for 29 yards to make the score 12-7 Bergen Catholic. Don Bosco would cut the score to 14-12 by halftime after Devito hit Bakker for 48 yards.
Don Bosco took the lead on a TD Pass down the middle to Elijah Sing that was good for 9 yards. This would make the score 20-12 in favor of Don Bosco. The Ironmen were facing adversity, but ready to do everything that they could to pull out a victory.
A Johnny Langan TD would cut the Bosco lead to 20-18 in the 4th quarter. However, a failed 2 point conversion prevented BC from taking the lead in the game. Don Bosco would score with 7:21 remaining on the halfback pass from Brennan to Bowen for 14 yards to make the score 27-18.
A Bergen Catholic field goal would cut the Bosco lead to 27-21. However, that is where the game would stand. Haraan Ransom would be credited with the game winning interception as Don Bosco earned their ticket to the group final at Met Life Stadium.
Defensively, Don Bosco sacked Guarantamo four times and found a way to win the battle at the line of scrimmage. Offensively, Gene Coleman led Bergen Catholic with 9 catches for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns.