Catholic high school senior football underway for another season
With a new coaching staff lead by Anthony Macaluso, the Cardinal Newman Cardinals are looking to win their third consecutive Hamilton Catholic high school senior football championship this season.
“The faces have changed, but the expectations haven’t,” said Macaluso, who will be relying on quarterback and Grade 12 student Matthew Metcalfe to guide the offence this season.
The Cards have several Grade 12 students on the roster including key linemen Tomo Juratovac, Vincent DeRosa, David Pellizari and Pascal DAmbrosio.
New faces include Grade 10 student Mitchell Thiele and Grade 11 student Zack Sibley.
On the west Mountain, this will be a rebuilding season for the St. Thomas More Knights.
“We’re a total overhauled team of young student athletes,” said Knights head coach Claudio Silvestri. “We have a brand new backfield.”
That backfield will be led by quarterbacks Mitchell Phillips and Nick Digati.
Phillips, a Grade 11 student, was the QB of the More junior team last season and Grade 12 student Digati returns after taking a season off to concentrate on school work.
The running back corps this season will feature Rooks Llewellyn, Kadeem Bertrand, Frank Lovasic and Osayi Iginuan.
More’s defence will be led by linebackers Darnell Swaby and Santino Gallo.
On the east Mountain, St. Jean de Brebeuf head coach Anthony Alfano reports the Braves squad will feature 10 returning starters this season, six on offence and four on defence.
Returning starter Michael Mancinelli and Grade 11 student Justin Dipietro will handle the quarterbacking duties.
Dipietro was the signal caller for junior Braves last season.
Nick Hinds is back as the starting tailback after suffering a torn ACL in the semifinal last season.
Alfano said Hinds underwent reconstructive surgery in January and has worked hard to get back to playing condition.
Mitch Lewandowski adds a veteran presence at middle linebacker while returnee Steven McNicholl is likely to play both slotback and defensive back.
The St.Mary Crusaders will have a veteran offensive backfield this season led by returning quarterback and Grade 12 plus student Matt Sartori along with Jesse Orgar, Liam Crawford and Tyrell Collins Reid.
Over at Bishop Ryan, the Celtics will feature a veteran offensive line this season led by Antonio Pugliese, Brandon Chora and Brett Martin.
The league also features Bishop Tonnos and Cathedral high schools.
Week one action saw Brebeuf beat Cathedral 22-18, Newman downed St. Mary 34-7 and BR edged Tonnos 20-17.
More had a bye week.
Tomorrow’s (Friday) play, which includes the beginning of junior action, sees BR at More with the senior game at 1 p.m. and the junior game at 7 p.m.; Newman is at Tonnos with the senior game at 3 p.m. and the junior game at 5 p.m. and St. Mary hosts Brebeuf with the senior game at 4 p.m. and the junior game at 2 p.m.