Game Recap: All Saints Episcopal 38 – Archbishop Stepinac 28
But win or lose, Stepinac used the game as a tribute to all alumni police officers, firefighters, first responders who lost their lives in the attacks. The game was also a tribute to alumni Joseph R. Riverso, a former all-league player for the Crusaders and assistant football coach. Riverso worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on 9/11 and perished in the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
On the field, the game was close…at times.
The Crusaders got the scoring going on a touchdown pass to Gjok Dedvukaj. The extra point was good and Stepinac took an early 7-0 lead.
All Saints answered with Brant Ahlfinger rushing touchdown to tie the game 7-7. After their drive stalled at the 4-yard line, The Saints added a field goal to increase their lead to 10-7.
Stepinac QB James McCauley ran it in for a score to give the Crusaders the lead at 14-10.
All Saints answered with a touchdown run by Ahlfinger, his second of the game to take back the lead at 17-14. The Saints added a 35-yard field goal by Andrew Lin to increase the lead to 20-14 going into halftime.
It was All Saints in the 3rd Quarter
The Saints poured it on in the third quarter. WR Chris Palfreeman took one to the house on a pass and the Saints convert the 2pt conversion and pushed the lead to 28-14.
The Saints added another Ahlfinger touchdown run walks untouched into the end zone for his 3rd rushing TD of the game. The Saints led 35-14 at that point.
Holding on for the Win
All Saints added another Andrew Lin FG attempt to make the score 38-14 with less than 8 minutes left in the game.
Stepinac added two touchdowns in the final minutes but it wasn’t enough.
Final score: All Saints 38 – Archbishop Stepinac 28.