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Salem Ellisy and Nino Carramusa scored once each as Don Bosco Prep edged out a 2-1 win over Fort Lee in the second round of the Bergen County Tournament, in Fort Lee. Sample HTML block Don Bosco Prep (9-2) will face Demarest in the quarterfinals next Sunday. Joseph Battaglia made one save in the win. Fort Lee fell to 7-4....

10/13/2021

Don Bosco Prep's Ronnie Heath (5) and Nick Minicucci (16), shown in an earlier game this season, propelled the offense in a 31-10 win over Delbarton Saturday afternoon.Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Facebook Share Twitter Share By Andrew Koob | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com For the first time in his career, Don Bosco Prep head coach Dan Sabella was happy an official didn’t listen to him. 10/9 - 1:00 PM Football Final Don Bosco Prep 31 Delbarton 10Complete Box Score » On a 4th down call late in the first half, Sabella’s screams for a timeout went unnoticed—at least until after the ball was snapped—and the play went on. What resulted was a scrambling touchdown pass from Nick Minicucci to Omaree Walker that, coupled with a dominant second half, was more than enough for Don Bosco Prep, No. 11 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 31-10 win over No. 13 Delbarton Saturday afternoon. Was Sabella thrilled with the outcome? Of course. But he knows better than to think that will happen twice. “Of course. But you don’t want to make a living on plays like that,” Sabella said. “That was a hell of a play and that’s one where you’re yelling at the ref for that timeout had it not worked out.” On a day when Don Bosco spoiled Delbarton’s homecoming, not much worked against Bosco’s favor. The defense continued its stellar season, holding Delbarton to just 3 second-half points and its second lowest game total this year while forcing 4 sacks and an interception. That performances hasn’t been new, but the confidence level of the other facets of the game—its offense and special teams—have come up to speed as well. Minicucci and running back Ronnie Heath gave the Delbarton defense fits in the second half with 21 points, 2 of those coming in the final 3 minutes to put the nail in the coffin. The execution has been better, according to Sabella, but the other major factor has been the belief that has returned to the Ironmen sideline. “I think we’re starting to play more team ball. Our defense has played well all year but our offense and special teams have just gotten better,” Sabella said. “They’re more confident, they’re able to put points up on the board and starting to believe more. They’re starting to believe and starting to see their hard work pay off. Hopefully we can just keep building it.” Added linebacker Timmy Hinspeter, “We’re finally starting to put things together and it’s like a train—we just keep it rolling and rolling.” Delbarton looked to be the better team in the opening minutes, scoring on the first drive of the game then letting its defense do work with an ensuing 3-and-out to give them a 7-point lead after the first frame. A Jack Donnelly field goal in the second quarter put points on the board and, after forcing a 3-and-out of its own, Don Bosco went to work capped off by Minicucci’s throw late in the first half. That touchdown seemed to spur Don Bosco throughout the break, as it found the end zone on its first drive of the second half thanks to Minicucci’s second touchdown, a 6-yard throw to Kyle Bohm. Delbarton continued to push but, after electing to go for a 19-yard field goal to bring it to a 1-possession game in the 4th quarter, Don Bosco pounced. Don Bosco marched all the way down the field, converting on a pair of 3rd and long situations, and put the game away on Ronnie Heath’s 1-yard scoring run with 2 minutes left. Freshman back Nolan James added the cherry on top with his first varsity touchdown to push the score to its final iteration. “They made it interesting,” Sabella said. “They got it to 17-10, we had a couple 3rd and longs with Nick making some big throws to make those conversions. That put us in good shape. “The last 2 games has really made a lot of strides. He’s practicing better as well and, if he keeps playing better, we’ll be a pretty tough team. Andrew Koob can be reached at akoob@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewKoobHS. Like NJ.com Sports on Facebook. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission....

10/13/2021

Don Bosco Prep over Passaic Tech - Boys soccer recap Updated: Oct. 12, 2021, 10:17 p.m. | Published: Oct. 12, 2021, 10:17 p.m. Facebook Share Twitter Share By Andrew Borders | For NJ Advance Media Massimo Rodio and Patrick Marino had the goals as Don Bosco Prep defeated Passaic Tech 2-1 on Tuesday in Ramsey. 10/12 - 7:00 PM Boys Soccer Final Passaic Tech 1 Don Bosco Prep 2Complete Box Score » The win was the sixth in a row for Don Bosco Prep (10-2), which will head to Demarest on Monday for the quarterfinal round of the Bergen County Tournament. Passaic Tech (7-6) will host Paterson Eastside on Thursday....

10/13/2021

Boys Soccer: Bergen County Tournament seeds and bracket, 2021 Updated: Oct. 03, 2021, 1:17 p.m. | Published: Oct. 03, 2021, 1:15 p.m. Boys Soccer: Don Bosco Prep defeats Hackensack 2-0 at Don Bosco Preparatory School on 9/27/21. Don Bosco Prep's Armando Santana (9) moves the ball past Hackensack's Larry Perry (22) during the boys soccer game at Don Bosco Preparatory High School on 9/27/21.Tom Horak | For NJ Advance Media Facebook Share Twitter Share By Luis Torres | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com The 2021 Bergen County Boys Soccer Tournament has been finalized. Ramapo, the No. 12 team in the NJ.com top 20, is one of seven teams to receive a bye in the 25-team tournament. Northern Highlands, Waldwick, Ramsey, Bergen Catholic, Emerson Boro and Don Bosco Prep are the other teams to receive a bye. The tournament begins on Oct. 7, and the semifinals will be at Ramsey with the finals taking place at Indian Hills. The N.J. High School Sports newsletter now appearing in mailboxes 5 days a week. Sign up now and be among the first to get all the boys and girls sports you care about, straight to your inbox each weekday. BRACKET: 2021 Bergen County Tournament - https://highschoolsports.nj.com/boyssoccer/brackets/season/2021-2022/2035?skipcache=1 Teams Bergen Catholic Cliffside Park Cresskill Demarest Don Bosco Prep Dwight-Englewood Dwight-Morrow Emerson Boro Fair Lawn Fort Lee Garfield Lodi Lyndhurst North Arlington Northern Highlands Park Ridge Pascack Hills Ramapo Ramsey River Dell Saddle Brook Tenafly Waldwick Wallington Westwood The N.J. High School Sports newsletter now appearing in mailboxes 5 days a week. Sign up now and be among the first to get all the boys and girls sports you care about, straight to your inbox each weekday. To add your name, click here. Thank you for relying on us to provide the journalism you can trust. Please consider supporting NJ.com with a subscription. You can reach Luis Torres at ltorres@njadvancemedia.com and you can follow him on Twitter @ByLuisTorres. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. ...

10/6/2021

Football Top 20 for Oct. 3: Upset-fueled weekend brings biggest changes yet Updated: Oct. 04, 2021, 9:55 a.m. | Published: Oct. 03, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Football: Don Bosco Prep vs. Iona Prep (NY) , September 4, 2021 Don Bosco Prep's Ronnie Heath (5) takes the hand-off from quarterback Nick Minicucci (16) in a game against Iona Prep earlier this season. On Friday, Heath led Don Bosco Prep to an upset of previous No. 2 St. Peter's Prep. Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media Facebook Share Twitter Share 156 shares By Patrick Lanni | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Let the upsets roll. After several weeks of stability, this week’s rankings got all shaken up after several head-turning results. Although the No. 1 team remains the same, the top five was completely revamped this week after the previous No. 2 and No. 3 teams lost in Week 5. Outside of the turmoil at the top, another spot opened up after No. 13 Donovan Catholic was forced to forfeit three wins after using an ineligible player. With a 1-4 record, NJ.com’s high school football staff determined Donovan Catholic’s resume was no longer Top 20-worthy, however, the Toms River school can play its way back into the rankings as the season progresses. Cedar Creek delivered one of the weekend’s biggest wins by upsetting then-No. 3 Holy Spirit. Then-No. 2 St. Peter’s Prep also fell on the road to Don Bosco Prep, which entered Friday’s game with a 1-3 record. Both losses created drastic changes in this week’s rankings. So, who were the biggest movers and shakers? Check out this week’s edition of the NJ.com Top 20 below. Note: The NJ.com Top 20 is collaborative effort put together by NJ.com’s high school football staff: Bill Evans, Andrew Koob, Mike Kinney, Pat Lanni, Kevin Minnick and Joe Zedalis....

10/6/2021

Boys Soccer: Rodio powers Don Bosco Prep to win over rival, No. 13 Bergen Catholic (Photos) Updated: Sep. 22, 2021, 4:32 a.m. | Published: Sep. 22, 2021, 4:32 a.m. Facebook Share Twitter Share By Jason Bernstein | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Massimo Rodio scored two goals, one in each half, to power Don Bosco Prep to a 2-0 victory over Bergen Catholic, No. 13 in the NJ.com Top 20, in Ramsey. 9/21 - 4:00 PM Boys Soccer Final Bergen Catholic 0 Don Bosco Prep 2Complete Box Score » Rodio, a senior, first struck in the 33rd minutes. He then connected for his second goal in the 42nd minute for Don Bosco Prep (4-1), which is now in first place of the Big North United Division. Salem Ellisy assisted on both of the goals and Joseph Battaglia made five saves to earn the shutout. Bergen Catholic falls to 4-1 on the season. The N.J. High School Sports newsletter now appearing in mailboxes 5 days a week. Sign up now and be among the first to get all the boys and girls sports you care about, straight to your inbox each weekday. To add your name, click here....

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