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Here are the latest boys soccer conference rankings, considering games played through Wednesday, Oct. 14: BIG NORTH CONFERENCE 1-Clifton (5-0) 2-Don Bosco Prep (4-0) 3-Bergen Catholic (4-1) 4-Cliffside Park (4-0) 5-Northern Highlands (4-0-1) 6-Passaic (3-1) 7-Wayne Hills (5-0) 8-Demarest (4-0-1) 9-Tenafly (4-0-1) 10-Dumont (4-1) BURLINGTON COUNTY SCHOLASTIC LEAGUE 1-Delran (2-0) 2-Florence (4-0-1) 3-Cinnaminson (1-0-1) 4-Rancocas Valley (2-2) 5-Northern Burlington (1-0-1) ...

10/15/2020

ORADELL - Ryan O'Byrne gave a thumbs up and a simple message on his way to the ambulance. "Get this W for me." The Don Bosco captain wasn't around to see the final buzzer, but he got his wish on Sunday afternoon. An inspired team of Ironmen rallied for a 4-1 win over rival Bergen Catholic after losing their senior leader. Several players went over to O'Byrne at the half as he was taken off in a stretcher. He had his right leg wrapped up after being involved in a hard challenge. "That's our captain," goalie Joey Battaglia said. "This is for him." Don Bosco hopes that a win like this can be a turning point in the rivalry. The Ironmen came into the day with just one win in their last eight matchups with Bergen Catholic. It seemed like a daunting task to open the season in Oradell against the defending Bergen County champions. Instead, the Ironmen came out firing with a pair of early goals by Nino Carramusa. Don Bosco extended the lead after the break with goals from Massimo Rodio and Armando Santana. "We can battle," coach Vincent Sileo said. "Although Bergen tries to play, they've always been a physical side. This year, we can match that. I think the result was the way it was because we matched up. I think we deserved it." Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco played their match at Bergen Catholic in Oradell on October 4, 2020. Brian Maron #14 and Armando Santana #7 chase down the ball. What it means Don Bosco has the early edge in the Big North United and will get a bump in the rankings. The Ironmen came into the season ranked fifth, while Bergen Catholic was second. One of the best signs for Don Bosco was that it shut out the Crusaders in the run of play. The Ironmen have four new starters on defense with Adam Sujak and Rich Malysa in the middle and Michael Danzi and Ryan Martinelli on the outside. There is experience in goal, though, and Battaglia answered the call. "When the schedule comes out and your No. 1 rival is put there, it just brought a different kind of intensity to the group," said Sileo, who graduated seven starters and more than a dozen seniors. "There was a big circle on the calendar for this match." The Ironmen chanted "O'Byrne" after breaking the postgame huddle. Sileo did not have an injury update, but planned to call the midfielder's parents. "Ryan O'Byrne is one of the best players in the state of New Jersey," Sileo said. "It was a really tough challenge and Ryan ended up on the wrong side of it. But that happens sometimes in big, physical games like this. I'm very, very upset and I hope he gets a prognosis that we want." Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco played their match at Bergen Catholic in Oradell on October 4, 2020. Ryan O'Byrne #6 and Gavin Sapontzis #10. Key plays Carramusa started the scoring for Don Bosco when he headed in a goal in the 12th minute. Senior Jordan Banfield had the ball near the left sideline and found Carramusa sliding in between the centerbacks. "He looked up and I just ran toward the goal," Carramusa said. "He crossed it and I scored. I just felt really happy. I saw my team rushing toward me and it was a good feeling." Get the Inside the NFC East newsletter in your inbox. All the news and analysis about the Giants, Eagles, Cowboys, & Washington. Delivery: Thurs mszorc@donboscoprep.org Your Email The next two goals both came on a penalty kick: One from Carramusa in the 37th minute and one from Rodio after the break. Jake Sweeney put Bergen Catholic on the board in the 63rd minute, but that was all that got past Battaglia. "My adrenaline is still pumping right now," Battaglia said. "I'm so hyped." Up next ?Don Bosco hosts Paramus Catholic on Tuesday. ?Bergen Catholic heads to DePaul on Tuesday. Last words "I applaud coach Peter (Berkanish) and the BC boys for always providing a great effort," Sileo said. "But I'm super proud of our boys and how they were able to execute the gameplan. As the game went on, we changed some tactics and worked on some defending."...

10/7/2020

Jordan Banfield, Massimo Rodio and Armando Santana scored a goal apiece to lead Don Bosco Prep, No. 10 in the NJ.com, over Paramus Catholic, 3-0, in Ramsey. Philip Bang and Rich Malysa tallied an assist apiece while goalkeeper Joseph Battaglia was called upon to make one save to secure the shutout for Don Bosco Prep, which recorded nine shutout wins last season. Don Bosco Prep (2-0) has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 7-1 this year....

10/7/2020

Don Bosco Ironmen League: Super Football Conference, United Red Division Coach: Dan Sabella (Second season at Don Bosco and 20th overall; 127-73 overall record with previous stops at Bogota, Paramus and Paramus Catholic) Last season: 7-5; Lost to St. Peter’s Prep in the Non-Public, Group 4 final (21-14); Went 2-2 in United Red Division play with wins against St. Joseph and Paramus Catholic and losses to Bergen Catholic and St. Peter’s Prep Key players: Nick Alvarado, DB, Jr.; Chase Bisontis, OL, So.; Joe DeCroce, OL, So.; Mike Entwistle, OL, Sr.; Alex Geraci, WR, Sr.; Jake Guy, OL, Sr.; Timmy Hinspeter, LB, Jr.; Cameron Lenhardt, DL, So.; Chris Moreno, OL, So.; Jake Robbins, QB, Sr.; Claudy Robinson, Jr.; DL; Omaree Walker, WR, So. Outlook: Don Bosco looks to be trading the flash for bash. The Ironmen built so much of their offensive identity around their two talented tailbacks the last few years, but the graduation of Jalen Berger (now at Wisconsin) and Kyle Monangai (now at Rutgers) could mean a return to the basics. If the goal is to win at the line of scrimmage, Don Bosco will be primed for a big season. The team’s front five, which is clearly one of the Ironmen’s biggest strengths on paper, will feature size, experience and talent across the board. Defensively, Don Bosco will be young but talented. Tim Hinspeter looks to replace the production lost by the graduation of Colin Ramos at linebacker. In the secondary, Nick Alvarado returns as one of the state’s top defensive backs. Don Bosco, which enters the season ranked No. 11 in the NJ.com Top 20, somehow feels a bit underrated. All eyes on Robbins: Don Bosco’s offense got better last season when Jake Robbins took over at quarterback halfway through the season. Robbins showed plenty of toughness, an ability to stand in the pocket and kept Don Bosco in games long enough for its two talented tailbacks to break a big play. Now at the center of attention, Don Bosco’s fate in 2020 largely falls on Robbins’s ability to take over games and make the players around him better. Don’t forget: Robbins left last season’s championship game in the second quarter with a head injury. Could he have willed Don Bosco to a different outcome in a game that ended with plenty of devastation and a 21-14 win by St. Peter’s Prep? Schedule Oct. 2: vs. Paramus Catholic, 7 Oct. 10: at St. Peter’s Prep, 1 Oct. 16: vs. Delbarton, 7 Oct. 23: vs. St. Joseph (Mont.), 7 Oct. 31: at Bergen Catholic, 1 Nov. 6: at Passaic Tech, 6...

10/7/2020

Ronnie Heath rushed for three touchdowns including two in a 21-point third quarter to help Don Bosco Prep, No. 11 in the NJ.com Top 20, beat Paramus Catholic 34-13 in Ramsey. Heath’s first touchdown tied it late in the first quarter, and though Kai Colon rushed for a score on the way to put Paramus Catholic up 13-7 at the half, Don Bosco Prep put up the last 27 points of the game to come away with the win. Marquis Cooper opened the game with an 86-yard kick return for a touchdown for Paramus Catholic, and Jake Robbins rushed (61 yards) for a score and threw for another for Don Bosco Prep. Robbins' 23-yard toss to Peter Popowich was the team’s final score of the night. Don Bosco Prep was an NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 finalist last year in a 7-5 season that saw the team win five in a row before a season-ending loss to St. Peter’s Prep. Those two teams will meet on Oct. 10 at St. Peter’s Prep. Paramus Catholic will host Hun on Oct. 10 in its next game....

10/7/2020

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