Game history

Bergen Catholic – Don Bosco NJ Football: League Game History

Saturday’s non-public soccer Final A at MetLife Stadium will mark the 11th time Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco will face off with a championship on the line.

The Ironmen have won seven of the first 10 title encounters, which have gone by different names over the years. Here’s a look at how previous ‘Bergen-Bosco’ title matches have gone.

Don Bosco 12, Catholic Bergen 10

1983 North Parish One Final

Ironman punter/kicker Dan Drescher, a converted football player, drilled the game-winning field goal from 22 yards with 2:49 left in the game. That helped atone for a blocked punt Bergen Catholic’s Dan Brovero ran for 6 yards, which gave the Crusaders their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter.

Don Bosco had eight sacks against BC, which played without All-State tailback Mike Morgan (broken ankle).

Don Bosco 15, Bergen Catholic 0

1984 North Parish One Final

After shutting out the Crusaders at Thanksgiving, the Ironmen did it again to make Mike Zdanek a champion in his only season as coach. Bergen Catholic had not been shut out in consecutive games since 1962.

Don Bosco QB Rob Nutile ran for a score and threw for another, completing 11 of 20 passes for 181 yards. Nutile continued to play in Louisville and Maryland, and his son Frank served as the Ironmen’s quarterback in the 2010s.

Catholic of Bergen 7, Don Bosco 0

1993 Parish Group 4 Final

After winning the previous two North Parochial A Division titles, the Crusaders kicked off the NJSIAA State Championship era (for private schools) by going three quarters scoreless.

QB/DB Joe Piela threw a 26-yard TD pass to Paramus Catholic transfer Chuck Mazzarone in the fourth, then thwarted Don Bosco’s final drive with his second interception of the day. Mazzarone had six catches for 84 yards.

Catholic of Bergen 42, Don Bosco 13

1999 Parish Group 4 Finals

The Crusaders won their second straight state crown behind two players who rushed for 1,000 yards in the same season – a first in program history.

Chris Andreano (1,005) opened the scoring with a 52-yard touchdown catch from eventual Notre Dame quarterback Matt LoVecchio. Fullback Robert Bertolini (1,028) rushed for four touchdowns, all in the second quarter, as Bergen Catholic took a 35-7 halftime lead.

Don Bosco 26, Catholic Bergen 7

2002 Final Parish Group 4

The game was originally to be played at Rutgers, but snow forced its move to Oradell. The Ironmen made it home, taking a 17-0 lead.

Star receiver Marquise Liverpool had four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown in the first half, before his injured left knee acted. John Lopez stepped in in his absence, intercepting a defensive pass and catching a 28-yard touchdown from Mike Teel to ice him.

Don Bosco 14, Catholic Bergen 13

2003 Parish Group Final 4

Snow again interfered, moving the game from a Friday to a Tuesday, but it remained at Giants Stadium as scheduled. The most successful team in Don Bosco history – and arguably the best ever in North Jersey – had to overcome a 13-7 deficit in the fourth quarter.

Mike Teel sent a pass to Brian Toal in the right flat, who ran 57 yards to tie the game, and Joe Marcoux threw the game-winning PAT for the Ironmen 11-0 with 9:29 left.

Catholic of Bergen 13, Don Bosco 10

2004 Non-Public Group 4 final

Brian Cushing’s game. That’s how they are remembered by both teams, after the future Houston Texan scored both of the Crusaders’ touchdowns and sacked Don Bosco’s QB Matt Simms three times.

Cushing finished with 31 carries for 186 yards (including 80 on his touchdown run) and two catches from Brad Hartung for 31 yards, including a nine-yard score. It helped Bergen Catholic end the Ironmen’s eight-game winning steak.

Don Bosco 34, Catholic Bergen 13

2008 Non-Public Group 4 final

When the rivals last met at the Giants’ old stadium, the Ironmen completed their first “three-round” championship (and they didn’t stop there). Dillon Romain scored three touchdowns as he led Don Bosco to his 11th straight victory after a first loss to St. Xavier of Ohio.

Crusaders quarterback Rob Eckrote left with a knee injury in the second quarter, and QB kicker/replacement Mike Halligan (2 of 3 FG, 134 passing yards) filled in admirably.

Don Bosco 37, Catholic Bergen 27

2010 Non-Public Group 4 final

Five was the Ironmen’s number for the day. It’s the number of touchdowns senior Paul Canevari (35 carries, 264 yards) scored, the number of catches by future pro Leonte Carroo (109 yards) and the number of turnovers their defense forced en route to a fifth championship. Consecutive state.

In a battle of top QBs, BC’s Tanner McEvoy had better stats (288 passing yards, 129 rushing yards), but Don Bosco’s elder Gary Nova went on a 35-game winning streak .

Don Bosco 42, Catholic Bergen 14

Final Group 4 Non Public 2011

The Don Bosco dynasty – six consecutive state titles with a 70-1 record – culminated in a more dominant ‘D’. The defense recorded eight sacks (3½ by Darius Hamilton), made five interceptions (two by Kyle Sakowski) and held Bergen Catholic to 142 yards.

Mike Yankovich and Eljiah Shumate each ran for two touchdowns, while Jabrill Peppers (14 carries, 69 yards, TD) played his last game for the Ironmen before being traded.

Greg Tartaglia is a high school sports reporter for For full access to live scores, breaking news and analysis from our Varsity Aces team, subscribe today. To get the latest news straight to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter and download our app.

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