SHP Football Overcomes Tough Irvington Squad

The Prep entered its homecoming game with a chip on their shoulder, having suffered only one loss the entire season to Bergen Catholic. The Pirates faced the defending state champions Irvington Knights who entered the contest with a 5-0 record.  

The Knights struck first as their offense drove down the field with ease. Norte Dame commit Adon Shuler capped off the drive with a 6-yard run.  Irvington’s defense was on fire in the first quarter as the Pirates struggled to move the ball. However, the Pirates’ offense was outstanding in the second quarter. The Prep tied the game with a 20-yard screen pass touchdown to Andrew Daly ’23. Jordan Macallister ’23 forced a fumble and gave the Pirates terrific field position on the 50-yard line. The Pirates took advantage of the excellent field position, as quarterback Liam Londergan ’24 connected with Danny Easter ’23 on a 6-yard touchdown, putting the Pirates up 14-6. The Prep’s defense was strong in the second quarter, giving the ball right back to the offense.

Londergan extended The Prep’s led to 21-6 after finding Julius Vicari ’24 for a score. The Prep scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter. Both defenses were stellar in the third quarter, resulting in zero points for both teams. Irvington was first to score in the 4th quarter, Shuler found the endzone for the second time on a 3-yard run on 4th and goal, closing the gap to one possession, 21-14. However, Londergan continued to shine as he led the offense down the field and found John Bancone ’24 to extend The Prep’s lead by 14.

However, Shuler was not going away. He scored his 3rd touchdown on the day with a 44-yard touchdown catch, trying to will Irvington back into the game, even down eight points. But Shuler’s efforts came up short, as the clock was The Prep’s friend, and The Prep ran it out  with a 28-20 win!.