by Ryan Mosser
It was a cold a blustery night in Philadelphia as Archbishop Ryan took on Father Judge to break a 23-23-2 tie in their rivalry’s storied history. Ryan brought a 2-6 record to the game while Judge was thinking playoffs with their 6-2 record. The evening started off at mid-field with a special presentation of the Scholar Athlete award, presented to the senior member of each team with the highest GPA. The recipient from Ryan was Kurt Payne. His parents were unable to attend, but he received a great ovation. The recipient from Judge was Connor Thompson. Connor was accompanied by his parents, Joseph and Donna. It was a truly special occasion for both athletes.
The wind looked to play a factor in the passing game, as it had been gusting all day. Judge came out running the ball and put a great drive together which ended with a touchdown. The coaches wanted to make a statement and went for a two point conversion right out of the gates. They were successful and jumped to the early 8-0 lead. Ryan answered quickly and opted to kick the extra point. It was 8-7, and it looked to be a back and forth tilt all night.
The defenses stepped up in the second quarter, and Judge was the only team to put the ball in the end zone. The two point conversion earlier proved to be a factor as the halftime score was 15-7 in favor of the Father Judge.
At halftime, two Hall of Fame trophies were presented to very deserving men. The Archbishop Ryan recipient was Rick Eife, a long-time member of the Raider football team through playing and coaching. The recipient from Father Judge was Fran Costello. Fran graduated in 2001 and is currently the head freshmen football coach.
Ryan started the second half with the ball. The Raiders moved the ball well and scored, which lit the crowd up. With the score now 15-13, Coach McArdle felt as though he must go for a two point conversion to tie the game. It was a failed attempt, and the Father Judge Crusaders used that stop as the catalyst for the rest of their performance.
The final quarter of the game was all Judge as they used the play of eventual MVP Raul Quinones to score three more touchdowns before giving up a late score to Ryan. The final score was 37-20, as the Crusaders achieved their goal of reaching the playoffs.
Raul Quinones received the Great American Rivalry MVP trophy and medal for his 19 carries, 116 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, and one reception. The U.S Marines then presented the trophy and hats to the Father Judge Crusaders, who now owned a 24-23-2 lead in the all-time series.
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- Father Judge vs. Archbishop Ryan – 2010