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PREVIEW: St. Peter’s Prep (NJ) vs. Boston College High (MA)

September 26, 2012

The St. Peter’s Prep Marauders will play the Boston College High Eagles in a cross-state battle that is sure to make headlines. The game will take place at Rutgers University’s High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday at 1:00PM. The Marauders defeated the Eagles in 2011 by a score of 35-19. The Eagles went on to win the MIAA state championship, while the Marauders made it to the semi-finals of the playoffs.

The St. Peter’s Prep Marauders went 7-4 in the 2011 season. The Marauders lost to Bergen Catholic in the semi-finals of the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 playoffs. St. Peter’s won the Non-Public Group 4 state championship in 2005 and lost in the finals the very next year. Head Coach Rich Hansen, entering his 25th season with the team, will have 8 returning starters on offense. Senior Mike Rabasca will call the plays under center as he tries to replace Brandon Napoleon from last year. Sophomore Brandon Wimbush will see time at quarterback as well. He will be used in certain packages for the Marauders. Junior Jonathan Hilliman will be the featured running back, while senior Trejon Dinkins and sophomores Minkah Fitzpatrick and Cory Caddle will all see touches throughout the season. The wide receivers will include seniors Charlie Callinan (committed to Boston College), Tre Bell, Brian Githens and Kyle Shivers. The offensive line will be comprised of sophomore Dan Bongiorno, juniors Nick Angeli and Rob Walsh, and seniors Joe Stevenson and Brian Rabasca. The defense will return 8 starters as well from last season. Tre Bell will lead the defense in the secondary. Bell has committed to play at Vanderbilt University and will play cornerback on top of his wide receiving duties. He is currently ranked the #37 cornerback in the nation and is the #13 player in New Jersey. Trejon Dinkins will join him in the secondary. The Marauders are very deep on the offensive and defensive lines which should be key in getting the Marauders to the Sectional finals.

The Boston College High Eagles will have a new head coach at the helm in 2012. Joe Gaff will take the reins after replacing Jon Bartlett, who stepped down to concentrate on teaching and his athletic director duties. The Eagles finished their 2011 campaign on top of the Eastern Massachusetts Division 1. They beat Needham in the Super Bowl to claim their 4th MIAA state championship, their first since 2008. The Eagles will feature a fresh face at quarterback. Brendon Craven takes over for the All-Scholastic Bartley Regan, who graduated. Brandon Owens will have the tough task of replacing the running duo of Preston Cooper and Deontae Ramey-Doe from last year. BC High suffered a setback in the preseason when Luke Catarius, an All-Scholastic player a year ago, went out with a leg injury and could miss up to 6 weeks. Catarius recorded 129 tackles last season and also played as the team’s fullback. Brian Robinson will try to fill the void at linebacker. Lincoln Collins will be the featured wide receiver for the Eagles. Jack McDonald will return on the offensive and defensive lines. McDonald is ranked as the #40 offensive guard in the nation and the #4 player in Massachusetts. On defense he will be joined by Mark McGuire, who will help slow down opponent’s offenses. The Eagles will face a tough schedule which will make it that much harder to repeat as Super Bowl champs.

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