One of the great high school football rivalries used to reside in the CHSFL. There, St. Anthony's and Chaminade split the first 10 meetings between the schools battling for Catholic league supremacy in the late '70s and early '80s. A once-brilliant flame flickered during the nineties and finally went out during the past decade as St. Anthony's went on to dominate CHSFL opponents winning 10 of the past 11 league titles.
Chaminade hasn't beaten St. Anthony's since 1998. But the Flyers are off to a 3-0 start and look to rekindle the old rivalry when they host St. Anthony's at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Mineola in the MSG Varsity game of the week.
"We have a tremendous amount of respect for them," Chaminade coach Stephen Boyd said. "Of course there is an added motivation because it's St. Anthony's. We're preparing like any other week but we understand what's before us."
The last time Chaminade bested St. Anthony's (1-2) was in the very first season of coach Rich Reichert's fabulous 26 year career. Reichert has since become Suffolk's all-time wins leader with 212.
Chaminade upended previously unbeaten Iona Prep, 34-31, last week led by linebacker Dan Fowler. Iona Prep edged St. Anthony's, 30-28, earlier this season.
"We believed we could win that game and we expected to go there and win," Boyd said. "We've seen a difference in the mindset of this team. It's a growth mindset that they know the work they put in will result in wins."
West Islip at Newfield, Friday, 5:30 p.m.: West Islip's Lions rely on three exceptional athletes and their playmaking capabilities. Quarterback Sam Ilario has mixed the run with halfback Nick Aponte and pass with wide receiver Ryan Wieczorek. They'll meet a swarming defense led by linebacker Chris Fajardo and All-L.I. tackle James Manginelli.
West Hempstead at Seaford, Friday, 7 p.m.: Can West Hempstead get star halfback Tayvon Hall, who has 606 yards and five touchdowns into open space against Seaford's defense, which has allowed 20 points in a 3-0 start. The Vikings score with halfback Nick Fischetti, who has 575 yards and three scores in Nassau IV.
Babylon at Mount Sinai, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Battle of unbeatens that could be decided by special teams. Babylon junior Jake Carlock has TD returns on a punt, kickoff and two interceptions. Mt. Sinai's do-it-all twins Mike and Mark Donadio run behind a huge O-line to key the Mustangs in Suffolk IV.
Plainedge at Hewlett, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: If you like points scored, go to this game of undefeated clubs. Plainedge quarterback Nick Frenger has passed for 552 yards and five TDs and rushed for another 170 for the Red Devils. Hewlett's Zach Richman leads Long Island with nine TD passes for 647 yards. He's thrown three TD passes in each game for a 3-0 start in Nassau III.
Sachem East at Sachem North, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Battle of the super backs as Sachem East's Steven Casali and Sachem North's Trent Crossan get it on in what could be a high-scoring affair in Suffolk I. Sachem East plays better defense but Sachem North is the highest scoring team on Long Island with Crossan, Malik Pierre and Tyler Andreassi.
Commack at Ward Melville, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Quarterback Jake Biro has the Patriots at 3-0 for the first time since 1977. Can Ward Melville spin its magic to go 4-0 for the first time since 1974? Commack and wideout Paul Maline can also score. The better defensive effort will win this Suffolk I game.