Graham kicks Chaminade past Iona Prep

Matt Graham was splitting the uprights from 50 yards out.

Granted, this during the pregame, before Chaminade took on Iona Prep yesterday afternoon. Before the Flyers trailed by four points in the fourth quarter, and before the senior knew that the result would rest firmly on his foot.

Graham kicked a career-long 47-yard field goal, his third of the game, with 14 seconds left as Chaminade (4-1) defeated Iona Prep, 23-19, in CHSFL.

"It could have been good from 50 yards out," said coach Stephen Boyd, with a nod to Graham's pregame activities. "If I'm putting my money on someone, I'm putting my money on Matt Graham."

Money well-invested. Graham also made field goals of 27 and 35 yards, one in the second quarter and another to start an 8-0 fourth quarter rally.

Chaminade added a safety in the final seconds of play for the final margin.

Joe Anile was 6-for-12 for 81 yards and a touchdown and had 72 yards on seven carries and a touchdown and Daniel Fowler had 68 yards on 11 carries for the Flyers.

It was Anile, through short passes to Tommy Zenker and Brendan Caputo and a number of quarterback sneaks for short gains, who helped spark the eventual 59-yard game-winning drive in the final 1:28 of play.

Brendan O'Callahan had 10 tackles, two sacks and an interception and Caputo and Chris D'Ambrosio each had interceptions.

Iona Prep (3-2) trailed 15-12 before Mario Biaggi's 18-yard run in the third quarter. It was, however, familiar ground for the Flyers, who have trailed in every contest this season. Chaminade has won two games by one point this season and their ability to come back has now tied them for second in the league.

"They're resilient, but I think they're trying to give me a heart attack," Boyd said. "But we practice these situations. Sometimes, things don't go your way . . . but we were in position to be in position. It could have gone either way, and it was great football."

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