Fordham Prep bounces back in 'AA' playoffs
Sometimes all a team needs for motivation is the act of proving themselves. For Fordham Prep, that was exactly its driving force heading into the CHSFL Class AA quarterfinals against St. John the Baptist.
“Fordham came into the game with something to prove and they definitely did it,” Cougars coach Keith Schweers said.
After losing the last four games of the regular season, the Rams bounced back in a big way, dominating on offense and defense in a 21-0 win Saturday night at Coffey Field in The Bronx.
“We didn’t have a great year,” Fordham Prep coach Pete Gorynski said. “We’re getting better with every game and I think we have our stride back now, so we hope to win next week and go all the way.”
James McHale connected with Logan Williamson to break a scoreless tie with 9:03 left in the second quarter and John Trimble followed with a touchdown pass to Michael Regan to put Fordham Prep (4-5) in front, 14-0, with less than two minutes left in the first half.
“We work really hard and I think this win has given us the mental push we need to win it all,” said James Drago, who rushed for more than 200 yards.
The score remained 14-0 until Williamson scored on a 5-yard run with 10:12 left in the fourth quarter.
“It felt really good to have offensive control,” Williamson said. “I think the momentum has definitely shifted and there’s no stopping us now.”
While the Rams reach the semifinals against an opponent to be determined, St. John the Baptist (4-5), which captured the Class A title a year ago, wasn’t able to get its offense going.
“We could’ve done much better,” Schweers said. “It was like the perfect storm. Every time we did something right, we had hiccups in the way. We just couldn’t get a hold on things and they capitalized on it.”