St. Anthony's loss is truly Poly Prep's gain.
Brendan Femiano, who last season played in the black and gold for the Friars, ran for three touchdowns and returned another one on an interception as he led his Blue Devils to a dominant season-opening 42-0 win over Xaverian in a non-league game Saturday afternoon.
It was Femiano's first career four-touchdown game, according to the star junior who ran for 89 yards on 11 carries.
"I don't believe I've done it before," Femiano said afterwards. "It's a great feeling. I had a great line in front of me and we just kept pushing."
He was quick to deflect the praise to the guys that made his career-best afternoon possible - his new offensive line.
"I knew they would block for me," Femiano said of his line. "I could trust them."
It took a while before both teams could find some rhythym to their games - not surprising with it being the first game of the season as both squads worked its kinks out. But it was the Blue Devils that got the kinks out early as Femiano punched the ball in from 14 yards out with :37 left in the quarter to give Poly Prep (1-0) a 7-0 lead.
About eight minutes later and in the second quarter Femiano was at it again, scoring his second touchdown of the game with an acrobatic goal-line dive over the pack for a Poly Prep 14-0 lead.
The very next possession Femiano showed he's just as adept at the defensive side of the ball, picking off Xaverian (0-1) quarterback Justin Philip for a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown.
"When the quarterback lined up I could see all of his weight was on his heels, which meant he wasn't firing it out," Femiano noted. "I was just prepared for anything - a block or a screen - and once I saw him open his shoulders I was able to get in front of it."
It was quite the debut for Femiano in his new surroundings. Going from one superpower on Long Island to another one in New York City might have been a tough transition for any player. But for Femiano it was smooth sailing as a new Blue Devil.
"It's honestly really great," Femiano said of his new school. "As soon as I came in they took me in as a family member. It's like I never left."
Tegha Egbiri and Lionel McGloin both added scores in the late second half for the Blue Devils as Poly Prep brought in the backups to extend the final result to 42-0.
It was Poly Prep's second-straight shutout win - the Blue Devils shut out Niagara University in its 2012 season finale on October 27.