The Crusaders defeated St. Joe’s 48-7 on Saturday in their final regular season matchup, scoring all of their points in the first half.
At quarterback, Tyler Baker ‘21 completed four of seven passes for 65 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception while rushing twice for 79 yards and a touchdown. In the backfield, Nathaniel Zachery ‘22 led the group with three rushes for 53 yards while Joe Dixon ‘21 and Lamar Thomas ‘22 each found the end zone. In the receiving corps, Wisken Whited ‘21, Max Dowling ‘21, and Josh Fillion ‘22 each caught a touchdown pass.
On defense, Braydon Vandenberg ‘22 led the squad with seven total tackles, including one sack and two other tackles-for-a-loss (TFL). Additionally, Cureem Hathcock ‘23 recorded two sacks and two other TFL while Malachi Charleston contributed one sack and three other TFL. The team had six sacks in total. Furthermore, Canisius’ three turnovers were courtesy of Nick Ciriello ‘22 (interception returned for a touchdown), Zaire Leonard ‘22 (forced fumble), and Thomas and Scotty Zak ‘21 (fumble recoveries).
On special teams, Whited converted five of six extra points while Amier Mohammad ‘21 blocked a Marauder point-after-touchdown.
The Crusaders are now 3-1. They hold the first seed in the Monsignor Martin playoffs and will play either St. Joe’s or St. Francis in the championship in two weeks.
Canisius won the Monsignor Martin playoffs for their 21st consecutive championship! To start the week, they defeated O’Hara 3-0, winning the sets 25-9, 25-9, and 25-12. Then, the squad dominated on the court once again against St. Joe’s to clinch the league victory, winning the sets 25-18, 25-11, and 25-15. Noah Weislo ‘21 was named Most Valuable Player of the team, tallying 13 kills in the match.
Another outstanding season is in the books for the Crusaders. They won the Monsignor Martin championship while ending with a 16-0 overall record, an 11-0 league record, and 48 won sets out of 49.
The spring sports season is finally underway in 2021, and many varsity teams have games scheduled for later in the week. The tennis team battles Gow on Friday, the lacrosse squad takes on St. Francis on Saturday, and the baseball team faces McQuaid in a doubleheader on Sunday.
Canisius is livestreaming as many games as possible. Watch all Canisius livestreams here: canisiushigh.org/live.