The Crusaders started their week with a 28-7 victory over St. Francis.
The Canisius squad started strong, forcing two fumbles and a three-and-out in their first defensive series. After a Red Raider punt, Tyler Baker ‘22 scored a rushing touchdown to put the Crusaders on the scoreboard, but St. Francis’ Kimal Clark broke free for a long rushing touchdown on their next drive to give them a one-point advantage. Both teams were in a defensive standoff after these scores until Nik McMillan ‘22 made a spectacular catch in the corner of the end zone at the end of the half. Wisken Whited ‘21 converted a jet sweep two-point conversion to make it a seven-point Canisius lead.
The second half was all Canisius. The Red Raider offense was shut down by excellent play throughout the Crusader defensive unit, especially at the line of scrimmage. On offense, Joe Dixon ‘21 rushed for a touchdown in each of the final two quarters to secure the 28-7 victory for his team.
At quarterback, Baker completed 17 of 24 passes for 224 yards while rushing 12 times for 105 yards. In the backfield, Dixon finished with 39 rushing yards on 15 carries. Leading the receiving corps, McMillan caught six passes for 102 yards while Max Dowling '21 was another lethal weapon, totaling 75 yards off of seven catches.
On the defensive line, Malachi Charleston ‘21 tallied nine tackles, including two sacks and three additional tackles-for-a-loss. Drevon Shaw ‘21 also tallied nine tackles, including two sacks and two more tackles-for-a-loss. Nicholas Ciriello ‘22 led the linebackers with seven tackles (three for-a-loss) while Amier Mohammad ‘21 added six (two for-a-loss). Additionally, Dixon forced a fumble in the secondary. As a team, the Crusaders tallied seven sacks throughout the night.
In their next matchup of the week, Canisius traveled to Iona Prep and lost 56-7. The team fell behind early to the second-ranked team in the state and was not able to climb back. Baker had the lone rushing touchdown in the game.
The Crusaders are now 2-1 as they rematch St. Francis this Saturday at 1:00 at home.
Canisius defeated East Aurora once and O’Hara twice this week, winning 3-0 in all three matches.
The squad is now 9-0 as they take on West Seneca West, St. Francis, O’Hara, Eden, and St. Joe’s this week.
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