Sunday, October 12, 2008

Xavier's 86-42 Win A Record Breaker

Football Team Breaks Records With 86-42 Win Over Cardinal Hayes
Date: 10/12/2008
Xavier's 86-42 Win A Record Breaker


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SUNY- Maritime, Bronx, NY
Cardinal Hayes vs Xavier
by Ryan Donovan

Talkin' NYC Football

This week's Game of the Week brought us to Maritime College in the Bronx where Cardinal Hayes (3-2) took on the Xavier Knights (4-1). The game turned out to be a wild shoot-out with limited defense. Xavier won this high offense affair, 86-42 . The game was highlighted by a record-setting performance by Seamus Kelly who ran for 291 yards unofficially and scored 7 touchdowns. Kelly also had an unbelievable 478 all-purpose yards.

In warm-ups, Cardinal Hayes QB, Kwamane Davis and his center looked a bit shaky, bobbling a few snaps. Sure enough, the first snap was muffed and Davis ended up diving on the floor to recover the ball. The Cardinals were forced to punt after looking lost on their first three plays from scrimmage.

The Xavier offense looked much different. Their first possession ended with a seemingly effortless 60 yard run by Seamus Kelly quickly, putting Xavier ahead 8-0.

Cardinal Hayes needed to regroup. Their next possession was the turning point of the afternoon. On first down from their own 33, Davis handed off to Wesley Lawyer, only to see the ball get knocked loose and land directly into the hands of Seamus Kelly. Xavier took over on the Cardinal Hayes 30 and 2 plays later John Wilson was in the end zone. Before you could blink an eye Xavier was ahead 14-0.

The Cardinals could have packed it up right there but they didn't. On the ensuing kickoff Jeremiah Kobena returned the ball 80 yards for the first Cardinals touchdown igniting the crowd and instantly breathing life into his team.
Just as the Cardinals caught their breath, Kelly struck again. He once again steamrolled 70 yards for a touchdown putting the Knights ahead 22-6, just seven minutes into the game.

After a big sack by Sam McCormick the Cardinals were forced to punt again. When Xavier took over on their own 45 they quickly went back to the well. Kelly took the ball the distance for another touchdown, on the first play of the drive. Kelly, looking to make his own SportsCenter highlight reel, had touched the ball 4 times on offense and accumulated 194 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns, putting his team ahead, 29-6.

On Cardinal Hayes’ next possession Kwamane Davis found Bryan McAdoo racing down the sideline. McAdoo then took the ball 70 yards for a touchdown making the score 29-12.

With Hayes desperately looking to stop Kelly, it was John Wilson who came up with a bruising run to setup what would be another Kelly TD run. This one went for 35 yards giving him 225 for the day with 4 TD's and a Xavier 37-12 lead.
The shootout continued with Wesley Lawyer carrying the ball for 70 yards and a score for Hayes.

After closing the gap to 37-19, Cardinal Hayes decided to kick the ball directly to Kelly, which he took 80 yards up the field for another touchdown giving him 5 for the half.

Cardinal Hayes would of course strike right back with a tremendous catch and run by Chris Chapman, pulling his team to within 45-24.

When the half finally came to an end, Kelly had 6 touchdowns and over 200 yards rushing not to mention a few tackles and a fumble recovery.

The second half was more of the same insanity, with Kelly adding 1 more touchdown to his total, giving him 7 on the day.

After the game Kelly was extremely gracious and humble even praising his opponents, "they have a great program" he said of Cardinal Hayes. When asked how far he thought his team could go he replied by saying "we want to win the AA Championship."

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