First Posted: 9/5/2013
Holy Redeemer (0-1) at Holy Cross (0-1)
1 p.m. Saturday
The Coaches: Redeemer’s Pat Reece (3-8, 2nd year); Holy Cross’ Josh Watters (0-1, 1st year)
Last Meeting: Redeemer 33-21 in 2012
All-Time Series: Redeemer leads 3-2
Quick Fact: Redeemer snapped a 22-game losing streak with last year’s victory.
Scouting Redeemer: The Royals nearly pulled off the biggest upset of the opening weekend before falling 28-24 to Northwest. A go-ahead TD pass with 4:23 to play was negated by a penalty. Still, Redeemer showed it might be a better team than last year. QB Jimmy Strickland threw for three touchdowns, but had two dropped throws that would have been TDs. RB Pat Villani (51 yards) gave the running game some punch, something that has been lacking since the school was formed in 2007.
Scouting Holy Cross: The Crusaders lost their 12th in a row as they were flattened by Meyers 57-7. Meyers ran roughshod over the defense for eight rushing touchdowns. QB Eric Gatto threw a touchdown pass with 1:21 to play to avoid a shutout. There was no running game to speak of. Snapping the losing streak looks unlikely based on the opening night performance.
What To Expect: It’s fitting Holy Cross plays its home games at St. Anthony Playground because Redeemer’s recess-like offense of throwing a lot will fit right in. The Royals should roll.