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Crusaders prepare for final game against Trinity

ONE MORE TIME — Daniel Bolster and the Catholic Central football team head to Morgantown Trinity on Friday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

STEUBENVILLE — Anthony Agresta and his Catholic Central football team will wrap up the 2020 season with a road trip to Morgantown Trinity Friday.

The Crusaders stand at 2-7 following last week’s loss to Buckeye Local. Trinity, which has had several games cancelled due to COVID-19, is 2-2. Friday’s kick is set for 7 p.m.

“Trinity is vastly improved from last year (after a lengthy absence, the Warriors brought back its football program in 2019),” Agresta said. “They have some playmakers on that team kind of similar to what we faced against Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans in the (Thomas) Spohn kid.

“No.. 31 (Calvin Blunt, Jr.) and No. 15 (Levi Teets) are quick, shifty and play with speed. If you let them get loose, they will make some plays. We really have to focus on keeping those kids under control.”

Blunt, a 5-foot-7, 165-pound junior, has carried the football 32 times for 269 yards and two touchdowns. He also has four pass receptions good for 52 yards and a score. Teets, a diminutive 5-5, 145-pound sophomore scat back, has hauled in 15 passes for 227 yards and six touchdowns. He averages 14 yards on punt returns and has two interceptions from his defensive back spot.

Sophomore Drew Boczek directs the offensive attack for coach Christopher Simpson, who is in his first year at the Trinity helm. Boczek has completed 42 of his 75 passes for 425 yards and six touchdowns. He has rushed 21 times for 92 yards.

Freshman Trey Blunt is the big guy up front for Trinity. Sophomore kicker Kyle Knight has nailed 9 of 10 PAT kicks and has a 29-yard field goal to his credit.

“We will need to be extremely gap sound defensively this week,” Agresta said. “That is the key against backs like Trinity has and a quarterback who can scramble and make plays on the move. If you are responsible for containment that is something, you have to be ultra-focused about.

“Up front, across the line of scrimmage, we need to really focus on being gap sound. Their backs are really good at running to daylight.”

Trinity owns victories over Valley Wetzel (28-6) and Beallsville (43-14). The Warriors have fallen to East Hardy (21-2) and Madonna (44-12). Central also lost to the Blue Dons by a 34-28 count.

Through nine games, Central quarterback Ryan Gorman has thrown for 874 yards and six touchdowns. He also has 331 rushing yards and seven more scores. Vince Carapellotti, who missed the Buckeye Local game with an injury, leads the team in receiving with 29 catches for 316 yards and a couple of scores. Isaac Hough has 14 receptions, Primo Toriscelli 13 and Andrew Dorsey 12.

Due to a rash of injuries (running back/linebacker Timmy Lamantia was hurt in the Buckeye Local game and did not return), Central’s starting lineup for Friday will have another new look.

“Since camp, we have eight two-way starters not playing at this point and one or two one-way starters not playing,” Agresta said. “Basically, we have 17 of our original 22 starters not on the field for us right now. We had to throw some freshmen into the fire on Saturday, and they got a taste of it. We may be in the same position this week so those guys will have to be ready to play.

“We will game plan a little for what we have seen and for some things we might be able to take advantage of but at this point in the year with the number of young guys we have playing, we can’t install a whole lot of new things and put in many new wrinkles.”

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