Thursday, October 06, 2011

#9 St. Edward vs. #1 Don Bosco Prep Discussed on High School Football America Tonight

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America
St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) head coach Rick Finotti will join me tonight on the High School Football America radio show to discuss his team's big game on Saturday against #1 Don Bosco Prep from New Jersey.

The game will actually played in New York City at Vince Lombardi's alma mater, Fordham University in the Bronx.  The game originally was going to be played at Army's Michie Stadium at West Point, but was moved to the Bronx shortly after the announcement was made.

Finotti has done an incredible job since taking over the program in March, 2009.  Last year, St. Ed went undefeated, winning Ohio's Division 1 title.  The Eagles are currently riding a 21-game win streak, while DBP brings a 39-game win streak into the game.

St. Ed's is playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, having beaten two out-of-state opponents already...Penn Hills (Pittsburgh, PA) 47-6 and Jefferson (Tampa, FL) 34-17, plus last year's Ohio Division 5 champ Ursuline 20-7.  It also doesn't get any easier at Saturday's game, because the Eagles still have to face in-state and national powers Archbishop Moeller and St. Xavier.  Also, not to be overlooked is the team's regular season finale against St. Ignatius.

St. Edward is strong upfront, led by offensive tackle Kyle Kalis, who's given his verbal to Michigan.

Don Bosco Prep won the country's "mythical" national championship back in 2009.  The Ironmen are led by Greg Toal, who owns a 136-10 record since taking over 12 years ago.  The Ramsey, New Jersey school has won five straight New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 state titles.

DBP also owns two victories over out-of-state opponents this year, beating Mission Viejo (CA) 35-7 and Manatee (FL) 22-16.

Back in July, Coach Toal also joined me as a guest on High School Football America.  You can listen to that show by clicking here or you can check it out on YouTube below.

Also on tonight's show that begins at 7 PM Eastern Time: Dylan Sheffield, quarterback at Wichita Falls High School in Texas and Trey Hall at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas.

Sheffield broke the Texas single-game passing record last week when he threw for 683 yards.  Hall will talk about his record-setting QB Zach Howell, who broke Kansas' single-game yards mark in early September and almost set a new one last week.

Click here to listen to the show LIVE tonight.

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