KENMORE, N.Y.-St. Joe’s head coach Dennis Gilbert has been part of one of the best rivalries in the country since 1980 when he started school at St. Joe’s.
Gilbert knows how important the game is for both schools. Gilbert told Two On Your Side’s Stu Boyar “its totally not about the coaches. Its about the kids. This is their time. I have my thirtieth reunion this year and I guarantee you that’s what we’ll be talking about, our senior year. I tell these guys now you’re writing your own history and that’s the name of the game.”
Gilbert has a simple message for his team. “The team that prepares better generally wins.” He said that’s the message each week no matter what team the Marauders are playing.
Senior Nigel Davis who was injured against St. Mary’s is expected to return to the lineup. He told Stu “I’m sure at one point I’m going to look up at the crowd you know its my last game, I’m going to miss it. I’m going to look up, take in the moment but I’m going to play hard, very physical and I’m not letting this one get away from me.”
Both teams have 6-2 records. The winner wins the Monsignor Marin regular season championship. Senior linebacker Anthony Castellani told Stu that “during the week its tough to keep your emotions under control because kids are always talking about the game. You gotta keep your cool keep your calm the whole time but during the game you have to leave it all on the field.”
Tyler Hill has played multiple positions for the Marauders. He choked with coach Gilbert that he’d like to play safety. The coach chuckled at the thought. Hill told Stu “its definitely a great rivalry. One of the best in the country. Everyone comes out to play, everyone comes out to watch. And we just go at it.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 1-o’clock Saturday at the Stransky Complex in West Seneca.