Earlier this week, we brought you the war of words between the coaches for New Jersey power Don Bosco Prep and Paramus Catholic that included allegations of recruiting and poaching players.
The action shifted to the field Saturday night as Paramus Catholic upended Don Bosco Prep — the third-ranked team in the Super 25 — by a score of 21-14 in a battle of unbeatens. The Paladins improved to 6-0, while Bosco fell to 3-1.
Clearly, the emotion of the week leading up to the game had not died down in the Paramus Catholic locker room.
After the Paladins took a 13-0 in the first half on two touchdowns by running by Ahmad Thomas, the Ironmen were able to take a 14-13 advantage early in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run by Malik Bakker.
Less than three minutes later, Willy Hansen threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Marquis Spence to cap an 82-yard drive. Hansen had keyed the drive with a 42-yard run. The Paladins converted the two-point conversion to take a 21-14 edge.
Don Bosco had two chances to attempt to tie the game, but the Paramus Catholic defense stopped the Ironmen. Samad Smith intercepted Wesley McKoy’s last-second, deep pass to set the final score.