Fordham Prep edges Xavier in New York's oldest sports rivalry

Fordham Prep edges Xavier in New York's oldest sports rivalry

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Fordham Prep edges Xavier in New York's oldest sports rivalry

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Fordham Prep edged Xavier Prep 21-18 on Thanksgiving in New York’s oldest sports rivalry, with official results dating back to 1906. It was Fordham’s first win in the series since 2001, according to news12varsity.com.

In the 93rd edition of the Turkey Bowl between the teams, Fordham Prep quarterback Matt Valecce threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in the final minutes. With his three TDs, Valece moved into 10th place on the New York state career touchdown list.

Xavier had an 18-13 lead and had a chance to push the margin to eight points with 3:32 remaining, but missed a 34-yard field goal.

Fordham took over and its own 20 on a march for the winning drive. The first play was a hook-and-lateral that went for 42 yards from Valecce to Thomas Natkin to Will Loffredo. Five plays later, Valecce threw a 30-yard TD pass to Liam McHale for the 19-18 lead and then Valecce converted the two-point conversion on a run for the final margin.

Loffredo had in 10 catches for 151 yards and two scores.

 

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