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Cougars Look to End Regular Season in Winning Fashion

Posted Saturday, November 01, 2008 by John Fatuzzo
The St. John the Baptist Cougars (5-1, 6-2 overall) head into Week 9 of the regular season looking to secure a spot in the top two of the CHSFL Division AA-A.  Standing in their way are the Eagles (4-2, 5-3 overall) of St. Peter's Boys High School of Staten Island.  SJB will travel to Staten Island for their Sunday game, scheduled to begin at noon.

The season has gone quickly, very quickly.  It seemed just like last week, Cougars fans, and myself included were looking the schedule and getting pumped for yet another postseason appearance.  Fortunately, St. John's is guaranteed to return to the playoffs, the question is, against who and where?  These factors should prove to be important, for there is a chance SJB could be rolling with the big dogs of AAA for the championship run.

Although SJB is ahead in the standings, St. Peter's will be a challenge.  Everyone saw it coming.  Even with out of state road trips and a homecoming game against the #3 offensive unit in the state in Xavier, this Sunday's matchup with the Eagles could be the Cougars biggest game yet. 

St. Peter's, currently in fourth place with 111.6 powerpoints, are led by junior running back Hakim Rice and junior quarterback John Woodford.  Rice is fourth in the division with 922 all purpose yards on the year.  Woodford's 137.65 rating is good for third place and his 11 touchdown passes are second in the division.

Having spent the last few seasons a division lower, SJB has not matched up with St. Peter's since the 2006 season, a Week 7, 28-7 Eagles win.  In fact the Cougars have not defeated the Eagles in over four seasons, dropping the season opener to St. Peter's for the 2005 season.  But St. John's is fielding a completely different and frankly, more talented and explosive team.  It shows in their four consecutive victories.

The postseason is close.  Its that time of year again.  Come next Saturday, SJB will be playing in the Division AA quarterfinal game.  But to be ignored is this contest against St. Peter's.  For a loss could mean a drop to third or even fourth place in the standings.  However, a win could clinch a regular season division title.

Good luck to Coach Schweers and the varsity football team in Staten Island tomorrow afternoon.

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