Joe DeSiena wasn’t worried about a potential trap game after a monumental win at Iona Prep and with powerhouse St. Anthony’s on the horizon.
That’s because all week at practice the Xaverian coach told his team to remember the Titans. In particular to put last year’s Homecoming defeat to Holy Trinity in their minds.
The Clippers returned the favor Friday night at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, defeating the Titans, 47-21, in a CHSFL Class AAA showdown live on MSG Varsity.
“I think it was fairly easy to rule out a trap game because this team pretty much beat us up the last two times we played them,” DeSiena said. “Two years ago it was 34-12 and last year it was 29-0.”
Since a Week 2 loss to Holy Cross, the Clippers practices have been all work and its resulted in three straight high-scoring victories.
Against winless Holy Trinity (0-5, 0-4 CHSFL AAA) Friday night, Xaverian (4-1, 3-1) raced out to a 28-0 lead and was up 34-7 at the half. It was a huge turnaround from last year’s disheartening loss in Brooklyn.
“We’re a whole different team this year,” junior running back Laray Smith said. “Whatever people expected from us, it’s going to be totally different. We practiced hard and the way we practiced, we showed it on the field.”
Quarterback Zach Kearney (8-of-17 for 133 yards) and Smith exchanged highlights, and touchdowns, in the rout. Kearney put the Clippers in front, 7-0, on a 12-yard run by Kearney.
Smith responded with a 60-yard TD run and then a spectacular 16-yard score in which the junior went sideline to sideline and cut inside of a defender at the 5-yard line.
“It was a good day for both of us,” Smith said. “Me seeing him score makes me want to score. It’s like a little competition between us.”
Kearney came back with a 12-yard rushing touchdown and then connected with Sean Binckes for the first of two passing TDs.
Smith (10 carries for 97 yards) added one more touchdown, a 10-yard score with 5:55 left in the third quarter that put Xaverian, ranked No. 20 in the Tri-State by MSG Varsity, in front 41-7.
“It’s a motivation for us to play better,” said Kearney, who also had 13 carries for 61 yards as the Clippers racked up 357 total yards on offense.
Holy Trinity quarterback Chris Laviano was 17-of-33 for 156 yards, but was twice intercepted by Tushaun Plummer and Rocky Iannacone sacked him two times, again proving the Clippers speed isn’t limited to the offense.
“The biggest mismatches on the field are with Joe Magnavita, Rocky Iannacone and Valerio Auguste in the middle,” DeSiena said. “They’re so much faster than most offensive linemen in the league. Their speed is really showing on the defensive line.”
After five games on the road, Xaverian plays its first home game next Friday in Brooklyn against St. Anthony’s. It’s the ultimate test for a Clippers team looking to prove they are an elite squad.
“This is a real big test for us this week,” Kearney said. “We have to practice real hard and stay focused. I think we can pull off this big win.”
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