Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

The Mystique Is Shattered

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

The Mystique Is Shattered

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RAMSEY -- There was no doubt who was getting the game ball for St. Joseph.

And there was no doubt who the better team was on a spectacular Thanksgiving morning as the Green Knights downed Don Bosco, 20-10, before a packed house at Granatell Stadium.

The win by the Green Knights halted Don Bosco's 61-game, in- state win streak. It was the first time the Ironmen lost a home game since Oct. 9, 2004 -- also a loss to St. Joseph.

They say to beat the champ, you have to knock them out. Don Bosco has been the champ for a long time. Thursday, St. Joe's took the fight to the Ironmen and put them down.

"You have to give them credit. When you have dominated this area for a long period of time, there is a certain mystique with this team," Green Knights coach Tony Karcich said. "We're a good football team, and they are a good football team, but we were able to get settled [Thursday] and not get caught in the mystique."

"We had to break through the awe that Don Bosco brings to teams since 2004," Green Knights defensive lineman Troy Kay said. "We were the better team this year. We had better personnel and we had to make our players believe it."

Kay was part of a tremendous effort up front that limited the Ironmen's potent ground game and consistently harassed junior quarterback Frank Nutile.

Fittingly, the game ball was presented to Joel Campo, another defensive lineman. Campo played just two days after the death of his father and was swarmed by teammates after the game.

"I can't even talk about it right now. If you know the kid, he is such a special kid," Karcich said. "We didn't try to play up the emotion of it, but the kids, they all felt it. They talked about it."

"We definitely played this game for him," Green Knights standout Mark Fossati said. "It's horrible that this has to happen, especially this time of year, which is about family. But there is another aspect to family. We are his family, too, and we are here for him."

Campo was emotional after the game, at times leaning against his family and about to break down. …

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