Canisius could only withstand the waves of fresh bodies Archbishop Stepinac threw at it for so long.
The Crusaders hung tough for one half of football, but all it took was a dominating 9-minute stretch by their New York City counterpart to derail Canisius’ hopes of becoming the first repeat winner of the New York State Catholic High Schools Athletic Association title.
Who: Canisius Crusaders (8-3) vs. Archbishop Stepinac Crusaders (9-2)
When: Noon Saturday
Where: Canisius High School's Stransky Complex in West Seneca
Web cast: news12varsity.com
Rankings: Canisius is ranked No. 2 in the News Large Schools poll and 10th in the New York Sportswriters Class AA poll. Stepinac is ranked ninth.
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