This past Friday, Henry Dolan and Josh McCray were essential in the varsity football team's defeat of Catholic High School (formerly known as Bishop Sullivan), 49-26.
Dolan, a two-way back, collected 101 yards rushing with two touchdowns and 20 yards receiving on offense, as well as two assisted tackles with one interception on defense. McCray, a junior linebacker, racked up two tackles with two sacks and two more tackles for loss, as well as a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
In the first quarter after going down 7-0 to a blocked kick, Dolan evened the score with a five-yard touchdown on the ground. Also, in the first quarter, Dolan had a 20-yard reception on a third down to keep a Cadet drive alive. "Money" Dolan added another 45-yard touchdown in the second quarter to put Big Green ahead of the Crusaders, 28-20. "We responded well to some early blows," said Dolan. "I would say that Catholic is very good and will have a great year, but overall we outlasted them and shut down their offense in the second half.
"If our offense puts up 200-plus yards both passing and rushing, I think we will be a hard team to beat."
"Henry was great," said Coach Lilly. "He was one of our better tacklers in the secondary, and he had a big reception on third down in the first quarter to keep a drive alive."
In the third quarter, McCray had a fumble recovery for a touchdown, which gave the Cadets great momentum. With McCray's recovery, the lead was expanded to 22 points, making the game 42-20. "Josh made a number of big plays, both pass rushing and with the fumble recovery," added Lilly. "His fumble recovery lifted the team's spirits."
With Dolan and McCray only being juniors, the future of Benedictine football is promising.