One day after the news of Bishop McGann-Mercy’s pending closure came out, the shock waves were still being felt. The pain was real.
“It’s like mourning the loss of a loved one,” Mercy football coach Jeff Doroski said. “We’re going to go through that period of sadness and grief.” READ
Seventeen-year-old Max Beyrodt has his own way of putting 50 years of football at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School into perspective. “My dad just turned 50, so he’s an old man,” said Beyrodt, a senior wide receiver for Mercy.
It was the catch of the day, if not the half-century.
In 50 years of varsity football at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, there aren’t many, if any, catches better than the one Max Beyrodt made on Saturday. READ
It was the knees that were taken during the national anthem that overshadowed the ones taken by Bishop McGann-Mercy quarterback Ryan Razzano to end the game.
The seed was planted early. Real early.
Echoes of the postgame celebrations of Shoreham-Wading River’s third straight Long Island Class IV football championship were still ringing when coach Matt Millheiser pulled Xavier Arline aside to give him a message. “I want four,” he told the player.
It’s not uncommon to hear those with a connection to Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead refer to the Catholic school as a family. But one need look no further than the school’s football program to find a family within a family.
For the soft-spoken Matt Paglia, a good block or tackle may be worth a thousand words. As for actual words, don’t expect much from him.
The message coach Leif Shay had for his Riverhead High School football players following Saturday’s game was the same one he has conveyed throughout the season.
“I’m very proud of them,” he said. “For everything they have going against them, they come to practice and work hard every day.”