Bergen’s Catholic quarterbacks share time and glory
MONTVALE — Don’t ask how Bergen Catholic’s two-quarterback system works. It’s just.
Buoyed by a dominant first half, the Crusaders beat St. Joseph Regional, 31-21, in a postcard-style day at Tony Karcich Field.
Karcich himself was on hand to see the final chapter in one of North Jersey’s best rivalries, as were former Bergen Catholic coach Nunzio Campanile and Green Knights coach Augie Hoffmann, both Rutgers assistants.
It’s possible they even missed if it was No.16 Jack Duffy behind center or No.17 Dominic Campanile. There were times when I missed it too. Campanile played a few plays, then Duffy, or maybe it was a whole series. It was hard to keep track.
Like I said, it works.
“That part I don’t know,” Duffy said. ” Is random. It’s game after game, I could be in it, Dom could be in it. It’s super random.
“It’s really Coach Vito’s call, but most of the spread stuff is more up to me,” Dominic said. “We both have great chemistry together. We both have a good relationship. It’s good. It went very well. »
Interesting use of “Coach Vito” by Dominic. Vito Campanile is his father and the coach of the Crusaders. Vito explained that there is no real quarterback rotation at the moment.
“Honestly, it’s more of a feeling,” said Vito Campanile. “Jack has done an amazing job leading the attack. He definitely has a senior presence. Dominic has a swagger when he comes into the game. He has confidence in his guys. We have some really good young guys.
Dominic had a hot hand against the Green Knights who took a 31-7 lead in the first half by taking advantage of mistakes in the Green Knights defence. Bergen Catholic scored five of the six times he had the ball in the first half, and the only time he didn’t score was when he was stopped at the one-yard line.
Dominic is the second, the coach’s son and the future of the program. But Duffy has also earned his playing time. He is consistent, precise and intelligent.
They both claim to be comfortable with the arrangement.
“It’s fun,” said Jack Duffy. “At the end of the day, when you win, I don’t care if you play two snaps or 100, it’s fine.”
“We both have great chemistry together,” Dominic said. “We both have a good relationship. It’s great. It’s going really well.”
They both clash. Dominic said they were trying to compete to be the best leader.
“We are definitely in competition,” said Dominic. “It’s all about love. I like this guy. It’s more who throws and who does that, and who leads a team, who pushes each other. This is how we are competitive.
Duffy said he was proud of how Dominic stepped up.
“I think he has a very bright future,” Duffy said. “It’s good.”
The big question for Bergen Catholic going forward is whether or not they can use both quarterbacks all the way to a state championship. When Don Bosco inflicted the Crusaders their only loss, I felt it was more difficult for the Crusaders to come back because they were still changing quarters. They couldn’t ride the hot hand then.
Duffy and Dominic don’t think this will be a problem.
“This one works,” Dominic said.
“I think we’re winning with this now, so might as well keep doing it,” Duffy said.
There is a common belief in football that if you have two quarterbacks, you really don’t have one. Bergen Catholic is trying to overturn this belief. And who’s ready to chat right now? On Saturday, the Crusaders were led by a punishing running game featuring Saeed St. Fleur. The Crusaders defense had three assists, including two brilliant picks from Naiim Parrish. St. Joseph’s rallied late, but at no point did it look like the Green Knights were in control.
St. Joe’s experience with their new offense has been fascinating to watch. They had several big plays on Saturday, but struggled to maintain momentum and drives. Bergen Catholic fell back in the third quarter with the lead.
Vito said after the game that Dominic berated him for backing off a bit and agreed his son – and quarterback – may have been right.
But the biggest lesson learned Saturday was that two quarterbacks for Bergen Catholic can be better than one.