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2002 FOOTBALL Season 
Sep. 14, 2002 Game #1. SEA -VS- RIVERDALE:

Before We knew what hit Us, the Vikings surrendered first-quarter touchdown plays of 48, 66, 40 and 16 yards en route to a 43-6 non-league loss to the Riverdale Country School yesterday in the Bronx. The big plays obviously hurt us," said head coach Greg Manos. I thought we were in the right spots when we blitzed, but once they got by us, we had nothing there. "We might have been too aggressive." Sea, which compiled 272 yards of offense but was hurt by eight turnovers, got on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter. QB Paul Rosenberg, with the aid of a 40-yard completion to Rob Hankey, scored on a 3-yard run with 8:55 left in the game. NOTES: Hankey led a contingent of five Sea receivers with five receptions for 62 yards. Joe Velez had three catches for 26. Rosenberg, 3-yard run (run failed.) RUSHING -- Cruciata 12-57, Rosenberg 17-52, Ogbu 8-32, Velez 1-15, Kurowski 1-4. PASSING -- Rosenberg 14-35-6-112. RECEIVING -- Hankey 5-62, Velez 3-26, Kurowski 2-10, Santana 1-9, Crucitto 2-4, Cruciata 1-1. INTERCEPTIONS -- Luciano.
HANKEY SPARKLES
Despite St. Joseph by-the- Sea's disappointing 43-6 season-opening loss to Riverdale Country School last week, coach Greg Manos was pleased with the production of wide receiver Rob Hankey. The 6-foot, 175-pound junior made a game-high five catches for 62 yards, including a 40-yard reception that led to quarterback Paul Rosenberg's 3-yard touchdown plunge. " Hankey had a great day," said Manos, who will be looking for his first high school victory when the Vikings host Cardinal Spellman tomorrow at 1:30. "He really stepped up. He's a good possession receiver that proved to be our go-to guy when we really need a catch."
Result 43-6 L


2002 FOOTBALL Season 
Sep. 21, 2002 Game #2. SEA -VS- SPELLMAN:

Sea overcame an early first-quarter deficit with four unanswered touchdowns en route to a CHSFL season-opening 26-14 victory over visiting Cardinal Spellman yesterday."I'm really happy for the kids," said Manos, whose team compiled 324 total yards, including 172 on the ground. After a Spellman fumble led to Vin Cruciata's 6-yard TD run three plays into the second quarter, Cruciata helped Sea get the ball back at the Spellman 29 with an interception. Seven plays later, Rosenberg (12 for 20, three TD passes) rolled right and found Eric Kurowski for a 6-yard TD reception. Cruciata's two-point conversion tied the score at 14. On Sea's first series after intermission, Ollie Ogbu (87 rushing yards), Joe Velez and Rosenberg helped engineer a nine-play, 68-yard drive that was capped by Rosenberg's 31-yard TD strike to Velez. The Vikings, who held the Bronx school to 117 total yards after halftime, secured Manos' first victory late in the fourth quarter when Rosenberg found Rob Hankey for a 20-yard touchdown. NOTES:- Cruciata, 6-yard run (pass failed) Kurowski, 6-yard pass from Rosenberg (Cruciata run) Velez, 31-yard pass from Rosenberg (pass failed) Hankey, 20-yard pass from Rosenberg. ------ Individual statistics: RUSHING -- Ogbu 13-87, Rosenberg 9-35, Cruciata 9-34, Velez 2-13, Kurowski 1-3. PASSING -- Rosenberg 12-20-1-152. RECEIVING -- Kurowski 6-71, Velez 4-61, Hankey 2-20. INTERCEPTIONS -- Cruciata.
Result 26-14 W


2002 FOOTBALL Season 
Sep. 28, 2002 Game #3. SEA -VS- FORD:

Sea's impressive defensive performance saw Bishop Ford held to just 88 yards of total offense and six first downs. The Vikings' seven sacks of Gbenedio led to the Falcons managing minus-11 yards rushing, and Gbenedio was intercepted four times. Three of those sacks belonged to Viking sophomore linebacker Sal Fraccavento, who starred in his varsity debut. A midweek call-up from the junior varsity, Fraccavento added an interception and was a constant presence in Bishop Ford's backfield. Fraccavento even put up Sea's first points of the game, sacking Gbenedio in the end zone early in the second quarter for a safety and a 2-0 lead. The Vikings took over at midfield after the free kick, and took advantage of the field position with an eight-play drive capped by Vin Cruciata's 6-yard touchdown run as Sea went up 9-0. Ollie Ogbu took most of Sea's early rushing attempts, but after Cruciata's score, the Vikes relied on he and quarterback Paul Rosenberg to carry the load. The pair rushed for 94 yards each, and split the carries on a quick, four-play scoring drive early in the third quarter. Rosenberg took it in from 10 yards out as the Vikes went up 16-0. Safety; Fraccavento tackles Gbenedio in end zone --Cruciata, 6-yard run (Austin kick) --Rosenberg, 10-yard run (Austin kick) --- Individual statistics RUSHING -- Cruciata 20-94, Rosenberg 21-94, Ogbu 8-30, Fraccavento 1-(-4), PASSING -- Rosenberg 6-20-1-57. RECEIVING -- Velez 3-37, Kurowski 3-20. INTERCEPTIONS -- Fraccavento, Luciano, LaVacca, Melville.
Result 16-6 W


2002 FOOTBALL News 
Oct. 5, 2002 Game #4. SEA -VS- XAVIER:

Sea defense shines. Facing a fourth down-and-inches proposition from his own 42 with five minutes left and his team up by a touchdown, head coach Greg Manos didn't hesitate in making his decision: To entrust the game to his defense. Despite being on the field for all but four snaps in the fourth quarter, the Viking defense rose to the occasion once again, and helped deliver the Homecoming Day victory over visiting Xavier. Vikes improved to 3-0 in the CHSFL, 3-1 overall. Linebackers Sal Fraccavento and Kyle Luciano who spearheaded the unit throughout, especially in the final period combined for a sack on third down, and McKeon's desperation throw was intercepted by Joe LaVacca at the Sea 25 with seconds remaining. The defense allowed only 57 yards rushing (145 total) and no points on the warm afternoon; the only Xavier touchdown coming on a 74-yard punt return by Shawn Rafferty that opened the scoring with 9:30 left in the first quarter.NOTE: S -- Ogbu, 21-yard run (Senise kick) Kurowski, 7-yard pass from Rosenberg (Senise kick) Individual statistics RUSHING --Ogbu 11-84, Cruciata 3-19, Rosenberg 11-13, Fraccavento 2-1, Kurowski 1-(-3). PASSING --Rosenberg 6-11-2-38. RECEIVING --Kurowski 3-15, Hankey 2-16, Velez 1-7. INTERCEPTIONS -- Sea: LaVacca.
Result 14-7 W


2002 FOOTBALL News 
Oct. 12, 2002 Game #5. SEA -VS- MOORE:

Moore Catholic paid absolutely no attention to the standing water, pouring rain and 100 yards of mud in posting a dominating 28-0 CHSFL victory over visiting St. Joseph by-the-Sea yesterday in Graniteville. The conditions were just to bad for Sea's offense to get on track. 4 straight days of rain just wiped away the passing game. --- Individual statistics RUSHING -- Ogbu 5-11, Rosenberg 5-11, Cruciata 4-0. PASSING -- Rosenberg 4-12-1-36. RECEIVING -- : Sullivan 2-13, Kurowski 1-16, Hankey 1-7. INTERCEPTIONS -- LaVacca.
Result 28-0 L


2002 FOOTBALL News 
Oct. 19, 2002 Game #6. SEA -VS- PETERS:


2002 FOOTBALL News 
Oct. 25, 2002 Game #7. SEA -VS- BISHOP AHR:

EDISON, N.J. Kody Hamrah was a one-man wrecking crew as he powered Bishop George Ahr to a 41-14 non-league win last night over St. Joseph by-the-Sea. Hamrah, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound junior, scored on touchdown runs of 16 and 8 yards, caught a 20-yard scoring strike from Justin Taylor and scooped up a blocked punt which he returned 16 yards for another score. The Vikings' (3-4) only score in the half came in the second period when Cruciata delivered a crushing hit which dislodged the ball from Taylor as he was backing up to pass. Lucinao caught the ball in mid-air and raced 19 yards for a TD. Sea closed out the scoring in the final minutes as Mavricos capped a 94-yard drive (10 plays) with a 2-yard TD run around the left side. The key play in the drive was a 33-yard pass from Mavricos to Eric Kurowski. NOTES: Sophomore kicker Joe Sinese converted two PATs for Sea and booted a 26-yard field goal in the first half, but it was wiped out by a Viking penalty ... Cruciata, who picked up 45 yards on 14 carries, also had a fumble recovery to stop a BGA drive at his own 6-yard line. Luciano, 19-yard fumble return (Sinese, kick) Mavricos, 2-yard run (Sinese, kick). Individual statistics RUSHING --Cruciata 14-45, Mavricos 7-25, Rosenberg 1-1, Kurowski 1-0; PASSING -- SJ: Mavricos 9-24-2-105; RECEIVING -- Kurowski 2-40, Rosenberg 3-30, Hankey 2-19, Cruciata 1-16, Sullivan 1 (minus 1);
Result 41-14 L


2002 FOOTBALL News 
Nov. 3, 2002 Game #8. SEA -VS- St. JOHNS:

WEST ISLIP, L.I. -- Danny Masciello caught a pair of TD passes and returned an interception 52 yards for a third score as St. John the Baptist dashed St. Joseph by-the-Sea's hopes of gaining the top seed in the Class A playoffs with a 38-7 win. We're always real positive coming in," said coach Greg Manos. "But if there's ever a little ounce of quit that peaks out, it will snowball." Sea passed on a golden opportunity at the end of the first half when Kyle Luciano picked off a Georgetti pass to give the Vikings possession at their own 46. A 9-yard rush by Vin Cruciata and a 34-yard sprint by Mavricos brought Sea to the SJB 5 with 3:14 left, but the Vikes then went four-and-out. Cruciata broke the shutout with a minute to go in the third period when he highlighted a brief, 40-yard drive with an 11-yard rush and a 29-yard scoring scamper. "I can't say enough about Cruciata," Manos said. "Vinnie plays his heart out. He's one of the few guys that realizes he is a senior and this is his last chance to play with this team, so he goes hard. You can't ask for more than that." Individual statistics RUSHING --Vin Cruciata: 11-83 Mavricos: 8-36. PASSING -- Nick Mavricos: 20-5-5-75. RECEIVING -- Paul Rosenberg: 1-8, Eric Kurowski: 1-22, Joe Velez: 1-32, Rob Hankey: 1-6, Sal Franccavento. INTERCEPTION -- Sea: Luciano.
Result 38-7 L


2002 PLAYOFF FOOTBALL News 
Nov. 17, 2002 Game #9. SEA -VS- St. SPELLMAN:

Spellman Ends Sea's Season!
Vikings lose battle of the trenches in the rain, resulting in a 21-12 CHSFL A semifinal defeat. Poor special teams play and an inability to stop the run in the second half resulted in the end of St. Joseph by-the-Sea's season as Cardinal Spellman came away with a 21-12 CHSFL A semifinal playoff victory at Tottenville's rain-soaked field in Huguenot yesterday. Spellman will play St. John the Baptist next Sunday at noon at Kings Point for the A title. Spellman was bigger and stronger than us, and we couldn't stop their wishbone offense in the second half, said Sea coach Greg Manos, who finished with a 3-6 mark during his first year as coach of the Vikings. We had some injuries -- such as to Ali Ogbu at linebacker, who couldn't play with a knee injury -- so some of the things we used were makeshift. Despite being defeated at the line of scrimmage, things might have been different if it hadn't been for some special teams mistakes. The first came in the opening quarter. George Roesch provided Sea with an early lift by blocking a 29-yard field goal attempt, but Sea was pinned deep after three unsuccessful running plays. The ensuing punt was blocked by Sam Ogunjimi. Lennie Ramirez recovered at the 4 and ran it in for the TD, and the successful PAT made it 7-0. Sea received a break on the next series when Spellman was caught for roughing the punter. Two plays later, Vin Cruciata burst through a hole and went 46 yards for the TD. But the missed extra point would prove costly. As a light rain became heavier, the teams traded interceptions in a scoreless second quarter. Spellman's Dan Westfield took the second-half's opening kickoff 60 yards to the Sea 30. Spellman stuck to the ground and ate up seven minutes while going the remaining 30 yards on 10 plays, finished off by Mike Delano's 5-yard TD run. Delano tacked on the extra point for a 14-6 lead. Sea scored on a nine-play, 50-yard drive early in the fourth quarter, with Cruciata scoring from 2 yards out with 8:21 left. Needing the two-point conversion to tie, Cruciata was stood up at the 2 and the Vikings still trailed. The Spellman running game came through again, scoring the clinching TD while eating up more than six minutes. Ramirez burst through a hole and went for 28 yards on 4th-and-2 from the Sea 37 before capping the 10-play, 65 yard drive by crossing from 2 yards away. Delano's third successful PAT put the game out of reach at 21-12.

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