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Celtics’ Muraca takes it to the house

By Larry Moko

It was the opening kickoff of Bishop Ryan’s annual Homecoming game so naturally returner Gianluca Muraca was determined to take it to the house.

And with some blocking help from his teammates, that’s exactly what he did. Muraca grabbed the kick and raced 95 yards into the end zone for a touchdown to spark the Celtics to a 39-11 victory over the visiting Cathedral Gaels in Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic senior high school football action Friday.

“Gianluca had a big return to open the game,” Celtics coach Jim Davies said. “He ran the ball hard and well. I think he had one or two more touchdowns, as well. So he was a real leader for us today.”

The veteran Celtics running back rushed for a pair of touchdowns -- covering 14 yards in the second quarter and seven yards in the third.

It was Bishop Ryan’s first victory of the season after three straight losses. For Cathedral, the outcome dropped its record to 1-3.

“It’s definitely nice to get our first ‘W’,” Davies said. “The boys have been playing great every week and getting better. A lot of key players stepped up for us and got the job done.”

The Celtics also got a 54-yard punt return score by Sean Underhill in the third quarter and a 35-yard touchdown run by Connor Sardo to cap the scoring in the fourth quarter.

Bishop Ryan’s Michael Horvat added a 31-yard field goal plus five converts and a kickoff single.

All of Cathedral’s points came in the first half. The Gaels got a 22-yard field goal and conversion by Ethan Machado along with a 24-yard pass-play TD over the middle from quarterback Devin Quammie to Aiden Gago. That same combination then connected in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion pass.

“We started off in a hole,” Gaels coach Paul Dziuba said. “But the kids showed good resilience. We came back and got the ball moving in the first half. Ultimately, the game got away from us.”

Dziuba said Cathedral features some talented individuals, including Quammie. “He’s a natural athlete and leader,” the Gaels coach said. “The kids circle the wagons around him. Hopefully, he can play at the next level.”

Quammie also made an interception of a pass by Celtics quarterback Ryan Harrison.
Bishop Ryan defenders Max Schavbel and Luca Gallo chipped in with interceptions of their own.
Said Davies: “We have a great group of kids who are eager to win, play hard and represent Bishop Ryan. They’ve been committed all year. They appreciate the opportunity to be out here.”

COVID-19, of course, forced the cancellation of the 2020 HWCDSB football season.

“It’s nice to come back and finally win a game,” Muraca said.

The other game Friday saw the St. Thomas More Knights remain undefeated by blanking the St. Mary Crusaders, 43-0.






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