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Seton Hall Prep senior wide receiver Dwayne Warren catches ball vs. St. Peter's Prep during this past Saturday's 42-14 Marauders' win in Jersey City. SHP is 0-3 but showing progress vs. one very formidable schedule both in and out of NJSFC. (Photo by Richard Morris/SHP)
Attitude And Leadership Remain Strong
Even With 0-3 Start For Seton Hall Prep
By David Simmons
JERSEY CITY - Seton Hall Prep might be 0-3, but it certainly does not feel defeated.
Sure, the scoreboard at Caven Point which read “42-14” indicated otherwise. But after falling short to a St. Peter’s Prep team ranked No. 1 in the state by both NJ.com and News 12 Varsity, head coach Vito Campanile’s squad wasn’t ready to lower their heads in the face of early season adversity.
“We’re 0-3 and I would sign up to play everybody again tomorrow,” said Campanile about a slate which has also included defeats to Peddie and Paramus Catholic. “Their attitude and their leadership has been tremendous and they’re as tough as any kids I’ve ever coached.
“We never quit. I’ve never been that guy to cry about our schedule. I’ve never been that guy who cried, rather than compete.”
Despite facing a significant size and athleticism disadvantage on the lines, the Pirates certainly competed in Saturday’s contest. After falling behind 21-0 in the second quarter, Seton Hall Prep showed its fight when Michael Mughetto’s interception set up Paul Theobald’s 1-yard TD run with 1.4 seconds left in the half.
Employing the wildcat offense, the Pirates struck fast in the second half as Theobald took a Mughetto shovel pass 59-yards for a TD. After a defensive stand, Seton Hall drove the ball to the St. Peter’s 32 until a crushing interception by the Marauders’ Shayne Simon ended the comeback attempt late in the third.
“It’s something that we implemented at Westwood pretty good,” Campanile said. “I knew Michael and Sean (Ryan) could do a great job with it. We got them pretty good and then Paul just showed his athletic ability on the counter play. I thought we had something going and we got it going.”
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