The Seton Hall Prep Pirates lost their home opener Saturday, Sept. 17 to Paramus Catholic 41-20 after struggling to defend the Paladins’ dangerous receiving corps.
The Prep held the Paladins scoreless in the first quarter, but gave up three touchdowns in the second quarter, including two scores in the last two minutes of the first half.
Seton Hall Coach Vito Campanile said The Pirates need to clean up mistakes and execute better in the first half of ball games.
“It’s not like we got severely outplayed, but we made some critical errors and (Paramus Catholic) capitalized with a couple big plays,” Campanile said. “We have to remedy a couple of those things and it’s a nail biter game.”
The Paladins scored on a deep touchdown pass with 1:24 remaining in the first half, and then picked up a Seton Hall fumble for a touchdown less than 30 seconds later to take a 20-0 lead into halftime.
“I think it’s a focus and an extra effort play,” Campanile said, speaking of the first half fumble. “Things like that are going to happen. We have to be able to overcome them and not allow the mistakes become insurmountable.”
The Paladins extended their lead to 34-0 in the third quarter with a 68-yard touchdown pass and a 34-yard touchdown run by their senior quarterback, who finished with four total touchdowns.
The Pirates got on the board in the fourth quarter with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Aidan Gilman to Mike Mughetto. Later in the fourth, Gilman threw two touchdown passes to senior wideout Dwayne Warren.
“I’m really proud of these kids effort, especially our senior leaders,” Campanile said. “I think they played right down to the last second and they’re a great group of kids.”
The Prep falls to 0-2 on the season and travels to Jersey City Saturday, Sept. 24 to face St. Peter’s Prep at noon.