Crusader Football Website: Welcome
Welcome to the Crusader Football Program Website.
2017 was another great CYO season for the Crusaders. St. Michael year in, has one of the best CYO football programs in the City.
If you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Michael CYO Champions and Runner Up in the 2000's
2017 Cadet AAA Runner Up
2016 Cadet AA Champion - 56 AAA Champion
2014 34 Grade Champion
2013 3rd Grade Runner up
2012 6th Grade Champion -34 Grade Champion
2011 5th Grade Champion
2010 5th Grade Champion-4th Grade Champion
2009 Cadet Champion-4th Grade Champion-3rd Grade Champion
2007 Cadet Runner up- 6th Grade Champion
2006 Cadet Runner up -5th Grade Champion
2005 6th Grade Runner up - 4th Grade Champion
2004 3rd Grade Runner up old playoff format
2003 4th Grade Champion old playoff format
St. Michael Offers CYO Wrestling to all male wrestlers in Pre-K through 8th Grade.
Practices will start the first week of January. All Wrestlers must have a physical to participate. Our Cadet team will be going for their 4th straight CYO City Championship.
Pk-4th Grade Wrestling Fee is $50
5th-8th Grade Wrestling fee is $75
St. Michael Wrestling Group Descriptions
White Group: The White level practices are where all wrestlers Pre-K through 2nd grade begin. These practices are focused on teaching the fundamentals of wrestling in a fun and noncompetitive atmosphere. This group contains wrestlers who have 0-1 years experience or are not ready to wrestle in a competitive atmosphere.
Red Group: The RED practices are suited for wrestlers 2nd - 4th grade who are ready to practice in a competitive atmosphere. Wrestlers in this group have been invited by the St. Michael Coaches to participate in the group. They are generally expected to have a fundamental grasp of the rules of wrestling and a basic technique skill set. Red group wrestlers will generally have 1 or more years experience in the sport of wrestling. White and Red Groups will be coached by Dan Adams Varsity Group:
Grades 5-8 will participate on the St. Michael CYO Varsity Cadet Group coached by Coach Steve James, Curtis Johnson and John Tekippe.
Email me at email@example.com with your son’s name and grade if he is interested in wrestling this season.
Please contact Mike Cmehil at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-557-2801 with any questions.
Sunday's delay became Tuesday nights beauty. What a memorable and beautiful night to play football. The lights were shining and the crowd was buzzing as the undefeated Cardinals took the field to battle the defending city champions from St Michael's. Capacity crowd flocked to the bleachers and the fence was circled. The who is who of coaching stood in the end zone and the defending champs players stood behind the Crusaders. What a perfect setting for what would turn out to be an instant classic.
St Mike's took the ball first and went razzle/dazzle as Arteaga hit Browder who in turn hit Crooke with a 15 yard completion. (negated by flag number 1) The drive was stalled and SLDM went to work. 3 plays and 55 yards later #15 galloped into the end zone for a 6-0 SLDM lead. St Mike's was staggering but we all knew they wouldn't go down. SLDM and a couple more flags stopped drive #2 and SLDM took over in great field position again. But no no not this time! St Mike's D said not today. Huddy with a sack, Josh Noble with a big hit and Gavin Crooke with a perfect form tackle slowed the drive. Finally on 4th and 10 the QB hit his WR with a completion but Jake Dill to the rescue and stopped them 1 yard short. The offense started to click and drove the ball into SLDM territory but were stopped and we went to the half with a score of 6-0. The 2nd half was set up to be dramatic, and it was. St Mike's D played lights out again and they ball went back to the Crusaders. Browder rushed for 15 but a holding call brought it back. Then he ran for 21 but a block in the back was called. So he said let me try one more time, and he went 53 yards in a flash. Browder then added the extra point and the Crusaders took the lead 7-6 with 2:00 to go in the 3rd. The defense bent and SLDM got the ball to the 26 but were stopped 6 inches short and the Crusders took the ball and set out to kill the clock.
There were dramatic runs by Thunder and Lightning as the O-Line flexed their muscles. Both teams dug in deep and battled every play. On 4th and 2, just 2 yards separated the Crusaders from a city championship, SLDM came up with the play of the day (so far) and stopped the Big Red 2 yards short. 2:14 to go and SLDM ran up the middle but Crooke and Ronny Edwards laid the wood. Tick, tick, tick under 2 minutes the D brought a big rush and #7 stepped up in the pocket and found #8 and the rest played out in slow motion. #8 made his way towards the sidelines and dove into the end zone and the crowd was stunned. 12-7 SLDM. St Mike's played out the last 1:36 but nothing to be found as SLDM held on to win a fantastic game 12-7.
Emotions ran high and both teams shook hands with the greatest of respect. This group of incredible 8th graders did their best to hold their heads high. The had fought and they had given all they had this day. The kids gathered and the incredible parents of this group circled them to congratulate and to comfort them. St Mike's had completed a magical 9-2 season and had come inches or feet of an unprecedented back to back city championship. In a time of pain the coaches could not have been more proud.
Browder carried the ball 29 for 180 more yards to add on to his regular season record on 1180 yards rushing. Crooke added another 53 to finish his season with 854. Crooke, Edwards, Ramsey, Johnson, Eduardo, Browder, Miller, Noble and Dill all contributed 2 or more tackles for this outstanding Defense. Neither team turned the ball over and St Mike's finished the playoffs with just 1 turnover.
CRAZY NUMBERS: Thunder and Lightning become the first backfield to ever rush for 2000 yards as a duo. (2034) St Mike's rushed for 2,294 total yards for the season. Breaking last years record of 2,257. Raul Arteaga led team in passing with 248 yards and 3 touchdowns. St Mike's total yards 2,696. OPPONENTS 1357!! St Mike's total plays 459. OPPONENTS 297!! St Mike's 31 TD. Opponents 15. Only allowed 5 Extra points all year!! Josh Johnson (7th grader) led team in receiving. Only had 8 turnovers for the season..Forced 16. Crooke led the D with 56 tackles.Combined with last years (97.5 varsity tackles) Followed by Huddy with 36.5 and Browder 36.5 Josh Noble 27. Jake Dill (7th grader) led the team with 7 turnover. Followed by Ramsey (7th grader) 3 14 kids had carries in varsity games JV won every game played this year. resulting in a total of 14 wins for St mike's this year.
WHAT AN FANTASTIC SEASON FILLED WITH INCREDIBLE CHARACTERS AND PERSONALITIES. KIDS WHO WANTED TO IMPROVE AND THEY DID. ITS A LONG JOURNEY AND FROM PLAYER 1-25 WE HAD GREAT KIDS. THANK YOU PARENTS AND PLAYERS FOR LETTING ME TAKE THIS JOURNEY WITH YOU. I LOVE TO COACH AND I LOVE TO TEACH, AND I FIND THE MORE I TRY TO TEACH KIDS, THE MORE THEY TEACH ME!!!! THANK YOU ALL! ITS BEEN A HELL OF A RIDE FOR 14 SEASONS. COACH TIM
Sunday, November 5
Monday, October 30
Well it's that time again. Our Crusaders are in the CYO big game once again. We always like to make this a fun week for the players. We need you all to get excited for them and participate in the events this week. This is an extremely exciting week for the players, they need your support. I still remember my 8th grade year playing in the CYO Cadet Championship to this day. Your son's will too.
Schedule Tuesday night:
Practice 6pm-8pm Father John will speak to the team
Since it is Halloween, We would like for parents to line up cars after practice and have a different type of candy for each kid at each car so they can have their Trick-or-Treat. (each parent that shows can bring a bag).
Practice 6pm-8pm Asking last years team to come out at 7:15 in uniforms to take a group photo. CYO Coaches from other teams will be speaking to the players.
Practice 6pm-8pm Having ex-players come out and speak at the end of practice. Parents night for decorations for kids (Angie/Jess). Look for another email.
Sunday Championship Game at Chatard vs Undefeated SLDM 3:30pm. Be at Chatard at 2:30 on the baseball field for warm ups.
Monday, October 30
Our Crusaders face undefeated SLDM 9-0 on Sunday at Chatard 3:30pm for the CYO Cadet AAA Football Championship. The 2016 Cadet Champions are looking for B2B Cadet Titles. The 1997-98 St. Jude Cadet teams were the last to make the B2B double. Please come out and support your Crusaders on Sunday at Chatard. SLDM defeated the Crusaders 18-12 earlier in the season.
St. Michael 8-1 vs SLDM 9-0 at Chatard 3:30pm
CYO Semi Finals
Come out and support your Crusaders this week.
Saturday Oct 28, 2017
3rd Grade 15 Christ The King Gold 26
The 3rd Grade Crusaders closed out their season with a tough loss to CTK. I am excited to weatch this players in the future.
Sunday Oct 29, 2017
Cadet 38 vs St. Jude Cadet 24
Crusaders with their best offensive performance of the year came at the right time.
Saturday Oct 21, 2017
3rd Grade 15 Holy Spirit Geist 34 0
The 3rd Grade advances to semi-finals vs undefeated CTK
4th Grade 0 vs SLDM 34 24
The 4th Grade played well in Saturdays game vs SLDM. They finish the season with a solid 4-3 recored with 4 shutouts.
Sunday Oct 22
5th Grade 0 St. Simon Silver 28
Cadet 20 St. Luke 0
6th Grade 6 South Central 7 Overtime
Link to playoff bracket
Sunday, October 15
Week # 6 The final week of the CYO regular season
Saturday October 14
4th Grade 26 St. Jude 4th Grade 0
3rd Grade 19 Holy Spirit Geist 3rd Grade 18 in a double overtime thriller
Sunday October 15
Cadet 27 Johnson Catholic 6
6th Grade 6 St. Luke 6th Grade 33
5th Grade 6 Nativity 34 21
Monday, October 9
Current Crusaders playing or who played College Sports.
Please let me know who I missed.
Jake Purichia QB University of Indianapolis D2
Jacob Hagan WR Depauw D3
Logan Beaman OF/P Eastern Illinois Baseball D1
Josh Majors DB Marian University NAIA
Alex Downard QB Manchester
Brian Dade Millikin Wrestling
Reggie Gaydon DL Ridgewater College JUCO
Jaylon Morales Chandler Marian University
Andre Guy RB University of Indianapolis
Riley Deckard LB Hanover D3
Zach Reichle DB Depauw D3
Matt Swintz DB Rose Hulmann D3
Eddie Cmehil DB Wabash D3
Anthony Corsaro TE Indiana University D1
Khary Ferguson RB St. Xavier/St. Thomas More D3
Nick Purichia QB Franklin D3
Click on Link for Catholic Sports weekly visit to practice.
The St. Michael 56 group fell behind 6-0 at the half against the St. Jude Raiders. The Crusaders came back to tie the game on a double pass from Jacob Dill to Josh Johnson. The Crusaders would win in overtime on another Josh Johnson td catch, this time from Aiden Arteaga. This was this groups 2nd CYO Championship.
Attached are the CYO fee's that St. Michael must pay for each sport.
Handout: 2105 CYO Fees
BLOOMINGTON — It is almost laughable to consider where Indiana University's crew of tight ends was three years ago at this time. To characterize them as low-profile would be understatement:
• Anthony Corsaro, 6-3, 250, was coming off his senior season at Cathedral High School, awaiting offers from the Ivy League and weighing whether to walk on at IU, Ball State or Miami of Ohio.
• Jordan Fuchs, 6-6, 233, had never played football. He was a basketball player at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, N.Y.
• Michael Cooper, 6-5, 257, was a backup and special teams player at Arizona.
• Danny Friend, 6-5, 261, was preparing for track season at Morris (Ill.) High School. He was as touted as a defensive end as he was an offensive player.
• Sean Damaska, 6-7, 250, was a basketball player for Blessed Trinity Catholic in Roswell, Ga. He had never played football, either, but became an IU walk-on.
Now the Hoosiers are pondering during spring football how to capitalize on all that these tight ends can supply.
"I've seen a lot of growth in that position, if you will," offensive coordinator Kevin Johns said. "They look stronger, they look faster."
Take it from Corsaro himself: If he hadn't become stronger or faster, he wouldn't have survived.
He said he was late to mature physically, and he spoke freely about "getting my butt kicked" when he tried to block college players. He was uneasy around colleagues such as offensive tackle Jason Spriggs, too. Spriggs, 6-7, 305, is an NFL prospect, and he intimidated Corsaro from the beginning.
"I remember the first day, he was beating me in sprints, and he weighed 20 pounds more than me," Corsaro recalled. "I'm sitting here like, 'Oh my God, maybe I don't belong here. Maybe I need to go somewhere else.' "
He stayed. He worked. Really worked. He has gained only 10 pounds through IU's strength training program but transformed his body.
He was the Hoosiers' outstanding walk-on of 2012 and has been on the rise ever since. For instance, he was recently timed in 4.67 seconds in the 40-yard dash, faster even than Fuchs' 4.73.
Tight ends coach James Patton said, "I love him, the way he is." Corsaro sets the tone for the group, Patton added, and all he must do is stay healthy.
Corsaro was sidelined during the Hoosiers' 2014 preseason by a broken foot. He separated his shoulder in the Michigan State game but continued to play.
Friend endured a season-ending knee injury during preseason camp, and Fuchs was a new arrival. The tight ends were "just out of synch" with quarterback Nate Sudfeld from the start, Corsaro said. Then Sudfeld went down, too.
"We just never really got back into it," Corsaro said.
He and Sudfeld were roommates as freshmen, and they have continued to pitch-and-catch in spare moments. Indiana tight ends totaled only 10 catches last season, so it won't take much to improve on those numbers.
Fuchs looks like "a totally different player" from a year ago, Patton said. Fuchs joined the basketball team in February, playing eight minutes in three games. But his football workouts seemingly didn't suffer because Fuchs' lifts all increased by 20 to 30 pounds.
"He's practicing, really, with a different sense of urgency than he's ever had," Johns said.
The Hoosiers aren't necessarily going to duplicate the production of a Ted Bolser, who caught 35 passes for six touchdowns in 2013 and was drafted into the NFL. But they would benefit from inclusion of tight ends in a spread-the-ball-around spread offense.
Corsaro has shown he can be an effective offensive player, turning his 16 catches into eight touchdowns for Cathedral's Class 4A state champions in 2011.
"I like what those guys can give us," Johns said. "We've got to find a way to get more of those guys on the field."
Call Star reporter David Woods at (317) 444-6195. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidWoods007.
Please click on link for Important information on the CYO Concussion Policy. There is information to read as well as how to take the baseline concussion test. Contact me if you have any questions.
By Cameron Smith November 11, 2013 1:23 PM Prep Rally
There's something that doesn't check out for Jake Purichia. The senior at Cardinal Ritter High (Indianapolis, Ind.) has spent four years racking up astronomical stats, including one of the highest yardage totals in state history. On Friday, he set a new state record for career touchdown passes. There's only one thing missing from Purichia's resume: A Division I FBS scholarship. As noted by MaxPreps, Purichia broke the Indiana state record for most career touchdown passes in a 35-10, Indiana Class 2A state playoffs victory against Speedway (Indianapolis, Ind.). He now has 10,262 career passing yards and an incredible 131 touchdowns, with only 21 interceptions on the other side of the ledger. He has a career completion percentage of .661, and has been incredible consistent across his four years as a starter; his lowest completion percentage was .579 as a freshman.
All of these numbers would seem to make a strong case for Purichia as a legitimate college quarterback. For some reason, coaches don't seem to be quite as convinced. Purichia isn't even listed in the Rivals.com or Scout.com databases. The only recruiting service which does have a record for Purichia notes that he has received slight interest from Ball State and Illinois State, but categorizes their interest in the senior as "cool".
That's outright mystifying for a quarterback who has built up a stronger resume of efficient stats than any other in Indiana history. You can see some of Purichia's best moments in the video above and decide for yourself whether he's an overlooked teen passer like Joe Flacco or Ben Roethlisberger. Even if he isn't, it seems hard to believe that a quarterback who has thrown for 131 touchdowns and only 21 interceptions across four high school seasons isn't an upgrade for some squad in the bowl subdivision. Only time will tell if some school feels that way, too.
|Anthony #44 or the Crusaders|
|AC at Bishop Dullaghan Camp|
Tight end Anthony Corsaro was named Indiana's 2012 Outstanding Walk-On Player of the Year as a true freshman. He appeared in four games and made his collegiate debut at Massachusetts
|Five Questions for Anthony Corsaro|
This is the next in our Five Questions for Indiana athletes segment. I asked Anthony who was the best player from Cathedral on the IU roster (there's five of them) and he didn't say it was himself.
You know their statistics. You know all the obvious things there are to know about your favorite Indiana athletes. Now here’s a quick look at a few quick things you may not know in our Five Questions segment.
Today’s Five Questions focuses on IU sophomore tight end Anthony Corsaro from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis.
1. Who was your favorite athlete growing up and why?
Probably Peyton or Reggie. I mean as an Indy kid growing up playing football, who else would it be except for Peyton Manning? I supposed it could be Reggie Miller, too, but it would have to be one of those two.
2. What’s your favorite place to eat in Bloomington and what do you like to eat there?
That’s a tough one. I’d probably say Bub’s (Burgers). That’s where I go usually. I have my picture up on the wall a couple of times I think for meeting their burger challenge. But I try not to eat that too much. I try to keep my girlish figure (he smiles). I usually just order the Big Ugly there. And they’ve got great milk shakes, too.
3. What’s your favorite musical genre and artist?
I’d say rap. That’s probably the favorite musical genre of our team. Just whatever is popular, whatever is going on right now is what it would be. Drake is probably my favorite artist.
4. What do you want to be when you grow up?
That’s another tough one. I don’t know. I’m in the Kelley School (of Business) right now but I haven’t really figured that out. I’m going to major in entrepreneurship so hopefully something that makes a lot of money.
5. Of the five Cathedral guys on the team, who is the best?
The best player? Well, I guess you’ve got to say Kofi (Hughes) by default. I don’t know. Everyone kind of knows their role. I just think the one thing we all have in common is that we’re all trying to work hard and just help the team
|Jake a St. Michael Cadet|
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Cardinal Ritter quarterback Jake Purichia made history on Friday as he led his team to a 56-33 win over Chatard for the first time in 25 years.
“It’s awesome,” said Purichia. “All the coaches had been saying ‘Hey, it’s been 25 years since we’ve done it,’ and just to be part of the team that did it, it’s really great.”
The Raiders couldn’t have done it without Purichia; he dominated in all facets of the game. He passed for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns then ran for 126 yards and 4 touchdowns.
“He was on fire,” said Ty Hunt, Cardinal Ritter Head coach. “Throw a little gasoline on him and it would’ve started. It was a good night for him.”
The win also had extra special meaning for Purichia. That game 25 years ago when Ritter last beat Chatard, his dad Vince was the quarterback.
“Last year they were talking about it, like the last team to beat them was your dad, you need to go out and do it,” said Purichia. “I mean it’s awesome just having a relative being the last person to go beat them.”
“I remember it like it was yesterday,” added Jake’s dad Vince Purichia. “It’s tough on Fridays to approach it as a dad. I don’t get the luxury to enjoy it like a fan, but I was definitely proud of him and all the guys the way we came out and played a great Chatard team.”
Kyle Neddenriep IndyStar
There may be no topic in Indiana high school sports that elicits a reaction like private school dominance in the football tournament.
The numbers weigh heavily in favor of non-public programs, which make up less than 10 percent of the teams. A record seven of the 10 entrants in the five state championship games this weekend are private schools, and some believe changes are needed to reverse the trend. A proposal is slowly moving its way through the system that would address the issue through socioeconomic and tradition factors.
But ask those who have been involved in Catholic school football programs and, to a large degree, they will point to a different reason for success: the stability and continuity of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) program.
"It contributes a lot (to later success)," said Cathedral sophomore Collin Barthel, who started playing in the CYO league in third grade, the first year football was offered at St. Simon. "There are a lot of good coaches who have been around it for a long time. They teach fundamental football. It's a big deal at those schools. There's a lot of bragging rights."
Though CYO success at schools that generally serve as feeder programs doesn't always directly correlate to high school success, there is compelling evidence of its impact. When Roncalli feeder schools won 10 of the 16 championships for fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders from 1994 to 2001, it led to a string of successful high school teams from 1998 to 2005. The Southside school didn't win another CYO title until 2005, and Roncalli is 33-31 in that stretch.
Bishop Chatard and Cathedral were successful in the late '90s but have taken it to another level since the Northside started dominating the CYO leagues with 14 of the 20 titles from 2001 to '07. Cathedral and Chatard have since combined for eight state title game appearances.
"Tradition is tradition, and the CYO program has a lot of tradition," said Bishop Chatard coach Vince Lorenzano, who played in the league through eighth grade at St. Bernadette. "Most of our coaching staff went through the CYO programs, as did the majority of our starters."
All but seven of Cathedral's starters played in the CYO league. For Bishop Chatard, it's 21 of 22 starters. For Scecina, which will play for the Class A championship against Lafayette Central Catholic at 3:30 p.m. today, the number is 25 of its 27 regulars, with kicker Ryan Frain not playing any football until he got to high school.
"CYO is incredibly important because they come in knowing what to expect," said Scecina coach Ott Hurrle, who graduated from the school in 1970 and has been coaching there for 20 years. "I think they come in knowing the demands are different. They'll be expected to work hard and hit. And not only do the kids have that background, the parents know what to expect. That's a big key. We go through cycles of talent like anywhere else, but they know what's expected."
Rick Streiff has coached 17 years at Cathedral sandwiched around a four-year stint at North Central. While there are public school programs that benefit from strong feeder systems -- Carmel and Warren Central, for example -- Streiff said the CYO program stacks up because of the coaching and generations of families.
"There's a mentality those CYO kids come in with," Streiff said. "We hang our hats on those guys."
Ed Tinder, 62, has been the CYO executive director since 1984 and with the organization for 31 years. Tinder graduated from Chartrand in 1967 and played football for Tony Hinkle at Butler but said his biggest coaching influence was Norb Mappes, his seventh- and eighth-grade CYO coach at Holy Name in Beech Grove.
"It's hard to put into words, but there's something about football where there's a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication to the team concept," Tinder said. "Goal setting and hard work are so much a part of football, and that really fits into CYO football. It creates something bigger than football, like a family atmosphere. It's bigger than what's happening on the playing field."
St. Michael Football article from the Chronicle 2 years ago. I have no doubt we have the most organized and fundamental football program in CYO. The Chronicle writer had nothing but good things to say about St. Michael.
|CYO Spot Lite Game of The Week|
|Written by Bob Kelly|
|Monday, 18 October 2010|
By JD McTaylor
Today was another beautiful day for football and CYO competition. I traveled to
the westside core of CYO football, Reece Field at Ritter High School, home of
the St .Michael football program. Christ the King Cadets were the visitors with
a second consecutive undefeated regular season well under way. Always well
coached and talented CTK was an extremely tough opponent.
Christ The King Coasts To Win
St. Michael is the current defending Cadet AA city champions. They have lost
As I sat and enjoyed a wonderful pork sandwich from the snack bar, served to me
The snack bar gets a strong three and a half stars out of four for the special