2022 schedule includes trip to Arizona

It’ll be Crusaders vs. Crusaders at The Jack in Bergen Catholic’s 2022 football season opener.

Then Bergen Catholic will head west.

Bergen Catholic coach Vito Campanile confirmed the Crusaders upcoming football schedule Wednesday. It will include a pair of out-of-state opponents, plus the Crusaders’ first trip to Arizona, where they’ll face Saguaro High School in Scottsdale in Week 1 (Labor Day Weekend).

Bergen Catholic finished 12-0 and No. 1 in New Jersey last fall, winning the Non-Public A title. The Crusaders opened that season with a win in Ohio.

Campanile said the road trips help create team bonds that can’t be replicated any other way.

“For us, it’s become part of our tradition,” Campanile said. “I really believe the camaraderie of the trip is so great for the kids, especially the seniors.”

Bergen Catholic with head coach Vito Campanile waits to come on the field as Bergen Catholic played Don Bosco in the Non-Public A Championship game at MetLife Stadium on November 28, 2021.

The Sabercats are the defending “Open Division” champions in Arizona, which is a bracket of non-public schools that choose to play out of their enrollment classifications. Devon Dampier was the Sabercats’ quarterback in 2021. 247 Sports lists his college offers as Arizona, Idaho State and Rice.

Campanile said the Crusaders will open up the season against another reigning state champ, Cardinal Gibbons of North Carolina. They are also the Crusaders and they finished 14-2 (but remember, New Jersey thinks we play too many high school games), winning the North Carolina Athletic Association title in 4A. Cardinal Gibbons has a returning starter at quarterback in Connor Clark.

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