Aquinas prepares to defend Section V title against rival McQuaid

Rich Donnelly
Updated: November 08, 2019 04:51 PM
Created: November 07, 2019 10:54 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — They are the defending New York State champion and a two-time defending Section V champion. 

Aquinas has been one of the most dominant high school football programs in New York State over the past decade, but they find themselves in a strange position this weekend.


The scene is a baseball stadium in early September, but no baseball is being played. In their first game of the season McQuaid upset Aquinas at Frontier Field, a very rare win in this rivalry for McQuaid.

"Coming off a state championship we thought we were the best team in the section,” Aquinas junior linebacker Patrick Fenton said. “Game one was a wakeup call and we've been playing a lot better since then."

Aquinas turned the ball over three times in the loss to McQuaid, they only turned the ball over four times the rest of the season.

"We're more of a family now, going into that first game we were kind of a little apart,” Aquinas junior quarterback Tyler Szalkowski said. “I think we've grown as a team and we're going to be ready to play."

These teams met last year in the championship game and Aquinas won easily; this year McQuaid is undefeated and outscored their opponents 77-7 in Sectionals.

"It's kind of refreshing where we can actually be the hunter and go out and hunt them,” Aquinas head coach Derek Annechino said. “They're a good football team, they do everything right, well-coached."

A well-coached team that's looking for their first Sectional title in football since 1978.

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