football has enjoyed an unparalelled 25-year run that mirrors its coach, Rich Reichert.
Neither injuries nor graduation has slowed the Friars. The proof was on display Saturday night in South Huntington as a much different team that started the season continued to roll into the playoffs. Top-seeded St. Anthony's shut out No. 8 Mount St. Michael, 21-0, in a CHSFL Class AAA quarterfinal.
Win was the 27th in a row for St. Anthony's (8-0), dating to the 2009 season, tying a progam record for consecutive victories which goes back to 1996. It also ties the ninth-longest unbeaten streak in Long Island football history. It's tied for the fifth-longest win streak overall, second in Suffolk. Floyd won 42 in a row from 2005-08.
So it's no surprise that Reichert earned his 209th career win, moving into striking distance of the Suffolk career record for coaching victories. Bellport’s Joe Cipp Jr. (recently retired) is the winningest coach in Suffolk history with 211 victories.
Greg Galligan, starting his second game at quarterback, put the Friars up 7-0 in the first with a 16-yard scoring run, according to the New York Post. Running back Anthony Anderson led the way with 101 yards on 12 carries and Maston Ellerbe added 60 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Mount (4-4).
Iona Prep, a 24-20 winner over Chaminade on Sunday, is up next. St. Anthony's will host Iona Prep in the CHSFL AAA semifinals next Saturday at 8 p.m. in South Huntington.