After making three consecutive trips to the MIAA B Conference championship game, winning two titles and going undefeated in 2013, the St. Paul’s football program finally had a reset in 2015.
Devastated by the graduation of a wealth of talented three and four-year starters, including star quarterback Anthony Pino, the 2015 Crusaders had to turn to underclassmen at many key positions and the team slipped to 2-6, going winless in league play.
Although still young, the 2016 Crusaders will benefit from their year of maturing and seasoning.
“We should be a much more experienced team this year,” said coach Paul Bernstorf, who has guided the Crusaders for the last seven years. “Many of our players saw time last year.”
If anyone can bring along a young group quickly, it is Bernstorf. Considered one of the top offensive coaching minds in Maryland high school football, Bernstorf has a career record of 41-25.
One of the keys for St. Paul’s will be the development of talented junior quarterback Kevin Madden, who is now 6-feet, 180-pounds. Senior Alex Rode (5-10, 180), one of the top lacrosse goaltenders in the nation, will anchor the St. Paul’s defense from his linebacker slot.
2016 ST. PAUL’S CRUSADERS
Head Coach: Paul Bernstorf
Alex Rode, Sr., 5-10, 180, LB
John Walker, Jr., 6-4, 230, OT/DE
John Urban, Jr., 5-11, 230, OL/DL
Zyon Jenkins, Jr., 6-4, 220, WR/OLB
Kevin Madden, Jr., 6-0, 180, QB
Quizzon Tarver. So., 6-9, 165, SLOT/CB
Bobby Cade Mornhinweg, Sr., 6-0, 200, H/S