By Dick Gallagher:
You would have been a part of the largest WNY crowd for a high school football game this season, and one of the best football rivalries in the country.
You would have listened to the national anthem sing by St. Joe's student David Herring.
You would have watched outstanding student-athletes playing smash mouth football at its best.
You would have heard student chant, "you might beat us, but we employ you", and "overrated! overrated! overrated!".
You would have watched the alumni cheerleaders from both schools dancing up a storm.
You would have had the opportunity to use the most immaculate porta-johns in the area.
You would have enjoyed the most coverage by the media of any other high school football game.
You would have watched an exciting game featuring 2 of WNY's best RBs in Canisius' Qadree Ollison and St. Joe's Ilo Noble.
You would have witnessed the ecstasy and celebration of Crusaders' fans and players and the agony of the Marauder players and fans at the conclusion of the contest.
It doesn't get any better than the Canisius/St. Joe's rivarly game, particularly when both teams are competitive like this year. Dennis Gilbert and Rich Robbins had their teams ready to play a physical and entertaining game.
The rivarly series between St. Joe's and Canisius was discontinued from 1932 to 1947 as a result of the negative activity connected with the rivarly. The bishop in 1948 resurrected the series.
Canisius' 28-21 win over St. Joe's is the 81st meeting of the rivalry has St. Joe's leading the series 47-31-3.
Qadree Ollison, Canisius
Ilo Noble, St. Joe's
Ryan Hunter, Canisius
Rod Payne, St. Joe's