The Standard: 2023 Football Season Wraps Up


By Rudy Perez ‘24

The 2023 football season came to an abrupt end last Friday after the Crusaders fell to the Batavia Bulldogs. The Crusaders finished the season with an overall record of 5-5.

Coming into the season, there were high hopes. Unfortunately, a string of injuries and a tough schedule resulted in a sad ending.

Injuries first struck the Crusaders during their week 2 matchup against Marist. Junior linebacker and captain Christian Pierce’s season came to an end because of an ACL tear.

The very next week, senior wide receiver Rickey Taylor and senior safety Jake Dugger both broke their collarbones.

Senior wide receiver Charlie […]

The Standard: 2023 Football Season Wraps Up2023-11-03T20:15:49-05:00

The Standard: Freshman Football Take Down the Mustangs to Finish Their Perfect Season and Win Chicago Catholic League Blue


By Mac Murzyn ‘24

On Oct. 19, the Crusader freshman football team took on the St. Rita Mustangs for the Chicago Catholic League Blue title. Both teams going into the game undefeated; this was a must watch, highly anticipated game.

The team had a great week of practice, going hard every day because they knew what was at stake.

The Crusaders jumped out to a first series touchdown as quarterback Rocco Galasso hit target Logan Sales.

The wide receiver room was a key factor for the Crusader offense all season. The Crusader offense was led by Anthony Cartolano, Rocco Galasso, Matthew Murzyn, Logan Sales, Jameson […]

The Standard: Freshman Football Take Down the Mustangs to Finish Their Perfect Season and Win Chicago Catholic League Blue2023-11-03T20:10:24-05:00

The Standard: The Final Crusade


By Leo Niksic ‘24

The Crusaders entered their final game with their playoff hopes on the line as the (4-4) Brother Rice Crusaders took on the (5-3) St. Rita Mustangs. On this particular game it was “Dad’s Day” and the fathers/grandfathers went to chapel with the team.  As the fathers stood next to the players while the National Anthem was sung, the team could feel the energy in the air. In this CCL Blue matchup, it was a packed house at Tom Mitchell Field, and the Crusader Crazies were getting rowdy as kickoff was underway.

St. Rita deferred, so the Crusaders got the […]

The Standard: The Final Crusade2023-10-27T19:55:44-05:00

The Standard: The Crusaders Roll on Homecoming


By Patrick Mangin ‘24

Last Friday, the Crusaders took on Montini Catholic for this season’s homecoming game. The three-win Crusaders had their playoff hopes on the line and they knew what was at stake.

The team had a great week of practice, competing hard everyday to get the players ready.

Senior running back Richard Willis said, “I think we had our best week of practice all season. We had four high energy practices and everyone was competing to make each other better.”

Hard work in practice paid off in the game early with a 65-yard rushing touchdown from senior Randall Nauden. This pushed the team […]

The Standard: The Crusaders Roll on Homecoming2023-10-18T21:01:32-05:00

The Standard: The Fight for Advocacy


By Seamus Hanley ‘24

This past week, I was blessed enough to be invited to a two-day conference involving Edmund Rice’s mission of advocacy. We collaborated with Brother Rice in Bloomfield Hills, MI, as well as St. Laurence here in Chicago. This conference taught me ways on how to combat homelessness and raise awareness in my community.

One of the directors of the conference, Cormac McArt, told me why he thinks getting youths involved in the mission of advocacy is important.

Cormac said, “The young people in our schools are future decision makers, future voters. It is important that their voices are heard.”

The main […]

The Standard: The Fight for Advocacy2023-10-18T20:54:17-05:00

The Standard: Varsity Football Injuries


By Luke Drew ‘24

As of week 2 of the 2023 season, the Crusaders have been hit hard with injuries. Due to injuries, it has been hard to win games. The Crusaders were still able to get three big wins with an unhealthy team.

On the offensive side, wide receiver Rickey Taylor has been out with a collarbone injury since the week 3 matchup against the Loyola Ramblers. Taylor hopes to be back by the highly anticipated week 9 matchup against the St. Rita Mustangs. Also, tight end Cole Adamski has recently dislocated his jaw.

Senior Rickey Taylor said, “Injuries in this game are […]

The Standard: Varsity Football Injuries2023-10-12T18:57:25-05:00

The Standard: BR Football vs. Nazareth Academy


By James Zygadlo ‘24

The Crusaders battled against the reigning 5A state champions last Friday. The fate of the Roadrunners playoff hopes depended on winning this game. Little did they know, it would be one of the hardest 48-minute battles they would fight.

Senior Charlie Boyer said, “We had a good week of practice and thought we were well prepared. I was very confident we would come out with a W.”

The Crusaders’ preparation paid off for them early in the game. On the fifth play, Nazareth junior Logan Malachuk threw a pass that was called back for intentional grounding in the end zone, […]

The Standard: BR Football vs. Nazareth Academy2023-10-12T18:51:24-05:00

The Standard: Freshman Football Roll Past the Caravan to Keep Perfect Season Alive


By Mac Murzyn ‘24

On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Crusader freshman football team had a CCL matchup at home against the Mount Carmel Caravan. The Crusaders entered the game undefeated, and the Caravan entered the game 5-1.

Quarterback Rocco Galasso had a big game, leading the Crusader offense with an opening drive touchdown. Galasso finished the morning going 11 out of 13 with 189 yards, and two passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 62 yards.

Galasso said, “The mindset was great by the offense, our main goal was to score. The passing game was working well, but the run game was not, so we […]

The Standard: Freshman Football Roll Past the Caravan to Keep Perfect Season Alive2023-10-06T00:06:11-05:00

The Standard: The Return of the Crusaders


By Leo Niksic ‘24

In the CCL Blue Conference League, Brother Rice Football brought out a win against St. Viator. This was the third win out of the five needed to make it to the playoffs. It was the first home game for Brother Rice and was celebrated with a tribute to the first responders. All the senior parents showed their appreciation to all the coaches, and the hard work and dedication of all the football players.

The Chicago Catholic League (CCL) started in 1912 and is a highly competitive league. Brother Rice is 3-2, beating Main South, Ignatius, and St. Viator. They […]

The Standard: The Return of the Crusaders2023-09-28T19:15:46-05:00

The Standard: Crusaders Battle the Redhawks


By Nicolas Hall ‘24

The Battle of Pulaski- Marist vs. Brother Rice. One of Brother Rice’s most important games of the year. This year’s game was a nail-biter which came down to the wire. It was a hard fought game by both teams, and unfortunately, the team I was hoping would lose, won on a dramatic last minute touchdown.

Great efforts by both teams were made under the Friday night lights at Marist’s stadium.

The first half was a one-sided game, with Marist dominating the whole half. At the end of the first half, the score was 24-3. Rice’s three points were made by […]

The Standard: Crusaders Battle the Redhawks2023-09-17T17:31:28-05:00


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