STAMFORD, Conn. -- Anthony Lombardi landed on the Trinity Catholic football roster in Stamford just two weeks before the season started last year. Now, the Mahopac transfer has a full year under his belt and ready to help the Crusaders try to have another successful year.
Lombardi and the Crusaders face a tough opening assignment Friday when they host Greenwich at 4 p.m. The Crusaders are coming off a 7-4 year and the city championship in Stamford.
Despite his unfamiliarity with the team early on, Lombardi asserted himself quickly. He completed 17 of 25 passes for 263 yards with two touchdowns in a season-opening 33-3 rout of Sheehan. That helped set the stage for a big season.
He finished with 1,688 passing yards and 21 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 295 yards and a touchdown. He was Trinity’s second-leading rusher.
The season seems promising for Trinity, which returns seven starters on both sides of the ball. Transfers JonMichael Bivona (Stamford) and Izaiah Sanders (Norwalk) should be among the top targets for Lombardi.
After going winless in 2013, the Crusaders bounced back last year under coach Don Panapada, who begins his third year at the helm. He is joined this year by former longtime Greenwich coach Rich Albonizio.
As for Lombardi’s former team in Mahopac, the Indians have had success of their own. Mahopac finished 6-3 last year, and has split its first two games this year. Christian Donahoe, son of head coach Tom Donahoe, is the starting quarterback for Mahopac.
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