Newsday: Salute to the champs: Kellenberg goes from last place to title

Dec 01 2017

Article by Newsday’s Gregg Sarra:

Talk about a complete turnaround.

The Kellenberg football team went from last place in the CHSFL to Class AA champions in one season.

The Firebirds rode the arm and legs of junior quarterback Matt Sluka, who totaled 2,603 all-purpose yards, to an 11-0 record and the school’s first title since 1999.

“We had a group of seniors that refused to experience another terrible season and a young group of players coming up from a championship junior varsity that worked so well together,” Sluka said. “The chemistry was immediate and the guys put in the work. The senior class were leaders and the coaches did a great job putting all the pieces together.”

The transformation from 1-8 to a championship-caliber team became a reality when Sluka rushed for five touchdowns and threw for another in Kellenberg’s 54-19 win over Fordham Prep in the title game at Mitchel Athletic Complex.

“We allowed the most points and scored the fewest last year in our league,” Sluka said. “And this year we scored the most and allowed the fewest. That’s a complete team transformation.”

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