CK beats St. Joe's by the Sea; Improves to 4-0
10/3/15 - 09:46 PM

CK continues it great start to the season with its most recent victory, a 39-6 victory over St. Joe's by the Sea.

On a rainy Homecoming game for the Royals, CK dominated the game from start to finish. Highlighted by two touchdowns from RB Elyjah Campbell, and two interceptions by Garfield Hall, CK pounded on their "AA" opponent to improve their record to 4-0 (3-0). CK is currently tied with Xavier, whom they will play next week, for first place. 

Congratulations to the Royals on their great win.


Congratulations to Coach of the Week Jay Brown
9/17/15 - 08:45 PM

Coach Jay Brown has guided the Royals football program to a competitive BQ team in his 1 year+ at the helm of the Royals varsity squad

East Rutherford, NJ -

The New York Giants have selected Mr. Jason Brown of Christ the King High School (Middle Village, NY) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" presented by Chase for the week of September 14, 2015. Coach Brown and the Royals opened the season with a 27-20 comeback win over the Fordham Prep Rams.

In recognition of Coach Brown's success and commitment, he will receive a certificate of recognition signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin and a $1,000 check, to be matched by Chase, will be granted to the Royals football program. Coach Brown will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the Atlanta Falcons on September 20th and an announcement will also be posted on the Giants website,

The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week Award is part of the Giants' continuing effort to promote youth football. The Giants elected to name the award in memory of former Union High School (NJ) coach, Lou Rettino, for his fine commitment to the game of football, his community and the betterment of his athletes' lives. 

Each week during the 2015 high school football season, the Giants will select one area high school head coach as the Coach of the Week winner. The selection is based on the coach's continuing commitment towards promoting youth football, developing motivated student-athletes and his overall community involvement. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, the Giants will choose a Coach of the Year. That coach will receive $2,000, to be matched by Chase, for their school's football program. They will also be invited to attend a dinner hosted by the Giants and Chase.

Last year, Chase committed over $17 million in charitable donations in the tri-state area. Investing in the communities it serves is central to how Chase does business, and the firm is committed to supporting programs like youth football that provide young people with access to a positive extracurricular activity. 

Coach Brown began his coaching career as the Head Coach for the JV football team at Christ the King High School for two years until becoming the school's Head Coach for the Varsity football team. He attended Christ the King HS where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. He had offers for partial scholarships at three Division 1 colleges (North Carolina, South Carolina and Wyoming) for track. He graduated in 1990 and went on to receive a degree in Science. Coach Brown is currently an electrician with Local Union #3.


Title time: Revampled CK wants to complete turnaround with crown
9/13/15 - 10:54 AM

CK opened the season with a win for the second consecutive year

By Brandon Mauk

Christ the King’s football team had its best campaign since 2010 last season, finishing 6-3 and making an appearance in the CHSFL Class AA playoffs. But this year, the Royals are hungry for even more. CK believes it has the tools to improve after adding players from a junior varsity team that went 11-1 and reached the Class AAA final to a strong returning core. 


“Going into the second year, it looks a lot better,” coach Jason Brown said. “We have a lot of talent coming from the JV. We have a real promising team.”

Many of his players are a bit bolder with their goals for 2015.

“I expect to win the chip, nothing less,” said senior linebacker Matthew Grizzle. ”That’s what we’re aiming for.” 

Christ the King intends on beating teams with speed on both sides of the ball and coach Brown is focused on designing one-on-one schemes to his players’ benefit. 

The kids up from the JV who will play a big role include defensive backs Randy Pringle and Adrian Velez-Tolson as well as running backs Elyjah Campbell and Harrison Abreu. The Royals’ versatile athletes provides the team with the opportunity to be very balanced in their attack, giving them the ability to be a speed or power running team.

“It’s hard to scout or try to see what we’re trying to do, because we hit you from all kinds of angles,” Brown said.

He is also experimenting with using players like Giovanni Downie, also a running back, in the slot at receiver to create favorable matchups. Senior Lorenzo Worrell leads the offensive line. Many players are used on both sides of the ball. 

Getting all of that talent involved on offense is something senior quarterback David Navas is more than ready to take on.

“With us coming up and building team chemistry in preseason and offseason, we’re going to have a successful year,” he said.

Brown’s approach on defense is very similar to his offense. He has several fast defensive backs up from the JV and senior linebacker Brent Priester to make life tough on opposing receivers.

“We know the offense is going to move the ball, so we just want to do our job,” Grizzle said. “Got to get the offense the ball as soon as possible.”

Christ the King believes this team is deep enough to reestablish itself as a power in the CHSFL, starting Friday night against last year’s ‘A’ champion Fordham Prep.


Late TD powers CK over Fordham Prep
9/12/15 - 11:23 AM

QB David Navas helped lead CK to an opening night victory over

MSG Varsity

by Elio Velez on Sat, Sep 12, 2015 2:11 AM

Updated Sat, Sep 12, 2015 10:12 AM

Christ the King faced its toughest hurdle trailing late in the fourth quarter to Fordham Prep on Friday night at Fordham University, but there was not an iota of fear when quarterback David Navas spoke to Alex Miranda in the huddle. 


Navas had the utmost confidence his senior wide receiver would make the big play with the Royals facing a critical fourth down and long. The Royals quarterback lofted a long pass downfield which Miranda caught in the corner of the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown with 3:40 left in regulation to give the visitors a 27-20 comeback victory at Coffey Field in the Bronx. 


“On that play specifically I told him on that play and in that huddle, it was a hitch-and-go and its yours. I told him on that play and it was successful right there 11 (Miranda) from 5 [Navas],” Navas said.  


Miranda got a step ahead of the Fordham Prep defender near the 5-yard line and took in the touchdown pass from Navas [10-of-14 for 110 yards, 46 rushing yards) helping the Royals regain the lead for good. Johnathan Coste had three sacks as Christ the King earned an impressive CHSFL 'AA' division road win.


“I had trust with him. I knew he was going to either get it to the sideline or get it where I can catch it,” Miranda said. “He gave it that nice little arch and I knew I had to do what I can to get the ball.” 


Second-year coach Jason Brown has done a good job helping the Royals, who had struggled in recent seasons, to the first round of the 2014 Class AA playoffs last year.  


Brown wants his team to keep taking steps to become a prominent program and expectations have risen with an infusion of talent from the junior varsity team that reached the Class AAA junior varsity title game. 


“The kids have a lot more confidence than before. Our upperclassmen would've just tuck their tails and just folded,” Brown said. “Now we have a different breed of kids who believe in themselves. There were a lot of mistakes out there, but I’m more proud that they came back and fought back.”


The Royals jumped out to the lead just a minute and half into the game as Giovanni Paul Downie rushed for an 11-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. Ahmad Fernandez later helped the Royals take a 13-6 lead on a two-yard touchdown early in the second quarter.


Fordham Prep sophomore quarterback Matt Valecce (18-of-27 for 215 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT) withstood constant pressure from the Royals defensive line and kept his undermanned team in the game. Valecce had a good rapport with wide receiver Rory Allen (7 receptions for 110 yards, 3 TDs), who caught a 29-yard touchdown pass on fourth down and long with 7:19 left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to one point. 


Christ the King extended the lead on the last play of the third quarter as Justin Terry completed his blitz of Valecce by intercepting his pass attempt and returning the ball to the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown. The Rams answered back with Valecce locating a wide-open Allen in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown reception. 


Allen caught a tipped-pass to earn the two-point conversion to give his team a brief 20-19 lead with 8:19 left in regulation. Yet it wasn’t enough for his team to hold and win the home opener. Fordham Prep will host St. Francis Prep next Sunday at Coffey Field.


“I felt like we played a real good game but they had a couple of big plays that killed us down the field,” Allen said. “We fought hard and our defense played really well. But the big plays really killed us today.”


Navas won’t allow himself or his teammates to let the victory swell their heads. because the goal is to compete for a Class AA league title.  They have to be serious and studious nature, not cocky or overconfident. 


“Well last year our trip into the playoffs set the table for us and now its just time for us to eat off the table,” Navas said. 

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Friday Night Lights
9/10/15 - 05:57 PM

CK Royals vs. Fordham Prep Rams on Friday night @ 8:30pm

The Royals will open their season on Friday night under the lights of Coffey Field on the campus of Fordham University.

CK takes on the Rams of Fordham Prep at 8:30pm. Come out and support the Royals as they look to improve upon last season's successful 6-4 campaign.