Video and Slideshow: CHSFL Seniors Shine in Empire Challenge

Eight senior football players from diocesan high school teams played one last game on the gridiron June 25 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, L.I., as part of former NFL MVP Boomer Esiason’s 19th annual Empire Challenge.

The game featured the best high school football players from New York City taking on their counterparts from Long Island. The Long Island all-stars earned a 24-18 victory.

The following players represented the diocese’s Catholic high school teams:

Jordan Francklin, linebacker, Holy Cross H.S., Flushing

Rodney Gonzales, wide receiver, Bishop Ford H.S., Park Slope

Justin Guerre, running back, St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows

Michael Guzman, kicker, Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge

Michael Hartgrove, wide receiver, St. Francis Prep

Jared Labades, defensive lineman, Holy Cross

Brandon Pelzer, linebacker, Holy Cross

Deyshaun Tucker, wide receiver, Christ the King R.H.S., Middle Village


Boomer Esiason


Holy Cross linebacker Jordan Francklin

Bishop Ford wide receiver Rodney Gonzales

St. Francis Prep running back Justin Guerre

Xaverian kicker Michael Guzman (right)

Holy Cross defensive lineman Jared Labades

Christ the King wide receiver Deyshaun Tucker

St. Francis Prep wide receiver Michael Hartgrove

Holy Cross linebacker Brandon Pelzer