More important than the final score of McQuaid’s varsity football game against Canisius was what took place following the final whistle. After shaking hands, the teams took a knee along their respective 40 yard lines so that the McQuaid captains could present a check to Canisius senior kicker, Tristian Vanderberg.
Vanderberg is dedicating his season to his 3-year-old cousin, Jack, who, in July, was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He has spearheaded an online fundraising effort through Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a national childhood cancer foundation, and has asked for either a one-time donation to the organization, or for people to pledge a dollar amount for each point he scores. Last season, Vanderberg kicked 58 extra points and one field goal for a total of 61 points. His goal this season is 60 points.
Senior captains Gabe Gelke, Mike Pavone, Hunter Walsh, and Conor Zamiara presented Vanderberg with a check for $1,000 from the McQuaid football program. Following the presentation, both teams gathered in prayer at midfield before leaving the field.
As for the game, McQuaid overcame five turnovers to defeat Canisius 42-37 and improve to 2-0 on the season. Complete game recaps are available from the Democrat and Chronicle as well as Pickin Splinters.