Flatbush native takes Xavier to the finals

Doing it for Rod: Flatbush running back Trey Solomon ran for 313 yards and five touchdowns as the Xavier High School player honored Gerald “Rod” Walker, the Manhattan school’s athletic director who died of cancer last week.
Photo by Joseph Staszewski

Xavier High School’s Trey Solomon is having the best playoff season of his career — a tremendous performance he’s dedicating to his 11 teammates from the Rockaways left homeless by Hurricane Sandy.

The Flatbush native and junior running back scored six touchdowns in a Catholic High School Football League quarterfinal victory over Mount St. Michael and ran for 218 yards, three touchdowns, and two two-point conversions as the Xavier Knights defeated Fordham Prep 38–20 on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanks to Solomon’s efforts, Xavier will be playing its first title game since 1996 — some much needed therapy to the school’s Hurricane Sandy victims, according to coach Chris Stevens.

“It helps them get another week beyond Sandy,” said Stevens. “That’s the biggest goal.”

Yet Solomon’s goals are a little more self-serving.

“For me it just means I get to spend 10 more days with the guys I love,” he said. “I love my team.”

Reach reporter Joseph Staszewski at jstaszewski@cnglocal.com. Follow him on twitter @cng_staszewski.

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