BUFFALO, N.Y.-Attending high school out of town while playing football isn’t easy, so winning a state championship with Archbishop Stepinac was a kingly reward for three Somers residents.

Kevin McKenna, Joey Carino, Nate Henderson and the Crusaders overcame a 14-0 deficit on Nov. 25, roaring back to score 26 third-quarter points and defeat host Canisius, 49-28, in the CHSFL AAA title game in Buffalo.

Stepinac knocked off St. Anthony’s a week before, 47-22, to clinch the regional crown at Mitchell Field on Long Island before it won a second state title in three years.

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Embracing it all included the only sophomores on the team in starting inside linebacker McKenna and backup quarterback Carino, along with first-string kicker in the junior Henderson.

McKenna, who also plays special teams, was a running back who recorded 20 touchdowns and 1,250 rushing yards on Stepinac’s freshmen team last season. He had 105 solo tackles in 2016, and was asked to start at inside linebacker at the beginning of the season, replacing an injured teammate.

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