With temperatures in the 70s, it felt like Opening Day at Woodward Parkway Field Sunday as the boys and girls of Farmingdale's PAL Flag Football League competed in post-season tournament action. Not everyone advanced to Super Sunday, but everyone seemed to be enjoying the great weather and plenty of fantastic football. It all ends this weekend on "Super Sunday" featuring trophy presentations and a barbecue for all players.
This past week the Lady Jets faced Lady Vikings in the first round of the tournament. The Jets, finally playing at full strength came out on top in a tough one 24 to 12. Maggie Flemming scored two big touchdowns both on long pass plays. Christina Lopilato and Justine Fernandez ran in for 2 more TD's for the Jets 24 points. Jules Mullane, Sarah Hecht, Megan Draghi, Andrea Lopilato and Maddie Reilly all had big plays on defense, grabbing flags left and right while putting constant pressure on the Vikings offensive play. The Vikings played the Jets tough in this one and showed everyone present that they will never give up and will play all out to the final whistle.
The Peanut Chiefs and Giants squared off in a well-played game. The Morante twins had their Wheaties for breakfast as Anthony picked off a Giant pass while Paul had a career day with two TD scores. Jack Nonnermann threw a bomb to Tom Donovan for one of his two TD passes on the day. Sean "Snake" McCann also had some big passes. Connor Costarella, Will Hroch and Tim Dolan anchored the strong Chief defense.
A rough and tuff game this Sunday when the Steelers met the Eagles. Kevin Mumble caught a great pass from Daniel Dougherty and ran it all the way for a touchdown. Thomas Weber ran fast as lightning and took a handoff all the way up field for a 30-yard touchdown. Kyle Tucker was filthy by the end of the game because of all his great efforts on the defense. Kevin Costanza played a great game overall on offense and defense. Michael Theim again played a strong game making many nice runs. Devin Miller continues to improve with each game. Daniel Dougherty made many nice plays including an interception ... Robert Mullane played a good game with a nice 10-yard run.
This past week the Peanut Patriots took on the Jets. Just like every week, the Patriots played a true team game. Justin DiLeonardo, Richie Kevan, Dean Pagano, Anthony Barbuto and Liam Hickey all contributed with plays for positive yards. The Patriots had three big run plays by CJ Demers, Kevin DiLeonardo and Joseph Hunt that all resulted in touchdowns.
On the defensive side, the Patriots continued to play lockdown defense. Justin DiLeonardo, the team leader in interceptions, added another one on the 5-yard line to stop a Jets scoring drive. CJ Demers continued to disrupt the opposing offense by pulling flag after flag. Finally, Joseph Hunt once again played tenacious defense by catching the Jets speedsters and had a great pass deflection to stop a Jet first down. It was another fun and exciting week for the Patriots.
For the Peanut Jets, Keegan McDonald had another great day behind center as QB. The job as center usually goes unnoticed but Jesse Nicholich filled that spot well as he has during so many games. The Jets defense was led by the two Matthews. With Matthew Giacastro cutting down the angle on the Patriot ball carriers and Matthew Muccio-Schrimpe running his little legs off after everyone who had the ball. Christian Capobianco had a good run down the right side of the field gaining positive yards for the team. Jake Formisano, making a great comeback after not feeling well, gave 100 percent while running the ball. Nicholas Seyfert was all over the field playing offense and defense throughout the game.
These kids are giving it their all in the last weeks of the season. A terrific effort is given by all the Peanut Jets in every game. The players are looking forward to "Super Sunday" next week when they play their final game and get a chance to celebrate with their teammates at the league barbecue.
Peanut Raiders were matched against the tough green and gold Packers. The Raiders came out hitting hard scoring a touch down on the first play. Jim Grassi threw a prefect spiral to Max Cohen and Max, taking it the full length of the field for the first Raiders touchdown of the day. On the very next Raiders drive Kevin "Crazy Legs" DePalma ran from the 1-yard line all the way to the opposite 1-yard line. It was the longest run of the day. Just before Chris Stauber proved that he could play on both sides of the ball showing off a nice catch in the end zone, thrown by Max Cohen for another touchdown. While Dayna "The Scooter" D'Antonio ran her signature double reverse the full length of the field for another Raiders touchdown. Jim Grassi one half of the Raiders "Touchdown Twins" not only scoring a number of touchdowns on offense, came up very big on defense with a record four interceptions. Anthony Mottola also had a big game day with another great running touchdown and showing off his power at the QB position. While the Raider's secret weapon Trevor Clark proved to be valuable on both offense and defense, once again with a number of Packers sacks while racking up big yardage on offense for the Raiders. Nick Cappellino the other Raiders "Touchdown Twin" also had another big day scoring touchdowns as well as killing some key drives from the Packers offense.
The JV Giants faced the Browns in the first round tournament action. The Giants opened up the scoring with PJ Spadalik on a run from midfield for a 6-0 lead. The Browns fought right back and scored on a long run of their own to tie the score 6-6. On the next set of downs, Justin DiCicco scored on a 95-yard center sneak run giving the Giants a 12-6 lead. Later in the second half, "crazy legs" Joe Valente hit PJ for a score after a mad scramble avoiding the rush of the Browns for a 19-6 lead, which was to be the final score, Giants 19 Browns 6. The defense was led by Frank Zazzarino and both PJ and Liam Walsh had interceptions for the Giants defense.
In the final and deciding game for bracket one, the Giants faced the Packers. The scoring started with a short pass from Joe V to Justin DiCicco who took the pass the rest of the way for the score. Joe then hit PJ for the extra point. The Packers struck right back with a run of their own for a score which made it 7 - 6. On the next set, Joe V hit Liam over the middle and Liam took the ball 80 yards for the score, now Giants 13 - 6. The next time the Giants got the ball, it was the Joe V show again, this time to Tom Dwyer for the 50 yard score. The packers struck right back making the score 21-12, Giants. On the Giants next possession, Tom D took a double reverse handoff in for the score, now the Giants led 29-12. The next time the giants took the ball, Joe V to Justin again this time from 50 yards out making the score Giants 35 -Packers 24. The Packers fought back all game but on the Giants next possession Declan Hickey who had several long runs during the two games took the ball from mid field to the 5, when the Giants scored on a 5-yard pass from Joe V to Will Rogers making the score 41 - 24 which was the final score. The defense was led by John McKeon, who pressured the Packers QB all game, and Mike Waldman who had several key pass knockdowns. The Giants move on to the final four in "Super Sunday" next week.
The JV Jets saved their best football of the year for the post-season tournament, turning in two impressive wins on Sunday. After defeating the Eagles in their 1st game, the Jets took on a Colts team who easily defeated them in week 7. This game however was different. The Jets jumped out to an early lead when Vincent Mavaro broke free and ran the length of the field for a score. The Colts answered back, several times, in a seesaw contest that was not decided until the final minutes of the game. Brian Mazza scored the final go-ahead TD when he grabbed a short pass from Mavaro, managed to avoid several nearby Colts and bolted down the sideline. But that was far from the only big play turned in by the Jets. Mavaro hit Michael Castagnaro on a perfectly executed stop and go for a TD. Dominick Cotrone was a force on offense and defense with a TD and numerous key flag grabs. Fred Kezer pitched in with a long run and key late game first down. Evan Saur had a TD and numerous other big gains. Michael Nicosia, Matt Santamaria and Nick Ditaranto anchored the defense helping to control the Colts' high-powered offense. The Jets hope they can put together one more big day this week on "Super Sunday."
The Packers' season came to an end Sunday, after losing to both the Browns and the Giants in first round action.
The Browns defeated the Packers 19-12, scoring the game-winning touchdown with only seconds remaining. The game had been a closely contested battle throughout the afternoon, with both teams battling for an advantage. Offensively, James Pich handled the majority of snaps to Kyle Garry, and Garry's two touchdown receptions to Robert Bianco would be the only points put up against the Browns throughout the afternoon. Defensively, Sean Sullivan and Robert Tempesta led the Packers, holding the Browns' offense at bay until late in the second half, with Tempesta's two sacks and Sullivan providing several key down field tackles.
Facing the Giants for the second consecutive week, the Packers were well aware they would be facing one of the leagues most powerful offensive squads. The game was still within reach midway through the second half with the Packers trailing by 4. William Hassett and Eddie Fronckwicz provided several important first down receptions, helping set up Sean Balsam's two touchdown receptions and Robert Bianco's third touchdown of the afternoon. Anthony Bonilla provided the Packers with their only rushing touchdown of the day, on a 30-yard dash down the left sideline. The four Packer touchdowns would fall short, however, as the Giants added two additional touchdowns late in the second half, defeating the Packers 41-24.
The Falcons had a tough opening game Sunday losing to the Patriots 22-14, but bounced back with a big win against the Chiefs, winning 15-0. Mike Neglia was steady at quarterback as he has been all year. In his first game back from an injury, Paul Ashford proved he could still play with 2 tremendous catches. Joe Morante and Bobby McKnight shut the Chiefs down with numerous flags and great defensive stops. The Falcons advance and look forward to Super Sunday.
The Jets played their best all around defensive games of the year on Sunday to advance to the championship game. The first game against the Giants started off with the Jets falling behind 12-0, but they never gave up and wound up winning 26-18. The second game had the Jets a little flat at the beginning but they put together some big plays and won 25-13. The offense was led by Steven Harris, Steven Kayola and Perry DiMarco and some nice runs by John Santamaria and Alex Leona, with some key catches by Alex Brosnan. The defense was led by Alex Brosnan with a huge interception as well as Steven Kayola. Billy Specht and Thomas Pich played their best defense of the year with Sal "I won't let him get away" Strano playing hard as usual and he has the bruises to prove it.
The Jet coaches want to thank all the parents for stepping in as last minute coaches and leading the team to a win.