The nice weather returned to Woodward Parkway Field Sunday and so did the boys and girls of Farmingdale's PAL-NFL Flag Football League. Here are some of the highlights as reported by league coaches.
Due to the Columbus Day holiday, the girls chose sides and played a "Patriotic" game. It was a back and forth game where Katie W. ran for several touchdowns, and made some big flag pulls. Sabatina M. had two interceptions, two touchdowns and several big flag pulls. Danielle T. played solid defense with some big flag pulls while Marissa D. played solid defense, scored a touchdown, extra point and threw a touchdown pass. Nicole M. ran the ball in for the extra point. Jaclyn S. ran the ball in for a touchdown. Niamh M. ran the ball for several big yardage gains and made a touchdown reception in the end zone. Jessica S. played hard and ran for big yardage gains and Deanna R. played solid defense, ran the ball for a big yardage gain and connected with several passes to move the ball down the field. The final score was the White Shirts 26, the Red Shirts 20. A great time was had by all.
The Steelers are playing great. TD's were scored by Maggie Fleming, Kaitie Sutherland, Justine Fernandez, Carrie Godas and Lauren Renna. Justine had four interceptions and Maggie also had one. Kaitie had an awesome run downfield with spectacular twists and turns. The Jets' Shannon Sullivan had two touchdowns and Noel Merola had an interception and a touchdown. Final score: Steelers 41 Jets 18.
Last Sunday's rainout didn't hurt the Peanut Jets rhythm one bit. They showed great teamwork and sportsmanship in another spectacular game. In the first half, Anna Kate Dickinson came roaring down the field for a touchdown, dodging the Steelers' defense the whole way. Then, Michael Thiem showed off his defensive skills with three great "tackles" and a touchdown for the team! In the second half, after running like the wind for three straight games, Matthew Muccio-Schrimpe finally ran the ball into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. Michael A'Hearn's flag pulling was vital in the second half to keep the Steelers' offense at bay. The Peanut Jets continue to keep the game fun and entertaining. The roar of the crowd says it all.
The Patriots faced their toughest opponent yet in the Mighty Purple People Eaters, the dreaded Vikings. The Patriots began slowly and it looked like it was going to be a long day, but the resilience and "no quit" attitude of the Patriots took over. The Vikings had the Patriots pinned deep in their own territory, when Anthony "the Boomer" Barbuto found Michael "Crazy Legs" Simmons deep in Vikings territory for their first touchdown. Nick "Fireball" Fiorentino, Michael "Downtown" Browne and Thomas "Lightning" Gallo all had great runs to contribute to the team's success. Trevor "the Trevornator" Clark dropped back and threw a deep bomb, again to Crazy Legs for the Patriots second touchdown. During this time, all of the Patriots stepped up on defense, especially Chris "the Defender" Stauber. The Patriots lived up to their motto all day and all season "We always try our hardest, we never give up and we believe in ourselves." The entire coaching staff of the Patriots couldn't be more proud.
The Colts earned their first win, 31-30, in an exciting game against the Vikings that went down to the final seconds. On offense it was Anthony Bonilla, Matt Podbielak and Richie Sullivan all with touchdown catches from quarterback Jake Dickinson. Matt Lubliner also threw a touchdown pass to Chris Witt for another score. Nicky Mio made a great catch in the end zone for an extra point which turned out to be the difference in the game. TJ Knight had a great run off a handoff to help set up a touchdown. On defense it was a total team effort with Nathan Kircheim the standout due to a big interception that he ran back for a touchdown.
The Patriots won again defeating the Raiders 24-18. With only six players and the October sun beating down on them, their hearts carried them through. Sean Balsam, as he's done all year, connected on key passes to Dustin Muccio-Schrimpe, Domenic Strano, and Bobby Mcknight. Anthony Mcknight, one of the best defenders in the league, broke up two key passes and flagged many Raiders. Chris Grieshe, and Bobby Mcknight played unbelievable on offense and defense. Coach Joe and Coach Bob are proud to have such fine young men playing so well together, every player on this team is a big name player.
The Chiefs and Giants played a tough game, but in the end, the Chiefs prevailed with a 40-19 win. The Chiefs offense was led by Mike Castagnaro - passing for a touchdown and extra point along with two receptions run for touchdowns. Angelo Mauro - big first down run, touchdown reception and passing for two touchdowns, including a long bomb to Mike C. Nick Catalano had a reception and long touchdown run. Brian McGuiness - touchdown reception and touchdown pass. PJ Spadalik - touchdown reception, touchdown pass; Michael Waldman - big touchdown and first down passes; Andrew Phillips - big full field run to five-yard line; Tyler Sullivan - two-point conversion reception in end-zone and tremendous defense led the Chiefs new defensive coordinator, PJ Spadalik, with eight-plus flag pulls, Garrett O'Reilly - big flag pull and great pressure, Mike C with big flag pulls and a sack, Nick with another interception, Brian and Andrew - both with big flag pulls.
The Jets beat the Steelers 20-19 in a tight, well played game. With no substitutes the Jets played with grit and determination all day. Vincent Mavaro began the scoring with a long touchdown catch and run on a pass from Paul Cohen. Brian Mazza scored a critical extra point with a nifty one-hand grab. Joe Salonia came up big with a touchdown catch while Andrew Hanc had several long gains on the ground. Late in the second half, Mavaro batted down a two point conversion attempt that was the difference in the game.
The Steelers, who earlier in the day petitioned PAL Flag Commissioner Ray Webb to officially change their team name to "The Walking Wounded", went into week 5 without their top three draft picks. Despite being shorthanded, the Steelers hung tough in the 1st half against a very well coached Jets team. The second half was all Jets! Steeler notables: Jonathan Sindicic caught a screen pass from Danny Castillo and ran 65 yards for the only Steeler touchdown, Jonathan also made a great defensive play, after nearly sacking the Jet quarterback he turned up field and caught the Jet WR who was about to go into the end zone and saved the touchdown. Jack Persampire had two sacks. Jets notables: Greg Coppola three amazing touchdowns and Nick Panza Hernandez several big plays including a touchdown reception. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ross Flanagan, get well soon and we'll see you on the basketball court.
The Vikings won again with a 45-30 victory over the Patriots. The Vikings gave up a season high 30 points, but came up with the big defensive play when needed, and recorded a game high five interceptions. The offense was well balanced with four different QB's throwing touchdown passes. Two by Steven Harris and two by Alex Brosnan. Joe Kennedy and Paul Giglio also had scoring throws. TD's were scored by Steven Harris "2", George Calvo, Joe Kennedy, Bill Specht and Keith McNicholl. Strong coverage defense by Thomas Pich and again tenacious pass rushing by Zachary Pardo and Bill Specht.