Friday, 01 October 2010 00:00
The Farmingdale Hawks had a successful opening to their 2010 season this past Sunday after six weeks of practice during a grueling summer. There are three teams of 5-6 year olds this year. The season kicked off in front of a nice crowd at Howitt Middle School. The White Hawks were led down the field on their first possession by Brandon Greco handing off the ball to Devon Wallick and Jerry Tagliavia. Their first touchdown was scored by Amier McCorvey behind the blocking of Thomas Palermo, Walter Balcaceres, Rick Franco, Dan Napolitano, and Michael Ippoliti. The “White” defense had great line play from Derick Angarita, James Zanelotti, Ty Droge, and Jovanni Gully. JoJo Burriesci, Joseph Bleck, Matthew Brandemarte and Thomas O’Neill made key tackles. Special thoughts go out to Nicky Napolitano who was injured in the second half of the game after playing a phenomenal first half of football. Get better soon Nicky!
The 5-6 year olds, Black Hawks, opened with an impressive showing in Bellmore.
The 7’s beat Mineola on the road, 13-7.
Farmingdale’s 8-year-old Hawks, which finished the 2009 season undefeated, defeated Floral Park 27-6. Nick Lundin started the scoring with a 40-yard run and Rob Manetta, Brian Auer and Lucas Schall all had long TD runs. The 9’s defeated Uniondale at Allen Park 13-0. Greg Campisi and Joe Simons had TD runs behind the blocking of Connor Patterson, Luke Woodland, Kevin Wilson, Danny Hickey, Sean Sullivan, Chris Charleston and Brian Emigholz. Safeties Reis Henderson and Glavens Hogarth anchored the defense. Kevin McCormick ran for a touchdown and completed a 30 yard pass to Jake Cambell for another score as the 10’s lost a hard fought game at Garden City.
The 11-year-old Hawks with four starters out due to injuries scored early in the fourth quarter on a Michael Mannetta run to beat Inwood. Steven Besseler led the defense and Darrin Simons churned out several first down runs late to seal the victory. Due to a change in league rules the oldest Hawks, the 12 and 13 year olds, combined for the first time as a senior team. The summer was a great experience as two successful teams and coaching staffs worked hard to build team unity. The early return was outstanding as the seniors traveled to Long Beach and beat the Bulldogs 42-13. Royal Hooks returned to opening kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown to start the season right. Naquan Warren, Danny McKeon and Keyshawn Petit also scored touchdowns and Zach Kolodny kicked all 5 PAT’s accounting for 10 points. Danny Sullivan and Myles Mills combined for an interception and 30-yard return and Nick Irrizzary led the Hawk defense.