Last Sunday, the Pee Wee Cardinals traveled to Brentwood in search of their sixth win of the season in order to secure a playoff berth. The Cards went out on defense, first stopping the Warriors in their tracks. The defense made some great plays led by Jesse "meathooks" Martino, Dan Belfiore, Nate Booth, Zachary Boyajian, Chris Borer, Terry Jackson, Zachary Rubin, Connor Conway, Doug Tripp, Thomas Montefusco, Jesse Herman, Peter Cappiello and Richie Maccarone.
Once the Cards went on offense, they couldn't be stopped. Brian Merrick's 35-yard touchdown was followed by Andrew Brown's 30-yard touchdown. Stephen Nassani added the extra point to give the Cards a 13-6 lead. The Warriors fought back to tie the score at 13 just as the first half ended.
The Cards came out on offense first with Brown and Merrick. Following their blockers to the outside, they marched down field. As they got close to the goal line, Nassani took over and scored three touchdowns from 2,3, and 5 yards out. Eric Tripp capped off the scoring by kicking the 2-point conversion.
This Sunday, the Cards are at home, noon, against the West Babylon Jets for their last home game of the regular season.
The Glen Cove Midgets once again shut out their opponent, 25-0 at West Babylon. The Dolphin offense was repeatedly stopped by the Midget defense led by hard hitting Taliek Vasquez, Bobby McLaughlin, Gerald Aparicio, Nick Martino, Kevin Basile, Austin Fletcher, Gabby Lebron and Vincent Graziose. Given the opportunity to move the ball, the offense scored on a Roberto Lyons 12-yard touchdown run behind the blocking of Jeffrey Fonesca and Austin Fletcher. This touchdown was set up by a 30-yard sweep by Alex DiScala, led by the blocking of Roberto Lyons. In the second quarter it was Lyons again this time on a 40-yard run around left end gibing Glen Cove a 12-0 half time lead. After forcing the Dolphins to punt at the start of the second half, Lyons scooped up the ball and ran in for a 30-yard score making it 18-0. Randy Davis ran the conversion making it 19-0. The offense continued to march on led by the passing and running of Michael McCrindle and Matt Rodgers. With Ariel Bresky and Randy Davis leading the blocking, Gabby Lebron ran over the West Babylon defense for a 40-yard touchdown run making it 25-0. Lequan Taylor, Richard McGrady, Kevin Maccarone, Jonathan LaManche and Ralph Cancel all helped with hard hitting to preserve the shutout. The next regular game is at home, 2 p.m. this Sunday.
On Nov. 7, the Glen Cove Pony team defeated a tough Bethpage Panther team, 27-8. This was a must win for the Pony team who are alive for a post-season playoff berth. Defensive tackle Matthew Troffa recovered a Bethpage fumble early in the first quarter for Glen Cove. The Pony offense quickly went to work when quarterback Corey Land found tight end Jose Lebron for a 30-yard pass completion. Glen Cove found itself deep inside Bethpage territory when on fourth and seven, Land hit halfback Anthony Bellock for a gain of 15 to the Bethpage 10-yard line and a first down. Fullback Johnny Reed behind a nice block by halfback Eric Moser then ran it in from 10 yards out for Glen Cove's first score. Tight end John Perrone then caught the point after touchdown from Land for a 7-0 lead. On Bethpage's next possession, Perrone from his defensive end position snared a Bethpage pass and raced 45 yards for a Glen Cove touchdown. Halfback Eric Moser added the extra point touchdown on a fine run making the score 14-0. While still in the first quarter, halfback Anthony Bellock scored again for Glen Cove on a 70-yard touchdown run. Glen Cove's defense went into full gear led by Johnny Reed and Miles Landron from their linebacker positions and defensive linemen Matthew Troffa, Danny Rocco, Eric Moser, Brian Monahan, and Jose Lebron. Bethpage went to their passing game but safety Ira Gooden and cornerbacks Marcus Green and Michael DiCarlo were up to the task and didn't allow a completion. In the fourth quarter Glen Cove stopped a Bethpage drive when Bethpage had first and goal from the Glen Cove 5-yard line. Glen Cove's offense then took over again and Eric Moser broke the longest run from scrimmage this year, a 96-yard touchdown run. Fullback Cedric Steed, while filling in at quarterback, ran the extra point in making it 27-0. Bethpage managed to score a touchdown.
The Pony offense played a terrific game but they are sometimes overlooked. Without them we wouldn't be able to score. The offensive line consists of John Perrone, Michael Capobianco, Michael Covino, Miles Landron, Danny Rocco, Matthew Troffa, and Jose Lebron. Standouts for Glen Cove on special teams included Joseph Heffernan and Carlos Cancel. Next game is away on Nov. 14 against undefeated North Babylon.
Two weeks ago, the Cardinal Pea Nuts had their last game hosting Bellmore for the second time this year. The Cards started the game on defense and forced the Braves to turn the ball over on downs. The cardinal offense went right to work with some running plays from Griffin Conway to Taheem Vasquez and John Bellock. Third down and 3 yards to go, Taheem exploded down the visitors side with a 40-yard run to put Glen Cove up by six points. Bellmore came back to tie it at 6.
In the second half, Glen Cove's offense, Griffin Conway, John Bellock, Ryan Hopke, Andrew Trakakis, Steven Basile, Matteo Gaudio, Anthony DiLeo, Jerry Robinson, Jerome Pickney took control of the ball and the game with Hopke turning an almost-lost play into a 46-yard touchdown run and putting Glen Cove up again by 6 points. Going into the fourth quarter with the score 18-12, the Cards struck again with Conway to Devin Hayes for a 46-yard touchdown run, increasing Glen Cove's lead to 24-12. With 9 minutes left in the game and with a few anxious moments, Bellmore turned in a nice series for a touchdown to close the gap again.
The Card defense Brent Harrison, Michael Toldo, Harrison Drewes, Frank Gaudio, John Bellock, Austin Bresky, Steven Basile, Ryan Hopke, Taheem Vasquez dug in again and totally smothered the opponent with perhaps the best defensive stand of the season. The Cards shut down the Braves for the remainder of the game finishing the season undefeated with 6 wins and 2 ties. Coaches Jim Catanzano and Tom Trakakis said, "This was the most rewarding coaching experience, being it was the inaugural Pea Nut season. We are looking forward to next year. Most of our players will be moving up a division, but we can't wait for the new kids to sign up. Thank you, 1999 Pea Nuts for a fantastic season. Keep up the good work." Joining the enthusiasm were coaches Mark Bresky, Tito Vasquez and Pokemon defensive assistant Jim Conway.