The Glen Cove Varsity Football team got into the win column Saturday by defeating Jericho High School 22-6. After a scoreless first half, the Big Red punchedin two touchdowns on short runs by Johnny Reed and Mateo Ramos. The first touchdown capped a 60-yard drive and the second was set up by a Darryl Hopkins blocked punt. Glen Cove has now blocked four punts in the past two games, two by Hopkins, one by Cedric Steed and one by Eric Moser. Two of the four blocked punts have been turned into touchdowns.
The star of the game was the entire Big Red defense. The Jayhawks were held to only seven yards rushing and less than 100 total yards. The defensive front four of Danny Marks, Drew Beisler, Eric Bautista and Darryl Hopkins dominated Jericho's offensive front paving the way for linebackers Brian Meyers, John Sebastiano and Justin Aviles to track down Jayhawk ball carriers. Due to tight coverage by the secondary of Kevin Morales, John Williams, Steed and Moser, Jericho completed a paltry three passes out of 20 attempts.
Offensively the Big Red rushed for 254 yards and passed for an additional 62. Quarterback Eric Martinez ran for 75 and passed for 43 and scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Wingback Jiraj Hampton scored two 2-point conversions rushing behind a stampeding offensive line. Key to the offensive surge, as always, was the offensive line of Athony Zavarro, Beisler, Marks, Bautista and TE Mike Kavanagh. Kavanagh (two for 45 yards) and Steed (one for 13 yards) both caught their first varsity passes deep in Jayhawk territory to set up scores.
The new/old single wing offense the Big Red operates is made possible by having a center that dishes the ball to three different backs. Junior Max Schneider has been entrusted with this task and after three games, he has shown that this old-time offense can be adapted to modern day. Yes, you read correctly, single wing offense. Maybe some former players from pre-1960 might want to check out a home game and see the offense of their youth back in action.
Don't forget that this weekend is Homecoming Weekend at Glen Cove. On Saturday, the Big Red will take on Roslyn at 2 p.m. Homecoming festivities will be going on all week culminating with a pre-game homecoming parade around the track at 1 p.m. at the high school.
Glen Cove won its fourth league game and remained undefeated in their league when they beat Manhasset by the score of 2 to 0. Goals were scored by Jose Oliva and Mike Grella. Frank Leotta assisted on Grella's goal. Frank Carrotta recorded his third straight shutout and fifth of the season. Defenders Jon Korbets, Jason Lindenbaum, Ben Lowell and Jake Rubin helped secure the shutout. Midfielders Richie Rivera, Ricky Podsialdo, Jordan Brondo, Dan Cox, Dom Bocchino and Bryan Rabanal played an excellent game.
With their lone win coming against Mineola High School, the Glen Cove varsity soccer girls program looks to improve in the second half of the season. Led by sophomore sensations Carla Genova and Christina Abbondondalo, who led the team in scoring, the girls worked hard to improve their record despite the lack of senior leadership and injuries to key players. First year varsity players Justine Golloub, Erin Kummenacker, Amelia Sylvestri, Ariana Paganetti, Carrie Lane, Giovanna Condello and Ariana Amendola are united with second year players Stacie Tripp, Vicky Hackett and Sam Renison to make the core of the team. Seniors Liz Flores and Amanda Moretto complement a team that is very young. Coach Peter Falen states, "Despite the win/loss record, the girls are a dedicated bunch that never quits and enjoys the game no matter the result."
The Glen Cove High School JV football team improved its record to one win and two losses last Saturday. Glen Cove opened the season with a heartbreaking last minute loss to a solid Great Neck North squad. Glen Cove started off the scoring with plays by Anthony Bellock, Jesse Abrams, Brandon McFadden and Tim Brady. Great Neck fought back hard and was eventually able to pull out a last minute win, 24-22. Although the Glen Cove squad lost, their effort was extraordinary. They consistently marched down the field on offense, accumulating almost 300 yards in total offense behind the strong offensive line play of Zack Brown, Captain Bob Truzzolino, Matt Troffa, David Ayo and Jamison Rossell.
Glen Cove's next game was a tough loss at home to a very strong Lynbrook JV squad. Glen Cove opened the scoring on a dominant drive capped by an Anthony Bellock touchdown run. Lynbrook, however, came back with a solid series of drives aided by some Glen Cove turnovers. The final score was 48-20 in Lynbrook's favor with Glen Cove's scoring being done by Anthony Bellock, Jesse Abrams, Brian Bianconi and Joey Heffernan. The effort and heart displayed by the Glen Cove squad was excellent and the boys represented Garden City High School very well in a hard fought loss.
Glen Cove's first win was this past Saturday against Jericho. Glen Cove won a barnburner, 36-26, on the scoring of Bellock, Heffernan, Bianconi, Abrams and Kurt Cornelis. Although Glen Cove started off slowly with Jericho opening the scoring, they were able to fight back with a last-minute drive to end the half, which culminated in a 45-yard pass from Anthony Bellock to Kurt Cornelis who made a circus catch in the end zone. The defense was led by Captains Ro Tillman and Brian Bianconi who both consistently made solid plays on defense to hold back the Jericho offense. The Glen Cove squad was decimated by injuries all week and during the game, but fought hard to pull out a win. Players who performed well and came through for the team in these tough circumstances were Joe Heffernan, Bob Waring, Manuel Garcia, Mike Norman, Andrew Mellilo, David Ayo, Luigi Dattollo and Rod Catano. The special teams were led by the play of Brian Monahan, Corey Land, Danny Lebron and Ahmed Nayel. This win was a total team effort and the boys should be commended for their performance. Captains Jesse Abrams, Brian Bianoni, Emanuel Pagan, Ro Tillman and Bob Truzzolino are leading Glen Cove. The team will play Roslyn next on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Roslyn High School.
Glen Cove won its first league game against Westbury by the score of 3-to-1. Westbury scored in the first half and GC scored all three of their goals in the second half. Jose Oliva scored two goals and Mike Grella scored one. Grella and Dom Bocchino assisted on Jose's goals. Goalie Frank Carrotta made several great saves, two late in the game to help GC win. Defenders Scott Arnone, Jason Lindenbaum, Mike Gonzalez, Jon Korbets, Frank Leotta and Jake Rubin kept Westbury's offense in check, while midfielders Ricky Podsiadlo, Ben Lowell, Anthony Genova, Jordan Brondo and Dan Cox controlled the midfield which helped keep the pressure on Westbury's defense.
Glen Cove beat Mineola by the score of 3-to-1 in a non-league game. Jose Oliva scored two goals and Mike Grella scored one. Richie Rivera and Mike Gonzalez assisted on the goals. Midfielders Ricky Podsialdo, Anthony Genova, Jordan Brondo, Dan Cox, Dom Bocchino, Luis Cardanas and Severio Zappone helped create many scoring opportunities. Goalie Frank Carrotta played another great game in goal and defenders Jason Lindenbaum, Ben Lowell, Jake Rubin, Jon Korbets, Frank Graziosi, Jack Worth and Frank Leotta helped contain the Mineola offense.
Glen Cove moved into first place in their by defeating Roslyn 2-0. The first half was scoreless, but Glen Cove scored two goals in the second half, one each by Jose Oliva and Mike Grella. Dom Bocchino assisted on Jose's goal. Goalie Frank Carrotta recorded his second straight shutout and fourth of the season. Defenders Jason Lindenbaum, Ben Lowell, Mike Gonzalez and Jake Rubin closed down Roslyn's offense which had been scoring three goals a game. Midfielders Ricky Podsiadlo, Richie Rivera and Bryan Rabanal helped control Roslyn's attacking midfield and helped create many second-half scoring opportunities for Glen Cove. Glen Cove is now 7-1-1.