Friday, 18 September 2009 00:00
In their first game of the season, Monday, Sept. 14, under the lights at City Stadium, the Glen Cove Pony White hosted the Levittown White. In a hard fought and exciting game, Glen Cove won with a score of 19-6.
On the first play of the game, Glen Cove kicked off to Levittown, who ran back for a touchdown. The extra point failed. Defense then prevailed to shut down Levittown for the rest of the game.
After a shaky start, the offense tied it up before the half on a quarterback sneak by Nick Lucchese. This was made possible by a 25-yard run by tight end Frankie Castiglione and runs up the middle by halfback Elijah Ambles and fullback Matt Aufiero. The extra point was no good.
On Levittown’s next possession, Ryan Aughavin intercepted a pass and returned it to the 20-yard line. Time expired before Glen Cove could score.
Great blocking was provided throughout the game by Tommy Burke, Austin Puco, John Michael Rhein, Alex Venturino, Jack Peguillan, Hayden DiPalma, Howard Woods, Michael Thurmond, Camrohn Pittman, Sean Davis, John Murphy, Brandon Aviles, Jeremy Zeineth, Quentin Palone, Jake Cirella and Kobe Thompson.
Glen Cove defense was tough all game. They stepped up and shut down Levittown, never allowing them a second score. Nick Lucchese, Fenando Aguilar, Jack Peguillan, Tommy Burke, Kobe Thompson, Austin Puco, Frankie Castiglione, Jack Giovannetti, Sean Cunningham, Ruan Aughavin, Matt Aufiero, Brandon Aviles and Jake Cirella all had numerous tackles. Great effort was put in by Danny Neice, Jeremy Zeineth, Sean Davis, Hayden DiPalma, Howard Woods, John Michael Rhein, Camrohn Pittman, Quentin Palone, Elijah Ambles, John Murphy and Noah Viega.
Glen Cove received the ball after the half. On the third play, on a shovel pass, Frankie Castiglione ran for a 60-yard touchdown. The extra point failed.
On their next possession, Elijah Ambles pounded up the middle for a 20-yard gain. On a 60-yard pass, Frankie Castiglione scored another touchdown. This time, the extra point was good, when Matt Aufiero pounded it up the middle.
8-year-old Giovanni Viau played well in his debut game.
A great job was done by the coaching staff of Billy Neice, Joe Heffernan, Justin Aviles and Pete Manning. The Ponies travel to Oyster Bay next Sunday for a noon game.