On Sept. 25, the Hicksville Crusaders 9-year-old team continued their hard working style with a 20-6 road win over a rough Elmont squad. It was the team's second win in a row as they have outscored their opponents 46-6 in previous games.
Newcomers John Lively, Dillon LeCuyler and Chris De Angelis, along with returning veterans Nick D'aquila, Michael Corrado, Anthony Brindisi, Tommy Miller and Joe Quinn have bolstered a strong line that has paved the way for the team's new powerful offense. Fullbacks James Culhane and Robbie Culp have provided nice blocks for Steven Maiorca, who has emerged as a major player in the Crusader offense. Quarterback Kyle Roach remained steady, retaining a calming influence in the huddle. Joey Devito made some hard runs up the middle gaining key first downs to keep the chains moving allowing the Crusaders to control the ball for most of the game.
The offensive highlights came in the second quarter when Pat McCormick threw a neat option pass to Steven Maiorca for a touchdown to put the Crusaders up 20-0. The return of Michael Brumber was inspiring to the club as the defense led by Joe Kelly, Andrew Maiorca, Pat Barnes, Alex Sheilds, Chris McMullen, Matt Arnone, James Stamos, Steven Diaz, Christian Katehis, Glen Irizzary and Tommy "ferocious" Ferrone contained the speedy Elmont backs all day.
On Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. - under the lights at Walker Field and in what should be an interesting game - the team will match up against the Franklin Square Warriors. The 10-year-old Crusaders, a team that has also turned things around this year, with a record so far of 2-0, will follow at 7:30 p.m. Please come out to support your Hicksville youth teams!