There is no dishonor in defeat if at the end of the day you know that you have put forth a 100 percent effort. That is exactly what transpired at Burns Park in Massapequa Sept. 21 when the 9-year-old Hicksville Crusaders met the Massapequa Mustangs.
The Crusaders tried and tried again to put a dent into the Mustangs defense in the first half only to be frustrated. The Black and Orange defense also tried to stop Massapequa's offense from being successful but before the end of the half, the Mustangs put two scores on the board. However, in Crusader fashion, just before the end of the half, Hicksville's wing-footed halfback, Julian Franco took the ball aided by the blocking of Nicholas Delaney and Thomas Fleming and ran 52 yards for the touchdown.
The second half began about the same as the first half did. Two touchdowns by Massapequa made the score 26-6. Once again, the Crusaders refused to capitulate without a fight! On fourth down, late in the game, Steve Ketelson showing his versatility broke numerous tackles and scored the teams second touchdown. After Connor McPartland's conversion for the extra point, the score was 26-13.
Although the Crusaders lost this one, as always they played showing the class and sportsmanship that we have come to expect. There are a number of players that deserve to receive recognition. Offensively, Kieren Sullivan, Michael Abramo, Alex Parciak and Ryan McBride excelled.
On defense, Nick Austin, Tay-Veon Johnson, Ricky Faria and Alex Pierce did all they could to curtail the Mustangs juggernaut.