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8-Year-Old Crusaders Open Season With 13-6 Victory Over Floral Park

The 8-year-old Hicksville Crusaders opened their season the evening of Sept. 12 with a 13-6 win over the Floral Park Titans.

Despite the rain, Liam Lipien scored twice and James Russo added the extra point after the first score. The scoring was made possible by the offensive line, which included center Christopher Lopus, guards Anthony Squillacioti and Nicholas Hagstram, tackles CJ Adams and Anthony Cerrato and ends Jalen Rivers and Kyle Deakin. Late in the game on fourth down with one to go Shane McBride sealed the game with big gain on a quarterback sneak.

The Crusaders’ defense allowed Floral Park to score just once and stopped the Titans extra point. The defense was led by Brandon Lang and included Vincent Leonardi, Nick Scarpa, Tyler Poelker, Matthew Henderson, Cesar Adames, Amad Taitt, Alen Stupar, Jon Scully, Dylan Ofrias, James Morrisey, Logan Kilmetis, Jake Deakin, Parker Chang and Tyler Brohan.