Levittown Midget Red was successful once again, defeating Deer Park 25-6 on Sunday. Mark Sniffen started the game off, running 65 yards for a touchdown, giving Red an early 6-0 lead. On Red's second drive Sniffen threw a 34 yard pass to Frankie Baglivo in the end zone for a touchdown. Adam Swensen ran in for the extra point, increasing Red's lead to 13-0. Late in the second quarter, Christopher Callahan had a huge quarterback sack and Sniffen had an interception which held Deer Park scoreless in the first half.
After their opening possession to start the second half, Deer Park punted. This set up a 60-yard drive by Red, resulting in a touchdown run by Adam Swensen, bringing the score to 19-0. With the 18 point rule in effect, Sniffen, Swensen, Robbie Moran and Tyler Lauer were taken out of the game. Despite a touchdown by Deer Park in the third quarter, Red still had a commanding lead. Sniffen, now back in the game, was still not done. Ending the third quarter, he had a 28 yard run for a touchdown. Once again, Red's spectacular defense held Deer Park to one touchdown. The final score was Midget Red- 25, Deer Park- 6.
Great game played by Alex Torrellas, Thomas Whitfield, Thomas Taggart, Chris Rogienski, Ben Hoose, Brian GilMartin, Brian Gill, Corey Fraile, Frankie D'Elia, Frank Cutrone and Justin Berger.
Special mention this week goes to Tyler Lauer for great defense, Christopher Callahan for a great job as quarterback and to Robbie Moran for some big yards on offense. Game ball went to Frankie Baglivo for offense and Chris Rogienski for defense.
Pee Wee Gold traveled to Bethpage Sunday morning. The temperature, with the wind chill was only about 20 degrees, but the wind and cold didn't bother either team.
Early in the first quarter, Bethpage scored but Gold answered back on their next possession when the offense, including Eddie Richards, Chris Celentani, Stephen Krajci, Mike DiGregorio, Ryan Braithwaite, James DiMartino and John Kreppel threw excellent blocks and opened huge holes allowing James Lang and Thomas Schreiber to run for consecutive first downs. This set up a touchdown run by Anthony Villa, making the score 6-6.
In the second quarter Bethpage scored again but Gold would not give up and scored on a run by Villa, for his second touchdown of the game, bringing the score to 12-12 at halftime.
Both teams came back ready to play and the third quarter was a defensive battle with both teams unable to score.
Bethpage scored again in the fourth quarter and again Gold came back and scored when Matt McBride ran 48 yards for a touchdown. The score was 18-18 and Bethpage was driving the ball down the field. Gold's defense, including Nick DiGregorio, Ryan Verhagen, Cordell Tomkin, John Kreppel, Ryan Braithwaite, Chris Celentani, Stephen Krajci and Mike DiGregorio, stood tall and shut down Bethpage's offensive drive, ending the game in an 18-18 tie.
Gold's last game of the season is Sunday, at 4 p.m. when they host North Babylon at McClaren Field. Go Gold!
With the regular season winding down, Pee Wee White knew that its remaining games were very important. The Broad Channel Shamrocks and the Seaford Stallions are right on their heels in the standings and to let up now could cost them their home field advantage in the playoffs. So it was off to do battle with the Bethpage Panthers.
White started off slow, fumbling the ball twice on its first two possessions. It was a cold and windy day and White knew it would have to put those turnovers behind them and get back to business. The defense held on both occasions and now it was time for White's offense to step up and take control. The offensive line of Dylan Muller, Tom Kowalski, Nicholas Thomas, JJ Castrianni, Kevin McKenna, Sean Brophy and Brendan Gay started opening holes for its power running game of David Williams and Kyle Perkins. With Bethpage now concerned with White's inside running game, Dominique Alexander broke loose on an end run to open the scoring. Later in the second quarter, Williams broke off tackle to score again and Pee Wee White never looked back the remainder of the game.
Bethpage's offense was never a factor in the game as White's defense, led by Ryan Butz, Andrew McKiel, Mike Cook, Anthony Wrightington, Eddie Valesquez, Patrick Higgins, Tyler Rosenkranz and Ryan Bogdanowicz shut the Panthers down completely.
The second half was a continuation of the first with White's defense shutting down the Bethpage squad and its own offense scoring two more touchdowns on runs by Nick Ferrara and Williams. All four extra points were kicked by Ferrara. Pee Wee White 32, Bethpage 0.
With the score 24-0, White was forced to remove four of its key players. Special recognition should be made to Butz, Higgins, McKiel, Bogdanowicz and Muller, who in the absence of four of their key players stepped up and prevented Bethpage from scoring.
Pee Wee White is now 7-1 with one game remaining.
It was a cold and blustery night Wednesday, when Midget Gray, nicknamed the Bad Boyz, hosted Brentwood.
Gray struck early in the first quarter when outstanding blocking by the offense, including Brett Tom, Michael Inglesse, Paul Altaro, Matthew Burmeister, Joe Mormando, Dennis Lawrence, Danny Dowd, Danny Harris and Chris Brumber, allowed Jack Lang to run for a touchdown.
Gray's strike continued in the second quarter, when quarterback Tommy Celentani ran the ball in for Gray's second touchdown, making the score 12-0 at the half.
Gray's defense, led by Brumber, Michael Cheshire, Frank Golino, David Cote, Robert Harvey, Joe Labruyere, Scott Neal, CJ Reilly, Rich Romano, Jimmy Ward and Ronnie Modik did a great job holding Brentwood scoreless until the last 30 seconds of the game. On the last play, Brentwood was able to score, making the final score 12-6.
Special mention goes to Michael Cheshire and Robert Harvey for fumble recoveries and to Brett Tom, Ronnie Modik and Matthew Burmeister for outstanding defensive play.
On Saturday, in their second game in four days, Gray defeated Bethpage 12-6. It was obvious that Gray came ready to play when Tommy Celentani ran for a touchdown early in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, quarterback Jack Lang threw a 28-yard pass to Celentani, who ran 21 yards to score his second touchdown of the game. The score was 12-0 at the half. In the third quarter, the defense continued to dominate, holding Bethpage scoreless with Bethpage driving the ball down the field, Lang intercepted a pass and ran 76 yards for a touchdown, only to have it called back on a penalty.
Bethpage never gave up and in the fourth quarter they blocked a punt to get the ball on the 7-yard line. They were able to score on the next play, bringing the score to 12-6. Towards the end of the game it looked as if Bethpage might score again, but excellent pass coverage by Jimmy Ward and Scott Neal left Bethpage with fourth and long. On the next play Lang intercepted the ball to end the game.
Special mention goes to Frank Golino for outstanding defensive play and to Chris Brumber and Scott Neal for great pass receptions. Go Gray.
On Saturday, Nov. 6 Pee Wee Gray continued the trend of playing apparent playoff bound opponents. In Gray's final home game of the season they met the very tough Seaford Stallions. Gray came ready to play and battled to the final seconds of the game once again. On Gray's second possession, running a wishbone formation, quarterback Daniel Bartlett executed a perfectly tossed pitch to running back Bryan Verbitsky who broke off a 68 yard touchdown run, giving Gray a 6-0 lead. Nick DeFranco came on to kick the extra point to give Gray an 8-0 lead. Gray knew that the tough Stallions would not lay down without a fight. On Seaford's next possession after a few successful running plays they completed a passing play which resulted in a 30 yard touchdown play. They kicked the extra point which tied the score at 8-8. The never say die Gray attitude prevailed again. Gray built a methodical ball controlled drive using the combined rushing efforts of Verbitsky, Brian Herold and Anthony Ciaramitaro to march down to the Stallions 36 yard line. Gray desperately needed a clutch play and they got one. It was decided that the next running play would go to running back Ciaramitaro. With that Ciaramitaro ran off tackle and broke a clutch 36 yard touchdown run, giving Gray a 14-8 lead. The Stallions mounted another scoring drive to take a 16-14 lead into half time.
Although Gray was able to move the ball, the second half was basically controlled by the defenses. Gray's defense played spectacular stopping drive after drive by Seaford. Just when it looked like the Stallions would mount a scoring drive, Gray's defense stepped it up big time. Gray ended one drive with a fumble recovery by defensive safety Joey Cuccarro and stopped another drive with an interception by linebacker Bryan Verbitsky. As the second half came to a close Gray had the ball with under four minutes to go. They mounted a furious drive all the way down to the Stallions' 32-yard line. Facing a fourth and seven for the first down, running back Brian Herold took a handoff from quarterback Bartlett. Herold broke down three tackles, refusing to go down until he reached the first down marker. As he reached the marker he just couldn't stay up any longer and was taken down right at the first down. It was just a matter of where the ref spotted the ball. Gray thought they had it, but the spot was about an inch short of the first down. With that Seaford got the ball back and let time run out, handing Gray another tough defeat. Once again, Gray fought to the last minute, never giving up. It was another valiant effort by this team.
Special mention goes to all the players on this team for playing so well. Whether the were asked to play offense or defense, they gave it their all. The players are as follows: George Athan, Brian Herold, Anthony Ciaramitaro, Nick DeFranco, Christopher Maierle, Ronnie Cardno, Joey Cuccaro, Bryan Peterson, Chris Nickel, Jack Garren, Thomas Rhodes, Kyle Kriner, Timmy Michels and Henry Savitt.
Some outstanding individual performances are as follows: Brandon Gamblin playing a new position "DE" leading the team in a game-high five tackles. Daniel Bartlett and Rob Castillo with four tackles each and Bryan Verbitsky with 148 yards rushing.
Pee Wee Gray would like to thank all parents, relatives, and friends for their cheering support, especially at home games. Gray's final game of the season will be played in West Islip on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. and Pee Wee Gray looks forward to seeing all their supporters wearing plenty of red and white (the team colors) and some gray.