The Mineola Chief's 7-year-old team went on the road again and beat the Garden City Thunder 19-12 in front of a crowd of over 200 parents and fans, improving their record to 2-1.
The Chiefs fell behind quick 6-0, but they fought back with key runs by Ryan Eccher, Teddy Capsis and Brian Smith and then finally finished off the comeback with a Kyle Spruill 30-yard reverse for a touchdown. Michael Patalano ran in a power diver for the extra point and the Chiefs took a 7-6 lead.
The Mineola defense swarmed the Garden City Thunder offense to a quick four-and-out series and got the ball back right away. The second time Mineola touched the ball on offense, quarterback Thomas O'Connell zig-zagged his way, shaking defenders 25 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs went up 13-6 and never looked back. The Chiefs moved the ball all day because of great blocking by the offensive line centered by Jonathan Igoe and anchored by Gavin Dowd, Michael Delio, Colin Conroy, Edwin Rojas and Nicholas D'Angelo.
The second half was no different. The defense was all over the Thunder and quieted the storm. Intense pressure was put on by the defensive line of Capsis, Eccher, Matthew Laraye, Michael Calleo, John Clancy and James Gerstner. The linebackers were focused as they attacked the ball making open field tackles and finishing the job. They were led by Patalano, O'Connell, Smith, Andrew Cunningham and Peter McCormack.
The knockout punch came in the second half on offense when quarterback O'Connell pitched the ball to Cunningham for an end sweep. Cunningham followed his blockers all the way down the field for a beautiful 50 yard touchdown run. At that point, the game was over. The entire Mineola 7-year-old team played and participated in the victory.