Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00
The Chiefs 11-year-olds played a home at Tully Park on Sunday, Sept. 30 and after trailing 16-6 at halftime, came back to beat the Bellmore Braves 25-16. Tensions were high and in the end the Chiefs proved too much for the Braves to handle. All the boys played and participated in the victory.
The Chiefs offense led by quarterback Michael O’Connell (3 TD’s, 1 XP) and the strong running of running backs Lance Costa (1 TD) and Matt Sluka moved the ball forward against the Braves. The Chiefs offensive line made the offense go with solid sound blocking led by Michael LaGinestra, Kevin Parente, Patrick McTiernan, Anthony Giunta, Brandon Coward, and tight-ends Spenser Warantz and Philip Arnold.
The Chiefs defense made halftime adjustments and went back to their championship 6-2 defense to shutout Bellmore in the second half. The Chiefs came alive and were aggressive in the second half, making tackles all over the field.
The defensive line of Sante Nicolia, Dylan Vincenti, Vincent Pomara, Joshua Jacob, Ryan Calderone, Naz Jackson, Damien Patterson, Ocian Villa kept the pressure on Bellmore’s offense throughout the game. Cornerbacks and Safeties played defended the house; they were led by O’Connell, Andrew Casoria, Jack Duff, Matt Grimm and Thomas Albig. The linebackers Costa and Sluka (Int.) attacked the ball and finished off the Braves. Scoring is summarized below:
Lance Costa 7-yard Touchdown Run (extra point kick failed)
Michael O’Connell 4-yard Touchdown Run (Michael O’Connell extra point run)
Michael O’Connell 44-yard Touchdown Run (extra point kick failed)
Michael O’Connell 25-yard Touchdown Pass from Matt Sluka (extra point kick failed)