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Great Season For Generals

5- And 6-Year-Old Generals

The Peanuts Battled Franklin Square, but came up short losing 14 -7. After giving up two first half touchdowns the Defense shutout the Warriors in the second half with great efforts from Francesco Allocca and Liam Gorney. The offense struggled missing a key piece from the O-line, but Nicholas (Nicky) Spampinato on the O-Line and Rodney Hill Jr. from the Quarterback position stepped up to help lead Oyster Bay to their only touchdown by Allocca. The Little Generals continue to improve and are looking forward to their match up next Sunday.

7- And 8-Year-Old Generals

The 7- to 8-year-old General defense played hard and physical. If not for three missed tackles the General defense would have kept Farmingdale scoreless. The General defense was led by a strong effort on the defensive line, (Verdi 4 tackles 1 assist, Olivieri 3 tackles and Rodriguez 3 tackles) as well strong linebacker play from Jaden Marshall who led the team with 5 tackles and 1 assisted tackle.

The General offense was led by, PJ Verdi 4 rushes 46 yards to lead the team. The offense had success all day moving the ball however a turnover early in second half turned the game thwarted a Generals comebac

Even during a close game against a very tough Farmingdale team (4-0), every 7-8 year old General had significant playing time again this week.

9-Year-Old Generals

The 9-year-old Generals had a tough day on the gridiron, losing to a deep Inwood Buccaneer team, 34-6. Inwood started fast building an 18-0 lead, but Tighe Mullarkey threw a perfect 60 yard scoring pass to Kyle Marshall running a deep “Go” route to cut the score to 18-6 at halftime. In the second half, the Generals were unable to keep pace despite another torrid running attack by Kyle Marshall. When Marshal left the game later in the 3rd quarter, Tommy Beggs stepped up with several  tough runs through the defense with Christian DeBellis spreading the offense to keep the Generals competitive. Tighe Mullarkey also broke a 60 yard run but was caught at the 7 yard line. On the next play, a critical interception once again put the Generals back on defense where Mikey Palagonia, Joey Pothlanski, Roman Ragusa  and James Ryan played tough in the trenches with Mitch Harmantas and Dylan Beggs filling in the gaps. Giuseppe Alloca and William Ryan found themselves in starting roles replacing key Generals personnel on both offense and defense. Andrew Watts played spectacularly, breaking up several pass attempts by Inwood.

10-Year-Old Generals

The Generals of Oyster Bay Bayville won a thrilling game over East Rockaway 14-13. In the first quarter, Matt Pisciotta for the Generals was the first to score on a 45-yard touchdown run with Luke Paniagua running for the extra point. East Rockaway tied the score up late in the first quarter on a sweep. Score at the end of the first quarter was 7-7. Luke Paniagua scored on 45-yard QB bootleg run with Matt Pisciotta running up the middle for the extra point. Score midway through the second quarter was Generals 14 - East Rockaway 7.

East Rockaway scored from 25 yards out on a cutback run and with Sal Mangano, Jake VanVelsor, Michael Gangi and Ben Spampinato gang tacked the opposing runner to stop him short of the extra point. As it turns out, key play in the game as the final was 14-13 win for the Generals.

Highlights: James Hosey with a key first quarter interception returning the ball for 5 yards; key fumble recovery by Nathan Kearney; and Alex Lodati stopped drives by East Rockaway. Luke Paniagua led the way defensively with 12 tackles along with 6 by Jake Van Velsor, 4 by David Hill and 3 by James Hosey.

11-Year-Old Generals

The Generals got back into the win column with a dominating team effort 25-0. The entire defense held Garden City to four first downs with 56 total yards and caused three turnovers.

Aiden Danenza, Danny Riso had interceptions and Carlo Paz recovered an onside kick. Danenza had a strong game with three TD’s and Rocco Barbero. One TD lead the offense. Carlo Paz caught a key 20-yard pass for an important first down early in the game and also had some key blocks on our TD drives. Matt Murphy forced an interception as he just missed a QB sac.

This was a great effort on both sides of the ball by the entire Generals squad.

Generals Cheer Leading Squads

Generals Junior Cheerleading squads joined together and cheered their team on to an outstanding victory. Peewee and Midget cheer squads sang their half-time dance song and had the fans singing along, too.

The Seniors Cheerleading squad cheered their Generals into a crushing win. Hempstead didn’t know what hit them and their fans were dazzled by the girls!.

- Recaps Submitted By Team Coaches

News

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

The Oyster Bay community paid tribute to award winning journalist Marie Colvin at Oyster Bay High School on Saturday, Oct. 11. The school library was officially dedicated in her name and a portrait of the journalist who died on the frontlines in Syria in 2012 was proudly displayed at the entrance of the library. The event was put together by members of the Oyster Bay class of 1974 who held their 40th class reunion over the weekend.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dennis O’Hara gave a short speech in honor of Colvin’s name. Nassau County legislators Judi Jacobs and Donald MacKenzie also gave speeches, along with Colvin’s sister, Catherine Colvin, and Donna Fiore-Houman, who helped coordinate the event. Both were members of the class of ‘74. Founding dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, Howard Schneider, also gave a small speech at the end of the ceremony.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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