Playoff Sunday was "payback" Sunday for three PYA teams that avenged regular season losses, two with victories and one with a tie.
In the third place playoffs the Manhasset Sports Shop Giants (blue) avenged a regular season loss to the Manhasset Community Chest Jets (green) with a 19-6 victory. Ryan Conway started off the scoring with a 45 yard quarterback sneak for the Giants. Duncan Clancey added two touchdowns on a 35 yard reverse, and a 48 yard run. Eric Johnson chipped in with a 2 point conversion. Mike Impellizeri contributed with good blocking for the Giants all season. Drew Keneally, Kip Usher and Jonathan Kuhn contributed to the successful Jets season.
In the first place playoff game the Harvey Lewis Foundation Cowboys (white) avenged an opening game regular season loss to the Port Washington PBA Redskins (maroon) with a 20-0 win. The Redskins had gone through the regular season undefeated and finished with a 5-1 record. The Cowboys lost the first game of the season to the Redskins and then won five in a row, to also finish 5-1.
The Cowboys touchdowns were scored by Tristan Miller (30 yards), Connor English (45 yards), and Tyler Corcoran (3 yards). Paul Pate scored a 2 point conversion on a pass from quarterback Tyler Corcoran. Jimmy Genko contributed as a solid blocker all season. For the Redskins, Matt Quirk and Richard Parsons contributed solid line play all season.
The most exciting game, however, was left for last. The Port Washington Fire Department Steelers (black) had lost during the regular season to the Community Synagogue Rams (gold), but this time held them to a scoreless tie.
Ask any baseball fan what the most exciting game would be to watch and he or she will probably answer a no hitter. The Steelers-Rams game was the football equivalent and fans witnessed one solid defensive effort after another.
The Steelers twice threatened to score in the fourth quarter with first and goal, but the Ram defense proved to be impenetrable, one time pushing the Steelers back to the 30 yard line.
The last quarter had more twists and turns than a Stephen King novel as both defenses came up with big turnover plays, forcing fumbles, or in one case an interception. As darkness descended on Munsey Park Field at 5 p.m. the score remained 0-0 and the defensive coaches on each team let out audible sighs of relief.
All in all a great season was had by all and football commissioners Harvey Cohen and Tom McNamara congratulated all the boys on fine season and the improvement which they displayed. Standings and additional information may be obtained at eteamz.com/PortYouthActivities.