Harvey Cohen has known no other football setting besides Port Washington's Lions Field.. So the image of a 10-year-old running a "QB option play" hardly startles him. Recently turning 89, Mr. Cohens' junior division kicked off its season opener in classic form with the ceremonious QB option being run as its first play on Lions Field!
The hard hitting Chiefs led by Captain Joey Froccaro, who rushed for two TDs, one 50-yard and one 22-yard, topped Redskins QB Eric Zimms' 6-yard touchdown and quarterback John Reddington's 35-yard brilliant touch down run in a close game that came right down to the wire. Quarterback Johnny Nahas ran a six-yard TD to put the Chiefs in front as time ran out for the Skins. Sean Callahan and Michael Mongelli Jr.'s impenetrable Redskins' defense was simply not enough to hold the pounding offense of Froccaro, Tom Derby and Louie Misciosia.
Many considerate fans carpooled down to Lions Field to avoid typical LI game traffic. Those who did were treated to another classic match up in the 2 p.m. game, which was the Arena Giants vs. PBA Raiders rivalry.
Matty "Penut" Eilbachers' Raiders just slipped by Giants and QB Robert Jester. The defensive prowess of both teams kept this game tight, right down to the final ticks of the clock. Defensive leadership by Declan Wasp preached "Fewer book-deals less popping off and more togetherness!" It worked for middle linebacker James Baco and Seth Obadia, outside linebacker who compiled 9 tackles and denied the game tying extra point. With running back John Scala lead blocking for John Graziano helped the "Jints" blast through the Raiders' defense for a 30-yard touchdown. Henry Mullhulland and Scala did all they could for Jester, but Harrison Bergman's (QB) offense never quit until the horn blew and Raiders came victorious 7-6.
The junior power conference featured its 3:30 p.m. final option two games. The 3:30 classic matched up Manhasset Sports Broncos vs. Burger Kings' Steelers, and the Colts vs. the Jets.
In one of the games, the Broncos QB Cole Block ran for 2 touchdowns behind the fierce blocks delivered by Lucas Friedman and towering end Kevin Gieger. Keyshawn Johnson galloped the broncos "offense" for 4 touches and 26 total yards. Jack Simon and Joey Berkhardt surprised many in the trenches with their excellent Bronco defense. On the other side of the ball it was Steelers' Ryan D'Amico with the last minute replacement of QB Sal Fradella who took charge and brought the ball up and down the field just short of the goal line. D'Amico, Conor Jenkinson and David Kinnery combined more total yards than their opponents but could not cross the goal line in a 13-0 defeat against Cole Blocks' Broncs. The Steelers did show tremendous defensive play with Eddie Lennon, Brian Suga, and Big Eli Dumpson stopping progress in the middle.
In the second match up, Kyle Cohens' Green machine offense behind Matt Nicholson's 25-yard run and Joe Musso's 30-yard TD run and extra point was too much in another down-to-the-wire victory over Alex Anderson's Colts. Thomas Duran and William Probst did all they could on defense against the speedy Jets. The Colts' offense behind a magnificent Charlie Scharf 40 yard TD allowed the Colts to stay with in striking distance of the Jets. Big Thomas Duran plowed through the line for the extra point, but it wasn't enough as the time ran out on the Colts comeback. Exceptional defensive play by Austin Hanover, Nicky Naccarato, Ben Conti, and Ryan Delaney kept the Jets - Colts match up a nail bitter to the pleasure of all who watched the 13-7 last minute Jet victory.