At Mitchel Field in Uniondale on Oct. 9 and 10, the Jericho Avalanche girls U-12 travel soccer team took the annual Columbus Day tournament by surprise. Placed in a group two divisions ahead of their regular season town pairings, Jericho took on soccer powerhouses such as Manhassett, New Hyde Park, Wantagh and Massapequa.
In Game One against New Hyde Park, Jericho fell behind 1-0 but fought back with a goal by Brittney Fuchs on beautiful passes from Sabrina Milana and Armina Souroush. In the second half, Jericho held strong, stopping multiple onslaughts with the tremendous defensive play of Erica Setton, Lauren Orr and Emily Wexler. With just 7 minutes left in the game and the score tied, Jessica Busam, on long passes from Vicki Peykar and then Amanda Solomon, broke down the field, splitting the defenders to score the game-winning goal.
On Oct. 10 at Bethpage High School, Jericho High School graduate Craig Pinto accomplished what his Kicking4Celiac charity event had set out to do. “The number of people who emailed in, who sent us messages thanking us for spreading awareness, was amazing,” said Pinto. “When this was put together, I was hoping it would reach a large number of people, and educate others, and it did just that,” he continued.
The Jericho Jawhawks kept the ball rolling and the defense defending against the Great Neck South Rebels on the weekend of Oct. 2. The dominating defense held the Rebels to only two points, which were scored on a safety late in the fourth quarter. The offense continued to put up the points, averaging over 28 points per game.
Great Neck South started on their own 35-yard line only to fumble on the second play of the game, and turned it right over to the Jayhawks. Chandler Kirby took the helm and started right where the team left off the previous week and kept the offense rolling. On the third play of the offensive drive Kirby ran left, and bolted into the end zone for a 22-yard run to score the first touchdown. With less than a minute into the game, it was 7-0.
The Rebels could not move the ball against the fierce Jericho defense, which held the opposing team to four and out. The Jayhawks ate up 57 more offensive yards where Jacob Albinder ran it in from the four yard line. A blocked field goal attempt made it 13-0. The Jayhawks defense held the Rebels to another four and out. With the ball back in Kirby’s hands, he dropped back into the pocket and threw a strike to Josh Harris for a 32 yard touchdown to make the score 19-0. Going into the early part of the second quarter Jericho scored again, and ran a fake field goal play where Alec Stearn, the holder, threw a two-yard pass to Harris to make the score 21-0.
Jericho’s defense was impenetrable, led by Jason White, Noah White and Matthew Klang. When the Jayhawks got the ball back it was Kirby to Roth on a screen pass that went for 23 yards for the score, and the extra point was good, bringing the score to 28-0.
The afternoon game was plagued by fumbles from both teams, however with time running out in the first half, Noah White got to the punter and threw him down at the 24 yard line, where time ran out in the first half.
The second half saw some new offensive linemen including Jordan Peykar, Akarsh Narang, Joseph Velotti and Dylan Guo who had some big shoes to fill, and they did. With the third quarter coming to the end and the Rebels facing a fourth and four yards to go for the first down, cornerback Jeffrey Wang came up and made a great open field tackle. However, the Rebels had gotten their first first down of the game.
Ian Greene came in at quarterback where he found some holes of his own to run through and kept the ball moving. Unfortunately, with time running out of the game, Greene had what looked like an off-tackle run, but this time there was no hole to find, and Greene got put down in the end zone for a safety. The final score was 28-2.
This Jericho team is showing such poise, control and teamwork, that fans can just feel the excitement in the stands and on the field.
On Friday, Oct. 8 the Jayhawks played Westbury and won the game 38-6, bringing their record to 5-0.
On Westbury’s first play from scrimmage, Jason White caused a fumble that was recovered by Kirby. After four consecutive runs by Albinder to start the first drive, it ended with a seven-yard touchdown due to Klang and Noah White opening the hole and paving the way to the end zone. Kirby converted on the two-point conversion following Marc Capogna as he crossed the goal line.
On the ensuing kickoff, Michael Greenberg laid into the Westbury return man causing a fumble and recovered, giving Jericho excellent field position on Westbury’s 37- yard-line. After an excellent 20-yard run by Harris that brought the Jericho offense to the one yard line, Kirby scored a one yard touchdown with only 1:26 off the clock. Fried, as substitute for the starting kicker, converted the extra point kick to give Jericho a 15-0 lead.
After a quick Westbury three and out, Jericho again found the end zone when Albinder scored a 30-yard touchdown off the blocking of Kevin Zhao. Fried again lined up for the extra point, which was good.
After another first quarter three and out, Harris returned a 45-yard-punt for a touchdown, Jericho’s last touchdown for the first quarter. After the Fried kick that was good, the score at the end of the first quarter was 29-0 Jericho.
The last touchdown was scored in the second quarter after Noah White’s spectacular one-handed interception. White then ran down the sideline, alluding would-be tacklers for a 57-yard touchdown giving Jericho its last points of the night. This interception, as well as other outstanding performances by Narang, Zach Danzinger, Velotti, Matthew Chun, and Wang led a Jericho defense that only allowed a fourth quarter touchdown. The Jayhawks won again, 36-8. Congratulations to the Jericho JV football team.
Please come and support the team at their next game at home on Monday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m.
The battle of the 5- and 6-year-old Braves came down to the final drive of the game. When the dust settled after the final play, linebacker Jason Pacelli had stopped Bellmore’s rusher at the two-yard line, giving the Syosset Braves a hard-fought, three touchdown to two touchdown victory over the Bellmore Braves.
The 25th anniversary Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay held Sunday, Sept. 19 marked another great day for local runners. With a brand new and enthusiastic sponsor in the Bethpage Federal Credit Union, 122 teams of eight runners, each enjoying near perfect weather conditions to complete the course, and a terrific post race party, it was an all-around success.
As hard as it is to believe, the regular season is already halfway done. The mighty Braves had a great day on Sunday, Oct. 3 and due to the weather cooperating, the team finally had football weather as they took to the field. The 6-year-old team was lucky enough to have the week off, but here is what happened with the rest of the teams.
The Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League continued their season on the weekend of Sept. 18 and 19, playing some great football. All of the teams faced tough competition and performed like champions. The weather cooperated and although it was warm, or more accurately, sweltering, the kids plowed on through, as they always do. The league only had one team play at home that weekend, which made the fields unusually quiet, but no doubt all of the neighboring towns were buzzing with excitement when the Braves showed up.
The 6-year-olds had their hands full with the Farmingdale A- team. The game was close until Farmingdale scored a touchdown on the next to last play of the game. Syosset got scoring runs from Luke Citron and Robert Trapeo. Their defense was anchored by linebackers Nicholas Macchia and Jason Pacelli. The defensive line had Ethan Hart, Kyle Joe, Avery Kurtzer, Jack LaBianca, Bryce Newman, David Wang, Ron Regev and Blake Weingarten, who played hard and tough against the bigger Farmingdale team.
It was a sunny Saturday morning, and the stands were filling up. The word seems to be getting out that the Jericho JV football team is not just another after school sports team. The boys have been working hard and putting in their time on the practice field, and so far, it seems to be paying off. The Jayhawks are 3-0 so far this season.
The game began in the same fashion as the first two games. Leading the offense, Chandler Kirby commandeered the team with two of his own touchdowns as the Jericho Jayhawks beat the New Hyde Park Gladiators 27-22. The Jayhawks also had three touchdowns in the game called back due to offensive penalties.
The first punt of the game, by Jake Zorfas, sailed high in the air and the Gladiators’ receiver waived his hand for a fair catch. The opposing team could not handle the high spiral, and fumbled the catch. Jericho recovered the ball and scored on a four-yard run, the first of Kirby’s touchdowns.
On Sunday, Oct. 10 at Bethpage High School, arena football kicker and Jericho High School graduate Craig Pinto will be kicking field goals for 12 straight hours, from 7:30 a.m. through 7:30 p.m., with two goals in mind. First, he will be attempting to set a world record for most field goals kicked within that time frame, by having to make 500 field goals, all from 40 yards out, but Pinto’s main focus is to raise money and awareness for Celiac Disease.
So far this season, the Jayhawks are jamming. Once again, the JV Jericho Jayhawks football team took the field to battle the Mepham Pirates on Monday Sept. 20, with look of determination and a shared commitment to a mission that they hope to carry out throughout the rest of the season.
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