Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00
The Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League had its season opening games on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12. The weather cooperated for most of the day, but the later games were a little wet. Even so, the league played some great football.
The 6-year-olds started the season off strong by beating a tough Baldwin squad six touchdowns to none. The offense was outstanding, with line work and touchdown runs by Luke Citron, Nicholas Macchia, Robert Trapeo, Ryan Voight and Jason Pacelli. Tyler Joe handled the signal calling duties as quarterback and added a dazzling run by reversing his field and taking it down the sideline for a score. The defense succeeded in a shutout game led by the tough defensive play of defensive lineman Jason Pacelli and linebackers Ari Regev, Robert Trapeo, Nicholas Macchia and Luke Citron. Although Baldwin had two long drives, the Braves shut the door by stopping the Bombers cold with their backs to the end zone. The hard-hitting Braves defense forced four fumbles. The victory was a real team effort as everyone contributed by throwing blocks and making tackles. The Braves look to continue to practice hard and take the momentum from this victory into their next game.
The 7-year-olds opened the season against a tough Garden City team. Braves offense led by their center Victor Di Re and quarterback Joseph Doria, scored on their first three possessions. Matt McMgee, with his great speed, had two long touchdowns going down the left sideline. Chris Harris had a great run breaking two tackles up the middle for another long touchdown. The defense as a whole played great, allowing an early touchdown on a broken play in the second half. The Syosset Braves 7-year-olds opened the season with an impressive 21- 7 win.
The 8-year-olds gave it their all, but came up a little short. They played a tough game against Inwood but lost 20-0. John Harris led the team with tackles. The team is working hard at practice this week, so they are ready for their next game.
The 9-year-old Braves opened up their season with an impressive 31-0 victory over Floral Park. Michael Mesbah started the Braves off with a nifty 50 yard run down to the 10 yard line. On third down, quarterback Jack Rooney went up the middle for a 10 yard touchdown run to put the Braves up 6 – 0. Mesbah was back at it again later in the second quarter and went 35 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Jack Rooney ran in the extra point to make it 13-0 Braves. The Braves got one more possession before the half ended and this time it was Jack Rooney going 50 yards down the sideline to increase the lead to 19-0 at the half. The Braves started the second half with the football and wasted no time as Ryan Lebson went 60 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second half. The final Braves score was a 25 yard run by Alex DeRiggi for a touchdown. The offensive line was outstanding all day led by Andrew Giovinco, Matt Majoy, Joe Cawley, Ryan Ditkoff, Jacob Katz, Andrew Bonapace, Anthony Iraggi, Stephen Fanelli, Jason Yacavone, Albert Shabaev, Max Inoff and Ethan Hammer. Defensively, the Braves were swarming to the ball all day and only allowed four first downs the whole afternoon. Anthony Nacarrato, Nicky Carchietta, Richie Whigham, Patrick Schnell, Dylan Hein, Anthony Celauro, Kevin Paek, Hamza Malik, Luke Sacco, Michael Koestner, Kian Ghazvini, Shylar Chananya, and Moiz Zaidi all played well for the Braves.
The 10-year-old Braves opened their season against a top seed in the Cardinals of Elmont and suffered a 33-0 loss in game that saw end-to-end action, and showed that the boys from Syosset won’t quit no matter the score.
The Braves, with 14 first year players on the roster, had a rough start with two turnovers and spotted the Cardinals a quick two touchdown lead. But the veterans, led by running back Dominick Speranza, fought to keep their team in the game. Speranza churned out some big first downs to give the defense a rest and had a huge 50+ yard run on a critical third down that energized both the crowd and, more importantly, his teammates. The offensive line, led by guard Andrew Harris and tackle Daniel Morales, fought the big Elmont defensive line all day. Offensive linemen Matthew Conforti, Niklas Brancato, Shawn Connell, Zach Trakas along with ends, Brendan Moran and Tristan Singer were impressive, opening holes for running backs Christopher Belmonte and Tommy Rooney who ran between the tackles with authority.
Running back Michael Andre impressed all with his elusive and slashing running style. He was a great compliment to Syosset offense and a welcome asset to its defense when playing his cornerback position.
Quarterback Tyler Parlo had the run of the day with a 35+ yard jaunt that had him “rumblin’ and stumblin’” towards the goal line that finished with him literally hopping on one foot for the last five yards. Parlo pulled double duty by playing defensive end and throwing his body in front of the crushing Elmont running attack. His “never say die” attitude was contagious.
The defense, led by linebacker Stephen Conte, who had a highlight reel block of an Elmont extra point, had its moments. Defensive tacklers Harris and Morales were stout and strong in the middle and played the entire game on heart and determination. Nose tackles Conforti, James Nelson and Ricky Danyko fought the Cardinals for every yard. Speranza, Rooney, Belmonte and Conte led a line-backing crew that ran sideline to sideline tracking down the Elmont rushing attack. First year players Moran and Singer impressed all with their contributions as defensive end and linebacker, respectively.
Cornerbacks Dean Marx and Bobby Kidd had their hands full covering the speedy Elmont receivers as well as making contributions on special teams throughout the day.
First year players Anthony Mastino, Zach Elicks, Walter Henry, Nicholas Portugal and Patrick Conklin all contributed and impressed the coaching staff throughout the game.
The Braves also missed both Max Izakson and Ethan Greenfield, who were unable to play due to injury.
The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team began the season with a tough loss to Franklin Square with a score of 30-12. The score does not indicate the performance of the young Braves. Though Franklin Square scored five touchdowns, the Braves held them on every extra point attempt. The Brave’s opponents scored three of their five touchdowns on turnovers, as the game was played in constant rain. The Braves were led on offense by Jared Goldberg as quarterback, with one touchdown and the tough running of Brian Doria, one touchdown, and Ross Platz. On defense, the Braves were very “stingy” as they held Franklin Square in check for most of the game. The Braves were led on defense by Maxx Falk, Jack Rosenblum and Andrew Frankini as well as by a great touchdown saving tackle made by Nick Fernandez.
Next week, don’t forget to join the league at the turf field in Syosset-Woodbury Park for the second annual Homecoming celebration. There will be free bouncies for the kids, prizes, a DJ and lots of great football to watch. Bring family and friends and help everyone at the league celebrate!