Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00
The 5/6 Braves looked to extend their winning streak in a rare late Saturday night game under the lights at the Farmingdale Knights. For the second week in a row, Braden Sosnik set the tone for the game with a 60-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game. A few plays later, after Gian-Paul Trapeo ran the ball to Farmingdale’s 5-yard line, Matthew Donaldson barreled through the tough Farmingdale defense for his first touchdown of the season. Ethan Hart continued Syosset’s scoring, cutting down the field for a long touchdown run that seemingly secured the win. All was working well for the Braves — they even completed their first pass of the season, with Kyle Joe hitting Nicholas Polizotto for a big gain. However, a resilient Farmingdale team fought back, cutting the Braves’ lead to one touchdown with the clock winding down. With their backs against the wall, the Braves did what they do best: played shutdown defense. Although Farmingdale was able to get within 10 yards of the tying score, the Braves’ defense held tight and kept Farmingdale out of the end zone with a spirited red zone hold. Matthew Donaldson and Braden Sosnik were the hard-hitting anchors of the Braves’ defense, penetrating Farmingdale’s backfield and making open field tackles. Even though the game ended past the players’ bedtimes, the Braves seemed energized by the well-earned three touchdown to touchdown victory (or was it the post-game cookies and donuts?). This win was a total team effort, with quarterback Avery Kurtzer and center Blake Weingarten leading the offense, Jack LaBianca adding gritty runs and linemen Jake Cohen, Kyle Joe, Bryce Newman, Liam Pheffer, Robby Sokolski and GianPaul Trapeo out-muscling Farmingdale’s linemen on both sides of the ball. Syosset begins a three game home stand this Sunday when they host the Franklin Square Warriors. The Braves coaches and players thank their cheerleaders for making the late night trip to Farmingdale to support the team.
The 7 year olds got back to business with a last second 18-7 win against a talented squad from Island Trees. The first part of the game was a defensive struggle. Luke Citron, Robert Trapeo, Ron Regev, Andrew Lenneberg and Ryan Voight all made impressive tackles for losses. The offense started the scoring late in the first half with a 56 yard touchdown dash by Luke Citron behind the strong blocking of Robert Trapeo, Nicholas Macchia, Andrew Lenneberg, Jimmy Modena, Christian Gagliano, Steven Lohan, Jason Pacelli, Ari Regev and Ryan Voight. Island Trees fought back and scored on the last play of the half to take a 7-6 lead into the intermission. In the second half, the Braves’ defense took control of the game by turning back Island Trees time and again. Marco Babino, Marco Clara, Nicholas Chazotte, Luke Citron, Jett D’Agostino, Christian Gagliano, Andrew Lenneberg, Nicholas Macchia, Joe Mehran, Jimmy Modena, Jason Pacelli, Ryan Voight, Erik Kitogrod, Ron Regev and Jack Wayrich all contributed to the defensive effort with strong play. The Braves offense kept stalling until they started a drive for the ages with about eleven minutes remaining in the game. The offense worked as a well-oiled machine using 3-yards and a cloud of dust to grind out a winning touchdown drive in dramatic fashion. The discipline and teamwork of Syosset was impressive. Nicholas Macchia showed heart by making key blocks and tackles while playing on a hurt ankle. Signal caller Tyler Joe handed the ball off like the seasoned pro that he is and made a key bootleg run which got the team inside the Island Trees 5-yard line. With time running out, Luke Citron got under center and ran a power sweep to the corner of the end zone to give the Braves a 12-6 lead. On the next play from scrimmage, which was the last play of the game, Andrew Lenneberg stirred up the Syosset crowd by intercepting an Island Trees pass and taking it 45 yards to the house. The boys were supported by a lively crowd and another great performance by the cheerleaders. The Braves look to continue to practice hard and take the momentum from this victory into their next game against Bellmore this Saturday.
The Braves got off to a slow start and never recovered against a strong Mineola team on Sunday losing 34-19. Mineola struck first with a touchdown run, and then blocked a punt which put them on the Braves 10 yard line, setting up their second touchdown. The Braves finally got going after a great kick return by Alex DeRiggi set up the Braves at midfield. On the next play Jack Rooney busted a 50-yard run down to the 2-yard line where Michael Mesbeh took it in for the score. The Braves got on the board again when Rooney went all the way this time on a 55 yard touchdown run. Mineola answered back despite some fine defensive plays by Patrick Schnell, Jason Yacavone, Stephen Fanelli, Anthony Naccarato, Andrew Bonapace, Matt Majoy, Andrew Gionvinco, Joe Cawley and Ethan Hammer. The Braves scored another touchdown when quarterback Richie Whigham passed the ball downfield to set the Braves inside the Mineola 30 yard line. From there Whigham hit Mesbeh for an acrobatic 30 yard touchdown pass. On the extra point Jack Rooney threw a pass to Greg Burke, who made a great catch to get the conversion. The Braves are home next week against Garden City at 11:30. As always thanks to our awesome cheerleaders, Annalia Alcamo, Victoria Cawley, Gia Celauro, Nicole Fanelli, Billie Green, Maria Hubbard, Julia Lin, Kameron Mazur, Kimberly Mazur, Grace Naccarato, Alexa Resnick, Katie Rooney, Julia Sobel, Chloe Tyree, Chloe Verch, and Chloe Zelenitz.