Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00
On the frozen tundra Syosset-Woodbury Park had become on Saturday, Oct. 29, the five-and-six-year-old Syosset Braves played nearly flawless football against a Farmingdale Knights team looking to avenge a home loss earlier in the season. The Braves rewarded their faithful fans, who braved the snow, cold and wind of an early morning game, with a three-touchdowns-to-zero victory over the Knights.
While the Knights’ snapped Braden “Speedy” Sosnik’s three-game streak of first-play touchdowns, they were not able to contain him – Sosnik found the end zone on the third play of the game. Jack “Big Play” LaBianca extended the Braves’ lead, scoring on a long touchdown run. Matthew “Terminator” Donaldson ran in the third score for the Braves, capping the end of his fine day of blocking and tackling.
The Braves’ defense was impenetrable all morning, keeping the Knights’ comfortably out of the red zone. In addition to Donaldson, Sosnik, LaBianca, Ethan “Slash” Hart and Nicholas “Shute” Polizotto kept the Knights’ rushers in check. It took a total team effort to shut-out the Knights, with the help of unsung heroes of the game – Jake Cohen, Gavin Halligan, Kyle Joe, Avery Kurtzer, Bryce Newman, Liam Pheffer, Robby Sokolski, GianPaul Trapeo and Blake Weingarten – to out-musce their Farmingdale counterparts on both sides of the ball. The Braves coaches and player’s thank their cheerleaders for supporting the team.
Meanwhile, the 10-year-old Braves kept up their winning ways with a resounding 25-13 win against Inwood on Sunday, Oct. 30. The Braves had a rough go early as their first two drives stalled, but on their third possession, they got it going behind the running of Michael Mesbeh, Jack Rooney, Patrick Schnell and Richie Whigham. They got into the endzone on a Whigham to Rooney pass.
The Braves held Inwood scoreless in the first half thanks to the defense of Ian Goldfeder, Stephen Fanelli, Nicky Carchietta, Anthony Iragi, Jason Yacavone, Kevin Ng, Ethan Hammer, Taka Hibi, Charlie Ulrich, and Andrew Giovinco. On offense, the Braves took the last possession of the first half right down the field before Whigham took a quarterback sneak into the end zone to make it 12-0 at the half.
The Braves ran the ball well all day thanks to their offensive line: Jacob Katz, Anthony Celauro, Joe Cawley, Matt Majoy and Andrew Bonapace. Equally important in the running game was the blocking of receivers Anthony Naccarato, Alex DeRiggi, Ian Samide, Gregory Burk and Moiz Zaidi. The Braves third touchdown was run by Rooney from 10 yards out and after a 45-yard run down to the five-yard line. Two plays later, Rooney scored his third touchdown of the day to put the game away for the Braves.