Friday, 14 September 2012 09:17
The Syosset Youth Football & Cheerleading League had its opening weekend this past Sunday, Sept. 9 at the turf field in Syosset-Woodbury Park. It was a beautiful day to watch the teams play.
The 7-year-old Syosset Braves kicked off their season with a home opener against the much feared Garden City Thunder. Picking up right where they left off last year, the opening play saw quarterback Avery Kurtzer handing the ball to Braden Sosnik who ran for a 70-yard touchdown. Nick Polizotto weaved his way in for the extra point to give Syosset 7-0 lead after their first possession.
Syosset’s defense proved to be stingy, holding Garden City to small gains all morning. Syosset set the tone early, dropping Garden City for a loss on two of their first three plays, and Garden City was forced to punt the ball.
Syosset’s offense returned to the field under quarterback Kyle Joe, who was able to overcome a couple of penalty calls due to great blocking and long runs from Jack LaBianca, Matt Donaldson, and a touchdown by Dan Garibaldi. Syosset defense held tough to close out the half leading 13-0.
The second half started with Syosset’s defense showing great pursuit, chasing down Garden City runners with great plays from Darrin Costa, Kai Moskovich, Adam Giovinco, and Andrew Brotman. The offense in the second half resulted in a scoring drive led by Kurtzer. Polizotto outran the defense to the corner of the endzone and the extra point was added by a run up the middle by Luca Pipia. Syosset gave up a late touchdown to a determined Garden City Thunder team, but went on to win the opening game by a score of 20-7.
The game was won by strong play on the offensive line, defensive line, and secondary by Elijah Krangle, Ethan Hart, Matthew Donaldson, Dan Garibaldi, Luca Pipia, Braden Sosnik, Brandt Morgan, Terrance Johnson III, Jordan Goldstein, Liam Pheffer, Jack LaBianca, Darrin Costa, Kai Moskovich, Gianpaul Trapeo, Dylan Goodman, Adam Giovinco, Nick Polizotto, Andrew Brotman, Robert Sokolski and Keno Zachery. Quarterbacks Avery Kurtzer and Kyle Joe ran disciplined and efficient offense while contributing on defense as well.
The 7-year-old Braves would like to thank the Garden City Thunder for a fun, competitive game. They would also like to thank the fans coming out to support the team, especially our cheerleaders: Sienna Campise, Samantha Weingarten, Katelyn Rose Stefanich, Zoe Vogel, Ava Ceglia, Karina Munoz, Emily Munoz, Ayesha Chandnani, Paloma Papageorge, Taylor Buongiavanni, Diya Pindiprolu, and Natalie Maser.
Next up for the team is the Bellmore Braves at Newbridge Park at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16; please come out to support the team.
The 8-year-old team opened its 2012 campaign with a hard-fought 0-0 tie against Garden City’s A team. It was old time football, with unrelenting defense the entire game, slowing a speedy Garden City. It was a real team effort as Nick Chazotte, Gaige Ciccotto, Luke Citron, Luca Cutolo, Jett D’Agostino, Ronnie Ellis, Tyler Joe, Andrew Lenneberg, Judson Levi, Nicholas Macchia, Sam Martin, Joe Mehran, Jimmy Modena, Jason Pacelli, Jack Schuster, Jacob Sheedy, Benjamin Skopicki, Robert Trapeo and Ryan Voight contributed, There were several hard hits by the team and Garden City only threatened once, but Syosset’s defense was up to the challenge. The cheerleaders were on hand and did a great job cheering the boys on. This weekend, the 8 year olds travel to Seaford.
The 9-year-old Braves opened the season at home with an impressive 13-0 victory over the Floral Park Titans. Great team play on defense held the Titans scoreless in the first half. Offensively, Joseph Bueti opened the scoring with a strong 15-yard touchdown run, and the extra point was run in by quarterback Ari Chananya. The Braves had some outstanding runs by Matt Mcphee, Jayson Singer, and Christopher Harris. The running game was helped by the offensive line play of Jeremy Meltzer, James Rampi, Sam Dupont, and Victor Di Re.
The defense continued to dominate the second half with play by Darius Coleman, Ryan Lichtenstein, Thomas Henry, Stephen Destefani, Daniel Terino, Jake Goldberg, Brendan Brotman, Derek Hammer, Shane Elias, and Patrick Terino. Syosset’s second score of the game came from a strong and evasive run by Chananya. The next game will be on the road, facing East Rockway.