Written by Jared Kurtzer, Editorial@antonnews.com Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00
The 8-year-old Syosset Braves football team faced the undefeated Elmont Cardinals this past weekend. Syosset was determined to extend their win streak and shut the door on Elmont. Defense would be the key to winning this game as both football teams have proven they can score over the past four weeks.
Syosset struck early by handing the ball to Braden “Speedy” Sosnik who took the opening play 60 yards for the game’s first touchdown. Syosset would add an extra point to take an early 7-0 lead.
Elmont was able to answer on the ensuing possession breaking several tackles to find the end zone after a sustained drive. Elmont was successful in the extra point attempt to knot the game at seven.
The defense play took over the game as coaches on both sides of the fields made adjustments. There was very little offense to not until Elmont was able to get Syosset’s edge, however Safety Andrew Brotman would make a touchdown saving tackle on the 10-yard line as the first half clock ticked down to zero. The teams were still tied 7-7 at the half.
Syosset used halftime to their advantage to discuss offense blocking schemes and defensive containment. The second half continued to be a dogfight. Syosset was able to sustain a long time consuming drive that resulted in a touchdown for Dan Garibaldi punching the ball in from 1 yard out. Elmont stopped the extra point attempt. Syosset led 13-7.
With several players banged up and exhausted from a long grueling game, Syosset had to make one more stand with just over two minutes left on the clock. Once again, the defense came up with the big play. For the second time of the game, Safety Andrew Brotman was able to contain Elmont’s quick running back from escaping down the sideline saving another touchdown. Syosset hunkered down as they were able to shut down the Elmont Cardinals as the clock expired.
The coach’s credit this win to hard work, focus, discipline, and hearts of champions on both sides of the ball by Andrew Brotman, Darrin Costa, Daniel Garibaldi, Adam Giovinco, Alex Goodman, Ethan Hart, William Henry, Kyle Joe, Terrance Johnson III, Avery Kurtzer, Brandt Morgan, Kai Moskovich, Luca Pipia, Giovanni Reyes, Robbie Sokolski, and Braden Sosnik.
Syosset’s record improves to 4-1 after the win.