Written by Nina Terjesen, Editorial@Antonnews.com Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00
The Syosset Braves nine-year-old youth football team has found its rhythm after a slow start to the season.
There are many first-year players on this team who just needed a few weeks to gel and get into a rhythm. After two close and tough losses to start the season, the Syosset Braves have been unbeaten in their past three games, with the latest, a 25-6 victory, coming against the Bellmore Braves.
The weather could not have more appropriate, as the sun was shining down on the Syosset players. Syosset lost the coin toss, and sent out it’s starting defensive unit. On Bellmore’s first offensive series, Robert Trapeo stripped the ball from the half back to give Syosset the ball in Bellmore territory. The ground and pound was in full force as Luca Cutolo and Gage Ciccotto ate up yards and clock on their way to Bellmore’s one-yard line.
On the next play, Gage slipped in for the score with outstanding blocking from the young offensive line.
The offense would not be denied on the extra point as Nicholas Macchia bullied his way in on the quarterback sneak.
After tough defensive stops on second and third down, Bellmore burst through on forth down for a long 40-yard run.
Bellmore ran up the middle for a touchdown, but failed on the extra point with a critical tackle by Quinn Broggy at the line of scrimmage. This was the last time Bellmore would see pay dirt as the Syosset players put on a defensive clinic for the remainder of the game.
Syosset went on to score three more times, with two long touchdown runs by Luca Cutolo, the first a 27-yard run, and the second went for 50 yards. Gage Ciccotto shed multiple tackles as he ran in for his second score. Gage’s touchdown was set up by an outstanding play by Nicholas Macchia.
On a busted pass play with pressure in his face, Nick juked and jived his way up the field, turning a four-yard would-be sack into a nine-yard gain.
Bellmore’s offense could not get into a grove with several four and out drives as Syosset played shutdown defense for the remainder of the game. After a Syosset turnover, with the score 13-6, Bellmore had the ball with a chance to tie the game. Judson Levi had a huge tackle on third down for a three yard loss. The intimidating defense drew the offense offsides on the next two plays and Bellmore had to settle for a punt on fourth down. Robert Trapeo sealed the victory as he snarled in his second turnover, an interception he ran back 15 yards.
The coaching staff, lead by George Macchia, has done wonders with new players finding spots for them to excel with the teams veterans. Offensive coordinator Anthony Cutolo is keeping the opposing defenses honest by mixing in pass and misdirection plays. Defensive coordinator Joe Mehran is sending in the blitz at optimal times, wreaking havoc in the backfield which is leading to turnovers.
The Syosset Braves are on the road the next two weeks followed by a bye, with the final regular season game at home on November 10 at Syosset-Woodbury park.