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The Braves Give It Their All in the Hot Sun

On Sunday, October 4, in the sun and heat, our teams once again came out and played outstanding football. Each team gave a thrilling performance and the fans couldn’t get enough. Here’s what happened:

The 6-Year-Olds

The Syosset 5- and 6-year-old team played two games this past week. The first game was against a tough opponent. The boys faced off against Island Trees. The game was a back and forth battle. The Syosset boys came out on top with a victory 28-14. The offense was again led by stellar play from quarterback Patrick Callahan. Touchdowns were scored by Tyson Brown, Owen Bunshaft, Luke Citron and Ryan Lichtenstein.

The defense was swarming only allowing two mistakes. Robert Trapeo, Jason Pacelli, Ryan Voight and John Cuoco were all in on tackles helping the team to secure a victory. Great job boys!

The week’s second game was against an even tougher opponent, Hicksville. The boys fought hard only to come up short 14-7. The team’s only touchdown was scored by Tyson Brown. Hard yardage was earned by Owen Bunshaft and Luke Citron. However, the offense on a whole had a very difficult time moving the ball.

On the defensive side the first two plays for Hicksville resulted in touchdowns. The Syosset boys then settled down and did not allow another score. The boys played well on defense led by Nicky and Saleem Sayage, Brandon Gilbert and Joe Davis.

It was a very positive week for the team. The boys played extremely well with tougher opponents to come.

The 7-Year-Olds

The 7-year-old Syosset team traveled to battle the Franklin Square Warriors for their third game of the season, and what a game it was. They were led out onto the field by their team captains Joseph Doria Jr., Derek Hammer and Chris Harris. Players Mikey Ackerman, Manuuv Allu, Ari Chananya, Victor Di Re, Joe Doria, Jack Fine, Cameron Halligan, Chris Harris, John Harris, Derek Hammer, Sam Jaffe, Johnny Maccarone, Jonathon Morales, Johnnie Rebuth, Kent Sato, Raj Shah and Dylan Trapani all put out an outstanding effort both offensively and defensively. Late in the fourth quarter of the game with a 0-0 score, John Harris had an unbelievable run which resulted in the only touchdown of the entire game, but it was unfortunately counted not valid due to a penalty. Final score was a 0-0 tie.

The 8-Year-Olds

The 8-year-old Braves played a tough game against the Massapequa Mustangs on Sunday that ended in a 6-6 tie. Massapequa scored first on a 14 play drive. After that the defense of Aidan Adomiates, Nicky Carchietta, Ryan Lebson, Stephen Fanelli, Ian Samide, Alex DeRiggi, Anthony Naccarato, Jack Rooney, Richie Whigham, Kevin Paek, Michael Mesbah, Dylan Hein, Skylar Chananya, Patrick Schnell, Jason Yacavone, Max Matchon, Nico DiGuardia, and Kian Ghazvani, shut down the Mustangs for the rest of the game.The Braves answered with a long touchdown run of 60 yards by Jack Rooney following a great block by Michael Mesbah. The offensive line of Ryan Ditkoff, Matt Majoy, Joseph Cawley, Andrew Giovinco, Jacob Katz, Harrison Okun, Ethan Hammer, Daniel Shapiro, Max Inoff and Jaden Newman battled all day against a tough group from Masssapequa. Michael Mesbah, Patrick Schnell, and Richie Whigham also ran the ball hard all day.

The 9-Year-Olds

The 9-year-old Syosset Braves dropped their first game on the road to the Inwood Buccaneers 19-0. The game was extremely physical and was scoreless until the closing minutes of the 1st half. The defense led by linemen Griffen Berke, Steven Conte, Andrew Harris, Daniel Morales, Daniel Ochs, Steven Zlotolow, Jared Gootnick and Zach Trakas stood strong against the big offense line of Inwood. Griffen Burke and Jared Gootnick recovered two fumbles and Andrew Harris got the Braves second interception of the year.

The linebacking core of Dominick Speranza, Tyler Parlo, Christopher Belmonte and Tommy Rooney were extremely active and were instrumental in keeping the Inwood running in check most of the game. The defensive backfield of Kalman Stieglitz, Max Verch, Bobby Kidd, Abi Allu and Dean Marx were constantly tested in the air and, despite one big play, were able to handle the speedy Inwood receivers.

The 10-Year-Olds

The Syosset Braves 10-year-old team took on a hard nosed East Rockaway team. The Braves were able to move the ball most of the day but couldn’t find the end zone. Will Reed stepped up and made a couple of great catches in the game. Again hard running was turned in by Dominick Doria and Jack Lukavic. The defense played well throughout the game. Big tackles were turned in by Brendan Condon, Max Fine, Nick Fernandez and Kevin Lee. They were tested on defense and only gave up one score. The final score for the Raiders was on a fake punt. The Braves hung tough but ended on a 16-0 final score.

The 11-Year-Olds

The Syosset 11-year-old Braves added another win to their record against the hard hitting Uniondale boys. When the final whistle blew and the dust settled on the hot Uniondale field, Syosset was the 28-13 victor….

Ryan Kelly had his first start as quarterback and was superb in his debut in leadership of the Syosset offense adding four running touchdowns to their credits.

Christian Leicht, Cameron Biegel, Alex Giovinco, Matthew Benus, Greg Balos and Colin Burdo were major contributors to the game with strong and tough plays on both sides of the ball.

The Seniors

This past Sunday, the Syosset Senior Division game saw an offensive explosion from the Braves. In a 42 to 24 win over the Elmont Cardinals, the Braves got touchdowns from Connor Byrne (two touchdowns), Gregory Galligan (two touchdowns), Sean Cerrone and running back Jack Gilbert. The Braves’ offensive line continues to impress. Nick Balos, Michael Verdello, Matt Kahl, Jack Randazzo, Alec Yacavone, Michael Panvini and Nick Nicolia opened huge holes for the Braves running game and provided quarterbacks Cerrone and Kevin Carbone plenty of time to make key throws. Tight end Justin Weigold threw several key blocks to spring Syosset runners. On defense, Jonah Dimaggio, Michael Vassallo and Ian Greene made big plays for the Braves. By trouncing Elmont, the Senior team moved its record to 3 and 1. Next up: the East Meadow Rams on Oct. 11.

On Oct. 18, join us at the turf field Syosset Woodbury Park for our first annual Homecoming celebration. Games start at 9 am and continue throughout the day. We’ll have music, a barbeque, bouncies for the kids and lots more. A fun day is guaranteed for all. Mark your calendars.