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Braves Hit the Road But Return Next Week for Homecoming Celebration

On Sunday, the weather was sunny and crisp and all of the teams were playing away games. There were some amazing plays in the games – plays so great, that you can’t make this stuff up. Here’s what happened.

7-Year-Olds

For their fourth game of the season the 7-year-old Braves hit the road and traveled to take on the Mineola Chiefs at Hampton Field. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and the game began just the same. The first play of the game was a 60-yard touchdown made by #13 John Harris, followed by the extra point. Shortly after that #29 Kent Sato had an outstanding run which resulted in a second touchdown. #41 Sam Jaffes first run in a game was a great success. Knocking down his opponents to reach the end zone, he was able to get the Braves the extra point. Outstanding efforts were put out by all, both offensively and defensively. Ari Chananya #5 had a great run up the field as well as our own #10 Victor Di Re with a 7 yard run. #12 Joe Doria, #6 Dylan Trapani and #3 Chris Harris also had nice runs. #52 Mikey Ackerman, #36 Manuuv Allu, #7 Jack Fine, #57 Derek Hammer, #25 Johnny Maccarone, #59 Jonathan Morales, #9 James Rampi, #73 Raj Shah, and #37 Matthew Vogel all contributed to a great game resulting in a 14 - 0 win against the Mineola Chiefs.

8-Year-Olds

The 8-year-old Braves lost a heart breaker on Sunday night to Inwood 7-6. Playing under the lights, the Braves came out rolling. After good runs by Richie Whigham and Patrick Schnell, Michael Mesbah went 40 yards on a great run for a touchdown. Unfortunately the extra point was fumbled and that proved to be costly. Inwood only had a one drive against the strong Braves defense which resulted in a touchdown. The Braves defense was led by Jack Rooney, Richie Whigham, Ryan Lebson, Stephen Fanelli, Adian Adomiates, Nicky Carchietta, Kevin Paek, Michael Mesbah, Skylar Chananya, Kian Ghazvini, Jason Yacavone, Ian Samide, Anthony Nacarato, and Alex DeRiggi. The offensive line played great all day, led by Jacob Katz, Ryan Ditkoff, Andrew Giovinco, Matt Majoy, Joseph Cawley, Ethan Hammer, Harrison Okun, Jaden Newman, Max Inoff, and Daniel Shapiro. The 8-year-old Braves play Bellmore on Sunday at 11 a.m. as part of the Homecoming celebration. Please come out and cheer on the Braves!

9-Year-Olds

The 9-year-old Syosset Braves traveled to face the undefeated Uniondale Knights a bit short handed without two starters Daniel Ochs and Max Verch and key substitute Dean Marx and dropped a very physical 20-0 decision.

The defensive line led by Stephen Conte and Daniel Morales along with Ethan Greenfield, Jared Gootnick, Steven Zlotolow fought the entire game against the big offensive line of Uniondale. Without much substitution they were in the offensive backfield throughout the day. Defensive ends Tommy Rooney and Griffin Berke were solid in forcing the strong running game to earn every yard. They also provided tight pass coverage against the speedy receiving corps of Uniondale.

Tyler Parlo and Andrew Harris were first-time starters at middle linebacker and met the strong Uniondale running attack head on, making tackles all over the field. Each of them made some of the most physical hits the Braves have seen all year. Outside linebackers Dominick Speranza and Christopher Belmonte were constantly tested and were taking on every rusher constantly forcing the running game to change direction.

The defensive backfield of Bobby Kidd, Kalman Stieglitz and Abhi Allu roamed sideline to sideline making open field tackles and covering the multiple wide-receiver sets employed by the Knights.

The offensive line led by first-time starter Zach Trakas were able to open some big holes for running backs Speranza, Belmonte and Berke who took it to the huge defensive line and linebackers of Uniondale.

The Braves are looking forward to the Homecoming festivities next Sunday

10-Year-Olds

The Braves ran into a tough Mineola squad this weekend. They fought hard and but were unable to put points on the board. They came up short on a 27-0 loss. Great defensive plays were made by Sam Goldberg, Kevin Lee, Maxx Fine, Nick Fernandez, Patrick Jong and Brendan Condon. It was a long afternoon but they hung in there until last snap. They were able to move the ball on offense but couldn’t punch one in. Come on out and catch there next game this Sunday at home at Syosset Woodbury Park against Elmont.

11-Year-Olds

The 11-year-old Syosset Braves football squad continued their winning ways with an impressive 28-6 victory over Bellmore. The Braves were led to victory by Donovon Condon’s two touchdowns and Benny Wachtel’s single score. A strong effort was given by the entire offensive line, Greg Balos, Devin Burdo, E.J. Aronson, Jamie Kessler, Maxx Falk, Colin Moran and Condon, and a defense that ‘stalled’ Bellmore for the entire game. It was a total team effort, though additional standout performances were given by quarterback Ryan Kelly with a touchdown pass, middle linebacker Ryan Huie with many ‘crushing’ tackles and defensive back Cameron Biegel with the first interception of the year. The 11-year-old Braves return home next Sunday facing Baldwin, 3:30 at Syosset/Woodbury Park. Please come and give the team your support.

The Seniors

The Syosset Senior team pounded the East Meadow Rams in a 25-6 victory. The Braves dominated all three phases of the game to run their record to 4 and 1.

The game opened with the Braves perfectly executing an onside kick, recovering the ball on the Rams 40 yard line. Two plays later Sean Cerrone hooked up with a wide open Gregory Galligan for the Braves first touchdown of the day.

The Braves defense then took over and forced the Rams to punt: the special teams got into the scoring action when Sean Cerrone returned the Rams punt 60 yards for the Braves second touchdown.

At the beginning of the second quarter, the Braves defense then got on the scoreboard when Safety Jack Gilbert scooped up an East Meadow fumble and returned it 35 yards for the Braves third touchdown.

Running back Connor Byrne added another touchdown on a well executed option play. Justin Weigold scored on the PAT on a well-placed pass from Cerrone.

The Braves’ 25 to 6 victory saw outstanding play from many of the team’s defenders. Linebackers Kevin Carbone, Nick Balos, Anthony Vassallo and Anthony Marchese made big hit after big hit throughout the game. The Braves defensive line – Jonah Dimaggio, Alec Yacavone, Matt Kahl, Nick Nicolia, Jack Randazzo, Michael Panvini, Robert Jenis and Michael Verdello – applied relentless pressure in the rams’ backfield. Defensive back Braden Straub had his best game of the season: Straub came in for a huge hit on a Rams back and covered Rams receivers like a glove throughout the day. Andrew Cali and Michael Vassallo also contributed to the Braves’ defensive effort.

Don’t forget to join us this coming Sunday, Oct. 18 for our First Annual Homecoming Celebration at the turf field in Syosset Woodbury Park. The celebration will be going on all day, starting at 9 a.m. We have five homegames this week, so you’ll get to see lots of great football and some pretty amazing cheerleaders. We’ll have singers from the I School of Music, singing the national anthem, DJ and game commentary, courtesy of Upbeat Entertainment, food, bouncies for the kids and lots more. Everyone is welcome, so bring your families and friends and help us to celebrate!