Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00
Farmingdale’s PAL Flag Football League celebrated its 10th Anniversary Sunday with its annual Super Bowl festivities at Woodward Parkway Field and Allen Park. More than 1000 boys and girls capped another successful season with the older divisions competing for Super Bowl bragging rights and the younger players getting another week of fun. This year the community honored three men who spent the last decade building the league into one of the biggest and best in the Northeast. The youth of Farmingdale will forever be indebted to Denis Donovan and Ray Webb who founded the league and to George Mauro who made it possible for the league to grow. Special thanks to Farmingdale High School’s wrestling team who helped with the food Sunday and to the dozens of directors and coaches who volunteer countless hours each week, year after year.
Here are some of the highlights from the last week of play:
Congratulations to the 3rd Grade Vikings on a perfect season finishing with a record of 10-0. Quarterback Chris Kosinski threw for two more touchdowns on Super Bowl Sunday connecting with two of his favorite receivers Philip Pierro on the “Center Bomb” and an 80-yard completion to Anthony Ventiere on the “Bred and Butter” play. Tyler Kretzmer, the team’s leading rusher, also scored a touchdown on a long run. Mike Ragusa and Troy Dubiel contributed to the win big plays on offense. Aiden Ng anchored the defense with a with a big interception. Although Spence Rustyak was injured and not able to play, he was there cheering the team on. Coach Dom and Coach Joe are very proud of the way the boys played and are looking forward to next year.
The Redskins ended the season vs.the 49er’s. Brendan Gigante scored a touchdown on a long catch and run play. Outstanding passes from Tommy DeRespino (T-Mac) and Chris Bergensen helped to keep the Redskins in the game. Bryan Birkl, James Hammelman and Peter Fernandez all ran the ball well. Patrick Murphy and Christian Mall came up big on defense by knocking down passes and pulling multiple flags. Great season Redskins!
Marissa Karlsen shined for the Steelers Sunday running for touchdown and getting 3 flags on defense. Luke Begley caught a TD pass from Dean Kott and ran for another. Andrew Adamo had a long run up the middle for a TD that was ESPN highlight worthy. Katie Hecker had a nice run, a flag on defense and also brought her new dog “Baxter” to serve as the Steelers Mascot. Luke Eschman and Emma Savino had their usual good games on defense by recording 2 flags each.
The 2nd Grade Giants took on a strong Redskins team on a very windy Sunday morning. Seamus Vereline and Conor Muldoon broke off their longest runs of the season. Kevin Corrigan was a revelation as a passing quarterback, Kain Riddiough was a tackling machine and Justin Sindicic found the endzone a few times as usual.