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Chiefs Win Back To Back Championships

On Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex, in their final senior season as Chiefs, the 11-year-old football team for the second year in a row won a Nassau County Championship by beating the Baldwin Bombers 25-7 to take home the victory and a championship trophy. It was expected to be a tight back and forth game, but the Chiefs dominated on defense with its 6-2 defense and got the ball back to the offense early and often.

In the end, the Chiefs once again proved too much for the Bombers to handle.

All season long the defense has been keeping the Chiefs in games, but on this day, and for the second week in a row the Chiefs offense came alive. The Chiefs offensive coordinator Bobby Redmond, using a majority of his 70 offensive plays, was really on his game being creative, as he confused the Bombers Defense throughout the game.

The Chiefs offense was led by the explosive runs of hard to catch running back Michael O’Connell (4 TDs) and the strong powerful runs of running backs Jalen Rivers, Jack Duff, and Lance Costa. Quarterback Matt Sluka (1 XP) looking like his old self after a foot injury, controlled the ball against the Bombers behind solid blocking by the offensive line of Michael LaGinestra, Kevin Parente, Patrick McTiernan, Anthony Giunta, Brandon Coward and wide receiver Thomas Albig (1 TD).

The Chiefs stuffed and dominated the Bombers all day long. The defensive line of Andrew Casoria, Spenser Warantz, Sante Nicolia, Dylan Vincenti, Vincent Pomara, Ryan Calderone, Naz Jackson, Joshua Jacob, Ocian Villa and Damien Patterson kept the pressure on Baldwin’s offense throughout the game. Cornerbacks and safeties making tackles all over the field were led by O’Connell, Sluka, Jack Duff, Matt Grimm and Albig.

The linebackers Rivers and Philip Arnold attacked the ball and finished off the Bombers. All the boys played and participated in the victory.

Scoring is summarized below:

•Michael O’Connell 52-yard Touchdown Run (Michael O’Connell extra-point pass to Matt Sluka)
•Michael O’Connell 43-yard Touchdown Run  (extra-point kick failed)
•Michael O’Connell 57-yard Touchdown Run  (extra-point kick failed)
•Michael O’Connell 36-yard Touchdown Pass to Thomas Albig (extra-point run failed)