Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00
Vinny Bieniek looked around the room at his teammates and was visibly upset. After all, he felt his team was being disrespected by being ranked as the No. 12 seed in the preseason.
“This team is not a 12 seed,” said the senior quarterback of Mineola. “I told my teammate Brian Gaffney, let’s shock the system” he added.
The signal-caller for the Mustangs is backing up his words so far and having a strong year. The team is attempting to outperform expectations in a year that the opposing coaches in the conference were not very generous in the preseason rankings. The ranking seemed unwarranted considering the team finished 2012 with a respectable 5-4 record before being defeated by No. 1 ranked Seaford in the Nassau League IV quarterfinals.
In terms of rating his own performance, Bieniek feels that his three passing touchdowns in five games are “unacceptable” and that the passing could “turn it up a notch.” Fortunately, Bieniek is a gifted runner as well.
On the ground, he is a threat as well for opposing defenses. “I really feel that I have grown as a runner this year,” he said. Bieniek has added three rushing touchdowns, which bring his touchdown total to six.
Head Coach Dan Guido was impressed enough with Bieniek to hand him the starting job as a junior. It was hard to ignore his size and speed combination. Guido also feels like his quarterback has a fair chance to continue his career after this year.
“Vinny can play at the next level,” said Guido. “He can be Division-II or III player.”
The one thing that remains to be seen is what sport he will be playing. Bieniek is also a talented baseball player, and he feels he has a chance to play on the diamond as well.
“I’m still shopping around for colleges right now,” he said. Bieniek did not specify which colleges he had narrowed the decision down to, but recently attended a showcase at NYIT in order to generate gauge the programs that are
The immediate priority for Bieniek is getting his football team to the playoffs this season. The Mustangs have a couple very winnable games on their schedule and it would enhance their likelihood of a playoff berth greatly if they can finish their business.
If they are to do so, Bieniek will play a pivotal role in the success of the team.