Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00
The 5- and 6-year-olds ended their football season Saturday afternoon against a tough Seaford team. The late afternoon start did nothing to help the Generals’ slow first half start that they experienced all season. After the last game speech at halftime, the Generals came out in the second half ready to play. The defense led by Francesco Allocca (12 tackles) gave up only one second-half score. Rodney Hill Jr. stepped in as quarterback in the second half and led the
Generals to their only score: a 54-yard run by Alloca. Liam Gorney also stepped up with some great running.
Coach Rodney and Coach Charles are really proud of all the boys this year:
Francesco Allocca, John Arato, Matthew Duras, Vincenzo Gangi, Kody Gehnrich, Liam Gorney, Jack Grace, Rodney Hill Jr, Patrick Kelly, Amare Marston, Cole Meyer, Dylan Mueller, Nicky Spampinato and Zachary Spinelli.
The 7- and 8-year-old Generals lost in disappointing fashion to close out the season as the Mineola Chiefs were able to run effectively against the usually stingy General defense, as they scored four times against the Generals, converting all four of their points after touchdown.
The Generals defense overall was continuously in position but was unable to make the tackles needed to hold the Chief offense. The General defense was led by PJ Verdi (three tackles, two assists) and Jaden Marshall (two tackles, two assists).
The General offensive success was inconsistent as well as the Generals had a 30-yard run by Bryce Kipnes and 33-yard run by PJ Verdi, both for touchdowns, however, for most of the game the Generals offense was out of sync.
The General loss concluded the season, of which all of the boys enjoyed playing time and finished the season safely while having fun and learning the game of football.
The 9-year-old Generals played the Seaford Broncos in cold and windy conditions at TR Park Sunday, losing 27-12. The Generals and Broncos both had a tough time moving the ball in the first half. Dylan Beggs led a newly aligned
Generals defense along with Mikey Palagonia, Mitch Harmantas, James Ryan, Christian DeBellis and Roman Ragusa holding the Broncos scoreless in the first quarter. The scoring drought finally broke with a long pass by Seaford. When the
Generals tried to respond, their offensive woes continued into the wind and Seaford regained possession scoring another TD to go up by a score of 14-0. However, the high octane offense of the Generals finally broke through sparked by
an incredible diving catch by De’Andre Marston from Tighe Mullarkey for 20 yards. Kyle Marshal then went to work showing off his league best speed getting two quick scores before halftime to make the score 14-12.
Coming out at halftime, the blustery conditions grounded the Generals aerial attack which forced Tommy Beggs into the offensive mix. He responded with several tough runs up the middle with lead blocks from Joey Pothlanski carry numerous would be tacklers for solid gains. On defense, Andrew Watts, Giuseppe Alloca and William Ryan came to life pounding the Bronco running backs to keep the Broncos in check. Their efforts weren’t enough to overcome the
Generals’ offensive miscues and Seaford was able to score again to go up 20-12. A late score made the final 27-12.
The 10-year-old Generals ended their inaugural campaign with 5 - 3 record beating the Garden City B team by a score of 12 - 6.
Jake VanVelsor led all rushers with nine carries for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
Luke Paniagua had five rushes for 58 yards, Jack Croke had four carries for 27 yards, David Hill had three carries for 15 yards and Matt Pisciotta had four carries for 20 yards. Excellent blocking by Aidan Carrozza, Liam Doran, Nathan
Kearney, Brett Kinta, Alex Lodati and Ben Spampinato lead the way for the Generals to amass 220 yards on offense.
Luke Paniagua had his sixth interception of the year along with his seven tackles to lead a strong effort put together by a staunch and stalwart defense of the Generals. Jake Van Velsor had a fumble recovery along with his five tackles.
The defense had crushing tackles by Bill Collery, David Hill, James Hosey, Sal Mangano, Michael Nabavi, Matt Pisciotta and Ben Silver, each with two tackles.
The Generals await the outcomes of several opponents to see if they make the playoffs...stay tuned!
The Generals hosted the Massapequa Mustangs in what turned out to be an exciting tough game. The Generals came up short in a score of 6-0. The Generals defense remained strong throughout the game with outstanding performances by all the boys. The Generals 11-year-old team concluded their regular season of play and now advance to the playoffs. The coaches will keep you updated on dates and times.
Generals Junior Cheerleading squads joined together and cheered for the 9-year-old team on a cold and rainy morning. Although there was no sun, the girls kept everybody’s spirits bright. The Senior Cheerleading squad cheered for the 11-year-old Generals. Even though it was a tough loss, the cheerleaders kept the team in the game.
-Submitted by team coaches