Friday, 18 September 2009 07:29
The Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League had its season opening games this past weekend. Although they made a strong showing, they were up against some pretty tough competition.
The 6-year-old team started year with a crushing victory. On the very first play of the season Owen Bunshaft made a 40-yard dash down the sideline for a touchdown. The next three plays resulted in long touchdown runs by Tyson Brown, Ryan Lichtenstein and Luke Citron. Later in the game touchdowns were also scored by Jesse Levitan, Joe Davis and Robert Trapeo. Although he did not score a touchdown the team’s leading rusher was Tyler Joe who carried the ball several times. Throughout the game the team’s offensive line was strong and held back the team from Floral Park. Patrick Callahan played flawlessly at quarterback distributing the ball to his teammates. The boys were tough on defense as well, allowing only two scores on the day. The defense was lead by Tyson Brown, Owen Bunshaft, Ryan Lichtenstein, Luke Citron and Robert Trapeo all with solo tackles. The defensive line also played very well led by Brandon Gilbert and Nicholas Macchia. The boys first game left fans looking forward to a great season. Great job boys!
The 7-year-old team hit the road and traveled to Baldwin for the season opening game. They put out a great effort but ultimately lost to a tough Baldwin team. Johnnie Rebuth had an interception, A.J. Alexander was a tackling machine and Dylan Trapani had a fumble recovery. Ari Chananya also had some really nice runs. The final score was 14 – 0, Baldwin.
The 7-year-old cheerleading team, which ranges in age from 5 - 8, performed exceptionally well. We have a wonderfully creative team, each team member has been encouraged to come up with a new cheer and some fun moves and Sunday was no exception. Many of our cheerleaders created a number of new cheers and led the team expertly. Despite the heat and the mud…we all had fun!
The Syosset Braves 8-year-old team lost a heartbreaking game to Garden City 6-0. The Braves controlled the ball most of the game and limited Garden City to only a few first downs before Garden City was successful on a reverse that covered 40 yards for a touchdown. On the ensuing drive long runs by Jack Rooney, Michael Mesbah and Patrick Schnell set up the Braves on the 1-yard line before a costly fumble cost the Braves a chance to tie. Matt Majoy, Andrew Giovinco, Jacob Katz, Nicky Carchietta, Joseph Cawley, Ryan Ditkoff and Max Inoff played great on the offensive line all day. Defensively the Braves were led by linebackers Richie Whigham and Jack Rooney, lineman Ryan Lebson, Aiden Adomiates, Stephen Fanelli, Anthony Naccarato, Ian Samide and the secondary of Dylan Hein, Kevin Paek, Patrick Schnell and Michael Mesbah.
The 9-year-old team lost a hard-fought game 18-0 on Sunday to the Massapequa Mustangs. Despite being down early the Braves Defense held strong. Led by the sure tackling of linebackers Tommy Rooney and Steven Conte the Braves were unscored upon in the second half.
The offense, led by quarterbacks Daniel Morales and Tyler Parlo, was able to sustain some long second-half drives that unfortunately bogged down. The offense line led by center Ethan Greenfield, guards Andrew Harris and Max Verch opened the running lanes for Dominick Speranza. Speranza, following the lead blocking of Christopher Belmonte, ripped off some long runs that left the team looking forward to its game next week against Bellmore.
The 10-year-old team traveled to Uniondale to play a powerhouse team in their division. The defense held up early led by veterans Kevin Lee, Ross Platz, Brian Doria, and Andrew Frankini on the front line. It was a hard-fought first half but Uniondale ended strong with a 31-7 victory. The Braves Jack Lukavic made a fantastic interception to give the ball back to the Braves but we were stopped and forced to punt. Brendan Condan also had several great plays on defense to slow down the Uniondale attack.
The 11-year-old team traveled to Massapequa to do battle against the Mustangs. It was a hard fought battle and ultimately the Braves came up short. The team made lots of great plays but the game ended with the Mustangs scoring 22 to the Braves 14.
The Senior team traveled to Brentwood to take on the defending NSFL Champions, Brentwood. Brentwood sneaked by Syosset by a score of 34 to 27 in a thrilling football game. Quarterback Sean Cerrone hooked up with Gregory Galligan for three scoring passes. Cerrone added a long scoring run for the Braves’ fourth touchdown. Connor Byrne had a fantastic game for the Braves: Byrne repeatedly knifed through the Brentwood defense on runs, after receptions and on kick returns.
The Braves’ high octane offense was grounded on excellent offensive line play. Nick Balos, Jack Randazzo, Michael Verdello, Matt Kahl, Nick Nicolia, Justin Weigold and Michael Panvini fought all day in the trenches against a powerful Brentwood rush.
On defense, Jack Gilbert made numerous tackles from his safety spot and Kevin Carbone contributed with a key fumble recovery.
Next week, all teams have a bye week, except for the Seniors. Stay tuned for more great football stories.