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Wet Weather Doesn’t Slow the Syosset Braves Down

It was a rainy day, but the Braves didn’t let that dampen their spirits. We had some serious competition again this week, but we played well across the board. The 6-year-old team will be playing on Wednesday this week, and will be reported on next week. Here’s how everyone else did:

7-Year-Olds:

For their second game of the season the Syosset Braves 7-year-old team played an exciting game vs. Bellmore, home at the turf field. The cold, wet rain seemed to not affect the players on that early Sunday morning. An outstanding effort was put out by all despite the uncooperative weather conditions. All the players worked hard and gave their best effort on both offense and defense. Special mention must be made for #29 Kent Sato with two great runs both resulting in a touch down and for #59 Jonathan Morales for supplying some excellent tackling from the defensive tackle position. The final outcome of the game resulted in a 12-12 tie.

8-Year-Olds:

The 8-year-old Braves played the perennial power house, Farmingdale Hawks, last Sunday and came away with a huge 18-7 win. The Braves took their opening drive right down the field on great runs by Richie Whigham, Patrick Schnell and Michael Mesbah. Jack Rooney then scored the first touchdown on a 30 yard run. Farmingdale took the ball down the field but the Braves defense stiffened up and denied the score. The defense was superb all day and was led by Ryan Lebson, Aiden Adomiates, Nicky Carchietta, Ian Samide, Anthony Naccaratto, Stephen Fanelli, Alex DeRiggi, Kevin Paek, Dylan Hein, Skylar Chananya, Nico DiGuardia, Max Matchton, and Jason Yacavone. The Braves first drive of the second half again started with great running by Mesbah, Schnell and Whigham. The drive was capped off by Jack Rooney’s 40 yard touchdown run down the left sideline following beautiful blocks by Schnell and Nicky Carchietta. After a great defensive stop, including a crushing hit by Richie Whigham, the Braves marched down the field for another score. This time Michael Mesbah had successive long runs to set up the Braves inside the Hawks 5 yard line, before Whigham barreled in for the score. The offensive line led by center Joseph Cawley, Matt Majoy, Andrew Gionvinco, Jacob Katz, Ryan Ditkoff, Ethan Hammer, Daniel Shapiro, Jaden Newman, Max Inoff, and Harrison Okun did a great job and deserve a lot of credit for the win.

9-Year-Olds:

The 9-year-old Braves won on Sunday, however it was the Bellmore Braves that defeated Syosset’s Braves 19-0 on a rainy Sunday afternoon. The defense line consisting of Daniel Ochs, Griffin Burke, Jared Gootnick, Zachary Trakas, Tyler Parlo, Andrew Harris, Ethan Greenfield, Steven Zlotolow and Daniel Morales put up a valiant effort all day making Bellmore work hard for every yard. Linebackers Thomas Rooney, Christopher Belmonte and Dominick Speranza played tough the entire game with linebacker Steven Conte flying to the ball and seemingly in on every tackle. Safeties Max Verch and Abi Allu provided support and did their best by shedding blocks and taking on the ball carrier. First year players Dean Marx and Bobby Kidd gave great effort by playing both ways as Safety/Tight End and being involved in a majority of the action.

10-Year-Olds:

The Syosset 10-year-old team took on the neighboring Hicksville Crusaders this past Sunday. The Braves were led by Jack Lukavic, Will Reed and Dominic Doria in the backfield. The offense was moving the ball most of the day. They ran against a stingy Hicksville defense in the second half and came up short in a hard fought 14-7 defeat. Brendan Condon and Patrick Jong played fantastic in the secondary. The Braves also had spirited running plays by Brian Weigold who ran with power up the middle and smashed defenders all day. The offensive line helped Will Reed score their sole touchdown. Lukas Gondolfo, Ross Platz, Brian Doria, Michael Levy, opened up holes all afternoon long. It was a hard fought loss for all the players and they gave everything they had.

11-Year-Olds:

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old team hosted their first home game against the very hard hitting Garden City Thunder football team. The Syosset Braves made their town proud as they were able to secure a 20-0 victory over the previously yet to be defeated Thunder.

Syosset scored early on their first drive as Michael (“Lightning”) Elardo electrified the field with his quick moves up to middle for a 35 yard touchdown. The Syosset defense was tough as always and GC could only eek out two first downs the entire day. Quick thinking QB Eddie Fox on the line the audible set up a sweet 15 yard end pass to Ryan Kelly who was able to deliver the ball into the Red Zone where Ben Wachtel and the Viking Offense Line (Devon Burdo, Eric Aronson, James Kessler, Maxx Falk, Colin Moran) pounded the ball into the end zone. Rookie Lucas Cotler sealed the deal with a 2 point conversion kick.

Once again the Syosset defensive line (Austin Georgakis, Evan Belmonte, Nicolas Roselli, Jesse Gropper) and LB Ryan Huie suppressed the Thunder’s charges…Special acknowledgement to Donovan Condon who delivered his own thunder with aggressive blocking and tackling on both sides on the ball. Syosset was able to put one more TD on the boards in the third quarter on a long breakaway run securing the victory for the Braves…

Seniors:

The Syosset Senior team traveled to Wantagh this past Sunday to take on the previously undefeated Warriors. The Braves team won a hard hitting, nail-biter of a game by a final score of 12 to 8.

Wantagh came into the game having scored 69 points in their first two games; however, the Braves defense took control from the outset. The Braves defensive backfield of Sean Cerrone, Jack Gilbert and Connor Byrne covered Wantagh’s receivers relentlessly, with Cerrone and Byrne each picking up crucial interceptions. The Braves’ linebackers, Ian Greene, Gregory Galligan and Kevin Carbone, stifled the Warriors’ running game. The defensive line — Patrick O’Neill, Michael Verdello, Alec Yacavone, Nick Balos, Matt Kahl, Jonah Dimaggio, Rob Jenis, Anthony Marchese, Jack Randazzo, and Michael Panvini — stuffed the Warriors at the line of scrimmage and placed tremendous pressure on Wantagh’s quarterback.

Tight End Ian Greene and quarterback Sean Cerrone each scored touchdowns in the second half of the game to give the Braves a well earned victory. The Senior team’s next game is at home on Oct. 4 at 9 am.