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Another Weekend of Great Football Games for the Syosset Braves

The Braves had another weekend of great football. Although our opponents were a tough match, everyone played their hardest. All of our teams put in great efforts and kept the fans on the edge of their seats. Here’s what happened:


The 6-Year-Olds

The Syosset Braves peanut team played a difficult opponent Sunday facing off against the Franklin Square “A” team. Though the boys were greatly outsized at all positions they showed a tremendous amount of heart and courage and played their best until the game’s last play. The teams lone touchdown was scored by quarterback Patrick Callahan on a long 60-yard run down the sideline. Other hard fought yardage was gained by Ryan Voight, Jesse Levitan, Nicholas Macchia, Tyler Joe and Robert Trapeo. On the defensive side of the ball the boys were led by tackling machine Owen Bunshaft with 6 solo tackles. Strong defensive plays were also made by Ryan Lichtenstien, Luke Citron, Brandon Gilbert and Tyson Brown. Even though the boys found themselves down on the scoreboard they amazed the crowd with an incredible goal line stand led by tackles from Brown, Citron and Lichtenstein. The team is traveling back to Franklin Square next week to play the town’s “B” squad with their eyes on a better outcome. The boys showed incredible pride and resolve, never giving up!

The 7-Year-Olds

For their sixth game of the season, the 7-year-old Braves played at home against a two year undefeated Hempstead team. The Braves put up a fight and gave a great effort against the Warriors. Mention must be made for Sam Jaffe # 41, who supplied great shut down defense and #13 John Harris for his never give up attitude, determination and dedication to the game. Hempstead thought they were going to come into our home and beat us badly, but the Braves put a scare in them. After putting up a tough fight in an exciting game, the Braves ultimately lost 7-0 on one broken tackle play.

The 8-Year-Olds

The 8-year-old Braves lost a tough game on Sunday to Hempstead 20-7. Hempstead struck first and the Braves were down 7-0. However, the Braves responded nicely with Ryan Lebson, Richie Whigham and Michael Mesbah all gaining good yardage on nice runs. On a third and short from the Hempstead 30, Jack Rooney turned a quarterback sneak into a touchdown running through several would-be tacklers on his way to the endzone. Jack also took in the extra point to tie the game at 7. Hempstead rallied for two more scores despite the efforts of the defense. Stephen Fanelli, Anthony Naccarato, Ian Samide, Max Inoff, Jaden Newman, Nicky Carchietta, Kevin Paek, Skylar Chananya, Dylan Hein, Kian Ghazvini, Max Matchton, and Aidan Adomiates all played well defensively. The offensive line of Matt Majoy, Jacob Katz, Ryan Ditkoff, Andrew Giovinco, Joseph Cawley, Alex DeRiggi, Patrick Schnell, Ethan Hammer, Daniel Shapiro and Harrison Okun played hard all day. The Braves travel to Franklin Square next week and try to get back on track.

The 9-Year-Olds

The Thunder of Garden City defeated the Syosset Braves 18-6 on Sunday at Syosset-Woodbury Park. The game was scoreless until the final minutes of the 2nd quarter as the Braves controlled the ball most of the first half. Quarterback Tyler Parlo lead the longest drives of year and scored the Braves lone touchdown with a strong 15-yard run through the teeth of the Thunder defense. That run was made possible by the strong running of Dominick Speranza. Speranza was focal point of the Braves rushing attack and with Garden City trying to contain him, Parlo, Chris Belmonte and Griffin Berke found plenty of room to run. Belmonte made the most of his carries with hard yards between tackles and Griffin Berke ripped off one of the longest runs we’ve seen all year with a 40-yard run that pumped up the home crowd. The offensive line of Daniel Morales, Andrew Harris, Ethan Greenfield, Max Verch, Jared Gootnick, Stephen Conte, Kalman Stieglitz, Zachary Trakas were responsible for the Braves having their longest time of possession of the year. They also gave Quarterback Daniel Morales time throw the ball as he connected with his favorite target wide receiver Dean Marx who hauled in a Morales bullet and made several defenders miss before being taken down. Safety Bobby Kidd continued his strong play and defensive linemen Steven Zlotolow and Abhi Allu showed exceptional toughness throughout the entire game.

The 10-Year-Olds

The Syosset Braves 10-year-old team had a very exciting game at Baldwin this past weekend. The tenacious Braves drove the ball early in the game led by powerful runs from Brian Weigold, Dominic Doria, Will Reed and Jack Lukavic. They drove to the Bombers 5-yard line but a few miscues stopped them from getting into the end zone. They were able to move the ball because of the blocking by Ross Platz, Lucas Gondolfo, Mike Levy, Maxx Fine, and Brian Doria. The game remained close until the Baldwin Bombers broke a long touchdown up the middle late in the game. The Braves showed some real talent throughout the day with hard core football hits on both sides of the ball.

The 11-Year-Olds

The 11-year-old Syosset Braves football squad continued their winning ways with an impressive 20-0 victory over a very hard-hitting Hempstead Tiger team. The Braves were led to victory by Michael Elardo’s 2 touchdowns and Donovan Condon’s running touchdowns….

Of notables, the Syosset Brave offensive line (Devin Burdo, EJ Aronson, Jamie Kessler, Max Falk, Colin Moran) were exceptional at shutting down an onslaught of blitzing Tigers. Cameron Biegel snagged a beautiful Ryan Kelly 25-yard pass. EJ (Stonewall) Aronson was stellar at shutting down the outside. Jaime Kessler, playing OLB for first time, stepped in and gave the team a season veteran performance. Ryan Huie delivered powerful hits on both sides of the ball. Colin Burdo and Christian Leicht also joined in the win by securing key fourth quarter tackles… The defensive line (D. Burdo, Evan Belmonte, Nick Roselli, Jesse Groppa) once again sealed the inside routes and held the Tigers to four first downs all day.

The Syosset 11-year-olds have extended their winning record to an impressive 5-1 and look forward to hosting Long Beach next Sunday at home.

The Seniors

Thrilling games have become the norm for Syosset’s Senior team. Unfortunately, the Braves came up short this past Sunday, losing to the Hempstead Tigers by a score of 34 to 27. Quarterback Sean Cerrone had another terrific game throwing four more touchdown passes. Three of Cerrone’s scores were to Wide Receiver Gregory Galligan. Cerrone added a fourth touchdown pass to tight end Ian Greene. RB/S Jack Gilbert had an excellent game for the Braves — Gilbert recovered two fumbles and caught a point-after-touchdown pass from Cerrone. The Braves next game is at home, Sunday at 3 p.m. against Copaigue.