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Syosset Braves Nearing the End of the Season

With only one week to go in the regular season, our teams are continuing to impress with their skill, dedication and determination. Each and every team has continued to put on incredible shows that have kept our fans on the edge of their seat. Here’s what happened this week:

The 6-Year-Olds

The Syosset 6-year-old Peanut team regained their winning ways knocking off Franklin Square this past week. The boys played under the lights Friday night in Franklin Square. The team had a decisive win outscoring their opponents 21-7. The scoring opened with a long 60-yard touchdown run by Tyson Brown. Brown broke through the line and was able to shake many would-be tacklers. He finally broke past the secondary for the long run. The team’s second drive was capped off by an incredible plunge into the end zone. Ryan Lichtenstien carried the ball from three yards out. He bobbed and weaved through the defensive line and linebackers to find himself one yard short of the end zone. He was left with only one solution for success which was to dive over the defensive player and into the end zone for the touchdown. The team’s third score was another long run by Owen Bunshaft. Bunshaft found himself trapped by several players. After making a miraculous cutback causing the defensive backs to crash into one another, Bunshaft sprinted down the field for the team’s third score. Bunshaft also led the team on the defensive side of the ball with 8 solo tackles in only 16 plays. This was the young linebacker’s best game of the season.

The entire team played very well. The team’s next game is against Hempstead A. The boys plan on putting up a fight and look forward to a huge upset. Way to go boys!

The 7-Year-Olds

The 7-year-old team traveled to Inwood, against a tough 5-1 team. Our boys played very well in the first half. John Harris had so many great hard fought runs. The offensive line of Chris Harris, Dylan Trapani, Sam Jaffe, Mickey Ackerman, Jonathan Morales, Raj Shah and Manuuv Allu did a good job of allowing our quarterback, Jack Fine to run our offense. Johnny Maccarone had some great solo tackles on defense. In the end our boys ran out of gas, losing 19-7. We’ll get them next time. “Go Braves.”

The 8-Year-Olds

The 8-year-old Braves defeated the Franklin Square Warriors 26-0 on Sunday. Michael Mesbah led the way with 2 touchdowns. On the first play from scrimmage Mesbah went 60 yards for a touchdown. Nicky Carchietta ran in the extra point to make it 7-0. Mesbah later added a 15 yard scoring run. Richie Whigham added the extra point to make it 14-0. With just seconds left in the first half Dylan Hein ran for a 50 yard score. In the second half Aidan Adomiates ran for a 40 yard touchdown down the right sideline following a great block by Patrick Schnell. Kian Ghazvini and Matt Majoy also ran the ball well for the Braves. The offensive line led by Jacob Katz, Ryan Ditkoff, Andrew Giovinco, Matt Majoy, Jaden Newman, Harrison Okun, Daniel Shapiro and Ethan Hammer all played well. The defense played outstanding led by linebackers Anthony Naccarato,and Stephen Fanelli. Other defensive standouts were Ian Samide, Jason Yacavone, Skylar Chananya, Kevin Paek, Alex DeRiggi, Max Inoff and Max Matchton.

The 9-Year-Olds

With a change in the calendar came a change in fortune for the 9-year-old Syosset Braves as they won their first game of the year on Sunday, Nov. 1, 6-0 over the Franklin Square Warriors. The field conditions for the visiting Braves were less then optimal and they were missing 2 key defensive players in corner-backs, Dean Marx and Bobby Kidd. With all that, the Braves played their best game of the year.

Offensively it took some time before the Braves and quarterback Tyler Parlo got settled and started to take the game over. The defense, on the other hand was terrific from the outset. The interior line of Zachary Trakas, Jared Gootnick, Steven Zlotolow, Abhi Allu, Ethan Greenfield and Kalman Stieglitz completely controlled the line of scrimmage not allowing many, if any, positive yards throughout the entire game. The fantastic line play did not stop there as Daniel Ochs and Stephen Conte made so many tackles in the backfield it seemed as if they were in the Franklin Square huddle. Defensive ends Daniel Morales and Griffin Berke clamped down on the outside making any attempt to run outside completely futile. Morales stuffed all runners that dared come his way and Berke showed that last week’s strong performance was no fluke by making tackle after tackle and recovering a fumble. With all that, the play that set the tone early and pumped the Braves up came from lineman Max Verch, who on a short fourth down play, darted through the offensive line and made the solo tackle in the backfield that stunned the offense.

Cornerbacks Tyler Parlo and Tommy Rooney did their part by thwarting the passing game. The Braves saw multiple wide-receiver sets the entire game and despite numerous passing attempts to the outside none were completed. Tommy Rooney in particular made standout plays numerous times both defending the quick pass, the long pass and the play action. Standout linebacker Andrew Harris roamed the entire field making numerous tackles and covering the slot receivers. Towards the end of the game Harris consistently stonewalled the passing game with his tight coverage and sure handed tackling.

On offense it was simple, Belmonte and Speranza, then Speranza and Belmonte. Christopher Belmonte as always softened up the belly of the defense with his between the tackle runs and punishing hits. Those runs were instrumental in opening up the outside for Dominick Speranza. Speranza carried the ball constantly in the second half and did not disappoint. Speranza’s 60-yard touchdown run was his best of the year. It was made possible by a crushing backfield block by Belmonte that sprung Speranza who ripped through tackle after tackle. Just when it seemed that he would be tackled out of bounds by a Warrior defender, Stephen Conte came out of nowhere to make an absolutely perfect down-field block that ensured the touchdown and a Braves win!

The 11-Year-Olds

The 11-year-old Syosset Braves football squad continued their winning ways with an impressive 36-13 victory over a very hard hitting Long Beach football team. The Braves have now extended their record to a very impressive 6-1 with the season showdown against the undefeated Inwood team coming next week.

The Braves were once again dominant in their handling of Long Beach. Touchdown scores by Donovan Condon (25-yard run), Michael Elardo (45-yard screen pass), Cameron Biegel (15-yard pass), Ryan Huie (8-yard run), Lucas Cotler (15-yard run) were set up by continued excellence of the offensive blocking squad: Greg Balos, Colin Moran, Max Falk, Jamie Kessler, EJ Aronson, Devin Burdo).

The defense was once again staggering and stingy with Evan Belmonte, Nick Roselli, Jesse Groppa keeping the interior core strong and solid. Ryan Huie quietly patrolling the middle.

Highlights of the day: Ed Fox returned a LB kick off for 65 yards putting the Braves in excellent scoring position. Tyler Futterman registered a key fourth quarter tackle. Colin Burdo, once again made the game ending tackle.

Next week, the Syosset Braves 11-year-olds will face their greatest challenge in meeting with an Inwood team that is attempting to complete their season without a loss. The game is scheduled at home at 1 p.m. C’mon on down and cheer our boys on…

The Seniors

The big news from the Senior side this week comes from our cheerleaders. Our Competition Cheerleading team competed at the North Babylon Cheerleading Competition on Sunday and took 3rd place in both dance and cheer. The team has won medals the past 2 years for 4th place finishes, but this was their best finish ever. This was the first competition of the season for our girls and they nailed their routine. The girls have worked hard all summer long, perfecting new stunts and working on their tumbling and cheer skills. All of their hard work paid off. The girls were able to bring home the first cheerleading trophy ever won by the Syosset Youth Cheerleaders. Our competition cheer team members are: Sabrina Bergsten, Gina Cavasano, Laura Guerriero, Courtney Handel, Erin Handel, Jessica Hershman, Megan Leahy, Francesca Marchese, Nicole Marchese and Kelly Terjesen. Well done girls!! We are proud of you!!