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Final Week of the Regular Season for the Syosset Braves

Here are a few reports from our last week of the regular season.

The 8-Year-Olds

The 8-year-old Braves football team won their last regular season game 14-6 against Uniondale. The Braves finished with 4 wins 3 losses and 1 tie. Jack Rooney got the offense started with a 39 yard touchdown run following a great block by Michael Mesbah. The defense then stepped up, with Richie Whigham, Anthony Naccarato, Stephen Fanelli and Jack Rooney combining to tackle the Uniondale running back in the endzone for a safety. The Braves got on the board again in the second half after a long drive with great runs by Patrick Schnell and Michael Mesbah. Richie Whigham finished off the drive with a punishing run into the endzone. The defense played well all day led by Aidan Adomiates and Nicky Carchietta at ends, Jason Yacavone, Max Inoff, Jaden Newman, Max Matchton, Ian Samide and Stephen Fanelli at defensive line and the linebackers Richie Whigham and Anthony Nacaratto. The secondary of Dylan Hein, Skylar Chananya, Kian Ghazvini and Michael Mesbah all made big tackles. The true heroes of the game were the offensive lineman who opened up huge holes all day. Ryan Ditkoff, Jacob Katz, Matt Majoy, Daniel Shapiro, Harrison Okun and Ethan Hammer all played well. Andrew Giovinco, playing his first game at center, played awesome allowing the Braves offense to get started. The 8 year olds would like to thank their cheerleaders for coming out and supporting them at Uniondale.

The 10-Year-Olds

The Syosset 10-year-olds took on a powerhouse Massapequa football squad. Great runs were turned in by Mike Levy, Ross Platz, Brian Doria and Brendan Condon. But the defense was overwhelming and stopped the Braves from scoring. On the defensive side of the ball the Braves hung tough with great tackling led by Dominic Doria, Will Reed, John Lukavic, Mario Fasano and Brian Weigold. It was a tough day for the pumped up Braves team who came out on the losing end of a 24-0 score. The boys gave it all they had and showed grit and determination throughout the entire season.

The Senior Team

The Syosset Senior team traveled to Queens this past Sunday to take on the top team in their conference, the Rosedale Jets. Syosset came out on the short-end of an exciting 42 to 31 game. Every single member of the Syosset team contributed positively in this shoot out of a football game.

 QB Sean Cerrone paced the Braves’ offense, throwing three touchdown passes and running for another score. Gregory Galligan had another outstanding game on offense: Galligan netted two touchdown receptions and added another touchdown on the ground. Connor Byrne (who also played a terrific game on defense) also caught a touchdown pass. Tight ends Justin Weigold, Braden Straub, Ian Greene, Michael Vassallo and Andrew Cali blocked the edge very well and opened holes for the Braves’ running game. Offensive lineman Matt Kahl, Michael Verdello, Jonah Dimaggio and Nick Nicolia battled all day in the trenches for the Braves.

On defense, middle linebacker Alec Yacavone and safety Jack Gilbert anchored the middle of the Braves’ defense, both recording numerous tackles on the day. Defensive linemen Anthony Marchese, Anthony Vassallo, Michael Panvini, Nick Balos and Patrick O’Neill pressured Rosedale’s quarterback and forced some poor throws. Linebackers Kevin Carbone and Robert Jenis pounded the Jets’ running game. The Braves open the playoffs this coming weekend against Lindenhurst.