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Mineola PAL Chiefs Update: October 8, 2009

8-Year-Olds Make History

The 2009, 8-year-olds Chiefs made history. The team has done what no other Chiefs team has done in over 50 plus years of the organization’s existence and that is beat the Massapequa Mustangs on their home turf by a score of 32-26. This victory brings the Chiefs undefeated record for season to 3-0.

The Chiefs, led by Captain Aidan Hornberger, battled the Mustangs back and forth in the pouring rain. On the last play of the game, tied 26-26 with time expiring, quarterback Michael O’Connell ran the ball around the end towards the Chiefs sideline. All the Chiefs fans including the 10-year-old Chiefs who were at the field getting ready for their own, yelled and screamed as O’Connell sprinted 44 yards towards the end zone for the game winning touchdown.

O’Connell had a fantastic day scoring on two touchdown runs, an extra point run and recovering two fumbles. Hard to bring down Chiefs running back Matt Sluka had two touchdown runs, an extra point run and a fumble recovery. There was great blocking by the Chiefs offensive line centered by Michael LaGinestra and anchored by Patrick McTiernan, Matty O’Connell, Joe Martello, Anthony Giunta, Dylan Vincenti and Spenser Warantz. Strong runs by running backs Jason Eccher and Jack Duff helped the Chiefs Offense control the ball against the Mustangs.

The Chiefs’ defensive line of Hornberger, Kevin Parente, Michael Sinisi, Chris Marshiano, Jeremy Samuel and Andrew Cho kept the pressure on the Mustangs offense. Linebackers O’Connell and Sluka attacked the Mustang ball carriers with reckless abandonment. Cornerbacks and safeties Thomas Albig, Andrew Casoria and Matt Grimm were fast and furious.

Showing great sportsmanship in their victory over the Massapequa dynasty, all the boys played and participated.

Scoring is summarized as follows:

• Matt Sluka: 24-yard touchdown run (Matt Sluka xpoint run); 39-yard touchdown run (Michael O’Connell xpoint run)

• Jason Eccher: 1-yard touchdown run (xpoint failed)

• Michael O’Connell: 60-yard touchdown run (xpoint failed); 44-yard touchdown run (no xpoint attempt)