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GYFL WEEK #11 Championship 11-22-09
Bantams
Champion Mavericks 18 Generals 0
On a spectacular autumn day, the Mavericks played a complete game on offense and defense to secure the impressive win. The defense set the tone of the game early by forcing a fumble on the Generals first possession of the game. The fumble was one of four recovered by the Mavericks on the day, with Tyler Blizzard coming up with three of the fumble recoveries. The Mavericks then drove the ball inside the Generals 5 yard line. From there, quarterback Nicky Henkel punched it in to give the Mavericks an early 6-0 lead. The Mavericks defense caused another fumble on the ensuing Generals drive to quickly give the ball back to the potent Mavericks offense. The defensive charge was led Sam Goldberg, who was in the Generals backfield all day, and Owen Matthews, who made several key tackles throughout the game. After re-gaining possession of the ball, the Mavericks offense struck fast on a hard run by Robbie Lanni for the Mavericks second touchdown to give the Black and Gold a 12-0 advantage in the first quarter. The Mavericks put together another touchdown drive in the second quarter highlighted by a 60 yard run by Henkel which took the ball down to the goal line, and the Mavericks hit pay dirt again from there. The Mavericks line was the key to the success of the offense’s execution which was so effective throughout the game. Led by Will Kolman, Carson Bednar, James McMachan and Joe Fernandez, the Mavericks line opened up big holes which created opportunity for the backs to make plays. In the second half, the Mavericks relied on its swarming defense and ball control offense to preserve the lead and earn the hard fought victory. On defense, the Mavericks worked hard to prevent any big plays with several players contributing tackles to keep the Generals strong offense out of the end zone. The defensive charge was led by David MacGillivray, William George, Lance Large, Peter Rivelli, Aengus Rosato and Matthew Esposito. The Mavericks offense continued to move the ball downfield in the second half with the determined running of Charlie Zeeve, Zach Moore and Jack Warren. Great blocking was provided by Christian Rogers and Joe Kraninger. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Mavericks head coach Rob Pulitano was treated to the traditional Gatorade bath courtesy of his players! Every Mavericks player made important contributions during the game to help earn the Championship.
The Putnam Generals came into the championship game with high expectations and tremendous momentum following their critical win two weeks ago against the Raiders to make the playoffs, and then their victory over the top seeded Cos Cob Crushers in the semi-finals. After holding the Mavericks on their first possession and taking over the ball, the Generals fumbled on their first play, turning the ball over to the Mavericks on the 16 yard line. With a Maverick touchdown , the Generals stopped the two-point attempt as Chris Burdick, Greyson Wolfram and Charlie Povinellini teamed-up for a big hit just shy of the goal line, leaving the Mavericks with the 6-0 lead. On the ensuing series, the Generals fumbled the ball on their own seventeen yard line, once again giving the Mavericks excellent field position. After another Maverick touchdown, Ben Frey got a sack, causing a fumble. The first quarter ended with the Mavericks leading 12-0. In the second quarter, Ryan Mulshine chased down a long Maverick play all the way from his opposite side linebacker position. On first down and goal on the one yard line, Matias Isaacs and Justin Zide combined to make the tackle a yard deep in the backfield. The Generals stopped the extra point attempt, and the Mavericks led 18-0 at the half. On the first play of the second half, the Generals showed signs of life. A.J. Delgado took the pitch, cut inside behind the blocking of Blake Guerrieri and Bodie Groen, and then broke to the sideline for a 43 yard scamper. The Maverick’s defense held firm, however, stopping the Generals on fourth down inside the fifteen yard line. The Generals defense played tough all day against the potent Mavericks offensive attack that often had excellent field position. Sam Jenkins, Jackson Rubich, Brendan Whiteley and Sebi Cobb played hard all day on defense.
Juniors
Champions Gators 12 Generals 6
The Gator defense was tested right off the start as the Generals drove straight down the field until Gator Captain Jack Weigold recovered a fumble on the 14 yard. Callan Smith and Kevin Jordan opened up a huge hole for Luke Bienstock to go 26 yards for a touchdown. Paul Williams and Michael McTiernan quickly brought down the General running back before the goal line. The game was tied at 6 - 6 at the half. Third quarter opened with Luke Bienstock sprinting 61 yards for a touchdown down the right sideline. This play was made possible by the excellent blocking of Liam Quigley and Sean Doherty. The defense was the key to this game. Leading tacklers for the Gators were Jack Weigold, Paul Williams, Will Pettinato and Marco Pastore. On the last play of the 3rd quarter the Gators had another big play when Michael McTiernan stripped the General running back of the ball and raced 29 yards up the sideline to give the Gators the ball. The Gators offense stayed conservative with quarterback Nic Smoller handing the ball off and pounded out yardage up the middle by using Marco Pastore, eating up as much of the clock as possible. On a third down for the Generals with 2 minutes left of the game, a blitzing Anthony Ferraro and Paul Williams hit the General running back who fumbled the ball and Liam Quigley recovered. The Gators again used as much time on the clock and gave the Generals the ball 1 more time with 16 seconds on the clock. On the last play of the game a half back pass the running back decided to run up the middle and was brought down by Will Petinato as the clock ran out!
The Generals started strong and marched down the field on their opening drive before an uncharacteristic turnover ended the drive at the Gators 13 yard line. The Gators scored the game’s first touchdown on their second drive marking the first time the Generals trailed in a game all season. The Generals fought back and tied the score at 6-6 two drives later on a 29-yard touchdown run by Will Perry. The score remained tied 6-6 at halftime. The Generals defense played very well in the second half, but gave up a long touchdown run on the Gators first possession which was all the Gators needed to pull off the stunning upset. The loss was the first GYFL loss for a core group of fourth year Generals who entered the game with a record of 40-0 over the previous 4 seasons. This group of four year players all put in a valiant effort in the attempt to extend the streak led by the four big linemen, Scooter Harrington (who played the final 3½ quarters of the game with a broken finger), Jackson Caputo, Dillon Daine and Brett Collins. Others key fourth year players included Ryan Harford who played another very solid game at offensive end, and the backfield of Will and Kyle Christensen, Will Perry and McKinley Frantz who all turned in great performances on both sides of the ball. Safety Johnny Hughes was also a key member of the four year group and provided great coverage throughout the game, as did fellow safeties Ryder Stahl and Jack Mahon. Defensive ends Tommy Glover and Hanley Frantz and Jake Groves and Charlie Whiteley also made several key stops for the Generals, but it was not enough to overcome a very determined Gator team.
SENIORS
Champions BANC 16 Generals 0
The first half of the game ended with no scoring by either team. The Raiders took the 19 play opening drive of the game 49 yards but failed to score once the General defense stiffened. In the second quarter, the two teams traded possessions with no scoring by either team. After pinning the Generals deep into their own territory with the opening kickoff of the second half, the Raiders were the beneficiary of a key turnover when Jose Melo recovered a General fumble on the General 6 yard line. Three plays later Melo scored on a 1 yard touchdown run. Peter Heerdt kicked the PAT conversion and the Raiders led 8 to 0 early in the second half. Both teams swapped interceptions and possessions to close out the third quarter. Matthew Marzulla intercepted a General pass to give the Raiders excellent field position on the General 15 before the Generals intercepted a Raider pass in the end zone to deny a Raider touchdown. The Raiders opened the fourth quarter with its second scoring drive of the day. Kyle Cruz capped an 18 yard drive with a 6 yard touchdown run. Peter Heerdt added his second PAT of the game to give the Raiders a 16 to 0 lead. The Raiders and Generals then played some excellent defense and swapped possessions again in the fourth quarter before the game clock ran out with the Raiders controlling the ball in General territory. The Raiders were able to win the game and the Championship with sound execution on offense and defense and a total team effort. The offense was led by quarterback Steven Michaud and throughout the game critical yardage was gained by running backs Kyle Cruz and Sal Pereda. Contributing on the offensive and defensive line were Aaron Hillman, Mattan Blechman and Lawrence Dunn. Tight ends for the Raiders were Jack Martin, Mark Neilson, Peter O’Connor and Robert Lemone. The linebackers were Eli Pagnani, Phil Marella, Mitchell Nethercott and Anthony Ciuro. The Raider defense rose to the occasion for the end of the 2009 season and playoffs.
After a scoreless first half the Raiders capitalized on a General fumble that rolled all the way back to the General 8 yard line to make the score 8-0 . The Generals defense led by the front four of Jack Harrington, Kendrick Pozo and Griffen Tiedy all played an outstanding game. Linebackers Hunter Frantz, Kent Whitaker and safeties Tommy Rappa and Tom Povinelli also had strong games. The offense this year was led by quarterback Cole Perry and running backs Kyle Dunster and Max Trudeau. Also contributing this year were Brechan Allison, Bryan Archino, Sam Bass, Nic Bonnano, Cameron Boyd, Matt Catalano, William Evans, Ed Larkin, Locke McGee and Ryan Pasquali.
GYFL WEEK #10 Play-Offs 11-15-09
Bantams
Generals 12 Crushers 6
On the first series of the game, the Generals set the tone, holding the Crushers on three downs and took over around midfield. After two first downs, the Generals faced a daunting fourth and eight situation. Eric Hadley, following the blocking of Collum Abernathy and Matias Isaacs, broke several tackles and bucked his way to the first down. This was a critical play in the eleven play, forty yard drive that culminated with A.J. Delgado’s 16 yard touchdown run behind the blocking of Brian Frey and Charlie Povinelli. The Crushers held the Bantams on the extra point try, and they entered the second quarter with the Generals in the lead, 6-0. The Generals fumbled on the first play of the next series, giving the Crushers excellent field position for their next drive. The Crushers drove all the way down to the one yard line; however, on fourth and one on the one, the Crushers fumbled, and the Generals took over the ball deep in their own territory. The Generals put together an impressive series behind the blocking of Noni Manuel, Will Harford and Jake Bass. The Generals opened up the second half turning the ball over to the Crushers. The Crushers fumbled on the first play, and Bodie Groen recovered for the Generals on the Generals 38 yard line. On first down, Chris Burdick took the handoff and dashed untouched forty three yards in to the end zone. After the Generals were held on the extra point, they led 12-6. The Generals defense rallied to stymie the powerful offense of the Crushers for the balance of the game. Justin Zide made several tackles behind the line of scrimmage, Ryan Mulshine made a number of critical one-on-one tackles and Jackson Rubich and Sammy Jenkins came up hard from their safety positions to lay good hits on the Crushers ball carriers all afternoon. The Crushers got on the board in the middle of the second quarter after strong runs by Whit Knight and solid blocking by Cameron Dalton and Henry Saleeby. Andrew Hollanders ran it in for a 3 yard touchdown. The Crushers held the Generals on their next possession when Avery Edwards recovered a fumble. The Crushers marched down the field with strong runs by Shuta Kumada. They came up short, when the General defense tightened up, and the Crushers fumbled on the 1 yard line, ending the scoring threat, and ending the half, 6 -6. In the 3rd quarter, after recovering a Crusher fumble, the General offense went over the left side for a touchdown. The Crusher offense stalled for the remainder of the game, unable to find a rhythm. The defense continued its strong play. Ends Nick Gianuzzi and Jamie Polak contained the running game, while linemen Harlan Giordano and Tyler Dietrich controlled the middle.
Mavericks 16 Gators 6
The Mavericks strong first half performance on both sides of the ball was the key to the win. After going three-and-out in its first offensive possession, the Mavericks defense held firm and turned the ball back to the offense with a 4th down stop to halt the Gators first drive. The Mavericks quickly got on the scoreboard as running back Owen Matthews broke a long run for a touchdown. Great downfield blocking by Carson Bednar and William Kolman helped pave the way. The extra point run by quarterback Nicky Henkel was good to give the Mavericks an 8-0 first quarter lead. Throughout the first half, the Mavericks defense kept the Gators in check. Led by Tyler Blizzard, Sam Goldberg, David MacGillivray and James McMachan, the defensive line made several plays in the backfield to disrupt the Gators offense. In the second quarter, the Mavericks offense marched downfield on a long drive which culminated in a touchdown run by Henkel who also converted the extra point to build the Mavericks lead to 16-0 at halftime. Running backs Robbie Lanni and Zach Moore ripped off big runs on the drive behind the effective blocking of George Taylor.The Gators came out throwing in the second half but the Mavericks safeties held firm to prevent many big plays. Contributing strong play in the secondary were William George, Charlie Zeeve and Walter Stratton, who made a key tackle to prevent the Gators from scoring on their extra point attempt late in the fourth quarter.
The Riverside Bantam Gators exceeded everybody’s expectations by making the playoffs in only their third year. A great effort by Brandon Chow (twelve tackles, one interception and a fifty-three yard pass reception for a touchdown) kept the Gators always within striking distance. The Gators moved the ball well on offense with a combined rushing and passing attack led by Nick Dagnino. Cory Johnson ran well behind the blocking of Henry Ellison and Rodrigo Blanco for three rushes over ten yards. The unsung strength of the Gators is the defensive line of Jack Carey, Jack Feda, Alex Nanai, Walty Toub and Daniel Wurst who consistently pushed the Mavericks backward, on one series to the one-inch line. Alex Quirk and Patrick McTiernan added to the defensive pressure while Nelson Werber provided an impenetrable secondary to stop the potent Maverick passing game. Unfortunately, even with the efforts of Harrison Carr and Garrett Murphy, the Gators were unable to overcome the Mavericks.
JUNIORS
Gators 12 Crushers 6
After going 3 series and out, the Gator offense started to click on their next possession. Anthony Ferraro was able to sprint 49 yards for the first touchdown of the game. The Gators were unable to convert the extra point. The Gator defense did a fantastic job all game and was lead by Captain Jack Weigold and Paul Williams. The Gators secondary set a Gator record with 3 interceptions for the day. Max Metalios, Anthony Ferraro and Sean Doherty got the picks. The interception were made possible by the pressure put on the Crusher quarterback by Liam Quigley, Peyton Larkin and Will Pettinato. Luke Bienstock got a strip from a Crusher running back and was a big presence on the field. The Crushers scored late in the 3 quarter but the Gator defensive tag team of Michael McTiernan and Maco Pastore denied the Crusher the 1 point play. The last 2 minutes of the game was the most exciting, with the score tied at 6 - 6. The Gators offense put together a impressive 10 play drive but was final stopped at the Crusher 12 yard line. The Crusher took over with a 1:24 left in the game, on their first play Sean Doherty intercepted the ball and ran it down to the Crusher 12 yard line. Three Gators plays later, poised Quarterback Nic Smoller found Max Metalios for a 10 yard go ahead touchdown pass with 24 seconds left on the game clock. The Gator side line & crowd was jumping up & down in celebration. The Gator extra point failed and the Crushers had 19 ticks of the clock left in the game. The Crushers moved the ball down the field 27 yards. With 8 seconds left, the Crusher quarterback weaved his way in and out of Gator defenders for a 16 yard run and was finally brought down at the Gator 17 yard line. Time expired on the run and the Gator players and fans celebrated with a very loud cheer. The Crushers had the first scoring opportunity when Adam Lamoureux forced a fumble that was recovered by Luing into halftime. On the second series of the third quarter, Sean Weaver sprinted 28 yards to the Gators' 6 yard line. Two plays later, Nick Durvasula plunged over for the tying score. The Crushers' defense was led by Henry Parkhurst, whose seven solo tackles and four assists included five tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Other defensive standouts included Bailey Ballone, Ian Bannon and Frankie Alfano. The Crushers' offense was spearheaded by Weaver, who rushed for more than 70 yards, and the balanced running attack of Durvasula, Mike Ceci and Andrew Triscari. Crusher coaches also praised thcas Bell, setting the Crushers up on the Gators' 14 yard line. They failed to capitalize, however, when a fourth-down pass into the end zone was dropped. With a Gator score, the game remained 6-0 goe play on the lines by Michael Gray, Ben Goldstein and Danny Sabia.
Generals 19 Mavericks 0
Once again, the Generals were led by the fine play of their defense. The Generals gave up a long run to the Mavericks on the second play of the game, but stiffened from there as the defensive line of Scooter Harrington, Jackson Caputo, Dillon Daine, Brett Collins and Tommy Glover took over. Ryder Stahl also made a great open-field tackle on a short pass and Jack Mahon helped stuff the Mavericks inches short of the first down marker on fourth down to keep the Mavericks out of the end zone. After taking over at their 11 yard line, the Generals marched down the field led by the blocking and running of Kyle Christensen who finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. McKinley Frantz scored on the ensuing extra point to make the score 7-0. On the Generals third possession of the game Will Perry scored from 52 yards out behind some solid blocking by Ethan Pasquali. On the Mavericks following possession, Josh Erickson had a sack followed by a fumble recovery at the Mavericks 6 yard line to give the Generals ideal field position. Cole Hartley took advantage of it on the first play with a 6-yard touchdown. The Generals defense was able to close out the game from there as safeties Jackson Trimmer and John Hughes provided solid coverage down field on the Mavericks receivers. As in their two previous meetings during the regular season, the Mavericks offense got off to a quick start, but it was the General’s punishing running attack that ruled the day. On the second play from scrimmage, Quarterback Trystan Sarcone handed off to tailback Joe Lanni, who scampered off-tackle right and broke a long 40-yard run behind strong blocking from James Budkins and Ben Kraninger. The Generals dug their heels in. The Generals were held in check on the opening drive of the second quarter by some fine tackling by Kraninger and Oliver Warren, and a fourth down stop by outside linebacker Bailey Savio. The Maverick offense continued to struggle, fumbling on their own five yard line, and the Generals countered off tackle from there to take a 19-0 lead into halftime. On the first play of the second half, the Generals swept left for good yardage but a big hit by defensive tackle Lachlan Rosato forced a fumble, which Lanni quickly pounced on, giving the Mavericks great field position deep in Generals territory and hints of a comeback. Taking over at the General’s 16 yard line, the Maverick offense was unable to score. The Mavericks were led on defense by Rosato, Ian Pearson, John Esposito, and Fermin Moriaz, who wreaked havoc in the General’s backfield all afternoon and finished with four tackles and five assists. Maverick fullback Jon Lore and tailback Billy Healey were also able to gain good yardage on the ground throughout the second half.
SENIORS
BANC 24 CRUSHERS 0
The Raiders took their first possession of the second quarter 66 yards on an 11 play drive. Jose Melo scored on a 2 yard run and Peter Heerdt added the PAT for an 8 to 0 Raider lead. After the ensuing kickoff the Raider defense forced the Crushers to punt the ball back to them. Melo returned the Crusher punt to the Crusher 7 yard line. After a Raider holding penalty and a Crusher goal line stand the Raiders faced a 3rd and goal from the Crusher 14 yard line. Quarterback Steven Michaud scrambled to the Crusher half yard line before Melo carried the ball on 4th down for the half yard plunge for the second Raider score. The two teams traded possessions in the third quarter before the Raiders added another score in the fourth quarter on an 18 yard touchdown pass from Melo to Caleb Meath. The Raiders closed out the scoring on the last play of the game when the Raider defense forced a Crusher safety. The Raider rushing attack was led by Melo, Kyle Cruz and Sal Pereda. The offensive and defensive lines were forced to play a physical game by a motivated Crusher line. Leading the Raider effort were linemen Eli Pagnani, Aaron Hillman and Mattan Blechman. Peter Dunn contributed a few key tackles from the defensive back position and Matthew Marzulla added a key interception to stop a Crusher 4th quarter drive.Billy O’Malley made a touchdown saving tackle starting the day for the Crushers. The Crushers defense then held a stand against the Raiders lead by Jon Fischer. On the ensuing punt, Jack Jones had a good return to give the Crushers some excellent field position. Tyler Triscari had several good runs, but the Crushers stalled and gave the ball back to the Raiders. Peter Delepine then stepped up and stopped one of the Raiders on a key third down stand. The second half began with the Crushers running down the field led by bruising runs from Thomas Martins. Blocking from Gary Frayter, Jack Knight, and Jack Benenson set up the runs. Michael Sullivan made a terrific catch on the drive. Jimmy Knight made a nuber of strong tackles throughout the second half. Tucker McGarrity made some big tackles from his linebacker position. Jack Freiheit put in a great effort along the defensive line. Matt Wallace also sprung free for a huge run. Ryan Kupferschmid recorded several key tackles.
GENERALS 24 MAVERICKS 22
The Generals got on the board first behind the strong blocking of Jack Harrington, Kendrick Pozo, Austin Cantwell and Frank Claps. Quarterback Cole Perry took the ball in for a 1 yard touchdown run. The PAT by Griffin Tiedy was good making the score 8-0. After the Mavericks scored 22-0 unanswered points the Generals put together an unbelievable comeback. After back to back 15 yard completions to Max Trudeau and Ryan Pasquali. Cole Perry hit Kent Whitaker for a 22 yard touchdown pass making the score 22-16. The Generals defense stopped the Mavericks and forced a punt with 2 minutes left in the game. Tommy Rappa made a great punt return and ran the ball down to the Maverick 12 yard line. From there Max Trudeau carried the ball to the 5 yard line before Kyle Dunster took the ball off tackle for the touchdown. The PAT by Teidy was good making the score 24-22. The Mavericks final attempt was stopped by a Hunter Frantz interception. After completing the regular season with an unblemished 8-0 record, the Mavericks lost a heartbreaker in the last minute of the game. The Generals took the opening drive before the Mavericks defense stiffened, recovering a fumble on their own 2 yard line. The Generals jumped ahead 8-0, but the Mavericks answered back with a 60 yard touchdown run by Kevin Downs. The Mavericks added another score in the second quarter on a 45 yard touchdown run by Jamie Paradise to go ahead 14-8. Blocking up front were Ian Brown, Matt Gendell, Alex Russell, Joaquin Moraiz and Charlie Pfeifer. The Mavericks opened the fourth quarter with a long drive capped with a 1 yard touchdown plunge by Alec Oropall. The Generals answered back with 2 fourth quarter scores to win the game in the last minute. Strong defensive efforts on the day were put in by Tommy Rogan, Kyle Foote, Luca Gabriele, Jack Harrison, Dan Gutman, Carlos Fernandez, and Jonny Pulitano.
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GYFL WEEK #8 11-08-09
Bantams
Generals 6 BANC 0
The Putnam Generals powered their way in to the GYFL Bantam Playoffs with a hard fought victory over the Banc Raiders. After standout defensive performances from Boden Groen, Ben Frey and Ryan Mulshine, in the 2nd quarter the offense took control. With Eric Hadley at the helm the Generals burned much of the 2nd Quarter with a drive all the way to the one yard line. With 5 seconds on the clock Hadley faked the sweep to the right and took the ball around left end, only to be stopped just shy of the goal line, bringing both teams into the second half scoreless. The second half proved to be much of the same. Outstanding defense from both squads. Led by the blocking of Justin Zide, Kyle Laufenberg, and Brendan Whitely the offense pounded the ball up the middle with strong runs from Chris Burdick. In the third quarter, A.J. Delgado took a handoff and ran untouched around end for a 40 yard touchdown. The Raiders made a spirited goal line stand on defense as the first half came to a close. Jack Driscoll made a diving touchdown saving tackle on the goal line to keep the score knotted at 0-0 as the game headed to halftime. Seth Kim, JC Foster, Harry Moross and Jack Caruso stood out on the defensive side of the ball with hard hits and gang tackling. The offense was able to generate yardage on several sweeps to the outside. Andrew Frost, Maxwell Mandel and Luis Estrada distinguished themselves by opening up holes for Charles Courtenay and JT Lawrence to exploit. Coach McGinty told his cadre of young charges after the game that the entire staff was very proud of the team's effort and dedication all season long and to expect great things from the Banc teams in the 2010 campaign.
Crushers 19 Gators 6
After a scoreless 1st quarter, the Crushers opened the scoring early in the 2nd quarter when Andrew Hollander went over the left side for a 3 yard touchdown. The eight play drive was aided by solid blocking by John Duffy, Matt Kelly and Dylan Weaver. The PAT by Shuta Kumada was good, giving the Crushers a 7 - 0 lead. The Crusher defense played strong keeping the Gators off the board in the first half. The defense was led by tackle Harlan Giordano and end Jamie Polak who both continued to stop the Gator running attack. The Crushers ended the half with a 9 yard touchdown from quarterback Jackson Fretty to receiver Nick Gianuzzi. The Crushers started the 3rd quarter, with a scoring drive of their own, making the score 13 - 6. The Crusher offense got rolling again when Fretty culminated a 7 play drive with a 3 yard run for the final score of the game. The Riverside Bantam Gators started tough on defense against the Cos Cob Crushers. Led by Mac Baxter and Santiago Silvani, the Crusher offense was thwarted but eventually gave way on forth and four as the Crushers scored first. With strong blockingby Ryan Miles and Thomas Waurishuk, Andrew Nanai and Garrett Murphy were able to run up the middle and around the ends. Ultimately the drive came up short on a forth and long and the Gators had to punt. On the Gators first possession of the third quarter, Brandon Chow ran behind Daniel Wurst for a forty-three yard touchdown run to bring the Gators within 8 points of the Crushers. All-star defensive efforts of Alex Quirk forced the Crushers to fumble the ball but the Gators were unable to capitalize. Valiant defensive efforts of Max Stroemer continued to keep the Crushers in check.
Mavericks 14 Bulldogs 0
The Mavericks jumped out to a 14-0 lead by scoring touchdowns on its first two possessions of the game and then relied on its tough defense to preserve the win. The Mavericks first score of the game was set up by the defense which forced a fumble on the Bulldogs opening drive of the game. A six play drive led by quarterback Nicky Henkel’s touchdown run got the Mavericks on the board in the first quarter. The touchdown drive featured the excellent blocking of center William Kolman. The Mavericks defense then made a valiant goal line stand on the Bulldogs ensuing possession, stopping the Bulldogs on 4th down at the Mavericks 5 yard line. Strong defensive line play by David MacGillivray and James McMachan helped to thwart the Bulldogs drive and preserve the Mavericks lead. The Mavericks offense took over on its own 5 yard and drove 75 yards to score its second touchdown of the game to make the score 14-0. Running back Owen Matthews capped the long drive with a touchdown run behind the great blocking of George Taylor and Joe Kraninger. The second half was a defensive battle with neither team able to score. The Mavericks defense was led by the strong play of defensive tackle Aengus Rosato and safeties Brett Williams and Van Thompsen who helped contain the Bulldogs ground attack. The Bulldogs brought the ball down to the Mavericks doorstep at the beginning of the second quarter but were denied in their attempt to tie the game. Running backs Cooper Moore and Philip Ayoub ran hard and rip off big runs on that drive and throughout the game behind blocking from Riley Howe and Luc Ayoub. The Bulldogs defense came up with big tackles throughout as Gregory Altamore, Spencer Wardell and Jessica Aselin made big tackles and Christopher Stitch and Turner Franco played solid defense throughout. Owen Ball recovered a key fourth quarter fumble.
Juniors
Generals 14 BANC 0
The resilient defense of the Raiders kept the Generals high-powered offense in check for most of the first half until McKinley Frantz connected with his brother Hanley on a 59 yard touchdown pass to put the Generals on the board. The Generals offensive line led by Nicky Mosher provided great protection on the play. The Generals scored again to open the second half as Hanley Frantz notched his second touchdown of the day by breaking several tackles on a great individual effort. Will Christensen completed a pass to Will Perry on a successful two-point conversion to make the score 14-0. Despite some struggles on the offensive side of the ball, the Generals defense was able to bail the team out thanks in large part to a couple of key interceptions by Jack Mahon and Ryder Stahl. Defensive linemen Josh Erickson and Peter Mullen also played big roles in pressuring the Raiders quarterbacks and helping to stop the Raiders ground game.The game was dominated by the defenses early on, as BANC defenders Jack Barter, Aiden Reynolds, Addison Muir and Michael Tang helped to keep the Generals out of the end zone until just before the end of the first half. Trailing 6-0 in the third quarter, BANC’s offense moved downfield on a pass to Whit Kim and nice runs by Parker Grayson and Ian Edwards behind the blocking of Jack O’Connor, Jimmy Conti and Harrison Popp. The Generals were able to stop BANC in their own end and then drove downfield for the game clinching score.
Mavericks 28 Bulldogs 7
Facing a “win and you’re in” final regular season game to make the playoffs, the Mavericks put in their finest effort of the season, beating the North Mianus Bulldogs 28-7. The Mavericks defense set the tone early, holding the Bulldogs to three-and-out on their first possession. The Mavericks then drove the length of the field, highlighted by a 30-yard half back option pass from Joey Longo to Kieran Carroll, to take an 8-0 lead. The Maverick offense capitalized again after a fumble recovery by Lachlan Rosato, as the offensive line, led by James Budkins and Peter Pillari, opened holes for the bruising inside running of Longo as the Mavericks took a 14-0 lead into halftime. The Bulldogs were able to get on the board on their first possession of the second half, but the Mavericks answered right back with a long drive of their own to take control of the game at 21-7. The Maverick defense was led by Fermin Moriaz (4 tackles, 3 assists) and Ian Pearson (3 tackles, 1 assist). Safeties John Esposito (4 tackles, 2 assists) and Billy Healy defended the pass well in the second half.
After the Mavs offense came out on fire with two early touchdowns, the Bulldogs came right back as Robert Clark scored on two yard third quarter touchdown plunge cut the deficit to 14-7. The Bulldogs added a number of late game drives, but fumbles and the Mavericks ability to control the football dominated the rest of the game. The Bulldogs running game was powered by the blocking of Parker Kelly, James Louhran and Lucas Dell’Abate while defensive standouts were C.J. Hayes, Charlie Callahan, Adam Pate, Owen Tedord and Cole Korzendorfer while Will Graham forced a fumble.
Crushers 13 Gators 7
The Crushers took a 13-0 lead into the fourth quarter, then withstood a late-game rally by the Gators with an impressive defensive stand to finish the regular season on a winning note. The Crushers' offense was paced by a balanced running attack with Mike Ceci, Frankie Alfano and Bailey Ballone sharing the bulk of the carries. Ballone was also a defensive standout, delivering several key stops, along with Lucas Bell. The defensive line, led by Henry Parkhurst and Ian Bannon, stymied the Gators' offense for most of the game. The Gators faced a tough Crusher defensive team that shut them out until the 4th quarter. Quarterback Nick Smoller connected with receiver Luke Bienstock for a 59 yard touchdown pass. Running back Anthony Ferraro powered in the end-zone to scored the PAT. The play was made possible by the strong blocking of lineman Callan Smith. The Gator defense did an outstanding job and was lead by leading tacklers Marco Pastore and Liam Quigley who each had 6 tackles. Defensive tackle, Peyton Larkin had multiple tackles by plugging the line. The Gators received a big hit from safety Sean Doherty, who caused the Crusher quarterback to fumble in their red-zone and Marco Pastore recovered the ball. The Gators had their chances to tie the game but could not punch in a touchdown. Safety Truman Imbo had a great 18 yard interception run back for the Gators.
Seniors
BANC 12 Generals 6
The Generals took the opening drive of the game all the way down field for a touchdown. After that drive, the Raiders defense stiffened and held the Generals scoreless. Providing key tackles and sacks for the Raiders were Aaron Hillman, Jose Melo, Eli Pagnani and Mitchell Nethercott. The Raider offense scored two touchdowns in the second half on runs of 61 and 9 yards by Kyle Cruz. The Raiders offensive line of Travis Anderson, Matt Blechman, Pagnani, Domenic Colasacco and Hillman played a terrific game opening holes for the Raiders backs. The Generals opened up the scoring on the first drive of the game, behind the blocking of Frank Claps , Austin Cantwell, Griffin Tiedy and Kendick Pozo. The backs moved the ball down the field on a 13 play drive. Michael Dunster took the ball the final 2 yards for the touchdown. The defense played outstanding and was led by Cole Perry, Kent Whitaker and Tommy Povinelli. Coaches also credited Eddie Larkin and Ryan Pasquali for great plays.
Mavericks 24 Bulldogs 16
The Mavericks led the entire game and survived a late charge by the Bulldogs to win 24-16. On the first play of the game, Kevin Downs broke loose on a 70 yard touchdown run. Blocking up front was provided by Ian Brown, Matt Gendell, and Alexander Buffone. The Mavericks went ahead 16-0 in the second quarter on a one yard TD plunge by Alec Oropall. The Mavericks defense held the Bulldogs offense out of the end zone until late in the third quarter. Strong tackling was provided by Jamie Cavataro, Carlos Fernandez, and Luca Gabriele. After the Bulldogs closed the score to 16-8, the Mavericks added a fourth quarter touchdown on a two yard run by Oropall.The Mavericks scored twice in the first half to jump out to a 16-0 lead and, despite solid defense from Bulldog tacklers including Jeff Aselin. But on a second and seven from their own seven yard line, Joey Fedorko took a draw 93 yards between the blocks of James DeFazio, Tyler Swift and Liam Nelson to cut the lead in half. However, an unnecessary roughness call against the Bulldogs gave the Mavericks a short field and Glenville soon capitalized, making the scoring 24-8 with 8:28 left in the game. Following an exchange of punts, Fedorko followed crushing blocks by Ryan Borchetta and Jason Boothroyd 38 yards to the Maverick 22 yard line. On the next play from scrimmage, Andrew Bologna bounced a draw play outside between a block from Borchetta to the two yard line. Quarterback Devin McGrath then took the quarterback sneak into the end zone on the final play from scrimmage before a Bulldog conversion made the final score 24-16.
Crushers 20 Gators 0
After stopping the Gators on the firt drive, the Crushers got the ball and started a pretty drive with scrambles from quarterback Billy O’Malley leading to a Tyler Triscari touchdown. The PAT was good by. Jon Fischer was key on defense, making tackles behind the line of scrimmage aided by some big hits by Tucker McGarrity . Colin Ingraham made a beautiful interception, stealing the ball from a Gator receiver and taking it to the house. The touchdown was called back due to a penalty. The Crushers had great field position and took advantage of that with a score from Billy O’Malley. Tomo Suzuki had a sensational game at linebacker. Jonathon Shilen also forced a couple of bad passes due to his pressure in the Gator backfield. Ryan Kupferscmhid had a monster run breaking tackles and taking it down inside the 10. The Crushers capped off the scoring with a 1 yard plunge from Matt Wallace.The Gators started the game with a Nick Schepis a trick pass play to Slater Jones. Quarterback Henry Taylor hit Parker Shack, Addison Yost, and Sangjoon Chung for some great receptions. Gardy LeBon had some big runs around the end to pick up first down yardage. Offensive linemen Richie Nellie and Victor Lataj led the way with several key blocks. On defense, Darius Asgari made some huge tackles in the offensive backfield.
GYFL WEEK #7 11-01-09
Bantams
Mavericks 18 Generals 7
The Mavericks offense scored on its first possession of the game, capped by quarterback Nicky Henkel’s touchdown run on 4th down from the 10 yard line. Guard Joe Fernandez helped open up the hole with a key block. The Mavericks came out determined on both sides of the ball in the third quarter. On its opening drive of the second half, the Mavericks drove the length of the field and scored to take a 12-7 lead. The defense then held its ground behind the powerful line play of tackles Sam Goldberg and James Bonney and end Tyler Blizzard who were effective in disrupting the Generals strong running game. The Mavericks scored their final touchdown of the game late in the third quarter which made the score 18-7. Quarterback Charlie Zeeve scampered around the end and down the sideline on a 25 yard touchdown run behind the great blocking of Kaden Butler and Jack Warren. The Mavericks kept the Generals out of the end zone with safeties Matthew Esposito and Jaime Moraiz providing great run support in the secondary. After the Mavericks scored, the Generals took the ball from deep in their own territory and executed a 70 yard, 16 play drive that consumed most of the second quarter. The drive ended on the final play of the half, as Eric Hadley ran for a touchdown behind the lead blocking of Justin Zide and Kyle Laufenberg. Hadley also ran in the extra point, to give the Generals the 7-6 lead at the half. On the series, Ryan Mulshine and Ben Frey made strong blocks, and Callum Abernathy caught a fumble that had popped up in the air, preserving the drive. The Generals’ played tough all day on defense, with key tackles by Owen Gwozdz and Chase Stahl, and pass defense by Alexander Allan and Jackson Rubich.
Crushers 13 BANC 6
The Crushers opened the scoring midway through the 2nd quarter when quarterback Jackson Fretty followed his center Henry Saleeby for a 3 yard touchdown. The scoring drive was made possible by a nice 20 yard reception by Nick Gianuzzi putting the Crushers deep in Raider territory. The PAT by Shuta Kumada was good giving the Crushers a 7-0 lead. The Crushers started the 3rd quarter and scored on the first play from scrimmage. Andrew Hollanders 60 yard run made the score 13 - 0. Blocks by Garth Stanier and Cameron Dalton made the long run possible. Strong play by safeties Miles Bowers and Avery Edwards stopped the Raiders potent running game for the remainder of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th quarters. The Raiders spotted their opponents an early 7-0 advantage and then shut down the crushers explosive attack for the rest of the first half. Key defensive standouts were JC Foster, Max Kaicher, Robbie Barter and Grant Resnick. The Crushers scored on the first play of the 2nd half to take a 13-0 lead. The Raiders were able to move the chains thanks to the strong running of Matt Jacobsen and Charles Courtenay and the powerful blocking of Terrell Magliulo, KevinCartine and Dylan Reynolds. The Raiders finally put points on the board when Michael Reilly burst up the middle for a 63 yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. The Raiders kept the Crushers at bay defensively the rest of the game but were unable to penetrate a stiff Crusher defense.
Gators 21 - Bulldogs 0
The Gators started with strong defense led by Alex Quirk and Nelson Werber forcing the Bulldogs to punt on forth and long. The Gators started their offense with a tremendous effort by the entire line resulting in first downs. On a third down, Cory Johnson used a hole created by Rodrigo Blanco and Harrison Carr to run 28 yards for his first of two touchdowns, breaking two tackles along the way. The Bulldogs defense denied the extra point. On the Gators next possession, Cory Johnson again ran 29 yards for a score. Brandon Chow converted the two point attempt to make the score Gators 14, Bulldogs 0. The Bulldogs move the ball well on their next possession when the Gators red-zone defense stiffened and took the ball on downs at the eight-yard line with 1:25 left in the half. Brandon Chow took the handoff and ran 72 yards for a touchdown. Andrew Nanai punched into the end zone to convert the extra point. The second half was a defensive struggle, played mainly between the twenties with a great effort by Fred Tucker. The Bulldogs were able to thwart early Gators drives as Finbar Doyle, Riley Howe and Ryan Chan came up with big defensive plays and Cooper Moore had a number of impressive runs for the Maroon and Black Attack. In the second half, the Bulldogs got a peek at the future as first year players Jacob Belmont, Spencer Wardell, Andrew Daur and Jake Schulte held the Gator line at bay with Sasha Burnett making plays from the safety spot and Cameron DelCristo ripping off yardage on the ground.
JUNIORS
Crushers 20 BANC 6
The Crushers scored on the opening drive, with Sean Weaver capping a seven-play scoring drive with a 30-yard touchdown run. Weaver added a second touchdown scamper in the third quarter, bringing the score to 14-0. After a Raider touchdown on a 70-yard pass play, the Crushers wound down the clock with a 14-play scoring drive culminating in Nick Durvasula's six-yard touchdown run. Durvasula, Mike Ceci and Andrew Triscari paced an even running attack for the Crushers. Carson Brennan and Lucas Bell led the Crusher defense, and the coaches praised the two-way play of Charlie Knight and Henry Parkhurst on the lines. Cos Cob took a 14-0 lead into the second half before BANC’s offense began to move the ball. James Baccile and Parker Grayson moved the ball for the Raiders on the ground behind the blocking of Peter Cartine, Matthew Weller and J.J. Hartwell, and some sharp passing by quarterback James Huber. Cameron Thrasher broke several tackles and ran for a touchdown to make it 14-6. Michael Tang, Charlie Hanson and Addison Muir led the defense in trying to get the ball back but the Crushers were able to score again late in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Gators 28 - Bulldogs 6
The Gators marched down the field on their first possession and Sean Doherty punched it in for the touchdown. In the second quarter, Marco Pastore broke free and went 60 yards down field led by great blocking from the Gator offense of line. Kyle Gillick scored the PAT. In the 3rd quarter, Nic Smoller scored from 2 yards out and converted the PAT. Smoller also threw a 80 yard touchdown pass in stride to a streaking Anthony Ferraro. The PAT was scored by Drew Dinsmore. On the defensive side of the ball, Paul Williams lead the Gators with his aggressive play, The Gators also received strong defensive plays coming from Jamie Cassidy and Matt Logue. Safety Cassius Johnson had many open field tackles. A Brandon DelCriston fumble recovery in the second quarter led to the Bulldogs’ lone touchdown as Robert Clark won a ten-yard footrace to the pylon for a second quarter touchdown to tie the score at six. However, the Gators answered on the ensuing play from scrimmage, scoring on a 60-yard draw and converting the point after to take a 14-6 lead. The Maroon and black Attack was undeterred, however as a 21 yard scamper by Jack Montesi and a strong run by Alex Bologna had the Bulldogs pounding at the door before the Gators goal line stand. The second half featured solid runs by Tyler Saleeby and Matthew Baugher and strong defensive play by Wyndsor Doyle, Glenn Saperstein, Conner Butler and David Steinberg, who added a sack.
Generals 19 - Mavericks 0
The Generals first three possessions ended in two turnovers and a turnover on downs. Fortunately for the Generals, their defense led by Dillon Daine and Tommy Glover was up to the challenge and kept the Mavericks in check. The Generals offense finally broke out from their funk and mounted a long touchdown drive at the end of the second quarter behind the solid blocking of linemen Alex Wada and Jake Cohen. Will Perry scored on a 3-yard touchdown to make the score 6-0. The score remained 6-0 at the half after Generals’ safety Trent Newman made a touchdown saving tackle on the final play of the half. The Generals took the opening possession of the second half and marched down the field before Perry scored again from 40 yards out. Jack Mahon carried the ball and several Mavericks’ tacklers into the end zone for the extra point to make the score 13-0 in favor of the Generals. Will Christensen capped the scoring for the Generals with a run around right end. It was the defense, though, that stole the show for the Generals with Reed Aaron contributing several big stops in the winning effort. What the Mavericks lacked in size was more than compensated by heart as the Maverick defense held the Generals’ powerful running attack in check for most of the first half. The Mavericks strong defensive play was led by linemen Logan Hoelscher, Nick Hughes, Noah Jaramillo and Duncan Jurkowitz and strong linebacking play by Reid Robbins and safeties Trystan Sarcone, Billy Healey and Derek Santana. The Mavericks were able to move the ball in the second half behind strong running from tailback Jon Lore, with linemen Brandon Kistler and Kieran Carroll leading the way.
SENIORS
Gators 11 Bulldogs 6
The Senior Gators picked up their first win of the season after 2 years in the GYFL behind strong blocking from the offensive line and a devastating defensive that held the Bulldogs to one touchdown. After falling behind 6 - 0, the Gators responded with an impressive drive of their own that ended with quarterback Henry Taylor connecting with end Griffin Golden for a dramatic over the shoulder 25 yard touchdown pass. Niko Patrk completed the scoring by kicking the extra point to take the lead 8 - 6 and later adding a 14 yard field goal to make it 11 - 6. Offensive lineman Victor Latag and Tank Williams led the way for running backs Nick Shepis, Gardy Lebon and Sangjoon Chung, who combined to pick up big yards and many first downs. The Gator defense, led by Sam Nance and Gary Lebon, had a tremendous day with many key tackles, several of which resulted in minus yards from tackles made behind the line of scrimmage, most notably coming on the Bulldogs last drive. The Gators came out firing and drove the ball deep into Bulldog territory before stops by Jack Wynne and Justin Gaccione got the ball back to the Bulldogs. On the ensuing possession, long runs by Joey Fedorko and Sam Saleeby moved the ball down the field before Andrew Bologna took a pitch around a block by Ryan Borchetta 38 yards down the sideline for a Bulldog touchdown and a 6-0 lead as the first quarter ended. But the Gators took over at their own 29 yard line and, despite solid defense plays from the Bulldogs James Kitt and Matthew Mezias, drove down the field and scored the equalizer on a 28 yard pass play with 5:28 left in the first half. The extra point was good and the Gators held an 8-6 lead. The Bulldogs finished the half with a strong drive, but could only reach the 33 yard line before the half ended. The Gators continued to pressure the Bulldogs in the second half and drove the ball deep in Bulldog territory again and kicked a field goal, making it 11-6. The Bulldogs offense never did get on tract in the second half, despite a number of gutty defensive stands, led by Alex Kerendian and Abe Zimmerman.
Crushers 22 BANC 8
The Crushers mounted a long drive to start the game with a good mix of running and passing. After two long runs by Tyler Triscari, quarterback Billy O’Malley went to the air. After scrambling to the left side of the field, O’Malley found Michael Sullivan alone in the end zone and connected for the touchdown. O’Malley also notched two other scores on long runs. Tom Bacon was able to seal off the edge on the second of those runs. The Crusher defense was tough all day; bending but not breaking. Jack Freiheit picked up a sack showing strong discipline as he held his position on the right side waiting to pounce as the Raider quarterback scrambled his way. Jimmy Knight also picked up a sack, catching the Raider quarterback from behind. Thomas Martins and Matt Wallace also made key tackles in the second half of the game. All of the scoring occurred in the first half and both teams offered up exciting plays. After the Crushers scored on their opening drive the Raiders struck right back. On the third play of the Raider’s opening drive tailback Kyle Cruz ran 68 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders had another excellent opportunity to score in the first half but were stopped inside the Crusher 10 yard line. Each time the Raiders began to gain momentum the Crushers were able to hold strong. In addition to Cruz, the Raiders offense benefited from some hard running by backs Jose Melo, Caleb Meath and Sal Pereda. In addition, on defense Peter Dunn intercepted one Crusher pass and Mitchell Nethercott recovered a Crusher fumble. Matt Marzulla also contributed some solid tackling against the Crusher’s rush.
Mavericks 24 Generals 16
The Mavericks defense was tested all day by the Generals strong rushing game. The game ended when Joaquin Moraiz sacked (second of the day) the Generals quarterback before he could launch a final Hail Mary pass. Kyle Foote and Alex Russell also put in strong defensive performances. The Mavericks opened the scoring in the first quarter when Tommy Rogan sprinted around end for a 14 yard touchdown run. Later in the first quarter, Kevin Downs broke into the end zone from 12 yards out. Strong blocking was provided by Sean Harnett, Steven Bozzuto, and Clay Jurkowitz. After the Generals closed the score to 16-8, Downs again made his way into the end zone from 15 yards to make the score 24-8. Two Generals drives ended with interceptions by Rogan and Downs. After falling behind 16-0, Cole Perry completed 2 passes to Kent Whitaker and Kyle Dunster moving the ball inside the Maverick 10 yard line . From there, Dunster followed the blocking of Jack Harrington and Kendrick Pozo for a 3 yard touchdown run making the score16-8 . On the Generals next touchdown, Max Trudeau followed the blocking of Frank Claps and Griffin Tiedy for the score. On the defensive side of the ball, Tommy Rappa recovered a fumble.
GYFL WEEK #6 10-25-09
Bantams
Generals 20 Bulldogs 15
The Putnam Generals started the game strong, behind a swarming defense and an inspired offense. On the first series of the game, the Generals’ Bodie Groen made a jarring hit to force a fumble that Sammy Jenkins recovered, giving the Generals excellent field position. The Generals capitalized when Chris Burdick dashed 17 yards for the first touchdown of the game. On the next series, the Generals’ Sebi Cobb made a big hit on a play up the middle, causing a fumble that Charlie Povinelli pounced on. On the Generals’ first play, Chris Burdick took the pitch, cut up the middle and then to the sideline and sprinted 23 yards for his second touchdown of the game. A.J. Delgado dashed to the corner of the end zone to complete the two point conversion, and the Generals increased their lead to 14-0. After holding the Bulldogs on defense once again, the Generals mounted a 50 yard drive for a touchdown. After the Bulldogs’ defense held firm, Eric Hadley, following the blocking surge of Noni Lopez and Jake Bass and just barely drove over the goal line for the touchdown on fourth down. The North Mianus Bantam Bulldogs almost completed a huge comeback as the closed a 20 point Putnam Generals lead with 15 straight second half points before bowing 20-15 at Cardinal Stadium Sunday. The Generals Wildcat offense kept the Bulldogs on their heels throughout the first half as they built a 20-0 bulge at the intermission. The second half, however, was all Bulldogs as the offensive line, lead by Finbar Doyle, Brett Cosby and Tyler Moran, opened up holes for a bootleg by Billy Nail and a touchdown run by Riley Howe. A two point conversion by Philip Ayoub cut it to 20-8 Tough defense by Kirk Schultz, Glenn Niblo and Ry Gruenstrass got the ball back and Ayoub capitalized with a 45 yard touchdown run and extra point to cut the lead to 20-15 with 3:56 left in the game. But the Generals ran off two first downs and the clock ran out before the Bulldogs effort did.
Mavericks 19 Crushers 18
The Mavericks got on the board first, taking the opening possession the length of the field on a 10 play touchdown drive. Running back Owen Matthews capped the long drive with a 10 yard touchdown run. Tackle Sam Goldberg anchored the offensive line while fullback Zach Moore paved the way with great lead blocking. The Mavericks jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the third quarter as Matthews scampered into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game to culminate another long, time consuming Mavericks drive downfield. Timmy Kindregan provided excellent blocking to help open up big holes on the drive. The Mavericks defense held strong against the powerful Crushers offensive attack to keep the score tied at 12-12 in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Peter Rivelli and safety Lance Large contributed great efforts on defense for the Mavericks. On the final play of regulation with the Crushers inside the Mavericks’ 10 yard line and threatening to score, end Carson Bednar made a game saving tackle on the one yard line as time expired to force overtime. The Crushers scored on their first possession in overtime but failed to convert the extra point. Down by six points, the Mavericks took possession of the ball. Running back Robbie Lanni hit paydirt on a strong touchdown run to tie the game at 18-18. On the extra point, quarterback Nicky Henkel called his own number and powered into the end zone for the game winning extra point and secured the 19-18 victory for the Mavericks. After recovering a fumble recovery by Crusher Joey Fedele, the Crusher offense scored 3 plays later on a 17 yd run by Whit Knight. Blocks Harry Skakel, D. Boyd and N. Giannuzi made the score possible. The PAT was no good, and the score was tied 6 -6 into the half. In the second half, the Mavericks again scored first taking the lead 12 - 6. The Crushers were able to tie the game on another great 6 yd run by Knight, this time leaping into the air to touch the end zone pylon for a touchdown. Key blocks where delivered by Henry Saleeby and Shuta Kumada. The PAT was no good ending the regulation game in a 12 -12 tie. In the overtime period (Shoot out format), the Crushers scored on their first play with Andrew Hollander breaking two tackles to score. After a "excessive celebration" penalty, the Crushers attempted the PAT from the 17 yd land and it was no good, making the score 18 - 12. The Mavericks took possession and scored on their 3rd play. It came down to the PAT in overtime and the Mavericks ran a quarterback sneak with Nick Henkel to secure a 1 point victory 19 - 18.
BANC 19 Gators 7
The Banc Raiders played well on both sides of the ball against a very tough Gator squad to avenge their opening loss of the season. Jack Driscoll lead many drives with flawless execution and tight ball security. JT Lawrence and Michael Reilly ran very effectively both inside and on the perimeter The offense moved the ball well behind great blocking by first year players Nick Navarette, Colin Wahl, Max Mandel and salty veteran Aidan Munnelly. The Raider defense was handed an early lead and were able to keep the potent Gator attack in check for much of the day. Standouts on defense were the brothers Courtenay, Charles and Cliff, and Robbie Barter. The Riverside Bantam Gators got off to a slow start against the BANC Raiders allowing a touchdown on BANC’s opening drive. The Gator defense stiffened and denied BANC’s extra point. On BANC’s second possession, Corey Johnson made the first of many tackles stopping a thirty-eight yard run on the five-yard line. Three plays latter, BANC added to their lead. Once again, the Gator defense solidified to deny the extra point. With two minutes to go in the second quarter, Jack Carey made a block to spring Brandon Chow on a fifty-four yard touchdown run. With some help from a motivated offensive line, Jack Feda lowered his shoulders into the end zone for the extra point. At the start of the third quarter, Giovanni Pastore ran behind the blocking of Miles Bastianich and Ben Runda to maintain possession. With a strong defense buttressed by Louis Werber, Coleman Jennings and Summit Gillespie, the Gators continued to deny the explosive offense of the Raiders.
Juniors
Crushers 20 Mavericks 0
The Crushers scored early, as Sean Weaver took the first snap of the game and ran 60 yards for the game's first score. After a three-and-out stand by the Crusher defense, Michael Gray's beautiful 22-yard fingertip catch and Mike Ceci's 17-yard scamper set up a seven-yard plunge by Frankie Alfano, with Ceci adding the extra point. Patrick Clisham closed out the scoring in the second quarter with a 27-yard touchdown run. Matthew Schnabel's running also paced the offense and the offensive line did a phenomenal job of opening holes all day for the Crushers offense. The shutout was preserved in the second half behind the excellent work of Sean Puente and Walker Williams, with Bailey Ballone adding a fumble recovery to seal the victory. The Glenville Junior Mavericks lost to the Cos Cob Crushers, 21-0. The Crushers were able to control the game with outstanding play on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, scoring all of their points in the first half. The Mavericks were able to rebound and move the ball in the second half behind the play of linemen Logan Hoelscher, Nick Hughes, Noah Jaramillo, Kai Thompsen and Jeremy Siebert. Defensively, the Mavericks were led by the strong tackling of David Sorbaro and linebackers Reid Robbins and Joey Longo.
Gators 14 BANC 6
The Gators being down early 6 - 0 to the BANC Raiders were able to tie the game in the second quarter when running back Anthony Ferraro shed tacklers and went 38 yards for a touchdown. Michael McTiernan sealed his man to make the Gator touchdown possible. The Gator PAT attempt failed. The Gators went ahead in the third quarter when Nic Smoller was able to convert 2 fourth downs. Cassius Johnson ran well behind the blocking of Spencer Baxter and Tripp Smith to move the ball down field. Luke Bienstock then gave a diving effort into in the end zone from the 4 yard line and Marco Pastore converted the 2 point conversion to make the score 14 - 6. The Gator defensive line did an excellent job containing the Raiders, leading the effort was Liam Quigley and Alex Tucker. The Gators secondary also did a great job stopping the BANC passing attack and Kevin Downey recovered a Raider fumble for the Gators.
The Raiders struck first when Parker Grayson broke away from the pack after a block from Charlie Hanson and ran 40 yards for a touchdown to give BANC a 6-0 lead. The Gators came back with some big plays of their own and scored with less than a minute to go in the first half to tie the game at 6-6. In the third quarter the Gators scored to go up 14-6. The Raider defense stiffened after that, with Alex Rocco, Jack Barter, Michael Tang and Ian Edwards making tackles and keeping it close. BANC’s offense drove downfield in the fourth quarter with some great passes from quarterback James Huber to Nicholas Daetwiler (three catches on the day), but was stopped at the Gator eleven yard line with time running out in the fourth quarter. James Baccile and Matt Morganti also played well on both sides of the ball for the Raiders.
Generals 13 Bulldogs 0
The Generals jumped out to an early lead when they took the opening possession and marched down the field before Hanley Frantz scored on a 29 yard touchdown run. Ryder Stahl converted the extra point on a tough, spinning run behind a great block by fullback Charlie Whiteley to make the score 7-0. The Generals were able to score again on the first play of their third possession when McKinley Frantz broke through the Bulldogs line en route to a 50 yard touchdown behind some solid blocking by Nick Mosher. Despite a tough run and a great effort, Jake Groves came up just short on the extra point attempt to keep the score 13-0. The Generals were able to hold the Bulldogs out of the end zone with Cole Price and Patrick Feeley combining on a touchdown saving tackle to force a first and goal inside the Generals 5 yard line. The Generals’ defensive line of Scooter Harrington and Brett Collins then rose up to stop the Bulldogs on four straight plays inside the 5 to preserve the win. The Generals struck for a pair of early touchdowns despite solid defense from Zach Moran, Matt Baugher, T.J. Peck, C. J. Hayes and James Gordon. The Bulldogs offense started to click in the second half as Nicky Blum completed a pass to Kevin Iobbi and Jack Montesi found running room behind the blocking of Thomas Uhl. The Bulldogs best drive stalled on the Generals’ one yard line in the early minutes of fourth quarter but the Maroon and Black kept the Generals off the scoreboard the rest of the way as Michael McGrath and Will Graham made big tackles.
Seniors
Generals 22 Bulldogs 6
The Generals line played outstanding and controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball in the General victory. On the Generals first drive Kyle Dunster broke free for a 35 yard touchdown run to make the score 6-0. The Generals next possession it was Dunster again hitting pay dirt from 43 yards. The PAT by Griffin Tiedy was good making the score 14-0 . The Generals final score was set up by the hard running of Max Trudeau and Hunter Frantz who brought the ball to the Bulldog 3 yard line. From there quarterback Cole Perry ran off tackle for a 3 yard touchdown run. The PAT by Tiedy was good making the score 22-0. The coaches also credited Tommy Rappa, Kent Whitaker and Brechan Allison with some outstanding plays. The Generals offense dominated the first half as they ran to a 22-0 lead despite strong tackling from Jack Nail, Jeff Aselin and Andrew Bologna. The game settled into a defensive struggle in the third with neither team recording a first down as the Bulldogs defenders Guillermo Perez and Marcus Zabik neutralized the potent Putnam offense. In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs were facing a second and 18 in the shadow of their own end zone when Joe Fedorko followed a seven yard run by catching 25 yard pass from Sam Saleeby out of the shot gun. On the next play it was Fedorko who took the long snap and heaved it down the sideline to Saleeby who pulled it down on the run and lopped for a 45 yard gain before Saleeby capped the drive with a five yard touchdown run.
BANC 22 Gators 6
The Raiders did all of their scoring in the first half on touchdown runs of 20 and 21 yards from Kyle Cruz and 49 yards from Caleb Meath. In the second half, running backs Sal Pereda, Peter O’Connor, Jack Martin and Mark Neilsen were able to move the chains and keep the clock running. The Gators were held to 6 points because of key tackles contributed by Lawrence Dunn, Anthony Ciuro and Bennett Cooper. The Gators played their best game of the year on Sunday. The offense ran 37 plays, made plenty of first downs and scored a touch down on a pitch around the end. Sangjoon Chung scored the 25 yard touch down running behind some tremendous blocks from Nick Schepis and Rich Nellie. Addison Yost played well at wing back. Playing well at offensive end for the Gators were Griffin Golden and Parker Shack who made a great catch and carried three BANC players on his back as he grinded out yardage. The Gator defensive stand outs were Fred Brock, Joe DeMuyt who caused a fumble, Nick Oram, who did great job at middle linebacker and Darius Asgari who had many big hits in the game.
Mavericks 30 Crushers 14
After the Crushers went ahead 6-0 in the first quarter, Jamie Paradise broke loose for a 65 yard TD run. Joaquin Moraiz converted his first of three PAT’s to put the Mavericks in front 8-6. Solid blocking was provided by Alex Russell, Ben Steinman and Christian Holmberg. Later in the second quarter, Kyle Foote ran it in from 18 yards for the touchdown. The Crushers answered to make it 16-14. After gaining the field position off a short kickoff, Alec Oropall scored a 23 yard touchdown run. Oropall later closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 20 yard touchdown. The Mavericks defense was on the field almost the entire third quarter, but only yielded one touchdown. Strong performances were put in by Luca Gabriele and Jonny Pulitano. It was a busy start for the Crushers’ Billy O’Malley as he intercepted a Mavericks pass on defense and then ran it around the end for a touchdown several plays later. After the Mavericks responded with a score of their own, the Crushers mounted a long drive with galloping runs by Tyler Tiscari. Strong blocking on the right side of the offensive line by Jimmy Knight, Tomas Cespedes and Thomas Martins opened the holes for Triscari. The Crushers started the second half where they left off, sustaining a long drive. Key catches were made by Jack Knight and Michael Sullivan on the drive, which was capped off by another O’Malley touchdown run. The defense made several strong tackles including Tucker McGarrity moving up from his linebacker spot to help stuff the running lanes.

GYFL WEEK #5 10-18-09
BANTAM
Crushers 18 Bulldogs 14
The Crushers and Bulldogs were fighting a wet field and cold hands, while trying to move the ball against each other. The Crusher offense finally got going late in the first quarter when Andrew Hollander broke free for a 17 yard touchdown run. Key blocks by Nick Gianuzzi, Joseph Fedele, and Henry Saleeby made the run possible. The Crusher defense and the severe weather conditions conspired against the Bulldogs and the Crushers recovered a fumble at the Bulldog 26 yard line. Whit Knight, took a handoff and scampered down the left side, 25 yds for the touchdown. In the third quarter, Crusher tailback Shuta Kumada, broke through the right side of the line and sprinted for a 57 yard gain. Kumada finished the drive for the Crushers 3rd touchdown of the day. At the end of the game, the Crusher defense, led by Miles Bowers, Tyler Dietrech, and Jamie Polak preserved the victory. The Crushers were able to parlay a number Bulldog turnover into two first half touchdowns before Luc Ayoub intercepted the extra point play that gave the Bulldogs the spark they would carry into the second half. The second half featured a resurgent defense as Antonio DiLorenzo, in the Crusher backfield all day, made a number of tackles along with Cooper Moore, Jacob Noddin and Cameron DelCristo. The offense took its cue from the defense as the quarterback and center combination of Billy Nail and Thomas Benda got snaps off all day that led to a long Riley Howe run to the two yard line as the third quarter ended. On the next play Howe was in the end zone and the lead was cut to 12-7. It took only play for the Crushers to open the lead back to two touchdowns, but Philip Ayoub continued his strong running throughout the game to cut the lead to 18-14.
BANC 14 Mavericks 7
The Banc Raiders blocked out their bone chilling numbness and earned a hard fought victory 14-7 over a very talented Glenville Maverick team. The Raiders started the game with a very effective drive down to the Maverick goal line only to fumble on the one yard line. Undeterred by the miscue and the elements, the Raiders put together another drive on their next possession. Michael Reilly ran wide following the blocks of Preston James, Christian Perez and Colin Wahl to score the game’s first points. The Mavericks knotted the score at 7-7 and the teams slugged it out to a standstill until late in the 4th quarter. That’s when the inside power running of Matt Jacobsen took over. He bounced off six tacklers and even ran out of a shoe on a gritty 40 yard dash to the 1 yard line. Michael Reilly finished off the drive with his second touchdown of the game. Tarquin Hanson had a tremendous game not only in his first start at defensive end but also in centering flawlessly in the most adverse conditions. The defense was inspired by the hard hitting of Jason Otis, Max Kaicher, and Grant Resnick. In an unsolicited act of good sportsmanship, various Maverick parents and coaches carried over a tent mid game to protect their opponents from the freezing rain. The defensive highlight of the first half for the Mavericks was a goal line stand in the second quarter which culminated in a fumble recovery by Will Kolman on the Mavericks one yard line. The third quarter was a defensive battle as neither team was able to get into the end zone. The Mavericks defense was led by the strong play of David MacGillivray, Kaden Butler and James Bonney on the line while Walter Stratton provided strong support in the secondary. The Mavericks finally got on the board early in the fourth quarter. The drive started with a 30 yard pass play from Nicky Henkel to Owen Matthews which took the ball down to the Raiders 5 yard line. From there, Henkel punched it in for the touchdown and then converted the extra point to knot the score at 7-7. Gutsy blocking on the touchdown drive, and throughout the game, was provided by Joe Fernandez, Christian Rogers and James McMachan. After defensive stops by both teams later in the fourth quarter, the Raiders marched downfield for the go-ahead touchdown. The Mavericks were not finished, however, and made one last drive, advancing the ball well downfield in the game’s final minute but fell short as time expired.
Gators 12 Generals 0
With both defensive units controlling the line of scrimmage, Alex Nanai recovered three fumbles during the game providing the Gators advantageous field position. Late in the first quarter, Rodrigo Blanco opened a hole for Nick Dagnino to rush for a touchdown. Mac Baxter, Jake Cohen and Tommy Waurishuk protected the ball well on offense with key blocks from Ben Runda. At the half, the Gators led 6-0. The Gators second possession of the third quarter was the result of a fumble recovery deep in Generals territory. On forth and goal, Brandon Chow converted the possession for the touchdown. The Generals impressive goal line defense denied both Gator extra point attempts. Garrett Murphy and Conner Browder provided great defense with key tackles. The Generals worked hard and played with intensity from the first play to the last, despite the cold, wet conditions. On defense, Blake Guerrieri, Eric Hadley and Charlie Povinelli made a number of big hits and recovered fumbles in key situations, and Jackson Rubich, Sebi Cobb, Whit Stahl and Chase Stahl contributed several tackles. The Generals offense executed a number of big plays and moved the ball down the field, only to be stymied by several fumbles due to the treacherous conditions. Ben Frey and Owen Gwozdz made several hard blocks that sprung Generals running backs to big gains. A.J. Delgado had an excellent all around game for the Generals, recording an interception and a number of long runs that just missed becoming touchdowns.
JUNIOR
Crushers 13 Bulldogs 6
The Crushers started the scoring with Sean Weaver's end around touchdown run, coming on the heels of his 40-yard scamper that set up the scoring play. They extended their lead to 13-0 when Nick Durvasula plunged four yards for a clinching score. The miserable conditions meant that both teams were mostly limited to the ground game. Bailey Ballone's running paced the Crushers and Chase Piro, Charlie Recchia and Bryce Klair led a great effort by the offensive line. The Crushers defense was once again paced by the all-around play of Henry Parkhurst with Ian Bannon contributing key stops. Adam Lamoureux and Lucas Bell both registered important fumble recoveries. Kevin Iobbi put up the Bulldogs lone score with a yard quarterback keeper and was joined by hard running by Robert Clark in what was a contest of two strong defenses aided by the weather. The Bulldog defense was led by Emmett Witmer, Alex Bologna, Daniel Ezquivel and a touchdown saving tackle by Daniel Curley. Both teams fought hard in the trenches as Coner Butler, Charlie Callahan, Lucas Dell’Abate and Wyndsor Doyle fought hard through the game.
Mavericks 6 BANC 0
Maverick offensive linemen Brandon Kistler, Ben Kraninger and Quinn Carroll controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the contest, opening holes for tailback Joey Longo and fullback Oliver Warren. The Maverick defense, led by linebacker Bailey Savio, lineman Fermin Moriaz and safety John Esposito forced several fumbles throughout the afternoon. The Mavericks scored on a 50-yard run by QB Joe Lanni midway through the third quarter. The Maverick defense then took over, preserving the win with a fourth-and-short tackle in the backfield by Moriaz late in the fourth quarter. BANC’s Nicholas Daetwiler’s blocking helped spring Parker Grayson for a couple of long runs but the defenses of both teams were the story of the game as neither team scored in the first half. J.J. Hartwell and James Day also contributed to the Raider offensive effort. The Mavericks scored a touchdown in the late third quarter to take a 6-0 lead which stood as the games’ only scoring play. On defense Michael Tang, Brendan Cummins and Matt Morganti were all over the field making tackles for the Raiders, and coaches praised Charlie Hanson, Hayden Futch, and Cameron Thrasher for playing multiple positions during the game.
Generals 20 - Gators 0
The game started as a defensive struggle with both teams unable to sustain drives. The Generals finally broke through after Kyle Christensen recovered a Gators fumble late in the second quarter. The Generals were able to march down the field behind some excellent blocking by Jake Cohen and Ethan Pasquali. The Generals finally scored on the last play of the second quarter when Hanley Frantz caught a touchdown pass on fourth down from the Gator 10-yard line to give the Generals a 6-0 lead at the half. The Generals were able to capitalize on the good field position in the second half when Will Perry broke through for a 29-yard touchdown run. McKinley Frantz scored on the two-point conversion to make the score 14-0. After forcing another three-and-out on the Gators next possession, the Generals scored again when Will Christensen weaved his way into the end zone from 19 yards out. John Hughes had several hard tackles for the Generals, while Malcolm Essaid and Trent Newman also played excellent defense to contribute to the Generals victory. The Gators-- who are suppose to like water-- didn't play so well in the rain this past Sunday. The Gators fumbled the ball 7 times on offense and turned the ball over 3 times in the red-zone to the Generals. In the first half, the Gator offense moved the ball down the field with blocking from Jack Weigold, who opened holes for Luke Bienstock. Marco Pastore played well on both sides of the ball running behind the blocking of center Paul Williams. The Gator defense was led by Liam Quigley who made numerous tackles. Also contributing on defense and making many tackles was Anthony Ferraro. The coaches credit George Enelow and Tripp Smith for doing a fine job in the game. Connor Weigold also had some exciting yards running the ball behind the explosive blocking of Jamie Cassidy.
SENIOR
Crushers 16 Bulldogs 0
Ryan Kupferschmid made several big tackles on the defensive side of the ball. The whole first half was an offensive nightmare as the rain stopped both offenses from moving the ball. However, on the last play of the half, Billy O’Malley scrambled then took off for a long touchdown run. James Harnett had a beautiful block on the run as well as Tomas Cespedes. The PAT was good by Jack Knight. As the third quarter began and the rain ceased, the Crushers finally hit their stride. A fine catch was hauled in by Trevor Ingraham. Matt Wallace made a key play catching the ball on third down and eluding a handful of defenders to reach the first down. Riding the momentum, the Crushers drove down and scored on another run from Billy O’Malley. Jonathon Shilen played well on the defensive line. On one of the last plays of the game, Jack Jones took a punt and eluded several tacklers down the sidelines for a 30 yard return before being tackled short of the goal line. Zach Noddin highlighted the Bulldogs offense in the first half with some strong outside running and Philip Coons, Abe Zimmerman and Marcus Zabik anchored a solid Bulldog defense that kept the game scoreless for most of the first half. The second half started off just as even with both offenses moving the ball better as the Bulldogs moved the ball behind solid blocking from James Defazio, Jeremy Brown Brugo and James Arca. In the fourth quarter, after another Crusher score, the Bulldogs were forced to punt again and the Crusher receiver caught the ball and eluded several Bulldog tacklers on the return when Ryan Borchetta and Jason Boothroyd combined to make a touchdown saving tackle before the Crushers took a knee on the game’s final play.
Mavericks 24 BANC 8
After turning the ball over four times in the first half and falling behind 8-0, the Mavericks rallied in the second half to win 24-8. The Mavericks took the opening kickoff and drove to the Raiders eight yard line before giving the ball up on a fumble. This pattern repeated itself as the Mavericks offense moved the ball only to fumble and throw an interception. Meanwhile, the Mavericks defense, led by Carlos Fernandez, Dan Gutman, Alex Russell and Matt Gendell, held the Raiders until a late second quarter touchdown. Late in the third quarter, the Mavericks got on the scoreboard on a Kevin Downs touchdown run to tie the score 8-8. After Tommy Rogan recovered a BANC fumble, the Mavericks drove to the BANC one yard line before being stopped on a fourth and one. On the next play, Luca Gabriele recovered a BANC fumble in the end zone for a touchdown to put the Mavericks in front 16-8. The Mavericks closed out the scoring on a touchdown run by Alec Oropall. The Mavericks offense line was anchored by Charlie Pfeifer and Ian Brown. The Raiders struck first in the second quarter when Jose Melo scored on a 3 yard run to cap a 35 yard drive. In the second half the Mavericks scored 3 touchdowns to win the game 24 to 8. The Raiders defense made several key stops during the game, including one goal line stand. Making key tackles for the Raiders were Caleb Meath, Eli Pagnani , Peter Dunn, Logan Gentemann and Steven Michaud. Kyle Cruz and Dominic Colasacco recovered fumbles for the Raiders and Jose Melo intercepted a Maverick pass in addition to recovering a fumble.
Generals 22 Gators 0
The Generals played another outstanding defensive game to record their 3rd shut out in five games. The defense was led by the line of Jack Harrington, Frank Claps and Griffin Tiedy. Also making big plays were linebackers Hunter Frantz and Kent Whitaker. The Generals opened up the scoring with Kyle Dunster taking the ball off tackle on a 3 yard touchdown run. After a Dunster interception, the Generals moved the ball to the Gator 1 yard line before quarterback Cole Perry followed center Austin Cantwell in for the touchdown. The final score came on a great 25 yard run by Max Trudeau . The Gators-- playing with a lot of heart-- were able to move the ball, which ignited a spark in the offense. The Henry Taylor-to-Sanjoon Chung aerial connection was worked extremely well, allowing the Gators to move the ball down the field. Several oustanding running plays were made possible by the blocking of the entire offensive line. Other offensive stand outs were Thomas Morgantini, Sam Nance and Brendan Santini. Defensively, the Gators held on strong with key tackles by Kaelan Gillick, Chris Hann, Bobby Walker, Anthony Busani and Ross Milani. Linebacker Nick Oram recovered a General fumble for the Gators.

GYFL WEEK #4 10-04-09
BANTAMS
Mavericks 20 Gators 0
The Maverick win was a total team effort as the offense executed well all day, leading to three touchdowns and the defense posted its second straight shutout. The first half was a defensive battle as both teams forced a number of punts. The score was deadlocked at 0-0 at the half. The Mavericks, though, came out strong in the second half with the offense kicking into gear. The turning point of the game came in the third quarter when Mavericks linebacker Owen Matthews intercepted a Gators pass and ran it back into Gators territory. The Mavericks then marched the ball downfield, culminating with a Matthews touchdown run to give the Mavericks a 6-0 lead. Later in the third quarter, the Mavericks ended a long drive with quarterback Nicky Henkel’s touchdown run behind terrific blocking from center William Kolman and end Carson Bednar. The Mavericks completed their scoring in the fourth quarter on a Zach Moore run up the middle for a touchdown followed by Charlie Zeeve’s dive into the end zone for the two-point conversion. The defense came up with big plays and forced two turnovers to stop Gators drives. Leading the charge for the Mavericks defense was the inspired play of defensive tackle Sam Goldberg, who recorded nine tackles on the day. Defensive end Tyler Blizzard and linebacker Robbie Lanni provided strong containment on sweeps which prevented any big plays. Safety William George made key tackles in the secondary.
The Riverside Bantam Gators started a tough defensive struggle against the Glenville Mavericks with a scoreless first half. The first quarter was highlighted by a fumble recovery by Jack Feda giving the Gators good field position, but unable to capitalize. On third and twelve yards to go, Henry Ellison caught a thirty-yard pass completion. Harrison Carr, Jack Carey and Ryan Miles opened holes though the Maverick’s defense, releasing Garrett Murphy and Andrew Nanai for hard fought yards up the middle. Giovanni Pastore dashed for a rush of sixteen yards. The second half started with the Gators moving well, but a Maverick interception stopped the drive and changed the momentum of the game. Notwithstanding the great defensive plays of Nelson Werber and Coleman Jennings, the Mavericks scored twice quickly, closing the door on the Gators.
Crushers 14 Generals 0
The Crushers and Generals defenses stopped the other's offense setting the tone for a difficult game. The Crusher attack finally got going in the second quarter, with a sustained 7 play drive which culminated in a Andrew Hollander touchdown. The 27 yard run was made possible by key blocks from Harry Skakel, Christian Farricker and Cameron Dalton. The PAT was good making the score 7-0. The Crusher defense continued to buckle down, led by guard Henry Saleeby, who finished with 5 tackles and 2 sacks. The Crusher offense got rolling again in the middle of the third quarter when Hollander again broke away on a 47 yard run down the left side for a touchdown. The PAT was good making the score 14 - 0. Key blocks by Whit Knight, Garth Stanier and Yukki Nobunaga made the touchdown possible. The Crusher defense continued it tough play, with linebacker Shuta Kumada making two interceptions to preserve the victory in the fourth quarter.
The Generals’ defense played tough all day, and was led by outstanding efforts from Noni Lopez, Dylan Ellner and Sam Jenkins. Scott Marshall, Jake Bass and Callum Abernathy also made hard hits in critical situations. On offense, the Generals’ line was led by Boden Groen, Kyle Laufenberg, Matias Isaacs and Justin Zide, who made a number of excellent blocks to keep the chains moving.
BANC 28 Bulldogs 6
The Banc Raiders put forth their best effort of the season to beat a very talented Bulldog squad. Michael Reilly had a tremendous game scoring two touchdowns from 32 and 42 yards, respectively. Charles Courtenay and Jack Driscoll also found the end zone for Raider scores. The Raider blocking was the key to this offensive bonanza. Aiden Munnelly, Jack Caruso, Kevin Cartine and Louis Estrada had great days blocking and were able to create holes in a tough Bulldog defense. Jason Otis had a dominating performance particularly on defense registering an 7 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Seth Kim recovered a fumble and Cliff Courtenay shut down the Bulldog’s outside run threat.
The Bulldogs offense got into the game as Riley Howe carried the ball 50 yards for a touchdown. The extra point failed and BANC led 7-6 as the first quarter ended. The Bulldogs defense dug in on the next series as a big tackle by Fisher Bray and Owen Ball held the Raiders, but BANC capped a seven play drive with a touchdown and extra point to make it 14-6. The rest of the first half featured a big tackle by the Bulldogs Jacob Noddin and strong running by Cooper Moore. The Bulldogs defense continued to play stout at the beginning of the second half as tackles by Alex Brown and Gregory Altamore and the strong defensive plays by Jacob Belmont, Christopher Stitch and Jessica Aselin kept BANC out of the end zone until late in the third quarter. But the potent Raiders offense could not be denied and BANC added two quick scores to make the final tally 28-6.
JUNIORS
Generals 27 Crushers 6
The Putnam Generals Juniors defeated the Cos Cob Crushers 27-6 in a hard-hitting, physical contest between two teams who entered the game with matching 3-0 records. The Generals jumped out to an early 6-0 lead by marching 60 yards in seven plays on their opening possession. Will Perry did most of the damage and scored on a 10 yard touchdown run, the first of his two touchdowns on the day. After the Crushers evened the score on their first possession, the Generals fumbled away their next possession. However, the Generals’ defense rose to the occasion behind a sack by McKinley Frantz and excellent coverage downfield by Jackson Trimmer who just missed a diving interception. The Generals’ offense then got rolling and scored on each of their next two possessions to take a 20-6 lead at the half. Kyle Christensen scored the third Generals’ touchdown on a tough 15 yard run. The Generals’ defense recovered a fumble on the first play of the second half and the offense quickly capitalized when Ryan Harford completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Hanley Frantz on fourth and 20. Aedan Lewis capped the scoring for the Generals by converting the extra point. From there, the Generals’ defense finished off the win with Scooter Harrington, Jackson Caputo and Dillon Daine leading a great team effort upfront.
After the Generals opened the scoring to take a 6-0 lead on the opening drive of the game, the Crushers answered immediately with a five-play, 60-yard drive. Sean Weaver found Michael Gray for a 26-yard connection, then rolled 24 yards into the end zone himself on a nifty run to tie the game at 6-6. The Generals then scored 21 unanswered points to secure the win. The Crusher defense was led by Henry Parkhurst's aggressive tackling, and featured fumble recoveries by Weaver and Ian Bannon. Ben Goldstein, Michael Ceci and Andrew Triscari also played well, contributing key tackles. The Crusher offense was led by the running of Patrick Clisham, with Carson Brennan and Chase Piro anchoring a good effort by the offensive line.
Bulldogs 12 BANC 0
On BANC’s first play, a touchdown saving tackle by North Mianus’ Alex Bologna was all that stopped a BANC touchdown. Four plays later, North Mianus took over on downs and started a 16-play drive that ate up nearly eight minutes of the first half, capped off by a two-yard touchdown run by Robert Clark, who followed key blocks by his backfield mate Jack Montesi. The Bulldogs took a double digit lead in the third quarter as Kevin Iobbi dove over the pylon at the end of a six yard touchdown run that it made 12-0 in favor of the Maroon and Black. Iobbi also caught a 31 yard pass from quarterback Nicky Blum. Emmett Witmer, Owen Tedford, James Loughran, Cole Korzedorfer and John Georgas set the tone on defense with a number of big plays to give the Bulldogs their first shutout of the season.
BANC’s offense was led by Parker Grayson, who ran up the middle for 25 yards on his first carry of the day. Ben Orszulak connected with James Huber on a nice pass play, and Tucker Calcano had a good day rushing for the Raiders following good blocking from Jimmy Conti and Aiden Reynolds. Defensively Michael Tang made many tackles along with James Baccile, Andrew Marinaccio and Jack O’Connor.
Gators 24 Mavericks 14
The Gators scored on their third possession of the game when quarterback Anthony Ferraro broke off a 56 yard run into the end zone. Making key blocks on the play were Ryan Lenihan and Kevin Downey. On the next Gator next possession, the offense moved the ball down the field until Sean Doherty hit pay dirt on a 5 yard touchdown run. The Gator defense was led by Luke Bienstock and Kyle Gillick. A key defensive play happened when Callan Smith recovered a Maverick fumble as they were moving the ball. The Gator offense fired back in the second half making many positive gains which was capped off when Anthony Ferraro scored on a 12 yard touchdown run. The Gators final score of the game came when quarterback Drew Dinsmore threw a perfect 60 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Max Metalios who did a fine job outracing the Maverick defenders.
Mavericks played a strong game on both sides of the ball. On offense, Joe Lanni, Oliver Warren and Joseph Longo ran well behind the blocking of Brandon Kistler and Fermin Moraiz. Lanni and Longo scored the two Maverick touchdowns. Trystan Sarcone caught a successful PAT. On defense, Bailey Savio and Duncan Jurkowitz made outstanding plays for the entire game.
SENIORS
Crushers 14 Generals 0
The Crushers played superbly on both sides of the ball in their second victory of the year against the Putnam Generals. Jon Fischer and Jimmy Knight played very impressively stopping the General offense from running up the middle. Thomas Martins also played well on the defensive and offensive side of the ball. Linebacker Ryan Kupferschmid made a critical stop on a General reverse. At the start of the second quarter, the Crusher’s offense finally clicked as quarterback Billy O’Malley cut up the middle springing free for a 60 yard touchdown. A textbook block was thrown by Jack Benenson to set up the long touchdown run. The PAT by Jack Knight was good. At the beginning of the second half Tyler Triscari hit the end zone on a 10 yard run. Colin Ingraham made an outstanding defensive play, stepping in front of a General receiver for an interception. Good blocking was contributed by Tom Bacon.
The Generals played a good game against a very physical Crusher team. Lineman Sam Bass, Austin Cantwell and Kendrick Pozo blocked well for running backs Tommy Rappa and Hunter Frantz . The defense played solid and was led by Jack Harrington, Cole Perry, Frank Claps. Coaches also
credited Matt Catalano and Nick Bonanno with some big tackles.
Mavericks 28 Gators 6
The Mavericks got off to a strong start on offense and the defense kept the Gators out of the end zone until late in the fourth quarter. The Mavericks’ first touchdown was set up by a 40 yard run by Jamie Paradise. Kevin Downs ran it into the end zone from the 15 yard line a play later. Solid blocking was provided by offensive linemen Sean Harnett, Christian Holmberg and Ian Brown. The Mavericks scored two more times before the half on an 18 yard run by Alec Oropall and a 26 yard scamper by Clay Jurkowitz. Paradise closed out the scoring on a 21 yard run in the fourth quarter. Strong defense contributions were made by Jamie Cavataro, Colin Rosato, and Dan Gutman.
The Gators played with a lot of heart and were able to move the ball. On fourth and long, Songjoon Chung ran the ball 25 yards gaining a first down which set up the Gardy Labon 40 yard touchdown run. These runs were made possible by the blocking of Ronnie Brock and Nico Patrik. Defensively, the Gator played strong all afternoon. Up the middle, the Gators made key tackles by Darius Asgari, Griffen Golden, Ben Jones and Ross Milani. The defensive play of Nick Schepis and Tommy Feda were able to contain the Mavericks on the outside making several key tackles that could have lead to long gains.
BANC 16 Bulldogs 6
The Raiders scored once in the first half on 1 yard run by quarterback Peter Dunn and again in the third quarter on a 2 yard run by fullback Caleb Meath. Both extra points were converted by kicker Peter Heerdt. Both touchdown drives- and numerous defensive stands - were the result of outstanding play by the Raiders line. Contributing key tackles and blocks were Matt Blechman, Eli Pagnani, Domenic Calasacco, Travis Anderson, Phil Marella and Marcus Avery.The Raiders took control early and, despite strong defensive plays by the Bulldogs Jack Nail and Justin Montier, kept the ball the entire first quarter as they marched all the way down the field for a first quarter score that made it 8-0. The Bulldogs got a 25 yard punt return from Joey Fedorko that went for not as, three plays and a penalty later, they had to punt to BANC. The Bulldogs needed a touchdown saving tackle from Liam Nelson, a number of tackles in the secondary from Andrew Bologna and fumble recovery from Matt Lodato on an errant pitch out to keep BANC out of the end zone and take the one touchdown deficit into the half. Undaunted by a third quarter touchdown by BANC, Devin McGrath threw a perfect strike to Saleeby zipping down the sideline for a 38 yard touchdown pass. The Bulldogs would get the ball back one more time, but stalled. The Bulldog defense stiffened again as Tyler Swift and James Kitt made big tackles. The Bulldogs would get the ball back with less than one minute to play, but it wasn’t enough time as the Raiders held on to for the 16-6 win.
GYFL WEEK #3 9-27-09
BANTAMS
CRUSHERS 16 GATORS 12
The Gators got off to a quick start by taking their opening possession into the Crusher red zone and converting a 4th down play into a touchdown. On defense for the Crushers, Henry Saleeby, caused a fumble which resulted in a safety, making the score 6 - 2. The Crushers then took the ensuing kick-off down to the Gator 5 yard line where Andrew Hollander ran off tackle for the touchdown. The PAT was no good giving the Crushers the lead 8 - 6. Good blocks by Tyler Dietrich, Joe Fedele and Whit Knight made the score possible. The Gators scored again, going into half time, giving them the lead 12 - 8. The 3rd quarter was a tough struggle, before Crusher tailback Shuta Kumada, broke over the right side for a touchdown. Key blocks by Cameron Dalton and Jamie Polak, made the run possible. The PAT was no good, giving the Crushers a 14 - 12 lead. The Crusher defense continued its tough play with lineman, Harry Skakel and Dillion Weaver making key tackles to preserve the victory for the Crushers. The Crushers managed to score a safety near the end of the game.
Gators opening drive of 60 yards was capped off by a seventeen yard touchdown run by Patrick McTiernan. After the Crushers took a one point lead and with the ball on the Gator 2 yard line, Nick Dagnino broke free for a sixty-eight yard touchdown run for a Gator 12 - 7 lead at halftime. With only three minutes of offense in the second half, the unsung heros are the Gator defense lead by Jacob Cohen, Max Stroemer and Nelson Werber. The Crushers offensive assaults were largely contained by Conner Browder, Lucas Ojea-Quintana, Santi Silvani and Louis Werber allowing only one touchdown in the second half. After the Gator’s defense stopped the Crushers on the two yard line, the Gators fumbled and recovered the ball in the end zone for a safety with only 1:38 left in the game, sealing the Crusher win.
Mavericks 13 Bulldogs 0
The Mavericks offense scored two touchdowns in the first quarter to jump out to an early lead and then relied on its stellar defense to preserve the the victory. Under difficult conditions, the Mavericks were able to control the ball on offense, highlighted by runs by Lance Large and Jack Warren. Determined blocking by Christian Rogers, Joe Kraninger and Van Thompsen paved the way for the Mavericks offense. Despite the rain, the Mavericks were able to execute and move the ball downfield throughout the game. The Mavericks rallied behind tough team defense to keep the Bulldogs out of the end zone, highlighted by several tackles behind the line of scrimmage and great pursuit to the ballcarrier. Aengus Rosato help stuff the middle of the line while Peter Rivelli stopped a Bulldogs drive with a fumble recovery. Defensive backs Matt Esposito, Jaime Moraiz and Brett Williams helped control the Bulldogs ground attack and prevented any big plays.The Bulldogs made a stout defensive showing for the final three quarters to keep the powerful Mavericks offense off the board the rest of the game. The Bulldog’s offense got on track at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half as Brett Cosby, Tyler Moran, and Andrew Daur opened up holes for the backfield. But the Maroon and Black attack was stopped at the ten yard line and turned the ball over on downs midway through the third quarter. The Bulldogs defensive line, with big tackles by Thomas Price, Owen Ball, Kirk Schultz, Luc Ayoub and Antonio DiLorenzo, kept the home team in the game right until the end and safeties Nate Allen and Alex Brown ensured that there would be no further Maverick’s scoring.
Generals 7 BANC 0
The tone for the game was set in the first half, as both defenses came out fired-up. The first half ended scoreless, as each team’s offense had difficulty moving the ball against the opponent’s swarming defense. The Generals held the Raiders to one first down the entire game behind strong defensive play by Matias Isaacs, Doug Neviera, Jackson Rubich and Sebi Cobb. The Generals opened the second half with a big hit on the first play, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Chris Burdick. The Raiders held firm, however, stopping the Generals’ threat behind strong defensive play. On their second possession of the half, the Generals mounted a scoring drive behind the blocking of Charlie Povinelli and Brendan Whitely, culminating in a 30 yard touchdown run by Matt Restieri. Greyson Wolfram’s run converted the extra point, and the Generals took the lead 7-0. Deep in the fourth quarter, the Raiders held the Generals and took over the ball on their own 17 yard line for one final drive. The Raiders’ threat was thwarted after Blake Guerrieri broke through the line and made tackles behind the line of scrimmage on the Raiders’ first three plays, sealing the victory.
The Raiders were able to move the chains thanks to some key blocks thrown by Severiano Calderini and Terrell Magliulo. JT Lawrence and Jack Driscoll were able to get wide on several sweeps despite the slippery surface. The Raider defense played exceptionally well especially Jason Otis who had three tackles for losses and several hard hits. Gavin Muir also had a stellar day stopping the Generals rushing attack. Aiden Munnelly had a great game showcasing his versatility playing three different defensive positions. Grant Resnick made a touchdown saving tackle on a sweep. Solid hits and tackles were also made by Tarquin Hanson and Dylan Reynolds.
JUNIORS
Crushers 14 Gators 0
The Crushers' defense pitched their third consecutive shutout, and also put the first points of the game on the board when Andrew Triscari's safety staked the Crushers to a 2-0 lead. Later in the second quarter, Sean Weaver hit his favorite target Michael Gray for a nine-yard touchdown pass that put the Crushers up 8-0. Nick Durvasula rounded out the scoring with a two-yard TD plunge. Tyler Jester and Russell Winget contributed great work on the offensive line. The Crushers' stifling defense was led by Bailey Ballone and Michael Ceci, with Frankie Alfano leading a great effort by the defensive line. Ethan Ross contributed an interception late in the fourth quarter to close out the win for the Crushers.
The Gators fumbled the ball eight times and turned the ball over five times to the Crushers. The Gator defense did a great job being on the field as much as they were. Liam Quigley and Will Pettinato had numerous tackles that clogged up the middle. Defensive tackle Justin Lataj brought down many Crusher runners. Ryan Lenihan recovered a Crusher fumble for the Gators. Outside linebackers Sean Doherty had a fantastic run back on an interception. Coaches credit Alex Tucker for his fine play at defensive end. The Gator offense did not spark with the wet playing conditions until the 4th quarter, when Michael McTiernan caught a 12 yard pass for a first down and Luke Beinstock had a great 35 yard run to the 2 yard as time ran out. Anchoring the line for the Gators was Spencer Baxter and Brandon Dinsmore.
Bulldogs 12 Mavericks 6
Robert Clark paced the Bulldog’s offense with a 71-yard touchdown sprint down the left sideline with less than two minutes to go in the first half. Clark's run gave the Bulldogs a 12-0 lead, which they would never relinquish. The first North Mianus score came on a one-yard touchdown plunge by Jack Montesi, to cap a seven-play, 49 yard, first quarter drive. Tyler Saleeby added a key, third-down run in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a first down to sustain the Bulldogs' final drive, and forced and recovered a Glenville fumble. Emmett Witmer, Damien Weber, Parker Kelly and Brandon DelCristo paced the North Mianus defense with multiple tackles while Corey Bancroft and Michael McGrath disrupted the Mavericks passing game with a quarterback hurry and deflected pass. Saleeby also forced and recovered a Glenville fumble.
The North Mianus Bulldogs got off to a strong start controlling the line of scrimmage on the first drive of the game with strong running inside and out, capped off with a one-yard dive to take a 6-0 lead. The Mavericks moved the ball well in the first half behind solid blocking by offensive linemen Ian Pearson, Logan Hoelscher and Nick Hughes. The Bulldogs added a long run in the second quarter for a touchdown and led at the half, 12-0. The Mavericks defense stiffened in the second half, holding the Bulldogs’ powerful outside running attack in check behind strong tackling by linemen Kieren Carroll and Lachlan Rosato. Fermin Moriaz, Bailey Savio, Joey Longo and Oliver Warren wreaked havoc in the Bulldogs backfield all afternoon.. The Mavericks were able to get on the board in the fourth quarter on a long 50-yard touchdown run by QB Joe Lanni, who gained the corner and then outran the Bulldog defenders. The Maverick defense held in the last minute of play, but the clock ran out on a final Maverick “Hail Mary” pass and the Bulldogs prevailed, 12-6.
Generals 19 BANC 0
Defense was the key to the game for the Generals. The General’s defense was led by strong play from defensive ends Tommy Glover and Josh Erickson who each recorded sacks and kept constant pressure on the Raider’s quarterbacks. Defensive linemen Jake Groves and Peter Mullen also helped control the line of scrimmage for the Generals. The Generals started with the ball and marched down the field behind solid blocking from the line directed by center Alex Wada. Will Perry capped the initial drive with a 10 yard touchdown run. After forcing a Raiders punt, the Generals went on a long drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Will Christensen to Ryan Harford on the first play of the second quarter to make the score 13-0. The Generals capitalized on a Raiders fumble deep in their own territory at the start of the fourth quarter when Aedan Lewis darted into the end zone behind some solid blocks by James Westerberg to finish the scoring for the Generals. After the General’s scored first, BANC’s offense moved downfield as Ian Edwards, Peter Cartine and Nicholas Daetwiler opened holes for Parker Grayson to run through. The Generals defense stiffened, stopping the Raiders and scoring again to make it 13-0. The Raiders defense, with tackles by Addison Muir, Dylan Ehret and Alex Tennenbaum tightened and allowed only one more Generals score after a fumble recovery on the BANC three yard line late in the game. Michael Fahy, Jack O’Connor and Jack Barter were also praised by the Raider coaches for helping the team by playing at multiple positions during the game.
SENIORS
Generals 3 BANC 0
For the Generals, the big defensive line of Jack Harrington, Frank Claps, Kendrick Pozo and Griffin Tiedy led the way and all played well. Kent Whitaker and William Evans also came up with a few big hits to preserve the shut out. The General’s offense was led by the hard running of Max Trudeau and Kyle Dunster. After the Raider defense stopped the Generals on the 10 yard line, Griffin Tiedy kicked a 28 yard field goal for the game’s only points. Tom Povinelli had a big interception and caused a fumble. This contest was a low scoring affair due to the outstanding play by both teams defenses. Outstanding contributions to the Raiders defensive stands were made by linemen Aaron Hillman, Lawrence Dunn, Marcus Avery, and Sal Pereda and Linebackers Anthony Ciuro and Philip Marella and Cornerback Peter Dunn.
Crushers 22 Gators 0
For the Crushers, tough blocking along the line from Peter Delepine and Tomas Cespedes helped the Crushers running game come alive. A long third down run from Tyler Triscari set up his short touchdown. A touchdown run by Billy O’Malley in the second quarter was set up by blocking from Tyler Jenkins. Key tackles on 3rd down were made by Colin Ingraham. In the third quarter the Crushers struck gold again with another touchdown from Triscari. Trevor Ingraham threw a terrific block making the run possible. Strong play on defense was put together by Lucas Perez. Ryan Kupferschmid had some long runs during the game setting up some of the Crushers drives.
The Gator offensive line lead by Ronnie Brock and Victor Lataj were able to open holes for backs Parker Shack and Nick Schepis. Defensively, the Gator defense played well and made key plays when they needed them. Thomas Morgantini, Griffin Golden and Addison Yost made awesome open field tackles. Great defensive job was also done by Ross Milani, Thomas Feda and Christopher Hann.
Mavericks 14 Bulldogs 0
The Mavericks did all of their scoring in the first quarter and then handed it over to their defense to produce a win against the Bulldogs. After the Mavericks defense forced the Bulldogs to punt after a three and out on their first possession, Kevin Downs returned the punt for a 60 yard touchdown. The Mavericks got the ball back and Alec Oropall broke free on a 50 yard touchdown run. The blocking up front was led by Ben Steinman, Willy Budkins and John Clarke. The Bulldogs threatened to score late in the fourth quarter, but the Mavericks defense tightened, stopping the Bulldogs on downs at the 15 yard line. The Mavericks put in a strong tackling effort all day. Leading the way was Alex Russell, James Granruth, Jack Harrison, Johnny Pulitano, and Harrison Cole.
After the first series, the Bulldogs were forced to punt and the Maverick returner fielded the ball in Bulldog territory and made an excellent run through Bulldog defenders to score the first touchdown of the day. The Bulldogs were undeterred and, after the kickoff, on their next play from scrimmage Sam Saleeby ripped off a 50-yard run down the sidelines. The drive stalled. The Mavericks saw another back rumble off tackle for a 57 yard touchdown. The extra point was good and the Mavericks led 14-0 in the first quarter. After fumbling the ball back to the Mavericks, the Bulldogs stepped up on stops by Justin Montier and James Kitt. The teams traded possessions the rest of the first half, which featured a big stop by Andrew Bologna and a diving touchdown saving tackle by Alex Kerendian for the Maroon and Black. Despite the rain, the Bulldogs opened the offense up in the second half with quarterback Devin McGrath making a number of nice throws. Joey Fedorko had a number of long runs to get the ball to the Mavericks 16 yard line. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were unable to punch it in for a score and gave the ball up on downs to Glenville. The Bulldogs was once again up to the challenge as gang tackles by Jack Wynne, Matt Lodato and Mathew Mezias stopped the Mavericks.

GYFL WEEK #2 9-20-09
BANTAMS
CRUSHERS 13 BANC 6
Both team's defenses set the tone early by not allowing first downs or sustained drives. Then the Crusher offense started to make some progress. Late in the first quarter, runs by Avery Edwards and Miles Bowers, set up quarterback Jackson Fretty to make a 40 yard touchdown pass to Graham Pierce. The PAT by Whit Knight was good. The Crusher attack continued late in the second quarter, when Fretty hooked up with Pierce for another 40 yard touchdown pass. The Crusher defense--led by Jamie Polak and Anthony Oliveri kept the Raiders off the scoreboard for the remainder of the half. The second half was a very hard fought defensive struggle but the Raiders offense finally broke through making the game 13 - 6, going into the fourth quarter. That's when the Crusher defense tightened up again with the strong play of Yukki Nobunaga.The Raiders followed a familiar script this week, giving up two first half touchdowns before mounting a ferocious second half comeback which fell just short to a strong Crusher squad. BANC scored a touchdown early in the third quarter on a beautiful sweep by JT Lawrence who made a clever cut off a Matthew Jacobsen lead block. The offensive line was opening holes with some key blocks up the middle by Jack Lemone, Romano Orlando, Andrew Frost and Christian Perez. On the defensive side of the ball, Tarquin Hanson plugged the middle and even made a fumble recovery. Harry Moross, Severiano Calderini and Nick Navarette also did a stellar job clogging the middle of the Crushers running game.
MAVERICKS 12 GENERALS 7
The Mavericks won a thrilling game against the Generals, scoring the game winning touchdown with less than a minute to play in the game. The Mavericks took the game’s opening possession and marched 60 yards in 11 plays, culminating in quarterback Nicky Henkel’s 5 yard touchdown run on fourth and goal to give the Mavericks a 6-0 lead. Key blocking on the drive was provided by George Taylor and Paul Peruzzi. The Mavericks continued to move the ball in the first half with Charlie Zeeve picking up key yardage on long runs. The balance of the second half was a defensive battle as both teams came up with big stops. The Maverick’s defense was led by safety William George who made two touchdown saving tackles in the secondary. Defensive lineman David MacGillivray helped stuff the middle to thwart the General’s running game. In the 4th quarter, the Mavericks defense rose up to stop the Generals on fourth down, deep in Maverick’s territory. Trailing 7-6, the Mavericks offense took possession of the ball and marched 65 yards in the game’s final two minutes. The game winning drive ended with slotback Owen Matthews scampering ten yards to score the Mavericks’ touchdown which made the score 12-7. Making key blocks all day and on the final drive was end Carson Bednar. Linemen Timmy and Justin Kindregan also contributed strong efforts on the line. After a slow first half, the Generals came out strong in the second half, scoring on their second possession when Matt Restieri followed the blocking of Ben Frey and Kyle Laufenberg for a 34 yard touchdown run. Greyson Wolfram followed Boden Groen up the middle to convert the extra point, putting the Generals ahead, 7-6. After holding the Mavericks on defense with big hits by Justin Zide and Ryan Mulshine and a touchdown saving open field tackle by Whit Stahl, the Generals took over the ball. After driving down the field all the way to the Mavericks 12 yard line, the Generals were stopped inches short of a first down and the Mavericks took over the ball with four minutes to play and 68 yards to pay dirt. After a long Maverick drive, Eric Hadley made a beautiful goal line tackle to stop the extra point conversion attempt. The Generals, however, were not done. Taking the ball on their own 20 yard line, the Generals marched valiantly down the field until the Mavericks stopped A.J. Delgado at the four yard line on the game’s final play, preserving the 12-7 victory for the Mavericks.
GATORS 27 BULLDOGS 7
The Riverside Gators’ win was sparked by Patrick McTiernan's 48-yard run on the their first possession that led to a one-yard touchdown run (also McTeirnan) on the next play. Brandon Chow rushed for over 100 yards, including touchdown dashes of 65 and 45 yards. Cory Johnson made 10 tackles on defense and added a 15-yard touchdown run. Jack Feda was solid on defense causing a fumble which he recovered. Walty Toub and Daniel Wurst led the Gators' offensive line. Extra points by Nick D'Agnino, Fred Tucker and McTeirnan (his second) rounded out the scoring. Trey Scotti made a touchdown saving tackle on the six yard line as the Gators came out of the box quickly. The Bulldogs moved the ball well in the first half with Riley Howe following the blocks of Thomas Price, Luc Ayoub and Glenn Niblo for big gains on the outside and Billy Nail grinding out tough yardage between the tackles. But when long Bulldog drives stalled, the Gators made quick work of getting back on the scoreboard and built a 20-0 lead. The maroon and black attack was undeterred, however, and put together an impressive drive to close out the half with Philip Ayoub capping it off with a touchdown with seven seconds left and adding the extra point to cut the deficit to 20-7. The Bulldogs seemed poised to get back in the game, but a quick Riverside score to start the second half expanded the lead to 27-7. The remainder of the second half was a defensive struggle as the Bulldog defense, led by tackles by Ryan Chan, Jake Schulte and Spencer Wardell kept the potent Gator attack at bay the rest of the game.
JUNIORS
CRUSHERS 12 BANC 0
Adam Lamoureux and Henry Parkhurst led a stifling defense which also featured hard hitting by Sean Weaver, Andrew Triscari and Patrick Clisham. Bailey Ballone sealed the victory with a fourth-quarter interception and ten-yard return. The Crushers' first score came on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Weaver to Michael Gray, who outran the defense for the last 20 yards. The Crushers added a second touchdown in the third quarter on an eleven play, 40-yard drive capped by Nick Durvasula's two-yard plunge up the middle. The drive also featured great play from Charlie Knight. The BANC defense played tough with strong play from Brendan Cummins and Andrew Marinaccio, but the Crushers were able to score first on a long pass play to take a 6-0 lead. BANC’s offense ground out some tough yardage with Parker Grayson running behind blocks by Charlie Hanson and Peter Ryan. In the second half, Harrison Popp and Andrew Kelly made a strong effort to get the offense into the end zone with nice line play, but the Raiders could not get moving against a tough Crusher defense. Despite solid play defensively from Alex Rocco, Hayden Futch and Michael Tang, Cos Cob finished the scoring with another touchdown to seal the 12-0 victory.
GATORS 20 BULLDOGS 2
On the Gators first possession of the game, Luke Bienstock raced 55 yards down field. Marco Pastore finished the drive with a three yard touchdown. The Gators converted the extra point when quarterback Nic Smoller passed to sure handed Max Metalios. The Gators scored on the next series on a 41 yard sprint by tailback Sean Doherty. The extra point was good as Anthony Ferraro followed the blocking of Paul Williams. The Gators final touchdown went to Luke Bienstock who scampered 38 yards for the score. Jack Weigold led the strong defensive effort. In the fourth quarter, Gator safety Matt Logue broke up a potential Bulldog touchdown pass with excellent coverage of the receiver. The Gators jumped out to 14-0 halftime lead before the Bulldogs defense push Riverside back 30 yards to record a safety and make the score 14-2 to start the second half. The Bulldogs were led by Jack Montesi, Emmett Witmer, C. J. Ginsberg and David Steinberg on defense with Kevin Iobbi and Alex Bologna leading the offense.
GENERALS 20 MAVERICKS 0
The Mavericks almost scored on the game’s first play when their back broke free for a 53 yard run before being dragged down on a touchdown-saving tackle by Will Christensen. The Generals defense rebounded on the very next play when Scooter Harrington forced a fumble that was recovered by the Generals’ Will Perry. The Generals offense then took possession at the 5 yard line and produced a 75 yard drive capped by a long run around right end by Hanley Frantz. The Generals defense forced the Mavericks to punt on their next possession and the Generals capitalized with another long drive that ended with a tough touchdown run by Kyle Christensen behind some solid blocking led by Dillon Daine and Jackson Caputo. Patrick Feeley scored the extra point to make the score 13-0. The Generals scored again on their next possession when Cole Hartley snuck over from the 1-yard line. Cole Price added the extra point to bring the score to 20-0 at the half. The second half turned into a defensive struggle with both sides shutting out the opposition.The Mavericks got off to a quick start against the Putnam Generals at Cosby Field at the Brunswick School with Quarterback Joe Lanni scampering for a 50-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage on a keeper. The Mavericks could not punch it in, turning the ball over inside the ten-yard line. The Generals powerful running attack took over from there and scored three first-half touchdowns--all the scoring they would need in beating the Mavericks, 21-0. The Mavericks buckled up their chin straps and fought toe-to-toe with the Generals in the second half. Tailback Jon Lore broke off two powerful runs behind the blocking of tight end Darrin Duncan and guard James Budkins. The Maverick defense was up to the test in the second half, holding the Generals scoreless, led by strong tackling by tackle Peter Pillari, linebacker Reid Robbins and safety Trystan Sarcone. Billy Healey also contributed with several fine open field tackles.
SENIORS
BANC 26 CRUSHERS 0
Each team’s defense started strong with the two teams exchanging a pair of punts to start the game. The Raiders started their offensive run in the second quarter when Quarterback Steven Michaud hit Jose Melo for a 54 yard touchdown completion. Kyle Cruz and Melo also later scored on 7 yard runs. Melo added a 48 yard carry to set up the Cruz score. Aaron Hillman had two interceptions and his second interception was returned for 60 yards and turned out to be the last play of the game. Peter Heerdt also added an interception to stop a first half Crusher drive. Linebacker Robert Lemone and center Matt Blechman contributed strong performances to help the Raider cause. The Crushers started out by controlling the line of scrimmage on defense with big efforts by Jon Fischer and Jimmy Knight against a tough BANC Raiders team. Trevor Ingraham pitched in with some nice open field tackles. In the second quarter, Tucker McGarrity forced a fumble that the Crushers recovered. In the second half, Tomoyuki Suzuki was in on several tackles while Tomas Cespedes and Thomas Martins helped stuff the run on the defensive line. Wide receiver Mike Sullivan also had a couple of nice catches during the game. The Crushers mounted a drive late in the game with strong runs by quarterback Jack Knight as well as a key third down catch by Jack Freiheit.
MAVERICKS 36 GENERALS 16
The Mavericks opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 42 yard touchdown run by Jamie Paradise. Later in the second quarter, Kyle Foote broke loose on a 60 yard touchdown run. With the General’s keeping the score tight with two touchdown’s of their own, the Mavericks led at the half time after Kevin Downs ran it in from the 16 yard line for the third Mavericks score. Opening the holes upfront for the Mavericks were Joaquin Moraiz, Ian Brown and Clay Jurkowitz. The Mavericks scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter on a 52 yard pass from Foote to Downs and an 18 yard run by Tommy Rogan before closing out the scoring in the fourth quarter with a one yard plunge by Carlos Fernandez. The Generals played a strong first half in a tuff loss to the Mavericks. Kyle Dunster took a hand off from quarterback Cole Perry on the Generals first drive to score and tie the game at 8-8 . After good runs by Tommy Rappa and Max Trudeau, Hunter Frantz took the ball the final twelve yards for the touchdown. Griffin Tiedy’s second PAT was good giving the Generals a 16-14 lead. The offensive line was led by Austin Cantwell, Ryan Pasquali and Nick Bonanno . Jack Harrington led the way on defense with 10 tackles.
BULLDOGS 22 GATORS 8
On the first possession of the day, Sam Saleeby took a counter play off tackle for the Bulldogs first score of the day and a 6-0 lead. However, after trading possessions, the Gators took the ball on a short field and punched it over for a score and the Gators led 8-6 . The Bulldog offense was up to the task as Jack Nail hammered away for 14 yards and Joey Fedorko ran around end for 22 more before Saleeby then took the ball off tackle and sprinted down the line for his second score of the game and the Bulldogs had the lead for good at 14-8 with 3:22 left in the half. On the first play following the ensuing kickoff, the formidable Bulldog defensive line of Justin Montier, Jack Wynne and Justin Gaccione forced another Gator fumble recovered by Phil Coons. The teams traded possessions and the Bulldogs took the lead into the half. The second half featured strong running by the Bulldog Zack Noddin as he ripped a number of big gainers before Fedorko took the ball around end for a 51 yard touchdown score and a 20-8 lead in the third quarter. The Bulldogs added a safety in the fourth quarter to make the final 22-8. The Gator offense line, lead by Rich Nellie and Gardy Lebon --were able to open many holes for the Gator backs. Henry Taylor scored the lone Gator touchdown and Niko Patrk kicked the extra point. Defensively, the Gator’s held the Bulldogs to just one touchdown in the 1st quarter. Nick Schepis anchored the defense and Alex Arjomand made several key tackles in the open field to prevent the Bulldogs from scoring. The Gator defense was able to hold the Bulldogs several times on third downs and were able to stop the Bulldogs on a 4th and 7 from the 7 yard line. A great defensive job was also done by Thomas Williams, Slater Jones, Kaelan Gillick and Sangjoon Chung.
GYFL WEEK #1 9-13-09
BANTAMS
CRUSHERS 12 MAVERICKS 6
The game had a very ominous start for the Crushers as the Mavericks took the second play from scrimmage 65 yards for a touchdown and an early 6 - 0 lead. The Crushers were not shaken. On the third play of the 2nd quarter, Crusher running back Andrew Hollander went 75 yards for a touchdown. Key blocks were made by Dillion Boyd and Cameron Dalton. The PAT was no good, leaving the game tied at 6 points. The Crusher offense was not done, key runs by Whit Knight and Shuta Kumada put the Crushers on the Maverick 11 yard line. Quarterback Jackson Fretty, rolled right and completed a beautiful pass to tight end Grahme Pierce, putting the Crushers up 12 - 6. In the 3rd quarter, the Crusher defense was challenged by a very good Maverick passing attack, however they proved to bend, but not break. A fumble recovery by Henry Saleeby and key stops by Harlan Giordano and Jamie Polak, kept the the Crushers in the lead. Linebacker, Nicholas Gianuzzi added an interception late in the 4th quarter to seal the Crusher's first victory of the season. The Mavericks scored on the second play from scrimmage on a long run by Tyler Blizzard. Excellent blocking by Zach Moore, Sam Goldberg and Joe Fernandez led the way. The Mavericks moved the ball well for the rest of the game but were unable to score again. Nicky Henkel and Owen Matthews ran for big gains throughout the game. On defense, the Mavericks were led by Will Kolman and Robbie Lanni. Also contributing strong play on defense were Charlie Zeeve and Walter Stratton helping to limit the Crushers to 12 points.
GATORS 13 BANC 7
Alex Nanai and Henry Ellison led the defense in tackles in a contest that was defined by two tough defensive teams. Alex Quirk, Rodrigo Blanco and Miles Bastianich succeeded in confining the opposing offense. Key blocks from Walty Toub and Robert Bray sprung touchdown runs by Brandon Chow and Nicholas Dagnino with an extra point run by Corey Johnson. The Raiders dominated the second half scoring and won the field position battle but fell just short 13-7 to a tough Gator squad. Some of the offensive highlights were JT Lawrence's 5 yard scamper for the first Raider points of the 2009 campaign followed by Michael Reilly's run for the point after to cut the deficit to 13-7. The powerful inside running of Matthew Jacobsen earned several key first downs. Dylan Reynolds kept the chains moving with some terrific blocking on sweeps. On the defensive side of the ball, Jason Otis was unstoppable. Besides multiple bruising tackles, his hard hitting jarred two fumbles loose. Those were pounced on by Seth Kim and Romano Orlando. Gavin Muir and Colin Wahl forced many sweeps wide into the waiting arms of Robbie Barter. While the Raiders started slow, they surely garnered momentum heading into next week's clash.
GENERALS 14 BULLDOGS 6
Despite a touchdown saving tackle by the Generals’ safety, Devin Brandes, on the first play of the drive, the Bulldogs scored several plays later on a 30 yard touchdown run. The Generals’ Jake Bass stuffed the extra point attempt up the middle, and the Bulldogs entered the second quarter with a 6-0 lead. Midway through the second quarter, Generals’ halfback, Chris Burdick, took the handoff, darted through a gaping hole opened by Brendan Whitely, and outran the Bulldogs defenders for a 50 yard touchdown, tying the game at 6-6. The Generals went ahead 7-6 as Greyson Wolfram converted the extra point behind Harry Linnan’s lead block. The Bulldogs bounced back quickly on their next possession, mounting an impressive drive that would have resulted in a touchdown had it not been for an open field, touchdown saving tackle by safeties, Chase Stahl and Alexander Allan, and a critical tackle for loss by Owen Gwozdz. Leading 7-6 entering the fourth quarter, the Generals sealed the victory when Matt Restieri followed blocks by the offensive line and galloped to a 52 yard touchdown. Greyson Wolfram converted the extra point, and the Generals secured their first victory of the season, 14-6. The Bulldogs came out flying with a solid defensive effort as highlight plays by Finbar Doyle, Philip Ayoub and Ryan Gruenstrass forced two first quarter punts. On their second possession of the game Bulldogs would take advantage as Riley Howe went off left tackle to score from 31 yards out. Quarterback Gregory Altamore made a determined push on the extra point but was stopped short of the goal line as the Bulldogs ended the first quarter with a 6-0 lead. The Bulldogs continued to control the game early in the second quarter as tackles by Thomas Benda, Cameron DelCristo and Fisher Bray kept the Generals off the scoreboard. Generals, however, ran a draw play that completely swung the momentum of the game as their back raced 51 yards for a touchdown, despite a huge effort by Cooper Moore to bring him down from behind. The extra point was good and the Generals led 7-6. The Bulldogs did mount a furious drive in the closing minute of the half highlighted by Christopher Loparco scampered for a first down, but the Generals stopped the Bulldogs 20 yards short of pay dirt. The Generals seized control of the offensive and defensive lines and kept the explosive Bulldogs running attack off the field.
JUNIORS
GENERALS 27 BULLDOGS 7
The Generals jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when McKinley Frantz scored behind an excellent block by his brother Hanley to cap a long opening drive. The Generals then tacked on another touchdown before halftime with Will Perry scoring on a strong run behind some excellent blocking by Scooter Harrington and Brett Collins. Cole Hartley converted the extra point to make the score 14-0 at the half. The Generals then opened the second half with a long touchdown run by Will Christensen. Kyle Christensen scored on the ensuing extra point. Ryan Harford capped the scoring for the Generals by breaking several tackles and making an excellent cut-back on his way to a 42 yard touchdown. Jack Mahon also contributed a nice run for the Generals in addition to some solid play at safety. The Generals scored on four of their first five possessions despite standout defensive efforts from Daniel Curley and Corey Bancroft. Daniel Ezquivel and Glenn Saperstein led the young Bulldog defensive line that also included highlight plays from Casey Benda and Adam Pate, who chipped in with a big blocked pass. The Bulldogs offense got on the board with a Nick Blum to Kevin Iobbi 36 yard pass play and featured hard running from Jack Montesi and Alex Bologna, who added a point after touchdown.
CRUSHERS 2 MAVERICKS 0
The Crushers topped the Mavericks in what is perhaps the first 2-0 final score in the history of the GYFL. The Crushers rolled up 130 yards of total offense , but were stymied twice inside the red zone by the Mavericks' big-play defense that ultimately kept the Crushers out of the end zone all day. The offense was led by a trio of running backs that kept the Mavericks guessing. Michael Ceci, Nick Durvasula and Frankie Alfano took turns running through the holes opened by the offensive line and Sean Weaver led the gold offense with his rushing. Adam Lamoureux, Michael Gray and Carson Brennan anchored the offensive line. Ian Bannon led the defense with a multitude of tackles and Henry Parkhurst also had several clutch tackles for losses, including the game's decisive play-- a tackle in the Maverick end zone that led to the game's only two points. Linebacker Lucas Bell also contributed key tackles for the Crushers. The Maverick offense was quarterbacked admirably by Joe Lanni, and left tackle Max Kilberg and right guard Brandon Kistler were able to spring fullback Oliver Warren for good yardage on the edge. Defensive linemen Lachlan Rosato and Ben Kraninger controlled the line of scrimmage while defensive end Joey Longo and safety John Esposito snuffed the outside game for the stingy Maverick defense, who were able to hold the powerful Crushers on several key short yardage situations throughout the contest. Desperate for the football in the fourth quarter, outside linebacker Bailey Savio, leading the team in tackles for the afternoon, forced a fumble with a terrific hit, and linebacker Jon Lore made the recovery, but the Mavericks were unable to capitalize.
GATORS 7 BANC 0
The Riverside Gators Juniors had a successful Home Opener against the Banc Raiders at Brunswick Field. The Gator’s defense set the tone of the game plugging holes and made tackles in the BANC backfield. Playing well on defense and stopping the outside run was linebacker Michael McTiernan and end Peyton Larkin. Starting on offense, the Gators moved the ball well with strong running by Sean Doherty and Cassius Johnson. The lone touchdown was made by Luke Bienstock on a 20 yard powerful run. Nic Smoller scored the PAT. Callan Smith, Kevin Jordan, threw key blocks allowing the Gator running attack to move the ball. The Gators held their opponents in check the rest of the game with Henry Enelow and Truman Imbo leading the defensive effort with several tackles. The Raiders were able to move the ball with runs by Tucker Calcano and Addison Muir but were prevented from scoring by a tough Gator defense. James Huber connected with Michael Tang on a nice pass play and Whit Kim and Matthew Weller were credited with some excellent blocks. Matthew Morganti turned in a stellar performance defensively with a big interception and many key open field tackles. Parker Grayson also played well in stopping the run and knocking down a pass attempt. Ben Orszulak and Cameron Thrasher also put in solid efforts with many tackles.
SENIORS
BANC 26 GATORS 0
The BANC Raiders scored 12 points off of some outstanding and exciting special teams play. Kyle Cruz returned punts 43 and 65 yards to score the first two touchdowns for the Raiders. The next two Raider scores were set up by two of Matt Marzulla’s three interceptions on the day. After Marzulla’s first interception the Raiders were able to move the ball behind several key rushes, including a 20 yard 3rd down run by halfback Jose Melo. Fullback Caleb Meath scored on a 7 yard rush for the Raider’s third score. Marzulla’s second interception set up the last Raider score which he scored on a 4 yard touchdown run. This drive was highlighted by a 9 yard first down run by halfback Jack Martin. Halfbacks Mitchell Nethercott and Marc Nielsen also carried part of the rushing load for the Raiders throughout the game. The Raider defense made several key stands to maintain the Raiders lead. Defensive guard Domenic Colasacco recovered a fumble to end the first half. Despite the score board reading in BANC favor, the Gators gave their all and never gave up. Once the opening day jitters faded, the Gator offense lead by quarterback Henry Taylor, Bobby Walker and runningback Nick Schepis, were able to move the ball with some success behind the blocking of Darius,Asgari. As the game progressed, other notables like Elijah Holyfield and Addy Yost ran the ball quite successfully against the big BANC defense. On the defensive side of the ball, there were several players that stood out making some very hard hits like Niko Patrik, Ben Jone, Ronnie Brock, and Gary Lebon who lead the surge to try and stop the BANC offense.
GENERALS 8 BULLDOGS 0
The Generals got things going on the first drive of the game with good runs by Hunter Frantz and Max Trudeau . Kyle Dunster took the ball the final 8 yards for the touchdown. The PAT kick by Griffin Tiedy was good making the score 8-0 . Jack Harrington , Franks Claps, Ed Larkin and Sam Bass did a great job giving the backs some big holes. The defense-- which kept the Bulldogs out of the end zone-- were led by the big hits of Cole Perry and Matt Catalano. Harrington was credited with a fumble recovery.The Bulldogs hung tough for the entire game, but a determined Generals offense was able to punch it through for the first and only score of the game. The remainder of the first half was back and forth, highlighted by back-to-back sacks by Bulldog’s James Arca and Jack Nail. Early in the second half, Bulldog Joey Fedorko recovered a fumbled General punt and, two plays later, took the ball around right end behind strong blocking from Liam Nelson and Justin Gaccione for a big first down. The Bulldogs kept pounding away and-- on a fourth and five --came up just inches shy, turning the ball over on downs. Constant pressure by North Mianus defensive lineman Justin Montier and Jack Wynne led to an interception by Guillermo Perez. Sam Saleeby fielded a line drive punt, faked two defenders and took it all the way down the right sideline for a an apparent touchdown. However, the referees ruled he had stepped on the sidelined on the General’s 22 yard line. Zack Noddin ran for seven yards and the Bulldogs had a first and goal from inside the ten yard line but could not score. Ryan Borchetta made a great touchdown saving tackle in the next series for the Bulldog defense, but the game ended with the Generals running out the clock.
MAVERICKS 20 CRUSHERS 8
While the Mavericks offense put the ball in the end zone three times, the day belonged to the Mavericks defense, limiting the Crushers versatile spread offense to one score in the fourth quarter. Leading the defense were Dan Gutman and Johnny Pulitano who had an interception with a shifty 30 yard return down the sideline. The Mavericks opened the scoring in the second quarter with Kyle Foote diving in from the two yard line culminating a long drive. Foote also converted the PAT kick for an 8-0 lead. Opening the holes up front were Alex Russell, Charlie Pfeifer, and Matt Gendell. The Mavericks got on the scoreboard again in the third quarter on a 26 yard scoring run by Kevin Downs. The Mavericks were able to gain some breathing room with their last touchdown coming on a 21 yard pass on 4th and 1 from Foote to Tommy Rogan who made a nice over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone. Crusher quarterback Billy O’Malley started off the Crusher offense with a 15 yard run. Strong blocking from Thomas Martins, Jimmy Knight, Sean Marks, Peter Delepine, and James Harnett helped spring O’Malley. The Crusher offense played well all day long finally hitting pay dirt on a pass from O’Malley to Jack Beneson. The PAT by Jack Knight was good. The Crusher defense held strong for most of the game giving up two of the three touchdowns in the second half.