HEADING TO THE SUPERBOWL!
By Marty Feeney
Broad Channel's Shamrock Football Ponies traveled to Lindenhurst last Sunday to take on the tough and veteran Bulldogs. The Bulldogs, who finished second in the division, have plenty of experience in the playoffs. The Shamrocks, on the other hand, have very little playoff experience, but it didn't show Sunday. The
last time these two teams met the Bulldogs dogged their way to a 13 to 8 victory. It was do or die for both teams and it turned out the Shamrocks wanted it just a little bit more than the Bulldogs. The Shamrocks put the bite on the Bulldogs by defeating them 25 to 6 in the playoff round game.
The Ponies will now go to the Superbowl for the first time as they take on the Jaguars from Bethpage 11 a.m. at Bethpage. The Shamrock victory was a complete package with every player contributing to the win. Offensive coach Gene Guttieri called the plays as his offense took the ball right from the first kickoff and drove the ball 60 yards on 15 plays to the endzone to take a 6-0 lead. The drive was led by the offensive line. The boys were dominating firing off the ball and opening up holes miles wide.
Coach Brian Mcmahon and Gerrard Brosnahan have practiced real hard all season with the line and it
showed Sunday. Allstar Quarterback Sharif Soliman took control as he led his team up and down the field all day as the offense put the ball in the endzone three times. Danny McMahon, Brian Madden, Ray Agolia, Danny Orielly, Rob Consolo, Kathy Kelly, Ray Newton and Anthony Dello played unbelievable on the line. The halfbacks took advantage of the holes and followed their blockers all day. Joseph Feria, Anthony Pagano, Willie Gill and Spencer Daly
had a day for themselves. Gill ran the middle, Feria ran the end and Pagano ran every where along with Daly. The backfield combination had a total of over two hundred yards of offense, with two touchdowns and one extra point.
Shariff Soliman had a great day in the pocket as he passed to his ends,
"Hitman" Minami and Patty Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh had another touchdown as he caught a 30-yard pass form Soliman and took it to the endzone. When Cavanaugh gets the ball in the open field there is nobody better. Minami also spelled the big guys in the backfield running the ball form the halfback position. Minami will lead the team next year from the backfield. The Big "Defense" was at the top of its game shutting down the opponents all day. The Bulldogs scored a late fourth quarter touchdown to ruin the shutout for the
Shamrocks. The Shamrocks defense gave up less than 50-yards to the opposing teams offense. Spencer Daly had a day to remember as the wild man filled the middle with his hard hits. Danny McMahon back in the middle also had an outstanding day making some fierce hits. Anthony Pagano playing end for the first time in his career had a big day as well shutting down the end run. Pagano along with the Rebel Eddie Walls gave the opponents offense a nightmare as they both closed the ends forcing the Bulldogs to run the
middle. When the Bulldogs tried to run the middle they ran into a tough
defensive line led by the outstanding play of Rob Consolo, Brian Madden, Kevin Martin and Connie Denni. Linebackers Benny Gross and Sean O'boyle had a great day contributing to the win. Gross spelled Soliman at quarterback and as usual did a great job. O'boyle assisted on offense as well as his usual defensive roll. Both these players will be back next season as senior players and will be the leaders of the team. Wille Gill played yet another outstanding game from both sides of the ball, this is Willy's year and he is showing it. Willie has been a constant force and leader on this team.
Denny McMahon played a great game on both sides of the ball as well as the kickoff team. Denny made some great tackles from the safety position. First year player T.J Carroll is showing signs of becoming a dominant player. This 11 year old has the guts what it takes to be a football player. What T.J. lacks in size he
makes up with heart and speed. On a kickoff in the third quarter T.J. ran
down the field and made an awesome solo tackle. As T.J jumped up the crowd could see the smile on his face a mile away. A big joy for the coaches as they all met T.J on the sidelines and gave him a big that a boy for a job well done. The 11 year olds really stepped up Sunday and the team would never be going to the Superbowl without them.
Play of the day might have been Captain Joey Feria taking an interception form the 40-yard line and scampering all the way for his team leading 12 touchdown of the season. But I think the best play of the day came when another first year 11 year old player made some great hits. Joe Tyne had his equipment in place Sunday as he made some awesome tackles from the outside linebacker position. Joey was a madman out there, throwing his 65 pound frame all over the field. Joey was honored after the game and had a smile that was seen all the way to his hometown of Rockaway. The Ponies will take on the Jaguars away Sunday 11 a.m.
at Bethpage, a 20 minute ride from Broad Channel. So come out and support the team.
After the game the Ponies will head back to Memorial Field and support the Pee-Wee's who are also in the Superbowl. The Pee-Wee's will kick off at 1 p.m. at Memorial Field. Look for a big day from Kelly, Mcarthy, McMahon, Laporta, Lonnborg, Z-man, Wallace, Tubridy and the rest of the team as they take on the tough Bretnwood team in front of the large home crowd.