BCAC Pee-Wee Shamrocks Win 16-0 Timmons Boots Two Extra Points By Marty Feeney
BCAC Pee-Wee Shamrocks Win 16-0
Timmons Boots Two Extra Points
By Marty Feeney
B.C.A.C Shamrock Pee-Wee football team kept their hopes of an undefeated season alive last Sunday as they traveled to Lindenhurst and took on a tough Bulldog team.
The game was grueling as both teams showed some hard hitting. In the first quarter of play the Shamrock Pee-Wee defense came out hitting hard and showed their opponents that this was going to be a hard-hitting game. The defense led this week by the "Bull", Brian Wallace, made some spectacular plays. Wallace had a day to remember as the middle linebacker made some ferocious hits. Wallace not only shut down the middle but also carried the ball hard and scored the team’s first touchdown of the game. Wallace burst through the middle and leveled the Bulldog runner for a three-yard loss. The Bulldogs then attempted to run off tackle and was met there by Sean Kelly who crushed the running back. Kelly was just too much for the opposing offensive line the entire day.
With third down and 15 yards to go the Bulldog quarterback dropped back and was immediately hit once again by Kelly, this time forcing a fumble, which was recovered by Frank Liano. The Shamrock offense led by quarterback Ronnie Lonnborg took control of the ball and in this first series of plays drove the ball all the way down to the Bulldog 10-yard line. Lonnborg, Wallace, Liano and Jack Tubridy all had positive yard runs during this possession. The Shamrocks moved the ball down field to the 10-yard line only to be stopped short of scoring a touchdown.
The Shamrock offensive line played outstanding once again as they opened huge holes for the Shamrock backfield. Center Anthony Ciambriello, who is the best snapper in the league, had a great game as he and quarterback Lonnborg did not muff one single snap the entire game.
Ciambriello was seen receiving a big hug from Grandma Ciambriello after the game. Grandma Ciambriello, who is a big team fan, also had a few nice words for head coach Marty Feeney (Thanks Grandma). Tim Bannon, Geoffrey Morrissey, John Murray, Bobby Holler (who celebrated his birthday this week), James McDermott, and Zachery Wade all contributed to the controlling of the ball the entire game.
The Shamrock offense had over 250 yards of total offense for the day. On the next set of downs the Shamrocks defense was just to overpowering for the Bulldogs. Lineman Brian Faught busted through the line and sacked the Bulldog runner for another loss of yardage. Faught, who is a madman on defense, played another great game as he helped shut down the Bulldogs running game.
The Shamrock defense gave up one first down the entire game and is with out a doubt one of the strongest defenses in the league. The defense led by Wallace, Lonnborg, Kelly, Faught, Liano, Krohn, Timmons, McDermott, Trudden, Timmons, Ciambriello, Galimi, Guttieri and Wade have had an unbelievable season and are crucial to this team. The hard hitting and great plays are a tribute to this teams motto of playing hard and playing smart.
After the first Shamrock touchdown the Pee-Wees decided it was time to show the league how complete this team really is as big Chris Timmons kicked the extra point right through the middle of the goal post. The crowd went crazy as this eight year old trotted up to the place kicker John Galimi. Timmons, who is a first year player and a great athlete, booted the ball up and through the goal post as he put his team up 8 -0. Timmons had the biggest smile on his face as his team and the fans erupted when the ball split the uprights. The head coach of the 11 and 12-year-old Pony team, Gene Guttieri, who loves to attempt this play, had the second biggest smile on his face as he was the one who took Timmons at practice during the week and worked him out. Gene has been coaching for the Shamrocks since we joined this league six years ago and has finally had the opportunity to see one of the Shamrock players boot a two point conversion.
The Shamrock defense once again shut down the Bulldog defense with big plays from, Trudden, Galimi, Cutler, Claudio-Bil, J.J McMahon, Harold Burgos, Guttieri, Michale Cipoletti and Sean Camarrata. The Shamrock offense once again drove the ball down the field with huge runs from Tubridy, Lonnborg and Laino. With less than a minute remaining in the half, Offensive Coach Leo Chavanne had Lonborg go to the air. Lonnborg completed a beautiful sideline pass to end Zach Wade who took the ball down field. Explosive runner Frank Liano then hit the hole on the left side and took the ball into the endzone putting the Shamrocks up 14-0. Once again it was time for Timmons to put the game away as he booted his second consecutive extra point of the game.
The crowd once again went wild as Timmons had a smile from ear to ear as he ran off the field after the successful kick. It is so rare to see a kick in this Pee-Wee Division and it showed as even the Bulldog fans gave Timmons a cheer.
The second half saw the Shamrock team dominate play as the defense just crushed the Bulldogs. The offense moved the ball extremely well in the second half. Running back Laino scored on a 35-yard run but was called back for a penalty. Coach Chavanne and his Shamrock offense had the ball inside the three-yard line as runners Sean Kelly and Tomas Krohn gave it all they had during this drive. Kelly took the ball through the middle and was hit hard at the two-yard line by the Bulldog middle linebacker who forced a fumble.
All in all it was a great game for the Shamrocks as each and every player on the team contributed to this win.
The Pee-Wees travel to Copiague tonight, Saturday, October 21, and kick off 8 p.m. against the very tough 5 and 1 Copiague team.
The Shamrock football program had a great weekend as the Midgets, head coached by John Hanning, shutdown Syosett and the senior boys, head coached by Brian McMahon, cruised by Hempstead.
This week will be very special for the Shamrock football program as we will be lucky enough to be visited by Bobby and Terry Russell who moved to Florida with their boys, Bobby jr., Ryan and Jonathan. Bobby and Terry are up for a wedding and have brought the boys along. The Russell boys are great athletes and are all competing in sports in their hometown. It will be great to see Ryan on the sidelines rooting on his team. Ryan led his Pee-Wee team to our first Superbowl appearance in this league a few years back. The Shamrock sports program took a great hit when the Russell family moved to Florida. I can just imagine how our teams would be with the Russell boys on them. Once again a final word from the coaches, "Who Let The Dogs Out."