Shamrocks Win Championship, 13-8 Lonnborg’s Two Touchdowns Secure Win By Coach Marty Feeney
Shamrocks Win Championship, 13-8
Lonnborg’s Two Touchdowns Secure Win
By Coach Marty Feeney
Broad Channel Athletic Club Pee -Wee Shamrock football team defeated a very tough West Bablyon Jets in the championship game last Sunday in front of one of the largest home crowds ever at Memorial Field. This Shamrock season was dedicated to and in the memory of John " Coach" Monahan and boy we all bet he was full of smiles this day as the Shamrocks dominated their opponents the entire game.
The Jets won the flip of the coin but decided to give the ball to the Shamrocks. This strange move by the Jets seemed like a good one at first as the Shamrocks, after a few good runs by half backs Frank Laino and Jack Tubridy, coughed up the ball on a fumble at the Shamrock 39 yard line. The Jets erupted in emotion as they thought they had the game going their way.
The Shamrocks had different ideas as the defense came out strong. On the first play from scrimmage the Jets attempted to run the ball up the middle but were met there by a fierce defensive line, the immediate hard hitting of the defensive line forced a fumble, which was recovered by Tomas Krohn.
The defensive line led by Brian "The Bull" Wallace, Sean Kelly, Chris Timmons, Brian Faught, Tomas Krohn, Anthony Ciambriello, Andrew Guttieri and Zach Ward had a day to remember. Defensive end Tomas Krohn who had a great day at the defensive end position jumped on the loose ball and the Shamrock crowd erupted in amazement. The offense then took control of the ball and was led all day by their quarterback Ronnie Lonnborg. Shamrocks offensive coach Leo Chavanne broke the boys from the huddle, and you could tell it was just a matter of time before the Shamrocks put the ball into the endzone. After a few first downs on great runs by Laino, Tubridy and Wallace, Lonnborg took the ball around the right end, the Jets converged in and appeared to shut down the run. Lonnborg then changed direction cutting left, across the field and into the endzone for a 40 yard touchdown.
The home crowd leaped to their feet as Lonnborg scored for the Shamrocks putting them up 6-0. The Shamrocks went for and completed the run conversion as Laino took the ball through a huge hole on the left side behind a great block by Timmons to put the Shamrocks up 7-0.
The Shamrock offense controlled the ball the entire day as they grinded out first down after first down. The offensive line was dominant throughout the game as they opened holes, stayed with their blocks driving back the Jets defensive line.
Offensive line coach John Morrissey, who could not be with us at the game due to the sudden passing of his father, should be proud of the way these boys played. Coach John instilled in these boys from day one how important it is for a team to have a good offensive line in order to be competitive.
The line led by Center Anthony Ciambriello, Sean Kelly, Chris Timmons, John Murray, Tomas Krohn, Zach Wade, Bobby Holler, Tim Bannon and James McDermott proved how great they were as they pounded their opponents all game.
With the Shamrocks up 7-0 in the second quarter the Jets attempted to put on a drive but were constantly shut down. The big "D" led by their coach Pete Ward was out for war and the Jets knew it. Play after play the Shamrocks pounded the running game of the Jets and made some unbelievable hard-hitting tackles. The cheering of the crowd led by our very own Shamrock cheerleaders was so huge, chanting "Defense- Defense" the entire game. The defense was the story of the day as they played their heart out against a very tough and experienced Jet offense, who scored 45 points the previous week in the first round of the playoffs. The first string defense put on a show led by Big Chris Timmons, Sean Kelly, Brian Wallace, Brian Faught, Tomas Krohn, Ronnie Lonnborg, Jack "Jacko" Tubridy, Frank Laino, Steven Trudden and John "Smilin John" Galimi.
Late in the second quarter the Shamrocks drove the ball right through the Jets defense on spectacular runs by their backfield. Tubridy, Wallace and Laino all had great runs in this drive, setting up Lonnborg who once again dazzled the defense with his speed and scampered around the end for his second touchdown of the game putting the Shamrocks up for good 13 - 0.
The Shamrocks went into halftime up 13 - 0 and knew they needed one more half of hard fought football to be the first ever B.C.A.C. Shamrock champions since we re-started the football program some six years ago.
The second half saw some more outstanding play as the offensive scheme was to control the ball. Play after play the Shamrocks moved the ball as The "Bull" Brian Wallace bullied the opponents up the middle getting numerous first downs. Lonnborg, Tubridy, Laino and Wallace continued to run the strong right side led by lineman Sean Kelly. Kelly was so dominant on the line as he continued
to open holes for the running backs.
Late in the third quarter Memorial Field was packed with at least 500 fans cheering on the boys. The Jets, who never gave up, scored on a 50 yard run around the left end making the score 13 - 8, as they converted a two point kick.
After a team huddle the Shamrocks once again exploded on offense as they scored two more touchdowns only to be called back for penalties. Speedster running back Frank Laino had an awesome 40 yard run called back for a holding penalty and Lonnborg had what appeared to be his third touchdown of the game called back for a clipping penalty.
This grueling game was not over yet as the Jets held the Shamrocks on their offensive in the fourth quarter. The Jets, with only minutes remaining took control of the ball and attempted to drive the ball into the endzone. With only two minutes remaining in the game the Jets on the Shamrocks 40 yard line had a crucial fourth down and one yard to go to get a first down. The home crowd was as loud as ever as the Jets broke from their huddle, the Jets’ quarterback handed the ball to their big fullback up the middle hoping to get this first down but Chris Timmons made a huge hit which stopped the Jets drive and secured the championship for the Shamrocks.
The Shamrocks controlled the ball for the remaining one minute and 30 seconds and after the final whistle, with the ref putting the ball in the air
signaling the end of the game, the players, coaches and fans erupted in joy as they all converged onto the field to celebrate this unbelievable end to such a great season.
This was an entire team effort as all the players throughout the season played awesome. The younger players who will lead this Pee-Wee team next year had a great season and contributed in many wins this season. They learned from the older boys how to win and hopefully will be back next season to lead their team.
The younger players led By John Galimi, John Claudio Bil, Sean Camarrata, Harold Burgos, Matt Randall, Ryan Cutler, J.J McMahon and Mike Cipoletti are a team to watch and will be the leaders next year as the six year olds move up from the Peanuts to join the Pee- Wees team.
After the trophy presentation and some emotional speeches on the field by the coaches and parents, the team took the traditional ride around town beeping their horns in what appeared to be a half-mile convoy led by Jimmy
Trudden and his siren. The boys all rode on the back of Bob Timmons truck and were applauded by the entire town as they convoyed up and down Cross Bay boulevard.
The team went back to the North Channel Yacht Club, who were so gracious by letting the team use their club for the victory party. The team would like to thank Charlie Ledogar and the entire membership of the North Channel Yacht Club for their hospitality, they are huge A.C. supporters and we are very grateful to them.
Another thanks goes out the B.C.V.F.D for having the ambulance at the game ready to assist any injured player. A special thanks goes out to out team moms who made the day so special. Debbie Lonnborg, Kim Wallace, Jane Tubridy and Roseanne Ciambriello did such a great job with the party. Special thanks to the Timmons family for putting out such a great spread of food and a thank you to Robert and Alex from the All American Deli for the donating of the ice cream cake and everything else they donated this season.
Congratulations to Ricky Guttieri and Brian McMahon who are our football commissioners. Ricky along with Bob Badamo started this football program some six years ago and we are sure they are very happy and proud to finally have a championship Shamrock team.
Till next season a final word from the coaches – "We Let The Dog's Out!"