2001-10-06 / Sports

B.C. Shamrocks Whip West Babylon by Gerard Brosnahan

B.C. Shamrocks Whip West Babylon by Gerard Brosnahan

The football season is heating up in Broad Channel! The Shamrocks are again poised to make another run at the Nassau Suffolk Football League championship. Shutting out the West Babylon Eagles 24-0 has positioned the Shamrocks atop their division with a record of three wins and no losses.

     Defense was the story of this game. The Shamrock defense was very aggressive with an attacking-style of play. West Babylon moved the ball very little and never threatened to score the entire game.

    Nose tackle Joe Laporta controlled the line of scrimmage racking up 11 tackles. John McCarthy, Gerard Zimmerman, Seamus Kelly, RichieMartin, and Jack Tubridy all dominated their respective linebacker positions. They were all quick to read the play and shoot up to be involved in the tackle. Defensive ends Chris Berrios and Jesse McCrae shut down the Eagles outside running game. Berrios collected 9 tackles and a quarterback sack as West Babylon tried to run his end all game.

     The Eagles came out throwing the football. Thanks to a very smart Shamrock secondary lead by Ronnie Lonborg, West Babylon's potent passing was stifled. Passes were knocked down and receivers were covered all night. Jimmy McDerrmot had a near interception just slip through his hands.

     Terrence Hickey, George Yodice, Sean Kelly and Matt Eldson all made

large contributions at the defensive tackle position. Along with Joe Laporta, these five gentlemen completely stuffed the Eagles inside running game. Andrew Gutteri and Steve Trudden completed the defensive domination with their strong play at the end position. Steve Trudden made a textbook, shoe-string tackle to keep West Babylon pinned on the goal line.

      The Shamrock offense took more of a ball-control approach this week

by eating up the clock and wearing down the Eagles defense. Frank Laino and John McCarthy ran extremely hard to grind out tough yards and get the first downs. Each of these backs ran in extra point plays.

     The offensive line played with a fire as they blew the Eagles off the ball and opened large holes. Center Phil Dagistino, left tackle Nick Mastros, and right tackle Chris Timmons had stand out games on the line. Ends John Aleia and William Trusttum sealed off the ends allowing Shamrock backs to run outside.

     Seamus Kelly was once again explosive when carrying the football. Seamus ran off-tackle for two, long touchdown runs the first two times

he touched the ball! He finished with 107 yards rushing.

     Quarterback Kevin McMahon put the icing on the cake with a nifty, five-yard keeper for the Shamrock's final score. FINALLY, Kevin's dad and head coach, Brain McMahon stopped worrying and smiled!

     This Sunday, at 11 am, the Broad Channel Shamrocks are home to take

on the Wantagh Warriors. The Warriors are also 3-0 and have looked equally impressive in their victories. This one should be a classic. Don't miss it!

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