2001-10-13 / Sports

Shamrocks Slowed By Wantagh

By Gerard Brosnahan

By Gerard Brosnahan

The midget division of the Nassau Suffolk Football League saw it's two premiere teams lock up Sunday morning (10/7) in a truly classic struggle! In an extremely hard fought and highly competitive contest, the Wantagh Warriors edged the Broad Channel Shamrocks, 12-6.

The Shamrocks controlled the game for the first three quarters. They completely shut down the Wantagh offensive attack and moved the ball steadily when it was in their possession. In the second quarter, Broad Channel capped off a 60-yard drive with Seamus Kelly carrying the ball four yards for a touchdown. This placed the Shamrocks ahead 6-0 at the half.

The Shamrocks kept the Warriors on the ropes throughout the third quarter. John McCarthy, Joe Laporta, Jack Tubirdy and Gerard Zimmerman continued to stop the Warriors high-powered running attack. Offensively, the Shamrocks began to muscle the ball downfield with the tough running of Frank Laino, Chris Berrios, Ronnie Lonborg, and Seamus Kelly. Offensive linemen Sean Kelly, Nick Mastros, Phil Dagistino, Joe Laporta, and Chris Timmons really starred to overpower the Warrior defensive front.

The turning point of the game came at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Broad Channel had driven the ball 65 yards to Wantagh's 7-yard line. The Warriors defense dug in and held the Shamrocks four times. Kevin McMahon just missed Chris Berrios with a beautiful pass to the corner of the end zone. Broad Channel had a chance to put the game away and came up empty. You could feel the momentum shift. On Wantagh's second offensive play from the 7, Vincent Polo ran 93 yards to tie the game. On Wantagh's very next possession, quarterback Nick Cornella hit Jeffrey Melsopp with a 50-yard touchdown pass to give the Warriors the victory.

Even though Broad Channel lost a tough battle, this game will strengthen the determination and resolve of the team. The Shamrocks will work harder to reach the standard of excellence necessary to be champions.

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