Broad Channel Lumps Up Levittown
By Gerard Brosnahan
On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at the Broad Channel Memorial Football Field, the Shamrocks shut out Levittown Black, 20-0. The victory was the defense's third shutout of the season! The Shamrocks (5-1) showed a lot of veteran experience by not overlooking Levittown in order to focus on next week's showdown with North Babylon. Broad Channel utterly dominated every aspect of the game from start to finish.
Offensively, Shamrock coach Gene Gutteri used eight different running backs in an extremely well balanced attack. John McCarthy, Seamus Kelly, and Ronnie Lonborg all had long, breakaway runs for touchdowns. The powerful drive blocking set up the ground game of Sean Kelly, and Phil Dagistino. Quarterback Kevin McMahon led an offense that had six running backs gain (at least) twenty yards each.
John Alite, Chris Berrios, and Frank Laino ran very hard for the tough yards. Richie Martin did a very nice job controlling the offense in his first time at quarterback.
Defensively, the Shamrocks received a lot of production out of their defensive line. Jesse McCrae, Chris Timmons, Joe Laporta, Terence Hickey, and George Yodice were active tacklers throughout the day. Jesse also had a fumble recovery. Andrew Gutteri, starting at defensive end, helped stop Levittown's attempts to run outside. Linebackers Jimmy McDermott, Gerard Zimmerman, Jack Tubridy, Seamus Kelly, John McCarthy, and Connor McAuley ran through the Levittown blockers to collect many tackles. Jimmy delivered a strong pass pressure to force a poor throw and a John McCarthy interception. Gerard also intercepted a pass for a Shamrock defense that had three turnovers on the day. Steve Trudden made a beautiful, touchdown saving tackle to preserve the shutout.
Broad Channel's special teams looked very sharp in all areas. The game started with a Jack Tubridy fumble recovery of the kickoff. William Truttsum made a heads-up catch and return of the second half kick. Nick Mastros kicked his second two-point (extra point) conversion.
Next, the Shamrocks take on North Babylon. With both teams atop the midget division, figure on this game to have major playoff implications. Let's make sure we have a large and LOUD crowd at North Babylon on Sunday, 4 pm. It's going to be a good one!!!