2001-11-03 / Sports

B.C. Shamrocks Win In Tough Battle

By Gerard Brosnahan

B.C. Shamrocks Win
In Tough Battle
By Gerard Brosnahan

The Broad Channel Shamrocks knocked off previously undefeated North Babylon, 12-7, in what was easily their greatest and most exciting win of the season.  Like two gallant prizefighters standing toe-to-toe, each team had the other down and hurt. As the momentum shifted three

times during the game, it was the Shamrocks who landed the knockout punch with their game winning, fourth quarter touchdown drive.

The way things started, it looked like an easy day for the Shamrocks. Quarterback Kevin McMahon led the offense on an impressive, thirteen play, eight-minute touchdown drive. Broad Channel continuously ran up the gut for four and five yard gains.  The offensive line of Phil Dagistino, Joe Laporta, Nick Mastros, Chris Timmons, and Sean Kelly keyed this drive by simply blowing their men off the ball. Seamus Kelly plowed in from two yards out to give the Shamrocks a 6-0 lead.

Defensively, the Shamrocks smothered North Babylon on their first possession. Led by the ferocious play of John McCarthy, Jack Tubirdy, and Jesse McCrae, the Broad Channel defense did not give up a single yard in holding North Babylon on four plays.

The third quarter saw North Babylon take the advantage. North Babylon's defense adjusted to the Shamrock inside running game. Their offensive line gave the Shamrocks a taste of their own medicine as they opened big holes. The speedy Babylon runners got on track and started moving the football. North Babylon capped off their scoring drive going around the left end. Running in the extra point made the score 7-6, North Babylon. Throughout the third quarter, North Babylon neutralized the Shamrock attack. They kept Broad Channel pinned down in their end of the field. The quarter ended with Nick Mastros' clutch twenty-five yard punt to give the Shamrocks some much needed breathing room.

A few minutes into the fourth quarter, Broad Channel's defense made some key third and fourth down stops to get the Shamrocks back into the game. Chris Berrios, Gerard Zimmerman, and Seamus Kelly made very important tackles to get their offense the ball back.

With North Babylon's defense packed in tight, the Shamrocks started to use their speed to the outside.  Once again, the offensive line stepped up with some big blocks. Ends Will Truttsum, and John Alite also helped open up the outside runs. Broad Channel drove down to the Babylon fifteen-yard line with just over two minutes left.  On a sweep left, Ronnie Lonborg made a tremendous block allowing Seamus Kelly to glide into the end zone untouched.

On Babylon's final possession, they gamely tried to answer the Shamrocks' go-ahead score. On a third down flat pass, Seamus Kelly leveled the Babylon receiver causing him to fumble.  Chris Berrios recovered the fumble to seal the victory.

The Shamrocks improve to 6-1, but as more important, they grow as a team. They showed the heart and desire of a champion.

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