2001-11-17 / Sports

An Up And Down Two Weeks For The Shamrocks

By Gerard Brosnahan

By Gerard Brosnahan

The Broad Channel midget football team experienced some thrills and chills over their past two games. On November 4th, the Shamrocks sailed by the Seaford Stallions, 31-6. On November 11th, the undefeated Levittown Red Devils beat the Shamrocks, 13-0. The win and loss leaves the Shamrocks with a 7-2 record. That is good enough for second place heading into the playoffs.

November 4th's game at Seaford was highlighted by the Broad Channel offense exploding for five touchdowns! Ronnie Lonborg, Chris Berrios, Frank Laino, and John Alite all had beautiful touchdown runs. The Shamrocks also scored through the air as quarterback Kevin McMahon threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Gerard Zimmerman. Kevin ran a nifty bootleg to score the Shamrock's lone extra point.

Broad Channel's defense overpowered Seaford. Richie Martin, John McCarthy, Seamus Kelly, Jesse McCrae, and Gerard Zimmerman lead the team in tackles. The Shamrocks intimidated the Seaford offense with their hard-hitting style of play. The special teams contributed nicely with Joe Laporta's 30 yard second half kickoff return. Chris Timmons, Sean Kelly, George Yodice, Terence Hickey, and Phil Dagistino all made nice blocks to create the return. Joe gained the last six to eight yards on his own as he carried Seaford tacklers for a piggyback ride!

November 11th's game was marked by squandered opportunities. Broad Channel drove the ball inside Levittown's 20-yard line four times and came away with no points. Penalties and lack of execution in the red zone were the real culprits on this day.

For the first three quarters, the Shamrock offense moved the ball well. They had 216 total yards of offense. Frank Laino, Seamus Kelly, Ronnie Lonborg, Kevin McMahon, and Will Truttsum accounted for a majority of those yards.  Seamus, Frank, and Ronnie ran very hard to earn every yard. Kevin hooked up with Will on a 40-yard pass play that took Broad Channel inside Levittown's twenty-yard line.

The Shamrock defense played very tough. They had two breakdowns, in which they allowed long touchdown runs. Besides those two plays, the Shamrocks defense gave up very little yardage and kept the Levittown offense off the field. Jesse McCrae, and Gerard Zimmerman were big forces leading the team in tackles.

The key point of the game was halfway through the third quarter, when the Shamrocks had a touchdown called back for clipping. Some questioned the call, but all agreed it was just one of many blown chances by the Shamrocks. After turning over the ball on downs at the Levittown seven, the Red Devils promptly broke a 93-yard touchdown run. This really took the wind out of Broad Channel's sails.

The special teams had another fine day. Nick Mastros delivered an excellent 50-yard kickoff, and Chris Berrios and Seamus Kelly supplied the terrific coverage. This resulted in Levittown being pinned on their nine-yard line to begin the game.

Most important to the Shamrocks is that Levittown was a "cross-over" game. This means that the Red Devils and Shamrocks are not in the same division, and therefore, the game does not have direct playoff implications. However, next Saturday's game in Brentwood is a division game, and does have direct playoff implications. The Shamrocks must continue to play their best football on the road in order to insure at least one home playoff game.

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