Broad Channel Bulldozes Brentwood
By Gerard Brosnahan
The Shamrock midgets concluded their regular season by crushing the Raiders of Brentwood, 31-13. This conclusive victory gives Broad Channel an 8-2 record for the regular season and an undefeated 5-0 on the road. Furthermore, the Shamrocks earned the second playoff seed and a home playoff game this Sunday at 1pm.
Going into this past Saturday's game with Brentwood, it figured to be a tough battle between two 7-2 teams fighting for the right to start the playoffs at home. But, unfortunately for Brentwood, the Shamrocks were just too much for the Raiders. Broad Channel was explosive offensively, by scoring five touchdowns. With the exception of a well-executed double reverse, the Shamrock defense was extremely stingy in giving up very few yards.
The first half's offensive star was Seamus Kelly, he ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns. In all three runs, Seamus scored untouched. This was due in large part to some very fine blocks. The first touchdown was made possible by the large hole cleared by right guard and tackle, Joe Laporta and Chris Timmons. The second and third scores were created from the big blocks of left guard Sean Kelly and tackle Nick Mastros. Center Phil Dagistino, ends Will Truttsum and John Alite, and fullback John McCarthy made key downfield blocks to turn these plays from nice gains into touchdowns.
The final touchdown before half was the pivotal point of the game. Brentwood had just scored to make it, 12-7. Broad Channel got the ball back with 2:08 left in the half. If Brentwood holds, the momentum of the game shifts. But the Shamrocks would not be denied! With the pressure of a short clock and a loud Brentwood crowd, Broad Channel calmly drove for the decisive score. The key play on the drive was a beautiful executed, 20 yard, middle screen pass from quarterback, Kevin McMahon to tailback, Frank Laino. Ronnie Lonborg's end around, option pass to Chris Berrios was successful for the extra point.
On defense, it was a total team effort. Gang tackling was the theme of the day. Six Shamrock defenders finished with five or more tackles. Gerard Zimmerman, and Jesse McCrae made some important stops. Chris Berrios and George Yodice each had a quarterback sack. John McCarthy controlled the middle and also had a fumble recovery. Steve Trudden showed great hustle in chasing down and tackling a breakaway runner to save a touchdown. Terence Hickey, Jack Turbidy, and Andrew Gutteri delivered some big pops. Richie Martin made two, identically outstanding plays as he fought through two blockers to make the solo tackle.
The Shamrocks scored on their first possession of the ball in the second half. Ronnie Lonborg swept left 20 yards for a touchdown, to make it 25-7. Chris Berrios made a key downfield block to spring Ronnie into the endzone. Even after having four players removed from the game (the 18 point rule), Broad Channel still scored once more. Led by quarterback Richie Martin, the Shamrocks drove inside the Brentwood ten-yard line. Frank Laino bulled in around the right end for the team's final points.
Sunday's big playoff game will be a rematch of Broad Channel's toughest and greatest win of the season: North Babylon. If you recall, the Shamrocks had a classic, 4th quarter drive to defeat North Babylon, 12-7 in a tremendous battle. The Shamrocks will need to be at their best to prevail again. They also need a large, vocal crowd to back them up! Please come out and show your support