By Marty Feeney
The Broad Channel Athletic Club Shamrock Midgets (9 & 10) yr. olds opened up the 2002 football season last Sunday in Seaford. The Midgets defeated the Seaford Broncos in a tough game by the score of 13 to 7. It was a great game with both teams feeling out each other in the opening quarter.
The Shamrock Midgets scored the first touchdown of the day early in the second quarter when tailback Ronnie Lonnborg took the ball around the left end for a 30 yard touchdown run, Quarterback Anthnoy Ciambriello threw a great flat pass to John Galimi adding the extra point putting the Shamrocks up 7 to 0. Ciambriello played awesome in his first game as the Shamrock Quarterback as he took command of the offensive team. The ball was controlled by the Shamrock offense for most of the game as they drove up and down the field behind the offensive blocking of John Murray, Michael Lombardi, Geoffrey Morrissey, James Mcdermott and Edward Warren. Offensive End Zachary Wade played a great game throwing some great blocks for the backfield and almost caught a pass for a touchdown.
A few Costly fumbles deep inside the Broncos territory kept the Shamrocks from putting the game away throughout the day.
Defense was huge for the Shamrocks as they hit the Broncos hard with some outstanding tackles by the big green defense. The Broncos had less than 100 yards of total offense for the day.
Defensive Captain Sean Kelly who plays middle linebacker had a day to remember making 12 tackles. Shamrock newcomer Sean Welsh played a great game on both sides of the ball. Sean, wearing # 70, which was his late uncle Larry's number, made numerous crushing tackles from the defensive line position and had some awesome runs on the ground from the fullback position.
Middle linebacker Sean Kelly along with the starting green defensive players Matthew Gericke, Andrew Guttieri, Steven Trudden, Brian Faught, Sean Welsh, Sean Cammaratta, Geoffrey Morrissey, Ronnie Lonnborg, Frank Laino and John Galimi dominated the Broncos the entire day under the hot sun. The Broncos were able to put up a touchdown late in the second quarter with a long run around the right end but were shut down the rest of the game.
The second half was all Shamrocks as Offensive coach Gene Guttieri put together an offense that grinded the field and controlled the ball. With the score tied at 7 and four minutes remaining, tailback Ronnie Lonnborg took the ball down to the Bronco five yard line with a great 25 yard run, Lonnborg gained 100 yards for the day. Tailback Frank Laino then took the ball off the right tackle for the Shamrocks second score of the game putting them up 13 to 6. Laino had a great game on both sides of the ball gaining over 75 yards on the ground and making plenty of tackles. The Broncos were then shut down on their final drive and the Shamrock's were winners in their first game of the 2002 season.
The 9 yr. olds, along with the new players, all contributed to the win. John Claudio-Bil, Mark Battaglia, Jayson and Jeffrey Cannales, Chris Hazel, Matthew Merced, Cody Ritter and John Wagner all excelled in the first game of the season.
The Shamrock Midgets played a very good game and will open up the home season on Saturday, September 14th 6 PM against the Jaguars from Bethpage. The Midget team would like to wish good luck to Chris Timmons. Chris had to move up to the older Pony division due to weight constrictions. Chris will be missed but we all know how much of an impact he will make up in the Pony division.
We also can't wait to get Jack Tubridy back in the action. Jack needed eight stitches in his knee and will miss a few games. Jack is a big part of the Midgets team as he is one of the best linebackers in the league.
In other Shamrock Football action, the Peanuts (5 & 6) yr. old played a great game against Glen Cove. This is a learning division and no score is kept. The Pee-Wees (7 & 8) yr. olds went down to North Bablyon Blue, 19 - 0 and the Seniors, (13 & 14) yr. olds, lost to Syosett in a great game 19 to 7.
The Ponies (11 & 12) yrs old traveled to Lindenhurst Saturday evening and came home with a victory by the score of 21- 20. I wasn't at the game but I heard it was one to remember. The Ponies were down 14 zip early in the game but didn't give up. With touchdowns by Seamus Kelly and Joe Parisi, the Shamrocks were still in the game late in the third quarter.
With the Bulldogs of Lindenhurst up by the score of 20 to 14, the Ponies put on a great drive in the final minutes of the game. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, and the ponies facing a 4th down and goal, tailback John Hanning took the option play around the right end. Hanning then threw the ball to wide receiver James Kroog, who caught the touchdown pass, tying the game at 20.
Seamus Kelly then took the ball off the left tackle for the game winning extra point. The Ponies then kicked off to the Bulldogs and were so pumped up on the kick that they flew down the field and crushed the receiver causing him to fumble the ball which the Shamrocks recovered sealing the win. The coaches and parents were all so proud of the team for not giving up when they were down 14 - 0 early in the game.
The next home games will feature the Peanuts Saturday, September 13th 5 p.m. against Bethpage followed by the Midgets at 6 p.m. who also kickoff against Bethpage.
Home Coming Weekend will be held on the weekend of September 21st, with all five Shamrock teams playing home games on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
This will be a great weekend of football and cheerleading. Plans are now being made for the Home Coming weekend and will be announced this week. Come on out and support the Shamrock Football and Cheerleading teams and let's see who our 2002 Home Coming King and Queen are.
Fans can view their favorite team on the web at www.eteamz.com/bcac. View the new website and sign the guest log of your favorite Shamrock team.