The Shamrock Midgets
By Marty Feeney
The BCAC Shamrock Midgets opened up their home season last Saturday night and defeated the Jaguars from Bethpage 21-6 in front of a large home crowd at Memorial Field.
The Shamrocks defense shocked the crowd as they opened up the game with an interception touchdown. As the Jaguars broke out of their huddle, splitting their ends wide, corner back Connor McManus looked for the pass and boy was he right, as the Jaguar quarterback let the pass go McManus stepped right in front of the receiver and picked it off, McManus then headed straight down the sideline for a 60 yard opening play touchdown, the cheerleaders and the crowd went wild as McManus was mauled by his teammates in the end zone. McManus is a talented player and will help this team win games this season with his athletic abilities. The Shamrocks offense then put up the extra point with Ronnie Lonnborg taking the ball around the end putting the team up 7 -0. Lonnborg scored later in the quarter and Laino put in the extra point putting the Shamrocks up 14 - 0.The tandem backs of Laino and Lonnborg are proving to be too much for this league as once again each runner had big nights
The Shamrock defense led again by their defensive Captain Sean Kelly was dominating. Play after play the defense swarmed all over the field not giving up a first down the entire 1st half. Kelly who plays middle linebacker is the hardest hitter on the team. First team defensive players made big plays, lineman Brian Faught, Eddie Warren, James Mcdermott, Andrew Guttieri, John Claudio-Bil and Sean Welsh were just to overpowering for the Jags offensive lineman. Defensive backs, Frank Laino, Sean Kelly, Ronnie Lonnborg, Matthew Gericke, John Galimi and Steven Trudden held the opposing team down the entire game. The entire defense stepped up early and set the stage with crushing tackles on their opponents.
The Shamrock offense moved the ball all night, Sean Welsh made the score 20 - 0 with a great run up the middle behind the offensive blocking of Geoffrey Morrissey, Mike Lombardi, John Murray and Zachary Wade. Split end Jayson Canales then took a pass from quarterback Anthony Ciambriello and scored the extra point, Ciambriello once again was outstanding as the quarterback.
This was a complete team effort as the second team offense and defense played most of the game. The second team made up of 9 year old and first year 10 year old players took control of the game and they dominated the opposing team just like the first team did. Second team quarterback Sean Camarrata led the way as Johnny Wagner, John Claudio-Bil, Mark Battaglia, Matthew Merced, Jayson and Jeffrey Canales, Cody Ritter and Chris Hazel all had plenty of playing time and proved to the coaches that all the hard practice is paying off. These young and new players are coming together and will be the leaders of the Shamrock teams in the future.
9-year-old Matthew Gericke had the crowd on their feet as he made tackle after tackle. Gericke who is not the biggest kid on the field plays outside linebacker showed that size doesn't matter as he roamed the field taking out every Jaguar runner that came his way. Gericke also had a few hard runs from the halfback position.
The Midgets have a big game this Saturday night as the Shamrock football and cheerleading program holds its Home Coming Weekend. The Peanuts will kick off 5 p.m. vs. Plainedge, followed by the Midgets 6 p.m. vs. Brentwood, and the Ponies will kick off 8 p.m. vs. Oyster Bay. On Sunday, the Pee-Wees will kick off 11 a.m. vs. Seaford, followed by the Seniors 1 p.m. vs. Levittown. Their will be plenty of football action in town this weekend so come on out and give a cheer for your favorite Shamrock football and cheerleader team.