2002-10-26 / Sports

Shamrocks Dominate Once Again In Syosset Win

By Marty Feeney

By Marty Feeney

The BCAC 9 & 10 yr old Shamrock Midget football team has been dominating the last few weeks. Their only loss this season came in week three against Brentwood who according to league rules do not have a legal team. The Midgets have played great every game and it was no different last week as the big green traveled to Syosset and rolled over division rival Syosset Red who happens to be a very good team 26 to 12.

The Shamrock offense was clicking early as they moved the ball from the start of the game. With a couple of flag throwing ref’s the Shamrocks did their best to put the ball in the end zone in the first quarter as star running back Frank Laino took the right end and behind some great blocking and awesome moves Laino appeared to put the Shamrocks up by a touchdown on their first drive only to have it called back by the ref’s for holding on Lonnborg. To be fair to Lonnborg and after looking at the tape of the game the Ref made a huge mistake as Lonnborg’s block was clearly legal and as a matter of fact it was a great block. The Shamrocks were called for a total of 15 penalties during the game and it seemed to be taking a toll on the team early as this team is not used to getting that many penalties called on them.

Midway through the first quarter Syosset pulled of a great play. While on their own 5 yard line with a 3rd down and 15 yards to go for the first down a Syosset runner took a trap play off the right tackle and ran it 95 yards for a touchdown, Syosset was unsuccessful on the extra point. The Shamrocks were down but not out and they proved in on their next possession. Quarterback Anthony Ciambriello took the ball into the end zone on a 3-yard sneak play to tie the game at 6 after a strong drive from the Shamrocks 40 yard line. Ciambriello then threw a great flat pass to Laino putting the Shamrocks up 7 to 6 never to look back. The offensive line was dominating again led by Murray, Lombardi, Welsch, Faught, Morrissey, Tubridy and Wade. In the second quarter Lonnborg scored his first of two touchdowns on a great 50 yard run as he followed his blocking made some unbelievable moves putting the Midgets up by a touchdown.

The big story of the day was the big green defense. This first team defense has been overpowering their opponents each week. After giving up that long touchdown in the first quarter the defense put their heads together and played the remaining part of the game like they are used to playing. Faught, Welsh, Guttieri, Camarrata and Gericke dominated the game from their defensive line positions. Defensive backs Laino, Tubridy, Lonnborg, Trudden, McManus and Kelly also played at the top of their game making some fierce tackles and a few interceptions. Trudden has been superb not only on the run but leads the team in interceptions. One day he will learn to stay on his feet and he will score many touchdowns from the defensive back position due to his ability to get to the ball.

Sean Kelly scored the final touchdown of the game. This was Sean’s first touchdown of the season as he recently moved into the backfield. Sean has been a lineman for most of his young career and can basically play any position on the field. Each player contributed in the win and it is great to see the second team led by McDermott, Wagner, Ritter, Merced, Battaglia, Hazel and Claudio-Bil play so good. These players played awesome against Syosset’s first team giving up only one touchdown on the last play of the game.

The Shamrocks look forward to be playing at home this week as they kickoff against the team from Copiague 12 noon at Memorial field. Come on out and see a great football game and be entertained by the Shamrock cheerleaders as they put on some great cheers for the crowd in the new Shamrock uniforms.

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