2002-11-23 / Sports

BC Midgets/Ponies Ready To Play NSFL Championship

By Elio Velez

By Elio Velez

The BCAC Midgets and Ponies are on the road and heading to the NSFL Championships this Sunday after winning on November 20 at packed Memorial Field. The BCAC Shamrocks players and their fans just had to wait three days to celebrate and for hundreds of gallons of water to be pumped from the field.

The weather could not have been more unfavorable last Sunday afternoon, especially with a pesky Nor’easter that blanketed the area along with high winds and high tides. So it was very easy for the Broad Channel Athletic Club to postpone the final games of the football year to play on a calm and chilly Wednesday night.

Under the bright lights at Memorial Field, the Midgets easily beat the Seaford Broncos, 20-0 to gain a berth into the championship game against Brentwood. On the first drive of the game, the BC offense scored on Ronny Lonborg’s 10-yard touchdown run at 5:50 of the first quarter. They took control as Sean Kelly and Ronny Lonnborg ran with the ball to eat up a lot of clock, which stymied the Broncos D.

The most impressive statistic of the day was that Seaford only gained one first down the entire game. And that did not occur until the end of the fourth quarter when the game was decided. The attacking BC defense led by players such as Mike Forde, Jack Tubridy, John Wagner and Claudio-Bil stymied the Broncos running attack. They forced Seaford to throw the ball numerous times on third and long plays.

Kelly scored on a two yard run for a 13-0 BC lead at halftime and Frank Laino finished the scoring in the second half. The Shamrocks (9-1-1) face off against Brentwood for the championship. "We played that team last year and beat them only 13-7 and it shows tonight how much we improved this year", Coach Martin Feeney said

Ponies Edge Lindenhurst

The whispers throughout the crowd before the Broad Channel and Lindenhurst game forewarned of a hard hitting and very physical game between. The whispers were true. The Shamrock Ponies edged the Lindenhurst Bulldogs 13-7 in a defensive struggle. It didn’t start out that way though.

Lindenhurst received the ball first and stormed down the field on a 60 yard march toward the end zone and with the conversion made it 7-0. The Shamrock Ponies got the next possession and scored from the fast legs of RB Joe Parisi, who ran down the sidelines for a 55-yard touchdown run. Bu the scoring stopped when both teams’ D clamped on the scoring.

The tide turned in the third quarter when RB John Hanning ran for a 45-yard touchdown to set up a first and goal. On fourth and goal at the 1, Seamus Kelly finally plowed through the right tackle to make it 13-6 and finished the scoring. The Shamrock D led by George Conklin, John Cunningham, Richie Martin, Jesse Macrae and others was impressive as they held Lindehurst, even as the Bulldogs held the ball for much of the fourth quarter.

For the first time since the creation of the BCAC, the Ponies, who will travel to Levittown and the Midgets, will both play for the NSFL football championship in the same year. A great accomplishment for all those involved in making it happened.

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