2009-10-16 / Sports

BCAC Pee Wee Green Shamrocks Are On A Roll

The Green Pee Wee Shamrocks have now won two straight games are have their sights set on the playoffs. It all started two weeks ago when the Shamrocks took to the field with the hearts of lions and ready to face the East Meadow Rams.

The Shamrocks offense was all fired up and ready to play after spending the week learning under offensive guru Pete Ward and his over-complicated West Coast Offense. The backfield hit the ground running as all the backs (Tyler Strika, Joey Ianello and Michael O'Connell) scored on big plays. Jack Allen added to the fun by running for one score and throwing a 60-yard bomb for another. Sebastian Frieberg and Kevin Koestner also had big runs on the day.

The offensive line was once again amazing, as they opened up holes big enough for a MAC truck to get through. Ryan Hanning, Nicco Finizio, Mike "the Hammer" Boyle, Christian Pinnetta, Thomas Houck, Luke Jackowski and Gerard Dejesus were responsible for the great team blocking. Offensive line coach Timmy Hanning was seen jumping for joy on Crossbay Boulevard after the game.

After giving up an early score, the Mean Green defense settled down and only gave up one first down for the rest of the game. Aiden Clifford, Aiden Green, David McKracken, Joe Kazmeirchuck and Anthony Fiury all came up with big plays. Late in the game with the Rams threatening, rookie phenom Ryan Ehret made an open field, touch- down-saving tackle to end the threat. The final score was BCAC 25, East Meadow 12. It was an all- around great effort and the kids should be very proud of themselves.

The Shamrocks fed off the momentum of the previous week's victory, and was pumped for a big match-up against the West Babylon Eagles last Saturday. Once again the Shamrocks took to the air early and often as the Allen to Strika combination was the most effective it's been all year. QB Jack Allen would score two rushing touchdowns as well.

Early in the first half with the game tied at 6, Michael "Thunder" O'Connell rumbled 8 yards and head butted his way into the end zone for what would prove to be the game winner. The story of the offense, though, was the emergence of rookie center Thomas Houck, who could be seen grabbing Shamrocks and getting them into the correct position before every snap.

The defense kept up their end for the second week in a row as well. The Shamrocks set a new record with three fumble recoveries, two of them by Michael O'Connell and one by Luke Jackowski. At game time it looked like Luke would not take to the field because of an earlier injury, but the veteran he is, he took to the field and created a huge spark on both sides of the ball. At the end of the game, the Shamrocks were victorious by a score of 19-6.

This Sunday, the Shamrocks will take to the road to face undefeated Wantaugh. So if you can, come out and cheer on the playoff bound Shamrocks.

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