BCAC Midgets Shamrocks Show Fighting Spirit In Defeat
The road to the Super Bowl for the BCAC Midget Shamrocks began this past Sunday and the first stop was against the Golden Eagles of Bethpage. The first half was a tough one as the Shamrocks managed only one first down on offense.
The defense stepped it up though, forcing the Eagles to go three and out on three straight possessions and recovered two fumbles in the first half. The Shamrocks would be trailing at the half 6-0.
Coach Gene Guetteri decided it was time to make half time adjustments and started with putting in the Sparkplug – Jack Allen at quarterback. This then allowed Tim McCabe to join the backfield with Ian Byrne and Mike Henglein. The Shamrocks would get 123 yards rushing on the day, led by Bryan Bostwick who had 64 yards.
This offensive surge would not have been possible if it were not for the offensive line led by Peter Meehan, Matt McCabe, Sebastian Frieberg Thomas Houck and Michael O’Connell. Jack Ward, Dillon Ostrander, James Tuohey and Jack Collins made key blocks at tight end that kept the Eagles out of the backfield the whole second half.
The defense stepped in even more in the second half by not allowing a first down. The Green Machine defense was led by Danny Clark, Joey Iannello, Tyler Strika, Kevin Koestner, Luke Jackowski, Andrew Visconti and Johny “Mad Man” Weiss, who had seven tackles.
The game ended on a heartbreaker. With 20 seconds left in the game and the Shamrocks on the 8-yard line, the Eagles broke up what would have been the game winning touchdown pass. It was one of the best calls ever by Coach Gene and had it worked he would have automatically been inducted into the BCAC Hall of Fame at the 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance. The final score was 6-0 but the Shamrocks left the field with their heads held high.
A spokesperson says that the team would like to thank the BCAC Cheerleaders; they were a pleasant addition to this year’s Jersey Night. The Midgets are home this Sunday against Oyster Bay at 11:30 a.m.
The team invites the public to come down to BCAC Field and watch the Shamrocks, listen to the cheerleaders and be entertained by Pete Ward’s stories of football yesteryear.