2010-11-05 / Sports

Midget Shamrocks Celebrate In First Win Of The Season

The Shamrocks Win! The Shamrocks Win!! That was the battle cry heard all the way from Valley Stream as the BCAC Midget Shamrocks won their first game of the season two weeks ago.

There was an air of Victory at Fireman’s Field as the team and their fans arrived to take on the Valley Stream Hornets. Especially when last year’s Super Bowl winning coach Jamie Agoglia showed up to cheer on the Shamrocks and give some pointers to Coach Gene. When game time came, the Shamrocks took their new bootcamp Army attitude to the field and were focused on winning.

The Shamrocks started the game with a relentless ground assault that would never let up, gaining 325 total yards on just 36 carries. Quarterback Jack Allen stayed calm and collected as he steered the offense into the end-zone four times. The first score came on a 19-yard run by Ian Byrne, who finished the day with a career high 168 yards rushing on 13 carries.

The next two scores came from Timmy “Bull” McCabe; a 21-yarder and a 25-yarder. Bull would finish the day with 85 yards rushing and a successful two point conversion run up the middle. The final score came on a 2- yard run by Bryan Bostwick, who also had two successful 2-point conversions. The backfield also featured Dillon Ostrander and Jack Collins, who had a huge 42-yard run to set up the last score of the game. Joey Iannello, Sebastian Frieberg, Thomas Houck and Matt “Dan Marino” McCabe blocked to perfection and did not allow a tackle in the backfield in the first half.

For the first time this year, the Shamrocks offense and defense were in perfect sync. Coach Kenny had the Green Machine defense running all week at practice and it paid off dividends. Danny Clark, Luke Jackowski, Mike Henglein, James Tuohey, Andrew Visconti and Johnny Weiss were all over the field and at times resembled the great 46 defense of the Chicago Bears. Peter Meehan (4 tackles) and Michael O’Connell (5 tackles) stepped up huge in their new defensive assignments.

Timmy McCabe sealed the game with his second interception of the day, which he almost returned for a touchdown had it not been for a horse collar tackle by the Hornets. When the game ended the scoreboard read Shamrocks 27, Hornets 13.

The crowd went crazy as the young warriors came to the bench after the game and you could see smiles creep across their faces. Coach Frank was proud of the team and said it was a hard fought game and well deserved victory. As a reward for their victory, the Shamrock coaches ran laps with the team at the next practice.

Last Saturday, the Midget Shamrocks took on Brentwood in their last home game of the year. It was a hard fought battle that ended with the Shamrocks coming up short. The game got intense at times as the home fans really showed their fiery spirit and support of the team.

The Shamrock sidelines started to look like an episode of MASH, as the injured warriors kept filling up the benches. Timmy McCabe had the only touchdown for the BCAC, a 21-yard run. He followed it up with a 2-point conversion and finished with 74 yards rushing on the day. The big news was the Shamrocks defense.

They had a season high 42 tackles, led by Henglein and Bostwick with 6 tackles each. Clark and Matt McCabe joined in with 4 tackles each as well. The final score was Brentwood 20, BCAC 7.

The talk keeps going for Fan of the Week and this was the toughest 2 weeks yet as there were many contenders. One fan made the crazed trek back to Rockaway to get kid’s forgotten game jersey. One fan bribed his own grandchildren to go up to Coach Sean and tell him how handsome he is.

One fan came really close, but then he cursed on the sideline – you know who you are. Also, one fan tested the waters and almost had his fan of the week revoked – you know who you are! So without further ado, here are the last two Fans of the Week.

Week one’s winner is Chris Byrne. who attends every practice and all games, even when the Giants are on. After the Shamrock’s victory he spent a small fortune and hot dogs and sodas for the kids.

Week two’s winner is Big Johnny Weiss. To celebrate the Shamrock’s first victory of the year, Big John went out and bought eight pies of pizza and handed out slices from the back of his truck. He even gave Coach Sean two slices.

This Sunday, the Shamrocks are on the road against Bayville for a 9:30 a.m. start.

Come make the extremely long trek out to their last game of the year before the playoffs. Who knows, if you do – you might be Fan of the Week.

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