BCAC Pony Shamrocks Lose To Bethpage Eagles
On Sunday, November 14, the BCAC Pony Shamrocks came one win away from the championships, but came up short losing to the Bethpage Eagles, 28-20.
Bethpage opened the game with an onside kick that they recovered. The Shamrocks defense settled down and stopped the Eagles on four straight plays.
On the second play on offense, the Shamrocks’ Jordan Jessup threw a 55 yard touchdown pass to “44 Express” Danny Hoff. The offensive line played by Charlie Bostwich, Jose Santana, John Nolan, Michael Edwards, Matthew Valentine, Kyle Hilgendorf and Bobby Martin all provided great blocking to give Jessup the time he needed to connect with Hoff.
The extra point was also run in by Hoff giving the Shamrocks a 7 - 0 lead.
But the lead did not last long as Bethpage marched down the field to tie the game at 7.
The Shamrock defense played well early on. Charlie Bostwich, Mathew Butler, Michael Edwards, Bobby Martin, Johnny Nolan contributed on the line. Hilgendorf, Jessup, Robert Kollmer and Jose Santana were the linebackers and Patty Minihane and Hoff were the safeties. They stopped the Eagles on the Shamrock 5-yard line.
The offense again took over as the “Express Man” broke free from the line and could not be caught. At the 30-yard line he started to slow down giving the last defender the idea that he might have a chance to catch him, but then he turned on the after burners leaving everyone behind. After the 95-yard touchdown run the extra point was run into the end zone by Bobby Martin giving the Shamrocks a 14-7 lead.
Bethpage scored with only seconds left in the half, tying the score at 14– 14.
Kollmer and Jessup led the team defense with 13 and 11 tackles, respectively, and each had three tackles for a loss of yardage. Santana had 6 tackles and one fumble recovery. Hilgendorf had 6 tackles, Nolan had 5 tackles and one sack of the quarterback for a loss of ten yards. Bostwich, Minihane and Hoff each ended that game with 5 tackles.
Mathew Butler, Michael Edwards and Bobby Martin each had four tackles. Mathew Valentino and Kieran Mills made the most of their play time making four tackles each.
David Cancel, Vincent Visconti and Michael Reardon also had limited playing time and assisted in tackles when they had the opportunities. Vincent Cavanagh, who was unable to participate, gave the team support from the sidelines.
The game seemed to be going in the Shamrocks’ direction when Rob Kollmer broke out with a 30-yard touchdown run.
The point after failed and the Shamrocks lead 20–14.
Hoff ended the game with 145 yards on 10 carries, Jessup had 6 carries for 54 yards, Kollmer had 6 carries for 45 yards and Bobby Martin carried the ball 2 times for 5 yards. But this was not enough.
The Bethpage Eagles would not let up. Late in the game they began to give the ball to their bigger running backs and wore out the Shamrock defense. They scored the next two touchdowns giving them a 28 - 20 lead that the Shamrocks could not overcome.