Midget Shamrocks Upset Lindenhurst In NSFL Playoffs
In a scene straight out of a classic sports movie, like “Rocky,” “Hoosiers” or “Teen Wolf,” the BCAC Midget Shamrocks went to Lindenhurst and shocked the world. The underdog green machine took down the Bulldogs in the first round of the NSFL playoffs, 19-13.
The Shamrocks, after being re-routed by the Lindenhurst Marathon, made it to the field on time and ready to play. The green defense was on target right away forcing the Bulldogs to go 4 and out on their first series.
Then Timmy “Bull” McCabe went to work with a 52-yard run on the first play from scrimmage for the Shamrocks. He followed it up with a four yard score to put the BCAC up 6-0. Mc- Cabe finished with 90 yards rushing on the day.
Ian Byrne did not want to be left out on the fun, so he added not one but two touchdowns of over 60 yards each. Byrne (not Bryne) would finish the day with 167 yards rushing on the day. Jack Allen connected with Michael Henglein for a 5-yard pass to complete the game’s only 2-point conversion.
The Shamrocks offensive line looked like the 1980s Washington Redskins famous Hogs, as they blocked all day and never let up. The Green Hogs were led by Michael O’Connell, Johnny Weiss, Matt McCabe, Jack Collins, Joey Iannello and Thomas Houck. Houck showed tremendous heart when he begged to be put back in the game after being forced to sit out a series due to NSFL rules – you cannot teach that kind of passion.
The Shamrocks led 19-0 most of the game due to the Shamrocks defense, which tied a season high 42 total tackles. Ian Byrne led all with seven, Danny “Danno” Clark, Henglein, Dillon Ostrander each had six. After crushing Coach Sean in practice and separating his shoulder, Pete Meehan took his ferociousness to the field and had six tackles, one of them stopped what could have been a game changing touchdown.
Andrew Visconti, Bryan Bostwick, Luke Jackowski, Kevin Koestner, James Tuohey and Sebastian Frieberg rounded out the defensive attack. The Bulldogs did their best to make a game of it, but when quarterback Jack Allen took the final knee of the game – the scoreboard read Shamrocks 19 Bulldogs 13. Next up for the BCAC Midgets will be West Babylon in round two of the playoffs.
It was great to see all of the past Shamrock Fans of the Week at the game. Tommy “Postal” McCabe was seen discussing the Wall with Keith “Rug” Houck. Christine Clark was debating with Mickey McMahon on the advantages of conventional baking as opposed to microwaving.
Peter Meehan and Big Johnny Weiss were planning Jack Allen’s next presidential campaign at halftime. Chris Byrne could not be there, but watched the game on Direct TV and sent Grandpa Byrne is his place.
This week’s Fan of the Week is none other than Stacy Freiberg, who makes it through the dangerous high tides of 12th Road to be at every game in her white #98 jersey. At press time the time and location of the next playoff game are not known. Coach Gene will head out to the meeting for the coin toss to see who will have home field advantage.