2010-12-03 / Sports

BCAC Midget Shamrocks Bow Out Of NFC Championship

By Sean O’Connell

The amazing Super Bowl run for the Midget Shamrocks came to an end on November 21.

The Green Machine hosted the West Babylon Eagles in the NFC Championship game with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line. The game got off to a rocky start for the Shamrocks as the Eagles scored a 60-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.

BCAC would answer with a long, time consuming power drive that resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run by Timmy McCabe. McCabe saved his best performance of the year for the championship game as he finished the day with 198 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Shamrocks trailed at the half 19- 13 after an Ian Byrne 7-yard touchdown run. Byrne also joined the 100-yard club as he had 113 yards on the ground. The offensive line was toughing it out all day and fought back valiantly, led by Michael O’Connell, Matt McCabe, Thomas Houck, Johnny Weiss, Peter Meehan, Jack Collins and Joey Iannello.

The Shamrocks had a tough day on the defensive side of the ball, as number 1 (or was it number 10, hmmm) Justin Brown of the Eagles ran for three touchdowns, two of them over 80 yards. The defense never gave up and played hard until the ref blew the final whistle.

The Green Machine defense was led by Luke Jackowski, James Tuohey, Danny Clark, Andrew Visconti, Bryan Bostwick and Michael Henglein. Sebastian Freiberg and Jack Ward made it to the game despite being extremely ill all week, and stood on the side lines to support their team.

In the end fumbles were the downfall for the Shamrocks as they turned the ball over three times in the red zone. The final score was Eagles 31, Shamrocks 19. It was a great season for the Midget Shamrocks and they got better as each week went by. Coach Gene was proud of his team and can’t wait until next year to get back out there.

The last Shamrock Fan of the Week goes to … Big Tim McCabe. Tim is at every practice cheering on his son’s team. He has made it to every game, worked the chains when needed and never once asked to be Fan of the Week. So congratulations Tim, thanks for always being there. To the Florida Snowbirds who tried to buy Fan of the Week, congratulations – you came in second.

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