Senior Shamrocks Hold On To Win NSFL Championship
For the many fans that made the trip to cheer the team on, the boys would not disappoint. Bayville won the coin toss and quickly moved down the field to put seven points on the board.
The Shamrock offense started slowly, having to punt on their first possession. A Bayville fumble and recovery by Shamrock Jeremiah Jones started the team towards the end zone. Tom Kelly ran the ball in for the first six points and Paul Yodice added the extra point for a 7-7 first quarter score.
Bayville started the second quarter with the ball and again moved it downfield. Once again, the Shamrock defense stepped up as Chris Manfre stripped the Bayville running back of the ball and ran it back for six points. A quick pass from quarterback Andrew Conklin to Manfre added the extra point. Bayville quickly came back, however, and put seven more points on the board.
The Shamrock offensive line of Steve Ambrosino, Bryon Collado, James Marotta, Devon Rodriguez, Elijah Dorta and Kevin Doherty pushed the Bayville defense back enabling Tom Kelly to run in for his second touchdown of the game. Paul Yodice ran the ball in for the extra point and a 21-14 lead. On the kickoff Bayville looked like it was going to break through the Shamrocks, but a huge hit by Bryon Collado ended the threat and the defense stopped Bayville to preserve a 21-14 halftime score.
Bayville added six points in the third quarter but Steve Ambrosino made a big stop at the goal line on the Bayville attempt for the extra point and a 21-20 game. The Shamrock offense stalled in the third quarter. Forced to punt on fourth and long, with the possibility of leaving Bayville with a short field, Coach John Conklin saw the match up he wanted on the outside and called an audible from the sideline. Back to punt, Paul Yodice hit Chris Manfre on a 30-yard pass for a first down to continue the Shamrock drive into the fourth quarter.
Bayville, however, stopped the Shamrocks on the 3-yard line and took over on downs. On defense, Tim Panetta, Marco Minichino, Brandon Dell, Zach Warner and Julian Verne now had to make big stops. A near interception by James Lee and big tackles by the defense stopped Bayville at the 40-yard line as the ground game ate up the clock. Taking the ball over on downs, the Shamrocks knew they needed a first down in order to run the clock out.
Faced with fourth down and three yards to go, quarterback Andrew Conklin handed the ball off to Tom Kelly for a run up the middle where he was stopped right about the first down mark. After the ball was placed down, the referees brought the chains out for a measurement. With the tip of the ball just past the first down pole the Shamrocks were awarded the first down, and the team and crowd erupted.
With no timeouts left Bayville had no way to stop the clock and with under a minute left the Shamrocks held on for a 21-20 win for a Tier II Championship.
Shamrock special teams played a big part in keeping the ball out of Bayville’s hands. In attempts to force a turnover, Bayville on-sided all four of their kickoffs, which were quickly recovered by the Shamrocks. The faked punt kept the offensive drive going to grind out the clock and the huge extra point stop kept Bayville from tying the score in the third quarter.
Coaches John Kelly, Patrick Kelly, Jim Manfre, Andy McCracken, John Conklin and Sal Minichino would like to thank the boys for all their hard work during the season and congratulate them on their championship win.
The team would like to thank Broad Channel VFW Prince-Wynn Post 260 and the O’Hare’s for hosting them after the game to celebrate their win. A Broad Channel tradition of honking on the boulevard was preserved as the team displayed their Championship trophy to the town.
The team would like to thank all the fans who supported them during the year and those who made the trip to Seaford, especially Joe Ciambriello who came for a front row seat, holding the down marker wearing a Shamrock Jersey and Santa hat.