Midget Shamrocks Battle Rain, Mud To Draw Plainedge
Last weekend officially kicked off the 2012 BCAC Midget Shamrock football season and their quest for a Super Bowl title. This season sees the return of fellow Shamrocks Jack Allen, Tommy Corbett, James Tuohey and Matt McDonagh joining all the veterans from last season, along with rookies Richard Taly, Jose Sanchez, Christian Correa, Joseph and Anthony Casillo. The first opponent of the season was the Plainedge Bobcats and they came to BCAC Memorial Field ready to play.
The game started under some winds and a sunny sky last Saturday night, but that would not last for long as the heavy rains and dark thunder clouds that plagued all of Rockaway most of the day made their return by halftime.
The Shamrocks ground assault amassed a total of 148 yards on the day, with last year’s overall MVP Peter Meehan getting 46 of them.
BCAC responded after surrendering a Plainedge touchdown on the previous drive. The rushing leader for the day was Shamrocks quarterback Jack Collins who had a total of 55 yards including a 22-yard touchdown score that gave the Shamrocks a 7-6 lead. The Shamrocks offensive line was blocking like pros all day, led by Luke Jackowski, Sam Fretto, Sebastian Frieberg, Eddie Sinisgalli and Liam Doda. Right before the half,
Plainedge was facing fourth down and long, but would score an 80-yard touchdown on a broken play. The Shamrocks would go into the brand new BCAC clubhouse locker room down 13-6.
As the Shamrocks rested, the heavy rains came and pumped the BCAC Green Machine defense up to play some old school football in the mud. The Shamrock defense would keep Plainedge out of the end zone in the second half, thanks to superb play by Vincent Powell, Michael O’Connell, Nicco Finizio, Ryan Hanning, J.J.Negron, Vincent Nizzo and Andrew Visconti.
Early in the fourth quarter, Jack Allen would score on a three yard run making the score 13-13 after a failed one-point conversion. The Bobcats came down the field completing 4 passes to get the ball down to their own 5- yard line forcing defensive coordinator Timmy Hanning to use all of his time outs. It was a good thing Pete Ward gave him lessons before the game on effective clock management.
On the final play of the game, the Bobcats quarterback eluded the Shamrock defense, rolled out of the pocket and threw up a beautiful spiral. This time the Green Machine defense was ready as James Tuohey came out of nowhere and came up with the interception to seal a 13-13 tie. Next Saturday, the Shamrocks take to the road for the first time this year to face their rivals, West Babylon, the team that eliminated the Shamrocks from the playoffs two years in a row.
Last Friday also saw the dedication of the BCAC Memorial Field, a tradition that dates back over a decade. The BCAC this year is dedicating the field in memory of Edward McEntte Sr., a great player, coach, fan and BCAC Hall of Famer. Following the dedication, the BCAC honored Shamrock great #12 Jackie Conneely, who retired from the club this past summer, by framing his old jersey and presenting him with a plaque for all his work and dedication to the club.
After the dedications and presentations, all the Shamrock players ran on to the field for the annual BCAC Jersey Night. Then the old timers took to the field for the First Annual Shamrock Alumni Bowl. The green team defeated the white team 35-28 on an amazing catch in the back of the end-zone by Shamrock legend Sean O’Connell. Current BCAC President Jack Allen, who was on the losing team, was not available for comment at press time.