2012-09-28 / Sports

Brooklyn Hurricanes Kick Off 2012 Football Season

The Brooklyn Hurricanes Football Conference kicked off the 2012 campaign this past weekend with four games taking place in its two in-house divisions.

In a rematch of last year’s Jr. Pee Wee Championship Game, the Bears defeated the Cowboys 30-12. Bears QB James Resker scored 3 touchdowns while his brother Tom added another. The Cowboys found something to build on in the second half, with two long touchdown runs by QB Sean Hennessy.

In the other Jr. Pee Wee matchup (7- to 10-year-olds), the Broncos beat the Falcons 34-6. Broncos RB-Mark Shepherd had a tremendous Opening Day with four touchdowns at running back and 13 tackles at safety, while the Falcons were forced to play without one of their top players.

In the Pee Wee Division (10- to 12-year-olds), the Blue Jays shut out the Legionnaires, 14-0. The Blue Jays got off to a great start as RB Elijah Adam took their first play from scrimmage the distance, to go up 6-0. In the second half, RB Vinny Cassidy scored from a yard out to seal the victory. Legionnaire quarterback/defensive end Jack Casey stood out on both sides of the ball for the Legion. In the best and final game of the day, the Giants defeated the Huskies 20-14. Running back Joshua Roberty ran for 3 touchdowns and one conversion while John Resker, Philip Gerena and Christian Appel played well on defense in a winning effort for the Giants. Kevin Connelly and Frank Bernie scored behind a strong offensive line to keep the Huskies in the game.

The Hurricanes Travel Team (12- to 13-year-olds), also enjoyed the weekend with their second straight win as they defeated the Brooklyn Bombers 19-12.

In the first quarter, the Hurricane offense went on an impressive scoring drive with Kevin Strehle rushing for the first points of the day. Following a recovered on-side kick, quarterback Christian Valdez connected with wide receiver Aidan Gallagher for a 35-yard touchdown to put the Canes up by 2 scores. The Bombers, however, scored on a 40-yard pass late in the half to get back in the game.

In the second half the Canes controlled the line of scrimmage to secure the win. Behind an improving offensive line, fullback Eric Potter scored in the final minutes to put the game out of reach.

With the Travel Team off to a good start and the In-house league in full swing, 160 Brooklyn Hurricanes are continuing a tradition that first started back in the 1950s. The organization invites all football fans, especially alumni, to Marine Park on Sunday mornings to cheer on their young Hurricanes!

Jr. Pee Wee Division standings: Broncos, 1-0; Bears, 1-0; Cowboys, 1-0; Falcons, 1-0. Pee Wee Division standings: Blue Jays, 1-0; Giants, 1-0; Huskies, 0-1; Legion, 0-1.

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