Bears, Blue Jays Unbeaten In Hurricanes Football Season
After three weeks of play in the Brooklyn Hurricanes season, the Bears and Blue Jays are alone atop the division standings at 3-0. In the Jr. Pee Wee division (7- to10-year-olds), the Bears beat the Falcons 22-12 to remain unbeaten.
Quarterback James Resker scored once, while running back Tom Resker scored twice, behind the excellent blocking of their teammates. Gregory Steffens anchored the Bear offensive line that opened the holes for the Resker Brothers. On defense, Ryan Gibson and Michael Breslin contained the Falcon rushing attack for most of the day while Luke Carson made some impressive open field tackles in the secondary. Running back Matt Marten also continued to show why he has a future in the Bears backfield.
To their credit the Falcons never quit, as Tommy Leahy, Joseph Abramson and Kevin Koestner stood out on both sides of the ball, with Leahy scoring 2 touchdowns for an improving Falcons squad.
The other Jr. Pee Wee contest was a battle of 1-1 teams, with the Cowboys defeating the Broncos by the score of 22-0. After Sean Hennessy scored early for the Cowboys, the Broncos drove the ball inside the Cowboy 5-yard line but a touchdown saving tackle by Phil Benoit prevented the Broncos from scoring.
The turning point of the game, however, came on the next play, when the Cowboys recovered a Broncos fumble on their own one yard line. After the turnover, Sean Hennessy recovered his own fumble and raced 99 yards on a broken play for a back breaking touchdown that essentially decided the game. The Cowboy win sets up a rematch next week with the undefeated Bears at 10:30 a.m. in Marine Park.
In the Pee Wee Division (10- to 12-year-olds), the Blue Jays rolled to 3-0 as they defeated the previously unbeaten Giants by the score of 16-6. The Blue Jay’s QB Liam Malsy scored a touchdown and a conversion while RBs Elijah Adams and Miguel Jara also scored to put the Jays alone in first place.
Dino Borrelli continued his fine play in the trenches for the Blue Jays, forcing teams to try and run outside. The Giants’ Joshua Roberty scored in the second half and QB/DE John Resker stood out on both sides of the ball.
In the early Pee Wee match-up, the Huskies beat the Legion by the score of 26- 6. The Huskies scored on their first play from scrimmage as RB Robert Baskin went off tackle for the first of his 4 touchdowns of the day. The Legion made it a one score game in the 3rd quarter, when QB Jack Casey hit tight end Brendan Gallagher on a long touchdown pass to close the gap but the Huskie rushing game proved to be the difference in the contest. In addition to Baskin’s fantastic performance, runningbacks Kevin Connelly and John Walsh also ran well to give the Huskies their first win of the year. The Legion will get another crack at their rival this Sunday at 9:00 a.m. when they meet in Position Week.
In other Hurricane action, the Travel Team (12- to 13-year-olds), won their third straight and first road game of the season by beating the Yorkville Eagles 13-12 at Randall’s Island. After a scoreless first half which saw the Canes mount an impressive goal-line stand, RB Kevin Strehle scored in the third quarter to break the tie.
Following Aidan Gallagher’s conversion run, the Eagles responded with a touchdown of their own but missed on their conversion which kept the Canes in front.
In the fourth quarter, DB-Christian Valdez picked off an Eagle pass and returned it for a touchdown to push the lead to 13-6. Yorkville, however, would score again in the final seconds following a Hurricane turnover, but failed on the conversion attempt that allowed the Canes to escape with their 3rd victory of the season.
Next week, the Hurricanes once again are on the road, as they meet the Downtown Giants in a battle for first place in Big Apple Football competition. Jr. Pee Wee Standings: Bears 3-0, Cowboys 2-1, Broncos 1-2, Falcons 0-3.
Pee Wee Standings: Blue Jays 3-0, Giants 2-1, Huskies 1-2, Legion 0-3