Locals Power Brooklyn Hurricanes Football To Victory
The Brooklyn Hurricanes Travel Team returned home this past weekend to defeat the Bronx Crusaders by the score of 18-6. Running back Kevin Strehle got the Canes on the board first when he scored from 3-yards out to put the home team up 6-0 at the half. In the third quarter, the Hurricanes were on the verge of another score but a costly turnover inside the Crusaders 5-yard line led the opposition to return the ball 95 yards the other way to tie the game at 6.
The Hurricanes however kept their composure and took control of the game on their following possession. On strong runs by Aidan Gallagher, Eric Potter and Kevin Strehle the Canes once again drove the ball deep inside Crusader territory. This time they would not miss another scoring chance, as Connor Buckley went in from 10-yards out to put the Hurricanes up 12-6.
After recovering a terrific on-side kick by Aidan Gallagher, Kevin Strehle put the game out of reach with a 50-yard touchdown run for his second score of the day. With the win, the Hurricanes are 4-2 on the season and in great shape to host a Big Apple playoff game in two weeks.
In the Hurricanes In-House football league, the Huskies defeated the Giants by the score of 18-12 to notch their third straight victory after starting the season 0-2.
In the first half, Huskie quarterback Brendan Buckley connected with Frank Bernie on a 15-yard touchdown pass, but two scores by the Giants’ Joshua Roberts put the Huskies down 12-6 in the third quarter.
The Huskies looked like they would tie the game following a Mike Pastena interception that gave them the ball inside the Giant 10. But cornerback Phil Gerena picked off a Huskie pass on third down to keep the Giants up going into the final period. In the fourth quarter, the Huskies took advantage of great field position when the Giants weren’t able to execute on special teams.
Following a short punt, RB-Kevin Connelly capped a Huskie scoring drive that tied the game at 12. With only minutes to play and the score tied, the Huskies defense forced the Giants to punt and special teams would once again come into play.
A high snap gave the Huskies the ball deep in Giant territory and following a short drive, Brendan Buckley scored from the one to give the Huskies the win and a share of second place in the Pee Wee Division.
In the late Pee Wee contest, the Blue Jays defeated the Legion 20-0.
Elijah Adams scored twice for the Blue Jays to keep them alone atop the division standings after five weeks.
The Legion’s Brendan Gallagher continued to stand out with a terrific catch on a Timmy Defonzo pass deep inside Blue Jay territory, but the Jays held inside the 5 to preserve the shutout. This Sunday the Blue jays will meet the resurgent Huskies in what promises to be a great battle for 1st place in the Pee Wee Division.
On the Junior circuit, the Bears remained unbeaten after beating the Cowboys for the second time in as many weeks. The Bears’ James Resker continued his terrific season, scoring from 3 yards out to put them up 6-0 at intermission.
In the third quarter the Bears capitalized on a Cowboy turnover as Tom Resker barreled into the end zone behind the fine blocking of Terence Marten and Gregory Steffens. Following the touchdown, Ryan Gibson rushed for the conversion to put the Bears up by two scores. In the fourth quarter, Luke Carson scored on a 3- yard run and Michael Strehle added the conversion for the final margin of victory.
In the early Jr. Pee Wee game, the Broncos held off a tough Falcon team to move to 3-2 on the year. Mark Shepherd scored two touchdowns for the Broncos but Kevin Koestner scored one for the Falcons to keep it a close game in the fourth quarter. With the game in the balance and the Falcons driving to tie it, the Broncos held on a fourth down and 3-yards to stop the Falcon momentum. Following the turnover on downs, the Broncos put the game away on a fantastic run and score by Anthony Rosati to give the Broncos the win and secondnd place in the division with 2 weeks left in the regular season. Pee Wee standings: Blue Jays 4-1; Giants 3-2; Huskies 3-2; Legion 0-5. JR Pee Wee standings: Bears 5-0; Broncos 3-2; Cowboys 2-3; Falcons 0-5.