Brooklyn Hurricanes Are Champions!
With nearly half of their 185 players from the Rockaways, the aptly named Brooklyn Hurricanes have been tearing a path to victory.
The Brooklyn Hurricanes’ season came to a fantastic finish this past weekend, with the Travel Team enjoying one of their biggest wins in recent years on Saturday, November 16th and the In- House Championships going into overtime on Sunday, November 17th.
The Hurricanes Travel Team (12-13 year olds), defeated the Down-town Giants to capture the Gotham Football League Championship by the score of 20-6. The Hurricanes set the tone early on their opening drive, taking the ball down the field behind the right side of their offensive line. C-John Walsh, GMike O’Connor and T-Doug Price, paved the way for RB-Anthony Cimino to score the first points of the day, to go up 6-0. After the Giants scored to tie the game in the second quarter, the Hurricanes looked as if they would take a lead to the half, when RB-Connor Baldwin went the distance on a terrific run down the right sideline. A block in the back penalty however, would nullify the score and send the teams to intermission tied at 6.
In the second half the Hurricanes took control on both sides of the ball, dominating the line of scrimmage. On offense, RB-Anthony Cimino’s second TD in the 3rd quarter gave the Canes a lead they would not relinquish. Cimino’s 180 yards rushing on the day not only capped a tremendous season, but a great Hurricane career. With time running out and a championship in sight, the Hurricanes’ Defense rose to the occasion. LB’s- Mike O’Connor and Kevin Connelly, along with DE’s-Doug Price and Timmy DeFonzo stood out on defense to contain a powerful Giant rushing attack. In the 4th Quarter, with the entire Giant defense keying Cimino, RB-Rob Baskin went untouched for a 30 yard TD, for the final margin of victory.
The win for the Hurricanes was especially sweet since they had lost three hard-fought regular season games to the Giants. But there was no doubt who the better team was at the Aviator on Saturday. The Hurricanes organization is proud of all the coaches and players for saving their best effort of the year for the Championship Game.
On the day after the Travel Team’s big win, the Hurricanes returned to the Aviator for their In-House Championship Games. In the early contest, the Broncos captured the Junior Pee Wee title with an impressive 28-0 victory over the Falcons. The Broncos dominated the game from the start, as RB-Anthony Rosati scored the first of his four TD’s on his first carry of the game. The Bronco Defense pitched a shut-out with standout performances by; Joseph Murphy, Demetri Condolios, Thomas Tompkins, Christian Gonzalez, Anthony Rosati and Nicholas Rosati. The Broncos finished a special season by going undefeated and like the Travel Team, playing their most complete game of the year in the finals.
In the final Hurricanes’ game of the 2013 Season, the Legion and the Giants went to overtime to decide the Pee Wee Division Champion. In the 2nd quarter, the Giants would break a scoreless tie when QB-Brian Langan found RBAidan Smith on a beautiful 25 yard TD pass for the first points of the contest. RB-Phil Gerena’s conversion run gave the Giants an 8-0 lead at the half.
With the Legion Offense stalled late in the 3rd quarter, punt returner-Matt Correa turned the game around with a terrific 50 yard special teams TD that got the Legionnaires on the board. QBJack Casey’s critical conversion pass to FB-Thomas Resker tied the game and seemed to bring the Legion back to life. In the 4th quarter the Legion Defense stopped a Giant scoring threat with standout performances by; LB’s Shane Green, James Donaldson, Thomas Resker, James Resker, CB-Colin Donohue and NG-Bobby Baldrian.
With the game tied at the end of regulation, the teams went to a shoot-out. Each team would get four plays to score from the 10 yard line. The Legion got the ball first and on the first play Casey hit Thomas Resker with a pass to move the ball inside the 2. One play later, Thomas Resker scored on a dive to put the Legion up 14-8. On the Giants possession, they too moved the ball inside the 5 on the first play but the Legion Defense stiffened on 2nd and 3rd down. Facing 4th and goal from the 4, QB-Brian Langan’s pass fell incomplete to end the season and give the Legion their first Championship since 2009. It was fitting for the Hurricanes’ season to end with such a great game.
While the Travel Team, Broncos and Legionnaires may have won the Championship in their divisions, all 185 Hurricane players in the program are the real winners for going out each and every week and trying their best. The Brooklyn Hurricanes Football Conference would like to thank all our coaches for donating their time this season. Their passion for the game is the foundation of our organization.
The Hurricanes would also like to thank all our team sponsors and supporters, especially the Graybeards whose generous donation this weekend paid for the kids to play at the Aviator. Happy Thanksgiving to all our Hurricane families and we look forward to seeing everyone at our award banquets in January at Buckley’s in Marine Park. ONCE A HURRICANE... ALWAYS A HURRICANE!