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The West Hartford Youth Football League (WHYFL) kicked off its sixth week of the 2013 season Sunday afternoon at Sterling Field, with a full slate of games at the Flag (5,6, and 7 year olds), Mighty Mite (7, 8 and 9 year olds), Pee Wee (10 and 11 year olds), and Pony (12,13,14 year olds) divisions.
Dick’s Sporting Goods (Red) 34 - West Hartford Firefighters Association (White) 14
The West Hartford Youth Flag Football Division resumed after a week off with a rematch of week one between Dick's Sporting Goods (Red) and WH Firefighters (White).
Dick's Sporting Goods started strong with contributions from the entire team. Wiggy Wiggenhauser eluded coverage and caught a deep ball for Dick's Sporting Goods’ first touchdown of the game.
On the next series, Tyler Walsh rumbled and stumbled down the sideline for a 45-yard touchdown run. Brendan Kennedy followed with another long touchdown run as he juked his way through the defense. In the second half, Caleb Salomons scored untouched on a draw to the right as the defense was expecting a pass. Tommy Hussey, determined to get a touchdown, put the final points on the board with a foot race to the end zone.
Brady Cersosimo and Nathan Refici broke up a number of plays on defense with multiple tackles each.
The West Hartford Firefighters (white) were once again led by Quinn Moran, whose two touchdowns bring his season total to eight. Other long runs by Griffin Smith and Tommy Finley kept drives alive against a tough defense, while another week of solid blocking and defense by William Keegan, Ronan Foley and Charlie Ganey kept the score from running away from the Firefighters.
AC Petersons (Blue) 32 - Joey’s Pizza Pie (Black) 26
AC Petersons secured their first win of the season with a hard fought 32-26 victory over Joey's Pizza. AC Petersons jumped out to an early lead with a long touchdown run by Jonathan Garcia and a catch and run touchdown by Luke Jones. Joey's Pizza fought back behind Will Gregware's two touchdowns and an impressive touchdown run by Jacob Giangreco. Despite a tough Joey's defense led by Charlie Garrish, AC Petersons moved down the field behind a long run by Julian Watson to set up another Jones touchdown. Joey's Pizza Pie’s Jake Monaco scored late in the game to close the gap but AC Petersons’ defense, led by spectacular play from Brayden Sohn and Brayden Mangini, was too strong to be beaten.
Sweet Frog (Purple) 14 – Mooyah (Green) 7
MIGHTY MITE DIVISION
Fischman Orthodontics Browns 18 - Macca Plumbing Cowboys 13
Sunday, October 13th was a great day for football in the WHYFL. The leaves’ color, the cool autumn air were both a perfect backdrop to for the much anticipated match-up between the Fischman Orthodontics Browns (2-3) and the Macca Plumbing Cowboys (4-1).
The Cowboys started the game with a methodical offensive drive down the field. With tight pass coverage provided by the Browns’ defensive backs Tanner Ostop, Boomer Staunton, and Matt Santoro, the Browns’ defense nearly stopped the Cowboys, but Quarterback Jack Kennedy tucked the ball and finally ended the drive by zig zagging past Browns’ defenders for a 15-yard touchdown run. The conversion pass attempt was denied by a sound defensive play by Santoro at Cornerback.
The Browns Jack Brown fielded the kickoff from the Cowboys returning the ball 15 yards to the 30 yard line. There, the Browns offense began its own march down the field. Patrick Schwab made several key runs from the fullback spot behind great blocking from his offensive line, Riley McCoy, Xavier Couloute, Boomer Staunton, Eli Solomon, and Gabriel Rooney. The Cowboys defense, led by Jack Kennedy, Declan McCann, and Walter Disque, would not give up - and, with 4th down facing them, the Browns elected to go for it with quarterback Jack Brown rushing for three yards to continue the drive’s momentum. At the 15 yard line, Browns’ running back Dajuan Banks capped the drive with a sweep to the outside, cut back touchdown.
Both teams had amazing defensive stops in the second quarter - leaving the game tied 6-6 at half-time.
The second half was equally thrilling. The Browns received the ball and marched down the field led by several great runs by running back Matthew Farber- one of which went for a touchdown which was called back for a holding penalty. The Browns did not quit though with quarterback Jack Brown calling an audible half-back pass from running back Dajuan Banks to End Tanner Ostop. The Cowboys stopped the conversion and the Browns led 12-6.
Cowboys quarterback Jack Kennedy and his teammates would not relent with Kennedy responding with a 30-yard touchdown. The Cowboys made the running conversion and took the lead 13-12. Trading defensive stops, the Cowboys elected late in the 4th qtr. to punt to the Browns. With just under two minutes remaining in the game, the Browns began their 2 minute drill and marched up the field to the Cowboys’ 10 yard line. The Cowboys tenacious defense held strong though. With 30 seconds left, and no time-outs, the Browns had to go for broke on 4th down. Again, sweeping right Banks stepped back and completed the touchdown pass to Ostop.
With seconds left the Browns defense held strong - ending the game 18-13 in favor of the Browns. Both teams should be proud of their gutsy play and sportsmanship.
Standouts for the Browns included Dajuan Banks, Tanner Ostop, Matt Farber, Patrick Schwab, Jack Brown, Eli Solomons, Xavier Couloute, Gabriel Rooney, Boomer Staunton, Riley McCoy, Mason Wright, Matt Santoro and William Tonkinson.
Standouts for the Cowboys included Jack Kennedy, Declan McCann, and Walter Disque.
The Browns move on to face the Jets on Sunday and the Cowboys will matchup against the Steelers.
Moe’s Southwest Grill Jets 20 - Santoro Construction Steelers 6
The Moe’s Southwest Grill Jets locked horns with a well-coached Santoro Construction Steelers team for a classic mid-October matchup Sunday afternoon, with the Jets prevailing 20-6 in front of two enthusiastic sidelines at Sterling Field.
The Jets’ offensive attack was led by Tommy LaSpada, Logan Murphy, DJ Romano, and Wyatt Reid, while the Steelers were once again led on offense by the troublesome trio of Dylan Swift, Jay McNamara, and Ben Lemieux.
The Steelers received the opening kickoff and after three tough runs by Dylan Swift, Jay McNamara, and Ben Lemieux were forced to punt the ball to the Jets. The Jets’ offense wasted no time in matriculating the ball down the field behind solid offensive line blocking by Ben Brockway, Ryan Bushnell, Charles Dowd, and strong runs from Tommy LaSpada, Logan Murphy, and Israel Lopez. LaSpada capped the drive with a score to put the Jets up 6-0. Wyatt Reid punched in the rushing conversion to push the lead to 7-0.
The Steelers took to the air on their next possession, but McNamara’s pass was intercepted by safety Aidan Dorian to give the Jets favorable field position. The teams exchanged offensive exchanges, with both defenses holding strong. The Steelers continued to mix up runs from Swift, Tiffany, and Lemieux, but were unable to convert a first down.
The Jets extended their lead to 13-0 late in the first half on the legs of Lopez, Murphy and Romano. Romano capped the 5-play, 50-yard drive with a great run up the middle behind solid blocking by Lopez, Brockway, Charles Wang, and Dowd. The Steelers’ defense denied the extra point.
Pinned deep in their own territory with less than a minute remaining in the first half, the Steelers continued to pound the middle of the field behind solid blocking from Zachary Green and Andrew Hunter. Swift broke a 50-yard run and Lopez made a touchdown-saving tackle to bring the Steeler ball carrier down two yards short of the end zone with seconds remaining. The Steelers called a quick timeout and punched in a Swift score as time expired to enter the half down 13-6.
The Jets extended their lead to 19-6 midway through the third quarter as LaSpada and Murphy exchanged strong runs to push the Jets downfield. LaSpada followed a key Murphy lead block to find the end zone for his second score of the day. Murphy notched the rushing conversion to extend the lead to 20-6.
Tailbacks Troy Griffith, Spencer Schwartz, and Ged Gengras saw extended playing time for the balance of the game due to great hustle in practice during the week, but each run was met with a tenacious Steelers defense and sound tackling by defenders Xavier “Kapernick” Burgos, Hunter, and Kevin Kirklin.
The Jets received sound defensive play from Lopez, Romano, Brockway, LaSpada, Murphy, Jonny Robinson, Dorian, Joe Sabia, and Reid. Dowd had three tackles for a loss.
Next week, the Jets move on to face the Browns and the Steelers will matchup against the Cowboys.
PEE WEE DIVISION
JT Ghamo 49ers 12 - Brewer Paving Packers 6
The JT Ghamo 49ers and Brewer Paving Packers squared off for the second time this season, with the 49ers holding on for a 12-6 victory Sunday afternoon at Sterling Field.
The Packers entered the game with only 11 players and due to minor injuries had to go with just 10 players intermittently through two quarters against the smaller and less experienced 49ers. Even with those factors, the teams put up an excellent and entertaining game for the fans.
The Packers were stopped on their opening drive and the 49ers capitalized quickly with a 30-yard touchdown run by Jack Tousignant. The Packers hung tough and stopped the extra point attempt in the backfield with great defensive line penetration and the lead stood at 6-0 49ers. The Packers put together an eight play drive, but eventually were stopped and had to turn over the ball on downs.
The Packers quickly returned the favor, forcing the 49ers to give the ball back on the subsequent drive. Nico Mazzocca intercepted a Packer pass attempt to end the first half with the score remaining 6-0 49ers.
In the third quarter, the Packers orchestrated a 10-play drive using their big backs to bull their way downfield for a touchdown. With a missed conversion the score was tied at 6-6. With 6 minutes to go in the game, and both defenses holding strong, the 49ers were forced to punt, and with good fortune and great downfield coverage they recovered a fumbled punt return to go back on offense.
Two plays later, fullback Gabe Salomons was able to score on a 25-yard run. The elusive point after attempt was again stopped and the score was 12-6 49ers.
With limited time remaining, the Packers executed a 10-play drive all the way to the 49er 6-yard line. But while the 49er defense bent, the team did not break. Time ran out with the final score 12-6, 49ers.
Next week, the 49ers take on the Patriots, and the Packers will match up against the Colts.
The Watts Group Giants 33 - Sports Authority Colts 0
On a beautiful afternoon, the Watts Group Giants bounced back from their first loss in two years to defeat the Sports Authority Colts 33-0. The Gmen were clicking on all cylinders as they shut down the undermanned Colts who were missing several key players.
The Giants went to work right away as they drove down the field on a mix of runs. Dan Hussey found Sean McNamara wide open and hit him deep for a quick 7-0 lead. On the Giants second possession, Hussey hit Skye Dolce over the middle with a strike for a 14-0 lead. Later, the Giants held the Colts on downs and methodically marched downfield. Hussey snuck into the end zone behind Richie Aponte's lead block for the Giants third score and final score of the half.
On the Giants first possession of the second half, Dan Hussey finished his day by streaking down the side lines on a 50-yard touchdown run. Joe Hussey made a key block downfield to spring his brother. Sean McNamara scored later in the quarter on a spectacular spinning run for the final Giant points.
The entire Giants offensive line, Damien Thompson, Jayden Fuller, Jayden Correro, Iron Mike Mancini, Richie Aponte, Sekope Colon and Kam McKain played awesome. Chris Rodrigues took over at quarterback for the Giants in the third quarter and had several strong runs which he came very close to breaking.
On defense, Rodrigues made a nice interception to deny the Colts the end zone on their final possession. Defensively, Carlos Nunez, Richie Aponte, Skye Dolce and McNamara were all over the field.
For the Colts, Sam El-Sharouby, Mateo Moran and William Cullen played tough in defeat. The Colts hope to get healthy as they regroup to face the Brewer Paving Packers in Appleton Wisconsin. Coach Flaherty vowed to have his troops ready. The Giants travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Patriots 25 – Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network Vikings 0
The Dick’s Sporting Goods Patriots leveraged a sound ground and air attack to turn back a feisty Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network Vikings team 25-0 Sunday afternoon at Sterling Field.
Offensively, the Patriots were led by Silas Bridges, Kenneth J. Shazel, Jr., Dillon Bent, and rookie Brian Kenna – who continues to impress. The Vikings received sound play from quarterback Cameron Gregory and tailbacks Joey Lemieux, Namar Gaynor, and Drew Currier.
The Vikings received the opening kickoff and mixed a variety of hard runs and screen passes to march methodically up the field before turning the ball over on downs. The Patriots scored on their first offensive play from scrimmage, as Bridges sprinted 45 yards for the score behind sound blocking of Luke Hache, Bryson Denby, Will Carson, Matthew Keller and Bent to put the Patriots up 6-0.
The Vikings turned to the air later in the quarter, but cornerback Keller stepped in front of a Gregory pass to give the Patriots favorable field position. Bent found the end zone on the next offensive play and raced 50 yards behind solid lead blocking from Bridges, Shazel, and Andrews to push the Patriot lead to 12-0. Bent converted the rushing conversion, and the lead stood at 13-0.
Carlos Kerrigan-Mock made a heads up play to recover the ensuing on-sides kick to give the Patriots favorable field position late in the first half. Shazel capped the quick drive with a 35-yard strike to Kenna to push the lead to 19-0.
The Vikings would not relent and launched a late first half drive, but Gregory was once again intercepted by Keller, and the teams entered the half with the Patriots leading 19-0.
The Vikings continued to leverage the ground game in the third on hard runs by Lemieux, Gaynor, and Currier, but the Patriot defense would not relent as linebackers Shazel and Michael Quiros made several timely tackles.
Patriots quarterback Andrews captained the Patriots on their final scoring drive late in the third quarter. The Patriots closed out a seven-play, 56-yard drive as Shazel burst up the middle to make the score 25-0.
Tail backs Kenna and Torres saw extended playing time in the fourth quarter due to great hustle in practice during the week, proving hard work and dedication do pay off.
The Vikings turned to the air on their last offensive possession, but Gregory’s final pass was intercepted by Quiros as time expired to secure the victory for the Patriots.
The Patriots received sound play from offensive linemen Joey LaSpada, Bryson Denby, Luke Duzan, Luke Hache, and Carson, and were led on defense by Keller’s two interceptions, Quiros’ (interception) and sound tackling from Bent, Bridges, Shazel, and Jacob Torres. Kenna led the special teams’ effort with another fantastic day on kickoff and kick returns.
The Patriots move on to face the 49ers, while the Vikings will matchup against the Giants.
West Hartford Chargers 20 - Farmington Black 14
The West Hartford Chargers hosted Farmington Black Sunday afternoon at Sterling field with the Chargers coming out on top 20-14 in a very physical game. The Chargers played the entire 2nd half without 3 starters on both sides of the ball.
The Chargers opened the scoring on a 40-yard touchdown run by Valentino West to go up 6-0 at end of first quarter. Farmington Black responded on their next possession and scored on a 20-yard sweep to take the lead 7-6 midway thru the second quarter.
On the Chargers next possession, they moved the ball to the Farmington Black 30-yard line where Black intercepted a Grant O'Conner pass and proceeded to march 60 yards for the score to go up 14-6 at the half.
The Chargers had to shuffle its lineup on both sides of the ball due to game ending injuries to Valentino West, Jared Reisner and Josh Kursman. The Chargers took the second half kickoff and scored on a 65-yard run by Spencer Merkel and a two point conversion from O'Conner to Spencer Merkel to even the game at 14-14.
Farmington Black used up the rest of the third quarter by marching down with several runs, but the Chargers held on 4th and four yards to end the quarter and take over the ball at their own 35 yard line.
Colby Lytle, Grant O'Conner and Spencer Merkel took turns advancing the ball to the Black 20 yard line where Grant O‘Conner connected with Spencer Merkel on a 20-yard touchdown pass to take the lead 20-14.
Farmington Black responded and drove down the field, but again the Chargers held on their own 30 yard line to force a turnover on downs with 3:15 to play. Colby Lytle and Grant O’Conner took turns moving the ball to Chargers 42 yard line, where on 3rd and 8, Spencer Merkel went 56 yards to the Black two yard line where Chargers took a knee to end the game.
Drew Booth, Brian Flynn, Colby Lytle, Derrick O'Conner, Cam Wilson, Jared Reisner and Jack Parker played terrific on defense. AJ Fair delivered some fantastic blocks to setup a number of Chargers’ runs.
The Charger victory sets up a much anticipated game with the Wildcats for next Sunday - pitting the top two teams with best offense and defense going against each other in what should be a terrific game. The game will start at 12 noon next Sunday at Sterling field.
West Hartford Health and Rehab Wildcats 30 - Wealth Management Group Eagles 0
Week 5 of the WHYFL season brought the West Hartford Health and Rehabilitation Wildcats and Wealth Management Eagles to Sterling Field for their regular season matchup.
The Eagles began the game receiving the opening kickoff. The possession was quickly thwarted by an Eagle fumble that was recovered by the Wildcats. The Cats offense went to work gaining ground yards behind linemen John Kirklin, Dario Laria and Dominic Mongillo. The Wildcats then hit pay dirt on a 5-yard run into the end zone by Griffin Smith for the game’s first score.
As the Eagles began their second possession, rushes by Dominic Nyman and Jeff LaRosa were stopped cold by the stingy Wildcat defense. Key tackles by Cullen McCaffery, Marcos Cruz and Owen Scigulinksky stopped the Eagle drive. Forced to punt, and errant snap led to a Wildcat safety.
After receiving the ensuing free kick, the Wildcats’ Max Main led his team on a drive downfield and capped it off with his own quick burst off tackle for a touchdown ending the first half 16-0.
The Wildcats received the second half kickoff. Huey Wells, Jimmy Sabia and Eli Henriques Bryan provide strong blocking, setting up a pass by Main to Chris Chukwura for another Wildcat score. The Eagles tried valiantly to answer, but key tackles by Michael Farley and Zander Boehm stymied the Eagle drive. Then in a last ditch effort by the Eagles late in the game, Nolan Tibball picked off a pass and ran 70 yards for a touchdown with the help of some fine blocking by David Torres as the game ended.
Then entire Eagle squad fought till the game’s end, but it was the Wildcats who prevailed for a 30 – 0 win.
The Wildcats (4-1) return home next week and will matchup against the Chargers (4-1), in a battle for first place, The Eagles (2-3) will move on to play the Raiders (1-4).
Farmington White 20 – Universal Connectivity Raiders 6
For the second week in a row, the Universal Connectivity Raiders played like champions on defense. The Raider defense held an explosive Farmington White offense scoreless in the first and third quarters and forced several turnovers on downs throughout the game.
Spencer Witter, Jayden Shaw, Miles Reynolds, Kevin Manning and Jack Moore set the tone with hard, crushing hits.
Farmington White scored on a sweep run in the second quarter (extra point run stopped by Shaw and Manning) and a catch and run in the fourth quarter which sealed the game (extra point pass knocked down by Moore).
Farmington White's third score came at the end of the second quarter on a pick six to end the half. It was a great game by both teams.
Outstanding players for the Raiders included: Colby Jones, Jadon Jimenez, CJ Denson, Miles Reynolds, Mario Volpe, Shane Cunningham and Cole Duzan
Farmington White (6-0) will move on to face Farmington Maroon (1-4), and the Raiders (1-4) will match up against the Eagles (2-3).
Farmington Blue 24 – Beachland Tavern Ravens 6
Farmington Blue leveraged a sound rushing game and tough defense to turnback the Beachland Tavern Ravens 24-6 Sunday afternoon at Farmington’s Westwood field.
Farmington Blue (3-3) will have a bye next week, and the Ravens (0-5) will matchup against Farmington Black (3-3).