Youth football GYFL Week 2 highlights
BANTAMS Crushers 20, Raiders 6The Crushers’ Henry Schmedlen and Braden Vizzo led the Bantams to their second win with great play on both sides of the ball. Vizzo made six tackles on defense and ran for 34 yards on offense, most of it pounding runs and dragging tacklers with him. Meanwhile, Schmedlen blasted out 83 yards in just seven carries, including a scorching 36-yard touchdown run set up by big blocks from Nate Collins and Jake Natale. He also had seven tackles on the day. Braden Raybuck added six, including a sack and a fumble recovery. Later in the game, Phil Tarantino added another touchdown, first with a 20-yard run, stiff-arming all the way, and then zig-zagging through Raiders defenders for 9 yards to reach the end zone. Big plays on defense by Anthony Sclafani, who had a tackle for a 13-yard loss late in the game, and Matisse Sostre, who made three tackles in his Crushers debut, helped seal the win.The Raiders scored on their opening possession led by the blocking of Anthony Goncalves, Matthew Flook and Charlie Boddie. Tough runs by Matthew Agudelo and Cassidy Morales extended the drive which was capped off by a 1-yard plunge for a touchdown by Jacari Hughes. BANC Raiders were led in the second half with tough runs by Stephen Nunez but they were unable to capitalize on long drives. The BANC defense did their best to keep the game close. Defense was led by Zach Tuers and Daniel Macom.Generals 19, Mavericks 6The Generals beat the Glenville Mavericks led by QB and running back Madsen Ehrhart, who scored three running touchdowns of 20-plus yards all in the first half. Sebastian Bash, Teo Pita, Owen Cunnion, Brendan Curley, Ayden Keshvarzian and Matty Cohen provided key blocks for all the runs. On defense, Callum Holl, Jake Leonard, Spencer Smith, Kellen Aslansan, Ned Davis, Brett Schmidt and Winslow Van Reesema played a tough defensive line to keep the Mavericks to six points. The highlight of the defense was a fumble recovery by James Caputo to stop a critical Mavericks drive.The Mavs’ second-year player Jayden Montanez had a great game at quarterback, running back and linebacker, and executed stellar plays at each position, scoring the team’s lone touchdown. Oliver Eiben had a standout game at center and defensive guard and helped set up several key run plays for Pierce Ritman and Rafa Ocana. Sam McGarvey came back this week after an injury to his wrist and had a solid game at quarterback and safety. On defense, Mack Grillo had a handful of big stops and was never afraid to back up his teammates and finish a play. First-year players Noah Bailey, Lake Sisca, Chace Connaughton and Ryan Miranda continue to step up when needed and have become important parts of both the offensive and defensive lines.Gators 39, Bulldogs 20The Gators’ Blake Guilfoyle led the offense in a high-scoring game with multiple touchdowns running and one passing. The Gators running game was led by Boden Zeppelin, Justin Martinelli, Timmy Kurczewski and Oliver Frisoli. Mark Homan, Trevor Graham, and Justin Carroll opened holes on the offensive line. Defensively, Marco Sethi, Nicholas Vomvolakis, Ryan Wright and Ryder Garcia had multiple tackles. Casey Baker continued his good play, forcing two fumbles.The Bulldogs defense stopped the first Gators drive and the offense came right back with a touchdown by Graham Geisler. Vincent Tripptrap, Matthew Andrighetti and James Falco were a strong defensive line in the first quarter, despite touchdowns by the Gators. Quarterback Tyler Ernst handed off to Grant Geisler for a second touchdown. The second quarter saw some spectacular tackles from Anders Hildebrand, Owen Tweddle and Jameson Grant as well as great speed from Charlie Stuckey and Kyler Woerz. Connor McMahon, Sebastian Campbell and Brody Lutz were a powerhouse offensive line, making room for a long touchdown run from Ryder Caruso. In the second half, Grant Andrews, Gustav Pietryka, Kiel Oellrich and Danny Insinga worked tirelessly on the defense, each with multiple blocks and tackles. Riley O’Neill and Ryder Caruso made several strong running gains in the final push before the end of the game. JUNIORS Mavs 24, Generals 0Once again the Mighty Mavs got off to a quick start, scoring on their first play from scrimmage as Brandon Auguste took a pitch from QB Nick Wells and stiff-armed his way to the end zone on a 70-yard run. The offense was firing on all cylinders, adding another quick score from 3-back Jackson Choi on a quick dive right, breaking several tackles en route to the end zone. The offensive line, led by John Tsaparas, Chase Lowthert, Jack Sepot, Nash Edwards and Philip Martone, did a great job of sustaining their blocks which allowed the ground game to move the chains all day. Defensively, the Mavs were able to apply pressure in the Generals backfield, recording two interceptions. Daniel Ciccarelli stepped in front of one of the Generals receivers and made a diving catch for the first pick, and Auguste read the QB’s eyes for the second, which turned out to be a pick-six. Fine performances were also turned in by Julian Ravina, Sebastian Pena, Noah Park, Will Connell, Grant Goldring and Teo Ocaña, who all played on both sides of the ball, contributing to the team effort.The Generals’ passing attack was led by Will Fels who made connections with Luca Larossa, Charlie Tortorella, Joe Lewis and Rocket Servick for big gains behind good blocking from Henry Johnson, Owen Lavin and Matthew Ward. Owen Cunnion led the Generals’ ground attack. Defensively, the Generals were led by Matthew Huang and Johnson up front, with Lavin, Lewis and Hugh Portny making plays from the linebacker positions. Will Pratt and Patrick Leonard made good plays defensively.Gators 14, Bulldogs 0The Gators’ first touchdown came on a 4-yard run by Maximus Gabelli, which was set up by two hard runs by Jack Carroll and a 35-yard carry by Guy Germain. The Gators got on the board again when Germain ran 4 yards into the end zone off tackle. Gabelli added the two-point conversion. The next scoring drive was led by long runs from Gabelli, Germain and Matthew Colella. The offense controlled the ball and time of possession throughout thanks to the great blocking up front led by Andrew Lane, Daniel McGuire, M. Brown, Peter Vomvolakis, Dylan Botoff, Burke Watner, Luke Homan, Topher Martinelli, Hunter Zeppelin, James Adorney and Anthony Panarella. The defense secured the shutout in part to a speedy outside rush, constant pressure inside and great team tackling throughout the game by Wilson, Gabelli, McGuire, Carroll, M. Brown, Watner and Vomvolakis, with all adding one or more tackles in the backfield for loss. McGuire, Carroll, Vomvolakis, M. Brown, and Gabelli were all in on sacks. Other contributors on defense included Max Colella, Will Hanna, Harrison Castelli, Michael Nogaki, Riley Podewils, Quinn Lombardo, Anthony Tropea and Jordan Goodman.The Bulldogs’ Max Marek seemed to be all over the field in this week’s contest, rushing for large chunks of yardage and making multiple tackles — including one for a big loss — recovering a fumble and catching a 15-plus-yard pass from quarterback Matthew O’Donnell. Michael John D’Angelo also had a great day offensively, rushing for over 50 yards. Max Loffredo also contributed on offense with outstanding blocking and over 25 yards rushing. On the defensive side, O’Donnell, Chase Inesta, Logan Jaycox and Jac Corriveau all displayed mental toughness with multiple tackles.Crushers 13, Raiders 0The Crushers opened their scoring with an 80-yard drive behind the blocking of Sam Barsanti, Gabe Dunleavy, Luke Tocci, Maxwell Jessen, Hunter Ehret, Christian Loupiac and Geno Chimblo. Running behind the big blocks, back Wim McCarthy had another good day including a zig-zagging sprint, that ended in a grinding, tackle-breaking run for 24 yards. Jack Rossi added his own zig-zagging run down the left side for 8 yards with McCarthy getting the score on a 5-yard blast. The next touchdown saw back Nolan Cracraft sprinting wide for 26 yards on just two carries, while Colin Falla and Brad Wallace added a combined 10 yards, with James Mora getting the score on a 13-yard zig-zagging dart with blocking by Marco Malagisi. Santiago Parra got the extra point thanks to a massive hole opened up by Charlie Young, Richie McMurray and Kyle Bassalik. On defense, it was a well-rounded day with 17 Crushers making tackles, led by Falla, McMurray and Parra with three each. Right behind them was Nicholas Nostro who had two tackles and an interception after pressure was applied to the quarterback by Bassalik, who also had two tackles. Vincent Smario added two, while Nicholas Mussolini Jr., Tocci, Cracraft, Wallace, Tommy Powers, Young, McCarthy and Mora each had one.The Raiders came ready to play with only 11 players and their hearts on their sleeves, opening up with Matthew Siriano forcing a fumble and Joseph Sarno recovering it to stop a big Crushers drive. Siriano and Sarno contributed multiple tackles all day, while Jacob Mobley, Andrew Pavlou, Alexa Marsical, Tristan Bates and Aiden Marriot plugged up the gap against a tough Crushers O-line. Raiders defense was also Led by Julian Sorrilla and Adorian Campbell, who both had big hits and a load of tackles. Lauren Judge also had a touchdown-saving tackle. Offensively, the Raiders moved the ball well with Deven-Jayden Manasan, Judge, Mobley and Marriot opening up holes for the Raiders backfield. Siriano also had a stellar day throwing the ball, racking up over 80 yards passing to Adorian Campbell and Andrew Pavlou for big pass plays of 10, 20 and 30 yards. Raiders backs Bates and Sorrilla had a few great runs. SENIORS Gators 45, Bulldogs 7Miles Moore led the Gators to a convincing with with three touchdowns and more than 100 yards rushing. Dillon Stephens, Charlie Dixon, Chase Smith, Barrett Pennington and Miles Trager also contributed to the strong rushing attack by grinding out tough yards behind a gritty offensive line. The line was anchored by Murph Watner at center and provided good holes all day with solid blocking by Carter Paulson, Peter Lane, Ryan Beiley, George Vomvolakis and Luke Lombardo. The Gators defense held the Bulldogs to 7 points led by Ryan Beiley, Murphy Watner, Luke Lombardo, Reed Eddy, Derek D’Angelo and Isaac Letter who were able to generate pressure on the backfield throughout the game. Chase Smith, Robert Perlman, George Vomvolakis, Dillon Stephens, Miles Trager and Miles Moore were quick to shut down the outside run. Carter Paulson and Charlie Dixon both had interceptions.Bulldogs quarterback Cole Studwell hooked up on three separate passing plays with Zach Jacobs, including a 40-yard touchdown bomb to end the game and a spectacular one-handed catch by Jacobs. Jake Stefanowicz rushed for a few dozen yards and punched in the extra point. Danny Fox, TJ Legio and Kyle Allen blocked well throughout. Defensively, Justin Norton, Ignacy Pietryka, Nio Vigilante, Legio and Georgie Hernandez all contributed with timely tackles. Hernandez also rushed the ball well, picking up a large chunk of yardage to sustain a Bulldogs drive.Mavericks 13, Generals 12 (OT)The Mavericks pulled off a thrilling one-point win against the Generals in an exciting overtime shootout that saw Glenville socre first in OT on a pass from James Wailgum to Jack Konigsberg, and then Wailgum successfully converting the extra point. The Generals scored on their possession, but the Mavericks defense stopped the 2-point attempt to end the game. The offense also had great plays from Rocco Grillo, EJ Perez, Timmy Powers and Ray Ruggerio. The black & yellow defense did a great job all game with QB sacks by Carl Grifassi, Anthony Pedicano and Luke Snisky, and key tackles from Antonio Ciccarelli, Henry Goldberg, Griffasi, Pedicano and Wailgum. Sergot Boone had a drive-stopping interception. Excellent defense also came from AJ Pisacano, Cooper Edwards, Antonio Ortiz, John Gatherer, Wyatt Stratton and Gavyn Gennarelli.The Generals scored their first touchdown after Wyatt Gibson made an interception in the second quarter and the Generals quickly converted the turnover on a 20-yard pitch pass from Tomas Delgado to Wyatt Gibson, taking a 6-0 lead. Sean Hoover, Luke Michalik, Malik Samms and Liam Reynolds each had several tackles on defense. Despite a significant size disadvantage, the Generals defensive line played well, led by Jackson Wolfram, Reed Williams, Peyton Aslansan and Peter Michalik. In overtime with the Generals down 7, Tomas Delgado scored on a sweep around the right end. Trailing by one, the Generals chose to go for two in an effort to win the game. The two-point conversion attempt failed, on an end-around by Wyatt Gibson.Crushers 7, Raiders 0The Crushers got the only score they needed in the first quarter with Jurgis Schmedlen blasting through the Raiders defense for a 63-yard touchdown, ending with 130 yards on just 11 carries. The extra point came on a pass from QB Thomas Durvasula to Schmedlen to seal the game. The offense helped keep the ball out of the Raiders’ hands with big runs by Dominic DeLuca and Christopher Nostro. The Crushers defense was the real story, holding down the Raiders attack as John Raybuck again led the Crushers with nine tackles, three for loss, and one sack. Chris Takita added four, three of them sacks. Jake Kiernan had three while Sebastian Parra and DeLuca each had two. John McHugh and Victor Bejarano held down the fort adding to the strong defense as Xander Tommasino and Michael Cipollone clogged up the middle. Defensive backs Jimmy Flinn, Jack Teixeira and Ryan McBrearity knocked down passes in the last 3 minutes with Ryan also getting an interception to keep the Crushers ahead. Lineman Jake Kiernan recovered a Raiders fumble to ice the game.The Raiders offense was led by QB Jack Wilson who connected with multiple receivers for gains including Zyian Cooper, Alex Flook and Xavian Faison, all of whom also played significant roles on defense. The Raiders offensive line was solid, led by Roman Pennella, Nick Granitto, Tony Santos, William Acevedos, James Roina, Brian Pinheiro, Thiago Camargo and Tyler Senft. The offensive effort had Conner Jones, Shakye Cooper, Nick Aravides and Logan Jozwiak in a battle for much-needed yardage. The Raiders defense was led by Owen Morrissey at MLB with Jaden Scott, Eduardo Galarza and Tristan Caldwell contributing heavily to a solid defensive effort. Others seeing well-deserved action in the defensive backfield were Nekhi Buchanan at CB as well as Ayden Discua, Josh Reyes and Nir Filiby.