The Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League

REGISTRATION FOR THE                            2012 SEASON IS NOW OPEN!!

REGISTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE MANSION AT SYOSSET WOODBURY PARK ON:

JUNE 7TH - 7-9 PM

JUNE 9TH - 10AM - 1PM

JUNE 14TH - 7-9 PM

 REGISTRATIONS FEES:

 

FOOTBALL  - $ 200

CHEERLEADING  -  $ 115

ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE DONE BY JUNE 15TH OR YOU WILL INCUR A $25 LATE FEE.

 

ANY QUESTIONS CONTACT CHEER@SYOSSETFCL.COM

2011 WEEK 8 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

SYOSSET YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING LEAGUE’S LAST WEEK OF REGULAR SEASON GAMES

The 5/6 Year Olds:

This past Sunday, the 5/6 Syosset Braves completed their successful regular season with an offensive explosion. Playing on a frost-covered field in the early morning, the Braves routed their cross-town rivals the Hicksville Crusaders five touchdowns to one touchdown. As with most of the season, the reliable backfield tandem of Braden Sosnik and Jack LaBianca found the end zone early in the game for the Braves. Nicholas Polizotto and Matthew Donaldson added long touchdown runs of their own. But it was the Braves' last score that would be talked about long after the game ended - Kyle Joe connected on a pass to Ethan Hart for a 60 yard touchdown reception. Hicksville mustered a few scoring chances, only to be stymied by the Braves defense and the dominant secondary of Matthew Donaldson, Ethan Hart, Jack LaBianca, Nicholas Polizotto and Braden Sosnik. Jack Labianca showed the Crusaders what it means to be a Brave. On the sidelines with one play remaining in the first half, LaBianca pressed the coaches to put him back into the game - the coaches were rewarded when LaBianca chased down a Crusaders rusher after a 58 yard gain, two yards short of the end zone. Quarterbacks Avery Kurtzer and Kyle Joe and centers Blake Weingarten and Bryce Newman ran an efficient offense and contributed up field blocks. In addition to the rushers who scored, Kyle Joe, Avery Kurtzer, Bryce Newman, Robby Sokolski and Blake Weingarten wore down the Crusaders' defense with punishing runs. All game, the following Braves linemen opened holes for the rushers, and did not let the Crusaders' rushers get into open space: Jake Cohen, Rocco Davis, Gavin Halligan, Kyle Joe, Avery Kurtzer, Bryce Newman, Liam Pheffer, Robby Sokolski, GianPaul Trapeo and Blake Weingarten. While the team hopes to play in a Turkey Bowl game this weekend, they have had trouble finding an opponent brave enough to accept the challenge.

The team thanks their cheerleaders for season-long support at both home and away games. Taylor Buongiovanni, Emily Chen, Avery Frank, Chase Frank, Sabrina Graceffa, Emmeline Kim, Elina Kim, Tiffany Mizrahi, Chloe Mizrahi, Tara Sheth, Aika Suizu, Chloe Zelenitz, and Amanda Zhang cheered clearly and loudly, and their timely and inspired cheers gave the team an edge in every game.

The team also thanks football coaches Jared Kurtzer, Brett Cohen, Anthony Joe, Scott Newman and Brett Cohen; team mom Danielle Kurtzer; and cheer coaches Akemi Suizu, Sonya Malkani and Danielle Haft, for their time and guidance.

The coaches and players give a special thank you to the parents and siblings who endured a long season of two-hour two-a-week practices, early morning games and away games. Good luck to the 1st graders who move up a level next season, and to the kindergartners who return to the team next year with the hope of building on this year's success. GO BRAVES!

 

7 Year Olds:

The seven year olds finished off their season strong with 2 wins and a tie.   Syosset traveled to Bellmore for a Saturday night shootout, the "Battle of the Braves".    Luke "Skywalker" Citron and Andrew "the Bus" Lenneberg provided the TDs by breaking tackles in route to scoring 2  long touchdowns each behind  the strong blocking  of Robert Trapeo, Nicholas Macchia,  Marco Babino, Jimmy Modena, Christian Gagliano, Steven Lohan, Jason Pacelli, Ari Regev and Ryan Voight to pace the team to a 26-20 win over a talented Bellmore team.  The flawless exchanges between center Steven Lohan and signal caller Tyler Joe kept the Syosset offense moving up and down the field. The Syosset defense played well when they had to behind the strong play of Marco Clara, Nicholas Chazotte, Luke Citron, Jett D'Agostino,  Christian Gagliano, Andrew Lenneberg, Judson Levi, Nicholas Macchia, Joe Mehran, Jimmy  Modena, Jason Pacelli, Ron Regev, Robert Trapeo, Ryan Voight and Jack Wayrich.   The Braves stayed on the road to play on the "Frozen Tundra" in Mineola.   This was old time football as scoring came at a premium.        The "Red Curtain" defense played well in the first half holding Mineola without a score. Although the Braves moved the ball in the first half behind some nice runs by Nicholas “Big Mac” Macchia, Andrew Lenneberg and Luke Citron, penalties proved costly as the Braves had a TD called back with only a few seconds left.    In the second half, Luke Citron was able to take a handoff around the right end breaking through several would be tacklers en route to a breathtaking 50 yard touchdown run.    The Braves were able to hold on for a 6-6 tie against a tough Chief squad.    The Braves returned to a warm home crowd to take on the team from Inwood.    The Braves came out swinging by forcing Inwood to a 3 and out on the first drive lead by Marco Clara, Nicholas Chazotte, Luke Citron, Andrew Lenneberg, Erik Kitogrod, Nicholas Macchia, Joe Mehran,  Ari Regev, Ron Regev, Robert Trapeo, Ryan Voight and Jack Wayrich.      The Braves then marched down the field behind long runs by Luke Citron and tough running by Andrew Lenneberg and  Nicholas Macchia.   The impressive drive was capped off by a touchdown run Robert Trapeo to the right corner of the endzone.   Tyler Joe played as cool as Joe Montana at the QB position and  the offensive line of Robert Trapeo, Andrew Lenneberg, Luke Citron, Nicholas Macchia,  Marco Babino, Jimmy Modena,  Christian Gagliano, Steven Lohan, and Ryan Voight had a solid game.    Luke Citron playing like a man possessed made several long runs, including one for a touchdown, forced a fumble and made several bone crushing tackles in the backfield, Nicholas Macchia made a nice strip to give the Braves great field position, Robert “The Animal” Trapeo had several nice tackles and a fumble recovery and the Regev twins played well on defense by making several tackles including a few for loses.   All and all it was a great team effort as the Braves only gave up a few first downs and went on to shutout Inwood 14-0.   The cheerleaders and great fans supported the Braves at all of the games.

 

2011 WEEK 7 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

SYOSSET YOUTH FOOTBALL & CHEERLEADING LEAGUE BRAVES THE SNOW

The 5/6 Year Olds:

On the frozen tundra of Syosset Woodbury Park, the 5/6 Syosset Braves played nearly flawless football against a Farmingdale Knights team looking to avenge a home loss earlier in the season.  The Braves rewarded their faithful fans, who braved the snow, cold and wind of an early morning game, with a three touchdown to zero victory over the Knights.  While the Knights’ snapped Braden "Speedy" Sosnik’s three game streak of first play touchdowns, they were not able to contain him – Sosnik found the end zone on the third play of the game.  Jack "Big Play" LaBianca extended the Braves’ lead, scoring on a long touchdown run.  Matthew “Terminator” Donaldson ran in the third score for the Braves, capping the end of his fine day of blocking and tackling.  The Braves’ defense was impenetrable all morning, keeping the Knights’ comfortably out of the red zone.  In addition to Donaldson, Sosnik, LaBianca, Ethan “Slash” Hart and Nicholas “Shute” Polizotto kept the Knights’ rushers in check.  It took a total team effort to shut-out the Knights, with the unsung heroes of the game being all of Jake Cohen, Gavin Halligan, Kyle Joe, Avery Kurtzer, Bryce Newman, Liam Pheffer, Robby Sokolski, GianPaul Trapeo and Blake Weingarten for outmuscling their Farmingdale counterparts on both sides of the ball.  This Sunday, Syosset hosts their cross-town rival the Hicksville Crusaders in the final regular season game of the year.  The Braves coaches and players thank their cheerleaders for supporting the team.

10 Year Olds

The Braves kept up their winning ways with a resounding 25-13 win against Inwood on Sunday.  The Braves had a rough go early as their first two drives stalled but on their third possession they got it going behind the running of Michael Mesbeh, Jack Rooney, Patrick Schnell and Richie Whigham.  They got into the endzone on a Richie Whigham to Jack Rooney pass.    The Braves held Inwood scoreless in the first half thanks to the defense of Ian Goldfeder, Stephen Fanelli, Nicky Carchietta, Anthony Iragi, Jason Yacavone, Kevin Ng, Ethan Hammer, Taka Hibi, Charlie Ulrich, and Andrew Giovinco.  On offense the Braves took the last possession of the first half right down the field before Whigham took a Quarterback sneak into the endzone to make it 12-0 at the half.  The Braves ran the ball well all day thanks to it's offensive line, Jacob Katz, Anthony Celauro, Joe Cawley, Matt Majoy and Andrew Bonapace.  Equally important in the running game was the blocking of it's receivers, Anthony Naccarato, Alex DeRiggi, Ian Samide, Gregory Burk and Moiz Zaidi.  The Braves third touchdown was run in by Jack Rooney from 10 yards out and after a 45 yard run by Rooney down to the 5 yard line, two plays later Rooney scored his 3rd touchdown of the day to put the game away for the Braves.

2011 WEEK 6 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

The Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League Has Another Strong Week

The 5/6 Year Olds:

After nearly a month of road games, the 5/6 Braves returned to Syosset for the start of a three game home stand. With the Braves looking to extend their winning streak, the Floral Park Knights were determined to ruin the homecoming. Braden "Speedy" Sosnik extended his individual streak of game-opening touchdowns, running, almost untouched, for a 60-yard score on the first play of the game. A few plays later, Ethan "Slash" Hart had a similar touchdown run; however, a controversial call would erase the score. Feeling slighted, the Braves played spirited defense. With Floral Park on its way to tying the score with a long run, a determined Braden Sosnik chased down the rusher and made a touchdown-saving tackle. Inspired by Sosnik's effort, the Syosset defense clamped down and did not let Floral Park gain any positive yards for the balance of the half. Syosset opened the second half the way it did the first half, with Ethan Hart finding redemption on a long, winding touchdown run through the Floral Park defense. Jack "Big Play" LaBianca seemingly secured the win for Syosset, with his gritty scoring run giving the Braves a three touchdown to zero touchdown lead late in the second half. However, the Knights would not concede the victory, scoring two quick touchdowns and quieting the hometown crowd. Would the Braves rise to the challenge and preserve the win? It was at this time that the Braves remembered what the coaches had preached all week: No one comes to our house and beats us! While Floral Park was able to get within twenty yards of the tying score, Syosset's "bend but do not break" defense held tight and made four game saving stops to seal the win. With one of Syosset's top impact players out for this game, it took a total team effort to win this game. In addition to the players mentioned above, Jake Cohen, Rocco Davis, Gavin Halligan, Kyle Joe, Avery Kurtzer, Bryce Newman, Liam Pheffer, Nicholas Polizotto, Robby Sokolski, GianPaul Trapeo and Blake Weingarten outplayed their Floral Park counterparts on both sides of the ball. This Sunday, Syosset hosts the Farmingdale Hawks, who will seek to avenge a home loss to the Braves earlier in the season. The Braves coaches and players thank their cheerleaders for supporting the team.

 The 8 Year Olds:
The Syosset Braves were on the road this week against a very tough opponent, The Garden City Thunder. The Braves opened up strong with a 60yard run by who other than "Speedy" Matt McPhee. Garden city came right back and scored making the game 6 -6 at the half. The Thunder opened the second with a long drive eating up most of the clock and resulting in a touchdown. With time running out and Syosset's back against the wall the team went to Chris Harris for a great run down the right sideline. He was tackled at their 3yard line. With under a minute left, and the Braves down to their last play, they ask Ari Chananya to try to score. He made a valiant effort, but was stopped at the half yard line. Making the final score 12 – 6.

The 9 Year Olds:

The 9 year old team beat Floral Park 34-0. The offenses was lead by Jack Fine,John Harris,Andrew Pacelli and Tommy Dolciotto who all had touchdowns. Joe Terino led the stingy defense which had its third shutout of the year.

 

The 9 Year Old team is looking for more players to join them next year.  If you’re interested, come down to Syosset Woodbury Park this Sunday (10/30/11) at 10:00 am or next Sunday (11/6/11) at 9 am and check us out.  Talk to the coaches after the game and they can give you the rundown on what’s involved.

 

10 Year Olds

The Braves won an absolute classic 34-33 Sunday against Garden City on Sunday.  The Garden City Thunder got on the board first with an impressive drive and conversion to go up 7-0.  The Braves answered back quickly.  On the 2nd play of the drive Jack Rooney went 50 yards to the Garden City 10 yard line.  From there Patrick Schnell went up the middle for a touchdown.  The extra point was no good and Garden City led 7-6.  On the ensuing kickoff Jack Rooney recovered the on side kick to give the Braves back the ball.  This time a steady diet of outside runs by Rooney and Michael Mesbeh and inside runs by Patrick Schnell and Quarterback Richie Whigham pounded the ball down the field.  Whigham eventually scored the touchdown and Rooney scored the coversion to give Syosset a 13-7 lead.  Once again the Braves on side kicked and recovered, this time by Patrick Schnell.  That is when Michael Mesbeh ran a 50 yard, "Barry Sanders type" touchdown run.  Starting and stopping, juking left and right, Mesbeh had the crowd going wild on one of the nicest touchdown runs you've ever seen.  Again the Braves made the extra point, which would prove crucial at the end of the game.  The Thunder got a late touchdown moments before the half and cut the lead to 20 - 13.  The Braves got the ball to start the 2nd half and again methodically marched the ball down the field before Jack Rooney ran it in for the touchdown.  Mesbeh scored again on the conversion to put Syosset up 27-13.  Garden City however, had no quit in them.  They drove the ball immediately down the field and scored but missed the conversion to make the score 27-19.  On the ensuing kick off it was Garden City's turn to perform on on side kick and recover it.  The Thunder then went down to the Syosset 8 yard line and facing 4th and 5, threw a half back option for a touchdown to make the score 27-25, Rooney intercepted the extra point pass to keep the score that way.  There was no panic in the Braves and they methodically drove down the field and Mesbeh scored the touchdown and the conversion, which proved huge, to make it 34 - 25.  Garden City went back on the offensive and drove down the field and with under a minute to play, hit a double pass for a touchdown to make it 34 - 31 but missed the conversion.  The Braves recovered the on side kick this time and forced Garden City to use their remaining timeouts but on 4th 10 with 32 seconds left the Braves were facing a major decision to punt or try for the 1st down.  The Braves decided to have Rooney take the snap and run backwards, killing precious seconds off the clock, before he stepped out of the back of the end zone with 14 seconds left to play, giving Garden City a safety.  With a 34-33 lead Garden City had time for only one play and it was stopped by Mesbeh to preserve the win!  The offensive line of the Braves did an unbelievable job all day, led by center Joe Cawley, guards Anthony Celauro and Matt Majoy and tackles, Jacob Katz and Andrew Bonapace.  Receivers Alex DeRiggi, Jason Yacavone, Anthony Naccarato and Ian Samide all did an outstanding job stalk blocking.  The Defense was led by Stephen Fanelli, Andrew Giovinco, Ian Goldfeder, Anthony Iraggi, Charlie Ulrich, Takatishi Hibi, Moiz Zaidi, Ethan Hammer and Gregory Burke. 

As always thanks to our awesome cheerleaders, Annalia Alcamo, Victoria Cawley, Gia Celauro, Nicole Fanelli, ,Billie Green, Maria Hubbard, Julia Lin, Kameron Mazur, Kimberly Mazur, Grace Naccarato, Alexa Resnick, Katie Rooney, Julia Sobel, Chloe Tyree, Chloe Verch, and Chloe Zelenitz. 

2011 WEEK 5 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

Syosset Youth Football & Cheerleading League Keeps Things Strong at the Mid Season Mark

 

The 5/6 Year Olds:

The 5/6 Braves looked to extend their winning streak in a rare late Saturday night game under the lights at the Farmingdale Knights. For the second week in a row, Braden Sosnik set the tone for the game with a 60-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game. A few plays later, after Gian-Paul Trapeo ran the ball to Farmingdale's five yard line, Matthew Donaldson barreled through the tough Farmingdale defense for his first touchdown of the season. Ethan Hart continued Syosset's scoring, cutting down the field for a long touchdown run that seemingly secured the win. All was working well for the Braves - they even completed their first pass of the season, with Kyle Joe hitting Nicholas Polizotto for a big gain. However, a resilient Farmingdale team fought back, cutting the Braves' lead to one touchdown with the clock winding down. With their backs against the wall, the Braves did what they do best: played shutdown defense. Although Farmingdale was able to get within ten yards of the tying score, the Braves' defense held tight and kept Farmingdale out of the end zone with a spirited red zone hold. Matthew Donaldson and Braden Sosnik were the hard-hitting anchors of the Braves' defense, penetrating Farmingdale's backfield and making open field tackles. Even though the game ended past the players' bedtimes, the Braves seemed energized by the well-earned three touchdown to touchdown victory (or was it the post-game cookies and donuts?). This win was a total team effort, with quarterback Avery Kurtzer and center Blake Weingarten leading the offense, Jack LaBianca adding gritty runs and linemen Jake Cohen, Kyle Joe, Bryce Newman, Liam Pheffer, Robby Sokolski and GianPaul Trapeo out-muscling Farmingdale's linemen on both sides of the ball. Syosset begins a three game home stand this Sunday when they host the Franklin Square Warriors. The Braves coaches and players thank their cheerleaders for making the late night trip to Farmingdale to support the team.

The 7 Year Olds

The 7 year olds got back to business with a last second 18-7 win against a talented squad from Island Trees.  The first part of the game was a defensive struggle.   Luke Citron, Robert Trapeo, Ron Regev, Andrew Lenneberg and Ryan Voight all made impressive tackles for losses.    The offense started the scoring late in the first half with a 56 yard touchdown dash by Luke Citron behind the strong blocking of Robert Trapeo, Nicholas Macchia, Andrew Lenneberg, Jimmy Modena, Christian Gagliano, Steven Lohan, Jason Pacelli, Ari Regev and Ryan Voight.    Island Trees fought back and scored on the last play of the half to take a 7-6 lead into the intermission.   In the second half, the Braves defense took control of the game by turning back Island Trees time and again.    Marco Babino, Marco Clara, Nicholas Chazotte, Luke Citron, Jett D'Agostino,  Christian Gagliano, Andrew Lenneberg, Nicholas Macchia, Joe Mehran, Jimmy Modena, Jason Pacelli, Ryan Voight, Erik Kitogrod, Ron Regev and Jack Wayrich all contributed to the defensive effort with strong play.        The Braves offense kept stalling until they started a drive for the ages with about eleven minutes remaining in the game.    The offense worked as a well oiled machine using three yards and a cloud of dust to grind out a winning touchdown drive in dramatic fashion.   The discipline and teamwork of Syosset was impressive.   Nicholas Macchia showed heart by making key blocks and tackles while playing on a hurt ankle.  Signal caller Tyler Joe handed the ball off like the seasoned pro that he is and made a key bootleg run which got the team inside the Island Trees 5 yard line.   With time running out, Luke Citron got under center and ran a power sweep to the corner of the end zone to give the Braves a 12-6 lead.   On the next play from scrimmage, which was the last play of the game, Andrew Lenneberg stirred up the Syosset crowd by intercepting an Island Tree pass and taking it 45 yards to the house.    The boys were supported by a lively crowd and another great performance by the cheerleaders.   The Braves look to continue to practice hard and take the momentum from this victory into their next game against Bellmore this Saturday. 

10 Year Olds

The Braves got off to a slow start and never recovered against a strong Mineola team on Sunday losing 34-19.  Mineola struck first with a touchdown run, and then blocked a punt which put them on the Braves 10 yard line, setting up their second touchdown.  The Braves finally got going after a great kick return by Alex DeRiggi set up the Braves at midfield.  On the next play Jack Rooney busted a 50 yard run down to the 2 yard line where Michael Mesbeh took it in for the score.  The Braves got on the board again when Rooney went all the way this time on a 55 yard touchdown run.  Mineola answered back despite some fine defensive plays by Patrick Schnell, Jason Yacavone, Stephen Fanelli, Anthony Naccarato, Andrew Bonapace, Matt Majoy, Andrew Gionvinco, Joe Cawley and Ethan Hammer.  The Braves scored another touchdown when quarterback Richie Whigham passed the ball downfield to set the Braves inside the Mineola 30 yard line.   From there Whigham hit Mesbeh for an acrobatic 30 yard touchdown pass.  On the extra point Jack Rooney threw a pass to Greg Burke, who made a great catch to get the conversion.  The Braves are home next week against Garden City at 11:30.  As always thanks to our awesome cheerleaders, Annalia Alcamo, Victoria Cawley, Gia Celauro, Nicole Fanelli, Billie Green, Maria Hubbard, Julia Lin, Kameron Mazur, Kimberly Mazur, Grace Naccarato, Alexa Resnick, Katie Rooney, Julia Sobel, Chloe Tyree, Chloe Verch, and Chloe Zelenitz. 

2011 WEEK 4 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

Syosset Youth Football & Cheerleading League Continues to Make a Strong Showing

The 5/6 year olds returned to the win column this week with a convincing four touchdown to two touchdown victory at Floral Park.  Braden Sosnik set the tone for the game when he scored on a 60-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game.  A few plays later, Nicholas Polizotto silenced the partisan Floral Park home crowd with a long, gritty run for his first career touchdown.  Ethan Hart added a long touchdown run of his own, making the outcome of the game seem certain.  However, a resilient Floral Park team tallied two late touchdowns to close with one score of Syosset.  With the hometown crowd back in the game and sensing a comeback win, Jack LaBianca broke free for a long run to seal the victory for Syosset.  The final score is not indicative of Syosset’s dominance of all facets of the game.  This was truly a team win, as all of Jake Cohen, Rocco Davis, Matthew Donaldson, Gavin Halligan, Kyle Joe, Avery Kurtzer, Bryce Newman, Liam Pheffer, Robby Sokolski, GianPaul Trapeo and Blake Weingarten rushed for positive yardage on offense.  All the players on the Syosset side contributed on defense, holding the Floral Park attack at bay.  The team thanks cheerleaders Avery Frank, Chase Frank, Sabrina Graceffa, Tara Sheth and Aika Suizu for making the early morning trip to Floral Park to support the team.  Syosset travels to Farmingdale this Saturday night for a game under the lights.

The Braves got back on track in a big way on Sunday defeating Island Tress 33-0.  The Braves got off to a fast start with Jack Rooney, back after missing 2 weeks with an injury, taking a handoff around the right end for a 50 yard touchdown run.  On the next possession, Rooney took a handoff on 3rd and 18 and knifed through the defense for a 35 yard touchdown run.  On both runs there was stellar blocking by the offensive line of Andrew Bonapace, Jacob Katz, Anthony Celauro, Matt Majoy and Joe Cawley.  Quarterback Richie Whigham threw for the extra point to Wide Receiver Alex DeRiggi after the 2nd touchdown.  The Braves defense was too much for the Cardinals from Island Trees.  Stephen Fanelli led a defense that held Island Trees down all game long.  Fanelli had help from Anthony Iraggi, Andrew Giovinco, Nicky Carchietta, Ethan Hammer, Ian Goldfeder, Anthony Naccarato, Charlie Ulrich, Kevin Ng, Taka Hibi, Ian Samide, Gregory Burke, and Moiz Zaidi.  Michael Mesbeh was up to his usual tricks scoring on a nifty run for his 7th touchdown this year.  Quarterback Richie Whigham again passed for the extra point, this time to Anthony Naccarato. Patrick Schnell added another touchdown run as he rumbled up the middle for a 45 yard touchdown run.  Joe Cawley ran in the extra point.  The Braves last score came on one of the longest runs in recent history as Alex DeRiggi went 90 yards for the score.  The Braves want to thank their awesome cheerleaders who "battled" the Island Trees cheerleaders all game, they are  Annalia Alcamo, Victoria Cawley, Gia Celauro, Nicole Fanelli, ,Billie Green, Maria Hubbard, Julia Lin, Kameron Mazur, Kimberly Mazur, Grace Naccarato, Alexa Resnick, Katie Rooney, Julia Sobel, Chloe Tyree, Chloe Verch, and Chloe Zelenitz.

2011 WEEK 3 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

The Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League – Update from Week 3

 The 7 Year Olds:

The Syosset 7 year old football team continued on its winning ways beating Farmingdale 6-0 and going to 3-0 on the season. The first half was a defensive battle. Robert Trapeo led a defensive that gave up only one first down in the first half. Trapeo from his cornerback position was all over the field making tackles with help from Andrew Lenneberg from his right defensive end position and Luke Citron playing both Linebacker and Cornerback. Farmingdale kept pounding the ball up the middle and the Braves defensive line of Nicholas Chazotte, Marco Babino, Judson Levi, Joseph Mehran, James Modena, Ron Regev, Jett D’Agostino and left defensive end Ryan Voight held tight. When Farmingdale got through the line the linebacking core of Nicholas Macchia, Luke Citron and Erik Kitogrod would shut them down. After many failed attempts inside, Farmingdale tried running outside to no avail. They were stopped by cornerbacks Robert Trapeo, Luke Citron and Ari Regev.

The second half started with a bang. On the first play of the second half, Andrew “The Bus” Lenneberg went outside and rambled 50 yards through the Famingdale defense for the only score of the day. He was helped by the offensive line of Marco Clara, Christian Gagliano, Nicholas Macchia, Luke Citron, Ryan Voight and Steven Lohan who anchored the line from his center position. Tyler Joe the Braves quarterback handled the play calling almost flawlessly, handing the ball to Luke Citron, Ari Regev, Robert Trapeo and Andrew Lenneberg. They moved the ball and kept grinding out first downs. With time running down and the Braves needing a first down to run out the clock they called upon Nicholas Macchia to line up under center on a 3rd and 1 yard to go. He dove ahead for the first down and sealed the victory.

The Braves beat Farmingdale to go 3-0 and avenge their only loss from last season. They look forward to visiting a tough Garden City team this weekend and continuing their winning ways.   The team would like to thank the cheerleaders for supporting us and cheering us to victory.

8 Year Olds:

What a great day for football. The 8 year old Syosset Braves took the field against a very tough Mineola Chiefs team. It was the battle of the undefeated. It was a defensive struggle all game, both teams fighting for every yard. The Braves defense was just a little better in the end. We had some great solo tackles by Max Volynets, and Stephen Destaphani. The mail was delivered on Sunday by Ryan "The Mailman"  Lichtenstein with a great interception and fumble recovery. The fumble was forced by hard hitting Ari Chananya. Out great defense all started up front with Chris "the Terminator" Harris and Jayson Singer in the backfield all afternoon disrupting Mineola's offense. The Braves -scored on a great run by our go to guy "Speedy" Matt McPhee. Extra point good, with another strong run by fullback Jayson Singer. The Chiefs scored on a broken play when our boys didn't play to the whistle. The coaches spoke at the half about that mistake. Lesson learned, Syosset shut them out in the second half. Final score Syosset  7 - Mineola 6.
 

9 Year Olds:

The 9 year olds played Bellmore and won 18-0.  The offensive line played very well and opened up some big holes for Syosset’s running attack.  Tommy Dolcioto ran for two touchdowns.  The defense scored on a 60 yard interception return for a touchdown by John Harris.

10 Year Olds

Going up against the 2 time defending Super Bowl Champions was too tough a task for the Braves this past Sunday.  Garden City took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown and never trailed.  However, the Braves did not give up and a Richie Whigham to Michael Mesbeh touchdown pass closed the gap to 14 - 7 in the 2nd Quarter.  Good defensive plays from Stephen Fanelli, Anthony Iraggi, Andrew Giovinco, Ian Goldfeder, Nicky Carchietta, Anthony Celauro, and Anthony Naccarato kept the Braves in the game.  After Garden City scored again, Whigham and Mesbeh hooked up for another long touchdown pass.  Patrick Schnell and Alex DeRiggi ran hard all day and played well for the Braves.  The Braves are HOME this Sunday 10/9 at 10:30am.

 

2011 WEEK 2 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

SYOSSET BRAVES YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING LEAGUE CONTINUE THE SEASON WITH WEEK TWO

6 Year Olds:

After an opening day victory at home against the Bellmore Braves, the 5/6 year olds hoped to take the back-end of the home-and-home series.  Braden Sosnik opened the scoring, giving the Syosset Braves an early one touchdown lead with a long run.  However, Bellmore came back on the subsequent possession, knotting the game at one touchdown each.  Although Jack LaBianca, Ethan Hart and Nicholas Polizotto ran the ball well, Bellmore’s swarming defense kept Syosset out of the end zone for the balance of the game.  Syosset’s defense was equally tough, holding Bellmore to minimal gains for most of the game.  Leading the defense was lineman Matthew Donaldson, who penetrated the Bellmore backfield seemingly on every play and made several tackles for losses.  However, in the end, Bellmore rushers were able to break a few tackles en route to two late scores, giving them a three touchdown to one touchdown victory.  Despite the loss, the coaches are proud of the way the team fought to the end against a bigger Bellmore team.  Quarterback Avery Kurtzer and center Blake Weingarten helped lead the team down the field, and linemen Jake Cohen, Rocco Davis, Gavin Halligan, Kyle Joe, Bryce Newman, Liam Pheffer, Robby Sokolski and GianPaul Trapeo held their own on both sides of the ball.  Syosset hopes to get back on a winning track this Sunday at Uniondale.

7 Year Olds:

The seven year olds continued their winning ways by shutting out a tough squad from Long Beach 22-0.   The team had started the season off last week at homecoming by beating a seasoned Floral Park squad 25-6.   The defense, quickly becoming known as "Red Curtain", continued its domination by not giving up a first down to Long Beach all day.   The impressive part of this defense is that every player contributes to this team effort.   Luke Citron, Robert Trapeo, Ari Regev, Ron Regev, Andrew "the Bus" Lenneberg and Judson Levi all made impressive tackles for losses.   Erik Kitogrod made a series of devastating tackles in the second half out of his middle linebacker position to turn back the Long Beach attack.    Marco Babino, Nicholas Chazotte, Jett D'Agostino, Christian Gagliano, Joe Mehran, Jimmy Modena, Jason Pacelli, Ryan Voight and Jack Wayrich all contributed to the defensive effort with strong play.   The offense started the game with a long touch drive paced by runs by Luke Citron, Ari Regev, the Bus and Robert Trapeo.   The drive was capped by a 1 yard touchdown run by Nicholas Macchia lead by dominating blocking by Jason Pacelli, Robert Trapeo, Luke Citron, the Bus, Steven Lohan and Ryan Voight.   The Bus tacked on the extra point by making a nifty run to the left corner of the endzone after being stacked up at the line of scrimmage.    The drive also included the second completed pass of the year from Macchia to Citron.   They are averaging 30 yards per completion.  The Braves seemed to stall on their second drive late in the first half, when Luke Citron took a hand off from quarterback Tyler Joe around the left side breaking tackles on his way to a fifty-six yard touchdown on the last play of the first half.     He couldn’t have done it without strong blocking from the offensive line of Robert Trapeo, Marco Clara, Christian Gagliano, Steven Lohan, Jason Pacelli, and Ryan Voight.   Tyler Joe continued his fine play out of the quarterback position.    Syosset capped their scoring in the second half with a heads up play by Nicholas Macchia.   After dropping back to pass, Macchia realized that there was no one open, he tucked the ball away and sprinted up the right side.   Seeing Macchia was running, the Bus started rolling and got out in front of Macchia.   The Bus steam rolled the Long Beach cornerback by pancaking him which allowed Macchia to breeze into the endzone with his second touchdown of the day a 50 yard run.    Robert Trapeo added the extra point with a nice run to the left corner of the endzone.   The boys were supported by a lively crowd and a great performance by the cheerleaders.   The Braves look to continue to practice hard and take the momentum from this victory into their next game against Farmingdale this Sunday at 9am at Syosset-Woodbury Park. 

10 Year Olds

The Braves put up a great fight Sunday vs. a very tough Baldwin team, but came up short.  Baldwin opened the game with an impressive drive for a touchdown and it looked like the Braves might be in for a tough afternoon, however there is no quit in these young men.  After Baldwin was forced to punt on their second possession the Braves got on the board with a great 40 yard touchdown run by Michael Mesbeh.  Baldwin went back down the field and scored to put the Braves in another tough situation.  On the next possession Syosset fumbled and Baldwin recovered and it looked like Baldwin might run away with the game.  That all changed when the Braves got the ball back and Richie Whigham threw a perfect pass to Mesbeh for a 45 yard touchdown pass.  The Braves went into the half trailing 19-12.  Unfortunately, it would be the last time Syosset would score and Baldwin won the game.

 

2011 WEEK 1 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

HOMECOMING DAY FOR THE SYOSSET YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING LEAGUE

On a beautiful sunny and warm Sunday, the Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League hosted our third annual Homecoming celebration.   It was a true celebration as all 6 of our teams won their games.  Much preparation went into hosting this event and before we get into the games, we would like to thank… Jay Morales and Upbeat Entertainment for providing the DJ and play by play commentary during the games, Park Supervisor Frank Pancetta and his team in the park for getting the field in tip top shape and maintaining it throughout the day, Ray McCauley from MyPhotoPix.com for taking actions shots of each game,  Anthony Castelli from La Parma Restaurant for manning the barbeque and feeding us all sausage and peppers throughout the day, Doreen Nocella, Scotty and Debbie Altman for working the concession stand,  Anthony Nocella for stocking the concession stand, Tina Mourelatis and Susan LaBianca for  decorating the field and Shannon and Sarah DeVito for manning the clothing sales table.  We would like to give a special shoot out to the fabulous I School of Music who sent us incredible singers throughout the day to sing the National Anthem before each game.  The singers were Jason Lee, Rachel Kowalsky, Demetra Anastasakis, Arianna Chetram and Keith Weiss – everyone one of them was pure talent.  The day was also made special with an appearance by former New York Giant Steven Baker.   A big Thank You to all of you, the day wouldn’t have been such a success without all of your help… Now, here’s what happened at the games….

5/6 Year Olds:

Homecoming Day opened with the 5/6 year olds “battle of the Braves” that was decided on the final series of the game.  The hometown Syosset Braves set the tone for the day, earning a hard-fought three touchdown to two touchdown victory over the Bellmore Braves. The Syosset side started strong, taking an early two touchdown lead on long scoring runs by speedy running backs Braden Sosnik and Jack LaBianca (on his first touch of the season).  Bellmore tied the game at two touchdowns, and then threatened to take the lead; however, Syosset showed its heart on what would prove to be the pivotal series of the game.  First, Jack LaBianca made the defensive play of the game, chasing down a Bellmore running back after a 55 yard run – five important yards short of the end zone.  Then the rest of the Syosset defense clamped down, keeping Bellmore from scoring the go-ahead touchdown with a determined goal-line stand.  With Syosset energized by the defensive stop, the cheerleaders and home fans clamored for a winning drive.  Ethan Hart would answer the call, outrunning the Bellmore defense for the game-winning touchdown as time winded down.  The box score does not reflect the important contributions of the team’s unsung heroes, including fullback Nicholas Polizotto, the lead blocker on several of Syosset’s long runs who made the key block on the game-winning touchdown.  Linebacker Matthew Donaldson anchored the defense and seemed to be involved in almost every defensive stop.  Quarterbacks Avery Kurtzer and Kyle Joe and center Blake Weingarten led an efficient offense and contributed downfield blocks.  Gritty rushes by running backs Gavin Halligan, Kyle Joe, Bryce Newman, Liam Pheffer and Nicholas Polizotto helped Syosset march down the field.  However, this game was determined at the line, and Syosset's line controlled both sides of the ball with contributions from all of Jake Cohen, Rocco Davis, Gavin Halligan, Kyle Joe, Bryce Newman, Liam Pheffer, Robby Sokolski and GianPaul Trapeo.  The team thanks cheerleaders Taylor Buongiovanni, Emily Chen, Avery Frank, Chase Frank, Sabrina Graceffa, Emmeline Kim, Elina Kim, Tiffany Mizrahi, Chloe Mizrahi, Tara Sheth, Aika Suizu and Amanda Zhang for supporting the team.  Syosset travels to Bellmore this Sunday for the back-end of a home and home series against Bellmore's other 5/6 team.

7 Year Olds:

The seven year olds started the season off strong by beating a tough Floral Park squad 25-6.   The offense was outstanding with touchdown runs and great blocking by Ari Regev, Robert Trapeo , Andrew “the Bus” Lenneberg, and Luke Citron.   They couldn’t have done it without strong blocking from the offensive line, Marco Clara, Christian Gagliano, Steven Lohan, Jason Paecelli, and Ryan Voight.. Tyler Joe and  Nicholas Macchia handled the signal calling duties at quarterback and there was even a completed pass from Nicholas Macchia to Luke Citron.   The defense completely dominated only giving up one touchdown with tough defensive play by all 21 players including the boys mentioned on offense plus Marco Babino, Nicholas Chazotte, Jett D'Agostino, Erik Kitogrod, Judson Levi, Joe Mehran, Jimmy Modena, Ron Regev, Zulfi Rizvi, and Jack Wayrich that stopped Floral Park on three 4th downs.  The victory was a real team effort as everyone contributed by throwing blocks and making tackles.   The Braves look to continue to practice hard and take the momentum from this victory into their next game. 

8 Year Olds:

The Syosset Braves 8 year old Division opened the season against a very tough Floral Park team.  The Braves were lead on the field by team Captain Joseph Doria III for their homecoming. The team rose to the occasion scoring on its’ first drive with a nice touchdown  run by their QB, Ari Chananya, extra point made by Jason Singer's strong run up the middle. On our second procession we scored on a quick run by "Speedy" Matt McPhee made possible by a key block from Joseph Biancaniello. Extra point - good.  Braves 14 - Floral Park 0 at the break. The second half opened with another long run by Matt McPhee. Extra point made by Ryan "The Mailman" Lichtenstien. The braves looked to first year player Thomas "The Tank" Henry for their fourth touchdown and extra point. The Syosset Braves team defense played great all day only allowing a couple of first downs all game. The defense  of Victor DiRe, James Rampi, Joseph Davis, John Cuoco, Jacob Freidson, John Bubany, Chris "The Executioner” Harris , Stephen Destefani , Eric Ma & Derek Hammer should be credited for the efforts. Final score 28 - 0 Syosset. "Let’s Go Braves"

10 Year Old Football

The 10 year old Braves got off to a fast start and never looked back.  After stopping East Rockaway on their first two drives Jack Rooney returned a punt back to the 3 yard line and on the next play Richie Whigham went barreling in for the first score of the season.  Again the defense was up to the challenge with Stephen Fanelli, Anthony Iraggi and Nicholas Carchietta manning the defensive line and giving East Rockaway no holes to go through.  Then it was Alex DeRiggi's turn to return a punt to the 3 yard line.  From there Michael Mesbah went in for the touchdown.  On the next East Rockaway possession they tried a fake punt but an outstanding play by Andrew Giovinco gave the Braves the ball back.  On the next Braves drive quarterback Jack Rooney completed a long pass to Anthony Naccarrato who made a great catch to put the Braves in business again.  Patrick Schnell followed the great blocking of Joe Cawley, Jacob Katz, Anthony Celauro, Matt Majoy and Andrew Bonapace into the endzone for the score.  The Braves were not finished as they drove the field again and with wide receivers Jason Yacavone and Gregory Burke throwing great blocks Jack Rooney was able to run around the end for a touchdown.  This was a great team win with many players contributing to the effort including, Ethan Hammer, Kevin Ng, Takatoshi Hibi, Charlie Ulrich, Ian Samide, and Ian Goldfeder.

 11 Year Olds: 

The defending Super Bowl champion 11 year old Syosset Braves opened their season with a 32-14 homecoming win over the Floral Park Titans at Syosset Woodbury Park last Sunday. It did not take long for the Braves to get on the board.  After stopping the Titans on 4th down on their initial opening drive, Dominick Speranza excited the crowd with a 40 yard touchdown on the Braves 2nd play from scrimmage, then scored the extra point that would give Syosset a 7-0 lead, a lead they would never relinquish.  Speranza wasn't done though as he scored 2 more TD's on the day, including a 55 yard cut back run that had the Titan defenders grasping at air.  That run was made possible by not only the great blocking of the offensive line of Shawn Connell, James Nelson, Zach Trakas, Andrew Harris and Daniel Morales, who dominated the Titans defensive front all day, but the tremendous down-field blocking of both Steven Conte and Tyler Parlo.  Parlo had an outstanding day.  While also leading the Braves on multiple scoring drives and playing a stout defensive end, Parlo had an 80 yard TD jaunt that had more hip movement than an Elvis Presley concert.

The defensive line led by both Harris & Morales stopped the Floral Park running cold.  In on seemingly every tackle was end Daniel Ochs who blew up play after play.  When he wasn't there, his line mate "Big Play" Brendan Moran meet play after play at the point of attack and even covered receivers down field. Defensive linemen Niklas Brancato, Luke Vodicka (who both pulled double duty at offensive line) Max Cohen, Rich Danyko, Edward Cha, showed that they will be a force to reckoned with in the trenches throughout the season. Linebackers Christopher Belmonte, Tristan Singer and Tommy Rooney filled all the gaps and showed the Titans that moving down the field would be quite a task.  Belmonte delivered punishing hit after hit and proved to be a coach on the field as he made sure that the Braves were in position at all times.

Veterans Dean Marx, Bobby Kidd and Walter Henry saw significant time at linebacker and safety throughout the day. Marx was in on numerous tackles and his coverage down-field on the speedy Titan receivers allowed Speranza & Ochs to sack the Floral park QB a few times.  Kidd and Henry were on their game as they made tackle after tackle frustrating the Titan offense time and time again. Peter Bilianis, Patrick Conklin, Anthony Mastino and Nicholas Portugal all made significant contributions to the Braves defense at linebacker and safety showing the fans and the coaching staff that they are ready to play.

Michael Andre, who scored last years Super Bowl winning TD, showed his versatility by playing his normal lock-down "D" at safety making it impossible to get the ball down the field, but as QB he lead the Braves on multiple scoring drives showing the coaching staff he is ready for more and more responsibility.

The "If at first you don't succeed try and again and if that doesn't work, give it another shot" Award goes to Tommy Rooney who seemingly scored a 65 yard TD only to be called back on a questionable penalty.  Still winded, Rooney took the next hand-off from the 20 and got 19 yards to the 1.  He then lined up again and barreled through for his first TD of the year.

Finally Niklas Brancato needs to be singled out for a tremendous play that showed friends, family and the Syosset coaching staff that under that quiet demeanor lurks amazing determination.  As the Braves were driving down the field and unfortunate turnover occurred and it clearly looked as if the Titan defender was going to score on a 60 yard fumble return, but that would not be the case.  Brancato steamed down the field and caught the defender at the 5 yard line.  Then refusing to come off the field, he helped stuff the Floral Park offense 4 times to prevent any further damage.

 

2010 WEEK 8 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

As the Season Draws to a Close…

Believe it or not, the season is almost over for the Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League.  This coming Sunday will be our last week of regular season games.  But with playoff the week after, we will still be giving you the 411 from the field.  Here’s what happened last week…

 The 5/6 Year Olds:

The 5/6 Braves have made a habit of playing games the outcomes of which are uncertain until the final seconds have expired.  This past Sunday's 5/6 game against the Hicksville Crusaders was another classic, determined on the final play of the game as Syosset's "Cardiac Kids" pulled out a three touchdowns to two touchdowns victory.  The Braves took the early lead, with long runs by Robert Trapeo, Luke Citron and Nicholas Macchia setting up Ari Regev's score.  The Crusaders stormed back, tying the game on their first play from scrimmage.  Although both teams would get near the end zone several more times in the first half, tough defense on both sides ensured the first half would end in a tie. A halftime pep talk must have sparked the Braves' offenses, as quarterback Tyler Joe led two quick scores to start the second half.  Long touchdown runs by Nicholas Macchia and Luke Citron, led by the excellent upfield blocking of Robert Trapeo and Jason Pacelli, gave the Braves all the points they would need.  After the Crusaders cut the Braves' lead to one touchdown, the Braves' "Red Curtain" defense locked down on the final series to deny the Crusaders a tying score.  The Braves' line stood tall and controlled both sides of the ball with contributions from all of Ethan Hart, Kyle Joe, Avery Kurtzer, Jack LaBianca, Bryce Newman, Ron Regev, Brad Shepard, Ryan Voight, David Wang and Blake Weingarten.  Linebackers Luke Citron, Nicholas Macchia, Ari Regev and Robert Trapeo were active all game, making big tackles to thwart the Crusaders' attack. The team thanks its cheerleaders for their continuing support.  The Braves return home this Sunday for their final regular season game against Floral Park.

The 7 year olds:

The seven year olds played their final game of the season.  The Braves were facing a very good football team in the Mineola Chiefs. The Braves and the Chiefs were coming in with the same record at 5 wins and 2 loses. So you can say this was a real championship game. Syosset was lead out by team captains Joseph Doria, Victor DiRe, and Daniel Greenfield.  We won the coin toss and took the ball on our first procession and scored on another great run by #12 Ari Chananya; extra point made by #3 Chris Harris. Our defense shut down the Chiefs the first half with some big hits by the "Mailman" #26 Ryan Lichtenstein, and some great tackles by Matt McPhee and Daniel Greenfield. The Braves scored on their next possession with great blocking on the offensive line. Matt McPhee scored on a long run, extra point good, making the score 14-0 at the half. In the second half Mineola came out with a little more fire power and scored twice to even the score and ending the Game in a tie 14-14. The Braves and the Chiefs still have to settle the score. The Turkey Bowl will be played in the next couple of weeks.  Let hope Syosset comes out with a victory. "Let's Go Braves.

2010 WEEK 7 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

It’s Down to the Home Stretch for the Syosset Braves

With only a week or two left in the regular season, the Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League continues to bring their game.  As always, each team had some very exciting moments as they faced off against some very worthy opponents.  Here’s what happened:

 The 6 Year Olds:

Unlike previous games, the outcome of this week's 5/6 game against the Uniondale Knights was never in doubt.  Coming off an unexpected bye week (inclement weather forced the cancellation of last week's game at Bellmore), the Braves were well-rested and it showed.  The Braves rushed off to a quick start, scoring three times during their first ten downs.  Long touchdowns runs by Robert Trapeo and Luke Citron started the scoring and excited the hometown crowd.  After being denied the end zone on several long runs, Nicholas Macchia broke free for the Braves' third score.  The Braves' quarterback/center combination led the offense, with Tyler Joe calling an efficient game and Jason Pacelli providing excellent upfield blocks to free the running backs.  The Braves' defense, whose tough play all season has earned them the moniker "The Big Red Machine," locked down and held Uniondale scoreless until their final offensive play of the game.  The Braves' line controlled both sides of the ball with contributions from all of Ryan DeRiggi, Ethan Hart, Kyle Joe, Avery Kurtzer, Jack LaBianca, Bryce Newman, Ron Regev, Ryan Voight, David Wang and Blake Weingarten.  Linebackers Luke Citron, Nicholas Macchia, Ari Regev and Robert Trapeo created havoc in the Uniondale backfield, and had the speed to track down the few rushers who managed to break through the Braves' formidable line.  The team thanks its cheerleaders (and their "big sisters" who attended the game) for their continuing support.  The Braves make the short trip to Hicksville this Sunday for a game against cross-town rivals the Crusaders.

 

The 7 Year Olds:

The 7 year olds played home for their seventh game of the season on a beautiful autumn morning. They were up against a very tough Mineola Chiefs team. We started out on offense and drove down the field and scored on a nice run by #21 (Speedy) Matt McPhee. Extra point good, 7-0 Braves. .  On our next posession we ran our ground and pound offense and finished off the drive with a touchdown by #3 Chris Harris ,Making the score 13-0 The Braves took the ball for the third time and scored on a long run by #28 Jayson Singer. Mineola scored to close out the half, making the score 19-7. In the second half Syosset started with the ball and scored on some shifty running by #12 Ari Chananya.The Braves shut down defense gang tackled and didn't stop playing till the whistle blew. They were lead by Victor DiRe , Ryan Lichtenstein, Andrew Linneberg, Joe Davis, John Bubany, Daniel Greefield and John Couco. As a unit they stifled and frustrated a very good Mineola team. Final score Syosset 26- Mineola 14.

 

The 9 Year Olds:

The 9 year old Braves improved their record to 4-2-1 with an impressive 20-12 victory over Uniondale on Sunday.  Uniondale came into the game with two straight wins and a 3-3 record, but it was clear from the game’s first play that the Braves were ready to play.  On the first play of the game defensive tackles, Nicky Carchietta and Stephen Fanelli combined for a 3 yard loss, setting the tone that the Braves came to play.  After Uniondale punted on the Braves first offensive play, Jack Rooney went 59 yards down the sideline before being tackled at the 1 yard line.  After a slew of penalties on the Braves, on 4th and goal from the 20 yard line, Rooney ran in for the touchdown to give the Braves a 6-0 lead.  Michael Mesbah sliced through the defense to add the extra point making it 7-0 Braves.  The defense again answered the bell playing the Uniondale offense extremely tough.  Cornerbacks Luke Sacco and Dylan Hein played outstanding coming up to take away big plays from Uniondale.  Defensive lineman, Ethan Hammer, Andrew Bonapace, Anthony Naccarato, Anthony Iraggi, Daniel Shapiro, Moiz Zaidi, Jason Yacavone, Max Inoff and Ian Samide all played tough all day.  On the next possession, with the Uniondale defense crowding the line to take away the run, Rooney threw a pass to Ryan Lebson who turned it into a 50 yard gain.  Some tough running by Richie Whigham, got the Braves closer and Rooney busted off tackle again for the Braves second touchdown.  With the Braves up 13-0, Uniondale would not stop playing and put together a great drive that resulted in a touchdown cutting the score to 13-6.  In the 4th quarter Rooney threw another long pass to Patrick Schnell which put the Braves in good field position. Great runs by Lebson, Mesbah, and Whigham got the ball down to the 1 yard line.  Uniondale’s defense held tough holding Syosset twice before Rooney ran it in for his 3rd touchdown of the game.  Ryan Lebson ran in the extra point for a 20-6 lead.  The coaches thought the offensive line of Ryan Ditkoff, Andrew Giovinco, Joseph Cawley, Matt Majoy and Albert Shabaev played well facing a bigger, faster Uniondale defensive line.  Receivers Anthony Celauro, Alex DeRiggi, and Patrick Schnell did a great job of blocking as well.  Special thanks to the cheerleaders who kept up their spirit all game long.  The boys have a bye next week and finish the regular season at Syosset-Woodbury Park on Nov. 7 @ 10:30 am.

 

2010 WEEK 6 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

Syosset Braves Continue to Excite the Crowds

In another week of great football, the Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League entertained their fans with some of the greatest football games of the season.  Each game was a nail biter as it could have gone either way as we were matched against some very impressive teams.  Here’s what happened:

The 7 Year Olds:

The Syosset Braves 7 year old had 2 games this week. On Wednesday night we played away under the lights at Hicksville. The boys were very excited to play their first night game. It was a packed house and we had 2 teams of cheerleaders rooting us on. Our boys dominated most of the game due to our offensive and defensive lines. Thanks to the unsung heroes Cameron Halligan, Derek Hammer , Victor Di Re , Andrew Lenneberg, Ryan Lichtenstein, James Rampi, Joe Davis, John Bubany, and John Cuoco. The game was won in the trenches. Our Offense was lead down the field by the steady play of their quarterback Joseph Doria.  Five touchdowns were scored by Ari Chananya, Matt McPhee, Chris Harris and  Jayson Singer.  Final Score 34-12 –Syosset.
 
The Syosset Braves 7 year olds played their second game of the week against a very good 3-1 Floral Park team. The boys started off slow giving up a touchdown on the Titans on their first drive making the score 6-0 Floral Park. The Braves woke up on their next posession, driving down the field with some nifty running by Ari Chananya, 6-6.  In the second half Syosset went to their work horse, Chris Harris for their second touchdown, making the score 12-6 at the half. In the second half it was a very tough battle. Floral Park was driving down the field with 2 minutes left in the game,  until our defensive end Andrew Lenneburg forced a fumble , recovered by Ryan Lichtenstein. The Braves went on offense and sealed the deal with one of the best runs of the season by Matt McPhee. Making the final score 18-6 Braves.  

The 8 Year Olds:

The 8 year old lost 13-7. The braves were down 13-0, and they rallied back and were driving at the end of the game but ran out of time. 

 9 Year Old Braves

The 9 year old Braves improved their record to 3-2-1 with an impressive 20-12 win over Garden City.  The Braves got on the board on their first drive.  After impressive runs by Richie Whigham and Michael Mesbeh, Jack Rooney ran the ball in from 12 yards out for the first touchdown to make it 6-0 Braves.  The defense took the field and some great plays from Patrick Schnell, Joe Cawley and Dylan Hein held Garden City forcing them to punt.  On the ensuing drive Ryan Lebson went off tackle for 8 yards and on the next play Jack Rooney broke off a 50 yard run, breaking numerous tackles before he was dragged down at the 1.  On the next play Rooney ran behind the blocking of Tackle Jacob Katz and Guard Andrew Giovinco to make the score 12-0.  On the extra point Rooney threw a pass to Patrick Schnell for the conversion giving Syosset a 13-0 lead.  Garden City stormed right back and scored to cut the lead to 13-6 at the half.  In the second half the Syosset defense really stepped up and played well.  Anthony Naccarato, Nicky Carchietta, Matt Majoy, Andrew Bonapace, Stephen Fanelli, Richie Whigham and Ryan Lebson all contributed.  Garden City would not go away and broke a long touchdown run to cut the Syosset lead to 13-12.  Syosset then went on a 10 play drive, highlighted by a 10 yard pass from Rooney to Anthony Naccarato for a first down.  Rooney finished the scoring by running in the touchdown, his third of the game and scoring on the extra point to make the score 20-12.  Albert Shabaev, Matt Majoy, Anthony Celauro all blocked well opening up holes for the backs all game.  The boys would like to thank the cheerleaders who did such a great job!

2010 WEEK 5 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

Syosset Braves Continue to Excite the Crowds

In another week of great football, the Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League entertained their fans with some of the greatest football games of the season.  Each game was a nail biter as it could have gone either way as we were matched against some very impressive teams.  Here’s what happened:

The 7 Year Olds:

The Syosset Braves 7 year old had 2 games this week. On Wednesday night we played away under the lights at Hicksville. The boys were very excited to play their first night game. It was a packed house and we had 2 teams of cheerleaders rooting us on. Our boys dominated most of the game due to our offensive and defensive lines. Thanks to the unsung heroes Cameron Halligan, Derek Hammer , Victor Di Re , Andrew Lenneberg, Ryan Lichtenstein, James Rampi, Joe Davis, John Bubany, and John Cuoco. The game was won in the trenches. Our Offense was lead down the field by the steady play of their quarterback Joseph Doria.  Five touchdowns were scored by Ari Chananya, Matt McPhee, Chris Harris and  Jayson Singer.  Final Score 34-12 –Syosset.
 
The Syosset Braves 7 year olds played their second game of the week against a very good 3-1 Floral Park team. The boys started off slow giving up a touchdown on the Titans on their first drive making the score 6-0 Floral Park. The Braves woke up on their next posession, driving down the field with some nifty running by Ari Chananya, 6-6.  In the second half Syosset went to their work horse, Chris Harris for their second touchdown, making the score 12-6 at the half. In the second half it was a very tough battle. Floral Park was driving down the field with 2 minutes left in the game,  until our defensive end Andrew Lenneburg forced a fumble , recovered by Ryan Lichtenstein. The Braves went on offense and sealed the deal with one of the best runs of the season by Matt McPhee. Making the final score 18-6 Braves.  

The 8 Year Olds:

The 8 year old lost 13-7. The braves were down 13-0, and they rallied back and were driving at the end of the game but ran out of time. 

 9 Year Old Braves

The 9 year old Braves improved their record to 3-2-1 with an impressive 20-12 win over Garden City.  The Braves got on the board on their first drive.  After impressive runs by Richie Whigham and Michael Mesbeh, Jack Rooney ran the ball in from 12 yards out for the first touchdown to make it 6-0 Braves.  The defense took the field and some great plays from Patrick Schnell, Joe Cawley and Dylan Hein held Garden City forcing them to punt.  On the ensuing drive Ryan Lebson went off tackle for 8 yards and on the next play Jack Rooney broke off a 50 yard run, breaking numerous tackles before he was dragged down at the 1.  On the next play Rooney ran behind the blocking of Tackle Jacob Katz and Guard Andrew Giovinco to make the score 12-0.  On the extra point Rooney threw a pass to Patrick Schnell for the conversion giving Syosset a 13-0 lead.  Garden City stormed right back and scored to cut the lead to 13-6 at the half.  In the second half the Syosset defense really stepped up and played well.  Anthony Naccarato, Nicky Carchietta, Matt Majoy, Andrew Bonapace, Stephen Fanelli, Richie Whigham and Ryan Lebson all contributed.  Garden City would not go away and broke a long touchdown run to cut the Syosset lead to 13-12.  Syosset then went on a 10 play drive, highlighted by a 10 yard pass from Rooney to Anthony Naccarato for a first down.  Rooney finished the scoring by running in the touchdown, his third of the game and scoring on the extra point to make the score 20-12.  Albert Shabaev, Matt Majoy, Anthony Celauro all blocked well opening up holes for the backs all game.  The boys would like to thank the cheerleaders who did such a great job.

2010 WEEK 4 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

Halfway Mark of the Regular Season for the Syosset Braves

As hard to believe as it is, our regular season is already halfway done.  We had a great day, this past Sunday with the weather cooperating, we finally had football weather as the mighty Braves took to the field.   Our 6 year old team was lucky enough to have the week off, but here is what happened with the rest of our teams.

7 Yr. Old Braves

The seven year olds played there fourth game of the season to a very big and strong Bellmore team. It was a cold autumn morning, our team captains, Daniel Greenfield, Ryan Liechtenstein, and the rest of the team were ready for the challenge. We started out on offense and put a good drive together lead by their quarterback #17 Joseph Doria. We scored on our first possession with a great run by #12 Ari Chananya. The extra point was made by our teams toughest runner #3 Chris Harris. 7-0 Syosset. Bellmore came right back and scored on their next possession, but they missed the extra point. 7-6 Syosset. On our next drive we scored on another long run by #21 (Speedy) Matt McPhee. We went into the half 13-6. In the second half our defense gave it their all, lead by #28 our “do everything” Jayson Singer , but I think the Bellmore team was a little too big for the boys to handle. They scored 3 touchdowns on broken tackles that our boys could have stopped. Final score Bellmore 25-Syosset 13 

8 Yr. Old Braves

The 8 year olds had a serious opponent in the Uniondale team, as they faced off at the home field.  The team never quite got into their groove and Uniondale managed to score just a few times too many.  At the end of the day it was Uniondale victorious with a score of 20 to 7.

9 Yr. Old Braves

The Syosset 9 yr old football team traveled to Bellmore for a Friday night matchup with the Bellmore Braves.  The Bellmore Braves came into the game with an undefeated record and in first place in the standings.  However, the Syosset Braves were the Braves that came out on top on this night.  Syosset got on the board first on a touchdown run by Jack Rooney.  The Bellmore Braves answered right back to tie the game at 6.  Syosset again marched the ball down the field on big runs from Ryan Lebson, Michael Mesbah and Richie Whigham.  This time Jack Rooney broke loose for a 40 yard touchdown run and with the extra point Syosset went up 13-6.  Bellmore got the ball back just before the half and promptly started to march down the field.  But with time running down Steven Fanelli came from his defensive line position to make a huge tackle to preserve the 13-6 Syosset halftime lead.  Bellmore struck first in the 2nd half with an impressive touchdown drive to tie the score at 13.  But behind the offensive line of Jacob Katz, Albert Shabaev, Andrew Giovinco, Matt Majoy and center Joe Cawley Syosset again drove the ball down the field.  This time with some great blocks from receivers Anthony Celauro, Michael Koestner and Alex DeRiggi, Mesbah, Whigham, Lebson and Rooney ran the ball down the field for another touchdown.  Bellmore tried to answer back but the defense of Nicky Carchietta, Anthony Nacarrato, Joe Cawley, Daniel Shapiro, Ryan Ditkoff, Ethan Hammer, Jason Yacavone, Andrew Bonapace, Hamza Malik, Luke Sacco, Dylan Hein, Patrick Schnell, Max Inoff, Moiz Zaidi, Anthony Iraggi and Ian Samide, helped  the Syosset Braves got the stop they needed.  Jack Rooney then ran in another touchdown, his 4th touchdown of the game, and with Mesbah adding the extra point on a nifty run, the Syosset Braves had knocked off the 1st place team in the Nassau County “A” division 27-13.  The team wants to thank their cheerleaders who came out and supported them with great cheers and spirit.

 10 Yr. Old Braves

After scoring 4 touchdowns last week, the Syosset Braves were held to a single score against the East Rockaway Raiders but they made it hold up in a tough and exciting 6-0 road win. After winning the coin toss, the Braves took the ball and drove it down the field culminating with Dominick Speranza punching the ball into the end-zone on a tough ten yard run into the teeth of the Raider defense. Quarterback Tyler Parlo led the attack seamlessly getting the ball to Syosset's running backs time after time. Chris Belmonte, along with Speranza, led the ground game by picking up several big first downs both on the opening drive and throughout the day. Standout lineman Andrew Harris and Daniel Morales were the "go-to guys" on the ground as they led the way to the end zone by owning the line of scrimmage. Whenever Syosset needed a tough yard they were up to the challenge. Centers Zach Trakas and Ethan Greenfield were at the top of their game as they never had a problem with any exchange and allowed the coaching staff the ability to change the snap count thereby keeping the Raider defense off balance.

The shutout proved that the defense clearly ruled the day. Pulling double duty, Harris & Morales, along with nose tackle Matthew Conforti stonewalled the Raider rushing attack time after time. Linebacker Chris Belmonte blew up several East Rockaway running plays in the backfield, not allowing the Raider running backs any space to move and for the second week in a row recovered a fumble. Speranza was at the top his game making a touchdown saving deflection in the end-zone, sending a message that Syosset would not be scored upon. Niklas Brancato has given the Braves a force on the defensive line and once again did not disappoint with strong play. Ricky Danyko's play on the defensive line has given the Braves much needed depth and end Brendon Moran has clearly developed into a tough dependable player who has a knack for making the big play. Corner-backs Michael Andre, Bobby Kidd and Dean Marx continue to step up and prevent the passing game from becoming a factor. Andre showed his speed and tenacity by making a touchdown saving tackle on a misdirection play that had the Syosset fans coming out of their seats. Bobby Kidd played his most complete game of the year. Kidd prevented several plays from getting to outside and blanketed any receiver attempting to get down the field. Dean Marx is becoming a vocal leader in the defensive backfield and his physical play continues to develop. Whenever a pile was untangled, Marx seemed to be in the middle of it. NIcholas Portugal, Zach Elichs & Patrick Conklin were put into the fire and showed that they are ready when called upon.

The Braves also were fortunate to get back Max Izakson who got his first taste of action in the tightest game of the year and let the coaching staff know he is ready to play. Tristen Singer needs to be singled out for his play. Singer played several positions throughout the day, being moved around and thrown into various situations that he handled masterfully. His determination and intelligence allowed the coaching staff to make changes when necessary with the confidence that Singer could handle it.

Tommy Rooney gave a stellar effort on both offense and defense. Trapped deep in their own end, Rooney once again ripped off a 40+ yard run and had the presence of mind to get out of bounds to stop the clock in the first half. He saved his best work for the defensive side of the ball. In the second half the Raiders changed things up with different formations and plays in an effort to confuse the Syosset defenders, Rooney would have none of it. He stuffed multiple passing attempts and was able to force a fumble. That leads us to Stephen Conte who made the two biggest plays of the young season and if the Braves make the post-season, can look at that sequence as the launching pad. The Raiders got down to the Braves 7 yard line and were knocking on the door to tie the game up. On 3rd down, the Raiders swept to Conte's side, while fighting off a block Conte took on both the lineman and the running back, stuffed the runner and caused a fumble that BIG PLAY Brendon Moran recovered. Now with the ball late in the game and near their own goal-line on 3rd down the Braves needed a big play. Running to the left, with the crowd cheering, Conte sprinted down the sideline making tacklers miss for a 50+ yard gain that took the Braves into Raider territory and effectively sealed the victory.

That big play would not have been made but for the great blocking of the left side of the line and for that both Shawn Connell and James Nelson need to be commended. Playing in their first year and in the toughest game of the year on the road, Connell and Nelson came up HUGE. Left Guard Connell and Left Tackle Nelson were responsible for not only Conte's run, but Rooney's also. They have jelled quickly and give the Braves a dimension they did not have last year.

The Braves missed both Anthony Mastino & Walter Henry and look forward to getting them back next week against Franklin Square.

2010 WEEK 3 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

Second Annual Homecoming for the Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League

On a beautiful sunny and warm Sunday, the Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League hosted our second annual Homecoming celebration.  All of your teams played their games on our home field at the turf field in Syosset Woodbury Park.  Much preparation went into hosting this event and before we get into the games, we would like to thank… Jay Morales and Upbeat Entertainment for providing the DJ and play by play commentary during the games, the I School of Music for providing the most spectacular singer for the National Anthem, Park Supervisor Frank Pancetta and his team in the park for getting the field in tip top shape and maintaining it throughout the day, Ray McCauley from MyPhotoPix.com for taking actions shots of each game,  Anthony Castelli from La Parma Restaurant for manning the barbeque and feeding us all the best burgers and sausage and peppers on the planet, Debbie Altman and Christa LaRock for working the concession stand,  our returning mascot Michael Castrogiovanni for his entertainment and good spirit, the DiMaggio and Nocella families and all of the other families and friends of the league that helped out with set-up, decorating and many other chores.  The day was a great success and it couldn’t have been done without all of your help… Now, here’s what happened at the games….

The 6 Year Olds:

The 5/6 year olds opened Homecoming Day with a hard-fought win over the Franklin Square Warriors.  It was a see-saw battle, with Syosset prevailing three touchdowns to two.  Franklin Square opened the scoring with a quick touchdown.  After a long run by Luke Citron that ended just short of the goal line, Ari Regev scored on the next down to tie the game.  Luke Citron would not be denied a second time, scoring his own touchdown to give Syosset the lead.  After Franklin Square tied the game at two touchdowns, the cheerleaders and home fans clamored for a winning drive.  Robert Trapeo would answer the call, weaving through the Franklin Square defense for the game-winning touchdown as time winded down.  Nicholas Macchia had a few big gains for Syosset, helped by the lead blocks of Jason Pacelli and play-calling of QB Tyler Joe.  Linemen Ryan DeRiggi, Ethan Hart, Avery Kurtzer, Jack LaBianca, Bryce Newman, Ron Regev, Brad Shepard, Ryan Voight, David Wang and Blake Weingarten were tough on both sides of the ball, allowing Syosset to control the game.  After a bye this weekend, the 5/6 year olds travel to Bellmore for a battle of the “Braves.” 

The 7 Year Olds:

The seven year olds played at home for the first time this year. It was Syosset's Homecoming on a beautiful autumn morning. The team was lead out by team captains Daniel Greenfield, Cameron Halligan and Derek Hammer. Syosset started a little nervous playing in front of a full house of family and friends. The Baldwin Bombers scored first on a nice TD run. Syosset settled down and scored on a long run by #12 Ari Chananya, extra point made it 7-6. From there our team never looked back scoring again with a tough run by #3 Chris Harris. Baldwin scored on a broken play before the half to make the score 14-13 at the half. Syosset came out in the second half and scored on it first procession with another long run by#21 (speedy) Matt McPhee, the extra point was good making it 21-13. On our next procession we scored when we called on #12 Ari Chananya with another great run, beating 2 defender to the goal line. Our defense was amazing in the second half when we made the adjustments and put Chris Harris on the line. He was in the backfield disrupting their offense all afternoon. #30 Joe Davis made a smart play to recover a fumble, essentially ending the game. Final Score Syosset 28-Baldwin 13.

 

The 8 Year Olds:

The 8 year olds beat Mineola 14-6.  The game was riveting as each team tried their best to one up each other.  But in the end, it was due to the mad skills of John Harris and his teammates that the Braves were able to score 2 touchdowns to Mineola’s one.  The team was lucky enough to have a halftime show performed by Syosset’s Competition cheer team.  The team was greeted at the end of their game by the cheerleaders with a victory run through a paper banner (see photo).  It was a great game for all.

 

The 9 Year Olds:

The 9 yr old Braves had a tough game against league powerhouse Mineola on Sunday.  Mineola got on the board first with a long touchdown drive eating up almost the entire first quarter and taking a 7-0 lead.  The Braves never got in a rhythm on offense  and despite some tough defense by linebackers Jack Rooney, Patrick Schnell, Richie Whigham and Joe Cawley, Mineola scored once more on the last play of the first half to take a 13-0 lead.  The Braves did not give up and with the offensive line of Ryan Ditkoff, Jacob Katz, Matt Majoy, Andrew Giovinco, Albert Shabaev and Joe Cawley blocking better in the 2nd half, the Braves went on a scoring drive.  Michael Mesbah and Ryan Lebson had some tough runs before Jack Rooney ripped off a 50 yarder down to the 1 yard line, where he eventually ran in it for a touchdown.  The coaches praised the effort of defensive lineman Steven Fanelli, Nicky Carchietta, Daniel Shapiro, Ethan Hammer , Anthony Nacaratto , Jason Yacavone, Andrew Bonapace, Anthony Iraggi, Max Inoff, and Moiz Zaidi.  Hamza Malik, Anthony Celauro, Alex DeRiggi, Kevin Paek, Luke Sacco, Skylar Chananya, Dylan Hein, Michael Koestner, and Ian Samide.

 

The 10 Year Olds:

 In Sunday's Battle of the Braves, Syosset's Braves came out on top over the Braves of Bellmore in an entertaining 25-7 win that made a great Homecoming even better.

After having his 70+ yard touchdown kickoff return on the game’s opening play called back on a penalty, Dominick Speranza would not be denied as he motored around the corner and sped his way down the sidelines for a 50+ yard TD on Syosset's first drive of the day. He gave his team a lead that they would not relinquish.

The defense, led by tackles Daniel Morales and Andrew Harris and Nose Tackle Matthew Conforti along with ends Tyler Parlo & Brendon Moran completely dominated the Bellmore offensive line which allowed linebackers Tommy Rooney, Steven Conte, Christopher Belmonte & Speranza to neutralize the Bellmore ground game. Cornerbacks Michael Andre, Dean Marx & Bobby Kidd held the Bellmore passing game at bay by blanketing their receivers and preventing them from getting open.

The Syosset defense also forced two turnovers as Belmonte recovered a fumble and first year player Tristan Singer, showing a nose for the ball, intercepted a Bellmore pass with a sure-handed catch and determined return that put to rest the hope of any Bellmore comeback.

The day also belonged to the Syosset offensive line who completely controlled the line of scrimmage which produced the highest scoring output by the Braves in two seasons. Standout lineman Harris & Morales opened running lanes seemingly at will; Center Zach Trakas keep the Bellmore team from disrupting the running game. Lineman Shawn Connell, Niklas Brancato and Ethan Greenfield made life easy for the Syosset running backs by not allowing a single defender from touching them at the line of scrimmage. First year player James Nelson rewarded the coaching staff in his first start, by driving lineman off the line of scrimmage at the snap of the ball.

Tyler Parlo once again provided some heart stopping runs that had the crowd wondering "how'd he do that" and capped a long Syosset drive with an impressive 10 yard TD run. Running Back Michael Andre also found the end zone with a slicing 25 yard jaunt that showed his speed and elusiveness. The scoring was capped by a bruising 20 yard TD run from Christopher Belmonte.

Running backs Stephen Conte and Tommy Rooney showed that the Syosset running game is dangerous no matter who has the ball with each ripping off runs of 30+ yards throughout the afternoon while leaving defenders in their wake.

The progression continues for first year’s players Patrick Conklin, Ricky Danyko, Zach Elichs & Walter Henry who each played the entire second half on the defensive side of the ball. Conklin flew to the ball making several stops in the backfield, Danyko was a force at his nose tackle position and stuffed numerous plays, Elichs was everywhere and was in on tackle after tackle and speaking of tackles Walter Henry had the tackle of the day making a textbook stop preventing a score and pumping up the crowd and his team.

The Braves also welcomed back Max Izakson who returned from injury to give the Braves a huge boost to their kicking game. We look forward to getting him more involved.

Dean Marx played his most complete game of the year. He quarterbacked the defense from both the cornerback and linebacker position providing steady leadership for the "rookies". He also pulled double duty by making his season debut in the backfield and pulling off the Braves first reverse keeping the Bellmore defense on their heels while moving forward and picking up positive yardage.

2010 WEEK 2 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

The Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League Announces Our Second Annual Homecoming

The Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League continued their season this past weekend playing some great football.  All of our teams faced tough competition and performed like champions.  The weather cooperated and although it was warm, or more accurately, sweltering, our kids plowed on through, as they always do.  We only had one team play at home this week, which made our fields unusually quiet, but no doubt all of our neighboring towns were buzzing with excitement when the Braves showed up.

 Our 6 year olds had their hands full this past week with the Farmingdale A team. The game was close until Farmingdale scored a touchdown on the next to last play of the game. Syosset got scoring runs from Luke Citron and Robert Trapeo. There defense was anchored by linebackers Nicholas Macchia and Jason Pacelli. The defensive line with Ethan Hart, Kyle Joe, Avery Kurtzer, Jack LaBianca, Bryce Newman, David Wang, Ron Regev and Blake Weingarten played hard and tough against a bigger Farmingdale team. While the football team was giving it their all, our cheerleaders, ages 5 and 6 were doing their best to not only cheer the team on, but they began performing stunts for the first time, much to the amazement of the fans.  They also performed a halftime dance that could not be beat.  The cheerleaders worked just as hard as the football team to give the fans an exciting morning.  This coming week the team plays Franklin Square at Home. Please come out to support our team.

For our 7 year old team, it was Braves vs. Braves.  The 7 year old team traveled to Bellmore to take on a very tough team. Our offense was great putting 3 touchdowns. The scoring was lead by Matt Mc Gee #21 , Jayson Singer #28, and Ari Chananya #12. They all had great long runs. Our defense played tough all day with some great tackles by Ryan Lichtenstein, Derek Hammer and Cameron Halligan. But in the end we ran out of gas losing 25-19. We will get them next time.
 
This coming Sunday the league is inviting everyone in town to come down to the park and help us celebrate our Homecoming.  We will have a live DJ calling the games, cheerleaders performing halftime shows, singers from the I School of Music singing the national anthem, bouncies for the kids, a Topps football card booth with giveaways, and our very own Braves mascot, Michael Castrogiovanni, coming back for the second year to get the crowd going.  Our games start at 8:30 am and continue straight through until the last game of the day at 3:30.  Come down and suopport the kids and join in the fun.

2010 WEEK 1 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

The Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League Begins Another Season

The Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League had its season opening games this past weekend.  The weather cooperated for most of the day, but our late day games were a little wet.  Even so, we played great football.  Here’s what happened:

The 6 year olds:

The six year olds started the season off strong by beating a tough Baldwin squad six touchdowns to none.   The offense was outstanding with line work and touchdown runs by Luke Citron, Nicholas Macchia, Robert Trapeo, Ryan Voight and Jason Pacelli.   Tyler Joe handled the signal calling duties as quarterback and added a dazzling run by reversing his field and taking it down the side line for a score.   The defense succeeded in a shutout game lead by the tough defensive play of defensive lineman Jason Pacelli and linebackers Ari Regev, Robert Trapeo, Nicholas Macchia and Luke Citron.   Although Baldwin had two long drives, the Braves shut the door by stopping the Bombers cold with their backs to the end zone.  The hard hitting Braves defense forced four fumbles.   The victory was a real team effort as everyone contributed by throwing blocks and making tackles.   The Braves look to continue to practice hard and take the momentum from this victory into their next game. 

 The 7 year olds:

The seven year old team opened the season against a tough Garden City team. Our offense lead by their center Victor Di Re #63, and quarterback Joseph Doria#17, scored on their first three possession. Matt McMgee #21 with his great speed had two long touchdowns going down the left sideline. Chris Harris #3 had a great run breaking two tackles up the middle for another long touchdown. Our defense as a whole played great, allowing an early touchdown on a broken play in the second half. The Syosset Brave opened the season with an impressive 21- 7 win.

The 8 year olds:

The 8 year olds gave it their all but came up a little short.  They played a tough game against Inwood but lost 20-0.  John Harris led the team with tackles.  The team is working hard at practice this week so they are ready for their next game.

 The 9 year olds:

The 9 yr old Braves opened up their season with an impressive 31-0 victory over Floral Park.  Michael Mesbah started the Braves off with a nifty 50 yard run down to the 10 yard line.  On 3rd down quarterback Jack Rooney went up the middle for a 10 yard touchdown run to put the Braves up 6 – 0.  Mesbah was back at it again later in the second quarter and went 35 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.  Jack Rooney ran in the extra point to make it 13-0 Braves.  The Braves got one more possession before the half ended and this time it was Jack Rooney going 50 yards down the sideline to increase the lead to 19-0 at the half.  The Braves started the second half with the football and wasted no time as Ryan Lebson went 60 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second half.  The final Braves score was a 25 yard run by Alex DeRiggi for a touchdown.  The Offensive Line was outstanding all day led by Andrew Giovinco, Matt Majoy, Joe Cawley, Ryan Ditkoff, Jacob Katz, Andrew Bonapace, Anthony Iraggi, Stephen Fanelli, Jason Yacavone, Albert Shabaev, Max Inoff and Ethan Hammer.  Defensively the Braves were swarming to the ball all day and only allowed 4 first downs the whole afternoon.  Anthony Nacarrato, Nicky Carchietta, Richie Whigham, Patrick Schnell, Dylan Hein, Anthony Celauro Kevin Paek, Hamza Malik, Luke Sacco, Michael Koestner, Kian Ghazvini, Shylar Chananya, and Moiz Zaidi all played well for the Braves.

The 10 year olds:

The 10 year old Syosset Braves opened their season against a top seed in the Cardinals of Elmont and suffered a 33-0 loss in game that saw end to end action and showed the boys from Syosset won't quit no matter the score.

The Braves, with 14 first year players on the roster, had a rough start with two turnovers and spotted the Cardinals a quick two touchdown lead. But the veterans, led by running back Dominick Speranza, fought to keep their team in the game. Speranza churned out some big first downs to give the defense a rest and had a huge 50+ yard run on a critical third down that energized both the crowd and more importantly his teammates. The offensive line, led by guard Andrew Harris and tackle Daniel Morales, fought the big Elmont defensive line all day. Offensive linemen Matthew Conforti, Niklas Brancato, Shawn Connell, Zach Trakas along with ends, Brendan Moran and Tristan Singer were impressive, opening holes for running backs Christopher Belmonte and Tommy Rooney who ran between the tackles with authority.

Running back Michael Andre impressed all with his elusive and slashing running style. He was a great compliment to Syosset offense and a welcome asset to its defense when playing his cornerback position.

Quarterback Tyler Parlo had the run of the day with a 35+ yard jaunt that had him "rumblin' and stumblin'" towards the goal line that finished with him literally hopping on one foot for the last 5 yards. Parlo pulled double duty by playing defensive end and throwing his body in front of the crushing Elmont running attack. His never say die attitude was contagious.

The defense, led by linebacker Stephen Conte who had a highlight reel block of an Elmont extra point, had its moments. Defensive tackles Harris and Morales were stout and strong in the middle and played the entire game on heart and determination. Nose tackles Conforti, James Nelson and Ricky Danyko fought the Cardinals for every yard. Speranza, Rooney, Belmonte and Conte led a line-backing crew that ran sideline to sideline tracking down the Elmont rushing attack. 1st year players Moran and Singer impressed all with their contributions at defensive end and linebacker respectively.

Cornerbacks Dean Marx and Bobby Kidd had their hands full covering the speedy Elmont receivers as well as making contributions on special teams throughout the day.

First year players Anthony Mastino, Zach Elicks, Walter Henry, Nicholas Portugal and Patrick Conklin all contributed and impressed the coaching staff throughout the game.

The Braves also missed both Max Izakson and Ethan Greenfield who were unable to play due to injury.

The 11 year olds:

The Syosset Braves 11 year old football team began the season with a tough loss to Franklin Square 30-12. The score does not indicate the performance of the young Braves. Though Franklin Square scored 5 touchdowns, the Braves held them on every extra point attempt. The Brave's opponents scored 3 of their 5 touchdowns on turnovers as the game was played in constant rain. The Braves were led on offense by Jared Goldberg at quarterback, with 1 touchdown and the tough running of Brian Doria, 1 touchdown and Ross Platz. On defense the Braves were very "stingy" as they held Franklin Square in "check" for most of the game. The Braves were led on defense by Maxx Falk, Jack Rosenblum and Andrew Frankini as well as a great touchdown saving tackle made by Nick Fernandez.

 Next week, don’t forget to join us at the turf field in Syosset Woodbury Park for our 2nd Annual Homecoming celebration.  Free bouncies for the kids, prizes, a DJ and lots of great football to watch.  Bring your family and friends and help us celebrate!

2010 PRE-SEASON ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

Updates from The Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League

Uniforms have been handed out, practices have been held and teams have been formed. Olds friends have gotten reacquainted and new friendships have begun to take shape. Football coaches have been plotting game strategies and players have been running through their drills like there is no tomorrow.  Cheer coaches have been teaching cheers and cheer leaders have been learning halftime routines.  Since early August the Syosset Youth Football & Cheerleading League has been out on the field getting ready for the big day.   Are we ready?  You bet we are.

Our season opens bright and early in the morning on September 12th.  Half of our teams will be playing on our home field in Syosset Woodbury Park and the other half playing away games in neighboring towns.  The youngest teams with players age 5 and 6 will begin playing the first games of the morning, and as the day progresses our older teams will play.  We have high hopes for all of our teams – they all look great this year. 

Speaking of great, it gives us immense pleasure to update you on the whereabouts of our Senior league members from last year.  We are not always fortunate enough to have a Senior team, as many kids move on to play middle school ball, once they enter middle school.  Last year, we did have a Senior team, and are proud to announce that many of them will be continuing with the game they love:

Alec Yacavone will be playing at Syosset High School, Sean Cerrone will be playing at Chaminade Memorial High School, Gregory Galligan and Connor Byrne will be playing at St. Anthony’s High School, Ian Greene and Rob Jenis will be playing at Jericho High School.  Jessica Herschman, a cheerleader from our Senior and Competition teams, will be cheering at Syosset High School as well as assistant coaching with our 6 year old squad this year, and Gina Cavasano, also a Senior and Competition cheerleader is assistant coaching with our 7 year old squad this year.  Congratulations to our Seniors – we are proud of you!

Our final bit of news is that we are pleased to announce that we will be holding our 2nd Annual Homecoming Celebration at the turf field in Syosset Woodbury Park on September 26th.  The celebration will be going on all day, starting at around 9 am with our first game.  We expect to have all of our teams playing at home that day, so you’ll get to see lots of great football and some pretty amazing cheerleaders.  We will have singers from the I School of Music, singing the National Anthem, a DJ and game commentary, courtesy of Upbeat Entertainment, a new Topps football card stand with great football cards and prizes, food at the concession stand, bouncies for the kids and lots more.  Everyone is welcome, so bring your families and friends and help us to celebrate!!

2009 WEEK 9 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

Final Week of the Regular Season for the Sysosset Braves

Here are a few reports from our last week of the regular season:

The 8 Year Olds:

The 8 year old Braves football team won their last regular season game 14-6 against Uniondale.  The Braves finished with 4 wins 3 losses and 1 tie.  Jack Rooney got the offense started with a 39 yard touchdown run following a great block by Michael Mesbah.  The defense then stepped up, with Richie Whigham, Anthony Naccarato, Stephen Fanelli and Jack Rooney combining to tackle the Uniondale running back in the endzone for a safety.  The Braves got on the board again in the second half after a long drive with great runs by Patrick Schnell and Michael Mesbah.  Richie Whigham finished off the drive with a punishing run into the endzone.  The defense played well all day led by Aidan Adomiates and Nicky Carchietta at ends, Jason Yacavone, Max Inoff, Jaden Newman, Max Matchton, Ian Samide and Stephen Fanelli at defensive line and the linebackers Richie Whigham and Anthony Nacaratto.  The secondary of Dylan Hein, Skylar Chananya, Kian Ghazvini and Michael Mesbah all made big tackles.  The true hereos of the game were the offensive lineman who opened up huge holes all day.  Ryan Ditkoff, Jacob Katz, Matt Majoy, Daniel Shapiro, Harrison Okun and Ethan Hammer all played well.  Andrew Giovinco, playing his first game at center, played awesome allowing the Braves offense to get started.  The 8 year olds would like to thank their cheerleaders for coming out and supporting them at Uniondale.

The 10 Year Olds:
The Syosset 10 yr. olds took on a powerhouse Massapequa football squad. Great runs were turned in by Mike Levy, Ross Platz, Brian Doria and Brendan Condon. But the defense was overwhelming and stopped the Braves from scoring. On the defensive side of the ball the Braves hung tough with great tackling led by Dominic Doria, Will Reed, John Lukavic, Mario Fasano and Brian Weigold. It was a tough day for the pumped up Braves team who came out on the losing end of a 24-0 score. The boys gave it all they had and showed grit and determination throughout the entire season.

The Senior Team:

The Syosset Senior team traveled to Queens this past Sunday to take on the top team in their conference, the Rosedale Jets. Syosset came out on the short-end of an exciting 42 to 31 game. Every single member of the Syosset team contributed positively in this shoot out of a football game.

QB Sean Cerrone paced the Braves' offense, throwing three touchdown passes and running for another score. Gregory Galligan had another outstanding game on offense: Galligan netted two touchdown receptions and added another touchdown on the ground. Connor Byrne (who also played a terrific game on defense) also caught a touchdown pass. Tight ends Justin Weigold, Braden Straub, Ian Greene, Michael Vassallo and Andrew Cali blocked the edge very well and opened holes for the Braves' running game. Offensive lineman Matt Kahl, Michael Verdello, Jonah Dimaggio and Nick Nicolia battled all day in the trenches for the Braves.

On defense, middle linebacker Alec Yacavone and safety Jack Gilbert anchored the middle of the Braves' defense, both recording numerous tackles on the day. Defensive lineman Anthony Marchese, Anthony Vassallo, Michael Panvini, Nick Balos and Patrick O'Neill pressured Rosedale's quarterback and forced some poor throws. Linebackers Kevin Carbone and Robert Jenis pounded the Jets' running game. The Braves open the playoffs this coming weekend against Lindenhurst.

 

2009 WEEK 8 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

Syosset Braves Nearing the End of the Season

 With only one week to go in the regular season, our teams are continuing to impress with their skill, dedication and determination.  Each and every team has continued to put on incredible shows that have kept our fans on the edge of their seats.  Here’s what happened this week:

 The 6 Year Olds:

The Syosset 6 year old Peanut team regained their winning ways knocking off Franklin Square this past week. The boys played under the lights Friday night in Franklin Square. The team had a decisive win outscoring their opponents 21-7.  The scoring opened with a long 60 yd. touchdown run by Tyson Brown. Brown broke through the line and was able to shake many would be tacklers. He finally broke past the secondary for the long run. The team's second drive was capped off by an incredible plunge into the end zone. Ryan Lichtenstien carried the ball from three yards out. He bobbed and weaved through the defensive line and linebackers to find himself one yard short of the end zone. He was left with only one solution for success which was to dive over the defensive player and into the end zone for the touchdown.  The team's third score was another long run by Owen Bunshaft. Bunshaft found himself trapped by several players. After making a miraculous cutback causing the defensive backs to crash into one another, Bunshaft sprinted down the field for the team's third score. Bunshaft also led the team on the defensive side of the ball with 8 solo tackles in only 16 plays. This was the young linebacker's best game of the season.

The entire team played very well. The team's next game is against Hempstead A. The boys plan on putting up a fight and look forward to a huge upset. Way to go boys!

The 7 Year Olds:

The 7 year old team traveled to Inwood, against a tough 5-1 team. Our boys played very well in the first half.  John Harris had so many great hard fought runs. The offensive line of Chris Harris, Dylan Trapani, Sam Jaffe, Mickey Ackerman, Jonathan Morales, Raj Shah and Manuuv Allu did a good job of allowing our quarterback, Jack Fine to run our offense. Johnny Maccerone had some great solo tackles on defense. In the end our boys ran out of gas, losing 19-7.  We'll get them next time. "Go Braves"

8 Year Olds

The 8 year old Braves defeated the Franklin Square Warriors 26-0 on Sunday.  Michael Mesbah led the way with 2 touchdowns.  On the first play from scrimmage Mesbah went 60 yards for a touchdown.  Nicky Carchietta ran in the extra point to make it 7-0.  Mesbah later added a 15 yard scoring run.  Richie Whigham added the extra point to make it 14-0.  With just seconds left in the first half Dylan Hein ran for a 50 yard score.  In the second half Aidan Adomiates ran for a 40 yard touchdown down the right sideline following a great block by Patrick Schnell.  Kian Ghazvini and Matt Majoy also ran the ball well for the Braves.  The offensive line led by Jacob Katz, Ryan Ditkoff, Andrew Giovinco, Matt Majoy, Jaden Newman, Harrison Okun, Daniel Shapiro and Ethan Hammer all played well.  The defense played outstanding led by linebackers Anthony Naccarato,and Stephen Fanelli.  Other defensive standouts were Ian Samide, Jason Yacavone, Skylar Chananya, Kevin Paek, Alex DeRiggi, Max Inoff and Max Matchton

The 9 Year Olds:

With a change in the calendar came a change in fortune for the 9 year old Syosset Braves as they won their first game of the year on Sunday November 1st, 6-0 over the Franklin Square Warriors.  The field conditions for the visiting Braves were less then optimal and they were missing 2 key defensive players in corner-backs, Dean Marx and Bobby Kidd.  With all that, the Braves played their best game of the year.

Offensively it took some time before the Braves and Quarterback Tyler Parlo got settled and started to take the game over.  The defense, on the other hand was terrific from the outset.  The interior line of Zachary Trakas, Jared Gootnick, Steven Zlotolow, Abhi Allu, Ethan Greenfield and Kalman Stieglitz completely controlled the line of scrimmage not allowing many, if any, positive yards through out the entire game.  The fantastic line play did not stop there as Daniel Ochs and Stephen Conte made so many tackles in the backfield it seemed as if they were in the Franklin Square huddle. Defensive ends Daniel Morales and Griffin Berke clamped down on the outside making any attempt to run outside completely futile.  Morales stuffed all runners that dared come his way and Berke showed that last week's strong performance was no fluke by making tackle after tackle and recovering a fumble.  With all that, the play that set the tone early and pumped the Braves up came from lineman Max Verch, who on a short fourth down play, darted through the offensive line and made the solo tackle in the backfield that stunned the offense.

Corner-backs Tyler Parlo and Tommy Rooney did their part by thwarting the passing game.  The Braves saw multiple wide-receiver sets the entire game and despite numerous passing attempts to the outside none were completed.  Tommy Rooney in particular made standout plays numerous times both defending the quick pass, the long pass and the play action.  Standout linebacker Andrew Harris roamed the entire field making numerous tackles and covering the slot receivers.  Towards the end of the game Harris consistently stonewalled the passing game with his tight coverage and sure handed tackling.

On offense it was simple, Belmonte and Speranza, then Speranza and Belmonte.  Christopher Belmonte as always softened up the belly of the defense with his between the tackle runs and punishing hits.  Those runs were instrumental in opening up the outside for Dominick Speranza. Speranza carried the ball constantly in the second half and did not disappoint.  Speranza's 60 yard touchdown run was his best of the year.  It was made possible by a crushing backfield block by Belmonte that sprung Speranza who ripped through tackle after tackle. Just when it seemed that he would be tackled out of bounds by a Warrior defender, Stephen Conte came out of nowhere to make an absolutely perfect down-field block that ensured the touchdown and a Braves win!!!!!

The 11 Year Olds:

The 11 year old Syosset Braves football squad continued their winning ways with an impressive 36-13 victory over a very hard hitting Long Beach football team. The Braves have now extended their record to a very impressive 6-1 with the season showdown against the undefeated Inwood team coming next week.

The Braves were once again dominant in their handling of Long Beach.  Touchdown scores by Donovan Condon (25 yd run), Michael Elardo (45 yd screen pass), Cameron Biegel (15 yd pass), Ryan Huie (8 yd run), Lucas Cotler (15 yd run) were set up by continue excellence of the offensive blocking squad:  Greg Balos, Colin Moran, Max Falk, Jamie Kessler, EJ Aronson, Devin Burdo).

The defense was once again staggering and stingy.  Evan Belmonte, Nick Roselli, Jesse Groppa keeping the interior core strong and solid.  Ryan Huie quietly patrolling the middle. 

Highlights of the day:  Ed Fox returned a LB kick off for 65 yds putting the Braves in excellent scoring position.  Tyler Futterman registered a key 4th qtr tackle. Colin Burdo, once again made the game ending tackle.

Next week, the Syosset Braves 11 yr. olds will face their greatest challenge in meeting with an Inwood team that is attempting to complete their season without a loss.  The game is scheduled at home @ 1:00 PM.  C’mon on down and cheer our boys on…

Seniors:

The big news from the Senior side this week comes from our cheerleaders. Our Competition Cheerleading team competed at the North Babylon Cheerleading Competition on Sunday and took 3rd place in both dance and cheer.  The team has won medals the past 2 years for 4th place finishes, but this was their best finish ever.  This was the first competition of the season for our girls and they nailed their routine.  The girls have worked hard all summer long, perfecting new stunts and working on their tumbling and cheer skills.  All of their hard work paid off.  The girls were able to bring home the first cheerleading trophy ever won by the Syosset Youth Cheerleaders.  Our competition cheer team members are: Sabrina Bergsten, Gina Cavasano, Laura Guerriero, Courtney Handel, Erin Handel, Jessica Hershman, Megan Leahy, Francesca Marchese, Nicole Marchese and Kelly Terjesen.  Well done girls!!  We are proud of you!!

WEEK 7 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

Another Weekend of Great Football Games for the Syosset Braves

The Braves had another weekend of great football.  Although our opponents were a tough match, everyone played their hardest.  All of our teams put in great efforts and kept the fans on the edge of their seats.  Here’s what happened:

The 6 Year Olds:

The Syosset Braves peanut team played a difficult opponent Sunday facing off against the Franklin Square “A” team. Though the boys were greatly outsized at all positions they showed a tremendous amount of heart and courage and played their best until the games last play. The teams lone touchdown was scored by quarterback Patrick Callahan on a long 60 yd run down the sideline. Other hard fought yardage was gained by Ryan Voight, Jesse Levitan, Nicholas Macchia, Tyler Joe and Robert Trapeo. On the defensive side of the ball the boys were led by tackling machine Owen Bunshaft with 6 solo tackles. Strong defensive plays were also made by Ryan Lichtenstien, Luke Citron, Brandon Gilbert and Tyson Brown. Even though the boys found themselves down on the scoreboard they amazed the crowd with an incredible goal line stand led by tackles from Brown, Citron and Lichtenstein. The team is traveling back to Franklin Square next week to play the town's “B” squad with their eyes on a better outcome. The boys showed incredible pride and resolve never giving up!

The 7 Year Olds:

For their sixth game of the season, the 7 year old Braves played at home against a two year undefeated Hempstead team.  The Braves put up a fight and gave a great effort against the Warriors.  Mention must be made for Sam Jaffe # 41, who supplied  great shut down defense and #13 John Harris for his never give up attitude, determination and dedication to the game.  Hempstead thought they were going to come into our home and beat us badly, but the Braves put a scare in them.  After putting up a tough fight in an exciting game, the Braves ultimately lost  7-0 on one broken tackle play.     

The 8 Year Olds:

The 8 year old Braves lost a tough game on Sunday to Hempstead 20-7.  Hempstead struck first and the Braves were down 7-0.  However, the Braves responded nicely with Ryan Lebson, Richie Whigham and Michael Mesbah all gaining good yardage on nice runs.  On a third and short from the Hempstead 30, Jack Rooney turned a quarterback sneak into a touchdown running through several would be tacklers on his way to the endzone.  Jack also took in the extra point to tie the game at 7.  Hempstead rallied for two more scores despite the efforts of the defense.  Stephen Fanelli, Anthony Naccarato, Ian Samide, Max Inoff, Jaden Newman, Nicky Carchietta, Kevin Paek, Skylar Chananya, Dylan Hein, Kian Ghazvini, Max Matchton, and Aidan Adomiates all played well defensively.  The offensive line of Matt Majoy, Jacob Katz, Ryan Ditkoff, Andrew Giovinco, Joseph Cawley, Alex DeRiggi, Patrick Schnell, Ethan Hammer, Daniel Shapiro and Harrison Okun played hard all day.  The Braves travel to Franklin Square next week and try to get back on track.

The 9 Year Olds:

The Thunder of Garden City defeated the Syosset Braves 18-6 on Sunday at Syosset-Woodbury Park. The game was scoreless until the final minutes of the 2nd quarter as the Braves controlled the ball most of the first half.  Quarterback Tyler Parlo lead the longest drives of year and scored the Braves lone touchdown with a strong 15 yard run through the teeth of the Thunder defense.  That run was made possible by the strong running of Dominick Speranza.  Speranza was focal point of the Braves rushing attack and with Garden City trying to contain him, Parlo, Chris Belmonte and Griffin Berke found plenty of room to run.  Belmonte made the most of his carries with hard yards between tackles and Griffin Berke ripped off one of the longest runs we've seen all year with a 40 yard run that pumped up the home crowd.  The offensive line of Daniel Morales, Andrew Harris, Ethan Greenfield, Max Verch, Jared Gootnick, Stephen Conte, Kalman Stieglitz, Zachary Trakas were responsible for the Braves having their longest time of possession of the year.  They also gave Quarterback Daniel Morales time throw the ball as he connected with his favorite target wide receiver Dean Marx who hauled in a Morales bullet and made several defenders miss before being taken down.  Safety Bobby Kidd continued his strong play and defensive linemen Steven Zlotolow and Abhi Allu showed exceptional toughness throughout the entire game.

The 10 Year Olds:
The Syosset Braves ten year old team had a very exciting game at Baldwin this past weekend. The tenacious Braves drove the ball early in the game led by powerful runs from Brian Weigold, Dominic Doria, Will Reed and Jack Lukavic. They drove to the Bombers 5 yard line but a few miscues stopped them from getting into the end zone. They were able to move the ball because of the blocking by Ross Platz, Lucas Gondolfo, Mike Levy, Maxx Fine, and Brian Doria. The game remained close until the Baldwin Bombers broke a long touchdown up the middle late in the game. The Braves showed some real talent throughout the day with hard core football hits on both sides of the ball.

The 11 year olds:

The 11 year old Syosset Braves football squad continued their winning ways with an impressive 20-0 victory over a very hard hitting Hempstead Tiger team. The Braves were led to victory by Michael Elardo’s 2 touchdowns and Donovan Condon’s running touchdowns….

Of notables, the Syosset Brave offensive line (Devin Burdo, EJ Aronson, Jamie Kessler, Max Falk, Colin Moran) were exceptional at shutting down an onslaught of blitzing Tigers.  Cameron Biegel snagged a beautiful Ryan Kelly 25 yard pass.  EJ (Stonewall) Aronson was stellar at shutting down the outside.  Jaime Kessler, playing OLB for first time, stepped in and gave the team a season veteran performance.  Ryan Huie delivered powerful hits on both sides of the ball.  Colin Burdo and Christian Leicht also joined in the win by securing key fourth quarter tackles…  The defensive line (D. Burdo, Evan Belmonte, Nick Roselli, Jesse Groppa) once again sealed the inside routes and held the Tigers to four first downs all day.

The Syosset 11 yr olds have extended their winning record to an impressive 5-1 and look forward to hosting Long Beach next Sunday at home…

The Seniors:

Thrilling games have become the norm for Syosset's Senior team.
Unfortunately, the Braves came up short this past Sunday, losing to the Hempstead Tigers by a score of 34 to 27. Quarterback Sean Cerrone had another terrific game throwing four more touchdown passes. Three of Cerrone's scores were to Wide Receiver Gregory Galligan. Cerrone added a fourth touchdown pass to tight end Ian Greene. RB/S Jack Gilbert had an excellent game for the Braves -- Gilbert recovered two fumbles and caught a point-after-touchdown pass from Cerrone. The Braves next game is at home, Sunday at 3:00 against Copaigue.

WEEK 6 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

Homecoming Weekend for the Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League

The weekend started out early Saturday morning with practice walk throughs for several of our teams at the high school, so we would be ready to put meet our competitors at our First Annual Homecoming Celebration the next day.  Meanwhile, our upper level cheerleaders attended a cheerleading clinic Saturday morning at Kellenberg Memorial High School.  The girls learned some new stunts which they were able to put to good use that evening as the attended the Town of Oyster Bay Cheer-Jam.  Members of the Senior cheer team and the 11 Year Old cheer team joined forces to perform in the exhibition portion of the jamboree.  Our cheerleaders, Sabrina Bergsten, Laura Guerriero, Courtney Handel, Erin Handel, Jessica Herschman, Megan Leahy, Laurel Mallardi, Francesca Marchese, Nicole Marchese, Cristina Roselli and Kelly Terjesen put on a great show.

Sunday morning brought the Nor-easter which the weather reports said was coming, but that didn’t deter the Braves.  Thanks to our Commissioner Tommy Nocella and the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department, the town band shell was maneuvered onto the field.  The field was decorated by our team moms under the direction of Tina Mourelatis and Nina Terjesen; the DJ, courtesy of Upbeat Entertainment, came ready to party and so did the Braves.  Running commentary for each game was provided by our own Coach Jay Morales, as well as members of the Syosset Varsity Football Team including Thomas Nocella, Doug Tesoriero and Guy Micchia.  Thanks guys – you did an outstanding job!

We had the pleasure of hearing the National Anthem being sung at each game by students from the I School of Music: Courtney Scanapico sang for us at the 9 am and 11 am games; Claire Sweeney sang for us at the 12:30 game; Julia Nadjian sang for us at the 2pm game and Michael Kinzelberg sang for us at the 3:30 game.  All of the singers did an outstanding job.  Thank you I School of Music and your talented students.   We also had the pleasure of having our very own Braves mascot Michael Castrogiovanni on the sidelines to cheer our teams on, dance with the cheerleaders and entertain the crowd.  Great job, Michael! 

Our concession stand was open and in full swing thanks to Chris Hein, Anthony Nocella and Doreen Nocella, selling hot chocolate and hot coffee by the bucket as well as our newly designed team sweatshirts.  The concession stand helped to keep lots of our fans warm on such a cold and rainy day.

Now, here’s what happened at the games;

The 6 year Olds:

The Syosset Braves peanut team braved the weather and played a tough game against Hempstead this past Sunday. The boys braved the elements playing in 40 degree temperatures accompanied by heavy rain. All the boys showed grit and determination coming up just short on the scoreboard 14-7. The team's lone TD was scored by Tyson Brown. Tough yardage was gained on the ground by Owen Bunshaft, Ryan Lichtenstein, Nicholas Macchia, Robert Trapeo, Tyler Joe and Jesse Levitan. The team's always consistent quarterback Patrick Callahan fought off numbness in his hands and distributed balls to his teammates. The defense was strong only allowing two mistakes resulting in long touchdown runs for Hempstead. The defense was lead by Brandon Gilbert and Ryan Voight making huge tackles when the team needed them most. The team's overall effort having played a difficult team under extremely poor conditions brought out the best in the boys. They came together as a unit and exemplified teamwork. Way to go boys you made Syosset proud!

 The 7 Year Olds:

It was a freezing cold, windy, wet morning, but that did not stop the 7 year old Braves from heating up the field and lighting up the faces of the fans on the sidelines.   They played the first game of the day in the least opportune of weather conditions...their opponent, Garden City.   The game started out strong with a great run by #13 John Harris, which resulted in the first touchdown.  Shortly after that there was another great run and a second touchdown was scored by that same magic number 13, John Harris.   The rain picked up and the wind blew stronger but that didn’t stop #29 Kent Sato.  With a great run he was able to score the Braves their third touchdown of the game.  Jonathon "soda machine" Morales, #59,  supplied outstanding  plays on defense  while the offensive line composed of  # 37 Matthew Vogel, #36 Manuuv Allu, #41 Sam Jaffe, #52, Michael Ackerman, #6 Dylan Trapani, #57 Derek Hammer and #3 Chris Harris provided the superior blocking which allowed the team to dominate the game.   The young players were frozen and soaked to the bone, but there was fire in their hearts and they left it all out on the field that day.  They won their battle against Garden City - final score 18-6. 

The 8 Year Olds:

The 8 year old Braves won a hard fought battle against Bellmore 20 - 7.  Playing in really tough cold and wet conditions, the young Braves stayed strong all day.  Michael Mesbah got the Braves going scoring on a 10 yard touchdown run, following a crushing block by Ryan Lebson.  The defense of the Braves then held Bellmore to a 3 and out and the Braves got their offense going again.  Richie Whigham had a number of nice runs, before Jack Rooney turned a Quarterback sneak into a 30 yard touchdown run.  Rooney then ran in the extra point to give the Braves a 13-0 lead.  The offensive line of Joe Cawley, Andrew Giovinco, Matt Majoy, Jacob Katz, Ryan Ditkoff, Aiden Adomiates, Nicky Carchietta, Daniel Shapiro, Harrison Okun, Alex DeRiggi and Nico DiGuardia did an awesome job opening up holes all day.  After halftime the defense kept up its dominance.  The defensive line of Stephen Fanelli, Ethan Hammer, Anthony Naccarato, Jaden Newman, Max Inoff, Jason Yacavone, and Max Matchon did a great job of not giving any ground to Bellmore.  The linebackers, Richie Whigham, Ryan Lebson, Kevin Paek, Patrick Schnell made numerous tackles.  The defensive secondary of Dylan Hein, Skylar Chananya, Kian Ghazvini, and Michael Mesbah all did a great job of coming up and making tackles.  The Braves finished out their scoring on a long touchdown run by Jack Rooney following beautiful blocks by Ryan Lebson, Richie Whigham, and Michael Mesbah to go up 20-0.  Special thanks to our cheer team for coming out in the cold: Coach Laurie Bocca, Coach Angela Bocca, Nikki Fanelli, Brooke Krugman and Cassidy Ditkoff.  You girls were wonderful!  The 8 year old Braves are home, at Syosset-Woodbury Park, next week (10/25) @ 12:30 come out and cheer on the Braves!

 The 9 Year Olds:

Before the start of the 9 year old game, we had the pleasure of welcoming Supervisor John Venditto, and Council Members Chris Coshigano, Rose Walker and Joe Pinto as well as Rebecca Alescia, Legislator candidate.  Commissioner Nocella presented Supervisor Venditto and Councilman Coschigano with appreciation plaques for their hard work and commitment to youth sports.

Playing in the toughest conditions of the year on Sunday afternoon the 9 year old Braves lost a hard fought back and forth game 20-6 to the Cardinals of Elmont.  Dominick Speranza scored the Braves first touchdown of the year with some of the most punishing runs to date.  He seemed to get stronger as the game wore on and helped the Braves control the ball for most of the second half. Christopher Belmonte was given the task of picking up the hard yards between the tackles and did so consistently.  The offensive line clearly played their best game of the year.  Led by center Ethan Greenfield, guards Andrew Harris, Daniel Ochs, and tackles Kalman Stieglitz and Daniel Morales controlled the line of scrimmage against the defensive front of Elmont.  Quarterback Tyler Parlo had without a doubt the biggest play of the year with a fourth down 15 yard jaunt to keep what turned out to be the Braves scoring drive alive.

The Braves defense played extremely well but unfortunately fell prey to the big play.  Middle linebacker Andrew Harris made several touchdown saving plays throughout the afternoon.  Cornerbacks Dean Marx and Bobby Kidd were tested on the outside and did not disappoint with Kidd making a touchdown saving tackle.  Linebackers Speranza and Belmonte were constantly creating havoc in the Cardinal backfield.  The defensive line worked the hardest they have all year with Daniel Morales and Stephen Conte leading the way.  Defensive tackles Zach Trakas, Jared Gootnick, Steven Zlotolow and Max Verch made life difficult for the Elmont running game.  Defensive ends Daniel Ochs and Griffin Berke should be singled out for some of the best open field tackles the Braves made all year, with Berke making back to back stops to end the first half and keep his team within striking distance of the Cardinals.  Our 9 year old cheer team also dazzled on the field, with their sideline cheers and incredible halftime show.  Our cheerleaders were led by Coaches Judi Cyran and Kim Twohig.  The cheerleaders dancing and cheering at this game were Emily Cyran, Nicole Milana, Betsey Stephenson and Samantha Twohig. 

The 10 year Olds:

The Syosset 10 yr. old Braves had a great game this weekend. They came out on the losing end of a 14-124 game. Great running plays were turned in by Will Reed, Brian Weigold and Dominic Doria. The defense held tough and was anchored by Lucas Gondolfo, Brendan Condon, Ross Platz and Jason Yablons. They were able to move the ball all day with blocking up front by Brian Doria, Michael Levy and Ross Platz. The game was played in some very cold temperatures. The Braves gave it their best effort of the year. The small but fierce team played through adversity and came oh so close to a win.   The cheerleaders of course were on hand to show their support and perform a half time dance to entertain the fans.  The cheerleaders dancing to Hannah Montana included Mackenzie Wagner, Kristen LaBianca, Jessica Competrello, Hannah Goldberg, Natalie Fernandez, Marissa Voight and Victoria Graceffa under the direction of their coaches Christine Wagner and Susan LaBianca. 

The 11 Year Olds:        

Another notch in the belt for the 11 yr old Syosset Brave team as they defended the home turf (28 – 0) against a hungry and aggressive Baldwin team.

Quarterback Ryan Kelly continued his leadership ways guiding the team to a four touchdown day, 35 yd run by Ben Wachtel, six yard goal line smash by Ryan Huie, 22 yd pass to Ben Wachtel and 25 yd pass to Cameron Biegel…  Debuting as fullback, rookie Matt “Tokyo” Benus pounded the ball forward as half back Alex Giovinco danced and carved his way through the front line.  Golden foot Lucas Cotler was solid kicking two extra points and also had adding an interception to his accomplishments. 

The Syosset defense interior line brought their A+ plus game.  Def ends/Cornerbacks: EJ Aronson, Donovan Condon, Greg Balos and Michael Elardo shut down the outside game, interior line man Max Falk, Evan Belmonte, Devin Burdo, Colin Burdo, Colin Moran, Nick Roselli, Jesse Gropper, Jaime Kessler, Tyler Futterman, Christian Leicht were crushing in the blocking zone. 

The 11 yr olds truly had a remarkable game and certainly made their town proud.  Next week, the 11 yr olds are off to Hempstead where they try to improve their record to 5-1 or “One for the Thumb”… 

The Seniors:

On a cold, windy and wet Sunday afternoon, the Syosset Senior team played another nail-biter of a football game. Taking on the West Babylon Eagles in West Babylon, the Braves struck first on a touchdown pass from quarterback Sean Cerrone to tight end Ian Greene. However, the Braves'
lead was short-lived as the Eagles stormed back with two consecutive touchdowns.

The Braves offensive machine added three more touchdowns on the day with Sean Cerrone running in two touchdowns. The Braves fourth touchdown came in dramatic fashion: Trailing 27 to 20 with 56 seconds left in the game, the Braves took over at their own 40 yard line. Cerrone lead the Braves down the field, finally hitting Connor Byrne for a touchdown reception with a few seconds left in the game to cut the Eagles' lead to 27 to 26. After a hard-fought game in bone-chilling cold, the Braves' coaches decided to go for the win. In the NSFL (the league in which the Seniors play), a point-after-touchdown kick is worth two points, so the Braves decided to attempt a kick. Unfortunately, the kick was blocked by West Babylon and the Eagles held on for the 27 to 26 win.

Many of the Braves contributed in this exciting football game. As usual, the Braves offensive line of Alec Yacavone, Matt Kahl, Michael Verdello, Nick Balos, Jack Randazzo, Nick Nicolia and Justin Weigold played a terrific game. On defense, Michael Panvini, Jonah Dimaggio, Anthony
Marchese, Kevin Carbone, Jack Gilbert and Patrick O'Neill all chipped in with important tackles.

The Senior team would like to thank their cheerleaders, Francesca Marchese, Kelly Terjesen, Sabrina Bergsten, Nicole Marchese, Megan Leahy, Brielle Napoli and Laura Guerriero for braving the cold and enthusiastically cheering throughout the game (and providing a great halftime performance!!). 

Back at the turf field, after their own game was over, the Senior cheerleaders showed up to cheered at the 11 year old game, as these cheerleaders just can’t get enough.  Way to go girls – we love your spirit!

Finally, we’d like to offer a big thank you Ray McCauley from myphotopix.com for taking photos throughout the day.  Photos from the day can be purchased at myphotopix.com – it’s definitely worth a look.   Last but definitely not least -  a huge thank you to Bob McGeever (Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of Parks) and his staff for all of their help and support in getting the park open and assisting in so many ways ( the plywood saved the day) to help make this event a big success for our kids.  It was a great day for all, and next year promises to be bigger and better than ever.  Go Braves!!

 

WEEK 5 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

The Braves Hit the Road but return Next Week for our First Annual Homecoming Celebration

On Sunday, the weather was sunny and crisp and all of our teams were playing away games.  We had some amazing plays in all of our games – plays so great, that you can’t make this stuff up.  Here’s what happened.

The 7 year Olds:

For their fourth game of the season the 7 year old Braves hit the road and traveled to take on the Mineola Chiefs at Hampton Field.  It was beautiful Sunday afternoon and the game began just the same.  The first play of the game was a 60 yard touchdown made by #13 John Harris, followed by the extra point.  Shortly after that  #29 Kent Sato had an outstanding run which resulted in a second touch down.   #41 Sam Jaffes first run in a game was a great success.   Knocking down his opponents to reach the end zone, he was able to get the Braves the extra point.   Outstanding efforts were put out by all both offensively and defensively.   Ari Chananya #5 had a great run up the field as well as our own #10 Victor Di Re with a 7 yard run.   #12 Joe Doria,  #6 Dylan Trapani and #3 Chris Harris also had nice runs.  #52 Mikey Ackerman, #36 Manuuv Allu,  #7 Jack Fine, #57 Derek Hammer, #25 Johnny Maccarone,  #59 Jonathan Morales, #9 James Rampi, #73 Raj Shah, and #37 Matthew Vogel all contributed to a great game resulting in a 14 - 0 win against the Mineola Chiefs. 

The 8 year olds:

The 8 year old Braves lost a heart breaker on Sunday night to Inwood 7-6.   Playing under the lights, the Braves came out rolling.  After good runs by Richie Whigham and Patrick Schnell, Michael Mesbah went 40 yards on a great run for a touchdown.  Unfortunately the extra point was fumbled and that proved to be costly.  Inwood only had a one drive against the strong Braves defense which resulted in a touchdown.  The Braves defense was led by Jack Rooney, Richie Whigham, Ryan Lebson, Stephen Fanelli, Adian Adomiates, Nicky Carchietta, Kevin Paek, Michael Mesbah, Skylar Chananya, Kian Ghazvini, Jason Yacavone, Ian Samide, Anthony Nacarato, and Alex DeRiggi.  The offensive line played great all day, led by Jacob Katz, Ryan Ditkoff, Andrew Giovinco, Matt Majoy, Joseph Cawley, Ethan Hammer, Harrison Okun, Jaden Newman, Max Inoff, and Daniel Shapiro.  The 8 year old Braves play Bellmore on Sunday at 11am as part of the Homecoming celebration.  Please come out and cheer on the Braves!

The 9 Year Olds:

The 9 year old Syosset Braves traveled to face the undefeated Uniondale Knights a bit short handed without 2 starters Daniel Ochs & Max Verch and key substitute Dean Marx and dropped a very physical 20-0 decision.

The defensive line lead by Stephen Conte and Daniel Morales along with Ethan Greenfield, Jared Gootnick, Steven Zlotolow fought the entire game against the big offensive line of Uniondale. Without much substitution they were in the offensive backfield throughout the day.  Defensive ends Tommy Rooney and Griffin Berke were solid in forcing the strong running game to earn every yard. They also provided tight pass coverage against the speedy receiving corps of Uniondale.

Tyler Parlo and Andrew Harris were first time starters at middle linebacker and met the strong Uniondale running attack head on, making tackles all over the field.  Each of them made some of the most physical hits the Braves have seen all year.   Outside linebackers Dominick Speranza and Christopher Belmonte were constantly tested and were taking on every rusher constantly forcing the running game to change direction.

The defensive backfield of Bobby Kidd, Kalman Stieglitz and Abhi Allu roamed sideline to sideline making open field tackles and covering the multiple wide-receiver sets employed by the Knights.

The offensive line led by first time starter Zach Trakas were able to open some big holes for running backs Speranza, Belmonte and Berke who took it to the huge defensive line and linebackers of Uniondale.

The Braves are looking forward to the Homecoming festivities next Sunday

The 10 Year Olds:
The Braves ran into a tough Mineola squad this weekend. They fought hard and but were unable to put points on the board. They came up short on a 27-0 loss. Great defensive plays were made by Sam Goldberg, Kevin Lee, Maxx Fine, Nick Fernandez, Patrick Jong and Brendan Condon. It was a long afternoon but they hung in there until last snap. They were able to move the ball on offense but couldn't punch one in. Come on out and catch there next game this Sunday at home at Syosset Woodbury Park against Elmont.

The 11 Year Olds:

The 11 year old Syosset Braves football squad continued their winning ways with an impressive 28-6 victory over Bellmore. The Braves were led to victory by Donovon Condon's 2 touchdowns and Benny Wachtel's single score. A strong effort was given by the entire offensive line, Greg Balos, Devin Burdo, E.J. Aronson, Jamie Kessler, Maxx Falk, Colin Moran and Condon, and a defense that 'stalled' Bellmore for the entire game. It was a total team effort, though additional standout performances were given by quarterback Ryan Kelly with a touchdown pass, middle linebacker Ryan Huie with many 'crushing' tackles and defensive back Cameron Biegel with the first interception of the year. The 11 year old Braves return home next Sunday facing Baldwin, 3:30 at Syosset/Woodbury Park. Please come and give the team your support!!!!!!

The Seniors:

The Syosset Senior team pounded the East Meadow rams in a 25-6 victory.  The Braves dominated all three phases of the game to run their record to 4 and 1.

The game opened with the Braves perfectly executing an onside kick, recovering the ball on the Rams 40 yard line.  Two plays later Sean Cerrone hooked up with a wide open Gregory Galligan for the Braves first touchdown of the day.

The Braves defense then took over and forced the Rams to punt: the special teams got into the scoring action when Sean Cerrone returned the rams punt 60 yards for the Braves second touchdown.

At the beginning of the second quarter, the Braves defense then got on the scoreboard when Safety Jack Gilbert scooped up an East Meadow fumble and returned it 35 yards for the Braves third touchdown.

Running back Connor Byrne added another touchdown on a well executed option play.  Justin Weigold scored on the PAT on a well placed pass from Cerrone.

The Braves’ 25 to 6 victory saw outstanding play from many of the team’s defenders.  Linebackers Kevin Carbone, Nick Balos, Anthony Vassallo and Anthony Marchese made big hit after big hit throughout the game.  The Braves defensive line – Jonah Dimaggio, Alec Yacavone, Matt Kahl, Nick Nicolia, Jack Randazzo, Michael Panvini, Robert Jenis and Michael Verdello – applied relentless pressure in the rams’ backfield.  Defensive back Braden Straub had his best game of the season: Straub came in for a huge hit on a Rams back and covered rams receivers like a glove throughout the day.  Andrew Cali and Michael Vassallo also contributed to the Braves’ defensive effort.

 Don’t forget to join us this coming Sunday, October 18th for our First Annual Homecoming Celebration at the turf field in Syosset Woodbury Park.  The celebration will be going on all day, starting at 9 am.  We have 5 home games this week, so you’ll get to see lots of great football and some pretty amazing cheerleaders.  We’ll have singers from the I School of Music, singing the national Anthem, DJ and game commentary, courtesy of Upbeat Entertainment, food, bouncies for the kids and lots more.  Everyone is welcome, so bring your families and friends and help us to celebrate!!

 

WEEK 4 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

 

The Braves Give It Their All in the Hot Sun

On Sunday, October 4, in the sun and heat, our teams once again, came out and played outstanding football.  Each team gave a thrilling performance and the fans couldn’t get enough.  Here’s what happened:

The 6 year olds:

The Syosset 5 and 6yr old team played two games this past week. The first game was against a tough opponent. The boys faced off against Island Trees. The game was a back and forth battle. The Syosset boys came out on top with a victory 28-14. The offense was again led by stellar play from quarterback Patrick Callahan. Touchdowns were scored by Tyson Brown, Owen Bunshaft, Luke Citron and Ryan Lichtenstein.
The defense was swarming only allowing two mistakes. Robert Trapeo, Jason Pacelli, Ryan Voight and John Cuoco were all in on tackles helping the team to secure a victory. Great job boys!

The week’s second game was against an even tougher opponent, Hicksville. The boys fought hard only to come up short 14-7. The team’s only touchdown was scored by Tyson Brown. Hard yardage was earned by Owen Bunshaft and Luke Citron. However, the offense on a whole had a very difficult time moving the ball.
On the defensive side the first two plays for Hicksville resulted in touchdowns. The Syosset boys then settled down and did not allow another score. The boys played well on defense led by Nicky and Saleem Sayage, Brandon Gilbert and Joe Davis.
It was a very positive week for the team. The boys played extremely well with tougher opponents to come.

The 7 year olds:

The 7 year old Syosset team traveled to battle the Franklin Square Warriors for their third game of the season, and what a game it was.   They were lead out onto the field by their team captains Joseph Doria Jr., Derek Hammer and Chris Harris. Players Mikey Ackerman, Manuuv Allu, Ari Chananya, Victor Di Re, Joe Doria, Jack Fine, Cameron Halligan, Chris Harris, John Harris, Derek Hammer, Sam Jaffe, Johnny Maccarone,  Jonathon Morales, Johnnie Rebuth, Kent Sato,  Raj Shah and Dylan Trapani all put out an outstanding effort both offensively and defensively.   Late in the fourth quarter of the game with a 0 -0 score, John Harris had an unbelievable run which resulted in the only touchdown of the  entire game, but it was unfortunately  counted not valid due to a penalty.    Final score was a 0-0 tie.

 The 8 year olds:

The 8 year old Braves played a tough game against the Massapequa Mustangs on Sunday that ended in a 6-6 tie.  Massapequa scored first on a 14 play drive. After that the defense of Adian Adomiates, Nicky Carchietta, Ryan Lebson, Stephen Fanelli, Ian Samide, Alex DeRiggi, Anthony Naccarato, Jack Rooney, Richie Whigham, Kevin Paek, Michael Mesbah, Dylan Hein, Skylar Chananya, Patrick Schnell, Jason Yacavone, Max Matchon, Nico DiGuardia, and Kian Ghazvani, shut down the Mustangs for the rest of the game.  The Braves answered with a long touchdown run of 60 yards by Jack Rooney following a great block by Michael Mesbah.  The offensive line of Ryan Ditkoff, Matt Majoy, Joseph Cawley, Andrew Giovinco, Jacob Katz, Harrison Okun, Ethan Hammer, Daniel Shapiro, Max Inoff and Jaden Newman battled all day against a tough group from Masssapequa.  Michael Mesbah, Patrick Schnell, and Richie Whigham also ran the ball hard all day.

The 9 year olds:                                                                                 

The 9 year old Syosset Braves dropped their first game on the road to the Inwood Buccaneers 19-0.  The game was extremely physical and was scoreless until the closing minutes of the 1st half.  The defense led by linemen Griffen Berke, Steven Conte, Andrew Harris, Daniel Morales, Daniel Ochs, Steven Zlotolow, Jared Gootnick and Zach Trakas stood strong against the big offense line of Inwood.  Griffen Burke and Jared Gootnick recovered two fumbles and Andrew Harris got the Braves second interception of the year.

The linebacking core of Dominick Speranza, Tyler Parlo, Christopher Belmonte and Tommy Rooney were extremely active and were instrumental in keeping the Inwood running in check most of the game.  The defensive backfield of Kalman Stieglitz, Max Verch, Bobby Kidd, Abi Allu and Dean Marx were constantly tested in the air and, despite one big play, were able to handle the speedy Inwood receivers. 

 The 10 year olds:

The Syosset Braves 10 year old team took on a hard nosed east Rockaway team.  The Braves were able to move the ball most of the day but couldn’t find the end zone. Will Reed stepped up and made a couple of great catches in the game. Again hard running was turned in by Dominick Doria and jack Lukavic. The defense played well throughout the game. Big tackles were turned in by Brendan Condon, Max Fine, Nick Fernandez and Kevin Lee. They were tested on defense and only gave up one score. The final score for the Raiders was on a fake punt. The Braves hung tough but ended on a 16-0 final score.

The 11 year olds:

The Syosset 11 year old Braves added another win to their record against the hard hitting Uniondale boys.  When the final whistle blew and the dust settled on the hot Uniondale field, Syosset was the 28-13 victor….

Ryan Kelly had his first start as quarterback and was superb in his debut in his leadership of the Syosset offense adding four running touchdowns to their credits.

Christian Leicht, Cameron Biegel, Alex Giovinco, Matthew Benus, Greg Balos and Colin Burdo were major contributors to game with strong and tough plays on both sides of the ball.

The Seniors:

This past Sunday, the Syosset Senior Division game saw an offensive
explosion from the Braves. In a 42 to 24 win over the Elmont Cardinals,
the Braves got touchdowns from Connor Byrne (two touchdowns), Gregory
Galligan (two touchdowns), Sean Cerrone and running back Jack Gilbert.

The Braves' offensive line continues to impress. Nick Balos, Michael
Verdello, Matt Kahl, Jack Randazzo, Alec Yacavone, Michael Panvini and
Nick Nicolia opened huge holes for the Braves running game and provided
quarterbacks Cerrone and Kevin Carbone plenty of time to make key
throws. Tight End Justin Weigold threw several key blocks to spring
Syosset runners.

On defense, Jonah Dimaggio, Michael Vassallo and Ian Greene made big
plays for the Braves.

By trouncing Elmont, the Senior team moved its record to 3 and 1. Next
up: the East Meadow Rams on October 11th.

On October 18th, join us at the turf fielding Syosset Woodbury Park for our first annual Homecoming celebration.  Games start at 9 am and continue throughout the day.  We’ll have music, a barbeque, bouncies for the kids and lots more.  A fun day is guaranteed for all.  Mark your calendars.

WEEK 3 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune)

Wet Weather Doesn’t Slow the Braves Down

It was a rainy day, but the Braves didn’t let that dampen their spirits.  We had some serious competition again this week, but we played well across the board.  The 6 year old team will be playing on Wednesday this week, and will be reported on next week.  Here’s how everyone else did:

7 Year Olds:

For their second game of the season the Syosset Braves 7 year old team played an exciting game vs. Bellmore, home at the turf field.  The cold, wet rain seemed to not affect the players on that early Sunday morning.  An outstanding effort was put out by all despite the uncooperative weather conditions.  All the players worked hard and gave their best effort on both offense and defense.  Special mention must be made for #29 Kent Sato with two great runs both resulting in a touch down and for #59 Jonathan Morales for supplying some excellent tackling from the defensive tackle position.  The final outcome of the game resulted in a 12-12 tie

8 Year Olds:

 The 8 year old Braves played the perennial power house, Farmingdale Hawks, last Sunday and came away with a huge 18-7 win.  The Braves took their opening drive right down the field on great runs by Richie Whigham, Patrick Schnell and Michael Mesbah.  Jack Rooney then scored the first touchdown on a 30 yard run.  Farmingdale took the ball down the field but the Braves defense stiffened up and denied the score.  The defense was superb all day and was led by Ryan Lebson, Aiden Adomiates, Nicky Carchietta, Ian Samide, Anthony Naccaratto, Stephen Fanelli, Alex DeRiggi, Kevin Paek, Dylan Hein, Skylar Chananya, Nico DiGuardia, Max Matchton, and Jason Yacavone.  The Braves first drive of the second half again started with great running by Mesbah, Schnell and Whigham.  The drive was capped off by Jack Rooney's 40 yard touchdown run down the left sideline following beautiful blocks by Schnell and Nicky Carchietta.  After a great defensive stop, including a crushing hit by Richie Whigham, the Braves marched down the field for another score.  This time Michael Mesbah had successive long runs to set up the Braves inside the Hawks 5 yard line, before Whigham barreled in for the score.  The offensive line led by center Joseph Cawley, Matt Majoy, Andrew Gionvinco, Jacob Katz, Ryan Ditkoff, Ethan Hammer, Daniel Shapiro, Jaden Newman, Max Inoff, and Harrison Okun did a great job and deserve a lot of credit for the win.

 9 Year Olds:

The 9 year old Braves won on Sunday, however it was the Bellmore Braves that defeated Syosset's Braves 19-0 on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  The defense line consisting of Daniel Ochs, Griffin Burke, Jared Gootnick, Zachary Trakas, Tyler Parlo, Andrew Harris, Ethan Greenfield, Steven Zlotolow and Daniel Morales put up a valiant effort all day making Bellmore work hard for every yard.  Linebackers Thomas Rooney, Christopher Belmonte and Dominick Speranza played tough the entire game with linebacker Steven Conte flying to the ball and seemingly in on every tackle.  Safeties Max Verch and Abi Allu provided support and did their best by shedding blocks and taking on the ball carrier.  First year players Dean Marx and Bobby Kidd gave great effort by playing both ways as Safety/Tight End and being involved in a majority of the action.

10 Year Olds:

 The Syosset 10 yr old team took on the neighboring Hicksville Crusaders this past Sunday. The Braves were led by Jack Lukavic, Will Reed and Dominic Doria in the backfield. The offense was moving the ball most of the day. They ran against a stingy Hicksville defense in the second half and came up short in a hard fought 14-7 defeat. Brendan Condon and Patrick Jong played fantastic in the secondary. The Braves also had spirited running plays by Brian Weigold who ran with power up the middle and smashed defenders all day. The offensive line helped Will Reed score their sole touchdown. Lukas Gondolfo, Ross Platz, Brian Doria, Michael Levy, opened up holes all afternoon long. It was a hard fought loss for all the players and they gave everything they had.

The 11 Year Olds: 

The Syosset Braves 11 yr old team hosted their first home game against the very hard hitting Garden City Thunder football team.  The Syosset Braves made their town proud as they were able to secure a 20-0 victory over the previously yet to be defeated Thunder.

Syosset scored early on their first drive as Michael (“Lightning”) Elardo electrified the field with his quick moves up to middle for a 35 yr touchdown.  The Syosset defense was tough as always and GC could only eek out two first downs the entire day.  Quick thinking QB Eddie Fox on the line the audible set up a sweet 15 yard end pass to Ryan Kelly who was able to deliver the ball into the Red Zone where Ben Wachtel and the Viking Offense Line (Devon Burdo, Eric Aronson, James Kessler, Maxx Falk, Colin Moran) pounded the ball into the end zone.  Rookie Lucas Cotler sealed the deal with a 2 point conversion kick.

Once again the Syosset defensive line (Austin Georgakis, Evan Belmonte, Nicolas Roselli, Jesse Gropper) and LB Ryan Huie suppressed the thunder’s charges….Special acknowledgement to Donovan Condon who delivered his own thunder with aggressive blocking and tackling on both sides on the ball.  Syosset was able to put one more TD on the boards in the third quarter on a long breakaway run securing the victory for the Braves….

Seniors:

The Syosset Senior team traveled to Wantagh this past Sunday to take on the previously undefeated Warriors. The Braves team won a hard hitting, nail-biter of a game by a final score of 12 to 8.

Wantagh came into the game having scored 69 points in their first two games; however, the Braves defense took control from the outset. The Braves defensive backfield of Sean Cerrone, Jack Gilbert and Connor Byrne covered Wantagh's receivers relentlessly, with Cerrone and Byrne each picking up crucial interceptions. The Braves' linebackers, Ian Greene, Gregory Galligan and Kevin Carbone, stifled the Warriors' running game. The defensive line -- Patrick O'Neill, Michael Verdello, Alec Yacavone, Nick Balos, Matt Kahl, Jonah Dimaggio, Rob Jenis, Anthony
Marchese, Jack Randazzo, and Michael Panvini -- stuffed the Warriors at the line of scrimmage and placed tremendous pressure on Wantagh's quarterback.

Tight End Ian Greene and quarterback Sean Cerrone each scored touchdowns in the second half of the game to give the Braves a well earned victory. The Senior team's next game is at home on October 4th at 9:00 am.

 

WEEK 2 ARTICLE (as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune) 

SYOSSET YOUTH FOOTBALL SENIORS SCORE BIG THIS WEEK

 It was the second week of the season for the Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League and all of our teams had a bye this week, due to the holidays, except our Seniors.  This was the Seniors first home game this year and they did an amazing job. 

The Syosset Senior team scored a big 20 to 6 win over the Roosevelt Roughriders. Tight End Ian Greene caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Sean Cerrone. Cerrone also hooked up with Gregory Galligan for the Braves' third touchdown. Galligan kicked in the extra point for the Braves' additional two points.

For the second week in a row, the Braves' offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage. Nick Balos, Jack Randazzo, Michael Verdello, Alec Yacavone, Matt Kahl, Nick Nicolia and Justin Weigold paved the way for the Braves offense.

On defense, the Braves' secondary - Cerrone, Connor Byrne and Jack Gilbert - pounded the Roughriders' running game with one big hit after another. The secondary, with the help of DBs Braden Straub and Michael Vassallo also blanketed Roosevelt's receivers throughout the game. Patrick O'Neill also came through with a big game from his defensive end spot.

Finally, the Braves would like to thank their great cheerleaders, Gina Cavasano, Jessica Hershman, Samantha Acerra, Laura Guerriero, Juliette Lassig, Megan Leahy, Sabrina Bergsten, Nicole Marchese, Kelly Terjesen, Billie Green, Brielle Napoli, and Francesca Marchese, for their outstanding performance. The cheerleaders dressed the field in red, white and black streamers, balloons and signs before the game.  They performed an outstanding halftime dance, and cheered enthusiastically throughout the game. The cheerleaders' boisterous support helped the Braves win a crucial game.  

 

WEEK 1 ARTICLE ( as seen in the Syosset Jericho Tribune):

Season Openers for the Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League

The Syosset Youth Football and Cheerleading League had its season opening games this past weekend.  Although we made a strong showing, we were up against some pretty tough competition.  Here’s what happened:

The 6 year old team:

The 6year old team started year with a crushing victory. On the very first play of the season Owen Bunshaft made a 40 yard dash down the sideline for a touchdown. The next three plays resulted in long touchdown runs by Tyson Brown, Ryan Lichtenstein and Luke Citron. Later in the game touchdowns were also scored by Jesse Levitan, Joe Davis and Robert Trapeo. Although he did not score a touchdown the team's leading rusher was Tyler Joe who carried the ball several times. Throughout the game the team's offensive line was strong and held back the team from Floral Park. Patrick Callahan played flawlessly at quarterback distributing the ball to his teammates.  The boys were tough on defense as well, allowing only two scores on the day. The defense was lead by Tyson Brown, Owen Bunshaft, Ryan Lichtenstein, Luke Citron and Robert Trapeo all with solo tackles. The defensive line also played very well led by Brandon Gilbert and Nicholas Macchia.  The boys first game left fans looking forward to a great season. Great job boys!

7 year old team:

The 7 year old team hit the road and traveled to Baldwin for the seasons opening game.  They put out a great effort but ultimately lost to a tough Baldwin team.  Johnnie Rebuth had an interception,  A.J. Alexander was a tackling machine and Dylan Trapani had a fumble recovery.   Ari Chananya also had some really nice runs.  The final score was 14 – 0, Baldwin. 

The 7 year old cheerleading team, which ranges in age from 5 - 8, performed exceptionally well. We have a wonderfully creative team, each team member has been encouraged to come up with a new cheer and some fun moves and Sunday was no exception. Many of our cheerleaders created a number of new cheers and lead the team expertly. Despite the heat and the mud…we all had FUN!

 8 year old team:

The Syosset Braves 8 year old team lost a heartbreaking game to Garden City 6-0.  The Braves controlled the ball most of the game and limited Garden City to only a few first downs before Garden City was successful on a reverse that covered 40 yards for a touchdown.  On the ensuing drive long runs by Jack Rooney, Michael Mesbah and Patrick Schnell set up the Braves on the 1 yard line before a costly fumble cost the Braves a chance to tie.  Matt Majoy, Andrew Giovinco, Jacob Katz, Nicky Carchietta, Joseph Cawley, Ryan Ditkoff and Max Inoff played great on the offensive line all day.  Defensively the Braves were led by linebackers Richie Whigham and Jack Rooney, lineman Ryan Lebson, Aiden Adomiates, Stephen Fanelli, Anthony Naccarato, Ian Samide and the secondary of Dylan Hein, Kevin Paek, Patrick Schnell and Michael Mesbah.

The 9 year old team:

The 9 year old team lost a hard fought game 18-0 on Sunday to the Massapequa Mustangs. Despite being down early the Braves Defense held strong. Led by the sure tackling of linebackers Tommy Rooney and Steven Conte the Braves were unscored upon in the second half.

The offense, led by quarterbacks Daniel Morales and Tyler Parlo, was able to sustain some long second half drives that unfortunately bogged down.  The offense line led by center Ethan Greenfield, guards Andrew Harris and Max Verch opened the running lanes for Dominick Speranza. Speranza, following the lead blocking of Christopher Belmonte, ripped off some long runs that left the team looking forward to their game next week against Bellmore.

The 10 year old team:

 The 10 year old team traveled to Uniondale to play a powerhouse team in their division. The defense held up early led by veterans Kevin Lee, Ross Platz, Brian Doria, and Andrew Frankini on the front line. It was a hard fought first half but Uniondale ended strong with a 31-7 victory. The Braves Jack Lukavic made a fantastic interception to give the ball back to the Braves but we were stopped and forced to punt. Brendan Condan also had several great plays on defense to slow down the Uniondale attack.

The 11 year old team:

The 11 year old team traveled to Massapequa to do battle against the Mustangs.  It was a hard fought battle and ultimately the Braves came up short.  The team made lots of great plays but the game ended with the Mustangs scoring 22 to the Braves 14.

The Senior team:

The Senior team traveled to Brentwood to take on the defending
NSFL Champions, Brentwood. Brentwood sneaked by Syosset by a score of 34 to 27 in a thrilling football game. Quarterback Sean Cerrone hooked up with Gregory Galligan for three scoring passes. Cerrone added a long scoring run for the Braves' fourth touchdown. Connor Byrne had a fantastic game for the Braves: Byrne repeatedly knifed through the Brentwood defense on runs, after receptions and on kick returns.

The Braves' high octane offense was grounded on excellent offensive line play. Nick Balos, Jack Randazzo, Michael Verdello, Matt Kahl, Nick
Nicolia, Justin Weigold and Michael Panvini fought all day in the
trenches against a powerful Brentwood rush.

On defense, Jack Gilbert made numerous tackles from his safety spot and Kevin Carbone contributed with a key fumble recovery.

Next week, all teams have a bye week, except for the Seniors.  Stay tuned for more great football stories

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