Congratulations to the Cos Cob Crushers!
he Crushers won the GYFL Bantam Championship in a hard fought battle against a tough Generals team, led on both sides of the ball by Matisse Sostre, Philip Tarantino, Nate Collins and Phillip Simms. The Crushers scored first after Tarantino and Matthew Kolc stopped the Generals on fourth down at the Crusher 38 yard line. A few plays later Tarantino scored on a 36-yard run, blasting up the middle between blockers Dylan Carey, Nate Collins and Sostre. Simms got the 2-point conversion when he threw a perfect corner lay-up to Tarantino. Sostre got the next score on a 55-yard scorcher as Charlie Burchell, Oliver Wheelhouse, Cooper Auerswald and Dane Burnstine cleared the way. This time Simms went to James Orrico for the 2 pointer. The Crushers were able to seal the win, when Tarantino threw a perfect 16-yard pass to Sostre who then ran another 24 yards to the Generals 23 and then got the score 4 plays later. Jack Anton and Joseph Breheney also had several good runs to keep the ball in Crusher hands as Braden Wallace, Charlie Gray and William Walsh helped block. On defense Sostre led the team with 12 tackles, Tarantino had 6. Collins and Burchell also had a good day with Burchell causing a fumble and Collins recovering. Wheelhouse and Carey also made important defensive stops to hold the Generals at bay.
The Bantam Generals played their hardest but came up short against a talented Crushers team in the championship. Like they did all year, the team competed with grit and toughness, and an unwavering commitment to each other. Although they came up short in the final game, the 2019 Generals Bantam season was a success.
Playoff Round 2
The Bantam Generals are headed to the Championship game, thanks to a balanced offense that saw Kellen Aslansan run for 2 touchdowns, Owen Cunnion and Harry Collier for one each, and Cunnion and Will Tortorella scoring points after. The offense was supported by long runs from Spencer Smith, Winslow van Reesma, Indira Baig and Matthew McFarlane, and great blocking from Brett Schmidt, Ned Davis, and Luke Johnson. The defense continued its strong play, anchored by Gavin Stewart, Brenden Curley, Jake Leonard and Kam Boots, and supported by great line play from Bash Keyes and Nate Braddock.
After being down by two touchdowns, Zach Tuers answered quickly scoring the first of his two scores with a 50-yard run down the sideline to bring the Raiders to within a touchdown. Strong blocking by Carter Livingston and Tommy Lane led to both scores. BANC’s defense got stronger as the game continued as Tyler Hastings, Logan Bladimirsquy, Mikaih Hall-Jones and Sebastian Torres played well defensively for the Raiders in defeat.
The Crusher defense had a standout day, led by Charlie Burchell and Nate Collins who had a combined 20 tackles to keep a strong Gator offense in check. Dylan Carey and Philip Tarantino had six tackles each. Tarantino and Burchell also caused fumbles and then recovered them. Matisse Sostre added to that total with a fumble recovery late in the third quarter and tacked on 5 tackles on top of that. Philip Simms and James Orrico had 4 each. Joseph Breheney, Braden Wallace, Cooper Auerswald, Charlie Gray, Oliver Wheelhouse, William Walsh and Matthew Kolc also got in on the defensive action. Offensively, the Crushers were led by Sostre who had 120 yards and two touchdowns on the day, followed closely by Tarantino with 95 and one. Big blocks by the line and Jack Anton and Breheney opened the holes.
The Gators gave it their all led by Oliver Caspi and Lorenzo Corsano who both ran hard for every yard they could get. Caspi had the lone touchdown for the Gators with a 40-yard run in the third period. Henry Perera, Boden Zeppelin Jackson Bogardus, Tommy Sahrbeck, Marco Gabelli, Ben Bomann and John Fine played hard on the offensive line. Defensively, the Gators played the best game of the season as Aiden Kiger, Ford Paulson, Juan Fullaondo, Nash Goodman, Ryan Stanton, and Hudson Caspi all had multiple tackles, many behind the line of scrimmage.
Playoff Round 1
The Bantam Banc Raiders’ Zach Tuers scored 3 touchdowns leading the Raiders to victory. The third being the most exciting as Tuers scored on a fourth and goal from the 15 with under a minute left in the game. Down by one point, Tuers then scored a 2-point conversion from the 10-yard line to give the Raiders a one point lead and the game. Offensive line play by Carter Livingston and Logan Bladimirisquy were instrumental in the winning drive by the Raiders. The Banc defense came up big in the minute of the game as Sebastian Torres led the pesky Raiders defense in tackles and also had a fumble recovery. In the game’s final 30 seconds, Mikhai Hall-Jones intercepted an attempted pass to seal the BANC victory.
Despite an early touchdown from BANC, the Bulldogs offense, Sebastian Campbell-Alicia, Brody Lutz, Jameson Grant, Albert Chin, Owen Tweddle, and Kyler Woerz, and Anders Hildebrand, retaliated quickly with one of their own. Tyler Ernst, Cameron Dianis, Danny Insinga, Anders Hildebrand, Andre Vigilante, Evan Beilenson and Owen Tweddle were power houses in stopping the next Banc drive, ending the half tied at 6. The second half saw consistent efforts from both offense and defense, including Ethan Voehl, James Falco, Jack Murphy and Grayson Neak. Anders Hildebrand pushed through a throng of BANC defenders to a 40-plus yard touchdown run, late in the third quarter. The fourth quarter began with a strong offensive push and a third touchdown from Hildebrand putting the Bulldogs ahead until the end of the game.
The Bantam Gators got off to a fast start and never looked back as Oliver Caspi and Lorenzo Corsano had two touchdowns each. A steady rain fell all game and the offensive line played its best game of the season as Henry Perera, Boden Zeppelin, Marco Gabelli, John Fine, Jackson Bogardus, Ben Bomann & Tommy Sahrbeck opened holes all day. QB Ford Paulson guided the offense in very difficult conditions. Ryan Stanton playing in his first full game of the season, was a difference maker on both offensive and defensive line. Aiden Kiger, Nash Goodman, Orson Stanton, Hudson Caspi, Hayden Marks and Juan Fullaondo all played well on defense.
The Mavs bright spot on offense came from Major Warren who scored two touchdowns and converted on a two-point conversion. On his first touchdown Warren came down the right sideline for a twenty yard scamper. His second touchdown was a beautiful run going sideline to sideline before finding a hole and sprinting 55-yards for the score. Many notable efforts on defense came from Henry Martucci, Brenden Pontoriero and Cameron Park who pressured the Gators in the backfield making big tackles. The Mavericks caused and recovered one key fumble when Warren forced the Gators running back inside – Brody Rabinowitz wrapped up the ball carrier and forced the fumble that was recovered by Henry Martucci.
The Bulldogs offense debuted a new shotgun offense that resulted in big gains including an early 42-yard touchdown run from Anders Hildebrand. The defense, including Albert Chin, Cameron Dianis, Ethan Voehl, Evan Beilenson, James Falco and Jack Murphy, kept the Gators out of the endzone until the second quarter. The offense ended the first half with a long drive and consistent gains from Hildebrand and Cooper Kitselman and a touchdown from Kyler Woerz. Despite consistent tackles from Tyler Ernst, Andre Vigilante, and Grayson Neak, the Gators pulled ahead in the third quarter with their third touchdown. Danny Insinga and Hildebrand, with amazing blocking from Brody Lutz, Jameson Grant, Owen Tweddle and Sebastian Campbell-Alicea, weren’t to be stopped, as they led a long drive to score a final Bulldog touchdown, pulling ahead of the Gators by 3 points, with 2 minutes left in the game. With a last second Gator turnover recovered by Insinga, the Bulldogs won their first game of the season.
Oliver Caspi and Lorenzo Corsano led the running attack for the gators with both scoring touchdowns. Nash Goodman, Tommy Sahrbeck, Henry Perera and Boden Zeppelin worked hard on the line opening holes. Ford Paulson saw time at QB and did an excellent job. The defense was led by Aiden Kiger leading the team with 6 tackles. Marco Gabelli, Orson Stanton, and Hudson Caspi all had at least two tackles. John Fine and Hayden Marks worked hard playing both ways.
The Crushers finished the regular season undefeated as Jack Anton paced the offense with 117-yards rushing and setting up touchdown runs by Philip Tarantino, Joseph Breheney and James Orrico. Charlie Gray and William Walsh were incredible on the line, opening the way for Anton who had 7 runs for 10 or more yards. Breheney and Braden Wallace also made critical downfield blocks to help Breheney rush for 43 yards. Matisse Sostre scored a two-point conversion after the first Crusher score. On defense, Sostre led the team with nine tackles, including four for losses. Tarantino had four tackles and two fumble recoveries while Nate Collins had four tackles, three for losses. Charlie Burchill had three tackles and a fumble recovery and Oliver Wheelhouse had three tackles, two for losses. Gray added a big tackle on BANC’s extra point attempt.
Zach Tuers got the score for the Raiders on an electrifying touchdown run that covered 40-yards. It was the only touchdown BANC was able to muster despite the play of the offensive line led by Logan Bladimirsquy. Bladimirsquy also had his best game defensively along with Sebastion Torres who had a number of stops behind the line of scrimmage. Raphael Rabins created a fumble with a crucial tackle on fourth down in the second half. Mikaih Hall-Jones also played well defensively.
The Generals offense got strong contributions across the board, with touchdowns scored by Kellen Aslansan, Harry Collier, Owen Cunnion, Brenden Curley and Gavin Stewart. They were supported with strong running from Bash Keyes and Will Tortorella, and tough line play by Brett Schmidt, Ned Davis, Spencer Smith, Luke Johnson and Matthew McFarlane. The Generals defense continued to find success, recovering 3 fumbles and shutting out the Mavericks. Winslow van Reesma, Jake Leonard, Kam Boots, Nate Braddock, and Indira Baig paced the defense.
With the Generals driving, the Mavericks scored with just 24 seconds left in the half when linebacker Mavs linebacker Pierce Ritman intercepted a pass and went down the sideline 75-yards for a touchdown. Defensively Henry Martucci, Brenden Pontoriero, John Utzinger and Cameron Park had big days pressuring the Generals in the backfield. The trio had a number of big tackles and caused a couple of fumbles that were recovered by the Generals. Other big tackles came from Brody Rabinowitz, Major Warren and Mack Grillo. Rabinowitz added a nice catch on a pass for a first down for the Mavericks.
In a battle of the undefeateds, the Crushers grinded out a tough win against the Mavs behind Matisse Sostre, Philip Tarantino and the offensive line play of Matthew Kolc, Charlie Burchell, and Charlie Gray. Sostre scrambled for 149 yards on the day and 3 touchdowns while Tarantino added 86 yards. On defense, the Crushers continue to improve as Crusher Dane Burnstine got his first tackle in his first game, while Sostre had 7, including forcing two fumbles. Jack Anton, James Orrico and Tarantino each had 4. Phillip Simms had 3, 2 for a loss, forced a fumble and tipped a ball away from a Mavs receiver. Dylan Carey and Orrico also had fumble recoveries. Tarantino added an interception. Braden Wallace and Joseph Breheney also made key tackles to stop the Mavs
Mavericks first year player Brody Rabinowitz dazzled the Mavericks fans with two interceptions and several notable touchdown saving, open field tackles. The first interception by Rabinowitz came on a long pass attempt by the Crushers, in traffic and was a highlight reel catch. His second came on a two point conversion keeping the Crushers out of the end zone. In addition to the Rabinowitz interceptions, with the Crushers threatening to score on a first and goal from the two yard line, Henry Martucci had a key fumble recovery that helped keep the Mavericks within two scores. Rabinowitz also anchored the Mavericks offense at QB driving the Mavericks down late in the fourth quarter for their only touchdown score on a 15-yard run by Major Warren. Mack Grillo battled through a leg injury and had four long runs of 20, 25, 35 and 45-yards and Warren added other long runs of 20 and 25-yards. The offensive line did an admirable job all game including Lake Sisca, Tommy Pisacano, Cameron Park, Noah Bailey and center Jackson Cittadino.
The Generals offense was led by Kellen Aslansan and Owen Cunnion, each of whom rushed for a touchdown, with great supporting runs from Winslow van Reesma and Brenden Curley. The offensive line, led by Spencer Smith, Matthew McFarlane, Ned Davis and Brett Schmidt, opened up holes for the backs all day. The Generals defense, led by Jake Leonard, Kam Boots, Harry Collier and Gavin Stewart, continued its strong of strong performances, giving up only a late touchdown to a talented Bulldogs team.
A blustery Bulldogs defense shut out the Generals in the first half behind the strong leadership of Anders Hildebrand, Brody Lutz, Danny Insinga and Andre Vigilante. The Bulldogs had some gutsy individual runs in the first half by Ethan Voehl, Kyler Woerz, Cooper Kitselman, and Grayson Neak. The fierce battle in the trenches continued in the second half with Sebastian Campbell-Alicea, Albert Chin, Owen Tweddle, and Jack Murphy holding the line on defense. Tyler Ertz, Jameson Grant, and Evan Bielenson complemented the line play with outstanding tackles on the edges. The Generals finally broke through early in the fourth quarter and the Bulldogs could not keep pace despite a late score on a dynamic run from Anders Hildebrand.
BANC’S Zach Tuers scored all 4 Raider touchdowns capped off by a 40-yard sweep to seal the game. Running Back Tyler Hastings ran the ball hard and made a crucial block to spring Tuers on his final touchdown. The offensive line was led by Logan Bladimirsquy and Carter Livingston. BANC’s defense played well throughout the game coming up with big stops to prevent touchdowns while a key fumble recovery by Raphael Rabins kept the game scoreless in the early going. Tuers and Mikaih Hall Jones were relentless on defense. Matthew Farrells penetration behind the line of scrimmage disrupted several plays in the Gator backfield. Sebastian Torres was able to come up with a fumble recovery in the closing minute to preserve the win.
The Bantam Gators had their best outing of the season as Lorenzo Corsano, Marco Gabelli and Aiden Kiger led the ground game with all of them running over 40 yards for the day. Corsano also completed two passes to Ford Paulson. Jackson Bogardus, Boden Zeppelin, Henry Perera, Tommy Sahrbeck and Ben Bomann anchored the offensive line. Defensively John Fine, Ryan and Orson Stanton had multiple tackles. Nash Goodman had two tackles for a loss.
On offense, the Mavs Mack Grillo and Major Warren each had long runs that set up Pierce Ritman who scored a pair of touchdowns. The first touchdown came on a key block from tight end Henry Martucci. Ritman also had two conversions on point after tries. On defense, first year player John Utzinger pressured the Raiders Quarterback resulting in an interception by Ritman. The turnover paved the way for the Mavericks third touchdown on a dazzling run by Brody Rabinowitz. Logan Young and Massimo Pelligrino had notable runs during the game. Pelligrino had a long run tip-toeing down the sideline. On defense, tremendous efforts and pressure from the defensive line came from Utzinger, Noah Bailey, Brenden Pontoriero, Cameron Park, Henry Martucci, Lake Sisca, Zack Achbani and Tommy Pisacano. Other notable defensive plays came from Rabinowitz, Warren, Grillo and Tripp Reynolds. The offensive line was a strength with great blocking and open holes created by Martucci, Sisca, Pisacano, Park, Bailey and center Jackson Cittadino who had another fine day snapping the ball.
BANC was able to drive the ball behind the blocking of Matthew Farrell, Carter Livingston and Chase Connaughton in the first half. In the second half, Zack Tuers was able to punch it in after a methodical drive for BANC’s only score. The BANC defense held the Mavericks scoreless in the second half with great plays made by Mikaih Hall-Jones and Tyler Hastings.
The Generals’ scoring attack was led by Kellen Aslansan, who had two touchdowns on the day with Owen Cunnion getting the point after. They were supported on offense by strong runs from Gavin Stewart and Will Tortorella and heady QB play by Harry Collier. The offensive line worked hard all day to open up holes for the backs, led by Spencer Smith, Harry Raabe, Matthew McFarlane, Ned Davis, Indira Baig, Luke Johnson and Brett Schmidt. On the other side of the ball, the Generals defense shut down the Gators, with Brenden Curley, Winslow van Reesma, Bash Keyes, Kam Boots, Nate Braddock, and Jake Leonard all contributing to the shutout.
Gators Lorenzo Corsano and Ford Paulson split time at QB. At running back Aiden Kiger, Oliver Caspi and Marco Gabelli tried hard all game. Three Gators played in their first ever GYFL game, Ryan Stanton, Juan Fullaondo and John Fine. All three played very well. Jackson Bogardus, Boden Zeppelin, Ben Bomann, Tommy Sahrbeck and Henry Perera anchored the offensive line. Defensively Hudson, Oliver Caspi, Corsano, Nash Goodman and Orson Stanton had at least two tackles.
In a high scoring affair, Zack Tuers contributed to all of BANC’s scoring including a 60-yard run in the first minute of the game. He ran for a total of 5 touchdowns from far and near, and also completed a touchdown pass of 60-yards to Mikaih Hall-Jones. Guys up front like Matthew Farrell and Teddy Curreri allowed BANC running backs to find the end zone. Defensively Sebastian Torres recovered a fumble and defensive plays by Tyler Hastings and Thomas Lane preserved the victory in the final minutes of the game.
For the Bulldogs, Owen Tweddle, Ethan Voehl, Sebastian Campbell-Alicea, and Andre Vigilante played impressively, with multiple tackles each. Brody Lutz, Albert Chin and Jameson Grant were a powerhouse offensive line. Quarterbacks Tyler Ernst and Kyler Woerz led the Bulldogs to five touchdowns: two by Kyler, two from Anders Hildebrand, one from Cooper Kitselman, with extra points from both Cooper and Kyler. Jack Murphy, Grayson Neak, Evan Beilenson, James Falco, and Cameron Dianis played strong defense and Danny Insinga had 10 big tackles, four that were key to keeping the BANC team away from the Bulldog endzone.
Matisse Sostre led the Crushers on defense with an astounding 15 tackles and Phillip Tarantino forced 4 turnovers, including one for a touchdown, to help hold a strong Generals team scoreless. Charlie Burchell added 6 tackles on defense, followed closely by Dylan Carey with 4 and Matthew Kolc and Joseph Breheney both added 3. Sostre also led the Crushers on offense with 95-yards rushing on the day and the lone offensive touchdown. Blocking by Charlie Gray, Kolc and Braden Wallace opened up the lanes.
The Generals defense held a powerful Crushers offense to just 12 points as Kellen Aslansan, Winslow van Reesma, and Gavin Stewart anchored the defensive front. Jake Leonard and Cameron Boots turned in strong performances in the secondary.
It took only 6 plays for the Mavs to get on the board as Mac Grillo took a handoff 20-yards for the games first score.. A key turning point came on the first defensive play for the Mavericks when defensive end Henry Martucci got into the Gators backfield causing and recovering a fumble. Three plays later Grillo took a handoff 30-yards for his second touchdown. Pierce Ritman was good on a run for the extra point highlighted by a key block from lineman Noah Bailey. After a defensive stand highlighted by big tackles by Grillo and pressure from Martucci and Brenden Pontoriero, Major Warren took a direct snap 70-yards dancing, cutting and weaving for a touchdown. Brody Rabinowitz got the extra point. The Mavericks scored three more times in the game including a 5 yard run by Warren. The offensive line was led by Lake Sisca, Tommy Pisacano, Cameron Park, John Utzinger, Noah Bailey, center Jackson Cittadino and T. E. Martucci. The Mavs defense had many notable efforts by the Martucci and Pontoriero who were pressuring the Gators in the backfield on multiple plays. Other big defensive tackles came from Grillo, Warren, Ritman, Park, Rabinowitz and Billy McGarvey.
For the Gators, Marco Gabelli, Lorenzo Corsano and Oliver Caspi had rushing touchdowns. Jackson Bogardus, Ben Bomann, Aiden Kiger, Boden Zeppelin and Henry Perera opened the holes on the line. Ford Paulson showed great improvement at QB for his second start. On the defensive side of the ball, Hudson Caspi continued his strong play. The linebacker had 5 tackles, two for a loss. Nash Goodman, Tommy Sahrbeck, Orson Stanton all had strong games going both ways for the Gators.
It was a total team win by the Crushers as Phillip Tarantino, Matisse Sostre, Joseph Breheny, James Orrico, and Jack Anton combined for a total rushing offense of 220-yards on the day and 3 rushing touchdowns. QB Tarantino also threw for another score for 33 yards. On defense, Sostre led the team in tackles with 9, followed closely by Tarantino with 7. But every Crusher got in on the action as Braden Wallace, Oliver Wheelhouse and Dylan Carey each got 4, Nate Collins and Orrico got 3, Phillip Simms, Breheny, Charlie Burchell and Cooper Auerswald got 2 and Charlie Gray got one.
For the Gators, Oliver Caspi, Lorenzo Corsano and Aiden Kiger lead the rushing offense. The offensive line worked hard led by Henry Perera, Marco Gabelli, Nash Goodman, Tommy Sahrbeck, Ben Bomann, Hayden Marks & center Boden Zeppelin to open holes. Caspi, Corsano and Kiger all had rushing TDs. Ford Paulson played well starting at QB for the first time. A young Gators defense tried its best to slow down a strong Crusher running game as Jackson Bogardus, Orson Stanton and Gabelli all had multiple tackles. The play of the game was made by Hudson Caspi making a tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
The Generals offense was led by Owen Cunnion who scored three long rushing touchdowns. Gavin Stewart and Brendan Curley also rushed for touchdowns, with Kellen Aslansan, Spencer Stewart and Cunnion scoring extra points. Jake Leonard and Will Tortorella contributed strong running as well. The line opened up holes for the backs all day, led by the strong play of Ned Davis, Brett Schmidt, Harry Raabe, Indira Baig, and Matthew McFarlane. On the other side of the ball, the Generals defense was outstanding, giving up only two long plays. Harry Collier, Bash Keyes, Cameron Boots, Nate Braddock, Luke Johnson, and Winslow Van Reesma led the defense.
For the Raiders, Zack Tuers accounted for both BANC touchdowns with runs of 40 and 55-yards. Runs by the signal caller Raphael Rabins helped set up both scores. Key blocks from Carter Livingston and Logan Bladimirsquy contributed to the touchdown runs. Mikaih Hall-Jones and Thomas Lane both played well defensively for the BANC Raiders.
On the second play of the game, running back Mack Grillo took a handoff 60-yards for a score. On the next offensive play for the Mavericks, running back Major Warren took a lateral from Quarterback Pierce Ritman and went 70-yards untouched for the second touchdown. The two point conversion was successful on a tough inside run by Grillo. With the score tied and with time expiring just before halftime, first year player Brody Rabinowitz took a forward pass from Ritman on a reverse for a 30-yard score. The point after was run in by Ritman. The second half was a defensive battle leading to a final score of 21-14. The Mavericks had many notable efforts on defense from first year defensive end Brenden Pontoriero who was disruptive and pressured the bulldogs all game. First year player Cameron Park recovered a key fumble which was a turning point in the game. The Mavericks got big tackles from Grillo, Martucci, Warren, Ritman and Rabinowitz and many gang tackles during the football contest. The Mavericks offensive line did a strong job all game blocking for the team, led by Lake Sisca, Tommy Pisacano, Cameron Park, John Utzinger and a stellar job snapping from center Jackson Cittadino. Henry Martucci hauled in the games lone downfield pass reception on a nice catch and played a vital role blocking at tight end.
Quarterback Tyler Ernst and tailback Kyler Woerz came back fast from an early Maverick score with a touchdown run by Woerz. The Mavericks lead didn’t last long as Danny Insinga, Cameron Dianis, and Jack Murphy made way for Anders Hildebrand and a huge touchdown run from the 30-yard line. The second quarter started tied at 14, and saw a quick recovery of a Maverick fumble by Jameson Grant. The defense, including Brody Lutz, Cooper Kitselman and Andre Vigilante, made impressive tackles before halftime. The Bulldogs kept up the fight in the fourth, with a sack from Jack Murphy, tackles from Albert Chin and Insinga and rushing gains from Grayson Neak and Ethan Voehl. In the last 2 minutes of the game, cornerbacks Evan Beilenson and Grayson Neak played hard and Brody Lutz recovered a Maverick fumble. Fullback Anders Hildebrand powered through the Mavericks line, but was stopped just shy of the goal line at the whistle.