Congratulations to the Cos Cob Crushers!
The Crushers won the GYFL Junior Championship, gutting out a tough win against a robust Mavs teams, as Nicholas Nostro, Luke Tocci, Colin Falla, Nicholas Mussolini, Jr., and Wim McCarthy all had standout days. Nostro got the Crushers first score with a 70-yard scorcher, blasting past half-a-dozen Mav defenders thanks to blocking by Tocci, Mussolini, Falla and Aiden Brehm. His next touchdown was a 16-yard, human highlight reel as he broke 7 tackles to get into the endzone. The 11-play drive was led by QBs Ryan Strassel and James Mora with much of the yardage coming from RB Falla behind big blocks Gabe Dunleavy, Ryan Nordin, Mickey Petrone, George Lindsay, Daniel Tolentino, Joey Mitchell, Luke Vizzo, Braden Vizzo and Patrick Gonnelli. Nostro sealed the win with another, 55-yard score. Other notable offensive plays included McCarthy’s 41 yards to keep the ball in Crusher hands, as did Jake Natale while Geno Chimblo provided added blocking. On defense, Tocci had an outstanding day in the backfield intercepting one pass, knocking down another and making 6 tackles to keep a powerful Mavs running game in check. Henry Schmedlen added to that with his own pass block and interception. Brad Wallace and Aidan Williams also provided strong play at DB and Safety. The Crusher front line of Shane O’Connor, Richie McMurray and Santago Parra forced the Mavs outside most of the game where Mussolini, Jr., was waiting getting 10 tackles on the day.
The Mavericks did a good job of moving the ball on the ground against a tough Crusher D as Noah Park and Noah Steele combined for most of the Mavericks running offense. Defensively the Mavs kept the high powered Crusher offense to only one score in the first half. Nash Edwards, Alexander Mrdelja and Grant Goldring all turned in strong performances accounting for most of the defensive tackles.
Playoff Round 2
Despite excellent play calling and crafty moves on offense by the Generals, the Crushers were able to advance thanks to the nimble running of Nicholas Nostro, Jake Natale, Wim McCarthy, Colin Falla and Aiden Brehm. Nostro ran for 142 yards and 3 touchdowns on the day. Natale earned his own touchdown when he burst through for a 70-yard score after a handoff from QB Ryan Strassel, breaking multiple tackles to do it. Big blocks up front by Richie McMurray, Gabe Dunleavy, Shane O’Connor, Nicholas Mussolini, Jr., Daniel Tolentino, Ryan Nordin, George Lindsay, Geno Chimblo, Patrick Gonelli, Santiago Parra, Mickey Petrone, and Luke and Braden Vizzo, opened up the running lanes. The Crushers were also operating all cylinders on defense as Luke Tocci had 8 tackles and an interception on the day. James Mora added 2 more and Brad Wallace snagged one. Falla had 4 tackles including 2 sacks, one with Henry Schmedlen who had 3 tackles on the day and 2 for a loss. Parra, Mora and McMurray added 4 each. O’Connor, Mussolini, McCarthy and Aidan Williams tacked two onto that.
The Generals offense went to the air attack behind QB’s Madsen Ehrhart and Matthew Ward who had nice completions on the day to Hudson Squires, Owen Lavin, Hunter Woods, Ehrhart and Ward. The Offensive line did well against a very strong Crusher defense. Defensively, the Generals had great play from Matthew Huang, Eli Himelstein, Jack Jedlicka, Ehrhart, Lavin and Teo Pita who added another interception in the playoffs!
True grit helped the Mavs overcome three turnovers on three consecutive possessions to fend off the Gators as the offensive was led by the tandem running backs of Noah Park and Noah Steele. Both racked up huge yardage on the ground with highlight reel runs behind sustained blocking that proved to be the deciding factor, led by Alex Mrdelja, Nash Edwards, Phil Martone, Jagger Pontriero, CJ Johnson and Oliver Eiben. The defensive line led by Nash Edwards and the linebackers led by Grant Goldring and Jackson Shaw, who accounted for 2 turnovers on the day and wreaked havoc all over the field. Shaw’s interception in the fourth quarter resulted in the go ahead touchdown for the Mavs and they held on to seal the win.
The Gators Will Hanna got things going when he connected with Lucas Kiger who made a circus catch for 20 yards. Grady Campo continued his strong running up the middle behind solid blocking by Mekai Brown, Sam Carroll, Ryder Garcia, and Dylan Stanton, as the first quarter came to an end. Reilly Podewils ran and blocked hard all day managing over 80 yards on the ground while delivering key blocks for his teammates. Brooks Simonds got the Gators in scoring position with a 20-yard reverse and Will Hanna was able to punch it in from 5 yards out. The Gators next 2 scores came in the second half by Kiger and Nick Morizio. Kiger also delivered a key 2 point conversion behind Quinn Lombardo.
Playoff Round 1
With the rain pouring down the Generals stuck to the ground game and on the first series Madsen Ehrhart burst free for a long touchdown run behind great blocking from Alex Wayland, Jack Stowell, James Caputo, Peter Swierczynski and Jack Jedlicka around the left end. The Bulldogs held the Generals in check for the remainder of the day with strong defense led by Owen Lavin, Matthew Ward, Hunter Woods, Eli Himelstein, Ehrhart, and Jedlicka who had many tackles for loss on the day. Teo Pita had a big interception for the Generals to help seal the victory late in the fourth quarter.
Despite wet field conditions and a consistent rainfall, the Bulldogs were able to move the ball on offense behind a determined offensive line led by Will Scholl, Andrew Torok-Hillyad, Grant Andrews, Vincenzo Vartuli, and Giancarlo Cuesta. Bulldogs used a balance of tough, interior running by Ryder Caruso and delayed draws by Brando Craven to keep the Generals guessing. Gustav Pietryka led the Bulldog defense with numerous open field tackles including a tackle which created a fumble that was recovered by Graham Geisler. Andrew Torok-Hillyad, Kirin Neak, William Scholl and William Hunt also contributed to the Bulldogs defensive efforts with key tackles.
It was an absolute soaker of a day but that didn’t stop QB Daniel Ciccarelli from hooking up with Noah Park on a designed roll out to score the first points of the game. The offensive line led by Oliver Eiben, Nash Edwards, Phil Martone, Alexander Mrdelja and Maxwell Mcfadden did a great job sustaining their blocks today. Park scored his second touchdown on the day breaking a long run off tackle in the third quarter. Defensively the Mavs recorded their second shutout of the season as Grant Goldring, Jackson Shaw, Jayden Montanez, Brett Goodwin, Will Connell and the rest of the Maverick Defense all came up big today helping contribute to the shut out.
Anchored by a notoriously stingy defense with leading tacklers, Mekai Brown, Nicholas Morizio, Nicholas Vomvolakis, Justin Carroll, Will Hanna and Quinn Lombardo, the Gators offense fired on all cylinders to beat the Bulldogs. They got things going early in the first quarter when Grady Campo broke free up the middle for a 40-yard score behind stellar blocking from Ryder Garcia, Justin Carroll and Dylan Stanton. On the next series it was Lucas Kiger’s turn. Kiger found an opening on the right side with Brown leading the charge and took it 70-yards for the score. After leading 12-0 at halftime, Will Hanna almost went the distance on a great spin move that went for 40-yards until he was caught from behind. The last score came on another impressive Kiger run with Drew Lane, Carl Homan, Brooks Simonds, and Dash Dermont blocking.
The Bulldogs offense was led by Brando Craven, Ryder Caruso, Brody Craven and Graham Geisler punctuated by a long 20-yard pass from Brando Craven to Brody Craven and a 35-yard run by Graham Geisler made possible by a key block by Ryder Caruso. The Bulldogs played strong defense with key tackles by Kirin Neak, Brando Craven and Zac Sardone.
After the Raiders recovered a fumble deep in Crusher territory, Luke Tocci made a momentum swinging interception and ran it back 78-yards for a touchdown to open up the scoring. Nicholas Nostro continued to lead the undefeated Crushers with 101-yards rushing on just three carries, scoring the other two touchdowns. Jake Natale added another 29-yards to the ground offensive and Aiden Brehm added eleven. On defense, George Lindsay forced a fumble on a great open field tackle, while Santiago Parra and Richie McMurray led the defense with 6 and 5 tackles respectively.
The Raiders were able to move the ball nicely on a strong Crusher defense as Andrew Pavlou connected on a 10-yard pass to Lauren Judge for a Raider first down. Pavlou also completed nicely thrown balls to Cassidy Morales. A solid running attack led by Julian Sorrilla and Jacari Hughes were able to chew up yards on various runs. Solid blocking by Dan Black and Giancarlo Torres. Xavier Tapia, Bam Maduro, Jacob Mobley and Pedro Arjuao gave lanes the size of Mack trucks for the Raider backfield. Sorrilla capped off a late drive with a superb run for a touchdown. Jacari Hughes connected with Morales for the 2-point conversion.
Anthony Goncalves, Santino Bisgnano and Alexa Mariscal had several tackles for losses. Lucas Granitto forced a fumble and was recovered by Xavier Tapia. The Raider defense was able to stop a potent Crusher offense on several big drives as Sorrilla, Ali Badr, Hughes and Black added to the charge
The Mavs got off to a quick start scoring on their opening drive as Noah Steele took a pitch from QB Daniel Ciccarelli and dashed 65-yards down the sidelines for the first score of the game. The offensive line led by Alex Mrdelja, Phil Martone, Nash Edwards and Will Connell did an amazing job sustaining their blocks and allowed back Noah Park to score an electrifying 50-yard tiptoe down the sidelines to seal the deal for the Mavs. Jagger Pontriero also added a highlight reel grab on a drag pattern across the field. The defensive line controlled the powerful running attack of the Generals and forced them to put the ball in the air where the linebackers and defensive backs recorded 2 interceptions on the day. Luke Wells, Grant Goldring, Brett Goodwin, Mac Critchell and Asher Sisca all got in on the action and held the General offense to 13pts.
The generals juniors offense was led by Madsen Ehrhart at QB who scored a rushing touchdown and had nice completions throughout the day to Hunter Woods, Owen Lavin and Matthew Ward. Defensively the Generals has strong play from Lavin, Ehrhart and Matthew Huang.
In a nail biting thriller, Nicholas Nostro scored all of the Crushers points in the second half to come from behind and beat a tough Mavs team. Nostro scored on runs of 83, 75 and 36-yards, behind the monster blocking of Gabe Dunleavy, Nicholas Mussolini, Jr., Richie McMurray and Wim McCarthy. The team was led by backup quarterback Brad Wallace who converted a much needed 2-point conversion pass to Luke Tocci, who then bulled his way into the endzone. On defense, the Crushers buckled down when they needed to, led by Santiago Parra, Henry Schmedlen, Colin Falla and Shane O’Connor. Parra caused two fumbles with just 4 minutes left in the game as Schmedlen and Tocci recovered, to seal the win for the Crushers.
For the Mavs, Noah Steele posted the first score of the game with a 60-yard off tackle burst outrunning the Crusher defense. Daniel Ciccarelli hooked up with tight end Jackson Shaw on some critical third down conversions and Steele scored the second Mav touchdown. The offensive line led by Alexander Mrdelja, CJ Johnson, Oliver Eiben, Phil Martone, Nash Edwards and Will Connell did a great job sustaining their blocks for the Mavericks running backs. Defensively the Mavericks played extremely well, led by defensive backs Jayden Montanez, Mac Critchell, Luke Wells and Brett Goodwin, who shut down the powerful passing attack of the Crushers. They also recorded one interception and the defensive line led by Max Corbo and Max McFadden had several sacks on the day.
The Generals won a hard fought game behind strong running from Owen Lavin, Madsen Ehrhart, who ran for two touchdowns, and Matthew Ward. Hunter Woods caught a touhdown pass from Ward to start the scoring for the Generals. The Offensive line played strong with blocking from James Caputo, Peter Swierczynski, Jack Jedlicka and Davis Linardos. Defensively, the Generals played strong all day led by Matthew Huang with multiple tackles for loss by Ward, Lavin, Hugh Portny at linebacker and Will Pratt and Teo Pita in the secondary.
Brando Craven started the scoring for the Bulldogs offense with a 50-yard touchdown run in the first half as a result of a gaping hole created by Grant Andrews, Ben Graziosi, and William Scholl. Gustav Pietryka, Vincent Tripptrap, Graham Geisler and William Hunt led the Bulldogs defense with numerous tackles throughout the game. Logan Jaycox broke up multiple passes from the Generals while Zac Sardone and Kirin Neak each had key open field tackles. Matthew Andrighetti’s strip tackle and William Hunt’s fumble recovery highlighted a solid team defensive effort by the Bulldogs.
The Gators Offense was firing on all cylinders as Lucas Kiger led the team in rushing with over 100 yards, behind solid blocking by Mekai Brown, Justin Carroll, Dylan Stanton, Ryder Garcia, and Quinn Lombardo. On the first drive, Grady Campo got things going when he broke free up the middle for a 50-yard touchdown. Kiger converted the extra point with a strong run up the middle behind Casey Baker, Hunter Zepplein, and Garcia. On the next drive, Will Hanna found Kiger on a deep pass who made an acrobatic catch on his way to a 35-yard score. Dash Dermont added the extra point with a shifty run to the right side. Dermont got the scoring going in the second half with a 40-yard sweep to the left side with good lead blocks by Anthony Panerella and Carroll. The Gators capitalized on a turnover at the Raiders 20-yard line as Brooks Simonds got around the edge on a left sweep for their final score. Nick Moriza delivered a key block on the play to help catapult Simonds into the end zone. The Gator defense kept a potent Raider offense in check with defensive lineman Brown, Carl Homan, Justin Carrol, Nicholas Vomvolakis and Jordan Goodman contributing with solid tackling.
The Raiders defense was led by Jayden “BamBam” Maduro, Jacari Hughes and Anthony Cebanos. All three had key stops all game and had a stellar first half. Xavier Tapia, Jacob Mobley, Alexa Mariscal, and Giancarlo Torres also had several tackles each to slow down a powerful gator offense. Cassidy Morales made his return felt early as he hauled in a nicely thrown pass by Andrew Pavlou. Morales made the catch and used his speed to get to the endzone. Jacari Hughes provided the extra point with a Barry Sanders like cut into the endzone. Julian Sorrilla and Anthony Goncalves, behind Xavier Tapia, Jacob Mobley, Dan Macom, and Santino Bisgnano pounded yardage and big runs to spark the offense
The Mavericks struck first when Steele took a pitch from QB Sammy McGarvey and tiptoed down the sidelines to set the tempo for the first score of the game. Fine blocking from Jayden Montanez and Grant Goldring set up two, highlight reel Mav touchdowns. Nash Edwards anchored the defensive line along with Maximo Corbo, Luke Wells and Max Mcfadden thwarted the Raider passing and running attack. Also getting in the mix on both sides of the ball were Brett Goodwin, Grant Adee, Luc Perscutti and Asher Sisca. They all contributed to the team effort which proved to be the deciding factor.
The Raiders trailed the Mavericks by one score until Julian “Juju” Sorrilla burst down the sideline for a 48-yard touchdown. Xavier Tapia, Jacari Hughes, Alexa Mariscal, and Giancarlo Torres provided the blocking to spring Sorrilla. To cap the scoring drive Sorrilla also caught the pass thrown by Hughes for the 2-point conversion. Sorrila also played tough on defense with various solo tackles and an interception. Anthony Cebanos came up with a nicely striped ball which was recovered by Lucas Grannito who also had several tackles. Ali Badr, Bam Maduro, Anthony Goncalves, and Hughes each had several tacklers.
A standout day for Crushers QB James Mora and receiver Luke Tocci helped lead the Crushers past a tough Bulldogs team. Mora completed 4 out of 6 passes for 131-yards and 2 touchdowns. Tocci caught 3 of those passes for 105 total yards, scoring twice and setting up a third touchdown. Great offensive line work by Gabe Dunleavy, Shane O’Connor, Richie McMurray, Mickey Petrone and Joey Mitchell set up the protection for the pass. Nicholas Nostro ran in a score and also recovered a fumble on defense. The Crusher line and linebackers led by Santiago Parra, Henry Schmedlen, Nostro and Nicholas Mussolini, Jr., held the Bulldogs to 3 and out, six times. Brad Wallace made a spectacular solo tackle on a pass play to keep the yardage minimal.
A solid team effort on defense by the Bulldogs led by Gustav Pietryka, Ben Graziosi, Brando Craven, and Will Scholl kept the score close for most of the game against the Crushers. Kirin Neak and Graham Geisler made key open field tackles to contain the Crushers offense, while Vincenzo Vartuli, Matthew Andrighetti, Andrew Agarwal, and Liam Collins all combined for multiple tackles. The Bulldog offense was led by tough running from Ryder Caruso. Long passes from Brando Craven to Kirin Neak extended multiple Bulldog offensive drives in the second half.
The Gators offense started the game with a long, impressive drive that ended with Dash Dermont getting stopped at the 1-yard line after a tough run up the middle. Justin Carroll, Mekai Brown, Ryder Garcia, and Carl Homan opened holes. On the second series, the Gators went to the air as Will Hanna found Lucas Kiger deep on a 40-yard touchdown pass. The Gator defense, lead by Mekai Brown continued to shut down the Generals for the rest of the game. Jordan Goodman, Dylan Stanton, Nicholas Vomvolakis and Justin Carroll anchored the defensive line while Quinn Lombardo, Lucas Kiger, Brooks Simonds and Hunter Zeppelin kept pressure up the middle and locked down the edge. Reilly Podewils once again led all rushers with strong blocking from Casey Baker, Nick Morizio and Dylan Stanton.
The Generals offense was lead by Owen Lavin and Madsen Ehrhart on the ground. The Generals offensive line got strong efforts from Matthew Huang, Eli Himelstein, and Jack Jedlicka. Defensively Vincent Estela, Will Pratt and Ehrhart played strong in the secondary while Lavin, Matthew Ward and Huang helped control the strong Gators front line.
A team effort on offense and defense helped propel the Bulldogs to a victory over the Raiders as tackles by Ben Graziosi, Vincenzo Vartuli, and Zac Sardone stopped multiple Raiders drives. Meanwhile, Bulldogs QB Brando Craven scrambled for an 80-yard touchdown run. An extra point pass to Kirin Neak gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 halftime advantage. The offensive line led by Will Scholl, Ben Graziosi, Kirin Neak, Vincent Tripptrap, Grant Andrews and Vincenzo Vartuli cleared the way for the Bulldogs second scoring drive which included a long pass from Brando to Brody Craven and a 12-yard touchdown run by Ryder Caruso. A swarming defensive led by Brody Craven, Gustav Pietryka, Will Scholl and Ryder Caruso limited the Raiders offense, while William Hunt’s open field tackle on the Raiders 2 point conversion attempt kept the score 13-6.
The Raider defense got on the board for the first time this season, as Andrew Pavlou recovered a fumble in the endzone after pinning the Bulldogs deep in their own territory. Julian Sorrilla, Alexa Mariscal, Jacari Hughes, along with Pavlou, Xavier Tapia and Jacob Mobley led the defense with a few solo tackles and big plays. Julian “juju” Sorrilla lead all offense with more than 80-yards rushing. BAM Maduro, Anthony Cebanos, Jacob Mobley and Xavier Tapia provided the blocking. Emerging running back/wide receiver Dan Black also contributed with runs of 40 and 30 yards.
The Crushers got all the scoring they needed early as QB James Mora and back Nicholas Nostro led the team offensively. Mora fired a 37 yard touchdown pass to Nostro and had a 25-yard run to set up a Nostro 22-yard scoring blast. Colin Falla and Luke Tocci got the extra points. Big blocks by Daniel Tolentino, Mickey Petrone, Ryan Nordin, and Luke Vizzo also opened up holes for Crusher runners. On defense, Mora added an interception to his day, while Wim McCarthy made tackle after tackle to frustrate the Generals. James Mussolini, Jr. was also in the Generals backfield much of the game, as was Richie McMurray.
The Generals offense scored on the final drive of the game with some great blocking from James Caputo, Jack Stowell and Madsen Ehrhart. QB Matthew Ward completed 4 passes for 76-yards and a touchdown to Hunter Woods on the final drive and Ehrhart added the extra point. Defensively Owen Lavin and Ward played strong all day at linebacker while Will Pratt, Vicente Estela and Matthew Huang also helped the Generals hold the Crushers massive offense In check.
The Gator scoring got going on the first series when Grady Campo broke free for a long touchdown run to the left. Dylan Stanton, Hunter Zeppelin, and Ryder Garcia blocked hard and opened up the lanes. Campo later scored again and was a menace all day for the Mavericks defense with his tenacious running up the middle. In the second quarter, Will Hanna rolled right and found Lucas Kiger deep for a 60-yard touchdown. Hanna later found Blake G down the sidelines for another long scoring pass with a key block from Carl Homan. Reilly Podewils and Dash Dermont once again set the tone for the Gators strong rushing attack. Justin Carroll, Casey Baker, Mekai Brown and Quinn Lombardo dominated with their determined blocking. The Gator defense fueled by 3 turnovers and kept the game close against a talented Mavericks offense, with solid tackles and penetration from Brown, Nicholas Vomvolakis , Jordan Goodman, Luke Lombardo and Podewils.
The Mavs offense was led by Sammy McGarvey, who moved the ball well in the first half. Jayden Montanez and Noah Steel led the running attack. Steel had a dazzling 60-yard scamper down the sidelines with time running out in the first half to make it a 14-6 game. Nash Edwards and Will Connell opened up some nice holes for the Maverick running backs. Defensively, Noah Park, Daniel Ciccarelli and Grant Goldring all had tackles for loss.
The Crusher Juniors got off to a hot start with a quick six by Nicholas Nostro who took a 39-yard blast to the endzone. The next scoring drive saw QB James Mora, passing and running for big yardage, with Jack Natale finishing it off with the touchdown and Colin Falla got the extra point. Blocking by Gabe Dunleavy and James Mussolini, Jr. opened the holes. The last Crusher score came from a 49-yard blast by Nostro off the left tackle, blasting through two defenders and sprinting to the endzone. Ryan Strassel led drives to burn the clock behind the blocking of Ryan Nordin, Joey Mitchell, Geno Chimblo, and Mickey Petrone. On defense, George Lindsay, Henry Schmedlin and Luke Tocci all came up with big plays to stop a tough Gator offense. Linday stopped a Gator breakaway that would have been a sure touchdown, Tocci had an interception and Schmedlen had several big tackles to stop Gator drives.
The Gators were led by center Drew Lane who took command of the huddle and blocked hard all day while Reilly Podewils and Will Hanna were the top rushers. The first and only scoring drive for the Gators came in the second quarter as a result of a 40-yard pass play from Lucas Kiger to Reilly Podewils. The pass was made possible by Casey Baker, Mekai Brown, Quinn Lombardo and Dash Dermont who fended off the Crushers defensive line long enough for it to happen. Grady Campo finished the drive with a punishing run up the middle behind the powerful blocking of Jack Carroll, Jordan Goodman, and Dylan Stanton.
The Generals scored on two second half passing touchdowns by Matthew Ward to Teo Pita and Hudson Squires late in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. The O-line blocked well with strong efforts from James Caputo, Davis Linardos, and Alex Wayland. Madsen Ehrhart and Owen Lavin led the Generals rushing attack. Defensively The Generals played very well all day with Matthew Huang, Jack Jedlicka, Peter Swierczynski and Hunter Woods all recording sacks on the day. Ward, Lavin, and Will Pratt played great in the secondary for the Generals defense.
The Raiders offense was led by Julian Sorrilla and Jacari Hughes as they put up a big fight. Hughes handoff to Sorrilla electrified the crowd as Sorrilla raced up the sideline for a Raider touchdown which was the longest of the season so far. Lauren Judge provided excellent blocking through the game. Anthony Goncalves and Cassidy Morales also provided key blocks and contributed bulk yardage for the raiders. The Raider defense was tough to score on and provided 3 goal line stands throughout the game. Anthony Cebano and Hughes provided a host of tackles. Sorrilla along with Andrew Pavlou led the defense.
The Mavs-Bulldogs game turned out to be a defensive battle which ended in a 0-0 tie at the half as the Mavs inside linebackers Grant Goldring and William Connell did a fantastic job of stopping the run. Setting the edge for the Mavs was outside linebackers Daniel Ciccarelli and Noah Steele who each accounted for a pair of sacks. Nash Edwards, Philip Martone and Jackson Shaw led the charge on the D-line. Noah Park, Luke Wells and Jayden Montanez shut down the passing attack of the Bulldogs and held them in check. Offensively, back Noah Steele added two dazzling touchdown runs in the second half, one of which came off a broken play, dashing down the sidelines, to seal the win.
A team defensive effort from the Bulldogs kept the Mavericks from scoring any points until the fourth quarter. Ryder Caruso, Zac Sardone, and Will Scholl made key tackles to stop multiple Maverick drives. Brando Craven added an interception in the second quarter and a fumble recovery in the third quarter. An active Bulldog offensive line led by Will Scholl, Ben Graziosi, Kirin Neak, Grant Andrews and Vincenzo Vartuli open numerous holes for running backs Gustav Pietryka and Ryder Caruso as well as QB scrambles by Brando Craven. Ryder Caruso scored the Bulldog touchdown on a 11-yard run in the fourth quarter, capping a long and steady drive featuring numerous first downs.
It was a total team effort by the Gators as great blocking delivered by Drew Lane, Dylan Stanton, Brooks Simonds and Casey Baker set the table for the Gators. Dash Dermont got the scoring going with a great run to the outside. Justin Carroll and Nicholas Morizio blocked hard all game, opening up running lanes for Reilly Podewils who hit the hole hard and broke loose for 15-yards and a second score. Quinn Lombardo converted both extra points with strong runs up the middle. Grady Campo ran for a 55-yard TD to close out the scoring. The Gator defense did an outstanding job as Mekai Brown led the game in tackles, while Nicholas Vomolokis, Burke Watner, Carl Homan, Hunter Zepplin and Jordan Goodman relentlessly stopped runs up the middle. Will Hanna, Ryder Garcia and Anthony Panerella also contributed to shutting down the potent Bulldog passing game with tight coverage and score saving open field tackles, capped by a fourth quarter interception by Grady Campo.
A stout Junior Bulldogs defense led by Will Scholl, Logan Jaycox, and Zac Sardone kept the score close for most of the opening game against the Gators. Quarterback Brando Craven kept the Gators guessing through a healthy balance of running and passing plays. Brando Craven’s long pass to Brody Craven and numerous scrambles for first downs highlighted a productive afternoon for the Bulldog offense. Brody Craven was able to keep the Bulldog momentum going with a drive of his own including a long pass to Kirin Neak who extended the play by breaking the tackles of multiple Gator defenders. On defense, Ryder Caruso and Graham Geisler added key open field tackles in the second half to stop multiple Gator drives.
The Crushers got off to a roaring start when Nicholas Nostro blasted a 47-yard run downfield, followed-up quickly with the opening score. Colin Falla got the extra point. But Nostro wasn’t done there, he then ripped off a 45-yard scoring run to give the Crushers all the points they needed to win. Jake Natale got the extra point. The final score came on a pass and catch from quarterback James Mora to Nostro, who then zigged and zagged his way through raider defenders, set up by a big Brad Wallace block, for the final score. Wim McCarthy also had a great day on offense with several pounding runs for a total of 58-yards and quarterback Ryan Strassel completed the Crusher first pass of the day with a 3-yard zipper to George Lindsay. Big blocks by Mickey Petrone, Joey Mitchell, and Luke Vizzo opened the holes. The defense was led by Santiago Parra with 7 tackles, 4 for a loss and a forced fumble he recovered. Richie McMurray had 5 and Shane O’Connor had 3.
Raider defense led by Jayden “Bam” Maduro, Jacob Mobley and Cassidy Morales all had numerous tackles. BAM Maduro recorded a strip fumble and recovery. Raider defense was also paced by Julian Sorrilla who had a host of big hits and great tackles. Raider defense was stout all day only giving up two big plays with led to touchdowns. Anthony Goncalves, Anthony Cebanos, Alexa Mariscal and Giancarlo Torres added tackles. Offensively, the Raiders answered back with a spectacular run by Cassidy Morales who took an end around handoff from quarterback Jacari Hughes and dashed 45-yards for a touchdown. The blocking of Xavier Tapia, Santino Bisignano, Jacob Mobley, and Daniel Macom provided openings. Jacari Hughes led the rushing game with big runs off tackle. Julian Sorrilla also added positive runs.
The Maverick offensive line came up huge Sunday, led by Nash Edwards, Jackson Shaw, Alex Mrdelja, Jagger Pontoriero, CJ Johnson, Maximo Corbo, Phillip Martone and Will Connell. They opened up huge running lanes for the Maverick running backs. Noah Steele had two touchdowns on the ground and Grant Goldring, Jayden Montanez, Maxi Diamond, and Noah Park all racked up big yardage. The offense was led by quarterback Daniel Ciccarelli who did a great job managing the game. The Maverick defense was swarming the ball and thwarted the General offense, recovering 2 fumbles and recording one interception. Luke Wells, Lawrence Critchell, Oliver Eiben, Alessandro Furano, Brett Goodwin, Maxwell Mcfadden, Sam McGarvey, Luc Presutti and Asher Sisca all recorded tackles and proved to be too much for the General offense.
The Generals offense had nice blocking from Eli Himelstein, Alex Wayland and Hugh Portny. Matthew Ward connected on multiple passes to Hunter Woods. The Generals defensively were led by Owen Lavin, Woods, Matthew Huang and Jack Jedlicka.