Division I (Grades 7-8)
The Division I Michigan Wolverines met the Pitt Panthers on September 15th in Hillsborough. The Michigan defense, led by Matthew Hendrix, dominated and surrendered only two first downs in the game. Outstanding offensive line play led by Christian Graverson and Tony Geremia paved the way for Jordan Foust’s 2 TD’s. Matthew Hendrix scored another Wolverine TD giving them the win by a score of 18-0. Game MVP for Michigan was Matthew Hendrix.
Also in Division I play, the Ole Miss Rebels recovered from a heartbreaking week 1 loss with a convincing 30-12 win over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, September 15th. Quarterback Matt Moore threw touchdown passes to Michael Surace and Kierre Whittlesey to pace the Rebel offense. Cornerback Mark Kwiatek returned two interceptions for touchdowns, which secured the victory.
Ole Miss got rolling early as the offensive line opened wide holes in the Texas defense. Tyler Minter ran behind the blocks of Kyle Richardson and Collin Purdy for 50 first half yards and a touchdown. They then put together two more long drives that ended with the Moore touchdown passes. Kwiatek’s first interception and return gave the Rebels a 24-0 halftime lead.
The stingy Rebel defense shut down the Texas offense controlling the line, and containing the Texas running game. First year player P. J. Catalano had several tackles for loss. Richardson and Surace each had 5 solo tackles. Defensive tackles Jackob Harmon and Michael Kaufman constantly penetrated the line and harassed the Texas quarterback. “Our defense has played outstanding the last 2 weeks”, said Head Coach Russ Surace, “Today we played well in all phases, offense, defense and special teams. We are working hard to improve each week. The team should be very proud of themselves today.”
Ole Miss will need another strong effort on Saturday, September 22nd, as they meet the undefeated Michigan Wolverines.
Division III (Grades 3-4)
The Division III Princeton Tigers played a tough defensive game against the Alabama Crimson Tide on September 15th at the Triangle Football Complex. On defense Samir Guzman, Michael Hoffman, Luke Popaduik, Joey Schwarz and Cole Psemenski each illustrated strong defensive skills on key plays. Adam Movshin, Ryan Vierbuchen, Patrick O’Kane, David Ortiz, Andrew Santa Barbara and James Vandervliet, also of the Princeton defense played a solid game as well. The offense for the Princeton Tigers had a tough time asserting themselves against a formidable Alabama Crimson Tide defense. In the end, Princeton fell to Alabama by a score of 12-0.
Flag (Grades 1-2)
Playing in the first Wednesday night game under the lights at the Triangle Road Complex, the flag division Vikings challenged the Broncos. The Broncos started on offense and drove down the field for the first score of the game. Dylan Siracusa took the first play of the game for a 40 yard run to the right side. Jonathan Lobello ran the next play for 15 yards. Jehki Williams finished off the series with his first touchdown of the season on a QB sneak to the left. Lance Eilbacher ran the ball in for the extra point. The Broncos quickly got the ball back as the defense held tough behind the flag pulling of Nate Kondratiuk and Lance Eilbacher. For the Broncos next offensive series, Nate Kondratiuk ran the ball for a 20 yard gain to the left side of the field. His run put the offense in position to allow Max Treonze to take the handoff and score his first Touchdown of the season to the left side. Dominick Monsormo took the handoff and ran the ball in for the extra point. In the second half, the Broncos defense continued to hold tough. Behind the flag pulling of Jehki Williams, Logan Eilbacher, Brandon Lobello, Lance Eilbacher and Nate Kondratiuk the Broncos defense prevented the Vikings from getting into the end zone. The Broncos went back to work on offense. A 30 yard run by Ryan Leary put the Broncos in scoring position. Tyler Jackson’s strong run for a first down set up the Broncos next touchdown. Logan Eilbacher took the handoff to the right side and cut back to find the endzone for his second touchdown of the season. Brandon Lobello kept the ball to run it in for the extra point. The Broncos scoring was capped off with a 70 yard run down the left side line by Jehki Williams for his second touchdown of the game. Nate Kondratiuk kept the ball as he scampered to the left to get in for the extra point. The Viking offense had a solid outing with key runs by Damian Candon and Nikolas Koll. These long runs were set up by key blocking by Owen Albert and Tommy Rice. On defense, James Barone led the team with the most flag pulls and Joshua Reilly used his speed on the corners for key defensive stops. The Broncos emerged as the victors by a score of 28-0. Game MVPs for the Broncos were Jehki Williams and Nate Kondratiuk.
The Broncos played again on Saturday, September 15th, facing off against the tough and determined Lions. The Broncos defense, led by Nate Kondratiuk, started the game with a tough stance, forcing the Lions offense to punt the ball away. On offense, the Broncos started the scoring with a 75 yard TD run by Lance Eilbacher. QB Dominick Monsorno piloted the offense on the first series and ran around the right side to add the extra point. The Broncos offensive line continued its excellent blocking on the next series. Several opening holes allowed Jehki Williams to take the hand off and go 90 yards for the second score of the game. The Broncos defense continued to pull flags. Lance Eilbacher, Jehki Williams, Ryan Leary and Dominick Monsorno helped support Nate Kondratiuk to pull flags throughout the game. Back on offense, Dylan Siracusa had a run of 25 yards. He added another 25 yard run to get into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. For the Broncos next offensive possession, strong runs by Nate Kondratiuk helped set up a touchdown run of 10 yards on a QB sneak by Max Treonze. That is the second touchdown for Max this season. The Broncos scoring was closed out by a 1 yard run by Ryan Leary. Ryan’s first touchdown of the season was set up by a 30 plus yard run by Dominick Monsorno a few plays before. The Broncos were victorious, beating the Lions by a score of 26-0. Game MVPs for the Broncos were Dylan Siracusa and Dominick Monsorno.
Also in September 15th flag play, the 49ers brought their A-game against one of the more experienced teams, the Redskins. On offense, Charlie Volpe, in one of the great plays in the flag league to date, stepped in front of the 3 defenders on him and caught a 30 yard touchdown pass from Shane Donoghue. Steven Kotz and Brian O’Kane provided great blocking throughout the day. The defense was led by Jake Battagliese who not only stopped a drive with an interception, but also ran a long distance to pull the flag on the last play to prevent a score. Also, Patrick Irwin & Dylan Cace did a great job on the defensive line making it difficult for the opponent to run on their side of the field. The Redskins fell to the 49ers by a score of 7-6. Game MVP for the 49ers was Charlie Volpe.
Another excellent effort in flag play as the SB United Bears met the Vikings on September 15th in an exciting game, filled with great defense and an explosive offense by the Bears. Big plays by Ryan Frauenheim, Christian O’Neal, and Charles Wright, accompanied with a strong defense by all, led to a big Bears win over the Vikings. For the Vikings, Jayce Loniewski was able to use his speed by completing a 35 yard run on a sweep and Ryan Siwiec was able to get free up the middle for 25 yards. The big running plays for the Vikings were set up by the blocking of Ryan Soli and Jack Storipan. On Viking defense, Matthew Gaspar led the way with 4 flag pulls followed by Nickolas Koll and Jack McLaughlin, each with 3 flag pulls. Coach Jim Giacobello’s Bears emerged as victors by a score of 26-0. Game MVP for the Bears was Christian O’Neal.