Scores and highlights of games played September 28, 2014.
Submitted by the West Hartford Youth Football League
The West Hartford Youth Football League (WHYFL) continued its 59th season Sunday afternoon at Sterling Field in West Hartford and at Westwood and Farmington High School fields in Farmington, with a full slate of games at the Mighty Mite (7, 8 and 9 year olds), Pee Wee (10 and 11 year olds), and Pony (12,13,14 year olds) divisions.
West Hartford Health & Rehab Raiders 34 – West Hartford Chargers 12
The West Hartford Raiders improved to 4-0 on the season by defeating the West Hartford Chargers 34-12 Sunday afternoon at Sterling field. The Raiders received the opening kickoff and drove the ball down the field against a solid Charger defense. Silas Bridges reached the end zone, led by great offensive line blocking from Mario Volpe and Julian Decampos. The extra point was unsuccessful when the Charger defense broke through and made a tackle in the back field. A successful on side kick gave the ball back to the Raiders. Zach Cohen scored on a quarterback sneak and an extra point conversion pass to Jack Mchale made the score 14-0. The Chargers fought back with a drive that stalled. Zach Cohen then hit Otis Donaldson on a 50 yard touchdown pass. Again the Raider offensive line did an outstanding job. James Cheverier, Gabe Salomons, Kyle Bridgman, Jose Dejesus and Mark Morales provided great protection all day for the Raider backs. The Chargers wouldn’t quit and struck back with a long touchdown pass. After halftime, the Chargers scored again and played solid defense. The final score was 34 to 12. The Chargers played hard and never gave in. They should be congratulated for playing a solid clean game. The Raider nation is very proud of our young men for playing mistake free and playing a clean game.
Northstar Wealth Partners Wildcats 38 – Farmington A Squad Maroon 0
Farmington A Squad Maroon hosted the Northstar Wealth Partners Wildcats, with the ‘Cats impressing in all facets of the game en route to a 38-0 victory.
The Wildcats got off to an inauspicious start with a first series marred by penalties and ending with an interception. But Wildcat defender Nolan Tibball made a tackle in the Farmington backfield for a big loss, and the ‘Hogs were forced to turn the ball over on downs.
West Hartford was called for offsides on the first play of the next series, but Daquan Shaw broke off left tackle and turned it upfield for an exciting 46 yard touchdown run! Score: ‘Cats 6-0.
More tough defense by the Wildcats gave them excellent field position at the Farmington 25. Superior blocking by the Wildcat offensive line freed up Nolan for a 25-yard romp into the end zone to end the quarter. West Hartford 13, Farmington 0.
Two mishandled Farmington snaps from the shotgun put them at their own 15. Daquan blocked the Farmington Maroon punt, giving West Hartford first and 10 on the Farmington 15. Nathan Bones then sprinted left for the third West Hartford score, and the Wildcats extended their lead to 19–0.
After the ensuing kickoff, the mean Green defense forced another sack on third and long and got West Hartford started at the Mud Hog 39. Nolan took off into the end zone on a highlight-reel 40-yard run, but a holding call brought the ball back and the half ended with ‘Cats leading 19-0.
In the second half, more superb Wildcat defense stymied the ‘Hogs. Safety Franklin Robinson intercepted a long pass attempt by Farmington and returned it to the 39 yard line, and Daquan rumbled down to the Farmington 7 to set up first and goal. Daquan got the call again, and bounced outside for another score. 25-0 ‘Cats.
After another Wildcat defensive stop, Nathan sped 31 yards for a fifth Wildcat score. Dean Edwards’ extra point put the ‘Cats up 32-0.
And the Wildcats weren’t done. George Andrews showed his ball-hawking skills and ran an interception back for the game’s final score of the day. Final score: 38-0, Wildcats.
Notable performances in a total team effort: Daquan Shaw: 98 yds rushing, 2-TD, 2_sacks, 1-blocked punt, 3-solo tackles, 4-assists; Nolan Tibball; 1-TD, 1-PAT, 29 yds rushing, 14- yds kick return, 7-solo tackles, 3-assists; Nathan Bones 2-solo tackles, 1-onside kick, 2-TD; George Andrews 1-solo tackle, 1-assist, 1-INT for 28 yd TD. Special mention for William Carson with his first solo tackle that saved a late game score. Nicknamed “Squeeze” by the boys (with loving support) …as he put the big squeeze on with his tackle!
Farmington Maroon will move on to play the Eagles Sunday afternoon, while the Wildcats will visit Farmington White.
Brewer Paving Eagles 14 – Farmington A Squad Blue 0
The Brewer Paving Eagles improved to 4-0 on the season after a 14-0 victory over Farmington A Squad Blue Sunday afternoon at Sterling Field. The Eagles move on to face Farmington A Squad Black, while A Squad Blue will play the West Hartford Chargers.
PEE WEE DIVISION
Hartford Healthcare 49ers 34 – Farmington B Squad Black 6
The 49ers took on Farmington Black this past Sunday in what felt like July heat. The Niners struck first in the first quarter as Nick Urso punched in a TD from 12 yards out. The teams volleyed defensive stops and in the second quarter “Izzy” Henriques-Sento slashed his way 55 yards for another TD making the game 14-0. The Niners continued pressure at the end of the half, but their efforts were thwarted when Drew Cormier intercepted a pass and ran 75 yard for a defensive score. With a stopped PAT, the contest was 14-6 at halftime.
In the second half, the Niners wasted no time. On the first play from scrimmage Devine Edwards found the end zone. Black denied the PAT, and it was 20-6. After a defensive stop, the Niners got into scoring position deep in Black territory and Josiah Rivers was able to complete the drive with a TD. This time the PAT was good and the Niners were up 27-6. In the fourth quarter, Farmington Black moved the ball well with a combination of dives, sweeps and several pass plays to Logan Cowger. Late in the game, the Niners took over on downs on their own 10 yard line. On the ensuing play, Devine Edwards once again found the sideline and ran 90 yards for the TD. Rivers punched in the PAT. The final score for the day was Niners 34 and Farmington Black 6.
Next week the Niners take on the Farmington Blue squad at FHS @ 9:00 am. Farmington Black takes on the Giants @ FHS immediately after at 11:00am.
The Watts Group Giants 27 – Farmington B Squad Blue 7
In the fourth week of the WHYFL slate, the Watts Group Giants took on the Farmington Blue Mud Hogs. The Mud Hogs won the coin flip and chose to defer. The Giants received the kickoff and were able to move the ball down the field with some nice runs from Rowan Sierra and Damien Thompsen. They eventually punched it in on a short run from Thompsen. On the ensuing kickoff, Farmington Blue had a great return and ran the ball back down to the 20 yd. line of the Giants. After a few run plays they went to the air and completed a pass down to the Giants 2 yd. line only barely stopped on a diving tackle by Sierra. They quickly scored on a run up the middle and converted the extra point to take a 7-6 lead. The start of the second quarter the Giants received good field position and after some power runs from Kevin Tiernan, Sierra and Thompsen, Quarterback Jack Kennedy took a sweep down the sideline for a 50 yd. touchdown run. The 2 point conversion was converted on a pass to Kevin Tiernan. Half time score was 14- 7 Giants. The Mud Hogs received the second half kickoff and were stopped on 4 plays turning the ball back over to the Giants. They quickly went to work and moved the ball down field on handful of runs by their backfield and scored on a 20 yd. scamper by Sierra. Extra point was converted on a run by Thompsen. The next possession the Mud Hogs went to the air and completed a few nice pass plays. On their third try in the air the pass was intercepted by Jack Kennedy. The Giants drove down the field one last time capped off by a 40 yd. scamper by Damien Thompsen down the sideline, his second of the day. The extra point was not converted, leaving the score at 27-7 where it ended. It was an overall sound team effort with great blocking by the Giants offensive line of Patrick Schwab, Jayden Fuller, Ryan Bushnell, Rich Aponte, Gabe Rooney, Eduardo Terrero and Zach Peterson. Defensive standouts were Aponte, Sierra, Israel Lopez, Marcus Thompsen and Luke Wilson. The Giants move on to face the Farmington Black squad next week In Farmington.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Patriots 41 – Farmington B Squad Maroon 15
On what felt like a mid-August afternoon, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Patriots beat the heat and scored 35 unanswered points en route to a 41-15 victory over Farmington B Squad Maroon Sunday afternoon at Farmington High School field.
The Patriots’ offense was led by a bevy of ball carriers, as Robert Parrotta, Dillon Bent, Wyatt Reid, Logan Murphy, and Tommy LaSpada each reached the end zone behind solid blocking from Dylan Swift, Luke Duzan, Logan Murphy, Christian Maldonado, Joey LaSpada, Beverly, Ben Brockway, and Aidan Dorian.
Farmington Maroon received the opening kickoff and executed a methodical 10 play drive capped by a nice pass play to go up 8-0. The Patriots responded with a Bent score to pull the score to 8-6. To open the second quarter, Farmington Maroon once again matriculated the ball down the field on a series of nice runs, and eventually scored to extend their lead to 15-6. The Patriots responded with a quick three play drive to pull within 15-13 at the half.
The Patriots opened the second half refreshed, quickly notching four consecutive scores by Parrota (2), Murphy, and Reid to pull away late in the game.
Patriot rookies Dylan Swift, Logan Murphy, and Tommy LaSpada saw extended playing time in the second half and powered the Patriot offense on several hard runs and passing receptions.
The Patriots received outstanding defensive play from Ethan Tiffany, Parrotta (who made several big tackles on key downs), Bent, Luke Duzan, Brockway, Beverly, Joey LaSpada, Maldonado, Swift, Murphy, and newcomers Abraham Dunn and Daniel Chavez.
The Patriots move on to face Farmington White at Sterling Field, while Farmington Maroon will matchup against the Colts.
The Sports Authority Colts 45 – Farmington B Squad White 0
In a hard fought game, the Sports Authority Colts defeated Farmington B Squad White 45-0 Sunday afternoon at Farmington High School.
Next week, the Colts will matchup against Farmington Maroon, while Farmington White will play the Patriots.
MIGHTY MITE DIVISION
Doctors Express Urgent Care Steelers 20 – Farmington C Squad Maroon 6
The Doctors Express Urgent Care Steelers improved to 3-1 on the season with a 20-6 victory over Farmington Maroon Sunday afternoon.
Next week, the Steelers will matchup against the Browns, while Farmington Maroon will play the Jets.
Macca Plumbing Cowboys 44 – Beachland Tavern Jets 6
The Macca Plumbing Cowboys took the field against the Moe’s Southwest Grill Jets at Sterling Field Sunday afternoon. The Cowboys won the coin toss and elected to receive the kickoff. On the opening drive, the Cowboys proceeded down the field on a series of runs and team blocking behind the offensive line led by Bruce and Luke Jones, Jack Archambeault, Jaime Kennedy, and Braden Sohn that resulted in their first score. The Cowboys attempted the extra point but was stuffed at the line by a stingy Jets defense led by Isaac Ramsey. On the next series the Jets pulled together a methodical drive of pass and run plays behind QB Austin Bourgoin and the elusive feet of Johnny “football” Robinson; however, the Cowboys defense stood firm and received the ball back. The Cowboys offensive line continued to lead the path down the field followed by the fast legs of Chase Fountain (70 yard TD), Walker Disque (50 yard fumble recovery for TD), Declan McCann (42 yard interception for TD/65 yard punt return), Trevor Tanis (30 yard TD/60 yard TD) and an extra point conversion catch by Jaime Kennedy.
The Jets had no quit in them as while the clock was winding down, Ged Gengras slashed down the field and returned a punt for a 60 yard touchdown.
Defensive standouts for the Jets were led by Ged Gengras, Isaac Ramsey and Austin Bourgoin.
Defensive standouts for the Cowboys were Chase Fountain, Walker Disque, Declan McCann, Trevor Tanis, Jaime Kennedy, Rashad Collier, and Bruce Jones.
Farmington C Squad Black 21 – Fischman Orthodontics Browns 7
In a hard fought game, Farmington C Squad Black defeated the Fischman Orthodontics Browns 21-7 Sunday afternoon at Sterling Field.
Next week, Farmington C Squad Black will match up against the Cowboys, while the Fischman Orthodontics Browns will play the Steelers.
Mooyah (Green) 20 – Dick’s Sporting Goods 8
The Mooyah’s (Green Team) faced off against the Dick’s Sporting Goods (Red Team). This week the Mooyah’s played an outstanding defensive game creating offensive opportunities where some of our new players made it happen with a 20 – 8 win.
As for the game highlights on the Mooyah’s team in the first quarter Benji Halpert ran the length of the field out pacing all players scoring the team’s first touchdown of the game. This score was followed up by Caleb Saloman scoring the extra point with a 5 yard run to the corner of the end zone. In the second Quarter Caleb Saloman ran for 80 yards with an impressive side line run scoring the teams second TD. This was followed up by Joe O’Connell punching in the extra point to cap of that drive. Save the best for last where Joshua Almodovar zigzagged across the field to outlast everyone giving chase, this was a drive of determination where his hard running efforts lead him to the end zone, what a RUN! Defensive and excellent blocking was made by Leo Sussman and Joe O’Connell.
For the Dick’s Sporting Goods team Brendan Kennedy ran left, streaking down the sideline for a 50 yard TD run. Sean Moleti ran a fade route, catching the ball in the end zone for a 2 point conversion. Brady Cersosimo, Henry Tamaccio and Brady McDonald played strong defense getting multiple tackles each.
Sweet Frog (Purple) 22 – AC Petersen Farms (Blue) 12
Sunday was in mind when football days were first made. The Sweet Frog Ravens jumped out early against the Blue Team and never relinquished the lead winning 22-12. Griffin Krupp started the battle with a swift run off the left end to set up 50 yard pass play to Tyler Redden. Staying with an attack that works, Griffin Krupp scampered in from the five to put the Ravens up 7-0.
The Blue team responded with a gallant effort that put the score at a 7-6 nail biter. The fans were energized and the crowd roared.
The Ravens responded as they have all year with a team effort that makes any coach proud. There were solid defensive plays that ignited the team spurred on by Calvin Borio behind the line flag grab. There was great blocking up front from Borio, Grady Sack and Gavin Cykley that sprung Redden for a long blast for another 6 points. The touchdown was topped off by Seamus Egan’s determined slash through the defensive line for the extra point. Stifling defense by the Ravens on the Blue teams next possession brought the first safety of the year by Tyler Redden, Ravens 16-6. As the Blue team was driving down the field, Egan was pivotal as he made a behind the line flag grab to end the first half.
Starting off the second half, Aidan Bailey and Cole Keegan kept the pressure on with a catch and a run that put the Ravens back on track. The Blue team responded with some fire power as well tightening the score 16-12. But, wait, the Ravens had some tricks up their sleeve as Redden swept to the right to run but pulled up and rifled the ball to Calvin Borio for a completion. The sweep pass was followed up by a screaming 70 yard scamper by Griffin Krupp to go ahead 22-12. Aidan Bailey finished the attack off with a great catch over the middle to end the game.
Sweet Frog will return to Sterling Field Sunday to face off against the Fresh Ink (Orange), while AC Petersens (Blue) will play Mooyah (Green).
Fresh Ink (Orange) 13 – Joey’s Pizza Pie (Black) 19
In what was a hard fought battle between Fresh Ink (Orange) and Joey’s Pizza (Black), Fresh Ink squeaked out a 13-12 win for their first victory of the year. Fresh Ink had two touchdowns from Jonathan Garcia and Joey’s had touchdowns from Jake Monaco and Anthony McKeown. The Fresh Ink drives were aided by key runs from Nico Gilbert, Xavien Correa, and Julian Watson, while Joey’s had a big run from Luke Rubino. Jonathan Garcia also added a spectacular interception return of an extra point which turned out to be the difference maker. Fresh Ink had strong offensive line play up front by Ronan Foley and Ryan Haggerty who helped open up holes for the running game. Both teams played great defensive all game long with AJ Gallante making some key stops for Joey’s, and Will Davis for Fresh Ink. Will Davis had a huge stop on a game tying extra point just as the game ended. Both teams return to action on Sunday.
Fresh Ink (Orange) will return to Sterling Field Sunday to face off against the Sweet Frog (Purple), while Joey’s Pizza Pie (Black) will play Dick’s Sporting Goods (Red).