The West Hartford Youth Football League (WHYFL) continued their second week of the season Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, at Sterling Field, with a full slate of games at the Mighty Mite (7-8 year olds), Pee Wee (9,10, and 11 year olds), Midget (12 year olds), and Pony (13 year olds) divisions.
MIGHTY MITE DIVISION
Spine & Sports Medicine Associates Steelers 12 – Center Orthodontics Browns 12
In one of the most exciting defensive battles seen on Sterling field, the Steelers and Browns walked away tied 12 -12. Both teams played their hearts out.
The Browns opened up the game marching down the field but coming up empty after a great Steelers interception by Dylan Swift. The Steelers then took advantage of the turnover and scored on a three play drive capped off with a 32-yard scamper by Dylan Swift. The Browns’ defense turned away the Steelers’ extra point conversion attempt.
Late in the second quarter, the Browns evened up the score with a 30-yard run by Dajuan Banks. The Browns were unable to convert the extra point. The Steelers wasted no time and with half time approaching, and added a touchdown with an amazing 52-yard run by Drew Taylor. The Steelers were unable to convert the extra point, and the teams entered the half with the Steelers leading 12-6.
The third quarter was all defense, both teams were able to hold the powerful opponents scoreless. The last score of the day is credited to the Browns. Jack Brown ran to his right for a 15-yard score to tie the game at 12-12. The Browns did not convert the extra point.
Browns offensive standouts were Dajuan Banks, and Jack Brown. Browns defensive standouts were Matt Farber, Patrick Schwab, Eli Salomons, Chuck Blanchard, Hunter Keena, and Boomer Staunton
The Steelers offensive standouts were Dylan Swift and Drew Taylor. The Steelers defensive standouts were Andrew Hunter, Ethan Tiffany, Mikey Puglise, David Deitrick and Kevin Kirklin.
Macca Plumbing Cowboys 33 – Kenneth Namnoum Jets 12
The Cowboys leveraged a strong attack to turnback the Jets 33-12 in another exciting game. The Jets won the toss and deferred to the second half. Nick Urso started off the Cowboy scoring with a strong 5-yard run. The Jets returned the ensuing kickoff 40 yards for a touchdown by D.J. Romano. The Cowboys defense turned away the extra point attempt by the Jets. The Cowboys then proceeded to score their 2nd touchdown of the game with a 5-yard run by Jack Kennedy.
During the 2nd quarter, the Jets pulled within 14 to 12 on a 40-yard touchdown run by Wyatt Reid, who followed by the lead blocking of tailback Aidan Dorian and fullback Tommy LaSpada. The Cowboys punched one in before the end of the first half by another touchdown run by Jack Kennedy making it 20-12, Cowboys.
In the 2nd half the Cowboys proceeded to score two more touchdowns (Kennedy, 15 & 50 yards) as a result of strong defensive play by Jack Correia, Ethan Vest, Walker Disque, Peter Langevin and Chase Fountain. The Jets were led by strong play from Romano, LaSpada, Brockway, Reid, and Dorian as well as strong efforts from first year players Ged Gengras, Clayton Gengras, Spencer Schwartz, and Marcus Bjarke.
Cowboys resume next Sunday against the Steelers while the Jets take on the Browns.
PEE WEE DIVISION
Edward Connors Insurance Patriots 46 – Deakin, Edwards & Clark Colts 22
Following their first week bye, the Edward Connors Insurance Patriots leveraged a strong rushing attack and capitalized on turnovers to defeat the Deakin, Edwards & Clark Colts 46-22 in their season opener Sunday afternoon at Sterling Field.
The Patriots were led by co-captain KJ Shazel, who scored two touchdowns – the first on a fumble recovery, and the second on a 25-yard touchdown run. Terros Andrews, Silas Bridges, and Dillon Bent also scored rushing touchdowns for the Patriots behind the strong offensive line play of Daquan Shaw, Anthony Violante and Luke Hache.
The Patriots received outstanding offensive play from co-captain Michael Quiros. Defense standouts for the Patriots included co-captain JP Evans, who drew the full attention of the Colt offensive line, and co-captain Colin Delaney, who had several hurries and a sack.
The Colts scored touchdowns on two long pass plays from quarterback Dean Edwards to wide receiver Sean James. Tom Sullivan earned special recognition for his efforts all day long on offensive and defensive.
The Patriots (1-0) will move on to play the 49ers (1-0), while the Colts (0-2) are off next week.
Brewer Paving Packers 12 – Venora Electric Vikings 6
The Brewer Paving Packers met the Venora Electric Vikings on a perfect Sunday afternoon in the second week of the WHYFL season. With the Vikings and Packers tying their last two meetings 6-6 over the past two years, both teams were looking to break the ties and come out strong.
While the Vikings won the toss and choose to receive, it was the Packers who made the first big play with Linebacker stalwart Jack McHale tipping a pass from Viking Alex Dobbins into the hands of safety Pearce Cannon. With the Packers gaining great field position on the interception, they took full advantage with a strong run by Nolan Tibball and quick touchdown pass from Zack Cohen to Peter Steinle to put the Packers up 6-0. Steinle worked the reception up field for over 30-yards, and while the point after failed, the Packers struck quickly and the pressure was on.
The Vikings were able to find the end zone themselves early in the second quarter on strong inside runs by Sean Clifford. After the point after run attempt failed the teams were tied 6-6 at the half, a reoccurring theme in WHYFL Packer/Viking history.
The Packer defense picked up their game in the second half behind strong play from Tibball, Devonte DeLeon, Hugh Wells, Myles Sierra, Gabe Hernandez, McHale, Steinle and others. The Pack held the Vikings to just a couple of first downs and turned their attention to the offensive side of the ball. The Pack worked their way down field with strong runs by Tibball, Steinle, Cannon and Rowan Sierra and a great catch and run by Jack Ledwith. Facing 4th and goal on the 10-yard line, Cohen found Wells in the end zone for the second Packer touchdown. This touchdown drive was the result of strong offensive line work by Larry Womack, McHale, Ean Tyler, Julian DeCampos, and DeLeon. While the point after attempt failed, the Packers were successful in breaking the tie and holding off the Vikings in the 4th quarter for a 12-6 victory. Standouts for the Vikings included Dobbins, Clifford, Tim Cotter and many, many others. Both teams should be proud of their efforts and sportsmanship on this Sunday afternoon.
Walter Hussey Giants 35 – Wealth Management Titans 20
The Pee Wee Giants avenged last year’s Super Bowl loss by defeating a tenacious Titan team 35-20. The Titans scored first on a Cameron Wilson scamper down the right side line for a 6-0 lead. The Giants regrouped and advanced methodically down the field and Jeff LaRosa scored to tie the game at 6-6. On the next Giant possession, Otis Donaldson scored on a short dash to put the Giants up 12-6. Franklin Robinson caught the two-point conversion to make the score 14-6. Cameron Wilson scooped up the ensuing kickoff and rambled for a 40-yard touchdown to knot the game at 14. LaRosa took over and once again scored on a 10-yard run to push the Giant lead to 20-14. The Giants, on two consecutive goal line stands denied the Titans inside the 2 yard line to maintain their halftime lead.
In the third quarter, LaRosa and Donaldson extended the Giant lead to a commanding 35-14 advantage. Later in the 4th quarter, Wilson scored his third and final touchdown for the Titans to draw the score within 35-20.
Joe Hussey picked off an errant Titan pass to seal the deal for the Giants. Standouts for the Titans were Wilson, Brian Renker, Shea Friedman and Lamar Gaynor. The Giants received outstanding play from Brian Namnoum, Michael and Anthony Mancini, Sekope Colon, Shaun McNamara, Sky Dolce, CJ Denson, and Kam McKain.
Eastern Rehabilitation Network Chargers 20 – West Hartford Firefighters Association Eagles 12
The midget Chargers won a hard fought game with the Eagles 20 -12 at Sterling field.
After the Chargers stopped the Eagles on their opening drive at their own 20-yard line, Spencer Merkel burst around end on the first play for a 65-yard touchdown. A.J Fair looped around end for the extra point to put the Chargers up 7 -0 in first quarter.
In the beginning of the second quarter, Valentino West went off tackle 40 yards for the touchdown, extending the Charger lead to 13 -0.
Late in 2nd quarter, Dominic Niman caught a pass and went 55-yards for an Eagle touchdown to make it 13-6 Chargers at the half.
Starting off the 2nd half, Chargers fumbled the hand off on first play and lost ball to the Eagles. The Eagles put together a drive that took the rest of the 3rd quarter and finally scored on first play of 4th quarter to make the score 13 -12 Chargers.
On 4th and 18, Spencer Merkel ran 19-yards for the 1st down to keep the drive alive and scored on a 15-yard run the very next play. A.J Fair ran in the extra point to put the Chargers up 20-12.
The Chargers’ defense stopped the Eagles on their next possession with a Valentino West sack of the Eagles quarterback, and then ran out the clock to end the game.
The whole Charger defense played well in stopping the Eagle offense.
Aden Stabnick and Dominic Niman had exceptional games for the Eagles. The Chargers (2-0) will advance to play the Wildcats (2-0) for first place next week at 1 p.m. Sterling field.
Sinatro Agency One Wildcats 24 – West Hartford Rotary Club Raiders 2
Week two brought the Wildcats and Raiders together for their first meeting of the season. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Raiders were met with a stout Wildcats defense that forced a punt.
The Raiders returned the favor as they stopped the Cats on fourth down. The remainder of the quarter was dominated by the defenses as it was not until Wildcat Max Main led the team on a long drive and took the ball into the end zone on a QB sneak. The Cats led at halftime 6-0.
The second half began similar to the first until Wildcat David Torres ran for a touchdown on a 57 yard scamper behind the blocking of Carter Horton and Dominic Mongillo.
In the fourth quarter the Raider defense led by Spencer Witter, Pierce Smyth and Kevin Manning scored the team’s only points on a safety in the Wildcat end zone. As the Raiders received the ensuing kick, Wildcats Cullen McCaffery, John Kirkland, Ryan Orlowsky and Chris Chukwura continued to shut down the Raider attack. Then the Wildcats offense got in gear scoring two more touchdowns on passes from Max Main to Griffin Smith and Mohammed Codjo. Michael Farley and Elijah Henriques also added fine play in the Wildcats win. It was a hard fought, physical contest by both teams. Final score Wildcats 24, Raiders 2.
Next week will bring the Wildcats up against the Chargers who are also undefeated.
West Hartford Police Association Eagles 34 - Wiremold Legrand Chargers 6
Universal Connectivity Raiders 43 – Sinatro Agency One Wildcats 14
The Pony Raiders improved their record to 2-0 with a win over the Wildcats Sunday on another spectacular early fall day. The Raiders took to the air once it was apparent that their opponent had the inside run contained behind stellar play by nose guard Marvin Prados III. Raider QB Declan Flaherty was provided excellent protection while completing a touchdown pass to John Lagoy. Lagoy darted to the end zone behind a well-placed block by standout Kevin Vaughan. Taking advantage of Vaughan’s versatility, a second TD pass was thrown to him on a deep corner route. Vaughan then added the PAT with a catch over the middle.
Power back Jaeshawn Wilson was not to leave the Cats scoreless as he chose his holes wisely and bumped and spun his way to pay dirt to end the first quarter.
In the second quarter the running game opened a little for the Raiders, Alex Haggerty took advantage by pounding his way to score number three and again Vaughan picked up the extra points on an arching pass from Flaherty. Stingy defense led by Raiders Evan Duzan, Joe Morrissey and Jordan Baker shut the Cats down going into halftime.
The Wildcats came out renewed in the second half led by QB Michael Mathews who orchestrated a well-executed march down the field behind good protection and gutsy, fearless work by Henry Fisher and Kyron Bridges. Their efforts led to another long blast by Wilson to shrink the deficit to 22-14. This ignited the Raiders and Silas Rivers answered the distress call by darting outside on his way to the score to extend the Raider lead to 28-14.
The Raiders pulled away with a long Haggerty run off an outside pass setting up a Vaughan strike. Joe Morrissey hauled in the extra points. Haggerty added another touchdown on another blistering run and Sean Keating plowed throw the middle to add the extra point.
Standouts for the Raiders included new comer Kicker/receiver JP Herz, OT/DT Spencer Goulet and Jacob Ryor who both provided impenetrable protection on offense and many tackles for loss on defense. Congratulations to players, coaches and families on both sides for excellent sportsmanship.