RAIDERS 20, CRUSHERS 6
The Raiders took their opening possession down the field ending with a 40-yard touchdown run by Jake Nalepka, his first of two touchdowns on the day. James Martinez at quarterback lead BANC’s offense to its second touchdown after a 50-yard run by George Lulgjuraj that got the Raiders close to the end zone. Behind the blocking of Nick Pomara and Sirr Campbell, the Raiders were able to stick the ball in the end zone on a 3-yard plunge by Rocky Gulli for his first touchdown of the year. The Raiders defense stayed poised against the Crushers hurry-up offense as Emmett Marranca, Jaxon Perella and Alexander Rose charged into the backfield repeatedly, disrupting the Crusher offense and making several tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Justin Bizzaro also came up big with several tackles to lead the Raiders to their opening day victory.
Julien Caspi paced the Crusher offense with 47 yards rushing and a completed pass to Marshall Long for 11 yards. Joey Prisinzano added 11 yards on the ground and a touchdown behind blockers AJ Bevilaqua and Greyson Lowthert. Long rushed for 12 yards, and Hunter Musumeci gained 10 yards. Thomas Burchell, Benjamin Sachs, Justin Moeller and Danny Natale also had productive carries for the Crushers. On defense, Lorelie Tarantino led the team with five tackles. Caspi had three and Jace Mitchell had two. Long, Henry Ingraham, Prisinzano, Alexander Turano, Solomon Smernoff, Gavin Moeller, Natale and Declan McCarthy each had stops for the Crushers. Prisinzano also recovered a fumble.
MAVERICKS 15, BULLDOGS 0
On offense, the Mavericks Louie Fiorito had several key runs including a 40-yard touchdown scamper around left end. The other Mavericks touchdown was on a nicely executed 45-yard wide receiver screen pass from first year QB RC Harvey to wide receiver Aiden Salmon. Running Back Johnny Morell added the extra point with a hard run off left tackle with key blocks from Teddy Sullivan and Keen Cercy. The Mavericks’ offensive line was a strength with great blocking and solid snapping from Chayne Narissi-Larkin and Gabe Socci. Defensively the Mavericks were near perfect. The offensive line lead by Lucas Zand, Jacob Perez, and Charlie Simonds had backfield penetration all game long forcing several runs for losses including a safety. Outside linebacker Alex Tsaparas and cornerback Michael Hawreluk each had several key tackles leading the Mavericks Defense shutting out the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs defense had a big game with a first quarter stop of a Mavericks drive with big tackles by Joseph Marchetti, Adam Beilenson, and Alex Woerz. Later after a turnover on downs, Woerz again came up with a big defensive play recovering a fumble to set up another offensive drive. Duke Perricci had another tackle in the backfield forcing a 5-yard loss and Griffin Trager had a great stop at the goal line to prevent a touchdown. A fumble recovery by Colin Marra gave the Bulldogs the ball again, but only a few seconds left in the half. Big tackles by Blake Harris and Ryan Logan led the defense in the second half as the Bulldogs stopped the Mavs at the goal line from scoring a touchdown with a big tackle on fourth down by Yukon Monterisi and Ben Deluca. After a punt, Ryan Logan had two huge plays, a tackle in the backfield for a big loss and a fumble recovery which gave the Bulldogs the ball again. On offense, runs by Yukon Monterisi, Ryan Logan, Perricci and QB Colin Marra put together a nice string of offensive plays. In the second half, the Bulldogs put another great offensive string of plays together, marching down the field behind great blocking by Hunter Flores and Gardner Williams.JUNIORS
CRUSHERS 20, RAIDERS 6
The Junior Crushers opened their 2021 campaign by overcoming the pressure of a 4th and 8 with a 57-yard touchdown pass and catch by QB Philip Tarantino to Oliver Caspi. Philip Simms rushed for the extra point making the score 7-0. Williams Sachs’ 23 yard reception in the 3rd set up a scoring drive that Caspi finished off with a 14-yard TD run, he had 53 yards on the day. Cole Custar iced the game, coming up with a 48-yard pick-6. With a great push from the offensive line Joseph Breheney punched in the PAT. Defense then became the story as Dylan Carey, Jack Anton and Mattise Sostre led the team with 4 tackles each. James Orrico, and Luke Vizzo were all over the Raiders offense picking up tackles for losses. Sostre and Matteo Casamassima converged to stamp out a potential big play on a reverse. Braden Vizzo recovered a 4th quarter fumble to go along with his batted pass. There were also big stops from Braden Wallace, Williams Walsh and Michael Dussinger that kept the Raiders off the scoreboard until late in the game.
The Raiders first touchdown of the season came from QB Teo Della Pietra. The scoring drive was made possible by stellar blocking from offensive linemen Carter Livingston, Donovan Cooke, Nick Warden, Teddy Curreri and Matthew Farrell. WR Zach Tuers had runs of 15, 12 and 18 on the scoring drive. Running backs Ryan Sarno and Peyton Cabinallas also contributed heavily on the ground attack. Teo Della Pierta also connected with Jackson Ertel for big gain pass plays. The defense was led by cornerbacks AJ Vitti, Henry Doba, Jack Reid. Tyler Hastings, CJ McCreath, Wyatt Melnikoff also had a few solo tackles contributions to a tough Raider defense. The D-line was anchored by Logan Bladismirsguy and Cris Pomara who held containment all day.
MAVERICKS 20, BULLDOGS 6
The Mavericks defense took the field first, led by starting linebackers, Dominic Hernandez, Jameson Flynn and Mack Grillo. These solid Mavericks linebackers could not have been successful without the outstanding play of starting defensive lineman John Flavell, Marcus Massey, Griffin Hart, and Cameron Park. The team jumped off to an early six-point lead as QB Brody Rabinowitz connected with wide receiver Bill McGarvey. As the game continued, Luke Balducci rushed for two touchdowns at both the running back and quarterback positions — including a 64 yard QB keeper up the left sideline later in the game. One of Balducci’s notable two touchdowns was followed by a two point conversion, by running back, Major Warren, as he fought and battled his way across the goal line. Late in the fourth quarter, Free Safety Massimo Pellegrino displayed his competitive will, as he made an outstanding touchdown saving tackle inside the 5-yard line.
Bulldogs Juniors offense was stifled by a tough Mavericks defense for most of the game until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs marched 70-yards for their only score. On that drive, QB Sean Harte found Sam Skuratovsky for a long pass and Tommy Healey in the end zone for the touchdown. The Bulldogs defense kept pressure on the Mavericks’ offense with key tackles made by Danny Insinga, Jameson Grant and Evan Beilenson.SENIORS
GATORS 20, GENERALS 7
The Senior Gators came out strong in their first game led on offense by Peter Costantino who ran for a 12-yard score and threw a 15-yard TD pass, he also added an extra point run and pass. Lukas Kiger caught a 15-yard TD pass and Justin Carroll ran in the final score from 25-yards out. The offense was led by the blocking up front by Maximus Gabelli, Travis Wilson, Mekai Brown, Michael Golden, Reilly Podewils, Topher Martinelli and Dylan Stanton. The defense had a great team effort led by Gabelli, Wilson, Brown, Will Hanna, Jordan Goodman, Nico Vomvolakis and Lombardo. Gabelli, Hanna, Wilson, Brown and Podewils all added sacks. Mekai Brown had a key fumble recovery and Oliver Frisoli recorded an interception.
In a hard fought contest, Generals running back Jack Kelly led the way, breaking a 76-yard touchdown run that was opened up by a key downfield block from wide receiver Hunter Woods. Owen Lavin showed himself to be a dual threat both on the ground and as a receiver with a few receptions. Quarterback Madsen Ehrhart stayed shifty on his feet throughout the game to extend plays and move the ball with his feet. Andy Stedem showed his scrappiness on the offensive line to block for his team all game. On the other side of the ball, in his first football game, Leif Anderson came away with an interception. Will Pratt had a nose for the ball to step in and make a big tackle. Luke Perriello patrolled the secondary from the Free Safety position to break up pass plays.
CRUSHERS 20, RAIDERS 6
The Crusher defensive line was dominant as Santiago Parra made eight tackles, including two for loss, and a pick. Gabe Dunleavy had four tackles, including three for loss, and a fumble recovery. Liam Zeller added two tackles. Ritchie McMurray may have topped them all by intercepting a pass and returning it 18 yards for a touchdown to put the game out of reach. Linebackers Nicholas Mussolini, Jr. and Aydan McKenzie had six tackles apiece. Nicholas Nostro had three tackles. Shane O’Connor, Jake Natale, Luke Tocci, Brad Wallace and Wim McCarthy also made tackles for the Crushers. Tocci also had a critical interception to stop a Banc drive early in the game. Nostro led the Crusher offense with two touchdowns and an extra point on 63-yards rushing. Natale had the longest Crusher play of the day – a 48-yard run – and totaled 83-yards rushing with an extra point. James Mora completed both his passes to Tocci for 30-yards and set up the second Crusher touchdown. George Szele added 29-tough yards on six carries. Henry Schmedlen, QB Matthew Miller, Mussolini and McCarthy also had productive carries for the Crushers behind Jonas Rizzi, Mickey Petrone and Crusher newcomer Jayden LaChance.