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Hello everyone! Welcome back to another season of Warriors Football. This is the Warriors 58th season of football dedicated to the youth of the community. The Chief, Jay Demers, welcomes back all previous players and coaches and would like to welcome all new players and coaches. Check the Warriors web site (www.bronxwarriorsfootball.com) for all game schedules, game results, and standings. Our registration for this year was bigger than last year, which enabled us to add teams to our in-house program, plus we will have one team playing in the Big Apple Football League.

The results of the first week of play were as follows:

Flag Division

The following players turned in outstanding plays:

Patricia’s II Black Feet – Justice Olivares and Rocco Castellanos

Busco’s Deli & Catering Cherokee – David Cojocaru and Aaron Cordero

Parkview Sports Center Delaware – Ty Bernardi and Carmine Castiello

Barino’s Market Mohicans – Victor DiPierro and Joseph Martino

Westchester Medical Shawnee – Justin Lucena and Nicodemus Nonis

Middletown Animal Clinic Sioux – Stephen Schilling and Christopher Hom

Mite Division

In the first Mite game the North Bronx Paint and Hardware Jets beat the Villa Barone Manor 12 to 0. For the Eagles, Naseem Chang played a great game on offense. He made a beautiful catch and run for a touchdown only to be called back on a penalty. Running back Christian Valentin ran for over 40 yards in the game. On defense, Latrell Ambersly and Richard Rodriquez played a solid game.

In a defensive battle the Legends Sports Photography Giants defeated the O’Connor Carpet Bears 7 to 6. In the first half the Giants had two long touchdown runs by Julian Cardona called back by penalties. They finally scored in the last minutes of the second half on a 40-yard handoff up the right sideline. The offense then completed the upset by converting the extra point on a quarterback keeper by Julian Cardona. Other solid performances on offense were from Nick Furio and Truth Williams. On defense, the Giants had stellar line play from the following players Severino Avellino, Russell Randall and at linebacker Matthew Carrera, Julian Cardona, and Kevin Manning. The Bears lost by a slim margin this past Sunday, despite Linebacker Jason Rivera’s fumble recovery with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Damian Garcia showed tremendous athleticism and speed, as he scored on a 47-yard bootleg run for a touchdown, putting the Bears on the scoreboard first. The Bears defense was solid through three quarters, allowing no points and collecting key tackles during the Eagles red zone possessions. Having a monster day was Cornerback, Connor Hanley-Piri who collected 8 tackles and frustrated the Eagles offense. The Bears are confident that their offense and defense will continue to improve throughout the season.

Pee Wee Division

In the first game of the 2009 season the Silvestri Carpet Spartans played with a vengeance trying to make up for the last minute loss to the Ramblers last season that cost them the championship, defeated the Anthony’s Collision Redskins 32 to 19. Behind the solid blocking of Nicholas Flores and Anthony Russo Jordan Dabkowski ran for two touchdowns 55 & 50 yards. The other running back Sean Vanegas made his presence know by scoring on a 50-yard run also. Playing quarterback for the first time Christopher Campuzano did and excellent job. The solid tackling by Joseph Silvestri and the quarterback sacks from Nicholas Gennarelli, Kamhan McLeod and Joseph Aparicio kept the Redskins in check. For the Redskins, John Castillo ran a 30-yard quarterback bootleg for the first touchdown behind the great blocking of Michael Booth. Tariq “TD” Davis ran 60 yards for the Redskins second score. Angel Nevarez ran back a kickoff in the second quarter to cap off the Redskins scoring.

The Kleen-Awn Blue Devils came out strong for their first game of the season beating The Food Factory Ramblers 20 to 13. The Blue Devils charge was led by quarterback Eric Berrios, who scored a touchdown and two extra points. Izayah Powell scored the Devils second touchdown of the game showing off some nice moves and very good speed. Richie Mameli also showed an impressive amount of speed by running for a 70-yard touchdown. The Devils defense played a good game holding the Ramblers to a scoreless fourth quarter. Leading the defensive stand was Alexander Nunez, Joshua Marrero and Andy Pena.

The Jimmy Ryan’s Crusaders open the 2009 season with a win over the Dr. David Steelers by a score of 12 to 6. Both Crusaders touchdowns were scored by Billy Fleurima behind the solid offensive blocking of Fabian Bonilla, Jesus Morales and Geffrey Ogando. On defense, Avery Perez, Charles Harvin and Jeremy Lopez pumped up the team by collecting a quarterback sack each. The Steelers only score came on a great 50-yard pass from Aubrey Abrams to Stephen Diaz. Credit center Amani Barnes, who anchored to offensive line with giving Abrams time to complete the pass. The Steelers defense was led by Abrams with 4 tackles and a battered down possible touchdown pass, Sudiata Powell with 4 tackles, 2 for losses, Diaz with 4 tackles and Joseph Santos with 3 tackles.

Junior Division

The Paddy Doherty’s Black Knights and the Balsamo F. H. played to a 7 to 7 tie. The Javelins only score came on a 70-yard kick-off return by Eric Bachelder on the first play of the game behind the blocking of Melvin Harrell and Trenaine Whitaker. The Javelins defense led by Joseph Perez and Joshua Plaza held the Knights to only one score for the game. After giving up the opening play touchdown the Knights held on to keep the Javelins scoreless for the rest of the game. The Javelins only touchdown came from the smart running on Tony Monserrate behind the solid blocking of Justin Melendez and Angel Torres. The Knights defense led by Richard Guzman, Malachi Lozada and Richard Johnson made the plays to keep the Javelins to only one score.

The Junior game played on Sunday saw the Giordano F. H. Saints defeat the McNulty F. H. Rams 13 to 6. In the first drive of game for the Saints, Nikolas Garcia completed two passes to David Rivas-Torres; Jeremy Vega had three carries for 30 yards Rivas-Torres scored the touchdown on 8-yard run. In the fourth quarter, the Saints drove 50 yards to score their second and winning touchdown of the game, Tyron Ingram ran for 20 yards, Justin Hernandez ran for a 7 yard run and Vega capped off the drive with a 12-yard TD run. Strong defense from Osiris Rolling, Tyron Ingram, and Jose Detres kept the Saints ahead. Rolling and Ingram both recorded sacks. For the Green Machine Rams Jovan Rivera ran, passed and had an overall excellent game. Filling in for the two injured starting quarterbacks, Christian Santos played extremely well. On defense for the Rams Rivera and Vincent Gonzales were outstanding, while Andre Brown and Robert Regalado made some big hits. The Rams only score came when Christian Monteavaro “stole” the ball from the Saints quarterback and ran 70 yards for the touchdown.

Big Apple Team

Saturday, 9/19 provided the Warrior travel team an opportunity to see how well they stack up against the best New York City youth football has to offer. Their opponent, the Springfield Rifles from Queens were the leagues runner up last season, losing a heartbreaker 7-6 in the championship game. Both teams came into the contest with 2-0 records and both left the game with 2-0-1 records as they fought to a 6-6 tie. The Rifles had their way early as they moved down the field and ate up yardage in the first quarter. But the Warrior defense stiffened and gave up only 2 first downs the remaining three quarters of the game. Leading the way on defense were ILB’s CJ Holcomb and Edwin Webber. They were supported by the great play of defensive linemen Donvito Kuinlan, Justin Acosta, Jayson Gonzalez, and Aaron Cruz. Offensively the Warriors were sluggish for most of the game but took full advantage of the two turnovers generated by the defense. QB James Werner found Tyrell Halliman for an 8-yard TD strike late in the third quarter and drove the team to the Rifle 12-yard line as time expired. Halliman ended the day with 4 catches for 37 yards and Werner also completed passes to Dylan Monserrate and Joey Alba in finishing his day 7 for 11 through the air. The Warriors will face off next against the Yonkers Gladiators on 9/27.

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