Warriors open 57th season

Marcus DiBernardo is Monroe Mustangs men’s soccer head coach. According to DiBernardo, he is using a new formula for the team, which will elevate the program into title contention, possibly as soon as the season that began. He says it starts with attitude and that translates into work ethic. Photo by courtesy of Monroe College

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another season of Warriors Football. This is the Warriors 57th 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 to the Warriors program. Please check the Warriors web site. You can find all game schedules, game results, standings and anything else you need to know to keep up with the Warriors Program.

The start of the 2008 season was very successful. 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 two teams playing in the New York City Pop Warner League.

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

Flag Division

This division does not start until next week.

Mite Division

The first Mite game of the season saw the North Bronx Paint & Hardware Jets beat the Villa Barone Eagles 20 to 13. The Jets touchdowns were scored by Tyriq Williams and Michael Zerbo on 40-yard run plays. Quarterback Gerard Weir scored an extra point on a quarterback sneak. The Jets defense was led by James Albertelli and Cameron Gomez. For the Eagles on offense, Colin Wright scored two touchdowns and Joseph Soto ran for 25 yards. On defense Jeremy Dabokowski was in on almost every tackle and Joseph Taormina had a fumble recovery and 3 solo tackles.

In the second game, the O’Connor Carpet Bears and the Legends Photography Giants played to a 6 to 6 tie. The solid blocking of Neftali Gomes and Nathaniel Mathis led the way for the great running of Sean Barry and Michael Cala. The Bears touchdown was scored by John Carlo Cala on a 7-yard quarterback draw behind the block of Connor Hanley-Piri. The Bears defense led by Damian Garcia and Hanley-Piri had a solid game. Credit the defense line led by Barry and Robert Vacco in keeping the Giants running game in check. Vacco also had a fumble recovery late in the game to stop a Giant drive.

Pee Wee Division

The first game of the 2008 season played on Saturday September 13th saw the Middletown Animal Clinic Spartans defeat the Anthony’s Collision Redskins 13 to 0. The Spartans were led to victory by the brilliant blocking of Victor Falu, Frank Pinto, Joseph Aparicio, Anthony Russo and Nicholas Gennarelli on the offensive line and the running behind this line by Jordan Dabokowski who scored the Spartans two touchdowns and ran for 100+ yards.

In what turned out to be a great defensive game the Food Factory Ramblers and the Kleen-Awn Blue Devils play to a 0 to 0 tie. The offensive highlights for the Ramblers was the great 25-yard pass play from quarterback Ross Bucolo to Anthony Muniz and a 25-yard run from scrimmage for Andrew Geni. The real story of this game was the solid defensive play by the Ramblers in stopping the Blue Devils running and passing game cold. Jimbo Barry, Isiah Hernandez and Cisco Garcia led the way for this great defensive effort.

In the peewee game played on Sunday at Lehman High School, the Jimmy Ryan’s Crusaders beat the Dr. David Stevens Steelers 7 to 0. Jonathon Cintron scored the only touchdown of the game for the Crusaders on a 10-yard run. Isaiah Smith and Tyler Zaborski led the Crusader defense with key tackles that kept the Steelers from scoring. Darin Diaz carrying most of the work on offense for the Steelers, while Kameren McMillan doing most of the lead blocking. On defense Christopher Converso had 3 tackles for losses, McMillan had 2 quarterback sacks and Renard Johnson saved a touchdown with a great tackle at the five-yard line.

Junior Division

The first Junior Division game saw the Ralph Giordano F. H. Saints squeak by the Silvestri Carpet Javelins 13 to 6. Malachi Smith on offense for the Javelins broke tackles for a 30-yard run before being stopped at the 10-yard line. Freddrick McMillan scored the Javelins only touchdown on a one-yard dive. On defense for the Javelins, Anthony Monserrate made five solo tackles to keep this game close.

Opening day for the McNulty F. H. Rams was a very impressive one with a 20 to 0 win over the Paddy Doherty’s Black Knights. Defense set the tone early with a fumble recovery by Aaron Cruz inside the Knights twenty. Makai Hawkins scored one of his three touchdowns as a result of that turnover. Niko Bajana behind offensive linemen Steven Tripodi, Abdiel Aviles, Cynthia Cortez and Samuel Aviles mounted a rushing attack which could not be stopped. Jayqwan “Juice” Williams ran the offense smoothly as a first time starter at quarterback. Christian Cachola, Carlos Burgos, Marion Gonzalez and Chris “Flash” Santos held the Knights to only one first down with hard hitting. Safety Vincent Gonzalez was excellent in supporting the defense line on running plays. Over all a super performance by Hamed Dembele and Timothy Rosario on pass defense. A great start for the Rams. The Black Knights offense made tremendous strides led by Richard Johnson, Eric Bachelder, Dawshaqua Thomas and Tristen Maldonado. The defense held tight all day with Justice Molina, Steven Olmo, Shadell Morgan and Owen Simpson leading the way. The Knights special teams played well, with Declan Byrne doing the kicking and Emmanuel Woods hitting everything in sight.

Pop Warner Teams

The Kaseman Chiropractic Warrior Peewee travel team began their season on a successful note Sunday afternoon at Rice Stadium in the Bronx. Their 21-6 victory over the visiting Brooklyn Falcons marked a new experience for many of the twenty one players and a few of the coaches. The idea this season was to put together a team of players from the always strong in-house program that the Warriors run. Then take these players and see how well they stack up against the best that New York City has to offer. So far so good as the Warriors displayed an absolutely dominating defensive attack by holding the Brooklyn Falcons to no first downs and negative overall yardage for the game. Leading the way were ILB Caesar Holcomb, and defensive linemen Romelo Brown, Justin Acosta, and Donvito Kuinlan. Holcomb was everywhere as he moved sideline to sideline to make one punishing tackle after another. Up front Brown and Acosta disrupted anything that their opponent attempted and made a slew of tackles in the backfield, each forcing a fumble.

Kuinlan, meanwhile, played most of the game at offensive guard but also forced a fumble in the time he spent on defense. On the offensive side of the ball, the Warriors attack rolled up 208 yards of total offense as they took an early 21-0 lead.

Quarterback James Werner effectively ran the option attack and was 2-3 passing on the day including an extra point conversion. The rushing attack was all about speed and power. Fullback Jayson Gonzalez provided the power as he bulled his way to 48 yards on ten carries including two TD’s and an extra point. The speed was provided by Domenic Arena who cut and dashed his way to 129 yards on 14 carries including a 47-yard TD run and an extra point conversion reception. None of these yards would have been possible without the offensive line. The Warriors will look forward to remaining undefeated when they face off against the Brooklyn Pitbulls on 9/21.

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