Saturday, September 11, 2010

Section V Football Opening Weekend

The start of the 2010 football season on Friday brought together two of the better teams in the last few years. Both teams lost a substantial amount of offense from the previous year. Hilton lost two huge impact players with the graduation of Duell Smith and Adam Gruschow. Gates-Chili lost two giants in the running game with Levester Tucker and Elijah Thomas moving on. I wasn't sure what I would see on the field Friday night.

It rained for the first half and Gates took advantage as Nick Kaminski scored two rushing td's to make it 14-0. The Spartans tacked on another score with a pass from Malcolm Frazier to Steve Tucciarello. Gates led 21-0 at halftime. Hilton bounced back with two rushing td's of their own by Mike Ingoglia in the second half and made what looked to be a blowout back into a close game. Gates offense was able to run out the remaining three minutes and hold on to the lead for a 21-14 victory. Click here for the rest of the pics...

(Nick Kaminski #1 powers through the Hilton line)

(Stephen Tucciarello #24 catches a short pass and turns it into a 70 yard touchdown)

(Mike Ingoglia #21 eyes the endzone on this run)

I had a busy day Saturday but still made room to fit in 3 quarters of the RH v. Schroeder football game. It seems that both teams played this game a bit rusty making some mistakes on both sides of the ball. RH has been picked by many to be the top team in the county and they have a ton of weapons. Everyone knows about Broyld at QB but they have two great backs in (Christian) Harris and Barley. Wide receivers/DB's; Maio and Scissum are quick and play great on the defensive side in the secondary.

As for Schroeder, two players really stand out. McKnight is one of the top QB's in the league and is a dual threat. Guarino-Hyde is a returning AGR player on the line playing both ways.

The game was somewhat even for the first quarter and slowly RH picked up steam throught the next two. I left at the end of the third quarter with RH up 25-10 and was thinking the game was in hand. I found out later that Schroeder had a couple quick scores including a field goal to go up 26-25 with just over 30 seconds left. RH had a great kick return and a quick pass to Harris and turned the game back in RH's favor as they won 32-26. Click here for the rest of the pics...

(Schroeder QB Parrish McKnight #10 finds the open receiver as Andre Nix #7 protects)

(Michael Colicchio #2 is upended near the sideline by Chauncey Scissum #21)

(James Richardson #64 and Mark Guarino-Hyde #51 do battle in the trenches)

(Schroeder receiver Paul Dyroff #17 is tackled by Devon Maio #25 and Devin Wofford #4)

(Royal Comets receiver Devin Wofford #4 is tackled in air by David Wanits #8)

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