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The second year of the PFL All Star Series opened up on Sunday with the PFL split squad game. Last year, the “Army Navy” game was a game in honor of the veterans which was the inspiration for the camouflage jerseys from last season. This year, the salute to education inspired the new jerseys with the “letterman sweater” look. Commissioner turned Coach Patterson led the College team and Bronx Colts Coach Shaun Kellman led the University team.
The game started with the U taking control. They jumped out to a commanding 22-6 lead before the half. Then the College team mounted a comeback that was most impressive. The College team had 4 different players cross the goal line and in the 3rd quarter took the lead off of a explosive punt return. The College team was down 22-18 when the floodgates opened. An option play broke open and 60 yards later and a 2 point conversion turned the game into a 26-22 College team lead. The College team got the ball on an onside kick, but the U forced the punt and appeared as though they had their sights set on retaking the lead. The College defense stepped up and forced a fumble and the College offense punched in a another score to finish the game at 34-22.
The Pioneer League finished up the 2013 season with the 5 championship games in each of their divisions on Sunday. There was many more than 5 winners, as everyone whether they managed to win on the scoreboard went home with a great memory of the event. “This year we focused on solidifying the product and making sure all of kids had an awesome time learning this great game” said Commissioner David Patterson, “I was told that the day was a success by an elderly gentlemen who has been around this thing for a long time. I replied to him that just by taking 700 young people off the streets every weekend for 13 weeks I think we were successful before we opened the gates this morning.”
The big weekend is upon us and we are ready to crown our kings of 2013. The trophies are polished and the ball is ready to be kicked off. A few things that you need to remember for Championship Sunday.
Players – Please have your ID’s for check in. All coaches should be wearing their proper identification as well. All players should be at the field at least 1 hour prior to their scheduled kickoff. All players should make sure they have all their necessary equipment including mouthpieces. All Players should let their family friends and fans know they need a ticket to enter if they are over age 10. Tickets at the gate are $10. There is a concession stand that is available and we encourage all fans to make purchases through the concession stand. We appreciate your patronage. Directions to the game are posted below.
The gates will open around 9:45 for fans. The first game will kickoff at 10 am.The Nittany Lions face off against the top seed Steelers. The Lions have played very well off the strength of their experience as a team that has been playing together for a few seasons. The 10u Nittany Lions are well coached and have playmakers (1 and 50) among the standouts but play solid team football. The Steelers have some athletes and will play big behind a strong offensive line and fast backs.
After the Junior Pee Wee Champion is crowned the 11:30 kickoff between the Spartans and Nittany Lions is up next. The Spartans stand as the only unbeaten team in the league and are looking to complete only the 3rd perfect season in league history. The Spartans air attack is potent as #11 and #7 and multiple receivers make the Long Islanders the favorite in this one. The Nittany Lions are a scrappy bunch and although this same age division won last seasons championship there are a lot of new faces this season on the Nittany Lions.
At Halftime we have the Punt Pass and Kick Competition as we see which one of our youth athletes can combination kick of a tee, punt and throw for the furthest distance. And of course… more music by Code Blue.
After the crowning of the Pee Wee Champion we have the Intermediate Championship Game. The Steelers have some athletes in this age division that gave the Nittany Lions fits in the semi-final. The Colts are the defending champs and are looking for a repeat as their offense is clicking on all cylinders and the discipline operation of their run game will be a major factor in this one.
At the half we have the fan field goal contest and the raffle pull for the Ruben Randle jersey. We make fun of kickers all the time including the idea that their job is quite easy. The “I could do that” is put to the test. Split the uprights and win a prize.
The 3 pm kickoff pits the Bronx Colts against the New York Knights. The Spring Champions playing the 1 seed in this game will surely be one that you don’t want to miss. The physical run game of the Knights will try to establish their dominance on the line of scrimmage while the Colts air attack has been impressive lately. This one is so close to call as they split the season series and are very familiar with one another.
DJ Code Blue brings down the house at the half and we also raffle off the Hakeem Nicks autographed jersey.
This one is the Granddaddy of them All” as the 2013 season is headlined by “the rematch”. The 2012 Champion Harlem Jets with a single loss on their record taking on the top seed Bronx Buccaneers. This game was a instant classic earlier in the season and both teams have impressed since that day. Two of the top coaches in the league and two of the best organizations in the league get pitted against one another in what should live up to its billing as the main event. Halftime at this game we will raffle off a Lawrence Taylor autographed jersey.
|2013 All Star Roster|
|Offensive||Coach||Coach Paul||Knights||15-17 First Team All Stars play 2nd team|
|Offensive||Coach||Coach O’Neal||Buccs||University vs College Game|
|Robert||Steele||NYC Lions||65||Secondary||Taron||Gamble||Green Wave||24|
|John||Perez||Green Wave||55||Anthony||Bailey||NYC Lions||2|
|Sun||2pm||New York Knights (1)||Brooklyn Bobcats (4)||Knights win 44-0||Collegiate|
|Sun||7pm||Bronx Colts (2)||Bronx Seahawks (3)||Colts win 22-0||Collegiate|
|Sat||1pm||Bronx Buccaneers (1)||New York City Lions (4)||Buccs win 34-8||Senior|
|Fri||7pm||Harlem Jets (2)||Bronx Yellowjackets (3)||Jets win 28-6||Senior|
|Fri||7pm||Bronx Colts (1)||Long Island Spartans (4)||Colts win 48-6||INT|
|Sun||noon||Bronx Nittany Lions (2)||Bronx Steelers (3)||Steelers win 20-8||INT|
|Sun||6pm||Long Island Spartans (1)||Bronx Colts (4)||Spartans win 48-0||PW|
|Sat||7:30pm||Bronx Steelers (2)||Bronx Nittany Lions (3)||Nittany Lions win 2-0||PW|
|Sat||6pm||Bronx Steelers (1)||New York City Lions (4)||Steelers win 32-22||JPW|
|Sun||10am||Bronx Nittany Lions (2)||Woodside Warriors (3)||Nittany lions win 36-6||JPW|
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Friday Night we had two teams punch their ticket to the dance. The two teams both were not strangers to the big game as both were crowned champions in their respective divisions in 2012. We started off at 128th street as we had a rematch of last weeks instant classic between the Harlem Jets and the Bronx Yellowjackets. The Jackets were hoping to upset the defending champs but early turnovers caused a landslide that the young team was unable to deal with. The Jets experience showed and they stretched out to a comfortable lead and never looked back. The Jets punched their ticket 28-6 the final and Coach Ali heads into his second championship game ready to make history again.
Across the Harlem River at Macombs Dam Park we had the Intermediate semifinal between the Long Island Spartans and the Bronx Colts. The Colts will defend their championship as they put up 48 points on the board through their potent rushing attack. Coach Free, Coach Black and Coach AJ all with a wealth of experience pushed this talented bunch pasta very competitive Spartan team. Congrats to the Colts and we will see them in the big game next week.
The PFl kicked off semifinal saturday with a battle in the Bronx. The Buccs as the top seed faced the NYC Lions who came into game as a long shot but you knew that you couldn’t underestimate 2012 Coach of the Year Tim Cavanaugh. 2013 Coach of the Year Dennis O’Neil was awarded the honor before the game and the teams got to work. After showing some fire on defense the NYC Lions went toe to toe with the Buccs until the Buccs showed why they earned that top seed. The Buccs defense forced a turnover and returned the fumble for the initial score. This started the Buccaneer machine as their offense started clicking after the spark. The NYC Lions managed a touchdown and conversion, but it wasn’t enough as the Buccs scored through the air and on the ground. Congrats to the Buccs who punch their ticket to the big dance.
The 10u Steelers faced the NYC Lions in the second game of the day. The primetime doubleheader started with a great and hard fought game. The Steelers came out firing, but the Lions stormed back in the fourth quarter. Late in the 4th it was 26-22 as the Lions were lead by their fullback #24 and tailback #10. The comeback came up short as the physical defense of the Steelers wore down the Lions in the end. Congrats to Coach Shawn and the Steelers as they get to their first PFL Championship in team history.
The 12u Bronx Nittany Lions became the 5th different program to punch their ticket to the championship game. Last year the Nittany Lions took home the championship in the 12u division and this year they are hoping to take home another silver football. The 5th game of the weekend was a treat for fans who braved the cold weather to support their teams. Great job to all those that supported PFL football on semifinal saturday.
Sunday was packed with action as we started off with the Woodside Warriors and Bronx Nittany Lions. The Warriors who were a surprise 3 seed showed a lot of grit as they went toe to toe with the defending champs in the 10u division. The Warriors are still very young and were just outmatched by the more experienced Nittany Lions. The second game of the doubleheader at Clinton High School was the anticipated Steelers vs Nittany Lions 14u matchup. There were big plays that sprung the game open for the Steelers. in the end they paced ahead of their rivals and punched their ticket to the big dance next week. We then traveled to Queens and the New York Knights home field at Maffera Park. The park looks like the spot you would most often see as the perfect setting for a backyard brawl. The Bobcats were not given a punchers chance and when the Knights opened up the game with an interception returned for a score and a few bombs down the field the Cats couldn’t manage to keep up. The Knights pick up the win and punch their ticket. We then went to Suffolk County to see the 12u Long Island Spartans take on the visiting Bronx Colts. It seemed before the Colts managed to get off the bus the Spartans were score. The Spartans went to the air with their awesome passing attack. They punch their first ticket to the Championship game. The final game of the night pitted the Bronx Colts and the Bronx Seahawks. The young Seahawks came in to the day as underdogs and they ran into a Blue and Orange buzzsaw. The Colts experience showed and they took advantage of Seahawk miscues and started to pull away in the 3rd quarter and never looked back
The weekend had two marquee games that were played in our collegiate division as we prepared for playoffs to start next week. The Bronx Seahawks finished their first regular season the same way they started it, with a win over the Brooklyn Bobcats. The game started off a tight contest before the Seahawks run game imposed their will on the Bobcat defense. The Bobcat secondary held their own with a couple of key interceptions as the Seahawks reached the red zone. It was not enough in the end as the Cats are going into the playoffs on quite a skid.
The other COLLEGE football game featured the Bronx Colts traveling down to Toms River to face JUCO team the Jersey Coast Academy. The Colts came off the bus with guns blazing and put two tds up in the first quarter. Theron Glynn, the Colts qb impressed the Garden State crown with his feet and arm accuracy. He connected with Tim Fears early and often but a feverish onslaught in the 2nd quarter stunned the Colts. Later on the Colts comeback came up short and they were left with a great experience but a loss.
The Pioneer League reached week 10 and the schedule of games was light on number but big on competition. The NYC Lions showcased the weekend with a homestand which had them show off beautiful East River Park which was packed with fans. The Lion Bowl featured the Bronx Nittany Lions against the NYC Lions on Saturday and the battle was fierce as the young NYC team is fighting for their playoff lives. The playoff seedings in the younger groups are almost locked in with only one age division (10u) having a race come down to the wire to see who gets in.
The older division gave us a sneak preview of the playoffs. In what could have been the game of the year, the Bronx Yellowjackets and Harlem Jets battled Sunday night and both teams left it all on the field. The Jets fell behind at the half and battled back in the 2nd with solid defensive stands and big conversions when it counted. Coach E was encouraged by his teams performance and Coach Ali both are ready for round 2 in 2 weeks.
The Steelers had some ground to gain and going into the playoffs it was just as important to establish in the players minds that the potent Nittany Lions attack on both sides of the ball could be beaten. They did prove this as the Steelers went into the Lions den and came out with three wins.
The playoff race tightened across the youth divisions. The Intermediate Lions were knocked out of the 1 seed. The Pee Wee division Lions may be on the road in the first round now and the Steelers took control of their own destiny for the 2 seed. The Junior Pee Wee Steelers took sole control of 1st place.
Although this was a huge weekend for the Black and Yellow, the playoffs is where the champions are crowned.
LES had a program exhibition as the Warriors and New York City Lions took their “off week” and got some good work in. They treated the parents in the packed house to a show with the highlight coming at the end of the half. A errant pass by the Lions was picked off by a Warrior lineman. He rumbled 50 yards and scored a touchdown. His Dad came out the stands and gave him a huge hug. It was a great moment
In other non-league action-
MHC Green Wave defeated the New York Wolfpack 12-6 on Saturday morning. The Wave represented the Pioneer League well and continue to set the bar for what a quality PFL program is supposed to be. They have for the duration of their inaugural season conducted a top notch program that looks and operates in a professional manner.
The 14u NYC Lions took on the Bronx Giants last night, and although they came up short on the scoreboard, Manny and his crew are building in the right direction.
The Bronx Buccaneers had their homecoming game on Saturday as they took on the New York City Lions. The Buccs treated the home fans to a show as they wrapped up the #1 seed for the playoffs. Their opponent will be those same Lions as you would think that Coach Cavanaugh will have something planned to make the next game a competitive one.
The Seahawks and Knights battled on Sunday in a league game at Macombs. The game was tight as they went into the half 12-8 Knights. The Knights then exploded for 18 unanswered points and a 30-8 victory. The Knights sew up the 1 seed on points allowed and the Seahawks lock in at the 3 seed and will face the crosstown rival Bronx Colts in the first round of the playoffs.