STAMFORD, Conn. The following recaps highlight recent game action in the Stamford Youth Football League .
Scofield Explorers 14, Trinity Sabres 12: In the championship game of the varsity division, the Scofield Explorers defeated the Trinity Sabres in a hard-hitting, well-played game by both teams.
Scofield was led on offense by Mark Serricchio (16 carries and 140 yards rushing). Taking over for the Injured Kyle Przypek was Donny Depina, with four passes, 46 yards rushing and a quarterback sneak for the opening drive touchdown.
Will Dorliver contributed eight carries and 35 yards rushing. Christian Garcia was 1-for-2 on PATs, which turned out to be the deciding factor. Key blocks came from George Nickolopolous, Ja-kai Smith, RJ Pascale and Trey Gorey. Defensive standouts for Scofield were Ja-kai Smith with multiple sacks, including a sack of the Trinity quarterback in the end zone, which Smith recovered to give Scofield a 14-6 lead. Cornerback Picard Petion made a key interception in the second quarter, stopping a promising drive by the Sabres. The defensive charge was led by Joe Nova, Tyler Cubano, Carlos Hermida, Will Dorlivier, RJ Pascale, Ryan Holbrook and Justin Greene.
Trinity's offense was led by quarterback Stephon Alexis, who had a rushing touchdown and a clutch fourth-and-long pass to Cameron Kelly. Kelly also had a rushing touchdown. Maradona Cadet also had a catch.
Defensively, the Sabres allowed only one score. They made a huge stop on a fourth-and-one run with less than two minutes to go in the game. The Sabres defensive front was led by Paul Spadaccini, Hunter Bridges, Robert Shtufaj, Tyrik Lauture, Santiago Suarez, and Jonathan Molina. Linebackers and corners included Rocco D'Arinzo, Maradona Cadet, Jordan Skiba, Malik Lauture, Dominick Svrcek and Christopher Parish. Ryan Sweeney played well on special teams.
Dolan Raiders 13, Rippowam Raptors 12 The Dolan Raiders upset top-seeded Rippowam Raptors in a thrilling, 13-12, overtime victory to claim the middle school JV championship for its second straight year.
Standout seventh-grader John Kola rose up and led the offense, scoring two touchdowns and the game-winning extra point.
The other offensive leaders were QB Connor Hickey and linemen Adam Piersa, Woody McGuiness, Alex Colon, Jose Nieves, Anthony Cogliano and Brendan Fahey. They all helped keep the Raptors' defense in check.
Defensive standouts for the Raiders were Antonio Robertson, Scott Moreuo, Kareem Ray, Willam Johnson, Aaron Danolfio, Nico Kydes, Dylan Fyffe and Dyan Schneider.
As the clock was winding down in regulation, the Raider defense held their ground after Rippowam had a first-and-goal at the 7-yard line with less than two minutes left in the game.
In overtime, Rip got the ball first and scored a touchdown. However, the Raider defense stiffened and stuffed the extra point try. Dolan received the ball and marched down the field to tie the game. John Kola converted the extra point on a sweep play to give the Raiders the well-earned victory.
Raiders 34, Jets 20 In one semifinal game, the Raiders defeated the Jets, 34-20. Bobby Zmarzlak led the scoring for the Raiders with two rushing and one receiving touchdown. Bobby also connected with Sam Pensiero on a 65-yard touchdown pass. Cooper Brill rounded out the scoring with a rushing touchdown. Noah Skaug had one passing touchdown and two extra points.
George Psichopaides and Matt Hallinan also turned in strong rushing performances. AJ Laccona, Cole Imbrogno, Joe Gambino, Dan DArinzo, Sean Travers, Kyle Pearson, Kyle McGarry and Chris Della Jacono led the defense.
Giants 7, Titans 0 The Giants defeated the Titans, 7-0, and will battle the Raiders on Saturday at noon at Rippowam field to determine the winner of the elementary division.
Stamford Youth Foundation Awards
The league gave out awards Sunday at Boyle Stadium. Dan Scalero and Gary Shannon were inducted into the Stamford Youth Foundation Hall of Fame for more than 10 years of service to the foundation.
Aaron Pettiford from Turn of River won the Sportsmanship of the Year award.
The following players won the Ben Gold Awards for excellence on the field as well as in the classroom:
Tanner Gibbs - Cloonan
Jordan Skiba - Trinity
Malik Lauture - Trinity
TJ Crumbley - Turn of River
Steffan Harding - Trailblazers
Kyle Przypek - Scofield
Hunter Linnen - Dolan
Tyequan Bonaparte - Rippowam
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