LeRoy Pennysaver & News

LE ROY PENNYSAVER & NEWS - NOVEMBER 5, 2017 LeRoy Senior Football Team Repeats as Champions! LeRoy 32 Livonia 6 LeRoy’s 5th and 6th graders rode a dominating 2nd half in cold and wet weather to defeat Livonia in the CYFL Championship game in Bath. The victory gave the Senior squad a perfect 9-0 record as they outscored their opponents this season by an astounding 304 – 18 margin. LeRoy won the toss and elected to defer to the 2nd half. A deep kickoff by Zach Tooley forced Livonia to start at their own 21 yard line. Livonia began to move the ball, howev- er a holding call pushed them back and LeRoy took over after a turnover on downs. LeRoy’s offense quickly went to work, and 5 plays later, Jackson Fix found a seam and scored from 4 yards out to give LeRoy the ear- ly 6-0 lead after the conversion failed. Livonia took over around midfield. Multiple tackles by the X-Man, Xavien Walker forced a fourth down at around the LeRoy 30. Holden Sullivan, Luke Lathan, and a host of other Knights stacked up the runner to force another turnover on downs. It looked like LeRoy capitalized immedi- ately, as Drew Strollo provided a scintillating 70 yard TD run. However a holding call negat- ed the play, and buried LeRoy deep in their own territory. An- other penalty brought up a 4th and long. Tommy Condidorio braved the elements and hit Cal Koukides for a 17 yard gain, just inches short from the first down. LeRoy’s defense proved too tough to handle, again forcing a turnover on downs. However the elements got the best of LeRoy, as a lost fumble on the very next play gave the ball back to Livonia on the LeRoy 28. After a log run inside the 10, Livonia eventu- ally punched in a TD to tie the game 6-6. Zach Tooley and Cal Koukides combined to stop the runner at the goal line on the conversion attempt, preserving the tie score. LeRoy’s offense began to move the ball again; howev- er another lost fumble gave the ball back to Livonia. LeRoy forced a fumble on the very next play, however Livonia re- covered. After an incomplete pass, the game went to half with a score of 6-6. A fired up LeRoy team began the second half with the ball on their own 35. Drew Strollo took the first handoff and scampered 48 yards to put the Knights in scoring posi- tion. Tony Piazza followed suit, breaking a tackle and racing to the end zone for a 22 yard TD. The conversion failed, and Le- Roy led 12-6. LeRoy’s stout defense also came out fired up, and forced a quick turnover on downs, giving the ball back to the offense on the 50. Strollo started the drive again with an 18 yard run. A couple of short runs drew the defense inside, and Jackson Fix capitalized as he found the edge and scored on a 20 yard TD. In the blink of an eye, LeRoy was up 18-6. The defense continued to play strong after some half- time adjustments. After another turnover on downs, the offense began to move the ball again in chunks. However another lost fumble inside the 20 would give the ball back to Livonia. After a first down, the Knights defense stood tall once again, giving the ball back to the offense at the Livonia 28. Drew Strollo made them pay, as he broke multiple tackles en route to a 28 yard TD extending the lead to 24-6 early in the 4th quarter. Another defensive stop in 4 plays gave the ball one last time to LeRoy. A 16 yard run by Cal Koukides set up the next TD. Tommy Condidorio fol- lowed his brothers in the back- field Strollo, Piazza, and Fix, around the left end, making multiple cuts and finding the end zone for a 13 yard TD run of his own. Adam Woodworth punched in the conversion, fi- nalizing the score at 32-6. Livo- nia attempted to move the ball one last time, however the clock struck zero and LeRoy celebrat- ed yet another CYFL title! Xavien Walker was a missile from his inside line- backer position, exploding on runners all day long on his way to 9 tackles. Linebackers Drew Strollo (10) and Jackson Fix (9) also were all over the field, making multiple tackles and finishing off runners with brutal hits. Utility man Tony Piazza made 6 tackles from his hybrid linebacker/noseguard position. Edge defenders Connor Hege- man (3), Cal Koukides (5), and Adam Woodworth (3) made multiple tackles and prevented dangerous Livonia runners from getting loose. William Bogan (2), Derryk Gacek (2), Jude Sherman (2), Luke Lathan (4), Holden Sullivan (3), Zach Tool- ey (4), and Hunter Beverly (3) all made multiple tackles. Also contributing on defense with tackles were Alex Spezzano, Jack Egeling, Joey Biletskiy, Tavis Landen, Peter Clark, Kyle Northrup, Aaric Luce, Tommy Condidorio, and Tristen Wiesel- tier. LeRoy’s offense did the majority of its damage in the second half. For the game, Jackson Fix scored 2 TDs while running for 57 yards. Drew Strollo broke tackles regularly on his way to 147 yards on the ground including a TD. Tony Piazza added a hardnosed 41 yards and a TD. Cal Koukides had 35 all-purpose yards and opened up holes blocking from the tight end position. Tommy Condidorio hit his only pass in the rain for 17 yards, and also added 19 yards and a TD on the ground. Adam Woodworth punched in a conversion, while Adrian Stephens ran the ball and dominated his man all day at the tight end spot. Cam Max- well, Jayce Panepento, Tristen Wieseltier, Holden Sullivan, Jace Jedrewski, Hunter Bever- ly, Gaven Myers, Josh Horner, DJ O’Geen, and Zach Tooley all helped control the line of scrim- mage blocking in the trenches for LeRoy’s dominant running game. An injured Wyatt Draper provided support to his team- mates throughout the game. Every player on the team con- tributed in this ultimate team win, and contributed throughout the entire perfect season. Each player grew and not only played the game hard, but played the game with discipline, honor, and sportsmanship… values consis- tent with the long tradition of LeRoy Football. LeRoy’s 6th graders have enjoyed 3 titles in a row (Juniors in 2015, Seniors 2016 and 2017) while the 5th graders have yet to lose a game in 3 years, also enjoying 3 con- secutive titles (Juniors in 2015 and 2016, Seniors in 2017). The Senior team was coached by head coach Jeff Strollo, and assistants Brian Powers, Tim Spezzano, Mike Shepard (and sons), Joe Sherman, Colin Woodworth, and Matt Walther. The coaches and team would like to thank the LeRoy Youth Football Board, cheerleaders, parents, families, friends, and fans who all made this champi- onship season possible.