East Bay Warriors dominate Middletown in weekend football
Besides raising awareness of breast cancer, the East Bay Warriors football teams also elevated their record over the weekend, marking wins in all age divisions against the Middletown Islanders.
The East Bay Warriors Breast Cancer Awareness Day was a success on and off the field, said Henry Cabral, one of the league organizers. Mr. Cabral extended the league's appreciation "to the Gloria Gemma Foundation, survivors and family members, all who donated raffles, vendors, volunteers, the Middletown Islanders, Portsmouth Patriots, Barrington Eagles, and everyone in our organization for making games such a success."
Game highlights are as follows:
Junior Midgets (Record: 7-0)
Warriors 32, Middletown 0
The East Bay Warriors Junior Midgets rolled the Middleton Islanders 32-0 this past weekend. The Warriors opened the game with a 60 yard touchdown drive that ended with Ryan Ramos running in for the score. Ramos added the first of his four extra points on conversion, putting the Warriors up 8-0 early in the game.
On the Warriors’ next drive, Damien Mendoza connected with with Zack Francis for a 20 yard touchdown pass, followed by a third, first quarter touchdown as Matt Ditondo scampered in from 30 yards out. The Warriors were up 24-0 at the end of one quarter.
The junior midgets continued their rally in the second quarter. Hard runs by Val Aiello, Ashton Begin, and Devon Lancaster led to Jake Ribeiro’s scramble from 4 yards out to complete the night’s scoring.
Offensively the Warriors had a great day from their offensive line which included Jake Sarza, Tyler Rego, Connor McKenna, and Keith Stephenson.
Defensively the Warriors were led by Jeff Silvia, Neil Thibaudeau, DJ Machado, and Caden Cabral.
Mitey Mites (Record: 4-2-1)
Warriors 25, Middletown 12
In the Mitey Mites division, the Warriors handily defeated Middletown posting a 25-12 victory.
The Warriors scored in the second quarter with a 15 yard touchdown run by Ethan Case capped off with an extra point pass by David Benevides to Cory Grifka. East Bay continued their ground attack with two more scores in the third quarter, enabled by strong blocking by Colton Dias, Lanear Nocella, Joseph Stewart and Jacob Cordeiro.
Middletown responded with a rushing touchdown at the end of the third quarter but could not convert the extra point.
The Warriors scored another touchdown early in the fourth quarter with a 42 yard rushing attempt by Cory Grifka, making the score 25-6. Defense continued their outstanding play as they have done all year with great tackles by Patrick Pitts, Colin O’Connell, AJ Viera, Riley Furtado, Aidan Ramaglia, Lanear Nocella and Jordan Pompey. Middletown scored its second TD late in the game for the final score 25-12.
PeeWee (Record: 6-1)
Warriors 7, Middletown 6
In the Warriors’ Pee Wee division, Middletown was defeated 7-6, with both teams’ defense doing their jobs well. After a fourth down turnover in the first quarter, the Warriors offense took over at mid-field with Matt DeFelice completing passes to Devon Proulx and Joey Penkala.
Following the air attack, Joey Penkala set up behind offensive line Ben Iiams, Mike Trexler, Zach Burke, Dylan Martins and AJ Bernardo for run on goal. Penkala, breaking free of an Islander tackle, sprinted the 45 yards into the end zone. Adding the extra point was Avery Merritt who made a diving catch for a DeFelice pass, make the score 7-0.
Playing defense, Jeremy Thibitot, Nick Pierotti, Darren Ellinwood, Josh Pompey, Vinny Beretto, Colin Sullivan and Devon Proulx held Middletown to a number of fourth down turnovers. The Warriors offense, however, started to struggle resulting in two fumbles and an interception, opening the door to Middletown. Taking the opportunity, the Islanders broke a long touchdown run. Their attempt at the extra point was batted down by Jeremy Thibitot, leaving the score 7-6.
In the second half, the Warriors defense was solid only allowing minimal gains for Middletown’s offense. Avery Merritt came up with a huge interception while Middletown was driving for game winning score inside the two minute warning. The pick ran the clock, giving the Warriors the 7-6 win.
Tiny Mite (Record: 6-1)
Warriors 18, Middletown 6
The Warriors tiny mite squad made an impressive win over the Middletown blue squad, 18-6. Gavin Winn led the Warriors ground game with two touchdown runs complimenting Parker Camelo’s one touchdown scramble. Jason Teeden added to the ground attack, gaining yardage throughout the game. The running game was led by strong offensive blocking up front led by Mason Furtudo, Mathew Sampson, Nolan Mello, Jackson Case, Rocco Ferlito, Hunter Bagwell, Messiah Lastra and Ethan Martel.
On the defensive side of the ball, Michael Lombardi, William Silva, Nepo Alicea, Andrew Medeiros, Gordan Kopecky, James Thibaudeau and Zain Barbee managed to disrupt Middletown’s strategies, holding them after one touchdown. While playing defense, Barbee had a crucial fumble recovery late in the second half, keeping the Warriors in control of the ball.
The East Bay Warriors will play at Durfee High School in Fall River, Mass. on Sunday, Oct. 21.