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Posted Sunday, October 29, 2006 by Michael Konsevitch
The T-Birds were victorious on Friday night over Walt Whitman 7-6. The Defense came up big many times throughout the night to keep the team triumphant. Many players contributed to the exciting victory which kept the T-Birds Playoff hopes alive.
During the 4th quarter the defense for Connetquot had 3 of their 6 quarterback sacks, an interception, and stopped the Wildcats on fourth down on the last play of the game to seal the victory.
During the last drive for the Wildcats, Kevin Escobar made a tremendous touchdown-saving tackle at the 15 yard line with 1 minute left. The tackle, one of Kevin's 6 on the night, saved the day for the T-Bird Nation.
Throughout the game the defense was swarming all over the field and pressuring the quarterback. Angelo DeLiso (2.5 sacks), James Tripodi (1 sack), Matt Shulman (1 sack), and Ryan Schmid supplied some serious pressure.
Kevin Escobar, Billy Booras (1 interception), Vinny Pellizzi, Carmen Melillo, Mike Weiss, and Jonathan Sternbach provided outstanding coverage. Tripodi led the defense with 11 tackles, 3 for a loss, Schmid had 8 tackles, and Doug Smiroldo had 7 tackles. Also great D-Line play was provided by Steve Cluen.
The offense had numerous opportunities to score a lot of points, but turnovers hurt them. James Tripodi had a 1-yd run on the first drive of the game, followed by James Campbell's extra point and that was all the scoring the T-Birds needed to win.
Kevin Escobar rushed for 80 of the team's 187 rushing yards and Carmen Melillo had 4 receptions for 63 yards. Tyler Shagi had some outstanding scrambles to keep some drives alive. Shagi rushed for 38 yards and passed the ball for 63 yards.
The T-Birds did not play their best but still got a well-deserved victory. The T-Birds host the undefeated, first place William Floyd Colonials on Saturday at home next week. It will be Senior Day at Connetquot and a win would greatly help the T-Birds in their chance at making the Playoffs. Go T-Birds!

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