Congratulations to QB Tyler Shagi, RB/LB James Tripodi, OG/NG Ryan Schmid, HB/LB Doug Smiroldo, HB/LB Carmen Melillo, WR/CB Vinny Pellizzi, WR/FS Billy Booras, and RB/CB Kevin Escobar for being selected ALL-DIVISION by the Division I Coaches. All eight of these players had outstanding years!
A special congratulations to Tyler Shagi for being selected to the All-County team! That is a huge honor for Shagi, who had an excellent year leading the T-Birds at the QB position! Shagi completed 51% of his passes for 912 yards and 4 touchdown passes. He also ran for 412 yards and, a team-high, five touchdowns.
James Tripodi had an awesome year as a LB/RB for the T-Birds. Tripodi led the team with 80 tackles, had a team-high 16 tackles for losses, had 3 QB sacks, forced 2 fumbles, and recovered 1. Offensively, Jimmy led the team with 417 yards rushing and scored 4 touchdowns. Tripodi was very close to being selected to the All-County team, which is a huge accomplishment for a Junior.
Ryan Schmid was the best Offensive and Defensive Linemen on the T-Birds and was selected for the second straight year. Offensively, he provided solid line play throughout the year at his Guard position. Defensively, he led all D-Linemen with 49 tackles, 6 for a loss from his Nose Guard position.
Doug Smiroldo was selected for the second consecutive year. He had another excellent year. Offensively, Doug rushed for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also did a lot of blocking from his FB position. Defensively, Smiroldo was the second-leading tackler with 68 tackles, 6 being for a loss. He also had 1.5 QB sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery.
Carmen Melillo had a terrific year. Carmen led the team with 331 yards receiving on 22 receptions. He also ran the ball for 199 yards and scored 4 touchdowns on the season. Defensively, Carmen had 55 tackles, blocked 2 kicks, had an interception, and forced a fumble.
Vinny Pellizzi made All-Division for the second consecutive year. Pellizzi led the team with 23 receptions for 320 yards and two touchdowns. He, also, led the team in return yards providing some exciting kick and punt returns. Defensively, Vinny had another excellent year from his CB position. He finished the season with 42 tackles and broke up 8 passes.
Billy Booras, a two-year starting Free Safety, led all D-Backs with 3 interceptions and 53 tackles. He also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. As a free safety he had a great year providing some terrific coverage on passing plays and coming up and filling on runs.
Kevin Escobar had a very good year. Kevin rushed for 406 yards, averaging over 5 yards a carry. He also played a solid CB for the T-Birds making 21 tackles and providing excellent coverage.
The T-Birds had a great year and with a few less injuries who knows how high they would have soared. All the players should be proud of their accomplishments this year and how well they performed throughout the year.