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Oswego Youth Tackle Football Opens Season at Home

Aug 23, 2016 07:00AM ● Published by Steven Jack

Gallery: OYTF Week 1 [11 Images] Click any image to expand.

Oswego Youth Tackle Football and Cheer opened its 37th season in Oswego, with all teams playing at home (Grande Park), this weekend. It was a perfect weekend to watch the teams play and the cheerleaders cheer. The games were exciting and most were a lot closer than the scores below will show. After the games this week, it will definitely be a fun season for OYTF.

OSWEGO 8U BLUE 14 - Kaneland Silver 19
Oswego 8U blue opened up the season with a strong effort on Thursday evening against a tough Kaneland team . Oswego chose to receive the ball and put together a very impressive offensive drive that lasted the entire first quarter, but unfortunately were stopped at the goal line.  A tough offense was led by Ryan King, Jameson Staniszewski, AJ Smith, Blayke Lohmann, and Jace Hickman.

Kaneland was able to score on the issuing drive but the blue defense tightened up led by Hunter Novak, Trent Epley, Dylan Koebele, Jayden Husband, and Wyatt Harvey, and played a very tough game throughout.  Blue battled back in the game to take a 1 point lead late in to the 4th quarter but Kaneland scored late to seal the game 19-14.  
OSWEGO 8U ORANGE 26 - Kaneland Silver 0
8U Orange had a successful start to their season with a 26-0 shutout victory. Hunter Amelio and Dylan Cathey lead the way offensively. Hunter Amelio had 3 touchdowns while Dylan Cathey had 1 touchdown and a few long runs to help set up a couple of other touchdowns. The offensive line paved the way for the rushing attack; lead by Nolan Hutchings, Colton Pennington, Tristan Thomas, and Teddy Manikas, with Connor Konken doing his part from the backfield with some powerful lead blocking. The offense was a dominant force from start to finish.

The defense came to play as well, limiting the Kaneland offense to minimal yardage and forcing a turnover. The defense was lead by Ethan Pilip, Jeff Hernandez, Hunter Amelio, and Noah Deist, with some stout interior line play by Ethan Emmick and Cam Loghmani. The game was filled with multiple sacks and tackles for loss, ending with a sack and forced fumble by Jeff Hernandez with Cam Loghmani recovering the fumble to secure the shutout. 

Game balls were awarded to co-offensive MVP’s Dylan Cathey and Hunter Amelio and co-defensive MVP’s Jeff Hernandez and Ethan Pilip for their outstanding play and leadership in the season opener.
OSWEGO 4TH GRADE ORANGE 7 - St. Raph Red Hawks 0
On Saturday, August 20th, The Oswego Orange 4th grade team opened up its season at home against the Naperville Red Hawks with a packed crowd on hand. The Oswego team put together a few promising drives in the first half only to have them cut short by turnovers. Luckily, the Oswego defense came to play and continued to shut down every Red Hawk possession with its relentless pursuit and swarming tackling.

The Oswego defensive squad's overall stellar performance was led by Michael Kelly, Andy Pohlman, Nolan Koebele, CJ Reyes, Anthony Massoth, Joey Hartmann, and Brett Connolly. At the start of the second half, the contest was scoreless. The defensive battle continued until the Oswego offensive line led by Louie Cikauskas, Nathan Harker, Mikey Claycombe, Kevin O'Grady, Bradley Stratton and Payton Lanham paved the way for the only score of the game.

Anthony Massoth plowed through the line and was off to the races scoring on a 58 yard touchdown run late in the game to put Oswego up by six. Andy Pohlman would complete the drive by dancing through a sea of red to make good on the extra point conversion.

The Oswego defense continued its dominance for the remainder of the game bringing the contest to an end with Oswego winning 7-0.  After kicking off its season with a big win against Naperville, Oswego looks to travel to DeKalb on Saturday 8/27 to take on the 1-0 DeKalb team.  
OSWEGO 5TH GRADE ORANGE 8 – Kaneland Silver 24
The defense showed up against the run and was led by Marco Bellanca, Grifen Brown, Taiden Thomas, Colin O’Grady, Finn Anderson, Noah Vera, Andrew Karsten, Tyrell Husband, Payton Hammond, Austin Campos, Abe Hansen, Julian Rivera, Ryan Pass and Brandon Becker with interceptions by Johnny Cannavino and Grant Zegar.

The offense picked up steam as the game went on with blocking from Ben Pavlick, Dalton Platt, Carter Hattrem, Joey Abdallah and in traffic catches from Bryce Woods from Quarterback Owen Carlson. Running back Devin White ran hard against a tuff defense and scored in the 3rd quarter, Grifen Brown kicked the extra point to narrow the lead to 14-8.

The passing defense could not keep up late in the game but great efforts from Luke Montalto, Logan Krisch, Owen Fitzgerald and Mike Mellas keep the score down. A rematch is scheduled in 3 weeks and the boys are looking forward to it, next up is DeKalb which is a rematch of last year’s Super bowl.

OSWEGO 6TH GRADE BLUE 12 – St. Raph Huskies 26
The OYTF 6th grade blue football team lost their opener to the Naperville North Huskies, who debuted a new style of offense from last year. The OYTF Panthers kept the score, 26-12, close despite turning the ball over twice on their own 18 and 4 yard line. The Panthers scored on two touchdown passes from Josh Polubinski. Josh’s first touchdown pass was a 42 yard completion to Will Pavlick. The second touchdown came on a 9 yard pass to Caden Collander. The panthers will look to rebound next week at home against Yorkville.
OSWEGO 6TH GRADE ORANGE 14 – Aurora Christian 27
The 6th Grade Orange Panthers kicked off the season on Saturday vs. the Aurora Christian Eagles.  It was slow going for both teams at first, with Defensive stops on both sides.  The Eagles Offense got rolling, as the Panthers gave up a couple of big plays.  The Panthers went to halftime down  14-0.

The lone 1st half highlight was a drive killing tackle for loss by Ryan "Ryno" Emmick.  They opened the 2nd half with a 40+ yd kick return by Brandon Kunitzer, but were unable to capitalize on the field position.  Things began to unravel, even as the Defense played tough, the big plays bit them again.  They gave up 2 more TD's, they lost heavy hitter Sebastian Arriaga to a multiple week injury, and found themselves down 27-0.  With their teammate wounded the Panthers began to rally. 

Riley "RJ" Taves made a big hit that resulted in a turnover, as teammate Miami Graham came in and stripped the ball.  It was all Panthers after that, as QB Addison Carlson scampered for a 30 yd TD, then threw a 10 yd TD pass to Miami Graham who also ran in the PAT.  They closed on a 14-0 run, but ran out of time as the final score was 27-14 for Aurora Christian. They have another tough matchup as they look to rebound against DeKalb next week and "win one for the gipper"
Get well soon Sebastian Arriaga!
OSWEGO 7TH GRADE BLUE 0 – St. Raph Nequa Valley 30
The 7th grade blue Panthers opened its football season against Nequa Valley and it was a long day for the Panthers, on the opening kickoff Oswego fumbled the ball and Nequa recovered. After a long hard drive Nequa was able to score the first touchdown of the season and they were on their way from there, but it was not easy and the Panthers fought hard all day and made Nequa earn everything they got.

The Nequa Valley Wildcats scored twice in the first half and twice in the second half for a 27 to 0 score. On offense Cole Henrikson and Xavier Ramirez ran well for the game behind the great blocking of Zach Harpley, Chris Cosmas and Caleb Bierman. The defense was lead by J.T. Stryszyk who was all over the field and Logan Bernardy who played great at nose guard.
OSWEGO 7TH GRADE ORANGE 20 - Kaneland 16
7th Orange holds on to beat Kaneland 20-16 at home Sunday.  Julian Rodriquez had a big day with a 70 yard run on the first play from scrimmage that set up an 8yd TD run by Moises Perez who also had 32 yards of tough rushing.  Later in the second quarter Rodriguez caught a 60 yard TD thrown from Charlie Reavley who was 2 for 2 for 85 yards.  

Vincent Andersen’s first official football catch went for 25 yards.  Payton Mitchell recorded a key interception to stop a drive. Zach Selvig had 36 yards in rushing.  Big man Nate Perry scooped up a short kick and returned it to Kaneland’s 35 to open the 2nd half.  Late in the 4th quarter Tristen August tipped a deep post on 4th down with a heavy rush from Nathaniel Brazen to close the deal.  Go Oswego!
OSWEGO 8TH GRADE BLUE 7 - St. Raph Nequa Valley 0
The 8th grade blue Panthers started their season off with a tough match-up against Nequa Valley on Sunday. The first half was a defensive battle. Neither team could get anything going and just before halftime Nequa Valley's drive stalled with a Joey DeMarco interception.

The second half was much of the same. The Panther defense didn't let up with 5 forced turnovers, Nikolas Hampton led the team with 8 tackles, 2 passes deflected and a fumble recovery. The defensive line was solid led by Aidan Tweedy & Tyler Curtin.

The play of the game came with 40 seconds left when Kyle Morrissey picked off a pass 
and took it to the house to give the Panthers a 6-0 lead, Isaiah Emanuel punched in the 2 pt conversion to seal the 8-0 victory. This was a total team victory and the Panthers will take on Sandwich this Saturday at 3pm at Sandwich High School.

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