Two OYTF Teams Advance to Championships
Oct 19, 2016 06:46AM ● Published by Steven Jack
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(3 Seed) 8U BLUE 6 – (2 Seed) Yorkville 12 8U
Blue fought hard Sunday morning against Yorkville but came up short, losing 12-6.
Yorkville struck first, with a long TD run to take the lead 6-0. Blue answered with their own long TD drive tying the game6-6. Blue had the opportunity to take the lead before half, but turned the ball over in the red zone. The two teams fought hard all second half.
Yorkville was able to put together a last minute drive and scored late. Blue gave it their all to try and tie the game with less than a minute left, but came up a little short. The team had a strong finish to the end of the season.
The entire team showed great progress each week throughout the season and the coaches and parents are proud of the boys. They showed great teamwork and sportsmanship while having fun and starting new friendships.
Congrats on a great season: Hunter Novak, Aiden Larsen, Blayke Lohmann, Danny Claycombe, Mariano Velasco, Brayden Cronin, Ryan King, AJ Smith, Trent Epley, Jace Hickman, Jamison Staniszewski, Wyatt Harvey, Jayden Pugsley, Dylan Koebele, Isacc Ramirez, Julian Hernandez, Donncha Souza.
On Saturday, October 15th The Oswego Orange 4th Grade team took on Yorkville White in the first round of the MYFL playoffs. With both teams looking to make it into the championship round, emotions ran high.
Oswego opened the game with a steady 40 yard drive down the field but could not manage to score. With Yorkville taking over in their own territory, Oswego's defense went to work shutting the foxes down.
Later in the first half, Oswego put together another great possession moving the ball down the field thanks to the hard running of Brett Connolly and Anthony Massoth and a clutch 20 yard reception by Bradley Stratton. The drive was capped off as Andy Pohlman danced his way to the end zone on a 12 yard run making the score 7-0 heading into halftime.
In the second half, Yorkville managed to score on a 60 yard run however, Oswego denied the extra point attempt maintaining a 7-6 lead. Oswego then responded with a drive of its own. A big run from Lucas Andersen brought Oswego within striking distance for Andy Pohlman to once again punch in a touchdown on a thrilling 4-yard run on 4th down and goal.
The final drive by Yorkville was shut down by outstanding play from the entire defensive unit of Oswego. With their 14-6 win over Yorkville, Oswego Orange (8-1) moves into the Championship round to face the Oswego Wolves (7-2) in a cross-town battle for the 4th grade title. The Championship game will be held on Saturday October 22nd at 11am at Aurora Christian Academy.
At Thursday’s Play-in Game for 4th seed in Playoffs the 10U Oswego Orange and Yorkville lost the 3 way tie coin flip last Sunday which forced a Play-in game for the 4th and final playoff spot.
The game was hosted at Yorkville High School on Thursday night and it was a picture right out of Friday Night Lights. Oswego took the opening drive 60 yards and scored the first touchdown, the offensive line came to play, opening holes all night lead by Griff Brown, Marco Bellanca, Dalton Plat, Bryce Woods, Taiden Thomas, Ryan Pass, Ben Pavlick, Carter Hattrem & Joey Abdallah.
The running back crew of Devin White, Colin O’Grady, Johnny Cannavino, Tyrell Husband had their way all night long, the QB tandem of Owen Carlson and Andrew Karsten lead the offense, gaining well over 300 yards. Great Touchdown runs by Andrew Karsten, Devin White & Colin O’Grady.
The defensive played hard against Yorkville’s well balanced offensive, Oswego put the heat on early and often with great plays by Noah Vera, Brandon Becker, Julian Rivera, Payton Hammond, Luke Montalto, Grant Zegar, Logan Krisch, Mike Mellas, Abe Hansen, Owen Fitzgerald, Johnny Cannavino with 3 sacks & a forced fumble and Finn Anderson with a last second interception to ice the game.
Oswego now has a quick turnaround and plays Saturday against the defending Super Bowl champions DeKalb at Aurora Christian Football field at 1:00pm.
10U OYTF Oswego Orange Football team loses heart breaker in overtime. The 10U Oswego Orange won the play-in game against Yorkville 2 days earlier, did a walk through on Friday and geared back up against DeKalb on Saturday.
Oswego took the opening drive 50 yards behind an offensive line firing on all cylinders, opening holes again all day lead by Griff Brown, Marco Bellanca, Dalton Plat, Bryce Woods, Taiden Thomas, Ryan Pass, Ben Pavlick, Carter Hattrem & Joey Abdallah against a tuff DeKalb defense that has only given up 2 touchdowns in a game twice before (both times by Oswego). The opening drive stalled on a failed 4th down.
The defensive took over and held DeKalb in check for most of the day, only allowing one offensive touchdown. Oswego keep DeKalb off balance with quality plays from the entire defense of Noah Vera, Brandon Becker, Julian Rivera, Payton Hammond, Luke Montalto, Grant Zegar, Logan Krisch, Mike Mellas, Abe Hansen, Owen Fitzgerald, Noah Vera, Brandon Becker, Julian Rivera, Payton Hammond, Luke Montalto, Grant Zegar, Logan Krisch, Mike Mellas, Abe Hansen, Owen Fitzgerald, Devin White, Johnny Cannavino, Tyrell Husband, Owen Carlson, Finn Anderson & Andrew Karsten. It was a true team effort with outstanding plays from every player on the field, pass plays broken up by Andrew Karsten & Grant Zegar to a fumble recovery by Johnny Cannavino to 4 forth down stops by a sea of Oswego defenders lead by middle linebacker Colin O’ Grady and safety Devin White and strong line play by Marco Bellanca, Bryce Woods & Taiden Thomas.
DeKalb returned a punt 50 yards and Oswego went into half time down 8-0. The offensive run game was a force all day long, keeping the Potent DeKalb offensive off the field. Devin White trucked around the edge for a long touchdown and Griff Brown make the extra point to tie the game 8-8. DeKalb charge back and scored early in 4th quarter and missed the extra point to take the lead 14-8.
With 5 minutes left in the game Oswego started it’s march down the field with 2 minutes left, the offensive line and lead backs opened a hole for Devin White and off to the races he went to tie the game 14-14. Oswego took a time out to decide to kick or run a play for the extra point. It was a team decision to go for the kick, Griff Brown was kicking into a stiff wind and we all knew the risk, the kick raced to the uprights and hit the bottom bar and bounced backward, every heart skipped a beat.
Now with the game tied 14-14 DeKalb started a march down the field with the winds to their back was stalled yet again by the potent Oswego Defense and the game ended in a tie and went to overtime. This was the first time DeKalb has every been held to one offensive touchdown in a game, what a defensive effort by Oswego. DeKalb started overtime at the 10 and 3 plays later went in for a touchdown.
It was now Oswego’s turn at the 10 and 3 plays later it was 4th and goal from the 2 yard line, Oswego came up short and was stopped on the 6 inch yard line. Head Coach, Rich Cannavino said “it was the best game in all my years of coaching, the heart and effort of each and every player, every coach and every fan, it was a heart breaker but a great learning experience for the kids and boy are they hungry to get back on the field next year. Hats off to DeKalb, we have the up most respect for both the players and coaching staff.”
The 8th grade Blue Panthers took on Nequa Valley this Sunday, the winner moves on to the Super Bowl.
Nequa Valley started strong but failed to score on their first drive. Oswego was forced to punt and Nequa struck in the second quarter on a 35 yard touchdown pass. Oswego would receive the kickoff and March down the field. On a 4th down from the 3 yard line Kyle Morrissey ran a sweep for a touchdown, but the play was called back for a holding penalty and Oswego did not score.
After back to back punts Nequa scored with no time left on a 25 yard amazing 1 handed catch in the end zone to take a 14-0 lead into halftime. Oswego threatened in the second half but failed to reach the endzone. Nequa scored a late TD to win 20-0.
Congratulations to all the 8 year players who played in 4 superbowls, 2 undefeated seasons and 2 championship trophies. This team showed more sportsmanship and teamwork in their loss and the coaching staff could not be more proud with this group of outstanding young men.
Oswego East and Oswego High have a great group of Freshman coming in and we will be hearing the names of many of these players over the next 4 years and beyond.