Warrior Tournament Finals Highlights
Warriors Tournament Finals Results and Highlights
The Warriors Jr. Peewee and Peewee Divisions ended their seasons on Saturday November 24th at Cardinal Spellman HS in grand fashion as both divisional final games were easily the best games of the season. Talk about saving it till the end, all four teams showed up to play their best and did not disappoint the many fans who showed up.
Prior to each game Coach Willie Cawley of the CHSFL A Division Champion Spellman Pilots addressed the teams, emphasizing the importance of the day, of the teamwork and disciplines they have learned throughout the football season. The boys were reminded about the hard work that it took to get to this point and the tireless work of their VOLUNTEER coaches.
Jr Peewee Tournament Title Game
In the Jr. Peewee game of the tournament finals, the undefeated top seed Cardinal Spellman Spartans faced off against the 3rd seeded Middletown Animal Clinic Ramblers. The atmosphere was electric, as the teams squared of on the beautiful turf field. In the end, the Ramblers won 14-12 but there was much drama leading up to the final score. Most dramatically, the Spartans scored with 30 seconds left to play and set up for a daring 2-point conversion try at the 10 yard line. The Ramblers were up to the task and held on to the lead by stopping the attempt and recovered the onsides kick to end the game.
It was a Cinderella story that will always be remembered by everyone in the Bronx Warriors Football League, as the Ramblers turned a winless season into a championship run by giving the once before undefeated Spartans their first loss of the year in what was an epic championship match. The game ball was given to an unexpected player, who although never played a snap all year round, his story has and will continue to inspire many. That player is #11 Julius “Sarcoma Warrior” Lopez. Coach Tim reminded young Julius of the promise he made to him 2 years ago, while he was battling cancer. The promise of winning the championship for him. That promise is now realized and #11 is now and has always been a Champion. Offensive Linemen of the game went to Evin “MTA” Noriega, Gio “Venom” Calo and Tristan “Bumblebee” Yepez for opening up gaping holes for the running backs. Defensive Linemen of the game goes to Kwame “Groot” Josie and Ray “Venom” Tirado for wreaking havoc in the backfield. Defensive players of the game goes to Tristan “Bumblebee” Yepez, Aydan “Antman” Ayala, Qwamiere “Smoking Joe” Fraser for their contribution on defense. Players of the game goes to the 1,2,3 Kids. Jordan “Ice” Yepez who had 70 yards rushing, massive tackles, blocks and scored an extra point. Tyler “Terminator” Laniyan who scored both touchdowns and ran for 60 yards. Tristan “Showtime” Robson for scoring an extra point and explosive play on defense.
Nathaniel Cabrera lead the Spartans with 2 touchdowns. Maximus Ferran had 52 yards on the day. Aydin Mora had 44 yards. The entire team played great as they did all season, winning the division title. The Spartans suffered their first defeat of the season as they were a 2 point conversion away from going into overtime. It was a great season overall go Spartans.
Peewee Tournament Title Game
As was the case in the Jr Peewee game, this was a battle royal, with the 2- seeded Jimmy Ryan’s Bronx Bar & Grill Rams defeating the top seed Schuyler Hill FH Javelins in overtime 19-18, sending the crowd into a frenzy. The Javelin’s moved the ball well in the first half but came up short on scoring. In the second half Devon Delone scored 3 touchdowns but the Javelin’s fell short on extra points losing by 1 point to a well deserving Rams team. The Javelin’s had an excellent season going undefeated in the regular season and winning the division title. It was a great effort by all.
For the Rams QB Nico Bustamante after an injury scare opened up the score with the league leading 15th TD pass of the season to WR Luis Ferran after Kenneth Prince intercepted the Javelins QB. The Javelins tough defense stopped the Rams converting the extra point. The Javelins tied the game with 3 minutes left in the game but failed to convert the extra point for the win.
Going into Overtime the Javelins scored first from the one yard line and missed on the extra point attempt. On the Rams possession QB Nico Bustamante hit WR Luis Ferran on a screen. WR Luis Ferran broke a tackle and was ruled down at the one yard. A QB sneak tied the game. The deciding extra point was scored by Nico Bustamanteon on a bootleg keeper to the left side on a fake handoff to the RB sending all the Rams parents into a frenzy.
This was a TOTAL TEAM EFFORT. Players of the game were TY Diaz Frankie Serrano. Tommy Forliano. Jayden Diaz. Daniel Ortiz. Matthew Rodriguez. Xavier Holloway. D’Angelo Cabrera. Maximus Rivera. Ephram Spillat. Deon Gonzales. Kenneth Prince. Anthony Hernandez and Luis Ferran. They all contributed blocking on offense and tackling on defense. They were truly a team this year with a final record of 8-3 with 5 shutouts for the season. Coach Miguel Bustamante would like to thank not only the players but also Coach David Diaz and coach Gabby Ortiz for their hard work because without them this would have not been possible. Thanks to the parents for dedicating themselves to these kids and encouraging them to get better and for the support that they show to our coaching staff. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RAMS AND THE JAVELINS FOR A GREAT SEASON AND THANKS TO JOE DESIMONE FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SEASON AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE WARRIORS ORGANIZATION.
The Warriors Administrators thank all of the participants, their parents and sponsors and of course CARDINAL SPELLMAN HS for the use of the facility and for their constant support of our programs.