The Sachem Warriors may not have grasped the history they made Sunday since most are only 11-years old, but who could blame them while they were celebrating a championship with non-alcoholic bubbly, whip cream bottles and silly strong.
Moments earlier the youth travel football team won the first championship for Sachem Sports Club since its formation in 2010.
In a game played largely between the hash marks, Sachem dominated Massapequa in a defensive showdown, winning the Long Island championship, 8-0, at the PAL Complex in Holtsville.
Last season the Warriors lost to the Long Island Sharks in the finals and waited a full season to capture their own magical moment.
“We came back this year and the purpose of this season was to get back to this point,” said Sachem coach Dennis Wandle. “The drive was not only to get here, but to win. We challenged them all year and talked about heart. They showed it today.”
Dylan Laub scored the only touchdown of the game in the second quarter on a 10-yard carry, spurred by a massive block by quarterback Ryan Sheehy on the end around. Sachem recovered a fumble on the series before and capitalized on the turnover.
“Dylan is a great back,” said Sachem head coach Joe Doscher. “He’s tough to take down. He finds holes that aren’t even there.”
Both coaches credited their offensive and defensive lines with setting a tempo in the game and all season long.
“They were huge,” Wandle said. “We had big blocks, that was the key.”
“Without a line nobody runs anywhere,” Doscher added.
Sheehy grabbed an interception in the final two minutes of the game, securing the victory for Sachem.
Fourth and Long
- The Warriors finished this year 8-1 and are 16-2 the last two seasons.
- Players of the Week (selected by the coaching staff): Bryan Moldonado and Ryan Sheehy.
S: Laub 10 run, kick good