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105 LB. Jr. Vikings Off To NYFL Super Bowl! - 2007
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On Saturday, October 27, 2007, the 105 lb. Grand Island Junior Vikings faced the Lewiston-Porter Rams at Kenney Field in the Town of Tonawanda. The first half went by very quickly with neither team scoring, but after the half, it was all Grand Island!
The Jr. Viking dominated the Lew-Port defense and recorded the team’s 7th shut-out of the season. Bailey Kephart and Danny Ray each had fumble recoveries. In the third quarter, Jacob McMahon had a great tackle in the backfield while defending an attempted reverse play. Linebackers Joey Chiaravalle, Joey Santa Lucia and Mike Dzielski each disrupted the Lew-Port offense. Defensive lineman Joe Campanella, AKA "Campzilla", was a force on the line.
The Grand Island offense played another great ball control game. The terrific blocking of tight end Vince Chiarenza allowed running backs Joe Chiaravalle, Jack Gorman and Jarod Brandon to rush for over 200 combined yards. Joe Chiaravalle scored the first two touchdowns and Jarod Brandon added the last touchdown. The Brandon touchdown was possible because of the great block Christian Mason made against the Lew-Port defender.
By beating the Lewiston-Porter team by a score of 18-0, the 105 lb. Jr. Vikings have advanced to the Super bowl Championship Game. The Vikings will play the North Tonawanda Avalanche at Wilson High School. The game begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 3. The Grand Island Junior Viking organization invites all to come enjoy the excitement of Youth Football!
Good luck Vikings!
The Junior Vikings Continue Their Winning Ways! - 2007
October 4, 2007 . . .The 105 lb. Junior Vikings increased their regular season record to 3-1 with a 33-0 victory over the Sweethome Panthers at Veteran's Park on Sunday, September 30, 2007. The Team started out fast with AJ Swanson recovering the opening kickoff and the team scoring 25 points in the first fifteen minutes of the game. Joe Chiaravelle ran for 2 touchdowns in addition to Vince Chiarenza catching a nice pass from Mike Dzielski and running in for another touchdown. Jarod Brandon made some nice moves and ran for a 40-yard TD. The team's special teams unit made history by kicking a field goal for an extra point. The field goal was the first made at Veterans field by a Vikings youth team. Jake Bass made a nice snap to Mike Dzielski who put it down for Joe Chiarevelle who kicked it through the uprights! The "D" continued their domination with another shut out. Joe Jarka made a nice interception. Jarod Brandon sacked the Sweethome quarterback twice and Joe Campanella and Anthony Mosher each added another sack. Jack Gorman and Danny Ray made a lot of nice tackles to shut down the Sweethome offense.
Grand Island started the game strong building a 22-7 halftime lead over the Sweethome Panthers. Two Connor Murray touchdown runs as well as a Connor Murray 65-yard kickoff return were some of the offensive highlights. Tyler Yockey and Danny Blocho were electric connecting for two, two-point conversions. In the second half, the defense stood strong and Connor Murray added a fourth touchdown, finishing the day with 207 yards. Coach Yockey praised the great blocking by Nick Demita, Sean Mattery, Charlie Schaab, Mike Kleinschmidt, Tom Doctor, Cole Smith, Vinny Collis, and Elijah Geis. The defense was led by Dave Mohr, T.J. Acker, Ron Steffans, Dylan Dorey, Matt Sutton, Jon Grenda, and Mitch Fachko. The win leaves the 130 lb.
Vikings still undefeated in the regular season! Good Luck next week against the Williamsville Commandos.
If you would like to see exciting youth football, come see the Junior Vikings face the Williamsville Commando on Sunday, October 7th at Veteran's Park. The 85 lb. team plays at 11 a.m.; the 105 lb. team begins their game at 12:30 p.m. and the 130 lb. team starts at 2 p.m. The Bills are not playing on Sunday, so come enjoy your upcoming Grand Island Football Players!
Week 2 Brings More Success for Grand Island Junior Football! - 2007
September 16, 2007 . . .
On Sunday, September 16, 2007, the Grand Island Junior Viking organization began an exciting day of football. In a morning game, the 85 lb. Junior Vikings lost a
close game to the TFC Renegades 14-7. Running Back Tyler Muggli scored the Jr. Vikings' touchdown with a run to the left side of the line. Great blocking was
provided by Center Max VeRost, Guard Douglas Yockey, and Tackle Tyler Moskala. Quarterback Joey Boudrow scored the extra point with a sneak up the
middle. Defensive players Richard Seibert and Troy Brady made several notable tackles.
The next game of the day was the 105 lb. Junior Vikings versus the TFC Braves. The 105 Junior Viking defense is on a streak, shutting out its second team in a row with a 14-0 win. There were many big plays made but Joey Santa Lucia making his first interception of the season may have been the biggest. Joe Campanella, Shannon Holt and Jake McMahon were big on the defensive line with Danny Ray, Anthony Mosher and Jarod Brandon playing well at the ends.
The Offense started off fast with Jack Gorman running a sweep for 25 yards, followed up with Joe Chiaravelle making a nice run for the touchdown. The Vikings went for a two-point conversion when Quarterback Mike Dzielski completed a nice pass to Gorman taking an 8-0 lead. Ball control was the order for the rest of the day.
In the final contest of the afternoon, the 130 lb. Junior Vikings faced the TFC Redskins. The game was a hard fought contest with Grand Island coming out on top 7-6. The game started off slow, with the Grand Island Junior Vikings trailing TFC, 6-0 after a hard fought first half. But Grand Island responded on their first possession in the second half after getting a Ron Steffans fumble recovery. Tyler Yockey hit Connor Murray on a 1-yard screen pass on fourth down for a Grand Island touchdown. The extra point was good on a run by Murray. The defense came up big getting a fumble recovery and 5 tackles from Elijah Geis. Connor Murray had 3 tackles and 2 sacks. Dylan Dorey (4 tackles) and Dan Blocho (3 tackles) also came up big. Offensively Murray (69 yards) and Geis (56 yards) led the way.
For the 2007 Season, each week the cheerleading squad will submit Spirit Award winners for each game. The Blue squad spirit recipient is Lauryn Swanson. The Gold squad Spirit recipients are Sierra Brooks and Kelsey Ketterer and the White squad spirit recipients are Sarah Dollendorf and Natalia Andriacco. Congratulations to all the girls! The Grand Island Junior Viking Organization thanks you for all of your hard work and team spirit! Go Vikings!
Grand Island Junior Vikings League Opens Season With Two Wins - 2007
September 8, 2007 . . .The G.I. Jr. Vikings 85 lb. team began the regular season with a disappointing 19-0 loss to New-Wil-Ran. The team played hard and is looking for a better game this Sunday against Tonawanda.
The G.I. Jr. Vikings 105 pound team started off the regular season the same way it finished its pre-season, with a decisive WIN, beating New-Wil-Ran, 29-0 on the road.
The offense opened up quick scoring on their second play of the game on a sweep play from QB Mike Dzielski to running back Joe Chiaravalle who received a great block from running back Jack Gorman. Chiaravalle ran for well over 200 yards and four touchdowns before the first half ended. The “O” line was led by team player Vince Chiarenza who opened up many holes for the backs with great blocking from Shannon Holt, Joe Santa Lucia, Jake Bass, Joe Campanella, Joe Jarka and Jarod Brandon. The Defense only allowed two first downs all game with great tackles from Danny Ray, Anthony Mosher, Jake McMahon as well as Chiaravalle and Gorman. Head Coach Tom Dzielski said, “It was one of the best team efforts I've has seen in my eight years coaching,” and said he is very excited for the rest of the upcoming season.
After a tight first half (14-12), the 130 lb. Grand Island Jr. Vikings blew open the game scoring 19 unanswered points in the second half. The Vikings were led on the ground by Connor Murray who had 214 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. Also leading the way was Elijah Geis with 69 yards and 2 touchdowns. Exceptional blocking by Cole Smith, Mike Kleinschmidt, Sean Mattery, Nick Young, Nick Demita, Charlie Schaab, Tommy Doctor, Dan Blocho, and Matt Sutton paved the way for Murray and Geis. Defensively Grand Island played strong all day. They were led by Elijah Geis with 5 tackles and Jon Grenda. There were 6 turnovers by Grand Island and a safety by T.J. Aker. Fumbles were recovered by Mitch Fachko, Dan Blocho, Dylan Dorey, and Tyler Yockey. David Mohr and Vinny Collis had interceptions for Grand Island.
Grand Island Junior Viking Football - 3rd Registration Date Announced - June 2007
A third registration for football players for the 2007 Football Season will be held Thursday, June 21 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Registration is being held at the Grand Island Memorial Library and the registration fee is $150.00. First year players are required to provide a copy of his/her certified birth certificate.
Parents, on our web site, www.jrvikings.org, click on the “Registration” button to read what is entailed when joining our organization. If you still have questions, call Tammy Gorman at (716) 609-3619 who will be happy to answer your questions.
Please remember to bring your football player, as the players are to be measured for helmets, shoulder pads, etc., and to pick out his/her 2007 Jersey number.
See you next Thursday!
Grand Island Junior Viking Football
Can You Believe There Are Only 74 Days Until
Jr. Football and Cheerleading Begins? - 2007
We can't believe it either! Time flies, but we are preparing for an exciting season. We are looking forward to capitalizing on all of last year’s success including our second division champ in two years and the AMAZING 1st Place sweep from our cheerleading squads. What do you mean you weren't a part of the excitement? Don't Miss your opportunity to join this Saturday.
On Saturday, May 19th, between the hours of 10:30 am and 2:30 pm, all boys and girls between the ages of seven and thirteen can sign up for football or cheerleading for the 2007 Football Season. Registration is being held at the Grand Island Library and the registration fee is $150.00. First year players/cheerleaders are required to provide a copy of his/her certified birth certificate.
Parents, on our web site, www.jrvikings.org, click on the “Registration” button to read what is entailed when joining the football/cheerleading organization on Grand Island. If you still have questions, call Tammy Gorman at (716) 609-3619 who will be happy to answer your questions.
Please remember to bring your football player or cheerleader, as the players are to be measured for helmets, shoulder pads, etc., and to pick out his/her 2007 Jersey number; and cheerleaders are going to be sized for their NEW UNIFORMS!
We look forward to a GREAT 2007 Season!
Grand Island Junior Viking Football
Are You Ready For Some Football? - 2007
Have you ever wanted to run the football into the end zone for a game winning touchdown? Have you ever thought about cheering your hometown team to a victory? Are you between the ages of 7 and 13?
All boys and girls between the ages of seven and thirteen can sign up for football or cheerleading for the 2007 Football Season on Saturday, May 19th, between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Registration is being held at the Grand Island Memorial Library and the registration fee is $150.00. First year players/cheerleaders are required to provide a copy of his/her certified birth certificate.
Parents, on our website, www.jrvikings.org, click on the “Registration” button to read what is entailed when joining the football/cheerleading organization on Grand Island. If you still have questions, call Tammy Gorman at (716) 609-3619. Remember to bring your football player or cheerleader, as the players are to be measured for helmets, shoulder pads, etc., and to pick out his/her 2007 Jersey number; and cheerleaders are going to be sized for their NEW UNIFORMS!
Grand Island Junior Viking Football Registration - 2007
Registration for Returning Football/Cheerleading participants is being held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at the Grand Island Memorial Library. Registration for New Football/Cheerleading participants is being held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at the Grand Island Memorial Library. The registration fee for this year is $150. See Jr. Football for more registration information.
For more information on registration, including fees, ages and weight class, please visit our website at www.jrvikings.org.
Grand Island Junior Viking Football To Begin New Season - 2007
The Grand Island Junior Vikings, on January 22, 2007, began preparing for the 2007 football season. There are many items on the agenda for the upcoming season including interviewing potential football and cheerleading coaches, purchasing equipment and uniforms, and securing practice sites and all board members are eager to get the ball with a lot of work ahead.
If you are 7-13 years old and interested in being a football player or cheerleader, click www.jrvikings.org to watch for registration dates. If you are interested in becoming a football or cheerleading coach, click the website and fill out the coaching application. "We will be interviewing coaching candidates within the next few months, so get your applications in early!" a spokesman for Jr. Football said this week.
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