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Glenn Wins season opener vs. Hampton Bays

Posted Friday, September 20, 2013 by Dave Shanahan


                                              By Mitchell Scott, Knights’ Scribe


Elwood, NY-For a midweek season opening game, Elwood residents and other fans of the Knights packed the stands at the Elwood John H. Glenn Academic and Athletic Campus (the “GAAC”). Across the perfectly manicured field, the Hampton Bays Baymen hoped to start their season on the right foot. Using a ground control offense and mixing in some razzle-dazzle with a half-back option pass, the Baymen scored twice as the Knights missed tackles and gave way on the line of scrimmage. After off-season weight lifting, summer sessions, and an arduous week at football camp—including runs up the dreaded Mt. Misery—were the Knights not ready?


Before the half, the Knights’ depth began to show. This year’s team blends upper-class leadership and experience with the talents of a select few sophomores. Adding to the chemistry is that in Elwood, football is a family affair. Many of this year’s Knights are the younger brothers of Elwood stars from years gone by. The third Forsberg brother to put on a jersey for Head Coach Dave Shanahan, sophomore Chris Forsberg, stepped up and scored the Knights first touchdown of the 2013 season. Of course, the Knight veterans provided their teammate with the opportunity. Shortly before the half, the Knights had the ball and on the center snap, the Baymen broke through the line and crashed quarterback, Tom Balacki. The senior coolly skirted the pressure and lateralled to Forsberg in stride. As he cleared the edge, senior slot wide-receiver David Wicks paved the way with some pancake blocking for a twenty two yard scamper to the house. The Knights were on the board.


Still, when the half ended, the coaching staff was not happy. More troublesome than the score, absent was the every-play effort that defines Elwood football. In the locker-room, Coach Fred (the “Living Legend”) Fusaro addressed the team. The Coach’s words were brief but they were choice.


The second half was a very different story. When the Baymen tried to move the ball, in the stands you could hear pads popping. Linebackers Mike (the “Hammer”) Mannix (another younger brother), and TJ Tiernan delivered jarring hits. On the line, sophomores Dareus Smith and Edwin Rubio proved their comfort battling in the trenches. When the Knights had the ball, Quarterback Balacki showed off his rifle arm and T.J. Tiernan ran hard. Many others contributed. Steven Orkiszewski hauled in two passes for over a 103 yard and ran a punt back for a touchdown. Keeshawn Boodie rushed for 51 yards and TD. Another highly talented sophomore, Wayne White, added two catches and played some lock-down cornerback.  The second half was the type of team effort that has defined Elwood football during the illustrious Shanahan era. The final score: Knights 43 Hampton Bays 15.


The Knights’ Bottom Line: Next up for the Mighty Knights, the Mt. Sinai Mustangs, Friday Night at 7:00 p.m. under the lights at Mt. Sinai. In the opening week, for the first time in Mt. Sinai history, two backs each gained over two hundred yards. This is an early season game with play-off implications. Leave plenty of time for travel. Media reports indicate that the Knight Cheerleaders are planning a special night time fireworks show.

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