(last updated: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 11:55:31 AM)
2008 Season Recap

  • Championship
  • Week 12
  • Week 11
  • Week 10
  • Week 9
  • Week 8
  • Week 7
  • Week 6
  • Week 5
  • Week 4
  • Week 3
  • Week 2
  • Week 1
  • Jamboree

#2 North Haven Youth A (11-1) 8 0 0 0 - 8
#1 North Haven Youth B (12-0) 0 8 6 6 - 20

SYF Youth Championship

2008 SYFC Youth Champion North Haven B Team

11/23: The Youth A Indians, wearing white, were the visiting team and such such called the coin toss and did so correctly and opted to take the ball on their own 35. Mike Montano had a nice run to move the ball past midfield. Then Tommy Dodge took a handoff and rolled left and threw to Montano for a 40+ yard TD. Montano's kick was good to put the Indians in front, 8-0. After an exchange of possessions, the Youth B Chiefs, wearing maroon, went down and scored on a drive that was highlighted by a long run by Connor Suraci. In the 2nd quarter, Amadi Okwuosa went around the left end and was gone for a touchdown. Jeremy Imperati's kick squeaked through the bottom left corner of the uprights to tie the score at 8 at the half.

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11/23: The Chiefs got the ball on their own 35 to start the 3rd quarter and moved deep into Indian territory on the strength of Suraci's QB keepers and an end around run by Okwuosa around the right side. When it got to be 4th and goal, the Indian's D stepped up big time and stopped the Chiefs to take the ball back over on downs. But the Indians could not make a first down, so they had to punt the ball back. Montano's 20 yard kick gave the Chiefs the ball back inside the Indian 30. A short drive ended with a touchdown run on a QB keeper up the middle by Suraci, who then rolled right and tried to throw into the end zone for the conversion but was picked off. The third quarter ended with the Chiefs in front 14 to 8. 11/23: The Indians started the fourth quarter on their own 35, but couldn't make a 1st down. On fourth and long, they went for it, but a fumble gave the Chiefs the ball back on the Indian 33. Jeremy Imperati then went busting through traffic to move the ball inside the 5. On the next play, Davey Mikos took it around the right end and in for a TD. The kick was no good, so the score was 20-8. With 6 minutes left in the game, the Indians put together a long drive with some nice runs by Jake Kastenhuber and Montano to move into the Chiefs' red red zone, but Tommy Dodge's half back option pass was picked off by Michael Masnato in the end zone, effectively ending the game.

Week 3 Playoffs
11/16/08: #2 Madison C Juniors 33, #3 North Haven B Juniors 0
11/16/08: #2 North Haven A Youth 26, #4 Madison B Youth 0
11/16/08: #1 North Haven B Youth 20, #6 Madison A Youth 7

Week 3 Playoffs

11/16: The Junior B Indians traveled to Daniel Hand High School in Madison to take on the Madison C Jaguars in a rematch of a game played earlier this season in North Haven when the Indians gave the Jags their only defeat of the 2008 campaign. This time things didn't fair as well as Madison won 33-0 and advanced to the Championship game next Sunday. 11/16: North Haven's Youth A team advanced to the SYF Championship game by defeating Madison's Youth A Bengals. On the Indians' first drive, Mike Montano made it around the left end and had only one man to beat and blew right threw him for a long TD. The kick that followed was no good, so the score was 6-0. On their next drive, Tommy Dodge, on a keeper, made it through the right side of the line and broke off a 54 yard TD run. After a 5 yard penalty backed them up, the pass was no good, so the score was 12-0. Near the end of the half, the Bengals moved across the timeline but turned it over on downs. With under a minute until the half, Nick Ponzio fired a short pass to Mike McKenna, who broke into open and then bolted for a 55 yard TD. Montano's kick that followed was good making the score 20-0 at the half. North Haven got the ball to open the second half and went right down and scored. Jake Kastenhuber made a nice over the shoulder catch for a first down and McKenna broke another long run but was pushed out at the 1. Robert Ralston carried it in for the TD. The Kick was no good, so the final score was 26-0. 11/16: After a scoreless first period, Amadi Okwuosa got around the left end and sprinted for a 55 yard touchdown and the Youth B Indians moved in front of Madison's A team 7-0. Shortly after the Tigers turned the ball over on downs, Okwuosa broke a 35 yard touchdown around the left end for another TD. After a 5 yard penalty, Davey Mikos threw to Jeremy Imperati for the conversion and a 14-0 lead. Mikos was picked off at the Tiger goal line right before the half, and with seconds left, #34 broke a 90+ yard TD to make the score to 14-7 at the half. In the 3rd, Mikos threw to Imperati, who busted threw tacklers for a long gain and then carried it in on the next play for a TD to make the final score 20-7. The win for North Haven's Youth B team sets up an all Indian Championship game next Sunday.

Week 2 Playoffs

Week 2 Playoffs
11/8/08: #1 North Haven B Youth 21, #9 Guilford B 0
11/9/08: #3 North Haven B Juniors 13, #7 Cheshire A Juniors 6
11/9/08: #6 Madison A Seniors 27, #3 North Haven Seniors 0
11/9/08: #2 North Haven A Youth 29, #7 Clinton 13

11/9: Mike Montano busted in for a pair of 1st quarter touchdowns and kicked both conversions for a 16-0 Youth A lead. Tommy Dodge intercepted a pass and returned it for a 60 yard TD to increase the score to 22-0 at the end of 1. In the second, Dodge sweep around the left side and went 24 yards for a TD. A pass caught by Jake Kastenhuber on the conversion put the Youth Indians up 29-0 at the half. But Clinton scored a pair of touchdowns in the second half to make things interesting, and were driving for a possible 3rd, but were denied when Dodge picked off his 2nd pass of the day and North Haven went on to win, 29-13.
11/8: Amadi Okwuosa scored 3 TDs and had a 4th called back by a penalty while leading the Youth B Indians past Guilford B, 21-0 on rained soaked Vanacore field. Okwuosa ran for a 65 yard TD in the first, and a 45 yarder in the third. Conor Suraci threw a screen pass and Okwuosa caught it and took it around the end for 12 yards and his third TD in the fourth. 11/9: The Junor B Indians held a slim 7-6 lead at half time on the Cheshire A Rams, and then scored in the 3rd on a screen pass from Alex Puzzone to Christian Black who pounded it in from 12 yards out to take a 7 point lead. North Haven was then able to withstand the passing by Cheshire's big #18, who was able to move the ball into North Haven's red zone twice in the second half, but could not score. The final was 13-6. 11/9: The Senior Indians just could not stop the pounding runs of Weston Staples, who scored a pair of first half TDs as Madison A built up a 16-0 lead at the half. Ben Bednarzczyk ran for a 60+ yard TD in the third, and kicked three 2-point conversions and a 27 yard field goal as time expired and the Cougars knocked off the Indians 27-0.

Week 1 Playoffs
11/1/08: #1 North Haven B Youth 41, #16 Cheshire A Youth 13
11/1/08: #2 North Haven A Youth 30, #15 North Branford A Youth 13
11/2/08: #3 North Haven B Juniors 27, #14 OSW Juniors 0
11/2/08: #9 East Haven Juniors 30, #8 North Haven A Juniors 14
#3 North Haven Seniors, BYE

Week 1 Playoffs

11/1: Connor Suraci ran for a 60 yard TD in the 1st quarter to put North Haven's Youth B team up 6-0 on Cheshire's A team. Amadi Okwuosa broke a 24 yard TD run on 4th down and then returned a punt for a 55 yard TD in the 2nd quarter to put the Indians up 21-0. Jack Steinman ran for a short TD to close out the 1st half scoring and North Haven took a 28-0 into the half. Davey Mikos had a short TD run at the end of the 3rd and Steinman added his 2nd TD run in the 4th. #52 had a pair of long TD runs for the Rams. One in the 3rd and one in the 4th, and the final score was 41-13. 11/2: North Haven Junior B won the coin toss and scored on their first drive with a heavy dose of Ethan Suraci to get the ball down to the OSW goalline. QB Alex Puzone took it in on the keeper for a 6-0 lead. In the 2nd quarter, Suraci had a 14 yard run for a TD and the conversion kick caught the right upright and fell through for a 14-0 lead. Joe Corniello added a short TD run (above) right before the half to increase the lead to 20-0. The Indians kicked off to open the third and when the Ram receiver was hit taking it back, he fumbled and Zach Kastenhuber picked it up and returned it for a 40 yard TD. The point after was good making the final 27-0. 11/2: North Haven's Junior A team took an early 7-0 lead in the first when Nick McInnis went 53 yards around the right side for a TD and then Evan Manameit threw to Brandon Carfora for the extra point. But the Indians just could not stop East Haven's #46, Reynolds, who ran wild for 3 TDs as the Easties scored 24 unanswered before Nick McInnis took a kick off back 65 yards for a TD that cut the deficit to 24-14. Reynolds added a 42 yard romp around left end for a touchdown that capped the scoring in a 30-14 win for East Haven which knocked the Junior A team out of the playoffs.

Week 9
10/26/08: North Haven A Youth 28, East Haven B Youth 6
10/26/08: North Haven B Youth 32, Madison C Youth 7
10/26/08: North Haven Seniors 29, East Haven Seniors 13
10/26/08: North Haven B Juniors 20, TriTown A Juniors 6

Week 9

10/26: North Haven's Junior B Indians broke a scoreless tie right before the half when Tri Town's Junior A team went for it on 4th and 5 and turned the ball over on downs at their own 31 yard line. Alex Puzzone then fired a short pass to Christian Black who turned it into a 25 yard TD and a 6-0 Indian lead. 10/26: TriTown took the ensuing kickoff and returned it for a tying TD. With a minute and change left in the quarter, North Haven took the next kickoff and passed their way down to the Warriors' goal line and then scored on a QB keeper to take a 12-6 lead into the half. 10/26: Ethan Suraci took a pitch and scored a third Indian touchdown in the fourth quarter, and then North Haven added the 2 point conversion kick to cap the scoring at 20-6.

Week 8
10/19/08: North Haven B Juniors 21, Cheshire C Juniors 6
10/19/08: North Haven A Youth 26, Madison A Youth 6
10/19/08: North Haven Seniors 25, Old Saybrook Seniors 0
10/19/08: Madison B Juniors 20, North Haven A Juniors 12
10/19/08: North Haven B Youth 25, East Haven A Youth 6

Week 8

10/19: With a couple minutes left in a scoreless first half, in a span of 2 minutes, Jalon White scored a pair of TDs on QB keepers. After an OSW fumble, White broke off a 39 yard TD run around the right end. The Indians recovered an onside kick, and White scored a 40 yard TD on the first play to take a 12-0 lead into halftime. NH took the second half kickoff and worked a 3rd TD, with a heavy dose of Chris Mumford, who scored from 4th and goal from the 1 to make it 18-0. Casey Blank scored on a 5 yard keeper around the right side and Quincy Pecora scored the extra point to cap the scoring at 25-0. 10/19: Nick McInnis broke a 65 yard TD at the start to put Junior A on top 6-0, but Madison's Junior B team came right back with a 60 yard TD of their own to tie it at 6. McIinnis scored a 4 yard TD run in the 2nd after QB Evan Manameit converted a 4th down with a pass to keep the drive alive to make it 12-6. But Madison scored again to tie at 12 before the half. Late in the 4th, the Indians stopped Madison on the 1 foot line to take over on downs, but an unclean snap on the ensuing play resulted in a fumble, and a Madison recovery for the game winning TD. The Tigers added the 2 point kick and this one ended 20-12. 10/19: Amadi Okwuosa scored a pair of TDs with runs of 65 and 41 yards and Jeremy Imperati added two touchdowns as well as Youth B defeated East Haven's Youth A team in a battle of unbeaten teams, 25-6. After struggling to move the ball all game against the Indians powerful D, the Easties finally got on the board with 2 minutes left in the game.

Week 7
10/11/08: North Haven A Juniors 32, Branford Juniors 13
10/11/08: North Haven B Youth 28, Branford B Youth 6
10/12/08: TriTown Seniors 18, North Haven Seniors 7
10/12/08: North Haven A Youth 27, Cheshire A Youth 6
10/12/08: North Haven B Juniors 20, Cheshire A Juniors 6

Week 7

10/12: Youth A came out smoking, scoring 3 TDs in the first quarter and kicking a 2 point conversion to open up a 20-0 lead. Tommy Dodge scored the first TD on a 50+ yard run around the left side and Patrick McKenna added a pair of nice TD runs for the Indians. Above, Brandon Varney breaks through the middle for a big gain. 10/12: The Youth A Cheerleaders put on a great half time show despite the audio technical difficulties.

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10/12: The defense held Cheshire's speedy Youth A QB, #11, in check allowing him to break free only once for a 50+ yard TD run in the 3rd quarter, while McKenna scored again for the Indians to open a 27-6 lead through 3, and that ended up being the final score.
10/11: Nick McInnis had 3 first half touchdown runs of 2, 56 and 21 yards as Junior A built up a 20-6 lead on Branford's Juniors. Mike McKenna and Patrick Mikos each had a 37 yard TD run in the second half to close out the scoring in a 32-13 win. 10/11: In the first quarter, Kyle Melillo ran around the left end and scored a 5 yard TD and Connor Suraci threw to Davey Mikos for the extra point. After a fumble recovery, Alphonse Fusco ran for a 22 yard TD and Brendan Clark scored the extra point to build up a 14-0 halftime lead on Branford's Youth B team. Branford was inside the Indians' 5 yard line right before the half but fumbled it away, extending North Haven's shutout string to 22 quarters. 10/12: After playing Tri Town to a scoreless halftime tie, North Haven's Seniors scored first in the 3rd when Jalon White made it around the left end and ran for a 50+ yard TD. Max Wiehler caught a pass in the end zone for the extra point and the Indians were up 7-0. The Warriors then scored 18 unanswered after recovering a pair of fumbles and intercepting a pass to win 18-7.

Week 6
10/5/08: North Haven Seniors 14, Cheshire Seniors 7
10/5/08: North Haven B Juniors 14, Clinton Juniors 6
10/5/08: North Haven B Youth 26 North Branford B Youth 0
10/5/08: North Haven A Youth 36, OSW Youth 21
10/6/08: North Haven A Juniors 21, East Haven Juniors 20

Week 6

10/6: After spotting East Haven 14 first quarter points, North Haven's Junior A team came alive in the 2nd quarter when Patrick Mikos blocked a punt inside the Easties' 30 yard line and ran it into the end zone shortly thereafter for a TD to cut the deficit to 14-7. Later in the period, Evan Manameit made it around the left end on a QB keeper and sprinted 60+ yards for a TD. 10/6: On the point after attempt, Manameit tied the score at 14 when he dove and got inside the pylon on the left side of the goal line. East Haven took the next kickoff and moved inside the Indians' 5 yard line, but time expired in the half. The Easties big #46 crashed through the line and broke through several tackles en route to a 50+ yard TD in the 3rd, but North Haven stuffed the extra point attempt to keep the score at 20-14. 10/6: Manameit scored on a short QB keeper around the left side in the 4th and zipped a pass to Brandon Carfora for the extra point and then the Indians withstood East Haven's late game surge to win this one, 21-20.

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10/5: A sloppy first half saw North Haven's Seniors turn the ball over several times as Cheshire scored on a second quarter screen pass and a 40 yard run for touchdown. A botched extra point kick attempt was flipped in the end zone and Cheshire took a 7-0 lead into the half. 10/5: The Senior Indian D stepped up big time in the second half, holding Cheshire scoreless. Sean Donahue had several nice runs and a great block as Jalon White scored a 3rd quarter TD behind it. Anthony Ponzio booted the 2 point conversion and the Indians had an 8-7 lead. 10/5: In the fourth, as time was running out, White dumped off a pass over the middle to Max Wiehler on 4th and short, and Wiehler busted into the end zone and North Haven won this one, 14-7.
10/5: Steven Lynch returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and added several long runs in a second quarter drive which culminated with a 23 yard TD pass from Alex Puzone to Michael Halloran. Joe Corniello kicked the 2 point conversion and Junior B withstood Clinton's late game surge to win 14-6. 10/5: Jeremy Imperati ran for a 60+ yard TD on the second play of the game. Davey Mikos and Emadi Okwuosa scored 2nd quarter TDs and Youth B took a 19-0 lead into the half. Okwuosa added a 4th quarter TD run and the Indians went on to defeat North Branford's Youth B team 26-0. 10/5: Tommy Dodge rushed for 2 long TDs and returned a punt for a 3rd as Youth A built up an 18-0 first quarter lead on OSW. Jake Kastenhuber ran around the right end and scored an 8 yard TD in the 2nd as the Indians took a 24-7 lead into the half.

Week 5
9/28/08: Madison B Seniors 22, North Haven Seniors 8
9/28/08: North Haven B Juniors 27, Amity Juniors 0
9/28/08: North Haven A Juniors 33, Cheshire B Juniors 7
9/28/08: North Haven B Youth 31, Amity Youth 0

Week 5

9/28: The North Haven Junior A crusied to a 20-0 half time lead and went on to win 33-7 over Cheshire's Junior B team. Above, Evan Manameit returns a punt 40+ yards for a 3rd quarter score. 9/28: Connor Suraci rushed for the first 3 TDs as Youth B built up an 18-0 lead through 3 quarters over Amity's Youth. 9/28: In the 4th quarter, Jeremy Imperati returned a punt 40+ yards for a TD and Kyle Melillo picked off a pass and returned it 50+ yards for another TD to close out the scoring at 31-0.

Week 4
9/20/08: North Haven Seniors 25, Amity Seniors 14
9/21/08: North Haven B Juniors 25, Guilford Juniors 19
9/21/08: North Haven A Youth 13, Clinton Youth 0
9/21/08: North Haven B Youth 27, Cheshire B Youth 0
9/21/08: Madison A Juniors 24, North Haven A Juniors 0

Week 4

9/21: The North Haven Youth B team dominated this game with Cheshire's Youth B team, winning the toss and scoring 2 plays later. First, a 40 yard run by David Mikos and then Jeremy Imperati bowled over defenders enroute to a 25 yard TD run. Imperati also added the kick to give North Haven an 8-0 lead. 9/21: After a quick stop, Imperati scored the Indians second TD of the day to open up a 14-0 lead. Cheshire coudln't gain a first down in 3 tries and had to punt and Amadi Okwuosa returned it 45 yards for a touchdown and North Haven was now up, 20-0 at the end of the 1st quarter. 9/21: No one else scored until the fourth quarter when the Indians had the ball and were up against a 4th down, but Conner Suraci took a direct snap and broke through the line and scampered 47 yards for a touchdown to close out the scoring and North Haven won this one, 27-0.

Week 3
9/14/08: North Haven Seniors 20, Guilford Seniors 6
9/14/08: North Haven B Juniors 14, Madison C Juniors 6
9/14/08: North Haven A Juniors 18, North Branford A Juniors 16
9/14/08: North Haven A Youth 32, Guilford B Youth 6
9/14/08: North Haven B Youth 26, Guilford A Youth 0

Week 3

9/14: The North Haven Seniors were up 14-6 in the 4th quarter of a close game when a huge hit by Vincent Defilippo on the Guilford QB jarred the ball loose. It was picked up and returned the other way by Connor McDonald for a TD which made the final score 20-6. 9/14: The Junior B defense held a very good Madison C team to only one 85 yard touchdown run while scoring two of their own to win 14-6. 9/14: Evan Manameit scored 3 rushing TDs to help North Haven's Junior A team build up an 18-8 lead on North Branford's Junior A team and then hung on to win 18-16. Manameit's first TD was a 38 yarder when it was 4th and 8.

Week 2
9/7/08: North Haven B Youth 25, Branford A Youth 0
9/7/08: North Haven Seniors 12, Branford Seniors 6
9/7/08: North Haven A Juniors 26, Old Saybrook Juniors 12 (@ Guilford)
9/7/08: North Haven A Youth 31, North Branford A Youth 13

Week 2

9/7: The North Haven Youth B team scored 25 first half points and cruised to a 25-0 win over Branford's Youth A team. 9/7: The North Haven Seniors played a tight battle with Branford and scored the winning TD in the fourth quarter when Sean Donahue broke several arm tackles at the line of scrimmage and bolted for a 54 yard TD giving the Indians a 12-6 win over the Hornets. 9/7: The Youth A team opened up a 24-0 halftime lead on North Branford's Youth B team and then hung on for a 31-13 win.

Week 1
8/31/08: Milford Juniors 20, North Haven A Juniors 14
8/31/08: North Branford A Juniors 26, North Haven B Juniors 13
8/31/08: North Haven A Youth 18, TriTown B Youth 6

Week 1

North Haven Jamboree

8/23: The North Haven Seniors looked about even with the Branford Seniors.

Seniors vs. East Haven
Seniors vs. Branford
Seniors vs. Cheshire

8/23: The Seniors also played Cheshire and East Haven.












2008 Championship

11/23/08: BHS, Branford 10:00 am

North Haven Youth A (11-1) 8 0 0 0 - 8
North Haven Youth B (12-0) 0 8 6 6 - 20

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