Football: Amity Holds Its Own Against Notre Dame For Three Quarters

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Oct 202018

Amity was on the road in West Haven for a matchup against Notre Dame on Friday, Oct. 19.

Notre Dame has had a couple of big losses this year, and a couple of big victories as well. Their win against Amity 21-14 was the closest game yet.

The Spartans are warriors this year, and they played hard, and they certainly held their own against the Green Knights.

Here’s how the game played out:

Notre Dame’s Junior Quarterback Jackson Zalinsky scored the first touchdown of the game with 6:04 remaining in the first quarter.

The second quarter had a lot of back and forth, and then, with just 48 seconds on the clock, Amity Junior Joey Digello scored for the Spartans, and Abyan Nawaz’s kick was good, putting Amity ahead 7-6.

The Spartans retained their lead throughout the third quarter. Amity Junior Quarterback James Laubstein made his way across the goal line with 2:41 remaining.

Both teams battled for the next 2.5 minutes, but the Spartans retained their 14-6 lead.

The fourth quarter was a nail-biter, with the Green Knights scoring another touchdown within the first three minutes. At one point behind the Spartans, they needed to make a smart strategic move, so, they went for, and succeeded in executing a two-point conversion, tying the game at 14-14.

The Notre Dame band played through the final quarter, and both teams took turns attempting to break that tie.

Then the Green Knights Senior Warren Murphy made his breakaway move. With Amity Senior Runningback Daniel Beckwith hot on his tail, Murphy lept over fallen players and just made a beeline for the goal line. Beckwith made one last-ditch effort to tackle him, but Murphy sprinted on.

He ran past the goal line and straight over to fans lining the fence. He high-fived several of them and then, the extra point was good.

Notre Dame took the lead, 21-14, with 3:14 left on the clock.

Amity’s Michael Young made a valiant effort to tie things up again, but the clock ran out and the Spartans had to take the loss.

Other notable Amity players in this game were Sophomore Anthony Olenechuk (54), Junior Nico Semmonella (81), Junior Andrew Gnidula (13) and Senior Jake Lettick (10). Everyone played to win.

NOTE: This was the closest game Notre Dame has had so far.

Records: Both Amity and Notre Dame are 4-2 for the 2018 Season.

Next Up for the Spartans: a HOME game against Branford (4-2) at 7 p.m.

Rounding out the season, the final three games are ARGH, the undefeated Shelton Gaels at HOME on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

Then, and AWAY game at Hamden (not having the best season at 2-4) on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

And Finally the BIG Thanksgiving Rivalry Game against North Haven (5-1) at Vanacore Field on Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m.

I’ve said it before, do NOT underestimate the 2018 Amity Spartans, they’re strong, they’re talented and they’re determined. They can do this!

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.
— Tom Landry


Football: Another Win For The Amity Spartans!

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Sep 292018

For the first time in years, the Amity Spartans Football team is on fire! Yes, Amity, although none of the regional sportswriters paid much attention or included them on any of the “who to watch” pre-season lists, they are recognizing their potential now.

Amity is 3-1 for the season, and fans are really pumped for the first time in five years.

Last week, Michael Young made three touchdowns for the Spartans in a 27-18 victory over Hillhouse.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Spartans hosted Wilbur Cross, and it was junior defensive end Joey Digello’s turn to shine. He put Amity on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a 14-yard run. Fellow Junior Abyan Nawaz, one of the best kickers since Lyle Luth graced the field, got the extra point.

Digello flew across the goal line in the second quarter for his second touchdown, followed by Nawaz’s perfect kick.

With 3:25 remaining in the half, Jasiah Barnes scored for Wilbur Cross. The extra point kick was no good.

Halftime score 14-6 Amity.

In the third quarter, Wilbur Cross’s Leshaun Hicks scored on a 40-yard run. The extra point attempt failed.

It’s fantastic that our junior players will still be here next season. They are so powerful this year, and we will be in great shape if they carry that skill over to 2019.

The third quarter had one of the most exciting plays in the game. With with 4:18 remaining, Quarterback James Laubstein made a flawless 85-yard pass to Jake Forschetti, who dodged and weaved past the Governors’ defense for a touchdown. The extra point was no good.

Third Quarter score, Amity 20-12

The Spartans kept up the momentum in the final quarter.

With 10:25 remaining in the game, Jake Lettick made a 29-yard touchdown and the kick was good.

With a 15-point spread, it would be very hard for the Governors to win this battle. Wilbur Cross made a valiant effort from the 1-yard line in the final 5 minutes of the game, but Amity rallied and prevented them from moving forward.

Amity advances to 3-1, Wilbur Cross falls to 2-2.

On a personal note

On Sept. 15, Orange Live highlighted the positive actions of player Joey Digello, who took the time to help a Foran player to his feet after a play.

What I observed at this game was the wonderful sportsmanship displayed by both the Spartans and the Governors.

Even the biggest defensive player from Wilbur Cross took the time to stop and extend a hand to one of our Spartans.

This action was repeated time and time again on both sides.

When a player was hurt and down on the field, players from both sides took a knee until he was back on his feet.

Even the cheerleaders were awesome. After our Cheerleaders and Dance Team performed at halftime, the Wilbur Cross cheerleaders shook their pom-poms and screamed their approval.

This was a terrific feel-good game for anyone looking for the “extra moves” on the field and sidelines. It reminded me of Sept. 12, 2001, when everyone was just a little kinder (before some of these kids were born).

I commend the coaches and parents of all the players (and cheer-dance) members for their positive influence on these young people.