Orange resident, Amity graduate, Jordan D’Onofrio, a freshman at Western Connecticut State University (WestConn) has been named the MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) Player of the Week.
He is a Punter/Kicker for the WestConn football team, the Colonials.
D’Onofrio kicked the game-winning 24-yard field goal in the Colonials’ 37-35 win at Massachusetts Maritime.
He also went 4-for-5 on point after attempts.
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 was the Amity Spartans Football team’s first game with new coach Ted Czepiga, and retired coach Bert Mozealous and several former Spartans were there to watch. The Amity Army was in full force in the stands and the Amity Dance Team was ready to encourage that school spirit. Former Amity Football Player Ed Choiniere was in the announcers booth.
Going in, spirits were high. The team ran onto the field with senior tight end Ken Pero leading the way proudly carrying an American Flag.
Prior to the coin toss, members of the Orange, Woodbridge and Bethany Fire and Police Department honor guards marched onto the field in formation for a moment of silence in memory of the lives lost 14 years ago in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and then the Amity Band’s playing of the National Anthem. To everyone’s surprise a helicopter made a flyover just at the right moment.
Amity’s opponents for this match up was Daniel Hand Tigers from Madison.
In the first two quarters the Tigers had the upper “Hand” with two touchdowns. Junior fullback Nick Leone made the first TD with just 7:36 remaining in the first quarter. Junior kicker Pedro Sander made the extra point. The duo repeated this action in the second quarter with 5:14 left in the second quarter.
Halftime score 14 – 0 Hand
The Spartans came to life in the third quarter with junior running back Colin Beaulieu making an awesome 57 yard run for the team’s first touchdown. With famed former Amity kicker Lyle Luth watching from the sidelines, senior Jordan D’onofrio effortlessly made the extra point with 7:15 left in the quarter.
Third quarter score 14-14.
The Tigers pulled ahead again in the final quarter when sophomore wide receiver Mike Tarantino caught a pass in the very corner of the end zone and scored the team’s third TD, Sander stepped up to work his magic and brought the score to 21-14.
Sophomore running back Nate Palumbo also scored for the Tigers and Hand wins — 28-14.
The Amity Spartans (0-1) has an away conference game at Shelton (1-0) on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
The three captains, Sean Grenier (#10), Matt Attolino (#23) and Jack Demirjian (#58) are among the 10 seniors on this team which still seems to be trying to find itself.
In Thursday’s SCC interdivision game against Lyman Hall Attolino made a heart-stopping 87-yard kickoff return 15 seconds into the second half, dodging the flying Trojans for the first 40-yards, then running the remaining 37-yards past the goal line unchallenged. He also rushed for 159 yards including three touchdown runs of 2, 5, and 18 yards.
Attolino has made 9 touchdowns for the Spartans in the first 4 games this season. Who knew he would be this year’s standout?
After famed kicker Lyle Luth graduated, no one was sure Amity could find anyone to take his place, but underclassman, Jordan D’Onorfrio (#12) also has proven himself to be a valuable asset. He had a 21-yard field goal in Thursday’s game.
Other notable plays included Andrew Tudino (#62) with a sack and a fumble recovery; Austin Mosley (#5) had a “pick” for the Spartans; Matt Post (#89) and Josh Arata (#28) each had three interceptions.
On Lyman Hall’s side running back John O’Malley (#4) had a couple of good runs and offensive lineman Tucker McClure (#51) took down a few Spartans during the game.
Final: Amity 31, Lyman Hall 0
Records: Amity 2-2: Lyman Hall 0-4