Amity Alum Jordan D’Onofrio Kickin’ It At West Conn

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Sep 102017

Following Western Connecticut State University’s come-from-behind victory at Hartwick College on Saturday, sophomore kicker Jordan D’Onofrio of Orange was honored by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference as Special Teams Players of the Week.
D’Onofrio went 6-of-7 in extra point attempts, including the tie-breaking try with 1:46 left in the Colonials’ 48-47 comeback victory over Hartwick College. Averaged 36 yards on a pair of punts.

D’Onofrio Named MASCAC Special Teams Player Of The Week

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Oct 112016

Jordan D'Onofrio

Jordan D’Onofrio

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.

Amity Football: Devito Shows Passing Accuracy, Beaulieu Carries The Ball

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Sep 122015

IMG_8264Friday, 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.

IMG_8330Prior 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. IMG_8391Junior 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.

IMG_8626About four minutes later this duo tied the score, this time with Beaulieu dashing and dodging 84 yards to the goal line. D’onofrio’s kick was good and the Spartans had a good shot at a victory.

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.

Amity Football: Matt Attolino, A Spartans Standout

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Oct 042014

IMG_3535After losing 20 seniors to graduation in June, the Amity football coaches knew they would pretty much have to start over to build a strong team.

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