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.

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