The Amity High School Varsity Football Team is now 2-0 for the season. Yes, it’s early to get giddy, but after two years of COVID- interruptus for schools across the country, it’s time for everyone to play, and the seniors of the class of ’22 have their time to shine as long as everyone takes the necessary precautions to stay healthy.
Here is this year’s roster:
The team includes 15 seniors: John Coughlin #3; Ralph Toussaint #4; John Neary #5;Jackson Lee #26; Matthew Fitol #27;Gerald Burns #35; Aidan Keylock #50; Padraig Haughton #56; Matthew Carloni #66; James Denton #67; Henry Colby #70; Timothy Heffernan #12; Rocco Antonucci #82; Tyler Barrett #83; and Jackson Crainich #84.
There are 15 juniors: John Lorenti #7; Spencer Ferullo #11; Sebastian Boscarino #20; Joseph Schlegel #23; Silas Sor #28; Jacob Alguard #32; Matthew Wethington #38; Jack Hirshfield #41; Chance Starrett #42; Brendon Johnson #44; Landon Rocchio #60;Matthew Li #72; Christopher Chizmadia #76; Fabian Cuprys #77; and Michael Kwolek #85.
Included are 15 Sophomores: Connor Hayes #9; Patrick Coughlin #10; Robert SiThomas #12; Nicholas Young #14; Sean O’Brien #45; Luke Chang #46; Thomas Denton #52; Aidan Lydon #54; Braeden Piper #55; Angel Irigoyen #62; Dylan Berke #64; Giovanni Golapietro #71; Maxwell Simons #74; Robert Velazquez #79; and David Edwards #88.
LETS GO SPARTANS!
Coach Bruno seems to have a good Varsity Football Team at Amity this year. Keep it up Amity!
On Sept. 2, the Amity High School Varsity Football team won its first season game 22-14 in a non-conference matchup against the Newington Nor’Easters.
Amity started out hot with 8 points in the first quarter (8-0).
Newington fought back in the second quarter scoring 14 points, but Amity added 8 more and retained its lead (16-14).
The Spartans tacked on an additional 6 points in the third quarter and that was all she wrote. Amity Wins 22-14.
(scoring info from Maxpreps site)
On Friday, Sept. 10, Amity was on the road in Branford for a non-conference matchup with the Hornets.
The Hornets had no sting on their home field as Amity flew in and scored 14 points in the second quarter. Then, with just 11 minutes left before the half they scored another touchdown, leading their hosts 21-0 at the half.
Amity Wins 21-0.
Amity plays its first home game against Shelton on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
Come on out to the NEW Amity field and cheer on the Spartans.
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.
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.
FINAL: Amity 27, Wilbur Cross 12
Amity advances to 3-1, Wilbur Cross falls to 2-2.
On a personal note
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.
On Thursday, the Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving Team won its first meet vs Mercy 106-77.
Tonight, the Girls Volleyball team defeated Branford 3-0.
And the Amity Spartans Football team was victorious against Harding 26-8.
Congratulations to all these fabulous teams, we’re so proud of you!
Great Job Coaches Rainey, Davis, and Bruno!