Youth Sports Roundup

September 24, 2009

Chelsea Pride Spartans continue to dominate

The Chelsea Pride’s Spartan Division team demolished the Saugus Red Storm on Sunday with a 22-0 shutout. Combined with the Pride’s win over Swampscott in the season opener, the Spartan squad is now 2-0 and has yet to surrender a single point while scoring 47 of their own.

The Pride’s phenomenal defense scored its first touchdown of the season on an interception by William Rivera. All told, the defense yielded a paltry 17 total yards and never allowed the Red Storm to come close to a score. Rivera also had an offensive touchdown with an 18-yard rushing play.

Alex Rodriguez, who has quickly established himself has a force on both sides of the ball, continued his two-way output by scoring on a 37-yard run and recording several unassisted tackles from the middle linebacker position. Fellow middle linebacker Alana Negron was also a major defensive leader in the shutout, making eight solo tackles as well as a quarterback sack.

The Chelsea Pride’s Gladiator Division team was defeated, 16-14, by the Beverly Panthers on Sunday, but there remains a chance that the result of the game could be overturned pending the outcome of a protest that the Pride has filed with the league.

The basis for the protest is the Pride’s assertion that the officials who worked the game did not enforce the American Youth Football rule that awards two points for successful kicks after touchdowns and one for conversion plays, as opposed to scholastic and professional rules, which score points after touchdowns the other way around. The officials of Sunday’s game used the more common method of scoring the after-touchdown plays, and Pride head coach Gary May said this week that his team would have run entirely different plays (particularly in the crucial moments of the games) had the game been called using AYF rules.

The scoring dispute comes on the heels of a thrilling game that was decided in overtime. After playing to an 8-8 tie after four quarters, Chelsea took the ball for the first OT possession and quickly scored on a quarterback sneak by Albie Alicea. The Gladiators would have preferred to put the game in the hands of their talented kicker/running back, Jose Martinez, but knowing that the game was being scored differently than their previous game, the Pride elected to run a rushing play for a two-point conversion attempt instead. The Pride failed to convert the extra two. After scoring a touchdown of their own on the ensuing possession, the Panthers made good on their conversion attempt to seal the win.

Jonathan Vasquez had seven open field tackles for the Pride, and likely preserved the tie when he made an interception with three seconds remaining in overtime. The team also got major defensive contributions from Moses Casado, Christian Gomes, Juan Recupero, Kevin Rosado and Josue Sanchez. Martinez provided the biggest offensive highlight by scoring Chelsea’s only touchdown of the game with a 40-yard run in the first quarter. He finished the game with 95 rushing yards on 14 carries.

In other Chelsea Pride action, the Crusader Division team lost a 6-0 heartbreaker to Saugus to fall to 0-2 on the young season. The major bright spot of the game for Chelsea was the performance on Mekhi Collins, who had eleven unassisted tackles on defense and also led the offense from the running back position.

Last, but not least, Chelsea’s Titan Division team annihilated Saugus, 28-0 behind a pair of long touchdown runs by Josh Vasquez. The team also scored on a 12-yard QB sneak by Adam Kantarevic, as well as a fumble that was forced, recovered and run in from 12 yards out for a touchdown by Cedric Thomas.

Chelsea Pop Warner wins both games in Week 2

Chelsea Pop Warner’s A Division team dominated its East Boston rivals, 31-0 on Sunday. Devin Ferguson kicked off the scoring for Chelsea by making a leaping touchdown grab on a pass from quarterback Theodore Feble. Brandon Morales grabbed the team’s second score by turning a punt return into a 60-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Later in the second quarter, Sean Quiroz scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns. Quiroz was it again after halftime with a touchdown in the third quarter. Devin Camacho, who rushed for 70 yards before switching from running back to quarterback late in the game, capped the scoring with a QB sneak in the fourth quarter. The team’s defensive effort was highlighted by a pair of quarterback sacks by Marcus Carvlho.

Chelsea Pop Warner also got a win from its D Division team, which defeated East Boston, 28-2. Jewells Cora led the team’s offensive effort with a stellar performance at quarterback. Running back Jazzian Velez rushed for a pair of touchdowns, while another was scored by Julio Cora. The Junior Red Devils stymied the East Boston offense for virtually the entire game, thanks in large part to defensive end Kordell Enriquez and middle linebacker Leonardo Vealneiva.

In other youth sports news, Chelsea Youth Basketball announced this week that it will be converting into an AAU Basketball program for the upcoming season. The program will include both intramural teams as well as traveling teams. President Jose Camacho said that the league is now seeking coaches for all age groups between ages 8-14.

“The kids in this city deserve to have a chance to see what it feels like to be on a traveling team and be scouted,” Camacho said this week. “We have some incredible talent in Chelsea, and a lot of it goes away to other cities. We’re doing seeing kids leave Chelsea to play in Cambridge and Boston. Let’s keep them here and give them a chance to travel.”

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