Parkville Youth Organization Football: ‘Bucs’ Stop Here for Giants
By Bob Stoll
BUCS 37 GIANTS 20
In the Major Division finale, the Bucs relied on two late touchdowns that followed two early fumble recoveries to defeat a stubborn Giants’ squad, 37-20.
The Bucs’ special teams unit handed the offense the ball twice in the first quarter of the game. J.P. “Sure Thing” Moran recovered a fumble at the Giants’ 12 yard line and, two plays later, Anthony Oliva powered in from the 5 for the score.
The Giants’ next possession was also costly as Joseph “A-Train” Natelli recovered another fumble that set up a 6-yard touchdown run by Moran. When Natelli added the extra point, the Bucs led, 13-0. They added two more touchdowns in the second quarter as A.J. “Thunder” Solecki ripped off a 30-yard run and deposited the ball in the end zone for the score.
Not to be outdone, Abraham Williams broke out on a 25-yard run and, when the dust settled, the Bucs held a commanding, 25-0 lead.
The Giants got on the scoreboard late in the first half when Niko Tuason hit Dominick Raphael with a 15-yard scoring strike. On their next series, Tuason rambled down the left sideline for 12 yards and another Giants’ score. Tuason added the two-point conversion to give the Giants a shot as the deficit was just 10 points at 24-14.
The game became a stalemate in the third quarter, but the Bucs came out hard and fast in the fourth. Dan “Sizzler” Ryan tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Solecki for six points and Moran notched his third score of the game, this one a 12-yard run right up the middle of the defense.
That score proved to be the backbreaker, as just before the Moran score, Jasiah “Daylight” Raso had capped off a long Giants’ drive by sneaking in from the 1 yard line to keep the Giants within 11 points. Moran’s final score of the game brought the score to 37-20 to close out the Major Division season.
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