Falcons, Jets Combine for 90 Points
By Bob Stoll
FALCONS 53 JETS 37
The Falcons exploded for 28 second-half points to break open a one-point game at halftime as they went on to defeat the Jets, 53-37.
The Falcons held a two-point lead at the end of a high-scoring first quarter, during which each team returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Noah “Hat Man” Solano of the Falcons and Frankie Saracino of the Jets each went coast to coast for their teams.
Solano then scored again to finish off a five-minute drive and scored his third touchdown to cap off another long drive, this time going in from the 2. Nicholas “Iron Fist” D’Egidio added a pair of two-point conversions for the Falcons to make the score 22-6.
The Jets responded with a 26-yard passing touchdown from Saracino to Angelo “Lard Bread” Spata to make it 22-12, but the Falcons came back to double up on the lead as Anthony Medina tackled the Jets’ quarterback in the end zone for a safety.
But the Jets recovered from the mistake as Spata ripped off a 30-yard touchdown, followed by a more modest two-yard score, the latter coming after a poor Falcons’ punt. That tied the game at 24-24. Spata then passed to Phillip “Dash” Iacono for the extra point to give the Jets a one-point lead at halftime, 25-24.
The score remained the same until late in the third quarter, when Melvin Collins followed a great block by Michaelangelo Melfi to score from the Jets’ 9 yard line. Fifty-six seconds later, the Falcons scored again when Alexander Freda recovered a fumble in the end zone. That made the score 36-25.
Spata tried to rally the Jets once again as he fired a pass off a defender’s fingers to Saracino to bring his team back to within a touchdown at 36-31, just 26 seconds after the Falcons had scored. But the Falcons’ offense was clicking on all cylinders and put 17 more points on the board in a period of 5:15.
Collins scored his second touchdown of the game from the Jets’ 4 yard line and Solano added his fourth score, a 17-yard run, following another safety, this one by Sean Bourke.
The Jets’ final points came by way of a one-yard run by Antonio “Ice Man” Battaglia that was set up by a pass from Saracino to Iacono, good for 37 yards.
VIKINGS 19 STEELERS 7
Alex Gonzalez opened up the scoring for the Vikings as he raced 24 yards for a touchdown, first going straight into the line and then breaking to the outside to find the end zone. Six minutes later, the Steelers’ Christopher Zullo scored on a 10-yard romp, capping off a nine-minute drive. Matthew Rossetti added the extra point to put the Steel Men up by one at halftime.
The second half was all Vikings, as Jack Ryan exploded for a 35-yard touchdown run with Robert McCool adding the extra point. That made the score 13-7. The scoring play came after a great defensive series as the Vikings stopped the Steelers from reaching the end zone. Devin Belmer and Sean Fernandes came up with key tackles to halt the Steelers in their tracks.
The Vikings iced the game when Antonio Perfetto raced down the left sideline for a 20-yard touchdown to put his team up for good at 19-7. Only some solid defensive work by Michel Campo, Dallas Rivera and Colin Trainor kept the Steelers in the game.