By Bob Stoll
BUCS 43 GIANTS 13
As the 2011 Parkville Youth Organization football season neared its end, the Major Division Bucs and Giants put on an offensive display that kept the fans entertained. The Bucs rolled up a 29-6 lead at the half and were able to coast the rest of the way, defeating the Giants by a final of 43-13.
The Bucs scored on each of their first four possessions. A.J. “Thunder” Solecki capped off the opening series by scoring from the 2 yard line. On their next possession, the Bucs’ J.P. “Sure Thing” Moran exploded for a 37-yard touchdown, racing down the right sideline for the score.
The Giants again went three-and-out, but their short punt set up the Bucs with great field position. Anthony Oliva sneaked in from the 2 yard line for the third touchdown of the quarter and when Solecki added the two-point conversion, the Bucs led 20-0 and the end of the first. The following kickoff was mishandled by the Giants’ returner, who was forced to cover the ball at his own 1 yard line.
On the Giants’ first play, Justin “Grim Reaper” Garthaffner broke through the line and tackled the quarterback for a safety. The Giants’ free kick after the safety was returned all the way to the 3 yard line. From there, Joseph “A-Train” Natelli swept to the right side and ended up in the end zone to extend the lead to 29-0.
The Giants did manage a late score when Joshua Joyner fought his way to pay dirt from the Bucs’ 2 yard line, but their glimmer of hope was quickly put out early in the third quarter when, on a broken play, the Bucs’ Michael “Lightning” Arlia received the surprise handoff and rambled 35 yards for what had to be the back-breaking touchdown. Three minutes later, Moran hit Dan “Sizzler” Ryan with a 20-yard touchdown strike and Natelli added the PAT for a commanding 43-6 lead.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Giants’ Dominick Raphael closed out the game’s scoring as he reached the end zone from the 3, and Jasiah “Daylight” Raso added the extra point to make the final score 43-13.
The Bucs’ defense was outstanding, as Eddie “Outlaw” Faicco, Dominick Arcodia and Michael “Hammer Time” Rossetti each came up with several solo tackles.