Pythons Bounced by Bow

November 18, 2013

by Mike Bourk

Pelham started the 2013 season with an upset victory over Bow, shutting them out 7-0.  That was then.  Queue an avenging Falcon team against an injury riddled Pelham team and a different outcome was inevitable as Bow won the Division III South championship 18-6.

The Pythons were already without fullback Nick Johnson.  Chris Medeiros, who had over 1,000 yards rushing this season, missed the last game with back spasms.  Medeiros tried to give it a go but it was not in the cards.  Brad Kamal returned to action but did not quite seem to be at the same level he showed last month.

Neither team scored in the first quarter.  Zack Maseillo and Mahmoud Bagegni each had tackles for losses on key 3rd down plays keeping the Falcons off the scoreboard.  Early in the second quarter Pelham senior quarterback Joe Slattery went down with a knee injury and spent the remainder of the game on crutches.  Slattery was replaced by junior Bryce Brown.  Chris Benjamin took a Brown pass 26 yards for the first score of the game.  The lead was short lived.  Bow’s Alex Reitze took the ensuing kick-off 65 yards to knot the game at 6.  Pelham had their chances in the second quarter.  Bow’s Sean Stewart picked off a Brown pass to end one drive.  Bow runners fumbled twice in the quarter (seven times in the game) and Pelham defenders just couldn’t come up with the football.

In the third quarter Bow drove the ball 60 yards deep into Python territory.  The Falcons tried to convert on a 4th and 1 but Pelham’s Dylan Ragonese caused and recovered the fumble to end the threat.  With two minutes left in the third quarter and the score still 6-6 Zack Conway recovered a fumble on the Bow 42 giving Pelham excellent field position.  As the fourth quarter started Pelham drove to the Bow 10 yard line where the Falcons’ Matt Ehrenberg intercepted a pass to stop the drive.  Operating from their own 7 yard line Bow’s Ehrenberg broke through the line of scrimmage and streaked down the sidelines for a 93 yard touchdown run.

Ragonese recovered another fumble midway through the fourth quarter but the Pelham offense just could not get on track.  In addition to the aforementioned players seniors Tom Gleason and Tyler Kosik had great games on both sides of the ball.  Bow’s Ehrenberg scored a late touchdown making the final score 18-6.

Pelham’s Coach Clark talked about the Bow defense afterwards “They play a tough, well disciplined defense.  We just couldn’t get our offense going.”  Clark continues, “We have a lot of very young players who are going to be good next year and people got to see a lot of them play today because we were so beat up.  Bow is a fantastic team; I would be shocked if they do win the whole thing.”

While the players were understandably, disheartened by the loss Coach Clark put things into perspective as he spoke to his players “Don’t judge our season by one game, we’ve had a great season.  We’ve made terrific progress with our program overall.”

Pythons win regular season finale against Farmington-Nute

Zack Conway caught 3 touchdown passes from Joe Slattery leading Pelham to a 44-34 victory over Farmington-Nute.  Tyler Kosik, Mahmoud Bagegni , and Tommy Gleason were standouts on defense.  Gleason also scored a rushing touchdown as did Dylan Ragonese.  Slattery picked off a Tiger pass taking it 65 yards for a touchdown.  The Pythons didn’t miss a beat with kicker Harley Kearney playing in the state soccer tournament as Chris Benjamin, Dylan Ragonese, and Bryce Brown ran in the two point conversions instead.