BROOKFIELD - It wasn’t just Watertown High School which proved proficient at winning championship in the past week.
Add the Water-Oak Pop Warner football Indians 14U team to the list of champions, as they captured the Northern CT Pop Warner Championship, defeating Wolcott, 37-6 on November 4 at Brookfield High School.
“This is a football team that showed up to play man-to-man and grind it out on the field,” said Water-Oak coach Jeff Tamburrino.
Water-Oak started the game with a tackle in the end zone for a safety by Mike Scott and Ben Schweyer; that set the tone for a first half of complete domination which saw the Indians score 16 more points to go into the break with an 18-0 lead.
The Eagles looked as though they were going to rally back coming out of the halftime break, scoring a quick touchdown on a kickoff return.
However, the sudden turn of events didn’t affect the tone of the Indians’ sideline; instead, the defense made absolutely sure that would Wolcott’s last score, as they shut down the Eagle offense at every turn.
Water-Oak’s offense followed up with 19 additional unanswered points to end any doubt about the outcome.
Mike Scott led the offense with three touchdowns; John Beck found the end zone twice, and Kevin Llenga keyed the special teams’ success on extra points.
“I’ll tell you, it’s rare that you see a group of kids that fired up and focused on a singular goal.” said coach Tamburrino. “I’m very proud of each and every one of them. My coaches have so much dedication and passion for this game as well.
“Tobias Koval, our quarterback, was outstanding,” said Tamburrino. “Defensively Michail Scott and Matius Mitchell made several key plays and on offense, linemen Will Depres, Ben Schweyer, Shaun Haase, Seth Famiglietti, and George Flaherty made things easy for carriers and receivers.
“This was truly a team effort,” said Tamburrino.
The Indians go on to play Ansonia in the State Championship game this Sunday, at New Fairfield High School; kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Coaches Jeff Tamburrino, Bob Rose, Brian Weidemier, Billy Arline, Vinnie Constantino, Matt Depres.
Players Brady Anderson, Johnathon Beck, William Despres, Seth Famiglietti, George Flaherty, Jackson Funk, Shaun Haase, Tobias Koval, Ricky Lionhood, Kevin Llenga, Dylan Maull, Xavion McMillian, Matius Mitchell, Justin Ortiz, Ethan Rodriguez, Valon Sadiku, Ben Schweyer, Michael Scott, Michail Scott, Matthew Springer, Jonathan Tirado, Evan Williams.