By Lance Armarillo
On Saturday, September 17, the Baymen and the Quakers duked it out during Oyster Bay’s homecoming football game. Baymen took a close 21-18 victory over their archrivals the Friends Academy Quakers.
During the first quarter neither team was able to cash-in for a touchdown, but that changed during the second quarter. With 10:10 left on the scoreboard, Quarterback Charles Collette and Fullback Dylan Toney marched down the field together for a Baymen touchdown.
As the second quarter progressed, the Baymen defense, with key players such as Matt “Matty J” Jaronzczyk, Max Greenspan, and Nick Barratta, held the Quaker offense with no remorse. With only a minute left until the half, Quarterback Charles Collette marched down the field like a steam roller. With 24.9 seconds left in the first half, the Baymen ran a QB keeper which lead to a Baymen touchdown.
At the end of the half, the Baymen were up “14-zippo” as coach Paul Feeley would say.
As the second half went underway, the Baymen were off to a fast start until on a third and six play QB Charles Collette received a bad snap from center Ryan Obes and ultimately fumbled the ball; RB Brett Brown attempted to recover the ball but came up empty.
The Quakers made a quick comeback and eventually scored with 7:24 in the third quarter, making the score 14-6. The Quakers attempted a two-point conversion, but thanks to our QB/DB Charles Collette, the Quakers were stopped.
After an out of bounds kick-off, the Baymen went up field until suddenly the Quakers had a pick six. The Quakers went for a two-point conversion again but they were stopped.
The Baymen pulled up the anchor and went full steam ahead down field, which resulted in a Dylan Toney touchdown. The Baymen nailed the extra point to add seven more points, extending the lead to 21-12.
QB Charles Colette wasn’t done just yet. After receiving the kickoff, the Quakers looked to make a pass but in came Charlie with the anchor in hand, as he dropped it he also made an interception.
Leading into the fourth quarter, the Baymen had an unfortunate start with a fumble. The Quakers decided to capitalize on this error and went down the field for a tipped end zone touchdown. As the clock winded down the score was 21-18, so the Baymen had to quite literally anchor down.
The nail was finally hammered into the coffin when DB Kirkland Green-Knox intercepted an intended touchdown pass to secure the win for the Baymen! Running back and Linebacker Aatje McDonald had words of inspiration after the game: “Once Friends Academy got the ball on our 32-yard line, every man on our defense knew that we had to ANCHOR DOWN and prevent them from scoring, and Kirk came up clutch with the interception. It feels really good to go 2-0, and we are on to the next one. Go OB football and ANCHOR DOWN!”
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