The Jets built up a 19 to 0 halftime lead, and then coasted to a37 to 12 victory over the Giants in major division action.
After a nice runback of the opening kickoff, the Jets scored ontheir first offensive play of the game as Angelo Lard Bread Spataraced 34 yards for the touchdown.
Antonio Ice Man Battaglia added the extra point for a quick 7to 0 lead. They scored on their second possession as FrankieSaracino, after finding no one open down field, took off on asix-yard run for the score. Later in the second quarter, Saracinohooked up with Spata for a 12-yard strike as the Jets’ lead swelledto 19 to 0.
The Giants did come back with two scored in the fourth quarteras Nikolas Tuason scored twice to bring the Giants to within sevenat 19 to 12.
The second Giants score woke up the Jets squad as they reeledoff three unanswered touchdowns. Saracino and Spata hooked up onceagain, this time on a 19-yard pass and run followed by a six-yardTD by Dominick Warrior Marino to open up a 31 to 12 lead.
The Giants never recovered from these two scores. The Jets’final touchdown came after their defense caused a turnover deep inGiants territory.
Battaglia put the final points on the board as he broke free atthe nine-yard line and went untouched into the end zone to make thefinal score 37 to 12.
Joseph Hayes, Steve Landino and Anthony Gallo played a tightgame on defense, coming up with several key stops while KevinLliguichushca, Anthony Campbell and Chris Slammer Pullini werethe standouts for the Giants club.
In other major division action, two late scores by the Falconsopened up a closely played game as they went on to defeat the Bucs,25 to 14.
The Falcons were holding on to a narrow 11 to 8 lead when theBucs drove nearly the length of the field late in the thirdquarter. Thomas McGovern and Anthoy Oliva lugged the ball to theFalcon five-yard line but the Big Red Birds’ defense stiffened andstopped the drive at the one-yard line.
Noah Hat Man Solano of the Falcons came up with two keytackles to prevent a Buc touchdown. Three minutes after the goalline stand, the Falcons scored through the air as Michael FlashBruno lofted a 21-yard pass to Solano who had gotten behind alldefenders to score.
Nicholas D’Egidio added the two-point conversion for a 19 to 8lead. The Bucs went three and out on their next possession, openingthe door for the rejuvenated Falcons. They drove down field afterthe Bucs punted and Alexander Freda sneaked his way into pay dirtto score and open up a commanding 25 to 8 Falcon lead.
The Bucs did manage a late score as J.P. Sure Thing Moranraced 14 yards, tiptoeing down the side line, for the score withonly 1:04 left in the game, to narrow the deficit to 25 to 14. Butthe Falcons were able to control the ball as the remaining time offthe clock.
The Falcons opened up the scoring in the game as Melvin Collinstook off on an end around and exploded for a 37-yard touchdown onthe third play of the game. Nicholas D’Egidio kicked the two-pointconversion for an 8 to 0 lead.
The Bucs did come back to tie the score as A.J. ThunderSolecki capped off a long drive by plunging in from the one-yardline. The ensuing kick off was mishandled, forcing the Falcons tocover the ball at their own one-yard line.
On first down, the middle of the Bucs line tackled the quarterback in the end zone for a safety. Justin Grim ReaperGarthaffner, Brian Santenelli and Enrique Ortiz combined on thestop.
But the Bucs could not take advantage on their next possession,going four and out. The Falcons drove to the Bucs 10 and when thedrive stalled, D’Edigio split the uprights with a 27-yard fieldgoal for the 11 to 8 halftime lead.