By Nick Curcuru Sports Editor
Gloucester Daily Times
---- — The A-Team Chargers of the Cape Ann Pee Wee Football League treated each game in the 2012 season as a mission. The team’s goal was to win 11 missisions by seasons end.
After Sunday’s 33-6 win over the Manchester Jr. Hornets Sunday in the A-Team Championship, the West Gloucester Chargers polished off an unbeaten 11-0 season and a league championship to go with it. Head coach Glenn McEachern praised his squad’s ability to win as a team.
“It really was a total team win,” McEachern said. “It was a great way to finish a great season. I’ve coached a couple other unbeaten teams too and this team stacks up to all of them.”
An evenly played first half saw the Chargers head into the break with a 7-0 lead on a touchdown from Kellen Field.
The Chargers broke the game wide open thanks to 26 second half points on touchdowns from Field, Matt Boulay and Kyle Aquipel. A Joe Kibango interception set up another Chargers touchdown.
McEachern also lauded the play of Nick Favazza on the defensive end, Lake Fleming at quarterback and James Muniz as the team’s unsung hero.
Vikings put it all together
The B-Team championship game between the East Gloucester Vikings and Hornets looked to be up for grabs given the fact that the two teams split a pair of regular season contests and entered the game with matching 9-1 records.
The Vikings, however, played their best game of the season at the most important time picking up a 35-13 win at Hyland Field for the B-Team championship.
“We just played a flawless game, every kid on the team contributed,” Vikings head coach Dave Harrison said. “It was a total team effort, the kids earned that win.”
The Vikings essentially put the game away in the first half taking a 29-0 lead into the break on touchdowns from Matthew Montignino, Ryan Argentino and two scores from Tristan McCarthy.
The Jr. Hornets made things interesting in the second half with a pair of touchdowns to cut the lead to 29-13, but Marcus Montignino scored the last Vikings touchdown of the day to make it 35-13, giving the Vikings (10-1) the B-Team championship.
Harrison also pointed out the play of Argentino, Brandon Bruce, Derek Hopkins and Eric Anderson on both sides of the ball.
The Vikings wore pink socks on Sunday for Caleigh Harrison, Dave Harrison’s niece who disappeared from Long Beach in April. The Vikings dedicated their season and championship to Caleigh.
Tigers hold on
The game of the day Sunday at Hyland Field was the day’s first game, a C-Team tilt between the Hampden Hill Tigers and the Hornets. The two teams split a pair of regular season meetings and the rubber match lived up to its hype.
In the end it was the Tigers that held on for a 20-18 win thwarting a Hornets two point pass attempt that would have tied the contest if converted after they scored a touchdown with 11 seconds to play to make it 20-18. Richie Wilson helped provide the pressure that led to the incomplete pass.
“This was without a doubt the game of the day,” Tigers head coach Tom Abbott said. “The Hornets are a great team and the competition between us was great all season. In the end our defense did what it had to do end held on for the win.”
The Tigers (9-1-1) looked to be running away with things taking a 20-6 lead at the half on a pair of Andrew Gabriel touchdown runs and a Carson Howard touchdown run. After Howard’s touchdown Gabriel hit Zachary Abbott with a two point conversion pass that turned out to be the difference in the game.
The Hornets came roaring back in the second half scoring a pair of touchdowns and preventing the Tigers from getting a first down in the second frame. The Tigers, however, held on with the two-point conversion stop in the game’s waning seconds.