by Kevin Brown –
What a season for youth football! The Jr. Horsemen are now under the umbrella of SHHS Varsity coach Jorge Veintimilla, and coordinated by Joe and Chrisse Good. Cheerleading is run by Cindy Guzman. Members of the Westchester Youth Football League (WYFBL), USA Football, and a practitioner of Heads Up Football, the Jr. Horsemen focus on teaching kids from kindergarten to 6th grade the fundamentals of the game, in a fun and safe environment. This season the Wolfpack fielded the following five teams, made up of over 90 players and 75 cheerleaders.
The Jr. Horsemen 5th & 6th grade team is alive and well this 2017 season. After struggling with low participation last year, they returned with a vengeance, and a full roster of 24 young athletes. Currently, the Jr. Horsemen are 4-2 with signature wins over Ossining, Mount Kisco, Westlake and Greenburgh. In his 14th season with the program, Coach Joey Good noted the leadership and hard work of a strong returning 6th grade class including Evan Bowen, Reilly Tuck, Justin Fink, Damon Fedor and Mathew Plunkett. The talent and commitment doesn’t end with the 6th graders, as the 5th grade group has shown some bravado of their own, with Julian Guzman, Timmy Plunkett, Eddie Mahood and Daniel Ford putting in the work to become positive leaders like their older role models. Firing on all cylinders, Coach Good believes they are one of the top teams in the WYFBL, and are prepared to carry on the winning tradition of the Jr. Horsemen through the playoffs.
The 3rd & 4th grade team, coached by Rob Gramaglia, Jason Estevez, Tommy Kellas, Jon Balascio, Chris Puleo and Dave Halesworth, continue their march to the WYFBL playoffs. Undefeated entering Sunday’s game against rival Armonk (the only other undefeated team in the league), the Jr. Horsemen came out on fire. Staunch defense, and touchdowns by Brayden Richardson, Heston Halesworth, Ben Meyer, and Tray Parks paved the way to first place and a 5-0 record. The team is led by a stellar group of linemen including Daniel Nyarady, TJ Kellas, Braden Feeney, Ben Meyer, RJ Gramaglia, and PJ McCaffrey. QB Braden Richardson leads the WYFBL’s highest scoring offense, averaging nearly 30 points per game, with running backs Heston Halesworth, Andre Estevez, and Amare Estevez carrying the load, while sure handed receivers Ben Meyer and Jeremiah Bowen providing firepower in the passing game. The Jr. Horsemen will wrap up their regular season with home games against Westlake and Ardsley, before heading to the playoffs where they hope to complete their second consecutive undefeated season, and repeat as WYFBL Champions.
With one game remaining in their season, the Jr. Horsemen Red Flag team stands undefeated, 6-0, and unscored upon. Flag Red is led by the excellent offensive and defensive play of Jack and Daniel McCarthy and Quarterback Sevan Arduino. Flag Red is highly competitive, on both sides of the ball, with contributing players AJ Kumar, Cole Bertolucci, Gabe Morse, Wyatt Lilley, Grant Lofaro and Brandon Rosario consistently stepping up when needed most. Coaches Eugene Arduino and Rajesh Kumar are proud of the entire squad’s season-long work ethic and performance. “We have high hopes for all our future Jr. Horsemen as they graduate to the tackle program next season,” said Coach Arduino.
With one game remaining in their season, the Jr. Horsemen Black Flag team stands undefeated with a 6-0 record. Flag Black has been playing great offense, and the defense and has proven very difficult to score upon. This year’s team is led by Quarterback Jadiel Grullon, with great running provided by Dorian Hidalgo, Ethan McGuire, Kelvin Jimenez, Landon Golokeh, Mason Seawright and Andrew Romoino. Flag Black’s centers and line led by Kellen McGuire, Jayden Bernardez, Donte and Cole Bunch, Angel Negron and Nicholas Taveras, have done a great job all season long. Flag Black’s defense is led by Miles Dunn, a.k.a JJ Watt, who plays with great toughness and skill. Coaches Randolph Hidalgo and Jose Grullon are thrilled with the squad’s performance and cohesiveness and can’t wait to see them play at the next level.
For fans of football who follow the Jr. Horsemen at home at SHHS, the games wouldn’t be the same without the large group of cheerleaders who create amazing energy at the games. The squad performed at halftime of the Varsity Lakeland Game and captivated the crowd.