Westfield 28, Panama 6
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Goldenhawk midget football varsity squad kicked off the 2012 season with a solid 28-6 victory over visiting Panama.
The 'Hawks ran for 256 yards in total offense and spread the ball around with four backs - Mike Poletto, Chris Catalano, Eric Fermier and Simon Williams - all recording greater than 40 yards rushing in the first half.
Westfield’s Mike Poletto runs for a 60-yard touchdown during a Midget football game. The Goldenhawks defeated the Panama Panthers, 28-6.
The first drive of the game was kept alive by an 18-yard sweep around the left side by Catalano and capped by a 45-yard touchdown sweep in the opposite direction by Poletto. During Westfield's second drive, Fermier slashed for a 17 yard gain on a counter play and Williams followed his offensive line into the end zone two plays later.
The backfield quartet all had touches again late in the second quarter to move down the field and score Westfield's third touchdown, a 15 yard off-tackle blast by Williams. Poletto added a fourth touchdown worthy of the highlight reel in the third quarter by weaving 65 yards on a broken play. Poletto finished the evening with 118 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
On defense, the 'Hawks held Panama to just 80 yards and one touchdown. Similar to the team effort on offense, 14 different Westfield defenders recorded tackles and 10 of the tackles were for loss of yards. Brock Vicary, a welcome new addition to the squad, recorded the most tackles and was a standout on kick-off coverage. Other high tacklers included Tommy Ackendorf, Mike Poletto, Julio Torres and Brandon Chamberlin.
Westfield 20, Panama 8
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Mini Hawks midget football team started the season on the right foot with a 20-8 victory at home against Panama on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Quarterback Evan Hauser kicked off the scoring with a 1-yard quarterback sneak. Hauser then threw a quick hitter to Ryan Schermerhorn for a two-point conversion. The Mini Hawks second score came on a long touchdown run by Sean Horr. Horr broke several tackles, then turned on the jets to find pay dirt. The two-point conversion failed. The final score of the night was another quarterback sneak by Hauser with the two-point conversion failing again.
The offense was led by the strong running of Ryan Jafarjian and the fantastic effort by the whole offensive line. On defense, the Mini Hawks had a tremendous night. Ryan Schermerhorn had several tackles for a loss from his end position, and Andrew Baribeau plugged the middle on numerous occasions. It was a great team effort and win for Westfield.