Pioneers Defeat Belvidere in Home Football Opener
Saturday, September 15, 2012 • 7:54am
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Pioneers easily defeated the Belvidere County Seaters in their home opener at Leader Field on Friday night with a final score of 36-0.
“I think we are a very talented football team,” commented Pioneers Head Coach Joe Carollo.
New Providence scored four of their five touchdowns in the first half, two were made by the standout senior, Vinny Sidoli, #13. Sidoli had an interception and a 96-yard run to score, in the half.
Belvidere senior JB Lawson, ran great defense for the County Seaters, with the Pioneer offense and defense being heavily controlled by senior, #66, Nick Iannacone.
In the first half, Mimmo Coppola, junior, #72, recovered the ball on a fumble to stop a Belvidere drive. At the end of the first half, New Providence junior, Bryan Sherman, #3, intercepted another Belvidere drive, which lead to the fourth Pioneer touchdown.
County Seaters’ senior, #81, Darien Edwards, was taken off the field by ambulance at the end of the second quarter. The half ended with a score of 29-0, New Providence.
“I think we are doing really well with the new coach and the new system,” commented Assistant Coach Steven Siracusa, who graduated from New Providence High School in 2007 and played for the Pioneer football team. “I’m having a great time coming back here and helping out the Pioneer family. It’s defiantly different, but I love it,” Siracusa added.
New Providence played well, with very few penalties and both teams showed signs of being well coached.
Pioneer kicker and junior, #87, David Gelormini, succeeded in making all of the teams needed extra points.
“It feels good…first game home we put up a big win,” said #9, Michael Marchesano, the senior quarter back for New Providence. Marchesano had a 30- yard pass to set up a touchdown completion to fellow senior, #6, Derek Singer.
By the end of the fourth quarter, with complete control of the game, New Providence brought in its second string of players to finish off the County Seaters with a late touchdown by #11, Michael Felezzola, senior, to end the game with 23 seconds left on the clock.
Coach Carollo said, “In our mind, every game is a championship, and if we keep playing like that then we will be there in December.”