4th Annual NY Jets v NY Giants Wheelchair Football Game Print
Written by Peter Quartuccio   


Gang Green Staves Off Big Blue to Win the 4th Annual Wheelchair Football Championship


 BROOKHAVEN, NYIn the height of football season, the New York Giants and New York Jets wheelchair football teams took to the gridiron this past Saturday, November 6 at Diamond in the Pines Field in Brookhaven, New York for the 4th Annual Wheelchair Football game.  The contest was close throughout, and went down to the final whistle, but when the smoke cleared, it was the Jets who were victorious.


            The first few possessions gave a good indication of how tight a game this would be.  The Jets appeared to be the more skilled unit from the onset, but the Giants refused to go away quietly.  Never was this more apparent than early in the second half of play.  The Jets had finally broken through near the end of the second quarter when quarterback Jason Soricelli connected with wide receiver Eddie Lopez for the first touchdown of the game.  This could have demoralized the Giants, who had squandered several scoring opportunities early in the game, but Big Blue instead responded with a touchdown of their own shortly into the third quarter, a coast-to-coast score between Mark James and Luis Dalmau that tied the game at 6.  In the fourth, the Jets methodically marched down the field with a 10+ play drive that ended in yet another Soricelli-Lopez touchdown, putting them up 12-6 with only minutes to play.  The Giants once again refused to back down, but their comeback tries were consistently squelched by the fierce Jets’ defense.  Their swarming fourth quarter pass rush completely overwhelmed the Giants, who were sacked several times in the final few minutes of the game, and helped the Jets hold on for the 12-6 victory.  Eddie Lopez was named the game’s Most Valuable Player for his excellence on both sides of the ball; in addition to his two touchdown catches, Lopez also collected two first-half interceptions that killed Giants’ drives.  George Taborsky, with his two second-half sacks, also came up big for the Jets. 

           Thanks to all the volunteers who came to help, NYGFL for refereeing the game and Chili's for donating the food & drink and cooking for over 100 people.  We could not have don it without their help.

 For more information about this and other adapted sports and events, please visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 November 2010 22:05