For the first time in 20 years the Mineola Chiefs 10-year-old football team can call themselves the Nassau County Champions, claiming the 2011 NCYFL title with a 19-7 win over Long Beach Sunday at Mitchel Field.
The Chiefs end the season with an 8-1-1 record, turning in a dream season for the players, each of whom participated in the title victory.
The Mineola offense was led by quarterback Michael O’Connell (2 touchdowns, 1 extrapoint) and strong runs by Running Backs Matt Sluka (1 TD), Lance Costa, Jack Duff and Naz Jackson behind blocking from Michael LaGinestra, Kevin Parente, Patrick McTiernan, Anthony Giunta and Brandon Coward.
The aggressive Chiefs defensive line held the Bulldogs to a single touchdown thanks to tackles from Sante Nicolia, Philip Arnold, Dylan Vincenti, Matt Grimm, Joe Martello, Michael Sinisi, Spenser Warantz, King Welker, Joe Tallini, Vincent Pomara and Joshua Jacob.
Cornerbacks and safeties were lead by Thomas Albig (Int), Andrew Casoria, Ryan Calderon and Duff along with O’Connell, Sluka and Costa at linebacker.