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New York Legion Gets Ready for 2015 Season

November 2014

 

The New York Legion Football Club have started their preparation for the 2015 football season.  With an anticipated start of the regular season in June and the need to get pre-season games in for the team, camp is expected to open in March.

 

The first Meeting for the 2015 NY Legion is scheduled for December 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining New York.  All intereseted players should attend the meeting.  The meeting will start promptly at 1:00 PM and will end at 3:00 PM.

 

While the 2014 season was a disappointment the team expects a rebound year with all players that sustained season ending injuries will be fully healed.  The team had multiple players join the team during the season and we expect them to be integral parts of the team in 2015.

 

With returning veteran players such as Kindu Green, Babatunde Cole, Vaughn Gooding, Craig Watkins, Danny Dedvukaj, Tarzan DaSilva, Mike Gray, Donny Smith, Thomas Roth, and CiCi Chilleli, among others, the team is looking forward the 2015 season and having new players join the ranks of the Legion for competition and comraderie.

 

The New York Legion expectations for 2015 are high and returning players are already getting together at the NY Legion Gym on the weekends in Ossining, NY..

New York Legion 2014 Season Summary

October 2014

 

The 2014 New York Legion season quickly became a test of will and perseverance with serious season ending injuries and the passing of one of our own Nicky Capone.   

 

The season started with 2013 starters QB, Greg Mimnaugh, RT Babatunde Cole, and MLB Bryan Wolf not able to play for 2013.  QB CiCi Chilleli received many of the snaps in camp but sustained a throwing shoulder injury in the second quarter of game 2 causing him to miss 5 games.  Adding to the list of season ending injuries were Nico Alix, Dante Mann, Drew McGee, Preston George, Dwayne Martin, and Christian Dunnigan. 

 

With an opening day victory over the Hudson Valley Cowboys, it appeared that the team would be able to move forward, but the loss of QB, CiCi Chilleli in the first quarter would start the downward trend of the team.  The team would go on to lose the next 6 games.  Upon CiCi Chilleli's return to QB, the team would beat the NY Rebels 12-7 in Long Island with a short handed team.  The NY Legion would finish the season with a disappointing 2-8 record.  With all of the injuries and the need to play 5 quarterbacks in one season, the team made no complaints and played each game to the best of their ability.

 

There were some bright spots to the 2014 season: David A. Thomas, George Tigre, David Ramirez and Conja Nathan joined the team after the start of the season and showed a lot of potential.  David A. Thomas provided a much needed spark on the offense and return game.  George Tigre, David Ramirez, and Conja Nathan started to work well together on the offensive line during the last 2 games of the year.

New York Legion Loses one of their Own

 

On June 20, 2014, Nicholas C. Capone passed away.  He was 22 years old.

Known on the team as Nicky, he was a favorite on the team as he was friendly with everyone.  The team was deeply shaken with the passing of Nicky and this tragedy would reverberate throughout the season.

 

Nicky Capone came to the very first meeting ever held by the New York Legion Football Club in December 2012.  His cousin was on the team at the time and recommeneded that he join.  Nicky played full back for the New York Legion as well as some defensive line and linebacker.  Nicky worked hard in 2013 but missed significant time with some personal matters that he needed to address.

 

In 2014, Nicky came to camp with renewed purpose.  His dedication in camp was excellent and the NY Legion looked like it had an embarrassment of riches with the full back position.  Nicky had enrolled into college and all arrows pointed to future success for Nicky.

 

The New York Legion football team will always remember Nicky and we miss him dearly.

 

Rest In Peace #32, Nicholas C. Capone.

 

 

New York Legion Opens Camp for the 2015 Season

March 2015

 

Peekskill, NY – The New York Legion Tackle Football Club opened camp on March 29, 2015 at Torpey Field in Depew Park.  Torpey Field served as the New York Jets practice field from 1963 to 1969 and is now operated by the Peekskill High School.

 

Although the temperatures were cooler than expected, the team had a good turn out and most of the new players already appeared to be acclimated to the team thanks to the team meetings held prior to the start of practice.

 

The team is looking to rebound from a tough injury riddled 2014 season and the 2015 class of new recruits look very promising.  We would also like to welcome the new players, Tyler Sherman, Jarrod Sherman, Devon Sherman, Tyrell Carver, and Tanner Hollister, that joined us from the Hudson Valley Cowboys.  After many years of operation, the Cowboys venerable owners, Larry and Barbara Green, retired and disbanded the team resulting in the players moving on to different teams in the area.

 

The team is working with a new quarterback group this year.  Trimmel Irish, John Robinson, and Tyler Sherman round out the new group of quarterbacks.  While Trimmel and Tyler are new to the coaching staff, John Robinson is familiar with the team and his experience can only add to the quarterbacking group.

 

The recruiting class was very strong for the 2015.  Other than the ex Cowboys, none of the new members of the NY Legion have played in the Five Star Football league.  The new class of recruits has significantly increased the team speed and athleticism, especially in the secondary and linebacking corps.  The team expects a significant increase in production from the linebacker position and the new recruits will play significant roles with returning veterans.

 

The defensive Line looks to rebound from injury and under performance from 2014.  The Defensive line has been a strength of the team since its inception both on and off the field.  Led by Kindu Green, the defensive line welcomes the return of Babatunde Cole, who missed the entire 2014 season due to injury.  Joining Kindu and Cole, on the line is Andrew McGee, Rashawn King, Tanner Holister, and Donny Smith.  The four man line is expected to be very formidable for 2015.

 

The running back group consists of many styles or running back, from small scat backs to big running backs and bruising full backs.  The addition of Greg Redd and Tyrell Carver will help the running back group of Mike Gray, Larry McLauchlin, and Anthony Holiday.  This year, the team will display an embarrassment of riches at full back with Donny Smith, Jason Reid, and Joseph Panarese.

 

The receiving corp is led by veteran Vaughn Gooding and second year player Terrence Nugent.  The new recruiting class has shown significant speed and athleticism and looks very promising.  The expectations are high for this group.

 

Last but not least the offensive line looks to get healthy and build off of last year.  With the addition of David Ramirez who arrived late last year and the healthy of Dante Mann and Lorenzo Bravo, the offensive line will look to provide smart, nimble, and precise blocking for the backs and quarterbacks.

 

Although camp has just begun, the team is very excited to start and expectations are high and the morale is great and a significant rebound from last year is expected.

 

 

New York Legion 2015 Season Summary

October 2015

The New York Legion completed its season with a loss to the undefeated New York Rebels by the score of 48-0 on September 13, 2015 at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford New York.

In its third year of existence, the New York Legion looked to move ahead this year and continue to build the program.  Unfortunately a poor camp and youthful inexperience would prove too much to overcome for the 2015 New York Legion.  Commitment continues to be an issue with some of the players new and old to the program.  Due to the lack of commitment to the program, many players were thrust into positions unfamiliar to them.

The season however was not a complete loss; first year player Maurice Teele (#96) developed into quite the Defensive Linemen while also supporting the offensive line.  Maurice proved to be a very valuable player for the New York Legion in 2015 and hopefully in the future. 

Joining Maurice Teele as big first year contributors were Jonathon Lopez, Will Bolton, Trimmel Irish. Also, returning from a year long absence due to injury, was Babatunde Cole, Defensive Tackle.   Coming later in the season and contributing was Ishmael Hooks and Antoine Jackson.
 

While the team was working with a lot of younger players and trying to fill roles and responsibilities accordingly; veteran Jeff Moore transitioned from defensive back to wide receiver.  Jeff thrived in the new role and led the team in many offensive categories.  Veteran safety, Tarsicio DaSilva, transitioned from strong safety to linebacker this year, he easily was the most improved player from the 2014 season.  Joining perennial All Star line backer, Thomas Roth, “Tarzan” became the primary signal caller for the defense.  Depth at linebacker will be addressed for the 2016 season to assist these two in hopes of returning the defense to high expectations.

The close of the 2015 season has brought on the retirement announcements of several New York Legion players.  John, Kindu, Michael, and Craig have all retired this year.  While, the loss of veteran leadership will be lost on the field, valuable and much needed coaching positions will be filled as John, Kindu, and Michael will be transitioning to the coaching staff.

While the returning New York Legion players recuperate from the tough season, the team management has already begun preparations for 2016 ranging from administrative activities and player personnel to game day activities.  With the development of many young first year players in 2015, we expect those players to improve greatly in 2016.  The first meeting for 2016 is scheduled for January 2016.  Stay tuned for details.

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