New York Legion 2015 Season Summary
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.