With an 0-1-1 record just a month ago, the Midgets have now notched four wins in a row, after last Sunday’s 24-8 defeat of the Downtown Giants on the FALCONS home turf at Juniper’s Brennan Field. The key to the FALCONS’ recent success has been the explosiveness of their offense, combined with the fact that their defense is by far the stingiest in the league, relegating their opponents to a mere touchdown here and there (if that! – as they’ve recorded shutouts more often than not).
Credit returning running back Sheldon Davis with a lot of the team’s considerable success. His growth spurt since last season and increased strength have definitely given the Midgets some consistently reliable firepower, as was clearly demonstrated on Sunday. Davis carried the ball 15 times for 150 yards, a nice and tidy 10 yds per carry. He was responsible for two of the Midgets TD's, one conversion, and even made 10 tackles on defense. “Just another day for this kid,” said Coach Neil O’Donnell proudly afterwards. Perhaps most impressive was Davis’s end-around touchdown just prior to the end of the first half, whereupon he rammed past/through/over/around not one, not two, but at least six Giants defenders for the score. Fans alongside the sideline erupted in cheers, and it’s probably fair to say that the Giants seemed never to recover from such a devastating blow, which made the score 24-0 at the time, including the subsequent conversion. “Sheldon has been performing like this for the last four games, and it has shown in our record,” said O’Donnell.
O’Donnell was also quick to recognize the contributions of several other of the FALCONS squad, such as Catrell Denis, Carey Thomas, and Antoine Arnold, who have been instrumental in the team’s success all season long. Up next for the Midgets, a tough match-up down south, Cross Bay Boulevard to be exact, versus the always-formidable Lynvetts.