Things certainly looked promising for the Falcons from the outset, as they were able to move the ball quickly downfield after receiving the opening kickoff, whereupon six plays later, Sheldon Davis swept wide left for a touchdown, the game’s first. Said touchdown was quickly nullified, however, when the referees called the play back for a downfield clipping call on the Falcons, a bit of an inauspicious start for the visitors from Queens. Despite such a high-energy first act, the rest of the first half actually made for one heck of a hard-fought back and forth football game. While it was Kings Bay who managed to get the first points on the board, a 34-yard TD run and the resulting conversion, the rest of the story was all about some pretty stingy defense on the part of both teams, and when the Jaguars and the Falcons headed into the locker room at half-time, the score was a mere 8-0.
The Falcons came out quickly for the third quarter, as did Kings Bay as well, but this time the Midgets defense began to loosen somewhat, and Kings Bay was able to put another TD on the board, 16-0. And while it was penalties that seemed to plague the Falcons in the first half, affording the Jaguars some pretty choice field position, the second half was characterized by costly Falcons turnovers. An interception here, a botched snap there, a fumbled punt late in the second half. Give the Falcons credit, though, they kept at it, and kept at it – never losing their focus on defense, especially the feisty Tyler Stankiewicz, and always making sure to protect their QB. In fact, probably worst of all for talented Falcons quarterback Danny Perez, while he was certainly given enough time to put some air under the ball (to the tune of 40-plus yards now and again), the combination of the Jaguars’ defense and the frigid cold weather resulted in more drops than receptions, thereby negating the Midgets air attack as a reliable offensive weapon. When all was said and done, it was Kings Bay 32-0, although to have witnessed the game in person, the contest was definitely a great deal more even than the final score would seem to indicate. In the locker-room afterwards, Coach Neil O’Donnell addressed the Midgets to tell them how proud he was of their effort – all week, in fact, and despite severely inhospitable conditions. “I wouldn’t trade this team for any other team out there,” he said pointedly. Added Offensive Coordinator Eddie Maley, who just might be leaving after this season, “I think you can see we care about you deeply… you’re part of something special, this organization, you’re all Falcons brothers.” “I’m proud of you guys,” continued O’Donnell. “You hold your heads high, you’ve got every right to.”