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PYA Dragons Varsity team secures playoff spot

By Rick Franclemont


Saturday was another great day for football in Pembroke.       For the beginners, Alden Gibson found the end-zone for the Newfane Hurricane. Scoring for Pembroke were Gavin Lawless and three touchdowns by Jacob Dulski.         In the mini division the Newfane Thunder started with a touchdown by Sam Capen, and the extra point was a two-point conversion toss from Scotty Penwright to Michael Carmer.    The second Newfane TD was run in by Sam Capen.   Garett Totten got the Dragons on the board running it in, with the two-point conversion throw from Owen Mileham to Drake Sargent.   Further scoring:   Newfane - Zachary Snow with Extra Point by Andrew Lucinski   Newfane - Sam Capen   Newfane - Sam Capen   Pembroke - Owen Mileham   Newfane - Andrew Lucinski with extra point by Justin Robers   Pembroke - Garett Totten       The JV game had one-sided scoring by The Newfane Lightning.   Will Gross caught a pass from Shayne Harrington for the first TD, then repeated it for the two-point conversion.   Next TD was by Shayne Harrington, with the extra point by Garrett Srock.   The third score was Josh Everett.   Fourth TD was run in by Garrett Srock and the extra point by Reese Casinelli.   The final score was a run by Sam Kline.        The Varsity game that allowed Pembroke to clinch a playoff spot was a hard-fought battle between both squads that was close and saw an exchange up until the last minute.   Starting the scoring was the Newfane Storm with a run by Sam O'Keefe and extra point by Robert Holmes.   Pembroke answered with a TD by Mike Natalzia.   Pembroke rolled down the field again with a long acrobatic run by Dakota Dieter, followed by an extra point by Zach VonKramer.   Newfane answered with a run and extra point by Robert Holmes.   Mike Natalzia took it down the field for the go-ahead run and Jacob Miller connected with Reed Miano for the two-point conversion.   Newfane rolled back with a touchdown by Robert Holmes and the two-point conversion pass from Albert Krampe to Josh Volschow.   Pembroke put it away with another TD run by Mike Natalzia and two-point conversion pass from Jacob Miller to Dakota Dieter.         More pictures from the game can be found at

Youth Football Kickoff Celebration

By Rick Franclemont

The Newfane Lightning and Pembroke Dragons Youth Football teams participated in the largest national youth football kickoff celebration to date.

Press release from USA Football:

Youth football's largest season kickoff to take place on more than 2,000 fields with USA Football

More than 600,000 youth football players in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., will participate in the largest national youth football kickoff celebration to date on Saturday, Sept. 10.

USA Football’s National Youth Football Kickoff is part of the NFL’s Back to Football campaign.Coinciding with the NFL’s Kickoff Weekend, youth teams on more than 2,000 fields will begin their Sept. 10 games with a special red, white and blue commemorative football provided by USA Football without cost, celebrating the season’s return.

Leagues will upload photos and messages from their Saturday games on Facebook and Twitter to be shared with the entire youth football community. All social network messages and a list of participating leagues are found at

USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and each of its 32 teams.

Approximately 3 million children age 6-14 play youth football, placing it among the country’s most popular youth sports.

“For millions of Americans, regardless of our age, the return of football at all levels unites us in an exciting way,” said USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK. “That’s what Saturday is about – celebrating the kids, families and volunteers whose dedication powers this sport and uniting us through fun social networking.”

Based in Indianapolis, USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States. Sixty-two (62) countries spanning six continents possess national federations of sport dedicated solely to football.

About USA Football

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players.The independent nonprofit hosts more than 80 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football’s chairman.


More pictures from the ceremony and the game can be found here

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