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Opening weekend for NOFA football - Alexander at Pembroke

By Rick Franclemont

The opening weekend for NOFA football was warm and sunny. First stop this year was Alexander visiting Pembroke.





Scoring breakdown : Pembroke - Tyson Totten (2) and Isaiah Cary (1); Alexander - Tyler Marino (3), Clayton Bezon (2) and Brock Stout (1).





Scoring breakdown : Alexander - Matthew Jason (Extra point by Matthew Jason), Nick Kramer (Extra point by Connor Scott), Connor Scott (Extra point by Nick Kramer), Bryce Stout (Extra point by Nick Kramer) and Mason Bump (Extra point by Connor Scott)





Scoring breakdown: Pembroke: Jonah Blake (Extra point by David Colby), Garrett Totten (No extra point), David Colby (Two point conversion caught by Matthew Barry), Colby Cerasini (No extra point), and David Colby (Extra point by Garrett Totten)





Scoring breakdown: 

Pembroke - Michael Natalzia (No extra point), Michael Natalzia (Extra point by Zack VonKramer), Zack VonKramer (Extra point by Trevor Cox), Jacob Howes-Garofalo (No extra point), Alex Linsenbigler (Extra point by Alex Linsenbigler), Jacob Howes-Garofalo (No extra point), Ethan Stone (Extra point byMichael Natalzia)


Alexander - Jacob Jasen (No extra point), Tyler Cook (No extra point), Jacob Jasen (Extra point by Kameron Lyons)


More pictures from the opening day can be found at :

Final regular season game of youth football - Pembroke hosts Oakfield

By Rick Franclemont

The regular season was over at the end of the day. The players gave it their all and left the field either going home until next year or taking a week off in preparation for the playoffs.


Beginner division:

The scoring was all Oakfield today. 

1. Colton Yasses

2. Bodie Hyde

3. Colton Yasses with extra point by Jake Engle

4. Brayden Smith with two point conversion pass from Jake Engle to Colton Yasses

5. Colton Yasses with extra point by Jake Engle

6. Donovan Reese with extra point by Gianni Ferrara


Mini division:

In a close game, Oakfield edged out the Dragons 15 - 12.

Scoring first was Garett Totten for the Dragons.

Anthony Zambito followed for the Titans with a touchdown. Ty Kornow completed a two point conversion pass to Kameron Cusmano.

Anthony Zambito scored again putting the Titans ahead.

Pembroke came close after a goal line fumble recovery by Alec Skeet which lead to a Drake Sargent touchdown, but failed to convert the extra point.



Oakfield was the only team to find the end zone in this game.

1. Trevor Maier with extra point by Trevor Maier.

2. Trevor Maier with extra point by Tim Klotzbach.

3. Ty Kropelin with extra point by Collin O'Halloran

4. Collin O'Halloran with a two point conversion pass from Tim Klotzbach to Matt Gilbert.


Good luck to all teams in the playoffs!


More pictures can be found at Francletography : Here



Weekend PYA Football wrap-up

By Rick Franclemont


All the scoring came this week from Attica. Wyatt Kauffman had two touchdowns and an extra point. Adding single tallies were Eric McCormick, Nick Kurowski and Jonah Clark (Case Hill and Noah Wheeler also added extra points).


Attica took this match 27-7.

Fist score was Clayton Compton for Attica with the extra point run in by Ayden Goll.

Second Attica touchdown was by Travis Kauffman.

Next run into the end zone was by Clayton Compton, who also threw the extra point conversion to Zachary Strzelec.

Pembroke got on the board when Drake Sargent completed a pass to Garett Totten. Sargent ran the ball in for the extra point as well.

Attica's final score of the day was a run by Ayden Goll


Attica dominated this match with all the scoring. In order of points:

1. Mitchell Cook (Extra point Mitchell Cook from Parker Wylie)

2. Kevin Durzewski (Extra point by Blake Pariso)

3. Tyler Myer (Extra point by Ed Strzelec)

4. Dawson Nelson (Extra point by John (JJ) Goodenbury)

5. Noah Stachowiak

6. Interception run back for a TD by Parker Wylie (Extra point by Logan White)

7. Trevor Gol (Extra point by Max Dufour)


Pembroke came out of this contest on top led by Zachary VonKramer who had all three touchdowns and an extra point. Kyle Ludwig kicked the other extra point through the uprights.

More pictures from today can be found at Francletography (

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

Tri-Town football has first home game in 30 years

By Rick Franclemont

Pulling into Alexander on Saturday we were greeted with the sign: "First home game in 30 years!" The Tri-town organization ( has brought back youth football -- and judging by the turn out, it is back to stay.

Four games were played against the Pembroke Dragons during the sunny and hot afternoon. There was a chicken barbecue that ran throughout the day, a concession stand with a large variety of baked goods and 50/50 raffles and a drawing for a game-worn Bills jersey.

The beginners saw Alexander scoring from Connor Scott, Mason Bump and Ricky Townley.


Scoring in the minis for Pembroke were: Adam Dulski (no extra point), Owen Mileham with a defensive touchdown, Garrett Totten with two TD's, and Alec Skeet adding an extra point.

The JV game saw touchdowns from Trent Smith, David Colby (2) and Jordan Brown for Pembroke.

The varsity game was a hard-fought battle between two huge teams. There was a little bit of everything in this game, which Pembroke won 20-7. The first score was Pembroke's Mike Natalzia who broke a tackle and took the ball most of the field and into the end zone. Kyle Ludwig kicked the extra point.

Second touchdown was a run by Dakota Dieter of the Dragons. The extra point kick was blocked by Zach Jasen, of Alexander. Alexander's touchdown came next, run in by Zach Jasen, and PJ Brennan added the extra point. Mike Natalzia put the game away in the fourth quarter with his second touchdown of the day. More pictures from the day can be found at

Game Day Opener - Pembroke Dragons host Batavia Bulldawgs

By Rick Franclemont

Saturday marked the opening of the 2012-2013 Football season for many area youth football leagues. 

We visited Pembroke to see the Dragons host the Bulldawgs.

Below is the scoring for the Bulldawgs, we are still waiting for the official names for the Dragons and will update it as it is supplied.


For the Bulldagws beginner squad- JaVon McFollins had 2 touchdowns & Mekhi Fortes added another.


For the Bulldawgs Mini Squad Zach Gilebarto scored the lone touchdown.


And for the Bulldawgs JV Squad Colton Dillon had 4 touchdowns & Ethan Biscaro added 2 touchdowns




More pictures from all four games can be found at



PYA Dragons win NOFA JV Championship

By Rick D. Franclemont

In a game played Saturday at the Medina Veterans Park, the Pembroke Youth Association Dragons defeated the Akron Tigers 32-0 for the Niagara Orleans Football Association JV championship title.

Coach Jerry Cox's team went 12-0 for the season. The Akron Tigers only losses during the season were to the Dragons.

More pictures of the game can be seen here.

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

Pembroke vs. Oakfield-Elba Youth Football

By Rick Franclemont

Photos from the JV Youth Football game 8/27/11. Pembroke was the home team.

Minis: Pembroke 8, Oakfield-Elba 0

JV: Pembroke 36, Oakfield-Elba 6

All pictures from the event are available here for readers of The Batavian.

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