Mighty Mites post his­toric sea­son

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By John Brewer jbrewer@onei­dadis­patch.com Sports Ed­i­tor

When the Ver­non-Verona-Sher­rill Pop Warner Mighty Mites opened their 2018 sea­son, only six of their 18 play­ers had played tackle foot­ball be­fore.

That didn’t stop them from post­ing a his­toric reg­u­lar sea­son that would draw envy from all lev­els of teams on the grid­iron.

Led by coaches Mark Chieco, Bill Bur­nett, Randy Savachka and Scott Mun­roe, VVS won all seven of its reg­u­lar sea­son games via a shutout, hold­ing three of those op­po­nents with­out a first down en route to a Tri-Val­ley Pop Warner Divi­sion III cham­pi­onship game against Camden.

Fit­tingly, VVS posted a 6- 0 shutout over Camden at Sauquoit High School on Satur­day, Oct. 27 in the driv­ing rain to cap off an un­beaten, never-scored-on 2018 cam­paign, mak­ing Nolan Ble­har, Carter Boucher, Wil­liam Bur­nett, An­thony Chieco, Jay­den Emer­son, Lukas Fabrey, Layne Foster, Bruce Gustina, Sean Joseph, Athyn Klahs, James Mann, Wes­ley Mann, Colt Mun­roe, Adam Munz, Gavin Re­gan, Lan­don Savachka, Gabriel Wheeler, Dea­gan Wil­liams league cham­pi­ons.

The team, made up of young­sters from the VVS dis­trict be­tween the ages of 7 and 9, had a ca­pa­ble of­fense as well, av­er­ag­ing 20 points per game

through­out the sea­son.

The de­fense, though, is what makes this team dif­fer­ent than any other VVS Pop Warner side.

The 2018 Red Devils were the first Pop Warner team at the school dis­trict to not al­low a score through­out the en­tire sea­son.

They are the first VVS Pop Warner team to win the league since 2016.

VVS Pop Warner has Jr. Pee Wee, Mighty Mites and Flag level teams that start their sea­son Aug. 1 and are al­ways look­ing for new play­ers to join.

PHOTO COUR­TESY TRACY CHIECO

The Ver­non-Verona-Sher­rill Mighty Mites com­pleted an un­beaten 2018sea­son with­out al­low­ing a point on de­fense.

PHOTO COUR­TESY TRACY CHIECO

The Ver­non-Verona-Sher­rill Mighty Mites cel­e­brate a league cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing a 6-0win over Camden on Oct. 27.

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