Back to Back Zach for 2018! A Thrilling 5-4 Win.
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The Winning Team
Left to Right - Wes, Clayton, Anthony, Vic, Evan, Zach, Zach
The Losing Team
Left to Right - Chris, Brian,Sean, Corey, T-Bone, James, Andrew
After 52 years, the family game that started a Thanksgiving tradition, was recognized in the St. Louis Post Dispatch with a great article from Ben Hochman (Thanks Ben!!). And what an article it was. And what a game it was! I guess it was only fitting that Zach Greene who was instrumental in getting the family tradition recognized, would again lead his team to a thrilling victory over T-Bone's team, marking the second win in a row for Zach. With Wes as the honorary coach, the team won a shootout by the score of 5-4. Defense was scarce (the only thing worse was the horrific kickoffs by each team ) in the early going as each team scored on their first 2 possessions (including an outstanding catch by Andrew early on)and Zach's team took a 3-2 lead into halftime QB. Evan played a very strong game and Anthony Gatti took MVP honors with 2 Touchdown catches and a key interception. Breakout star Clayton Greene also caught 2 TDs and was a contender for MVP and would have sealed it with a third touchdown catch. Clayton has clearly moved up in the draft for 2019.
Zach's team took a 4-2 lead and it seemed like the game would be over before 11 but then T-Bone's team scored and the defense stopped Zach on two consecutive occasions. James Manchisi made a key sack in one of the possessions and gained notoriety for playing with Airpods! Play of the game was Brian Manchisi's circus catch to make it 4-3 though it did not come without consequence as Brian hurt his knee and was out for the remainder of the game. The gods are not kind to the injured as Brian's team (like Zach's 2 years prior) could not pull out a win for the injured player. A touchdown to Anthony Gatti sealed the win for Zach and the celebrations began including the traditional peppers and eggs at Mama Greene's.
TRADITION! (and RIP Uncle Tom...)
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