ECP Finishes Season with Strong Effort Against
Number One Army Prep, but Comes Up Short, 27-21

The East Coast Prep Firebirds (5-4) ended their season with a heartbreaking 27-21 defeat at the hands of Army Prep, who entered the game as the #1 prep team in the country. Delvon Randall (Pittsburgh, PA) showcased his many talents during the game as he returned a kickoff for a touchdown, threw a touchdown pass to Austin Leach (Sarasota, FL) and caught a touchdown pass from Tanner Kingsley (Beacon Falls, CT). Walter Fletcher (Ellicott City, MD) was the workhorse for the Firebirds as he carried the load on the ground throughout the evening. The defense was tough as they slowed down an explosive Army Prep rushing attack. Jordan Francklin (Queens, NY) and Christian Wagar (Neptune, NJ) made some huge plays both saving touchdowns and in run support, while the defense as a whole played its most physical game of the year. The special teams units were tremendous as Randall’s return, the excellent punting of Sean Young (St. Petersburg, FL), and a surprise onside kick by Matt Banchs (Leominster, MA) each provided the Firebirds with a major boost. The onside kick and subsequent recovery by Kyle Evans (Washington, DC) gave the Firebirds the ball back with three minutes remaining and a chance to take the lead. However, turnovers and penalties plagued the Firebirds the entire game, and questionable no-calls and missed opportunities thwarted East Coast Prep’s potential game-winning drive in the waning moments. This game showcased incredible performances by both sides and it was nearly the ideal ending to an extremely successful season for ECP against a rigorous schedule

ECP Demolishes Western New England, 52-6, to Guarantee Second Straight Winning Season

The East Coast Prep Firebirds (5-3) rushed for 325 yards and 7 touchdowns, while also forcing 5 turnovers in a 52-6 win over the Western New England Golden Bears on a chilly afternoon in Springfield, MA. Jayson Figueroa (Lake Ariel, PA) and Kamran Raja (Brooklyn, NY) each rushed for two touchdowns, while Walter Fletcher (Ellicott City, MD), Patrick Hicks (Plymouth, MA), and Raymonte Maynard (Richfield, MN) each provided the Firebirds with an additional rushing touchdown apiece. The defense was swarming for the second straight week, as Jordan Francklin (Queens, NY) and Ethan Upperco (Fredericksburg, VA) each had an interception, while David Spears (Springfield, MA), Ebben Melton (Willingboro, NJ), and Chris Tinkham (Lynn, MA) each recovered a fumble on the afternoon. Three players were credited with forced fumbles and they were Spears, Reggie Ware III (Upper Marlboro, MD) and Ronnie Peterson (Alma, GA). East Coast Prep has now guaranteed a winning record on the season with its finale coming up on Saturday, November 8th in West Point, NY against the undefeated Army Prep Black Knights. Army Prep is the #1 Prep football team in the country and it will be a tremendous task for the Firebirds. The kickoff will take place at 6 PM.

ECP Dominates in Win Over Saint Francis, 28-7

The East Coast Prep Firebirds (4-3) defeated the Saint Francis Red Flash by a final tally of 28-7 on a cool evening in Loretto, PA. An explosive Firebird rushing attack resulted in touchdowns for Kyle Evans (Odenton, MD), Walter Fletcher (Ellicott City, MD), and Jayson Figueroa (Lake Ariel, PA), while Tanner Kingsley (Beacon Falls, CT) hooked up with Kade Clayton (Whitehouse, TX) for the lone touchdown through the air. The ball-hawking Firebird defense rose to the occasion, causing 5 turnovers. Reggie Ware (Upper Marlboro, MD) had an interception that he nearly was able to take the distance, but he was stopped inside the 10-yard line. Chris Tinkham (Lynn, MA) forced 2 fumbles, while Dwight Lomax (Springfield, VA) and Ebben Melton (Willingboro, NJ) forced one apiece. Kyle Matejko (Wyandotte, MI) was opportunistic with 2 recoveries, along with Ethan Upperco (Fredericksburg, VA) and Ronnie Peterson (Alma, GA), who each were able to recover a fumble. The Firebirds travel to Springfield, MA to take on the Western New England Golden Bears for a 1 PM kickoff on Sunday, November 2nd

ECP Loses in Overtime to Valley Forge, 40-34

The East Coast Prep Firebirds (3-3) lost an overtime nail-biter to the Valley Forge Trojans by a final tally of 40-34. The blocking of Logan Plantz (Frankfort, IL), Zehmier Brown (Worcester, MA), Hunter Sallila (Fitchburg, MA), Tyler McDonough (Troy, NY), and Justin Auer (Roswell, GA) opened up huge running lanes for the dynamic duo of Brad Jones (Freehold, NJ) and Raymonte Maynard (Richfield, MN) all day long. Jones scored two touchdowns on the ground and Maynard had several runs of 10+ yards. Tanner Kingsley (Beacon Falls, CT) connected with Delvon Randall (Pittsburgh, PA) twice to cap off the scoring for the offense. The defense was opportunistic all day and made big plays to slow down the explosive Trojan offense. The two highlights were two interceptions, which were made by Dwight Lomax (Springfield, VA) and Grant Westbrook (Leesburg, VA). Lomax showed tremendous athleticism by tipping a pass to himself, breaking a tackle, and taking it to the house to put the Firebirds on the board. Westbrook also came down with a tipped pass in the endzone for a touchback. Kyle Matejko (Wyandotte, MI) and Ethan Upperco (Fredericksburg, VA) wreaked havoc in the opposing backfield all day long and made big stops for the Firebirds, who showed tremendous physicality in defeat. ECP will travel to Loretto, PA on Sunday, October 26th for a 4 pm kickoff against St. Francis.

 

ECP Rally Falls Short Against Hudson Valley 26-20

The East Coast Prep Firebirds (3-2) couldn’t overcome a 14-0 halftime deficit and ultimately fell to the Hudson Valley Community College Vikings by a final tally of 26-20. Tanner Kingsley (Beacon Falls, CT) spearheaded a furious rally by throwing three touchdown passes, while Kyle Evans (Odenton, MD), Delvon Randall (Pittsburgh, PA), and Nicholas Ferrari-Smith (Gainesville, VA) were on the receiving ends of those scores. Joe Tutela (Verona, NJ) recovered a fumble for the defense and the two safeties Elijah Williams (Rahway, NJ) and Jordan Francklin (Valley Stream, NY) were all over the field, making 5 tackles apiece. De’Shaun Morris (Newark, NJ) was a difference maker on special teams as he had a 70-yard punt and a first down run during a broken punt attempt. Randall contributed greatly in the return game on both punt and kickoff returns. The Firebirds rallied all the way back to tie the score up at 20-20 in the 4th quarter, but were unable to stop the Vikings from getting in the endzone for the go-ahead score. East Coast Prep will travel to Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, October 12th to play the Penn Quakers. The kickoff will take place at 4 PM.

 

ECP Comes From Behind, Defeats Wagner 28-21

The East Coast Prep Firebirds (3-1) traveled to Staten Island, NY on Sunday and left with a 28-21 comeback win against the Wagner Seahawks. The Firebirds found themselves trailing 21-8 in the 3rd quarter, but they desperately came up with key stops and big plays to salvage the victory. Tanner Kingsley (Beacon Falls, CT) threw four touchdown passes, three to Delvon Randall (Pittsburgh, PA), and the other to Austin Leach (Sarasota, FL), while Walter Fletcher (Ellicott City, MD) spearheaded an extremely effective ground game for the Firebirds. The defense saw Ebben Melton (Willingboro, NJ) terrorize the Seahawk backfield with a handful of stops, while Dwight Lomax (Springfield, VA) and Christian Wagar (Neptune, NJ) each had an interception. De’Shaun Morris (Newark, NJ) and Kyle Evans (Odenton, MD) were special teams standouts for the Firebirds on a day which special teams had the utmost importance. Morris filled in admirably for Sean Young, handling the kickoff and punting duties, while Evans had two electrifying punt returns. One of his returns went all the way for a touchdown, but was called back due to a penalty. The other gave the Firebirds tremendous field position late in the game, ultimately leading to a Kingsley touchdown pass. The Firebirds will travel to Troy, NY on Friday, October 3rd at 3 PM to face the undefeated Hudson Valley Community College Vikings (4-0).

 

 

ECP Defeats Norwich 45-0

The East Coast Prep Firebirds (2-1) dismantled the Norwich Cadets by a final score of 45-0 this past Sunday in a clear and sunny Northfield, VT. Walter Fletcher (Ellicott City, MD), Kyle Evans (Washington, D.C.), Nicholas Ferrari-Smith (Gainesville, VA), and Pat Hicks (Plymouth, MA) each rushed for a touchdown on a day in which the Firebirds had easily their most effective ground attack of the season. Brad Jones (Freehold, NJ) connected with Delvon Randall (Pittsburgh, PA) at the end of the half for the only passing touchdown and Ferrari-Smith electrified the crowd with a scintillating touchdown on a punt return in the 4th quarter. Sean Young had a special day kicking the ball, as he connected on all six of his extra points, booted a 44-yard field goal, and had multiple touchbacks on kickoffs. The Firebird defense had several standouts in recording their first shutout of the season. The defense accounted for seven turnovers on the day with Dwight Lomax (Springfield, VA), Elijah Williams (Rahway, NJ), Jaqui Martin (Paterson, NJ), Ethan Upperco (Fredericksburg, VA), and Mike Hehir (Cohoes, NY) each making an interception, while Joe Tutela (Verona, NJ) and Kade Clayton (Whitehouse, TX) each recovered a fumble. The Firebirds will travel to Staten Island, NY to face the Wagner Seahawks on Sunday, September 28th at 7 pm.

 

ECP Falls 35-18 at West Point

The East Coast Prep Firebirds (1-1) traveled to West Point on Sunday and were unable to overcome a formidable Army Black Knights squad, resulting in a 35-18 defeat. Tanner Kingsley (Beacon Falls, CT) threw two touchdown passes, with Nicholas Ferrari-Smith (Gainesville, VA), and Austin Leach (Sarasota, FL) on the receiving end of those scores. Ronnie Peterson (Alma, GA) had a sack in the fourth quarter, which jarred the ball loose from Army’s quarterback and fell into the hands of Mike Hehir (Cohoes, NY). Hehir took it all the way to cap off the scoring for the Firebirds. The Firebirds will look to bounce back next Sunday at 1:00 in Northfield, VT, where they will take on the Norwich Cadets.

 

ECP Over Bryant 28-14
 

The East Coast Prep Firebirds (1-0) came away with a resounding 28-14 win over the Bryant Bulldogs on a sunny afternoon in Smithfield, RI. Tanner Kingsley (Beacon Falls, CT) threw three touchdown passes, with Nicholas Ferrari-Smith (Gainesville, VA), Delvon Randall (Pittsburgh, PA), and Kade Clayton (Whitehouse, TX) being the recipients. Randall also hauled in an additional score courtesy of Brad Jones (Freehold, NJ). Jaqui Martin (Paterson, NJ) had two interceptions for the defense, while Christian Wagar (Neptune, NJ) and Ronnie Peterson (Alma, GA) added one apiece. Chris Tinkham (Lynn, MA) spearheaded a tremendous defensive effort with several tackles for loss. Special Teams standouts included K/P Sean Young (St. Petersburg, FL), who connected on all four of his extra points, and De’Shaun Morris (Newark, NJ), who blocked a Field Goal attempt in the first quarter. The Firebirds travel to West Point, NY next Sunday at 1 PM, where they will face the Army Black Knights.

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