By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Sep. 18, 2019: The Bronxville Bronco football team shut out Putnam Valley 28-0 last Friday night with a dominating performance on both sides of the ball. The defense set the tone, recovering their first of three forced fumbles on Putnam Valley’s opening possession. In addition, the Broncos intercepted three passes, one by Connor Randall that was returned for a touchdown to seal the win.
The Bronxville defense has given up only one touchdown this season and that was in the last few minutes of its 45-8 win over Albertus Magnus in the season opener two weeks ago.
The Broncos in the away game against Putnam Valley on Friday night. Photo by Joe. Villanueva.
The Bronco offense lines up against Putnam Valley in the game last Friday. Photo by Joe Villanueva.
In the win over Putnam Valley, Henry Donohue completed 81 percent of his throws for 90 yards and one TD and ran for 113 yards and one TD. Will Flanagan had five receptions for 67 yards and one TD, and Grey Warble forced a fumble and had an interception.
Quarterback Donohue is a dynamic player who was last year’s feature running back. While he is a tough downhill runner and has rushed for 257 yards and four TDs in the first two games, he is also a threat from the air throwing for 193 yards and two TDs.
Senior Will Flanagan has been the biggest deep threat so far, with a season total of seven receptions for 160 yards and two TDs. The trio of running backs, Dylan Alberghine, Connor Randall, and Will Murray, has been productive, rushing for a combined 238 yards and four TDs. On defense, Colin Dempsey leads the team in solo tackles and sacks.
Phillip Meyers in the Putnam Valley game. Photo by Joe Villanueva.
Coming off a tough 2018 season where the Broncos went 0-8 in Section 1 Class B, the coaching staff was determined to make the necessary changes to get off to a positive start this season. The first order of business was to commit to a difficult Class B schedule at a time when some were questioning whether Bronxville could compete against often-larger schools.
“You can expect to see our ‘Effort, Pride, Sacrifice, and Desire’ every Saturday,” said third-year Coach Patsy Manganelli. “We understand that many pick us as the underdogs, but when you believe together and give forth great effort together, great things can happen.”
Another improvement in the program came in the form of equipment. There was a consensus that the students from modified through varsity should have the most advanced head protection available.
The coaches researched the best options, interviewed several vendors, and identified the appropriate helmets for each age group. With a lead grant from The Bronxville School Foundation and additional support from the community, Athletic Director Karen Peterson and Coach Manganelli were able to replace every single helmet at Bronxville School with a brand-new five-star helmet with the highest impact ratings from the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, providing all the student-athletes with the best available headgear on the market.
The final piece was setting a winning tone and executing on the playbook provided by Coach Manganelli.
The football captains, Warble, Dempsey, and Donohue, began to lead the 2019 campaign the minute they were announced.
"We really wanted to set a positive tone coming into the preseason and get the underclassman comfortable with Coach Manganelli's playbook quickly," said Warble. "We have asked the younger guys to step up and so far they have really delivered."
Grey Warble in the game against Putnam Valley. Photo Joe Villanueva.
With two wins under their belt, the Broncos will try to push their record to 3-0 when they face perennial Class B powerhouse Pleasantville at their home opener on the new turf on Chambers Field this Saturday at 1:30 pm.
“Our senior class has been through much adversity and have developed a bond like no other,” said Coach Manganelli. “That bond is the glue that has brought this team together. In these first two weeks of 2019, we have shown we are a complete team.”
Bronco defensive players displaying their new helmets in the Putnam Valley victory. Photo by Joe Villanueva.
Pictured at top: The Broncos in the away game against Putnam Valley on Friday night.
Photo by Joe Villanueva.