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Capt. Bobby Rodriguez   Capt. Frank Reali
Sept. 19 Sat 12pm Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson W 36-0
The much hyped City Championship rematch turned out to be a 36-0 Falcon triumph. Soph QB Mike Taranto hooked up with Captain Bobby Rodgriguez 7 times for 174yds and 3 TDs (39 yds, 28 yds and 34 yds). James Braxton rushed for 113 yds including a 9 yd TD run. The other Captain, Frank Reali also added a 3 yd TD run. Greg SanFillipo and James Boone had intereceptions as the defense held Jackson to just 6 first downs and barely over 100 yds of total offense. For his efforts, Rodriguez was named NY Post's Athlete of the Week.
Sept. 26 Sat 1pm John Adams Wagner W 28-20
James Braxton's 3 yd TD scamper with under 35 seconds left gave Wagner the victory. Braxton also added another TD on an 8 yd run. Mike Taranto hooked up with Frank Menechino for the Falcon's first score on a 7 yd pass. Frank Reali had the other score with a 3 yd run.
Oct. 9 Fri 3pm Kennedy Kennedy W 16-14
Bobby Rodriguez returned a punt 73 yds for a TD with 2:28 remaining and then caught the 2 point conversion to give the Falcons the lead and the win. Rodriguez finished with 6 catches for 106 yds- and had the other TD with a 4 yd grab from Mike Taranto. Defensively, Frank Reali, Ken Hoerle and James Boone all had great days.
Oct. 17 Sat 1pm Curtis Wagner W 14-0
The Falcon Defense threw another shutout limiting Curtis to 104 total yds with Steve Coleman recording 13 tackles and Frank Reali who recovered a fumble and had an interception. Frank Menechino caught a 6 yd pass from Mike Taranto and James Braxton ran 1 yd for the other Wagner score.
Oct. 25 Sun 1pm New Dorp New Dorp W 20-14
Glenn Pedro rushed for 116 yds setting the stage for the Falcons' three scores. Bobby Rodriguez caught 2 TDs, one on amazing diving catch in the back of the endzone. Frank Reali added the other Falcon TD on a 1 yd run.
Oct. 31 Sat 1pm McKee Wagner W 28-0
The Falcon D threw their 3rd shutout of the season led by Carl Martorano who caused a fumble and had a fumble recovery. James McArthy also had a fumble recovery. Bobby Rodriguez returned a punt 88 yds for a TD and hauled in a 32 yd TD from Mike Taranto. Taranto also hooked up with Glenn Pedro on a 42 yd TD reception. Frank Reali added the other score on a 3 yd plunge.
Nov. 7 Sat 1pm Port Richmond Port Richmond W 22-6
The Falcons dominated both sides fo the trenches and only a late score wiped out yet another shutout. Bobby Rodriguez had a 55 yd interception return for a TD. Glenn Pedro scored on runs of 10 yds and 8 yds.
Nov. 14 Sat 1pm Tottenville Wagner W 38-0
The Falcons gave the Pirates what they deserved in a 38-0 romp. Frank Menechino caught a 35 yd pass and 10 yd pass from Mike Taranto for touchdown and then Menechino added another TD on a 10 yd run while lined uup at QB with the game out of reach. Ken Sparry caught a 19 yd TD from Taranto while Glenn Pedro scored on a 16 yd run and and Jay Sullivan scored on a 1 yd run.
The Wagner Falcons were denied a chance to defend their City Title after an unblemished 8-0 season. As a note, Adams went on to win the title- they were Victim #2 this year. The fortitude that the 1987 Falcons showed became one of the building blocks for one of the most celebrated high school programs in New York City history.

Bobby Rodriguez

Fred Fugazzi Memorial Award
(Staten Island Coaches' Player of the Year)

Bobby Rodriguez

(Staten Island Advance's Player of the Year)

Bobby Rodriguez

SI Advance All Stars
Bobby Rodriguez
Frank Reali
Carl Martorano
Ken Hoerle
Joe Modena

Other awards and all star selections will be listed soon.

1987 Falcons

Mike Taranto & Paul DeFilipis
Angelo DeFilipis James Braxton
Ken Hoerle & Joe Modena
Glenn Pedro
Frank Menechino & Carl Martarano

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