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Mike Taranto


Capt. Devon Simmons, Coach Paturzo & Capt. Jason Mediate

Lamont Watson
BACK to BACK CHAMPS!
 
DATE DAY/TIME OPPONENT FIELD RESULTS
Sept. 16 Sat 1pm Beach Channel Wagner W 54-6
Junior Eddie Thompson set the defense of the city title off on the right foot as he took the opnening kickoff 82 yds for a TD. Thompson was one of eight Falcons to find the endzone, here are the other seven... Mike DiTomasso (3 yd run), Mike Taranto (6 yd run), Anthony Battista (4 yd run), Barry Hodge (14 yd pass from Taranto), Lamont Watson (an amazing 92 yd kickoff return) and Tom Dimicelli (2 yd run).
 
Sept. 23 Sat 12pm Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson W 36-8
Lamont Watson rushed for 176 yds and 3 TDs on runs of 11 yds, 6 yds and 49 yds. Captain Jason Mediate, Anthony Curran and Jamie Valinoti paved the way for Watson's big day. Mike Taranto hooked up with Ed Thompson for a 30 yd TD and Jerry Pierre's 38 yd fourth quarter scamper capped the scoring. Danny Doyle and Matt Hellman had solid games defesively. For his effort, Watson was given The NY Post's Athlete of the Week Award and Newsday's Feat of the Weak Award.
 
Sept. 29 Fri 2:30pm Poly Prep Wagner W 22-14
Lamont Watson rushed for 146 yds and 2 TDs while Mike Taranto ran for the other TD to give the Falcons another win. Mike DiTomasso recovered a fumble for the defense.
 
Oct. 7 Sat 1pm Kennedy Kennedy W 16-6
Lamont Watson ran for 18 yds and a TD while Mike Taranto found Eddie Thompson for a 28 yd TD pass to give the Falcons all the scoring they would need in the 2nd quarter and the defense came up big all game long. Jamie Valinoti came up with a big sack on 4th down in the 4th quarter while Anthony Curran recovered a fumble to end the last drive.
 
Oct. 14 Sat 1pm Tottenville Wagner W 38-12
Lamont Watson set the tone early returning the opening kickoff 88 yds for a score. He then added 1yd and 2 yd TD jaunts on his way to gaining 83 yds on the ground. Mike Taranto hit Eddie Thompson for another TD- this time for 36 yds. Mike DiTomasso recovered another fumble and ran this one back 26 yds for a TD.
 
Oct. 21 Sat 1pm New Dorp Wagner W 16-0
Lamont Watson dove in from 2 yds out behind the blocks of Matt Helman and Chris Reali to give the Falcons their first score and the tandem of Mike Taranto and Eddie Thompson connected again for a 25 yd TD. Rich McConkey, Barry Hodge (2 Ints), Thompson (2 Ints) and Reali all had great games defensively.
 
Oct. 28 Sat 1pm Curtis Curtis W 28-6
Eddie Thompson caught 7 balls for 133 yds and 2 TDs (49 yds and 44 yds) as the Falcons rolled to win number 7. Mike Taranto finished 9-12 for 191 yds passing and the 2 TDs to Thompson. Lamont Watson ran for 91 yds and a TD. While Chris Reali had a 1 yd TD plunge and finished with 42 yds rushing on just 6 carries. Jamie Valinoti, Jason Mediate, Anthony Curran, Sean Malachovsky, Danny DelRosso and Drew Roth did a great job opening up the running gaps..
 
Nov. 5 Sun 1pm Port Richmond Port Richmond W 22-20
The Falcons won their 4th straight Island Championship and extended the winning streak to 28 games as Lamont Watson scored on 46 yd and 33 yd runs to give him 2 TDs on 140 yds rushing. Mike Tranto hit Rob Lane for 10 yds for the other TD. Barry Hodge had another outstanding game defensively recorded 2 interceptions. Captain Devon Simmons had a big sack for a 7 yd loss to quiet a PR comeback.
 
Nov. 11 Sat 1pm Lehman Wagner W 32-12
Lamont Watson ended the regular season on a high note rushing for 142 yds and 3 TDs (1, 1, 55). Tom DiMicelli scored on a 5 yd run and Barry Hodge recorded yet another interception and returned it 43 yds for a TD.
 
Playoff Quarter Final
Nov. 18 Sat 1pm Kennedy Wagner W 14-6
The Falcons scored with 43 seconds left to give Falcons 2 TDs in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. On 4th and 9 from the Wagner 18, Mike Taranto hit Eddie Thompson for the TD and kept the Falcons on their title run. The drive started when Chris Reali stripped the RB and Jason Mediate recovered at the Wagner 41. Taranto then led the Falcons on a 13 play, 59 yd march to win the game. The Falcon D had an amazing day limiting Kennedy to 109 total yds- 56 of which came on the last drive while in prevent defense. Lamont Watson ran for 173 yds (60 in the 4th quarter) and added a 13 yd TD run to set up the final drive heroics.
 
Playoff Semi Final
Nov. 25 Sat 1pm Brooklyn Tech Wagner W 32-9
The Offensive Line dominated again allowing the offense to run for 235 yds. Lamont Watson rushed for 131 yds (2 TDs), Mike Taranto ran for 48 yds (1 TD) and Chris Reali ran for 42 yds. Eddie Thompson had 3 catches for 61 yds, including TD receptions of 22 yds and 21 yds. Jason Mediate and Anthony Viola added interceptions. The Falcons play next week for their 3rd City Title in 4 years. Mike Taranto was named NY Post's Athlete of the Week.
 
CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
Dec. 2 Sat 12pm DeWitt Clinton Midwood W 20-14

Back to Back Champs! Mike Taranto ended his storied career with 3 TD passes, including a 4 yd toss to Lamon Watson with 4:53 left to seal the Falcon Repeat Championship! Taranto also hit Eddie Thompson for a 32 yd TD and hit Matt Hellman for the first time all year for a 21 yd TD, which set off the scoring. Watson finished the day with 73 yds rushing giving him 1,352 yds on the year, the Staten Island All Time Record- Watson also finished with another Staten Island Record, 136 points scored. Omar Linwood, Anthony Curran and Rich McConekey each had 11 tackles, while Jason Mediate had 10. Joey Tuite had a great day- recording 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Mike Taranto, Jason Mediate and Jamie Valinoti ended their high school football careers without ever losing game. The Falcons finish the season with a 32 game winning streak.

 
 
1989 HONORS AND AWARDS

NY STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MIKE TARANTO

NY STATE TEAM- 1st TEAM
MIKE TARANTO

NY STATE TEAM- 4th TEAM
LAMONT WATSON

JUNIOR HEISMAN AWARD WINNER
Mike Taranto

NY Newsday Player of the Year
Eddie Thompson

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

Mike Taranto

The Fabbri Award
(Staten Island Advance's Player of the Year)

Mike Taranto
Lamont Watson


NY Newsday ALL-CITY TEAM
Mike Taranto
Lamont Watson
Jason Mediate

Daily News ALL-CITY TEAM
Mike Taranto
Lamont Watson
Jason Mediate

Second Team
Eddie Thompson

Daily News Staten Island All Stars
Mike Taranto
Lamont Watson
Jason Mediate

Eddie Thompson

SI Advance All Stars
Mike Taranto
Lamont Watson
Jason Mediate

Eddie Thompson

Chris Reali
Anthony Curran
Jamie Valinoti

NYC Coaches' All-City Team
Mike Taranto
Lamont Watson
Eddie Thompson
Jason Mediate
Anthony Curran

NYC Coaches' All-Boro Team
Mike Taranto
Lamont Watson
Eddie Thompson
Jason Mediate
Anthony Curran

Jason Mediate Jamie Valinotti
Devon Simmons Barry Hodge
Chris Reali Eddie Thompson
Coach Paturzo & Mike Taranto


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