300-Pound Quarterback Tony Casamento Leads Ellenville High To Victory

Meet The New Jared Lorenzen

11/8/08 in HS Football   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

I'm sure many of you remember Jared Lorenzen. He was Eli Manning's backup for a while with the Giants. He was, of course, huge. Well, he's got nothing on this kid.

Ellenville (New York) High's Tony Casamento checks in at a svelte 309 pounds and has become the new quarterback for his team after the starter went down due to an appendectomy.

Last week he guided Ellenville in the Class B semifinal against Millbrook. Ellenville won 56-13.

So, uh, how exactly did a guy who should clearly be playing on the offensive line wind up under center?

Casamento didn't consider playing quarterback until off-season workouts in January. He heard the team needed a backup and decided to give it a shot.

"I said this before,'' said Constable, the starter, "sometimes he throws a better spiral than me.''

Of course, all Casamento really has to do is hand the ball off, since Ellenville is a power running team. In their win over Millbrook, Casamento threw one pass on a two point conversion. Although he did chip in with a one yard touchdown.

Quite frankly, this guy should be the surest thing ever on a QB sneak.

Anyhow, it doesn't look real good for Casamento getting a scholarship to play anywhere in college, so today's championship game will be it for our huge hero. Although, it's still fun to imagine what this guy would be like under center for say, Michigan. I mean, he can't be any worse than anyone who's quarterbacked Michigan this year. 

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11/11/08   |   tritonman917

Thank God this team has a good running game.  I can't imagine that guy being mobile in the pocket, or anywhere else for that matter.

Ummmm, so you figure the dude couldn't  be mobile in the sheets???????? LMAOOO  But he might just love eating you!!!! Opps, that didn't come out right at ALL!!!!!!!! I mean you can tell he loves to eat and, never mind, I'll let it rest at that!!!!!!!!!!!    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

11/9/08   |   TheDean1   |   184 respect

KINGSTON — When Ellenville senior quarterback Sebastian Constable had an appendectomy 10 days ago, he thought his high school football career was over. Thanks to the miracles of modern medicine, though, Constable was back in the starting lineup Saturday afternoon to direct the Blue Devils to a 34-20 victory over previously unbeaten Sullivan West in the Section 9 Class C championship at Dietz Stadium.

"I went to the doctor Wednesday and he told me I looked fine and that I might be able to play today," Constable said. "So I practiced on Thursday and didn't have any pain today."

Although Constable rushed for just 10 yards on seven carries and threw an incompletion in his only pass attempt, senior running back Eric Thayer said the team's confidence soared when the Blue Devils (9-1) heard their inspirational leader would return for the rematch with Sullivan West (9-1).

"When we found out that Sebastian was coming back, the team morale just stepped up," said Thayer, who scored three touchdowns and had a pair of two-point conversion runs.

Thayer finished with 162 yards on 21 carries, while fellow senior Donald Exner had 150 yards on 23 carries. Exner scored the other two Ellenville TDs.

Constable, who also played defensive back, stopped a drive by intercepting Sullivan West quarterback Brad Reimer late in the third quarter with the Blue Devils protecting a 26-12 lead.

Ellenville coach Tony Borriello said Constable was able to return quickly because only a small incision was required in the surgery.

"It's a 10-day process," Borriello said. "We tried him out on Thursday with our own heavy-duty tests to make sure he was fine. We went full pads Friday and we made a decision that he was good to go. There's nothing like (having) a senior leader who has eight games under his belt."

Ellenville captured its first sectional title since 1993 and will now face Section 1 champion Croton-Harmon (9-1) at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Mahopac High.

It was obvious from the opening snap that the Blue Devils were a far different team than the one that lost to Sullivan West 41-19 in the season opener. Exner wasn't healthy in the first meeting due to a nasty cut from a chainsaw accident and he said the Blue Devils were confident they could avenge the loss.

"After that game, we felt we could have won," Exner said. And since the opener, the Blue Devils have won nine straight.

The Blue Devils wasted little time showing their superiority, needing only six plays to march 68 yards in the opening series. Thayer ran off tackle to score from 32 yards to make it 6-0.

The Bulldogs went three-and-out on their first offensive series and a short punt didn't help matters any.

While Ellenville's running game can hardly be deemed imaginative, it certainly was effective on Saturday (340 yards). Nine straight running plays — capped by Exner's 6-yard scoring run — pushed the lead to 12-0 with 1:57 left in the first quarter.

Reimer, who had thrown for 1,246 yards and 15 TDs entering the game, had few highlights against the Ellenville defense which had him on the run most of the day. The Blue Devils held him to 9-of-12 passing for 108 yards.

"We created a lot of confusion in the secondary," Borriello said.

Reimer pumped some life into the shell-shocked Bulldogs with a perfectly timed 57-yard touchdown toss to running back Dan Figueroa to cut the deficit to 12-6 with 20 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Blue Devils, who scored on their first four possessions, took a 26-6 halftime lead on a 20-yard TD run by Thayer and an 11-yard scoring jaunt by Exner.

After Sullivan West running back Nick Mootz scored on a 13-yard run to bring his club to within 26-12 midway through the third quarter, the Blue Devils iced it on Thayer's 1-yard score for a 32-12 lead late in the fourth quarter.


What: state Class C tournament

Matchup: Ellenville vs. Croton-Harmon

When: 4:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Mahopac High School


11/9/08   |   TheDean1   |   184 respect

Ellenville scored on all four of its first-half possessions and defeated Sullivan West 34-20 Saturday in the Section 9 Class C championship game at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. 

Up Next

Ellenville plays Section 1 champion Croton-Harmon on Nov. 14 at 4:30 p.m. at Mahopac High.


11/9/08   |   SoCalSmokinOkie   |   1 respect

OMG this kid needs to lay off the Butterfingers.

11/9/08   |   ramy_fetita_dulce_96


11/9/08   |   littleice2   |   31 respect

Why call this guy a back-up QB. when he tips the scale at 309 lbs. , If they win the class B title maybe they can let him by the MVP. Well if football doesn't work out for him he could always go and work for the WWE .

11/8/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

He only attempted one pass (a 2 point conversion) and they won 56-13. Why aren't they just stacking the box?

If that dude is playing QB, just imagine how big the O-line would be...and it's high school ball, idk what games you used to watch or play on the HS level, but usually when one team was better in one area, there wasn't much the other team did to stop it.

11/8/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Holy $*!%.