In the wake of MSIT’s recent devastating loss in their semifinal game of the 2015 PSAL football playoffs, we reflect not on the loss, but on the positive aspects of the Seagulls’ season. Entering the postseason, MSIT earned itself the #1 seed in their conference from their superb regular season play. They maintained a perfect 11-0 record and did so in dominant fashion. In their 11 regular season wins, the Seagulls had an average margin of victory of an impressive 19.1 points per game. And in many cases they earned these wins the same way they had done in previous years: using their defense. Our defense resembled an impenetrable wall, posting four shutouts and never allowing more than 18 points in those 11 regular season games. On the defensive side we had one of the best defensive players on the island, Carmine Matelle. He lead the Seagulls with 49 tackles and 5 sacks. His impressive season on the D-line was good enough to earn him an invite to participate in the Fred Fugazzi Senior Bowl, an all-star game for high school football seniors of Staten Island vs. a team of seniors of the Bronx and Manhattan. Along with Matelle three other Seagulls were invited to play in the Fugazzi Bowl: ILB Joseph Barbarino, S Ibrahim Tayeh, and RB Joseph Macri. Barbarino solidified the powerful front seven of the MSIT defense while Tayeh was a strong point in their secondary. Macri played a key role in the Seagulls’ ground-and-pound offensive style. He averaged a whopping 10.1 yards per carry on the year, totaling 638 yards and nine touchdowns. There were many other standout players on the team that attributed to their dominant season. Junior RB Dustin Rubenstein lead the offense in carries (108), yards (844), and touchdowns (11). Junior RB Trance Ravenell carried the ball for 680 yards and six scores while also aiding on special teams with two kick return touchdowns. These along with many other key role players helped give the boys their #1 ranking and allowed them to go three rounds deep in the playoffs. This marked the third straight year our varsity Seagulls made it to the semifinals or deeper in their playoff run and with the young talent in our football program a fourth consecutive year is not unlikely. Rubenstein and Ravenell are among the top juniors that will be returning to play their senior season in 2016, along with QB Wesley Sanchez, who had already taken a large amount of snaps during his junior year. Even sophomores Nick Macri (younger brother of Joseph) and Isaiah Buffong got a taste at the varsity level in 2015, along with six other sophomores and even a freshman that were brought up to the varsity squad to aid in their postseason run. The future is definitely bright for our program. Although the final outcome was not what they would have hoped for, this season for the MSIT Seagulls was still an impressive and successful season, and nothing at all to be ashamed of. Keep your heads held high boys.
By Michael Petino and Vincent Cortes