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Tigers, Bernies Face Off In 'The Battle Of White Plains'

The White Plains Tigers.
The White Plains Tigers. Photo Credit: Lisa McGuinn

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Lisa McGuinn, avid supporter and mother of Brody McGuinn who plays for the White Plains Tigers, shares a summary of the team's match against the Bernies.

The Westchester United Football League has two teams within the city of White Plains, and over the past few years the crosstown rivalry between the Tigers and the Bernies has become as big as the Super Bowl itself.

By 10:30 a.m., Saturday morning the crowd at Parker Stadium was overflowing to capacity. TV sportscaster Walt Fowler even sent a Channel 12 News team to document the action from start to finish.  Captains Jason Crilley, Brody McGuinn, Nazir Hibbert, and Sidney Moshette met the Bernies’ captains at the 50 yard line, won the coin toss, and from there proceeded to dominate the first half on both sides of the ball. On defense, linemen Alex Sagnibene, Reuban Villa, and Moshette, along with linebackers Caleb Gillen, and Crilley, consistently disrupted their opponent with blitzes into the backfield, and tackles at the line of scrimmage.  The Tigers also played a near perfect half on offense. Led by quarterback Brody McGuinn, they moved the ball on drive after drive. Crilley up the middle, Moshette off-tackle, a swing pass to Avery Turten, Hibbert around the left side, a pass to Crilley on an out pattern. Everything they did, worked. Yet, with 18 seconds left in the half they were only up 8 to 0. After a timeout the Bernies broke the huddle and quarterback Matt Halas connected with Otis Allen, as he got behind the usually tight secondary, for a TD. A missed point after touchdown made the score at the half, Tigers 8, Bernies 6. The second half was nearly a carbon copy of the first. The Tigers moved the ball well but just couldn’t get it into the end zone. Tthe final score ended with Bernies 14, Tigers 8.

With a few more games remaining in the season and the playoffs starting after that, the Tigers are hoping for another shot at the Bernies, and a chance to win, “The Battle of White Plains.”

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