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Swarm Wins First Westchester Flag Football Title

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Daris Wilson tossed three touchdown passes to receiver Ben Brown and ran back an interception for another score Sunday to lead The Swarm to a 32-21 comeback victory over Arsenal in the Westchester Flag Football League championship game at Tibbetts Park in Yonkers.

Wilson, who played his college football at Bucknell University, hit receiver Noel Thurau with a scoring pass with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game for a 26-21 lead to complete the comeback. 

The Swarm, which completed the season with a record of  8-2, trailed 21-6 at halftime and outscored Arsenal 26-0 in the second half to win its first title.

Brown, a Hastings native, scored his third touchdown with 1:30 remaining in the game to give the winners a 32-21 lead that sealed the victory.Former Hastings High School football player Danny LoPriore had nine receptions to help move the Swarm offense.

James Serafin, who teaches and coaches in the Scarsdale school system, caught several key passes in Arsenal territory to keep scoring drives alive. Defensive lineman/center  Eli Shehadeh keyed the Swarm line play on both sides of the ball.

Yonkers resident Nelson Barreto coordinated the defense that shut out Arsenal in the second half. Joel Ortiz deflected a fourth-down pass in the end zone to break up a potential go-ahead score for Arsenal with less than two minutes remaining in the game. "I can't stop thinking about how everyone had that special play today," Barreto said. "From Brown's touchdowns to Danny's 37-yard pickup, Serafin's monster catches and Noel's touchdown. Joey made a big defensive stop on fourth down and Eli's had those huge blitzes. Add Daris's pick-6 (interception) and touchdown passes. We all stayed with our team motto, 'Next man up'". The Swarm, which also plays a fall schedule in the WFFL beginning September and reached the fall title game last season, includes players from the lower Westchester communities and New York City.   

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