WEEK 4 (SEPTEMBER 30, 2012) – CHINATOWN COUNTERFEITERS, 31 (2-1) – MIDTOWN MONEY-MAKERS, 19 (2-2)
“Judging from the pregame warm-up routines, one might’ve thought the Counterfeiters were in over their heads. With less then 15 minutes till game time, while the Money-Makers ran drills, practice plays and jogged in unison, the Counterfeiters were questioning whether they’d have enough players to field a team. To be blunt: things weren’t looking good.
But games aren’t won during warm-ups. Not this Sunday night at least, because Chinatown came our firing on all cylinders with a Vincent Picone touchdown reception from QB Earl Powell, who threw for a cool 271 yards and four touchdowns.
Christian Grant-Fields caught two touchdown passes from Money-Maker QB Aristotle to keep Midtown’s hopes of victory a reality – the first coming right before halftime and the second just before the midway point of the second half. But the spotlight was stolen once again by Chinatown’s Vincent Picone, when he caught his second TD and broke the 19-19 deadlock with less then 10 minutes to go. On the ensuing Money-Maker drive, Chinatown’s leader and play maker, Phillip Annand, on a beautiful diving catch, picked off Aristotle. And moments later, Picone would strike again with another TD reception on a deep throw from Powell, sealing the deal for a Counterfeiters victory as the Franklin, NJ native recorded a game-high 146 receiving yards.
With the win, Chinatown will take rightful ownership of first place atop the Manhattan Bridge Division, bumping the Money-Makers into second.”