The fifth-graders of Pulaski Road Elementary School were recently
challenged to the ultimate face-off by News 12 Anchor Kevin Maher—a
paper football tournament.
Each year, Kevin challenges a different school to provide a paper
football champion for him to challenge. After the fifth-graders faced
off with each other, the champion emerged: Carmine Montanino.
Kevin talked a big game, posting a Facebook video where he smack-talked
the fifth-graders the week before the tournament. The students of
Pulaski sent a rebuttal, claiming that they would be the victors—and, in
the utmost mature manner possible, indicated that they ruled and Kevin
On the day of the tournament, students came to school decked out in
Northport gear and pumped with energy. Forming a tunnel for the two
opponents to run through, Carmine’s peers cheered wildly for him as he
approached the football table, followed by the Northport Tiger—but Kevin
wasn’t as popular with the crowd.
Though the competition was fierce, and the game was close, Carmine came
out victorious, scoring a whopping 41 points to Kevin’s 31. The crowd
went wild for their classmate, and Kevin sulked in defeat.
Carmine was named the tournament champ, and Kevin, the tournament chump—better luck next year!