Islanders Continue Streak
of Perfection in Fresno
Islanders Staff Writer
Mar. 29, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. -- Two native
Pacificans led the Islanders to a 34-14 victory over the
Midway through the second quarter trailing by one,
Quarterback Jason Piccolotti faked a handoff to Jarmar
Julien and then rolled out to his right and launched the
ball 23 yards to his brother Rob Piccolotti for a touchdown.
“Good thing he was wide open,” said Jason Piccolotti. “He
made a great catch.”
This was the first time the two brothers hooked up in over
15 years. “It felt great to help the team,” said Rob
Jason Piccolotti said he was thankful his nephew got to see
the two combine for the score.
“That was great watching Rob score that touchdown. That was
a real thrill,” said head coach Jack Burgett.
It took a big play through the air to spark the Islander
offense but it was the ground game that did most of the
work. The Islanders rushed for a total of 334 yards.
Two-hundred-fifty-three of those yards belonged to Julien
off of 20 carries. Julien looked sharp with four carries
over 20 yards and one for 80 yards. Julien also got the ball
past the goal line twice. His effort earned him offensive
player of the game.
“I am not satisfied,” said Julien, “I left a lot of yards
out there on the field.” Julien has a competitive spirit and
always expects better from himself.
Julien gives credit to his success to his offensive line.
On the other side of the ball the Islanders were led by
Linebackers Joe Maningo and Sione Kofeloa who punished any
one who had touch the ball with jaw-dropping blows.
“I just do what my coach says,” said Maningo.
Maningo finished the game with nine and a half tackles, a
sack, and a blocked kick. Maningo was the Islanders
defensive player of the game.
“I am blessed and the team is fortunate to have him,” said
Burgett talking about Maningo.
The Islanders defense stepped up when it mattered most
stopping the Crusaders twice from scoring when they moved
the ball inside the ten. First by Maningo blocking the field
goal, and Later on by corner back Amari Green intercepting a
pass to stop another potential scoring drive.
Amari Green had two interceptions in the game.
On special teams Andre Kelley worked hard and earned special
teams player of the game. “All we got was the W and that is
what I care about,” Kelley said.
The Islanders missed many players who were unable to make
the road trip but people stepped in and made big plays.
Kelley does not normally play special teams.
“They reached down inside and came back in the second half,”
Burgett said. “They played their hearts out.”
Next week the Islanders look to continue their minor league
dominance with another road trip versus the Clovis Wolves.
“Our biggest test will be next week,” said Julien.