Islanders Staff Writer
Mar. 15, 2008
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO – Jarmar
Julien returned to the Islander’s line-up, after sitting out
the first two games with a quad injury, but Ngumezi Obioma
stole the show in a 46-0 Islander’s victory.
For the second straight game the Islander defense shut out
their opponent “the black-out D is back,” said, defensive
tackle, Cisco Lutu.
Lutu was the Islanders defensive player of the game. He was
able to apply constant pressure on the quarterback and
record two sacks.
Early on in the game the defense did not have to do much
because they kept getting the ball back for their offense.
The Renegades fumbled the ball on their first possession,
and linebacker Chauncey Ako ran it back for a touchdown, his
second touchdown on a fumble recovery in the last two weeks.
While returning the ensuing kickoff the Renegade returner
ran away from the ball like it was a punt, and the Islanders
recovered the live ball.
This trend would continue on the next kickoff when the
returner muffed the kick, but luckily for Reedley they were
able to recover the ball.
Early on the Islander offense had no problem moving the
ball. Julien pounded his way through the defense on the
Islanders’ first play for a gain of 23 yards. Julien
finished the night with 58 yards on seven carries, averaging
8.3 yards per carry and two touchdowns. Julien left the game
early along with the rest of the stars on the offense.
Quarterback Jason Piccolotti, only played one quarter but
was able to do a ton of damage passing five-for-seven, with
127 yards and two touchdowns.
On one of those passes he hurled the ball 30 yards where
Obioma caught it at the 50, Obioma then” broke the defenders
ankles” and dashed down the middle of the field into the end
zone, completing the 80 yard play.
After Piccolotti left at the end of the first quarter,
Obioma’s production did not stop. Quarterback Dion Pickett’s
first pass of the game was a 53 yard bomb to Obioma which
ended up being just two yards short of the goal line. Obioma
had four receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Obioma
was named offensive player of the game.
Surrell Davis took home the honors of being the special
team’s player of the game. Davis recorded five tackles
including some on defense. Davis says he played better on
special teams then on defense because the linebackers and
the line did such a good job getting to the ball carrier the
defensive backs did not have a chance to do anything.
Like most coaches Jack Burgett did not fail to see the flaws
in his teams play. “I was terribly disappointed with the
penalties,” Burgett said. On a lighter note, “From a playing
standpoint I thought the defense once again was totally
awesome,” Burgett said.