June 5, 2010
Rick Rivers Islanders win 19-6 over Nor-Cal Lawmen
Lawmen RB Darnell Jefferies
catches a pass as Islander defenders Ronald
Hargraves (28) and Thad Vinson (5) close in.
Photo by Nancy Porfirio
Despite an injury plagued secondary and some
miscues on offense the Islanders won their 8th
regular season game improving their NCFL record
to 8-1. The win guarantees Pacifica at minimum
the number 2 seeding in the northern conference.
Currently tied with the Salinas Spartans for
first place in the conference, if both teams win
next week the Islanders hold the tie-breaker by
beating Salinas 28-12 in week 1.
Both the Lawmen & Islanders struggled to put
points on the board early. Both teams are known
for their defensive play, as the Islanders
defense leads the league in points allowed per
game (8.1) and the Lawmen’s John Miller & Lance
Butler are both in the top 3 in the league in
tackles with 30.5 each. Living up to
expectations both team’s held the other
scoreless through the first quarter.
Scoring in the second quarter also looked to be
absent until Islander QB John Manville connected
with WR Angelo Winston for 5yd touchdown in the
back of the end zone at about the midpoint of
the period. A mis-timed timed snap caused the
extra point to be missed making the score 6-0.
On the Lawmen’s next possession the Islander’s
defense stepped up and decided to do some
scoring themselves. DE Anthony Edwards, DT
Mataese (Mike) Togafau and LB Scott Burke all
collided with Lawmen QB Devin Terrell as he
tried to make an exchange to a Lawmen RB causing
a Nor-Cal fumble. Edwards picked up the loose
ball and returned it for a 35 yard touchdown.
The Islanders took the 13-0 lead into the half.
The 3rd quarter was much like the first as both
teams went scoreless and the defenses caused
turnovers. In what sometimes looked lethargic
the Islanders offense continued to make
mistakes. Costly penalties and fumbled snaps
plagued them throughout the evening. Islander
head coach Tom Piccolotti said after the game
“This was not championship football out there
today, we have a lot to work on. The way the
defense played today they deserved a shutout but
the offense did not oblige” he continued “We
will get this fixed”.
Islander’s quarterbacks John Manville and Jason
Piccolotti split time in the game. John went
11-19 127 yards 1TD, 2 INT while Jason went 1-3
23 yards & 1TD. Jason’s touchdown came in the
4th quarter when he hit Cecil Elekewachi for his
4th TD catch of the season. Running back Jason
Harrison finished the evening with 18 rushes for
With less than 4 minutes remaining in the game
the Lawmen were able to finally get on the
board. Defensive back Rashad Winslow intercepted
a Manville pass and returned it for a touchdown
thus making the score 19-6 Islanders.
Next week the Islanders wrap up the regular
season on the road in Menlo Park against the
Southbay Stallions who are coming off a huge win
over the Golden State Giants and are also in the
playoff mix. Game time is set for 1:30 at Menlo
Atherton HS - 214 Ringwood Ave, Menlo Park, CA.
The Islanders will be back at Terra Nova on June
19th hosting the first round of the Northern
California Football League’s post season.