Line Dominates in
Islander Playoff Victory
Islanders Staff Writer
Apr.. 26, 2008
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. – The
Islanders’ line led the way to a 55-0 playoff victory over
the Delano Knights. On the offensive side of the ball the
line gave quarterback Jason Piccollotti great protection to
torch the Knights through the air. “With the offensive line
you can’t go wrong,” wide receiver, Donyell Crain said.
On the other side of the ball
the line terrorized ball carriers, allowing the defense to
let the knights pick up only one first down the entire game.
The only Knight first down came after a pass interference
“Games are won and lost on the
interior,” offensive coordinator, John Kirby said. “The line
“Key to our team is the offensive line,” Jason Piccolotti
A rare event happened in this game – an offensive lineman
won player of the game. Offensive Tackle Eduardo Nuño
pounded defenders in his first game of the season to take
home the honor. Nuño has been a resident of Half Moon Bay
for seven years and was happy to play in front of his
friends and family. “It’s great to just try and have fun,”
Nuño said. “To play in front of a home crowd always feels
The Islanders only had five
offensive linemen to start the game but it was all they
needed. “More repetitions are better for our starters,”
offensive tackle, Greg Bianculli said. “It gives us an
advantage to work on our plays.”
With solid protection the
Islanders were able to scorch the Knights for 369 yards.
Most of those yards came through the air with Jason
Piccolotti completing eight of 11 passes for 203 yards and
Obiama Ngumezi, was one Jason
Piccolotti’s favorite targets, and combined with him for two
scores. Ngumezi showed great athleticism going up for the
ball, and holding onto after being hit. Ngumezi caught two
passes for 84 yards both for touchdowns. “Just doing what I
was taught,” Ngumezi said. “I don’t see no one, I just see
Jason Piccolotti also found
his brother Rob Piccolotti for the second time this season
for a touchdown. Midway through the third quarter Jason
Piccolotti rolled out on a play-action pass and tossed the
ball 19 yards to his brother.
On the other side of the ball
the line was a constant nightmare for anyone touching the
rock for the Knights. “Feels like finally our hard work paid
off,” defensive tackle, Chenuto “Noodles” Lorenzetti said.
We “got out there and got it done.”
Lorenzentti won defensive
player of the game. “I thought he was a force,” head coach,
Jack Burgett said.
The defense forced two
fumbles, blocked a kick, and intercepted a pass in the game.
“This is what we do,” Lorenzetti said.
“We wanted to make a statement,” defense tackle, Cisco Lutu
Paki Gordon showed off his
skills juking defenders and finding his way into the end
zone on a 40 yard punt return. That return helped him get
special teams’ player of the game.
The Islanders advance further
in the Central Valley Football league playoffs, and one game
closer to a minor league football championship.
“This is my favorite thing in
the world, having this team,” head of security, Dino Cevasco