Players from both teams in the post
Islanders Staff Writer
July. 26, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO -- With San
Francisco City College as the backdrop, two undefeated
teams, the Pacifica Islanders and the El Paso Brawlers
embarked on what can arguably be considered the most
important game of the year thus far, the Minor League
Football Alliance - Gamewear National Championship.
The Brawlers were
looking to seal the deal versus the Central Valley Football
League champion Islanders, but would find themselves plagued
with injuries early on in the first quarter.
The Brawlers would lose
their starting quarterback, Darrack Davis on the third snap
of the game, followed by their runningback, Jeff Turnbull.
The Brawler's defense
was unable to stop the punishing running machine that is
Jarmar Julien. Julien would prove to have an amazing game
with 12 carries for 140 yards and 3 touchdowns, including
two impressive touchdown runs for 45 yards and 35 yards.
The Islanders ruthless
offensive line continued their dominant run blocking into
the fourth quarter, creating huge holes for Juwon Cherry,
who would perform an amazing flip into the endzone above the
heads of the shocked Brawlers defense.
The once again dominant
Islanders defense would make it extremely difficult for the
Brawlers to score, especially since the Islanders defense
scored two touchdowns of their own, both coming off of
fantastic pitch plays due to turnovers; including one late
in the second quarter, when Scott Burke intercepted a
Brawlers screen pass and while being tackled, tossed it to
Eddie Tatola, who ran it in from 40 yards out to complete
the touchdown score.
Eddie Tatola stated that
he had been running behind Burke and saw an opening and
yelled at him to toss it and next thing he knew he had it
and he was in the end zone.
The Islanders defense
showed their dominance on fourth down conversions, allowing
the Brawlers to only convert one out of seven fourth down
attempts. Middle linebacker Eddie Tatola credits the
defensive line for their success stating that they play very
unselfishly and make it easy for the linebackers to make the
With the California
state flag waving proudly in the cool San Francisco breeze,
the Islanders sent the Brawlers back to El Paso stinging
after a devastating 52-6 loss.