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Islanders defeat River City 29-19, remain undefeated!
Islanders DB James Barnes (#9) played an instrumental role in a
29-19 victory over the River City Gators, here making a touchdown saving interception in
Photo by Bryan Tan
Pacifica Islanders defeated the River City Gators on
Saturday to remain the only undefeated team in the NCFL.
Islanders QB Scott Burke would get his first start of the
season, with a big task ahead of him as the River City
Gators defense lined up opposite of him. He would end up
having a very nice outing, completing 9 of 21 passes for 132
yards and connecting with wide receiver Nick Iano for a
touchdown score. Burke would also run one in after having a
beautiful fake to the Islanders running back.
Islanders would lose their star runningback Jarmar Julien to
an injury just after one carry. But the Islanders would not
let that stop their running game. With Jason Harrison
running 14 times for 105 yards and Calvin Edwards for
another 41 yards on 9 carries.. The offensive line played
superb against such a great defense, both creating holes for
the running backs and time for Burke in the pocket.
The dominant factor in the game would come from the
Islanders defense; they would step up to the challenge time
and time again, even when entering the field deep in their
own territory. The defensive line gave huge pressure all
night long on the Gators passing game, never letting the qb
sustain a rhythm. One of the highlights and a huge momentum
burst for the Islanders came at the end of the 1st half.
With less than a minute to go corner back Packi Gordon would
intercept a pass when the Gators were pushing to get points
on the board, and take it all the way to the endzone giving
the Islanders a 23 to 13 lead, but it would not stop there.
With 47 seconds left in the half the Gators would once again
try to move down field but the Islanders defense had other
plans. They held the Gators and forced them to punt. Packi
Gordon was ready to make another huge play, returning the
punt all the way to the Gators redzone, setting up kicker
Colby Cason with one
second left in the half to successfully connect with one of
three of his field goals of the night.
The Islanders in the second half would finish what they
started and go on to win 29 to 19 and move on to a 5-0
record. They will now travel up to the North Bay on Saturday
to face the Marin Bulldogs at 2pm at Tamalpais High School.