Piccolotti provides needed offensive spark,
Islanders too much for expansion Rhinos
Photo by Nancy Porfirio
– 2010 has been a bit of a frustrating year for
the Islanders on the offensive side of the ball.
Although they have won 4 out of 5 of their
contests, their offense has had some struggles
early on. After only scoring 17 points against
the Trojans at their last home game and a mere 6
points against the Rattlers last week they felt
it was time for a change.
That change was activating their former QB and
current head coach Jason Piccolotti as a player.
Jason a former league MVP and multiple time
“All-American” can still play the game at a very
high level and the staff felt this would be the
best thing they could do for the struggling
offense. After scoring touchdowns on 8 of their
10 possessions and winning the game 55-0 it
appears right now that they were correct.
The offense scored early and often with many
different players getting into the action. Jason
threw 3 touchdown passes to 3 separate
receivers, Angelo Winston, Greg Walton and Chris
King all pulled in 6 points with Piccolotti
kicking all the extra points. Not to be left out
Islander running backs Corky Lindsey & Calvin
Edwards also got into the mix with touchdowns of
their own. Corky rushed 7 times for 41 yards and
3 touchdowns while Calvin ran the ball 7 times
for 52 yards and 1 TD.
On the defensive side the team has done what has
come to be expected of them, they shut the
Rhinos offense down completely. Team leaders
were Tony Barnes (3 tackles, 2 for losses, 2
sacks and 1 forced fumble), Scott Burke (4
tackles, 2 for loss and 1 forced fumble), Randy
Sims (4 tackles, 1 fumble recovery), Mike
Togafau (4 tackles, 2 for loss & 1 fumble
recovery). Defensive backs Thad Vinson and
Dennis Taylor both made an interception. Thad
also blocked a Rhino punt into the end zone and
then pounced on it for a touchdown of his own.
Next week the Islanders travel to Sacramento to
face one of the NCFL’s finest, The River City
Gators. The Gators are undefeated at 6-0 and
currently lead the league in scoring, averaging
49.4 points per game. They also are the league
leaders in total yards and passing yards. Gators
quarterback Blake Mori has scorched his
opponents for 1218 yards and 17 touchdowns. The
game will be played at the New River City High
School at 6:00 pm May 15th.