Islanders Handle Red Hot
June. 21, 2008
The undefeated CVFL champion Pacifica Islanders ended the
red hot GCFL champion North Bay Rattlers’ season Saturday
night at Sequoia High School in Redwood City.
The Islanders set a statement on the opening drive, letting
the Rattlers know they meant business. It took just three
plays, including a 48 yard pass from CVFL league MVP Jason
Piccolotti to WR Dre Kelley, with RB Jarmar Julien sealing
the drive with a nine yard touchdown run. The Rattlers would
get good field position on the following kick off, only to
have the first play intercepted by Islanders CB Omari Green.
On the Islanders’ first play of the drive, Piccolotti
connected with WR Ngumezi Obioma for a 33 yard touchdown
pass, giving the Islanders a 14-0 lead within the first two
minutes of the game.
The Rattlers were able to bounce back after a
thirty five yard pass from QB Vernon Pope to WR Enrico
Grayer. The Rattlers punched it in on a toss play. But the
Islanders would respond on a drive of their own; with
Piccolotti connecting with WR Donyell Crain for a thirty
yard touchdown pass, giving the Islanders a 21-7 lead after
The Rattlers would score first in the second
quarter, when Vernon Pope connected with Enrico Grayer for a
twenty yard touchdown pass, narrowing the gap to 21-13.
Piccolotti, who passed for 302 yards, would
connect on his third touchdown pass of the evening with
Donyell Crain who had two touchdowns and 152 yards on eight
receptions. This would give the Islanders a 27-13 lead going
into the half.
The Rattlers would strike back at the beginning
of the second half when Vernon Pope would once again connect
with Enrico Grayer for another touchdown pass. The 27-20
score continued on into the fourth quarter.
The Islanders RB Jarmar Julien, who ended the
night with 142 yards on seventeen carries would run and make
an amazing dive over the unstoppable Islander’s offensive
line to score his second touchdown of the night, which
increased the Islander’s lead to 34-20.
LB Edward Tatola claimed an interception, and
Jermaine Hargraves, who played both offense and defense,
would run another one in, giving the Islanders a comfortable
lead late in the fourth.
A fumbled punt gave possession to the Rattlers,
and they would score again at the end of the game on a
screen pass. This made the final score 41 to 28 in favor of
the CVFL champion Pacifica Islanders.
The Islanders will now travel to Salinas to
battle in the M.L.F.A. state championship against the
N.C.A.F.F. champion Salinas Spartans.
DL Frisco Leaea took a couple of moments after
the game to give us an overview of his thoughts. “The
defense played well, especially since we were missing key
players. The remaining players stepped up and the rotation
of the defensive line kept fresh legs out there. But for the
next game, we need to win the battle of field position on
special teams. This will give the offense a shorter length
of the field to go on and will give the defense more room to
work with. We also need to work on putting teams away
earlier on in the game.”
WR Dre Kelley also voiced his opinion about the
game: “The offensive line played good, especially since the
Islanders were privileged to lose an offensive lineman to
the arena league. The offense timing was a bit off, since
the clock rules were different in the rest of the games
played in the season.”