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Islanders win at home, start season 2-0
Piccolotti comes off bench to throw 3 touchdowns

Rob Goodwin
Mar. 21, 2009

Pacifica Islanders RB Jarmar Julien (#4) eyes the endzone as he scores the first of his two touchdowns in the game. He was named the offensive player of the game in a 50-28 win against the Central Coast Barnstormers on March 21, 2009. Photo by Bryan Tan

Pacifica, Ca. – The Pacifica Islanders hosted the Central Coast Barnstormers this past Saturday at Terra Nova High School. These teams are considered to be two of the best in West Coast minor league football. It was the Islander's first home game of the season and also their first time playing in front of a televised audience. The game was filmed by a private film company for web broadcast, community channel 26 along with other media outlets. The Comcast film crew that was mentioned last week was postponed until their next home game on March 28th due to the poor weather forecast for the 21st.

The Islanders would get on the board first, with 2 of 3 of kicker Colby Cason's field goals coming in the first quarter. But the Barnstormers would take control of the game when Barnstormer quarterback Bryan Smith connected with wide receiver Greg Walton for a couple of touchdown scores, giving the Barnstormers the lead 7-6 and then 14-6. The Islanders came marching back down the field and Jarmar Julien, the league's leading rusher, would make an outstanding play spinning and breaking several tackles when it looked as if he had been stopped. Jarmar scored Pacifica’s first TD making it 14-13 Barnstormers.

The Barnstormers would capitalize on a fumble at the Islander's own 1 yard line, and would quickly put it in the end zone on a quarterback sneak by Bryan Smith. With less than 5 minutes in the half, Jason Piccolotti came into the game to take over for struggling quarterback Orlando Evans who was suffering from back spasms, he drove the Islanders down the field and was able to add 3 more on Colby Cason's third field goal of the game, making the score 21 to 16 in favor of the Barnstormers. 

On the very next drive with less than a minute to go in the half, Islanders' Scott "the Enforcer" Burke would make a spectacular interception, giving the Islander's the ball in Barnstormer's territory. The Islanders would then capitalize with less than 10 seconds on the clock when Jason Piccolotti connected with Jarmar Julien on a touchdown pass- that would not only give the Islanders the lead, 23-21, but more importantly the momentum going into the second half. 

And that momentum would carry on while on the first play from scrimmage of the second half, Jason Piccolotti would connect with wide out Obioma "the Amazing One" Ngumezi for a 60 yard touchdown pass. Jason Piccolotti had a great outing- also connecting with wide receiver Donyell Crain for a touchdown. Piccolotti would finish the night with 123 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

Not only did the Islanders have a great passing game, their rushing game was dominant as well. The Islander's offensive line once again created huge holes for running backs, Jarmar Julien (18 carries for 154 yards and 1 touchdown) and Calvin Edwards (9 carries for 67 yards and 1 touchdown). The Islanders controlled the second half and would go on to win 50-28. 

This Saturday, March 28 the Islanders will host the undefeated North Bay Rattlers, last year's Golden Coast Football League champions at Terra Nova High School at 5:30pm. This game will be filmed for broadcast on Comcast sports. Come be part of the action!


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