Pacifica too much for Barnstormers, Islanders
win 34-6 at home
Islander WR Chris King shakes CCB
defender Chad Kakebeen during Saturday's
Photo by Nancy Porfirio
– The last time the Pacifica Islanders and
Central Coast Barnstormers met, the Barnstormers
knocked the Islanders out of the Northern
California Football League playoffs. That was
last year when the Islanders loss in overtime
37-31 in the conference championship game.
It was a different story last Saturday night in
the re-match between these two rival franchises.
The Islanders played solid defense, executed
well on offense and made enough big plays to
emerge with a 34-6 victory in the game played at
John Manville and Jason Piccolotti split time at
quarterback and both were proficient at the
task. Manville totaled 160 yards and two passing
touchdowns on 10 or 12 attempts; he also ran for
one touchdown. Piccolotti connected on four of
11 passes for 41 yards; he had one carry for 17
yards. Receiving standouts were Greg Walton
going four for 51 yards with a touchdown, and
Angelo Winston catching three passes for 57
yards and a score.
The Islanders played a big game defensively. In
the first half Tony Barnes and Lance Mitchell
continually unloaded on Barnstormer running
backs while Surrell Davis was all over the field
making key plays. Davis finished the night with
eight tackles, two for loss, and one fumble
recovery. Barnes was credited with five tackles
and one sack while Mitchell was a constant
disruption to the Barnstormer passing attack
with four pass deflections, netting him
defensive player of the game.
Having sustained some recent injuries on
offensive line the Islanders had to fill some
holes and they did quite a good job. Sam Iosia
led the charge by paving the way for last year’s
league most valuable player Corky Lindsey who
rushed for 115 yards on 16 carries and scored
one touchdown. Piccolotti, Manville and running
back Jeremiah Mims all chipped in on the rushing
game, and the Islanders gained 173 yards on the
ground averaging 6.4 per carry.
Going into halftime the Islanders led 14-0. The
Barnstormers pulled close in the second half and
scored on a passing play making the score 14 -
6. The Islander defense again rose to the
occasion getting big plays from Mike Togafau,
Scott Burke, and Thad Vinson. Tangofau had two
fumble recoveries and one sack, Scott Burke
added two sacks and Vinson had two
Not to be outdone by the defense the Islanders
offense took over in the second half with
Manville showing his talent and making the best
out of his opportunity of being at the helm.
Paki Gordon was special teams player of the week
with a punt return giving the Islanders
excellent field position.
The Islanders take this weekend off to but
return to Terra Nova High School on June 5
against the Nor-cal Lawmen. Game time is 6 p.m.