Islanders Finish Regular
Islanders Staff Writer
Apr. 12, 2008
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- The
Pacifica Islanders finished the regular season undefeated
with a 51-13 victory over the Stanislaus Spartans. “They
finally got me 50 points,” said head coach Jack Burgett.
Many of the starters for the Islanders did not play but the
backups performed just as well. “We improvised, adapted and
overcame,” Burgett said.
The Islanders now will head into the playoffs with the best
overall record in the Central Valley Football League. No
team came within 20 points of beating the Islanders this
Jarmar Julien was one of many starters who did not suit up ,
but the running game did not miss a beat.
Lamar Johnson took his spot and ran for 154 yards and one
touchdown on 16 carries. Johnson averaged 9.6
“One of the greatest days of my life,” Johnson said. “Tell
Jarmar Julien thanks for giving me the opportunity.” He did
a terrific job stepping up and running the ball, offensive
coordinator John Kirby said. Johnson’s performance won him
offensive player of the game.
Defensive tackle Junior Saga also got to run the ball, and
made the best of his opportunity pounding the ball into the
The Islanders had a different man at quarterback but that
did not mean Jason Piccolotti did not play. Piccolotti took
on the kicking duties and performed well.
Just like at running back, the backup at quarterback stepped
in and had a terrific performance. Dion Pickett showed off
his arm by throwing four out of his six completions for over
25 yards. Pickett had an outstanding game filling in, Kirby
said. Pickett finished the day with 150 yards through the
air and three touchdowns. Pickett also ran the ball once for
a 35 yard touchdown. “Coach called a great game” Pickett
Pickett contributes his success to the blocking of his
offensive line. “We really don’t get touched,” Pickett said.
“There is no need to rush anything.”
On the other side of the ball the defense gave the Spartan
quarterbacks a beating. The Islanders recorded 7 sacks, and
was close to a lot more. The defense played successful with
a lot of players playing out of position. “They all stepped
up,” Burgett said.
Joe Maningo had another stellar performance. It seemed that
everywhere the ball was Maningo was right there. He finished
the night with seven tackles, two sacks, a blocked kick and
a forced fumble. He did much more then just stopping the guy
with the ball. He often stopped the ball from getting to the
guy. Maningo blanketed receivers, not allowing anything to
be caught. Maningo was named defensive player of the game.
On special teams Danny Burgett played well and earned
himself special teams player of the game.
The Islanders will have next week off and then start the
playoffs on April 26, at Half Moon Bay High School. “Seeing
are team half manned, and seeing what we can do, I am not
worried” about going into the playoffs, wide receiver Obiama