Islanders knock Gators from the unbeaten in NCFL
showdown, winning 26-21
Mitchell strips Gator QB Blake Mori to seal the victory late
in the 4th quarter. Photo by Nancy Porfirio
Ca. – In a much anticipated battle of two
storied franchises. The Pacifica Islanders
traveled to West Sacramento to take on the River
City Gators. The Gators came in undefeated at
6-0 and were averaging 44 points a game and had
this one circled on the calendar. But, the
Islanders refused to relent and came away with a
hard fought 26-21 victory.
The Gators came out strong with their vaunted
spread offense and struck first to make it 7-0.
The Islander offense came right back to even it
up, but, the extra point try failed and it was
7-6 midway through the second quarter. The
Islanders would score again for an intermission
score of 13-6.
Both defenses played well with the Islander
front 7 wreaking havoc on the River City
Quarterback. Early in the 2nd half LB Scott
forced a QB fumble and LB Tony Barnes returned
it 30yards to put the Islanders up 19-7. They
knocked him down 10 times and finished the night
with 6 sacks, the final one sealed the game as
linebacker Lance Mitchell stripped the ball and
the Islanders recovered.
The Islander offense had a lot to say about the
outcome of this one as well. QB Jason Piccolotti
in his second game since turning over the Head
Coaching duties to his brother Tom, was an
efficient 18-26 for 167yds 3 touchdowns. He
connected with 8 different receivers. On the
scoring end of the throws were Greg Walton,
Matese Tangafaou and Cecil Elekewachi. The
Islander running game was steady as well,
controlling the trenches and wearing down the
Gator Defense. RB Jason Harrison pounded out
150yds on 26 carries.
Next week the Islanders, now 6-1, will be home
at Terra Nova to take on the Central Coast
Barnstormers in a rematch of last years
Conference Championship where the Barnstormers
ended the Islanders season 37-31 in overtime.