Islander Victory Brings
Pictured left to right: Tom
Piccolotti, Jason Piccolotti, Jack Burgett, Rob Piccolotti
and Danny Burgett
Islanders Staff Writer
Mar. 22, 2008
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The
Islanders dazzle fans again with little rehearsal defeating
the Merced Mustangs 46-7. The Islanders show that you don’t
always need a lot of practice to be perfect. “Due to
everyone’s schedules, we only practice once a week, there
was only a handful of guys that were able to show up on
Wednesday night,” Said head coach Jack Burgett.
But when it counted the Islanders did not disappoint.
Running back Jarmar Julien had another stellar performance.
When there was no where to go Julien ran defenders over.
When there was open space Julien danced in-between Mustang
Julien finished the night with 148 yards on 11 carries and
four touchdowns. “I still feel like I left some yards out
there,” said Julien. He said he wants to one day return to
the NFL and that he has to always be productive so he can
catch somebody’s attention.
This game was more than just win or lose; it was also about
family bonding. Tonight was the first time that three
Piccolotti brothers stood on the gridiron at the same time
during a game.
Late in the game, Tom Piccolotti came in at wide receiver,
Rob Piccolotti was lined up at tight end and Jason
Piccolotti was behind the center at quarterback.
“The three of us have never played together on the same
field. I am 40-years-old, times
running out,” said Tom, the oldest brother. “This gives us
an opportunity to go ahead and live that fantasy.”
Tom came back to play after being off the field for 16
years. “When I am running around out there I probably feel
about 30, but tomorrow I will feel about 50.” he said.
The youngest Piccolotti, Jason, had a productive night at
quarterback passing for 192 yards, completing 8 out of 11
passes and throwing two for touchdowns.
The Piccolotti’s were not the only ones having a family
reunion. Coach Burgett’s son, Danny, played tonight at
outside linebacker after being away from the game for 17
Cornerback Troy Julian, another aging veteran, put on a
show. Julian was named the defensive player of the game
after making six tackles and picking off a pass.
Julian has tough standards for himself, grading his
performance with a B. Julian showed his dedication to
perfection when he did pushups after just missing his second
interception of the night.
The Islanders committed a lot of penalties tonight, but the
coach did not mind it as much as before.
“There are two types of penalties, dumb penalties and
aggressive penalties,” said Burgett. “Most of the penalties
were aggressive tonight, which I like.”
The worst thing that came out of the game is that several
Islanders left the game with injuries. Jermaine Hargraves
injured his knee, Kenuto Lorenzetti also injured his knee,
Cisco Lutu left with a shoulder injury and Chauncey Ako had
an ankle injury.
The Islanders came into the game ranked sixth out of all
minor league football teams in the country. That ranking
should improve after such a decisive victory over the number
48 ranked team.