Islanders Capture Sunset Bowl title in OT 41-35
Monarch fans look in disbelief as LB Scott Burke
scores game winning TD
Photo by Nancy Porfirio -
Las Vegas, NV - The Pacifica Islanders have been
in some epic battles this year and the Sunset
Bowl proved to be one of the best this season.
The Sunset Bowl, featured the #3 ranked Pacifica
Islanders and the #4 Portland Monarchs. The
Islanders brought their 58-1 record over the
last 4 years to match-up with the 12-0 Monarchs,
who average 45 points per game. These
powerhouses needed overtime to decide their
The game’s first TD came quickly, as Monarch DB
Jared Roberts intercepted an Islander QB Jason
Piccolotti pass and returned it 40 yards for the
touchdown. The Islanders struggled early, but
got things going behind RB Corky Lindsey.
Lindsey, who had over 200 yards rushing on the
day, sparked Pacifica’s offense the entire day.
Lindsey scored from 17 yards out to tie the game
at 7, and his success opened up the passing
game. Piccolotti hit WR Donyell Crain over and
over, and WR Ngumezi Obioma began to stretch the
defense down field. For Portland, Oregon
Football League MVP QB Russell Schneider hit WR
Nick Bodeman consistently to keep the Monarchs
in the game.
Tied at 21 late in the 3rd quarter, the
Islanders score two consecutive TD’s to go up
35-21. Their scoring run was highlighted by an
outstanding 25-yard TD dash by RB Calvin
Edwards. Edwards took the pitch off-tackle to
the right, got to the corner, turned it up field
and outran every Monarch DB for the touchdown.
The Islander lead held firm until 5 minutes in
the 4th quarter, when Piccolotti threw an
ill-advised interception instead of running time
off the clock. Schneider, Bodeman, RB Tony
Pierson and WR JJ Johnson took advantage of this
mistake, and eventually scored two TD’s of their
own to tie the game at 35. The explosive
Portland offense scored quickly, with their last
TD coming with under a minute in the game.
Schneider connected with Johnson for a leaping
TD grab, send the game to OT.
In overtime, the Sunset Bowl ended quickly. On
2nd down, Schneider overthrew his receiver and
the ball ended up in the hands of NCFL Defensive
Player of the Year LB Scott Burke. Burke
diagnosed the play immediately, and returned the
INT 91 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
Burke’s huge play not only won the game, but
capped off his incredible individual season.