Season 12 – Week 4 (April 3, 2016)
April 3, 2016
Graphite, down two reliable receivers, counted on Jim Roll and BJ Bundy to lead their offense. They both scored touchdowns; Sean Stern scored two extra points. But it wasn’t enough to overcome Marvin’s two running touchdowns and Marlon’s through the air, handing reigning-championship quarterback Matt Pearce his second loss of the season.
George Garner, filling in Earl Armstrong’s pocket, connected with Brian Golden, Billy Lechert, and Mike ZGoda for scores in Maroon’s win. Neyoncé’s Captain Alonzo and Andy Merterns did their best to spoil the backup’s Season XII debut, picking off Garner three times. But their touchdowns, Max Rothschild’s pair, and Dan Cipullo’s fell short.
Teal eeked out a win over Silver behind Drew Halunen’s two touchdowns and scores from Bryant and Brett. Cammas and Kenderdine claimed three extra points. Kozak snagged two touchdowns in the loss, including one acrobatic end zone grab.
Sky’s Sherrod got back to his winning ways, finding Matt Gander and Rob Casey twice for touchdowns and Adam Robbins in Kelly’s backfield for a sack. Alpha’s day belonged to Greg Carter, who hauled in two scores, two extra points, and an interception. He was not to be outdone by Matt Peseskey, who added a touchdown and a sack of his own.
The high winds didn’t keep these two potent offenses from filling up the stat sheet. Eveuntally Red prevailed with a one score lead as White ran out of gas without their Queen Bee Captian Larry Womack. Brian Sparrow sliced and diced all day with his numerous weapons, leading the well oiled offense against a (usually) tough Mark Hoffberg-led defense. Michele Ta-a scored two TD’s and a PAT. and Brandon Benjamin had a whopping 4 TD’s for Red! These two teams are now in the middle of the pack in their division, let’s see who rises to the top in this second half of the season!
Royal: OJ 4 TDs, Nix 1 TD, Nick & Jeremy 1XP each. INT by OJ and Sacks by Jeremy and Charlie. Gold: Clay 1 Sack; Neiswanger 1 INT & 1 TD; Ryan Boyle 1 TD
Boaty Call received in the first half, and The Mangerines could do little to stop them. On the first drive, Bryan Sanders found Will Chappell in the end zone (followed up by an XP1 by Baxter O’Brien). After an interception by Adam Strasberg, Aaron Ross scored a TD (but the XP attempt was stopped by an interception by Ren McKinnon) to put the score at 13-0. The Mangerines finally pulled it together in the second drive, with Ren throwing to Sean Karson for Orange’s first TD, but Navy’s Chappell responded with another TD. With the clock running low in the first half, Ren found Sam Brown twice for a TD and XP1 to end the half 19-13 (Navy). However, Orange lost its focus in the second half and could not stop Navy. Strasberg, Chappell, and O’Brien each had 1 TD. Chappell had 2 XP1s and Baxter had an INT.
Neon Yellow, still glowing from the Spring Break sun, shone brighter than Sand all day Sunday. In the first half, Tyler hit three different receivers for scores — Binder, Andy Larson, and Diggy — before running in one himself. Sandstorm only rustled up one, a lob from Long to MopTop nearing halftime. On defense, Larson and Diggy grabbed an interception each. Hotchkiss and Austan “M” notched sacks. In the second, Foxy lit up the scoreboard with two unanswered touchdowns to Rudy and Binder before adding another on the ground. Andy Allen’s late interception and touchdown, plus Eduardo’s sixty-yard bomb weren’t enough to brighten Sand’s day.
In a battle of the (darker) Greens, Forest took undefeated Olive down to the very last drive. Alex Pane looked impressive filling in for QB Matt Cline as he was smart and methodical against a big Olive Defense. It helped to have YAC speedsters like Howard Yuan and Keith Combs, who had the Martinis stirring all game long. Eventually, some mistakes cost Forest the win as they lost by just one point. Olive is the hottest team in the first half of the season, but QB Brandon Waggoner knows what dominance looks like and this wasn’t it!
Joe Heron earned his first career touchdown in Gold’s loss to Navy. Captain Clay Arnold added their only other score on the day: An early-series collision between teammates Andrew Carr and Craig Neiswanger knocked the wind from their and their team’s sails. For Navy, Will Coachman hauled in two scores from Bryan Sanders. Brad Allen and Baxter O’Brien pulled interceptions; Aaron Ross, an extra point.
Riding high after their 32-12 win over Gold, BATTLE ROYALE expected little opposition from the 0-4 Mangerines, but Orange wasn’t ready to yield. Charlie Salem scored Royal’s first TD, but Orange stopped the XP attempt and responded with a TD of their own by Sean Karson. Jim ran down the clock and gave the TD and XP1 to Jeremy Steslicki, leaving little time for Orange to respond and ending the half at 13-6. In the second half, however, Royal destroyed Orange’s defense, putting up 2 more TDs (by Jim and OJ) and an XP (by Charlie) before Orange rallied. Ren found supplemental pick Lindsey Walton, about whom Royal’s sidelines warned but against whom Royal’s defense could do nothing. Karson stopped Royal’s next drive with an INT, allowing Isaac Voehringer to score the TD and XP1 to bring the score to 26-19. With less than 2 minutes in the game, Levert James stepped in as primary rush, blocking and intercepting a pass by Connolly and giving Orange a chance to tie or win the game. Karson scored on the 2nd of 3 plays to bring the score 26-25 (Royal). Orange went for the win instead of overtime, but Ren McKinnon was downed 2 yards shy of the end zone, giving Orange their fifth loss of the season.
Jordan Anderson, Joe Green, Mike Hess, and Cody Barry scored touchdowns in Purple’s romp. Kyle Veldman and Andy Pratt mustered Black’s two scoes. Derrick Johnson continued to pile up sacks, adding another to his League-leading season total.