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No. 20 Georgia Jets win weather shortened game 27-0
Light Weekend in the GDFL

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Updated Mon, 04 Jul 2011 16:46:28 CT

HAMPTON, GA - Mother nature had to step in, twice. The first time resulted in a 90 minute lightning delay after the Georgia Jets (3-0) Darryl Jennings recovered a fumble in the end zone for a Jets touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

After the weather delay the Jets took flight like they have their first two games of the season. Scoring on their first three possessions after the delay. The Jets would open up a 27-0 lead that would stand until the 9:09 mark of the third quarter when mother nature said that was enough and the game was called due to constant and severe lightning in the area.

Detronn Harris went 17 yards for a touchdown on a nasty run that put the Jets up 13-0. On their next possession facing 3rd down and 10 Harris went long down the left side to Cole Stevenson who was easily behind the defense for a 48-yard touchdown with a successful two-point conversion and a 21-0 lead. The Jets continued to rise in altitude to fly over their opponents when Nicholas Miller caught a touchdown pass that will be remembered for the final 10 yards of the 49-yard strike. Miller showed his love for the game by taking two, then three defenders from the ten-yard line to the end zone for the thrilling exclamation point.

Antonio Crawley, who was held out of practice earlier in the week due to a bump and bruises, propelled the Jets defense to their second consecutive shutout. Julian Limestone and of course Bernard Davis came up big also. The secondary was missing standout safety Trae Hille but didn't get much work as the Falcons passing game was nowhere to be found for the 2-plus quarters that were played. The Jets have held their opponents scoreless in nine consecutive quarters.

N.J. Stags rebound with rout of Bergen Hawks

VERNON,NJ — That’s more like it. After two consecutive losses, the New Jersey Stags rebounded in a big way Saturday night, turning in a solid all-around effort to blank the Bergen Hawks, 27-0.

It was the Stags’ first home victory of the season and their first-ever win at their new home field — Macerino Stadium at Vernon High School.

And it was a nice win for
Stags owner Darren Cuttito, who may get the rights to the biggest piece of fried chicken at his family’s Fourth of July picnic after his team beat the Hawks, who are owned by Cuttito’s father Bud. Saturday’s game was the first of such father-son showdowns.

“We hope it’ll be a long family tradition,” Darren Cuttito said.

The younger Cuttito also hopes his team continues to play the way it did Saturday night. “It was a great feeling,” he said. “We weren’t sure what was going to happen after these last two weeks. We had a rough week last week. But the boys came back.”

“We finally pulled together as a team and played a full 60 minutes of basically mistake-free football,” Stags coach Gary Haase said. “(There were) a couple of little minor breakdowns, but definitely not the breakdowns we’ve had the last couple of weeks.”

“It was great to come out here and finally get a home win,” said strong safety and High Point graduate Jimmy Robertson, who had a special teams touchdown on a fumble recovery. “We played an excellent team in the Bergen Hawks. We finally came together on all three phases — special teams, offense and defense.”

The Stags’ special teams play was tenacious and opportunistic, and the defense was stingy. The offense was versatile, getting two rushing touchdowns from Vernon graduate Justin Gannon, a change of pace with some old-fashioned John Riggins-style power-running from Sparta graduate John Chichin, and an effective first-half passing game.

The Stags were rolling on their first possession of the night, embarking on an impressive 88-yard touchdown drive. It was a slow, steady trip across the field, with the largest gainers of the series coming on a 12-yard pass from Colin Doyle to Beau Reed, a 17-yard pass from Doyle to Jeff DeZutter, and Gannon’s 16-yard touchdown run to cap it off with 3:05 left in the first quarter.

That score came on a second-and-five play. After taking the handoff, Gannon ran a bit left, but hit the line. He then cut right and burst ahead to the end zone. Jake Field’s extra point made it a 7-0 game.

Three plays into the Hawks’ ensuing possession, New Jersey reclaimed the ball, when Bergen quarterback Immanuel Cabassa tried to scramble for a first down and fumbled along the way. Robert Boucher pounced on the ball, giving the Stags a first down at the Hawks’ 20.

New Jersey pushed closer to the end zone, helped by pass interference and false start penalties, and Gannon sealed the deal with an eight-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the second quarter. Field’s second extra point had the Stags up, 14-0.

Late in the second period, New Jersey stretched its lead to 20. Thanks in part to a sack by Sparta graduate T.J. Batton, the Hawks were pinned back at their own 10 and forced to punt from there. Batton managed to block the punt, and the ball rolled in the end zone, appearing as if it would roll out of bounds. Robertson, however, collected it in the end zone to rack up another Stags touchdown.

“My buddy T.J., he blocked the punt,” Robertson said. “And I was just lucky enough to chase it before it went out of bounds.”

The Hawks’ next possession wouldn’t last long. On a second-and-15 play, Carlton Marcin did his Flying Wallenda impersonation by diving and making a mid-air interception at the Bergen 47 with 1:07 left in the first half. The Stags needed only two downs to capitalize on that pick.

After a first-down incompletion, Doyle saw DeZutter open along the right sideline and connected with him near the Hawks’ 20. DeZutter then went the remaining distance for a score, and Field connected on the point-after attempt, giving the Stags a 27-0 advantage.

Shortly before halftime, Marcin helped preserve the shutout. It appeared that Cabassa and Alfredo Carillo had hooked up on a 76-yard scoring pass play, after Carillo hauled in a Cabassa pass and found plenty of daylight. But Marcin caught him at the Stags’ 16 and tackled him to save a touchdown. There was still a little time left before intermission, but the Stags defense stayed tough and denied Bergen a score. Doug Cerniglia, playing on his 22nd birthday, made the final tackle of the half.

After a scoreless second half, the Stags were 2-2 and looking ahead to a three-game road trip. “We’re hoping to take this momentum right into next weekend,” Haase said.

New Jersey 27, Bergen 0
Be 0 0 0 0 — 0
NJ 7 20 0 0 — 27
NJ—Justin Gannon 16 run (Jake Field kick)
NJ—Gannon 8 run (Field kick)
NJ—Jimmy Robertson fumble recovery in end zone (kick blocked)
NJ—Jeff DeZutter 53 pass from Colin Doyle (Field kick) Created: 7/3/2011 | Updated: 7/3/2011


Lynx Get A Much Needed Win in DC

July 3, 2011

South Jersey Lynx Media Group

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – On the ride down to DC, the Lynx knew that the odds were against them to win in a place that they have never won. Granted, both teams have defended their home turfs to perfection in their previous 6 meetings, splitting the series at 3 apiece. This was a must win for the 0-2 South Jersey Lynx. Head Coach Lester Cream realized they had two losses to two mediocre teams so he kept telling his troops at this weeks’ practices that they are a much better team than their record indicates. “Where we are right now does not sit well with me, Coach Cream lashed out, “We have never lost 2 games in a row in 8 years and the losing needs to stop now!”, he exclaimed. Understanding his frustration, the Lynx went into this game against their rival, who was coming in riding a 2 game win streak and winning 3 out of the last 4 games between the two teams. South Jersey had to find a way to win this game or it would have been an unprecedented 3 losses in a row for this highly respected franchise.

Defense was the name of this game and also the answers to the Lynx recent woes. There were only 7 points scored in this game which came on a 7 yard scamper by Lynx RB Jerald Hornsby late in the 4th quarter. The Lynx defense forced 6 turnovers (2 fumbles 4 interceptions) and 8 sacks. They were led by James Pollard Jr. (7 tkls, 6 scks), Aaron Clark (5tkls, 2 scks), Rodney Paige (6 tlks), Dawain Ford and Maurice Taylor, both with 2 interceptions. Pollard Jr. who is currently the all-time sack leader with 39.5 also broke his own individual game sack record with his 6 sacks.

Offensively, the Lynx had their own turnovers (3 interceptions, 1 fumble) that stifled some scoring opportunities, especially turnovers inside the opponents red zone. The offensive issues is something that needs attention if the Lynx have a chance to defeat their next opponent, Chambersburg (PA) Cardinals, the last of 4 straight road games

GAME NOTES: Edward Dover has played in 98 Lynx games to surpass William "Sigel" Perkins (97) for Most Games Played.

Other GDFL scores from the weekend...

#22 Chambersburg Cardinals 70 Lancaster Lightning 7
#10 Asheville Grizzlies 42 Greenville Greyhounds 0