Stallions Flag Team Continues Winning Streak in Commerce, 24-21
On Sunday, Oct. 14th, the Stallions Flag team continued their winning streak, beating the Commerce Chargers 24-21. It was a close game with plenty of drama and excitement (and even some dancing).
The game started with Aaron Jeremias, Luke Parrinello, Nathan Jones and Isaac Pace carrying the ball to put the Stallions in scoring position. The start of the 2nd quarter brought the first Stallions touchdown with a pass from Luca Prior to Angelo Rodriguez. Evan Deak was tackled just short of the end zone on the extra point attempt, and the score stood at 6-0. On defense, Walker Curtis had key stops to cause a turnover on downs. The offense came on strong, with carries by Luca Prior and Angelo Rodriguez, but the ball was turned over to the Chargers on downs. Angelo Rodriguez, Walker Curtis and James Redwine had big tackles to close out the 2nd quarter. In the 3rd quarter, the Stallions offense was on the move again. Drew Rankin had a big carry, to move the ball to the 8-yard-line. Boden Dietrich added to that with a short punch through the middle and Grady Zoroya capped off the drive with a quick run into the end zone. With no extra point conversion, the score was 12-0. The defense stepped up, with tackles from Walker Curtis and Max Anderson, but the Chargers reached the end zone to bring the score to 12-6 at halftime.
The 2nd half started with a kick off by Robbie Schuckel. On the ensuing drive, the Chargers scored again and tacked on two points on a pass PAT. They took the lead, 12-14. After carries by Michael Terrill, Alexander Casagrande and Robbie Schuckel, the Stallions turned over the ball on downs. Tackles by Luke Parrinello and Aaron Jeremias slowed the Chargers down, but they reached the end zone and converted the PAT. The score stood at 12-21. Cooper Hoffman fielded the kick off for a short gain. That was followed by a quick run by Robbie Schuckel. The offensive series led to a pass from Angelo Rodriguez to Isaac Pace for a touchdown. With no extra point conversion, the Stallions tightened the score to 18-21. After the kick off by Sam Stathas, the Chargers were stopped repeatedly by Angelo Rodriguez, Evan Deak, and Grady Zoroya. Another series of tackles, by Sam Stathas, Isaac Pace, Luca Prior, Devin Shaffer and Walker Curtis, led to a turnover on downs. Back on offense in the 6th quarter, Walker Curtis passed to Grady Zoroya for a short gain. Ben Thakady carried the ball through the middle for a few yards and Drew Rankin ran a reverse for a short gain. A long sprint by Max Anderson set up a touchdown run by Walker Curtis. The PAT pass was intercepted by the Chargers, but the Stallions were in the lead, 24-21. The tension mounted as the clock slowly ticked down. But Walker Curtis was there again (with a game-high 11 tackles) and the Stallions held on to the victory.