Sunday, Sept. 22nd, the Stallion Flag Football Team took on the Multi Lakes Gators at Tom Holzer Ford Field. The Stallions were walking in as 2 and 1 after coming off a tough physical game. As the boys stampeded out onto the field, there was no doubt that Coach Kevin Prior had them ready for whatever was to come. The team was short three boys, James Redwine, Chris Shukeireh and Max Kamposh, due to injury and illnesses. All three are expected to make a return next week. Despite the shortage, shuffling of players did not throw the Stallions off their game. The Stallions didn’t wait to strike, with Drew Rankin scoring on their first offensive possession. Taking over 300 yards on the ground, the Stallions were exhibiting the comfort of the running game once again. Will Cappaert and Robbie Schuckel had runs for 28 yards and Dominic Minghine had a TD run for 54 yards. Owen Ross showed off his running skill with a 16 yard TD. The top sprint goes to Aaron Jeremias with a 64 yard charge to the end zone for yet another 6. Dhilan Khatiwala and Carter Skiver added to the total yardage for the team. Colin Prior is starting to become Mr. Automatic when it comes to extra points for his team. Along with Isaac Pace and Devin Shaffer, Prior’s efforts started to show the Stallions to be the real apex predator.
Stallions are not typically known for throwing themselves to the ground in battle, however, to avoid strikes by the Gators, the boys hurled around grabbing nearly 40 flags, proving that these are no ordinary Stallions. Isaac Pace had a season high 9 tackles and JJ Rickard had a personal best of 8 tackles. Whether it was the right side or the left, Gators were met by Luke Parinello, Brady Couture, Evan Deak, Nick Helner and Sam Stathas and were hard pressed to gain yardage. Points were gained by the Gators through chances awarded to them through fair play and the sportsmanship rules keeping the game exciting and the Stallions fierce. The final offensive possession for the Stallions began with a kick off from the Gators that found its way into the hands of Nathan Jones. Jones, typically a blocker known to plug up the middle on defense, nabbed the ball and ran it back for a personal best 35 yard run, putting the Stallions in the Gator’s Red Zone. Cooper Hoffman rewarded Jones’ efforts by rushing the ball into the end zone and capping it off with a high step victory move. The boys of the Stallions Flag Team got their stride back and chomped the Gators in a 36 to 24 win. See the Stallions on September 28 as they ride into Bentley Field to take on the Falcons at 9 am. This is the first game of a three game road trip before returning to Tom Holzer Field in the Battle for the Shoe on October 20th.
By Debbi Green