Sunday, March 17, 2013

Falcons (5-0) at Aigles (1-2) Game Report

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I had to do that first, the last thing I need is trouble with the Camarillo branch of the I.R.A.

The things you see on your way to your morning croissant . . .

 Corn Drying Two Doors up the Rue

New York, New York

Meanwhile, back at the Main Event . . .

"It's time for another edition
of Falcons football . . ."

Road Trip!

The Falcons were on the road today for a re-match with the Chambéry Aigles. In our first game way back in November, we eked out a hard fought 18-0 victory thanks to some big plays.

Chambéry's Stade Mager
was all decked out

We had not had a great week of practice and were missing some key players, so my anxiety levels were on high alert going into the contest.

A Pastoral Setting for a Game

As it turned out, those alerts were very well founded.

Falcons Warming Up

Bron-Villeurbanne Falcons (5-0)
Chambéry Aigles (1-2)


Falcons Kick Off Return

Matthieu Fayard had a big hit for the Falcons on the opening kickoff but on the third play of the game the Aigles drew first blood thanks to a 65 yard TD Pass. The PAT attempt failed but the Chambéry squad led 6-0.

The Falcons' Thibaud Rontet had a huge kickoff return creating a short field for the first Bron-Villeurbanne possession. The drive ended with a very physical one yard TD run by Brice Rontet. Pierre Bouysset split the uprights to make it Falcons 7 - Aigles 6.

The Aigles got a solid drive going but their field goal attempt was wide left.

At the end of a spectacular run by Brice Rontet, an Aigles defender stripped him of the ball from behind, Chambéry recovered the fumble.

Aided by two 15 yard penalties, the Aigles threatened but turned the ball over on downs at the Falcons' 18 yard line.

The Falcons were driving as the First Quarter ended with the Falcons in front 7-6.


Wahid Larbi
Heading to Pay Dirt

Wahid Larbi finished the drive with an explosive 16 yard TD romp. The PAT attempt was blocked. The Falcons upped their advantage to 13-6.

The Aigles were on the march again but their field goal attempt was blocked.

Thanks in large part to a fine catch by Pierro Theyssier and an option pitch by John van den Raadt to Brice Rontet, the Falcons were knocking on the door again. After a dropped TD pass in the end zone and some more penalties, VDR calmly hit Theyssier with a 32 yard TD strike. The two point attempt failed but Bron-Villeurbanne led 19-6.

DE Remi Laurencon quickly ended the Aigles drive by recovering a Chambéry fumble.

WR Emrah Bayrak had a nice catch to keep the drive alive but we dropped another wide open TD pass in the end zone. Eventually, the Falcons turned the ball over on downs.

The Aigles took a knee and the Falcons took a 19-6 lead into the locker room.


Mathieu Paredes
"Man in Motion"

The Falcons drove deep into the Aigles territory but turned the ball over on downs.

Chambéry got back on the board with a 14 yard TD pass and kicked a successful PAT to cut the Falcons advantage to 19-13. We had a ball game on our hands.

The Falcons were marching again as the Third Quarter ended with the Falcons leading 19-13.


Zone Read

The Falcon drive earned a First and Goal but back-to-back 15 yard penalties again ended our scoring hopes as the Falcons ran out of downs for the third time today.

The Aigles fourth down attempt failed.

More penalties but Thibaud Rontet bolted for a 20 yard TD, his first of the season. Pierro Theyssier made a great cutback in running the ball into the end zone for two more points. The Falcons breathed easier at 27-13.

Jonathan Dahlem quickly dashed the Aigles' hopes on their next drive by making a leaping interception.

Thibaud Rontet would finish a short drive with a 3 yard TD scamper and Pierre Bouysset kicked the PAT extending the Falcon lead to 34-13.

The Aigles were stopped on downs.

The Falcons ended the contest in Victory Formation, took a knee and had win #6 by a final tally of 34-13.

The game was very physical as both teams came to hit!

As one Falcon put it, "The refereeing today was very curios." To say the very least and I am sure that the Aigles would agree wholeheartedly. The refs seemed a bit dazed and confused for much of the game.

John van den Raadt's calm demeanor in the face of adversity really got us through some rough stretches. I was also very proud of the job our offensive line did today as they kept plugging away and gaining us large chunks of yardage after another of our many penalties.

While our defense gave up an unusually large amount of yards today, we did come up with key plays when we needed them including a blocked field goal attempt, two turnovers and three fourth down stops.

We certainly did not play our best game of the season but we accomplished our #1 goal . . . WE WON!

2013 Division III
National Championship Playoffs
Begin on April 27th

With the win today, the Falcons have mathematically clinched one of Sud Poule C's two playoff berths. The Falcons (6-0) will next play at St-Cergues against the Bulldogs (5-1) on Sunday, March 31st, i.e., Easter Sunday. Here we go yet again . . .

Week #8 Game Results
Bron-Villeurbanne 34 - Chambéry 13
St-Cergues 12 - Lyon 9
BYE: Clermont-Ferrand

Bron-Villeurbanne Falcons 6-0
St-Cergues Bulldogs 5-1
Chambéry Aigles 1-3
Lyon Gones 1-4
Clermont-Ferrand Servals 0-5

Week #4 Make-Up Game
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Chambéry (1-3) at Lyon (1-4)
BYES: Bron-Villeurbanne (6-0), Clermont-Ferrand (0-5) and St-Cergues (5-1)

Reading Is FUNdamental

Another book in a very long list of Patricia Cornwell's Dr. Kay Scarpetta mystery novels that I have read in recent years.

Cornwell's books always entertain me, so I was not disappointed in the least.

Days left until my Paris weekend

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