Game Day was a raw, overcast, rainy one, in other words, perfect FALCONS WEATHER!!!
The Hurricane were in for a long afternoon.
Albi got the ball first and promptly went Three and Out, Punt for the first of many times. Our defense came to play today! For simplicity's sake, future Three and Out, Punts will be abbreviated to T&OP.
The Falcons opening drive was a good one as we mixed the run and pass games leading to a six yard TD run by QB John van den Raadt. The PAT was wide but the Falcons led 6-0.
The Hurricane experienced T&OP #2.
The Hurricane punt was returned 60 yards by Falcon Pierro Theyssier to set up a short drive. The Wedgemaster, Mathieu Paredes, weaved his magic for a one yard TD. RB Brice Rontet bolted into the end zone for two more points to push the Falcons' advantage to 14-0.
On a third and long, the Hurricane tried a very long pass that two Falcon defenders simultaneously volley-balled into the hands of an unsuspecting Albi receiver who grabbed the gift, ran from the now fallen Falcons and completed a 50 yard TD play. The Albi two point try was thwarted and now the Falcons lead was a mere 14-6.
Even a blind squirrel can find an acorn every now and then. Même un écureuil aveugle peut trouver un gland de temps en temps.
Pierro Theyssier returned the ensuing kickoff an explosive 40 yards to give the Falcons great field position. A good play by a Hurricane defender stripped a Falcon RB of the ball at the Albi four yard line and the turnover ended a promising Falcon drive.
The Falcon defense put out the fire, Hurricane T&OP #3.
At the end of the First Quarter, the Falcons led 14-6.
The Hurricane suffered through T&OP #6.
Pedal to the Metal! The Falcons quick strike attack was back as QB John van den Raadt found WR Gaetan Tafa open in the right corner of the end zone for another six points. Another missed PAT. Falcons 38 - Hurricane 6
Dare I say it, Hurricane T&OP #7.
John van den Raadt's last play of the game was a great one as he exploded on a 50 yard TD run. The PAT was GOOD!!! The crowd went wild and the Falcons were in cruise control leading 45-6.
The Hurricane's were on offense as the Third Quarter ended. On this drive the Albi offense notched their first First Down of the afternoon angering the Falcon defense beyond belief. The boys from Bron-Villeurbanne were leading 45-6 with 12 minutes to go.