Monday, April 22, 2013

Juniors Game, Final Senior Results and a Fabulous Dinner

We met at the stadium at 8:00 a.m. for the 30 minute drive to the home of the Lyon Gones for our 2-1 Junior team's final regular season game. A win against our crosstown rivals would secure our Juniors a spot in the playoffs.

Kickoff was scheduled for 11:00 a.m., about four hours before the Gones Senior squad played the Clermont-Ferrand Servals.

Junior Warm-up

Local Fauna Near the Game Field

Final Words of Wisdom

 Nath Caldes
The Heart and Soul of Falcon Football


Falcon Kickoff

Calling the Defense

Running to the Ball


Hands Up!

The Falcons led 10-0 after scoring on their first two possessions.

 Open Field Running

 Break Away

 Gones in the Wake

At the Half, the Falcons still led 10-6 but the Gones were passing the ball well.

Almost . . .

Falcons PAT in the Third Quarter
made it 17-6 Falcons

 Pass Rush

A Gones' bomb made it 17-12 Falcons.

The Ball Draws a Crowd


Setting the Edge!

We're moving the ball well but . . .

Two interceptions and a fumble in the Gones' Red Zone will come back to haunt us.

Kickoff Return



 Still Hitting


Good Tackle

Still Pursuing


Nice Catch

The Gones' last drive was the game winner. We had them at their own one yard line facing a Third and 13. They converted.

We had them at mid-field facing a Fourth and 11. They converted.

Eventually the Gones scored on the drive with a little over a minute left to play to win the game 18-17.

Very disappointing to say the least as our Junior season may be over.

The Senior Division III National
Championship Playoffs start April 27-28

We will find out which second place team we will host on Monday.

Week #6 Make-Up Game Results
St-Cergues 27 - Chambéry 20
Lyon 14 - Clermont-Ferrand 10
BYE: Bron-Villeurbanne

Bron-Villeurbanne Falcons 8-0
St-Cergues Bulldogs 6-2
Chambéry Aigles 3-5
Lyon Gones 2-6
Clermont-Ferrand Servals 1-7

Division III National Playoff Games
Sunday, April 28, 2013
A TBA Sud Second Place Team at Bron-Villeurbanne
St-Cergues at a TBA Sud Champion


Sunday night, we were invited over to the beautiful home in Lyon's Third Arrondisseement of Alain and Cathy Pfaff for dinner.

The Pfaffs were splendid hosts and we had a very enjoyable evening discussing ever so many topics around the dinner table.

Lamb was our main course and Alain made it on the BBQ to perfection. Cathy's salad, side dishes, cheeses and strawberry crêpes were equally memorable.

All of this marvelous cuisine and wonderful wine aside, their warmth and friendship were even better.

John, Laurie Cathy and Alain
with Layla "The Wonder Dog"

I was asked take a picture as well

What a GREAT evening!!!

Meanwhile, back in California . . .

Our Son Michael

He is coaching baseball at Newbury Park H.S. and I guess he wants to join a barbershop quartet as well.

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