Sunday, 22 March, 2015:
There will be two posts about today's activities, this one about our 11:00 a.m. football game and a later one about our 5:00 p.m. Corrida at Murcia's Plaza de Toros.
After two consecutive weekends without a game, it was finally Game Day for the Cobras.
Another big GRACIAS to Catalins Saavedra and Oscar Constante for their great images from today's game that you will see on this post!
Lost to the Santurtzi Coyotes 7-14
Beat the Zaragoza Hornets 15-0
Lost to the Reus Imperials 14-34
Beat the Barcelona Búfals 20-13
The kickoff was delayed for 30 minutes because we did not have the proper medical crew in attendance. While we did have an ambulance and two EMTs, we needed a third EMT present in order to be in compliance with league rules. If one could not be found within a reasonable amount of time we may have been forced to forfeit the game. Fortunately, the much needed EMT arrived at about 11:25 so we were finally set to go. This fiasco cost us, as the home team, a 15 yard penalty on the game's opening kickoff.
At this point the game was delayed another five minutes while the Coyotes' coach and team president argued with the officials about something else.
With all things set, the refs called the captains to the center of the field where the Coyotes won the coin flip and then blew their choice by opting to kick off with there being no wind issue to make such a choice justifiable. Clearly they had an error.
This mistake would eventually lead to more heated discussion before the start of the Second Half when the Coyotes' intelligentsia finally realized that they were going to have to kick off to us to start both halves.
Let's get to the game which would be a good one.
COBRAS BALL: Murcia put together a nice drive before turning the ball over on downs deep in Santurtzi territory.
COYOTES BALL: The Cobra defense really stepped up forcing a Three & Out, Punt. The Coyotes long snap sailed a bit high and the Coyotes's punter mishandled it. After a wild scramble in the end zone, DT Alberto pounced on the ball for a Cobra TD! Alberto's PAT attempt was blocked but the men from Murcia had the early lead 6-0.
COYOTES BALL: Alberto's kickoff was a touchback and a few plays later CB Rufete who was playing with a broken hand, intercepted a Coyote pass.
COBRAS BALL: A sack and two penalties led to a Three & Out, Punt as the First Quarter ended with the score Murcia 6 - Santurtzi 0.
SANTURTZI BALL: The Coyotes mustered a first down but would punt.
MURCIA BALL: QB Angel Clemente hit WR Pablo Serrano (yes, two players with last names) on a 30 yard TD catch and run pass play that featured great broken field running by Serrano. The two point PAT play was not successful but the Cobras had upped their lead to 12-0.
SANTURTZI BALL: The Coyotes, helped by two 15 yard Cobra penalties, found the end zone with a 15 yard TD pass of their own and then scored on a two point Swinging Gate PAT attempt to close the scoring gap, Cobras 12 - Coyotes 8.
MURCIA BALL: The Coyotes were fighting back and their defense came up with an interception.
SANTURTZI BALL: The Cobra defense did their job keeping the Coyotes out of the end zone as the First Half came to a close with the score Murcia 12 - Santurtzi 8.
COBRAS BALL: Omar's excellent kickoff return was wasted with a Cobra Three & Out, Punt.
COYOTES BALL: FS Largo came up with a fine interception of a Santurtzi pass to give the ball back to the Cobras.
COBRAS BALL: After picking up a couple of first downs, Jorge Ortin's fine punt was downed by Mini-Q at the Coyotes' ten yard line.
COYOTES BALL: The Coyotes were driving as the scoreless Third Quarter came to a close with the Cobras clinging to a slim 12-8 lead.
SANTURTZI BALL: The Coyotes continued their drive that started at the end of the Third Quarter. Our one handed CB, Rufete, did it again with his second interception of the game!
MURCIA BALL: Three & Out, Punt. Damn.
Murcia 19 - Santurtzi 16
Reus 32 - Barcelona 0
Murcia Cobras 3-2
Santurtzi Coyotes 2-4
Granada Lions 3-2
Coslada Camioneros 3-3
Las Rozas (2-4) at Zaragoza Hurricanes (1-5)
Barberá (5-0) at Granada (3-2)