Sunday, March 3, 2019

A BBQ, a U15 Flag Practice and a DII American Football Game

Saturday, 2 March, 2019

This would be another good day with the Skorpion family dining, practicing and scouting.

It all started with a team BBQ at Skorpion Field at about 1:00 p.m.

About 30 tomino on the grill to
start the BBQ

A tomino is a hunk of cheese wrapped in a delicious meat called speck. Warm it on a low flame for about three minutes on each side and you are about to eat one of Italy's best appetizers.

Following the tomino, it was
salamella sandwiches, ribs and
chicken galore

LB Ivan "Swito" Raso on
BBQ rib duty

After lots of food and friendship, it was time for our U13, U15 and U17 flag team practices from 3:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Today in Milan, the National Federation was holding coaching certification classes and D.J., our U15 flag team coach had to attend the session. He asked me to take over his team for the day, so I did.

U15 QB "Piccolo" going over
strategy with Davide and Samuele

"Piccolo" bootlegging

Bombs Away

The mini-U13s were hard at work too

After a good two hours of work, many of the Skorpions joined us at the nearby Jungle Field to scout the Varese Gorillas (0-0) game against the Monza Brianza Hammers (0-0) in their 2019 DII opener.

No, seriously it's called
Jungle Field

We got to Jungle Field with the game
having just started

Jungle Field has no signs of any
vegetation of any sort

Dirt is good.

Lots of big, physical players were
on Jungle Field tonight

Three yards and a cloud of dust

It was 0-0 at the end of the first period.

Here comes the Hammers Offense

At the Half, it was 7-0 Hammers

The Hammers mammoth Left Tackle
after an unsuccessful drive

After an entertaining Third Quarter, it was 14-7 Hammers.

The Fourth Quarter was full of action too

The Gorillas took a 15-14 lead after a solid drive and a successful second two-point PAT after the Hammers were called for pass interference on the Gorillas first attempt.

The Hammers looked down but were not out yet with just 1:40 left in the game. They were able to score a 65 yard TD on a perfectly thrown fly route to go up 21-15.

The Gorillas battled back to score a TD of their own on a 53 yard QB scramble with 8 seconds left in the contest!

But there was a flag on the field. 

Holding, Gorillas, thus negating their TD which consumed a precious 20 seconds off the game clock.

The Gorillas had one last futile play and the game was over.

It was a physical game to be sure
with several stoppages due to injuries

Tomorrow will be our season opener
on the road against the powerful
Busto Arsizio Blue Storms

Go Skorpions GO!

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