Sunday, March 17, 2019

The First American Flag Football Tournament of the Season and Week #4 DII Results

Sunday, 17 March, 2019

A happy St. Patrick's Day to all of our would-be Irish friends around the world!

After a great week of sunny, warm days in Lombardia, today would be overcast and a bit rainy.

In other words, it was as great day for . . .


Which was perfect as Skorpions Field would be the scene of the first U13, U15 and U17 flag football tournaments of the year.

Four clubs were battling today

Besides our beloved Varese Skorpions, the Bergamo Lions, Cernusco Daemons and Milano Rhinos were all here to compete, weather be damned!

The Skorpion teams would all play one game in the morning and a second one after the lunch break. We would all play against the teams from Bergamo and Milano but we would not play any of the Daemons teams today. 

Giorgio and I left the Villa Scorpion II complex at 8:00 a.m. to first have a cappuccino and a brioche (chocolate for me) at Pasticceria Marabelli and then head to Skorpion Field to set things up before the 10:00 a.m. start.

U13 All-Galaxy LB Alessandro Mascetti
was of great help to me getting all
of the end zone pylons in place

Skorpion U17s just before their
first game

While I really like the Rhinos
logo on their jersey . . .

. . . the Daemons logo is more intriguing
and just as demonic as you would suspect

The Bergamo Lion logo was nothing special.

This may still be residual hate from the 2008 and 2009 seasons in Catania playing and losing twice to the Lions in Bergamo.

Three fields, 25 yards wide by
60 yards long, were ready to ROLL!

U13 Morning Game

The U13s were playing
the Milano Rhinos

The U13 Rhinos were hitting on all
cylinders as they raced to a 39-0 win

U15 Morning game

Our U15s were also opening with
their Milano Rhinos counterparts

Ivan had a good day catching passes

QB Piccolo with options

U15 Coach D.J. is passionate
about the game!

Our U15s beat the Rhinos 28-20.

U17 Morning Game


Our U17s were playing the Bergamo Lions in their first contest.

One of Filippo Petrillo's
many TD catches today

Skorpion attack ready to blast off!

The U17s played a gutsy game in pulling out a 33-30 win over the Lions.

The morning games over, it was time for the tournament's lunch break.

The Skorpion Snack Bar's special plate
today consisted of gnocco frito, fromaggio
and salumi

That's fried dough, cheese and assorted Italian cured meats.

That plate of goodies plus a beer hit the spot and was OH, SO GOOD FOR ME TOO!

U13 Afternoon Game

Skorpions vs. Lions

Emma Petrillo had a great game at
RB scoring a whopping THREE TDs!

QB Tommy Bulgheroni
slinging the rock!

Simone Molinari about to make
am important catch

Tommy is a Mad Bomber at heart

LB Alessandro Mascetti about
to break up a pass

Simone is WIDE OPEN!

WR Alex Bormolini with the ball

Emma picking up
more valuable yardage

Alex with as TD catch

RB Andrea Maurizi is the second
coming of Jim Taylor

He is the Thunder to Emma's Lightning!

The U13s bounced back to finish with a 1-1 record on the day thanks to a hard fought 25-18 victory over the Bergamo Lions.

U15 Afternoon Game

QB Samuel "Picciolo" Bulgheroni
had lots of positive moments today

Piccolo was cool under the relentless
pressure of the Bergamo Lions player

Free Flowing Davide in the
open field

U15 Trickeration!

Ivan Bulgheroni runs well after
catch a pass

Davide open in the flat

Part of INTERPOL's most wanted list,
LB #11 Gabriele "il Doctore" Maurizi
is a stone cold assassin!

Our U15s finished the day with a 1-1 record in today's tournament after losing to the Lions by a score of 25-7.

U17 Afternoon Game

Great pass coverage by
Federico "DJ" Digennaro

DB Filippo Zanon closing FAST!

Stefano Tosco and DJ making a play

A great effort by this Rhinos DB broke
ups what would have been a Skorpion TD

The Milano Rhinos getting off
the line of scrimmage

DJ hustling again with
Dario Tirolo coming up on the play

The Skorpion U17s finished with a perfect 2-0 record today after beating the Rhinos 26-19.

It was indeed a BEAUTIFUL day for Skorpion American flag football!

Good job today by everybody in the Skorpion's family!

Now we make our final push as a Senior team prepares for next Saturday morning's DII Week #5 game.

The Skorpions are 1-1 in 2019
as are the Sharks

Hey, that reminds me . . .

Let's take a look at . . .

. . . what happened this weekend
in Italian DII action


Group A

Group A Week #4 Results
Varese Gorillas (1-2) 35
Palermo Sharks (1-1) 20

Brescia Bengals (2-1) 55
Canavese Mastifs (0-2) 13

Group A Standings
1. Cernusco Daemons 2-0
2T. Milano Rhinos 1-0
Monza Brianza Hammers 1-0
4. Brescia Bengals 2-1
5T. Palermo Sharks 1-1
Varese Skorpions 1-1
7. Varese Gorillas 1-2
8T. Canavese Mastifs 0-2
Busto Arsizio Blue Storms 0-2

Group A Week #5 Schedule
Saturday, March 23rd
Palermo Sharks (1-1) at
Varese Skorpions (1-1)

Sunday, March 24th
Monza Brianza Hammers (1-0) at
Busto Arsizio Blue Storms (0-2)

Cernusco Daemans (2-0) at
Milano Rhinos (1-0)

Brescia Bengals (2-1)
Canavese Mastifs (0-2)
Varese Gorillas (1-2)

Group B

Group B Week #4 Results
Verona Mastini (3-0) 20
Padova Saints (1-1) 13

Ferrara Aquile (1-2) 42
Castelfranco Cavaliers (0-2) 36

Group B Standings
1. Verona Mastini 3-0
2T. Isonzo Sentinels 1-1
Padova Saints 1-1
4. Ferrara Aquile 1-2
5. Castelfranco Cavaliers 0-2

Group B Week #5 Schedule
Sunday, March 24th
Isonzo Sentinels (1-1) at
Ferrara Aquile (1-2)

Castelfranco Cavaliers (0-2) at
Padova Saints (1-1)

Verona Mastini (3-0)

Group C

Group C Week #4 Results
Reggio Emilia Hogs (2-0) 24
Roma Pretoriani (1-1) 22

Modena Vipers (1-1) 22
Sarzana Red Jackets (0-3) 6

Group C Standings
1. Reggio Emilia Hogs 2-0
2. Bologna Braves 1-0
3T. Modena Vipers 1-1
Roma Pretoriani 1-1
5. Sarzana Red Jackets 0-3

Group C Week #5 Schedule
Sunday, March 24th
Bologna Braves (1-0) at
Sarzana Red Jackets (0-3)

Modena Vipers (1-1) at
Roma Pretoriani (1-1)

Reggio Emilia Hogs (2-0)


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