Sunday, May 5, 2019

A Day Dominated by Skorpions American Football Duties

Saturday, 4 May, 2019

Most of this dreary day was spent indoors working with the greatest app in the history of American football . . .

. . . an American football coach's
Best Friend Forever!

I needed to breakdown the video that I took last weekend when I scouted the Varese Gorillas at Canavese Mastifs game before attending the Gorillas next game tonight.

This was double the work today as I had to analyze both the Gorillas and the Mastifs, our final two opponents of the regular season.

It took a long time today but it was worth it, both teams scare me to death as American football is most often a game of matchups and both of these squads show elements that will cause us some serious problems.

It was Saturday night and I really needed to take Laurie out on a dinner date before we headed to Varese's Jungle Field to watch the Varese Gorillas take on the Busto Arsizio Blue Storms.

Laurie enjoying an aperitivo
at the Spitz ristorante bar

Good food, good wine and a fun loving wife . . .

Life is GOOD!

On to Jungle Field . . .

The Blue Storms (0-5) are going through
their roughest season recorded history


The Varese Gorillas (1-3) are dangerous
and could easily be 3-1

Roads flares are a
Blue Storms TRADITION!

The Gorillas fighting fire with fire

The Gorillas are in red

This that actually grass growing
on Jungle Field?

Will wonders never cease?

The Gorillas won comfortably as they made big plays when they needed them against the proud Blue Storms.

A solid home field victory
for the Gorillas

How the mighty have fallen, the Blue Storms, now 0-6 in 2019, were 29-3 in regular season games over the last four years.

Enzo Petrillo forwarded me some
more new photos of last week's
Varese Skorpions - Brescia Bengals game

DL Coach Luca Pinto working with
DT Luca "Ceo" Bozzo during warmups

QB Giacomo "Jack" Micheli
leading out the Skorpions!

One of LB Stefano Granelli's two
interception returns

Stefano, for goodness sakes, COVER THE TIPS OF THE BALL!

L. to R.: Tomas Pedotti, Ceo and
Nicola "Baffo" Ruggiero

Hard charging, great blocking
RB Ema Della Bosca

OG Simone "Ciccio" Magnarelli
getting pad under pad with his block

WR Martino Piazzi had THREE
TD catches in the Brescia game

On this TD catch by WR Matteo
Mozzanica, he turned this
DB around . . .

. . . and this one two on his way
to one of his two TD catches

"No Coach, seriously, Dorigos makes
a much better pannino than
the Golden Egg does in my opinion."

OC Omar Passera looks shocked by Stefano's sudden profession of faith in Dorigos' pannini making ability.

I was forced to really have to think about it for the rest of the game.

Ema running hard as usual

Mozza at it again

Mozza had a GREAT night to be sure!

Mozza was having lots of fun playing
the great game of American football!

What if we had 2o players who gave
the effort at every practice and in
every game that Niko Moruzzi does?

He had to help us on defense as a LB against the Bengals in an emergency situation.

Normally Niko just dominates
as our Offensive Tackle both
run blocking . . .

. . . and protecting QB Jack on pass plays

Riccardo De Micheli had two TD
catches of his own against the Bengals

SEVEN TD Passes easily earned
Jack the coveted Game Hammer

The Future of the Skorpions
L. to R.: DB Andrea Tettamnanti,
DE Davide Vuolo and
OG Cesare Molteni

Two of our OL Stalwarts
OG Gabriele "Capo" Di Stefano and
C Marco "Nali" Fortunali

RB Ema Della Bosca and
FS Simone Tettamanti

Though they share the same last name, Andrea and Simone are not related.

No, seriously Stefano, you think
Dorigos is that much better?

I'm not so sure, they are both good but different pannini makers. I must conduct more detailed research to be sure. 

Time again for our weekly update of what happened across Italy in DII American football action.

Their were seven games 
on the slate this weekend


Group A

Group A Week #9 Results
Varese Gorillass (2-3) 21
Busto Arsizio Blue Storms (0-6) 6

Milano Rhinos (5-0) 40
Palermo Sharks (3-3) 29

Cernusco Daemons (5-1) 35
Brescia Bengals (3-4) 14  

Canavese Mastifs (1-3) at
Desio Hammers (2-3) postponed due to lightning 

Group A Standings
1. Milano Rhinos 5-0
2. Cernusco Daemons 5-1
3. Varese Skorpions 4-2
4. Palermo Sharks 3-3
5. Brescia Bengals 3-4
6T. Desio Hammers 2-3
6T. Varese Gorillas 2-3
8. Canavese Mastifs 1-3
9. Busto Arsizio Blue Storms 0-6

Group A Week #10 Schedule
Saturday, May 11th
Varese Gorillas (2-3) at
Milano Rhinos (5-0)

Canavese Mastifs (1-3) at
Busto Arsizio Blue Storms (0-6)

Brescia Bengals (3-4)
Cernusco Daemons (5-1)
Desio Hammers (2-3)
Palermo Sharks (3-3)
Varese Skorpions (4-2)

Group B

Group B Week #9 Results
Castelfranco Cavaliers (1-4) 20
Isonzo Sentinels (1-5) 12

Group B Standings
1. Verona Mastini 6-0
2. Padova Saints 4-1
3. Ferrara Aquile 2-4
4. Castelfranco Cavaliers 1-4
5. Isonzo Sentinels 1-5 

Group B Week #10 Schedule
Sunday, May 12th
Castelfranco Cavaliers (1-4) at
Ferrara Aquile (2-4)

Verona Mastini (6-0) at
Padova Saints (4-1)

Isonzo Sentinels (1-5)

Group C

Group C Week #9 Results
Reggio Emilia Hogs (6-0) 20
Sarzana Red Jackets (1-5) 12

Modena Vipers (2-3) 21
Bologna Braves (1-5) 12

Group C Standings
1. Reggio Emilia Hogs 6-0
2. Roma Pretoriani 4-1
3. Modena Vipers 2-3
4t. Bologna Braves 1-5
4t. Sarzana Red Jackets 1-5

Group C Week #10 Schedule
Sunday, May 12th
Reggio Emilia Hogs (6-0) at 
Roma Pretoriani (4-1)

Modena Vipers (2-3) at
Sarzana Red Jackets (1-5)

Bologna Braves (1-5)

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