Game 4 – vs. Ducks at 5Sports

Week 4 saw UTS matched up against the winless Nepean Ducks. In their first season of competition in Gridiron NSW, the Ducks have struggled to find their identity but despite lacking experienced talent at key positions on both sides of the ball, they have shown that they can play with heart and speed, so the Gators did not take this game lightly. After a sluggish start on offense, the Gators found themselves trailing 0-8 early but quickly snapped back and dominated the Ducks, cruising to a 50-8 victory.

Difficulties getting out of the gate led to an early interception thrown by veteran quarterback Peter Tos, which was returned by the Ducks 44 yards for a touchdown. A successful 2-point conversion put UTS behind 0-8 early in the 1st quarter. Coach Bosco wasted no time in lighting a fire under his players and they responded impressively. The Gator offense put together solid drives, scoring touchdowns on each of their next three possessions and the UTS defense completely shut down the Ducks, not allowing a single first-down the entire first half.

Scoring drives of 48, 36 and 70 yards with Tos rushing 2 yards for a touchdown and passing for two more TDs to slot backs Matthew Schwarz (3 yards) and Clayton Idato (14 yards) along with two 2-point conversion runs by running back Marco Soriano, put the Gators ahead at half-time, 22-8 and in complete control of the game. Idato took a positive outlook in preparation for this week, “I think teams can get complacent coming off big wins going on to face what some see as “easier” opponents. I made the decision to approach the game with the same focus as every other. I was also conscious that the Ducks are a new team and the best way to show respect to a new opponent is to play as hard as you can. They seemed a good bunch of guys that will only get better.”

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MVP Marcos Delana (Linebacker)

The Gator defense continued to confound the Duck offense in the second half, allowing only one first-down the entire game when a Nepean running back snuck outside and broke free for a 31 yard gain as time ran out in the 3rd quarter. The defense didn’t give up a single yard after that, meeting the Ducks ball-carriers in the backfield from there on out. Heading into this week, Defensive Coordinator, Antonio Piscioneri is pleased with how the defense is gelling together this year, “I’m definitely happy with our unity. Our defense looks out for each other and plays on the same page, so to speak. We don’t have players that just do their own thing, we all work together.”

Not to be outdone by his counterpart, UTS quarterback Brad Leech started the second half with a highlight-reel, 61 yard bomb to Thomas Granger for a touchdown on a free play after the Nepean defensive line jumped off-sides. Leech continued to lead the Gators to pay-dirt after corner back Jamie Weeks recovered a fumbled punt return on the Ducks 8 yard line. UTS capitalized on the great field position, sending newly returned running back, Freddy Prince, into the endzone on the very next play.

UTS engineered impressive scoring drives to close out the game, first with a 9 play, 65 yard drive capped off by a 14 yard pass into the endzone from Leech to Schwarz and then a 10 play, 69 yard drive with a 16 yard touchdown pass from Leech to Idato in the game’s dying seconds, for each receiver’s second touchdown of the game.

Matt Scwarz is excited about the Gators’ chances this year, “What separates this year’s Gators from previous Gator teams is self-belief as an overall playing group – which then lends itself to a better training and playing environment. There is a lot of positive chat whenever we are around each other without there being any arrogance or getting ahead of ourselves.”

Clayton Idato also has confidence that this year’s UTS squad can get the job done, “This is the year no doubt. This is the team. We have an incredible defense I just love watching, and a whole team of amazing guys that I want to do my best for every week. There is a great attitude in the team that I think really translates onto the field. I still think Sydney Uni is the team to beat but I think we’re up for the challenge. Plus, seeing Schwarz go off gets me excited!”

Come down and cheer on the Gators next Saturday night as they take on the Northern Sydney Rebels at 7:00pm in Kyeemagh (St. George).

Statistical Leaders (Game)

Passing:
Player Comp/Att Yards TD INT
Brad Leech 11/19 199 3
Peter Tos 4/9 80 2 1
Rushing:
Player Rushes Yards TD (yards) 2-point
Marco Soriano 9 49 2
Freddy Prince 13 34 1 (8) 1
Justin Fatu-Leota 3 15
Peter Tos 5 22 1 (2)
Receiving:
Player Receptions Yards TD (yards)
Clayton Idato 4 86 2 (14, 16)
Matthew Schwarz 7 68 2 (3, 14)
Thomas Granger 1 61 1 (61)
Ben Loudon 1 54
Tushar Issar 1 9
Defense:
Player Tackles (For Loss) Other
Marcos Delana 9 (2) 1 Forced Fumble
Gabriel Marambio 8 (2)
Tim Clulow 5 (2) Sack, Fumble Recovery
Ryan King 4 (2) 3 Sacks
Matthew Power 3 (1)
Jamie Weeks 1 Fumble Recovery
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