Game 6 – vs. Predators at 5 Sports

After being idle for two weeks, the UTS Gators were chompin’ at the bit to get back on the field again. Unfortunately for the Northwestern Predators, they had to face a well-rested Gators team, out for revenge for last year’s upset defeat. The Gators came out hitting, quickly scoring 3 unanswered touchdowns in the 1st quarter and setting a tone of dominance for the rest of the game. The Gators punished the Predators physically on both sides of the ball and with the 36-6 victory, now stand alone at the top of the ladder as the only undefeated team in Gridiron NSW Division 1.

RB Freddie Khouiss

RB Freddie Khouiss churned out 125 yards

UTS began the game on offense after the opening kickoff sailed through the endzone for a touchback. The Gator offense looked very impressive, putting together a solid 13 play, 65 yard scoring drive, kick-started by a 23 yard pass completion from quarterback Brad Leech to wide receiver Ben Loudon. Power rushing by tailback Freddie Khouiss took UTS down to the Predator’s 6 yard line where alternate tailback, Marco Soriano took over and punched it in for the touchdown.  Soriano got the call again for the 2-point conversion attempt and used a crushing lead block by slotback Jim Close to get back into the endzone and put UTS ahead 8-0.

Following a quick 4 and out by the Predators, the Gators took the ball at midfield and put it back in the hands of Freddie Khouiss who took it down to the Predators 26 yard line in 3 plays. QB Brad Leech then went to air and found Ben Loudon again for 26 yards and a touchdown to increase the UTS lead to 14-0.

The Gator defense again shut down the Predators, pushing them back with tackles for loss by defensive ends Matt Power, Tim Clulow and rookie defensive tackle Ryan King and forcing a punt on 4th down.  A good punt gave the Gators poor field position on their own 11 yard line but that did not hamper the offense as it put together an 8 play, 79 yard scoring drive, highlighted by two long passes from Leech to wide receiver Nick Giovanangeli, one for 24 yards and another where, after the catch, Giovanangeli juked his way to the endzone for 33 yards and a touchdown.

On the ensuing kickoff, veteran offensive lineman and UTS Gridiron Club President, Matt Steel, came out of retirement to deliver a monster hit on the Predator’s returner at their 30 yard line. The Predators were able to march down the field and score with several long passes in their only effective drive of the day.

UTS answered on their next possession with their fourth consecutive scoring drive. After an 18 yard kickoff return by Justin Fatu-Leota, the Gator offense went 65 yards in 12 plays with most of the work done by RB Freddie Khouiss again, who picked up 41 of his game-high 125 yards. QB Brad Leech capped off the drive with a 5 yard touchdown pass to Justin Fatu-Leota and then bruiser-back, Hamish Holland punched in the 2-point conversion to stretch the UTS lead to 28-6.

LB Andrew Asher

LB Andrew Asher patrols the middle

The Gator defense got back to their stingy ways and completely shut down the Predators offense for the rest of the game, allowing only one more play of positive yards. Several bone-crushing hits by safety Jamie McGrory, knocking the Predators QB out of the game and linebacker, Andrew Asher, crushing a Northwestern WR just after making a catch across the middle and forcing a fumble that was recovered by McGrory who returned the ball 47 yards to the Predators 13 yard line, along with an interception by linebacker Gabriel Marambio prove the Gators defense is at the top of their game. Following a goal-line stand by the Predators in the 3rd quarter which stopped a Gator drive at the 4 yard line, the UTS defense pushed the Predators back into the endzone, where linebacker, Marcos Delana sacked the quarterback for a safety and 2 more points.

The Gator offense struggled in the second half with several drives stalling but they were able to capitalize on the great field position provided by Jamie McGrory’s 47 yard fumble return. After an offensive penalty threatened to stall the drive, wide receiver, Murray Conallin saved the drive with a tremendous sliding grab on 4th and 17, gaining a first down and putting the ball on the 1 yard line, where RB Freddie Khouiss took over and got the score on the next play, making the final score, UTS 36, Northwestern 6.

Next week sees the UTS Gators face the 5-1 Sutherland Seahawks, coming off of their first loss of the season and who have surprised the league this season with their prolific scoring.

Get on board and come cheer your UTS Gators on to victory this Saturday Night, 18th October, 7:00pm at Kyeemagh RSL.

Statistical Leaders (Game)

Player Comp/Att Yards TD INT
Brad Leech 20/39 253 3 (26, 33, 5)
Player Rushes Yards TD (yards) 2-point
Freddy Prince 23 125 1 (1)
Marco Soriano 9 35 1 (5) 1
Tommy Benson 6 22
Brad Leech 11 18
Ben Loudon 1 18
Hamish Holland 2 4 1
Player Receptions Yards TD (yards)
Matthew Schwarz 4 59
Nick Giovanangeli 2 57 1 (33)
Ben Loudon 3 54 1 (26)
Clayton Idato 4 30
Justin Fatu-Leota 3 29 1 (5)
Murray Conallin 1 19
Player Tackles (For Loss) Other
Jamie McGrory 6 (3) Fumble recovery returned 47 yards
Matt Power 4 (4)
Tim Clulow 3 (3)
Ryan King 3 (3)
Gabriel Marambio 3 (1) INT
Andrew Asher 3 (1) Forced Fumble
Moey Musawi 3 (1) 2 blocked passes
Marcos Delana 2 (1) Sack for safety
Hugh Delaney 2 (1)
Nick Kondilios 2
Matt Steel 1
Kick Return:
Player Returns Yards
Justin Fatu-Leota 2 30
Jamie Weeks 1 27
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