Game 10 – UTS vs Raiders at Budgewoi

The sun was shining and so were the UTS Gators this Saturday afternoon as they traveled up to the NSW Central Coast for their week 11 matchup against the Bondi Raiders. The Raiders started the season poorly and with a record of 1-4 after week 6, didn’t appear to have much going for them but found some good form in their next four games to rally back with three wins and improve their record to 4-5. Despite missing several starters, the Gators were ready to face a tenacious opponent, riding high on recent success and the Gators worked quickly to crush Bondi’s spirit with a level of violence and speed the Raiders simply couldn’t match, cruising to a 40-8 victory.

Jamie McGrory

Safety Jamie McGrory punishes a Raider

UTS received the opening kickoff, a high, short kick that was deftly fielded by center, Tuck King on the Raiders 43 yard line and once the offense took the field, began their punishment of the Raiders. The Gators marched methodically down the field, keeping the ball on the ground for a 9 play scoring drive capped off by a 1 yard touchdown run by quarterback Peter Tos and a successful 2-point conversion run by interim tailback Matthew Schwarz.  With UTS missing all four of their running backs, slotback / wide receiver, Schwarz, took on the role of running back and had an exceptional game, racking up 104 yards on 27 carries including 2 TDs in addition to this 2-point conversion. UTS wanted to come out and make a statement that it was going to be a long day for their opponent and they did just that, taking a quick 8-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, Bondi had one of their few bright moments of the game as they returned the kick 71 yards for a touchdown and then punched in the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 8-8. If the Raiders thought at this point that they had any chance of winning the game, that belief was quickly stamped out with the Gators next two offensive drives, each being as sharp and physical as the first, resulting in two more touchdowns, first, a 3 yard run by Tos and next a 4 yard run by Schwarz to stretch the lead to 22-8 at the end of the 1st quarter. To further add to the Raiders demoralization, their first offensive play of the game resulted in a turnover when Gator defensive end, Tim Clulow stripped the ball and put the Gator offense back on the field.

Jamie Weeks

CB Jamie Weeks gets a pick-6

The Gator defense made life hell for the Raiders all game long, holding the Raiders to 63 total offensive yards and inflicting crushing hits on ball-carriers and blockers alike. The Gator defense racked up 5 sacks, 2 fumbles and 3 interceptions with long returns, one of which was returned 31 yards by cornerback Jamie Weeks for a touchdown.  The Gator defense completely dominated the game and kept the ball in the hands of the UTS offense.

The Gator offense was not infallible though and stumbled a few times through the game but generally played well and strung together several more good drives including a 6 play, 78 yard drive with 24 yards on the ground by Schwarz, which included a 17 yard blast up the middle, trucking the free safety for the final 4 yards, 36 yards on 2 pass completions from Tos to slotback, Clayton Idato and culminating in an 18 yard pass reception by Lachlan Jenson, in his first action following a hamstring injury, as he leaped over the defensive back to make the touchdown catch and send the Gators into halftime leading 28-8.

The Gators scored again midway through the 3rd quarter following an interception by Gator safety, Erhron Noakes, who, just hours after returning to Australia from a U.S. holiday, returned the INT 43 yards to give the offense the ball near midfield. A 38 yard pass from quarterback, Brad Leech, to explosive receiver Nicolas Giovanangeli got the ball down to the Bondi 4 yard line, where the Gator offensive line blew the Raider defense back into the endzone and Schwarz was able to waltz in for the touchdown and a 34-8 lead.

Bondi’s offense was now fully in desperation mode but could not even find a wrinkle in the Gator defense and on their next possession, an aggressive break on an out-route gave Gator cornerback, Jamie Weeks his 31 yard touchdown interception for the final score of the game and secured the Gators victory, 40-8.

Next week sees the Gators again make the trek to the Central Coast for a rematch against the Central Coast Sharks, who are coming off of a commanding 42-6 win last week and being on their home field will undoubtedly make them a difficult foe.

Make the trip and come cheer on your UTS Gators as they look to stamp their mark on the league’s top spot with just 2 games remaining in the regular season. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm at Slade Park, Budgewoi, Central Coast.

Statistical Leaders (Game)

Passing:
Player Comp/Att Yards TD (Yards) 2-PT INT
Peter Tos 5/9 72 1 (18) 1
Brad Leech 2/5 39 1
Rushing:
Player Rushes Yards TD (yards) 2-point
Matthew Schwarz 27 104 2 (4, 4) 1
Ben Loudon 4 39
Nick Giovanangeli 2 19
Thomas Granger 3 15
Tim Clulow 2 14
Peter Tos 5 4 2 (1, 3)
Receiving:
Player Receptions Yards TD (yards) 2-PT
Clayton Idato 4 54 1
Nick Giovanangeli 1 38
Lachlan Jenson 1 18 1 (18)
Kick Return:
Player Returns Yards
Jamie Weeks 2 27
Mitchell Warters 1 12
Tim Clulow 1 11
Defense:
Player Tackles (For Loss) Other
Gabriel Marambio 7 (1) Pass Knockdown
Hugh Delaney 6 (4) 2 Sacks, Forced Fumble
Tristan Ireland 6 INT returned 51 yards
Andrew Asher 6 (1)
Marcos Delana 6 (1)
Erhron Noakes 4 (1) INT returned 43 yards
Tim Clulow 3 (2) Forced Fumble, Recovery returned 3 yards
Jamie Weeks 3 INT returned 31 yards for TD
Zahir Razak 3 (1)
Jamie McGrory 3
Matt Power 2 (1) 2 Sacks, Pass Knockdown
Anders Tracey 2
Matt Wilson 2
Nick Kondilios 1 (1) Sack, Fumble Recovery
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