Game 12 – UTS vs Predators at St. George

The Gators final game of the regular season saw them face the 6-4 Northwestern Predators in a rematch of their round 7 encounter. The Gators dominated the Predators in their first meeting and once again, despite a very slow start on offense, the Gators eventually prevailed, cruising to a 28-6 victory. The Predators were in a must-win situation to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals and took the field fired-up, ready to play some physical football. Despite numerous cheap shots and dirty tactics by the Predators, the Gators still won the physical battle on both sides of the ball, ending Northwestern’s hopes for a playoff berth.

Vincent Mante

RB Vincent Mante voted MVP by Gator players

Still struggling to fill the position of running back due to injuries, this week the nod went to second year slotback, Vincent Mante, who, it turns out, is a natural. With little to no experience at the position, Mante still managed to rack up 105 yards on 31 carries, including 2 touchdowns and a 2-point conversion run. It also helped that the Gator offensive line was focused and determined to redeem themselves following last week’s loss to the Central Coast and they did just that. Giving Mante rests, the Gator linebackers each tried their hand at running back for short stints, all with success; Andrew Asher powered his way to 8 yards on 2 carries up the middle, as did Gabriel Marambio who also charged into the endzone untouched for a touchdown on one of his two 4 yard runs. Marcos Delana led the linebacker crew in rushing yards with 31 yards on 2 carries and a 16 yard touchdown run, leaving would-be tacklers wondering what just happened but Jamie McGrory holds the high average with 29 yards on a single carry that set up Mante’s second TD on the 2 yard line.

The Gator defense was outstanding, yet again, proving why they are atop the league’s power rankings with the fewest points allowed this season. UTS defenders routinely met Northwestern’s ball-carriers in the backfield and pressured the Predators quarterback all game long, forcing him to scramble and throw the ball away more often than not. Except for three big plays, which accounted for 119 of Northwestern’s 123 total offensive yards, the UTS defense stymied virtually everything the Predators attempted, by out-hitting, out-hustling and out-smarting them.

Next week sees the beginning of the Gridiron NSW playoffs, where the Gators will face the second ranked, 11-1 Sydney University Lions in what is sure to be another physically grinding game. It’s a do-or-die game and the Gators feel confident they can topple the mighty Lions. The second semi-final will see the Western Sydney Pirates try to defend their #1 ranking against the fourth ranked Sutherland Seahawks.

Come on down to 5 Sports, Caringbah to cheer your UTS Gators on to victory and a berth in Waratah Bowl XXXI!

Kickoff at 3:30 pm, Saturday, December 6th.

Statistical Leaders (Game)

Player Comp/Att Yards TD (Yards) 2-PT INT
Peter Tos 3/30 74 2
Player Rushes Yards TD (yards) 2-point
Vincent Mante 31 105 2 (3, 2) 1
Marcos Delana 2 31 1 (16)
Jamie McGrory 1 29
Nick Giovanangeli 4 17
Peter Tos 3 9
Gabriel Marambio 2 8 1 (4)
Andrew Asher 2 8
Player Receptions Yards TD (yards) 2-PT
Clayton Idato 6 32
Nicolas Giovanangeli 3 19
Ben Loudon 2 11
Jim Close 1 9
Marcos Delana 1 4
Kick Return:
Player Returns Yards
Marcos Delana 1 28
Player Tackles (For Loss) Other
Andrew Asher 10 (4) Sack
Jamie McGrory 5 (2) Fumble Recovery
Marcos Delana 4 (3) Sack
Nick Kondilios 4 (1) Fumble Recovery
Ryan King 3 (2) Sack, Forced Fumble
Gabriel Marambio 3 (1)
Matthew Power 2 (2)
Tristan (Cheese) Ireland 2
Ramy Bchai 2
Tim Clulow 1 (1) Blocked Punt
Erhron Noakes 1
Hugh Delaney 1
Tristan Sugden 1
Matt Wilson 1
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