Division 1 Remains Undefeated

As the mercury in Sydney rose, so too did the heat on the field at Neptune Park as your UTS Gators Women and Division One teams took to the field.  The Women Gators kicked off the action against the reigning […]

Gators Open Season Unbeaten

Your UTS Gators traveled south to Corrimal (Wollongong) for their season openers this past Saturday and all three teams came to play! Getting the day off to a good start, the Gator Colts faced off against the defending GNSW Colts […]

2017 Expression of Interest

Looking at joining Gridiron this year? We’re currently looking out for fresh faces who are interested in joining UTS Gridiron Club for this season as the 2017 season is just around the corner! We have the following teams under the […]

Colts are Kookaburra Bowl Bound!

Following a gutsy performance, the UTS Gators Colts team has knocked off #2 ranked West Sydney Pirates to advance to the Kookaburra Bowl!  With a very strong defensive effort, the Gators held the Pirates scoreless in the 2nd half to […]

Gators Advance to Semi Finals

In a spectacular performance, the UTS Colts Gators have secured a place in the 2016 Gridiron NSW Semi Final after demolishing the Wollongong Brumbies at Lidcombe Oval last Saturday 40 – 0.  Despite several starters getting limited playing  time due […]


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)

Player Comp/Att Yards TD (Yards) 2-PT INT
Peter Tos 5/9 72 1 (18) 1
Brad Leech 2/5 39 1
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)
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
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

Game 9 – UTS vs Lions at Kyeemagh

This week’s matchup between the UTS Gators and Sydney University Lions was the most highly anticipated contest of this season in Gridiron NSW Division One. Sydney University was stunned in week 2 when the West Sydney Pirates handed them their first defeat in 99 games and the Lions were clearly well-prepared coming into this week and determined not to let it happen again at the hands of the Gators.

RB Freddie Khouiss

RB Freddie Khouiss finds running room on way to pay-dirt

The Gators played hard the whole game but numerous turnovers and an aggressive Sydney University running game were the Gators undoing as Sydney University gave UTS its first loss of the season, 19-40.

UTS took the ball first to open the game and looked impressive on their first two plays as running back Freddie Khouiss gained good yards and a first down. On the third play of the drive, quarterback Brad Leech’s pass was intercepted by the Lions which led to an 11 play, 48 yard scoring drive and put the Gators behind 0-6 early in the first quarter.

The Gators offense again looked impressive, albeit briefly, on their next possession gaining 18 yards in four plays behind Freddie Khouiss’ rushing and Leech completed two passes to slotback Matthew Schwarz and receiver Thomas Granger for 5 yards apiece but once again, Leech was intercepted and the Lions took the ball. The UTS defensive unit came out strong and forced 4-and-outs on SU’s next two possessions while UTS’s offense struggled and went 4-and-out on its next four possessions.

FS Jamie McGrory

Safety Jamie McGrory wraps up a Lion

Nearing the end of the 1st quarter, it was looking as though the game would be a series of punts back and forth but Sydney University broke the trend and got their ground game going and gouged the Gators for 51 yards in 9 plays before the Gator defense stopped them on 4th down at the UTS 12 yard line for a turnover on downs.

Sydney University capitalized on a long punt return just before the end of the 1st quarter which put them on the Gators 1 yard-line. It only took one play to punch it into the endzone for a 0-12 lead. SU put together another time-consuming, 10 play drive on their next possession and were again halted by a UTS defensive stop on 4th down as the secondary blanketed the Lions receivers forcing four consecutive incomplete passes and on 4th down, defensive end Tim Clulow tipped the Lions pass at the line for the turnover on downs.

The UTS offense came out energized by the defense’s efforts and began moving the ball with a good mix of run and pass but the drive stalled at midfield and the Gators were again forced to punt. Despite poor field position, the Lions had their ground game humming and churned their way down the field for their third straight unanswered touchdown, stretching the lead to 0-19 with time running out in the first half.

SB Matt Schwarz

SB Matt Schwarz bails out the offense with a catch over the middle

The ensuing kickoff was returned by wide receiver Justin Fatu-Leota 25 yards to midfield and 5 plays later, UTS got on the board with a 25 yard touchdown run by tailback, Tommy Benson and great blocking by the offensive line making the halftime score, 6-19 in favour of Sydney University.

The Lions started the 2nd half with the ball and wasted no time stretching their lead by scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions  and putting the Gators in a very deep hole trailing 6-33 midway through the 3rd quarter. On the Gators second possession of the half, Leech was intercepted for a third time and it looked as though the wind had completely gone out of their sails but on the Lions next play, linebacker Gabriel Marambio stripped the ball loose from a Lions receiver and nose tackle Jim Close pounced on the ball to give new life to the Gators.

The Gator offense took the momentum and marched 44 yards in 7 plays, scoring on a 14 yard pass from Leech to receiver Thomas Granger and making the SU lead a little less insurmountable at 13-33. Trying to capitalize further on the momentum, the Gators attempted an on-sides kick but were unable to recover the kick as it dribbled over the 10 yard boundary line. Sydney University then used the good field position to pass their way into the endzone and re-establish their 27 point lead at 13-40.

Despite the margin, there was no quit in the Gator team and their offense came out again with veteran quarterback, Peter Tos at the helm in his first action in several weeks following a calf injury, drove 48 yards, mostly on the ground, for another score as running back Freddie Khouiss bolted 15 yards for the touchdown and reignited the belief that the Gators could still come back.

Time was not on their side, however, and following one final drive, the Gators hopes were finally extinguished as a pass by Tos was picked off and Sydney University ran out the clock.

This loss ends the Gators run at an undefeated season but by no means ends their championship hopes.  The league standings now have the three perennial top teams locked in a three-way tie for first with records of 8-1 with 3 games remaining in the regular season. Assuming the Pirates, Lions and Gators win the rest of their games, the playoff seeds will be determined by point differentials which will have each team looking to rack up huge scores in their remaining games and should prove to create some very exciting football and a nail-biting run to the playoffs.

Next week sees the UTS Gators take on a resurgent Bondi Raiders team that has found good form in the second half of the season.

Come up the coast and cheer your Gators on to victory at Slade Park, Budgewoi, Central Coast. Kickoff at 1:00 pm.

Statistical Leaders (Game)

Player Comp/Att Yards TD (Yards) 2-PT INT
Brad Leech 11/24 85 1 (14) 3
Peter Tos 2/7 16 1
Thomas Granger 1/1 13
Player Rushes Yards TD (yards) 2-point
Freddie Khouiss 15 67 1 (15)
Tommy Benson 7 48 1 (25)
Marco Soriano 4 8
Brad Leech 2 8
Peter Tos 2 7
Player Receptions Yards TD (yards) 2-PT
Matthew Schwarz 8 54
Thomas Granger 3 39 1 (14)
Ben Loudon 2 19
Nick Giovanangeli 1 2
Kick Return:
Player Returns Yards
Justin Fatu-Leota 3 81
Mitchell Warters 1 18
Ben Loudon 1 13
Tuck King 1 6
Player Tackles (For Loss) Other
Marcos Delana 17 (1) Forced Fumble
Ryan King 15 (1) Pass Knockdown
Gabriel Marambio 14
Andrew Asher 11
Jamie McGrory 10
Moey Musawi 6
Jim Close 5 (1) Fumble Recovery
Matt Power 5 2 Pass Knockdowns
Stephen Marshall 5
Tim Clulow 4 (2) 2 Pass Knockdowns
Tristan Ireland 3

Game 8 – UTS vs Sharks at 5 Sports

Week nine of the Gridiron NSW competition brought the UTS Gators up against the spirited Central Coast Sharks in the first of two scheduled matchups between these two clubs this season. The Sharks have struggled this season with low player counts and injuries but their 1-5 record heading into this game does not accurately reflect the team’s heart and determination. Coach Bosco gave his players a stern warning during their week of preparation, “This game will definitely not be a cake-walk. The Sharks head coach has engineered some amazing upsets in the past, so you better switch on and play hard.”

The connection between the two head coaches goes well beyond mutual respect. The Sharks head coach, Peter Tos Sr., is Coach Bosco’s father-in-law and former team-mate from their years coaching together with the Bondi Raiders and the family connection in this game doesn’t stop there. Coach Tos also has both of his sons as players in this game, UTS quarterback, Peter Tos Jr., who was unable to play due to a calf injury and Central Coast TE/LB Rhett Tos in his rookie season in Division 1. So, with family bragging rights on the line, both coaches came out with hard-nosed defensive schemes but in the end, UTS was just too strong for the Sharks, taking out the win 34-12, in a game of tough defense and big plays.

Thomas Granger

WR Thomas Granger looks for big yards

UTS received the opening kickoff and after a 19 yard return by wide receiver, Mitchell Warters, put their offense on the field at their own 28 yard line. After 2 plays for no gain, UTS quarterback, Brad Leech found wide receiver Thomas Granger down the sideline for a 62 yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead. It looked like the game was going to be a rout after the Gator defense stuffed the Sharks on their first possession but it in fact became a defensive game.

Both offenses struggled to find any consistency as each team’s defense held the upper hand over their offensive counterparts. Early in the 2nd quarter, Central Coast tied the game at 6-6 with an 85 yard pass completion from their own 1 yard line that set up a 4 yard touchdown run. The rest of the 2nd quarter was highlighted by turnovers, first an interception by UTS cornerback, Stephen Marshall followed by a Brad Leech fumble recovered by Central Coast who then fumbled three plays later on a solid hit by UTS slotback, Clayton Idato, pulling double duty this week as linebacker, and recovered by Stephen Marshall.

Jamie Weeks

CB Jamie Weeks takes it to the house

UTS punted on their next possession after gaining only 4 yards. With just 43 seconds remaining in the first half, Central Coast came out passing, trying desperately to gain the lead and go into halftime ahead of the league leaders but an aggressive break on the ball by cornerback, Jamie Weeks, ended in a 61 yard interception return for a touchdown that put UTS back in front 14-6 at halftime.

Midway through the 3rd quarter, the Gator offense finally managed to churn down the field for a 6 play, 48 yard scoring drive with a 17 yard pass completion from Leech to slotback Tom Newbold and solid running by Marco Soriano including a 4 yard touchdown run and a successful 2-point conversion run to stretch the UTS lead to 22-6.

Following yet another 4-and-out performance by the defense, The Gators’ next offensive drive looked good, as a 38 yard pass from Leech to wide receiver, Nicolas Giovanangeli and more solid running by Soriano, got the offense down to the Central Coast 2 yard line.  Looking for the endzone, Leech’s pass was intercepted and returned the length of the field for a Sharks touchdown and narrowed the Gator lead to 22-12 as the 4th quarter began.

Midway through the 4th quarter, UTS got their offensive mojo back for one more scoring drive, going 50 yards in 11 plays to effectively seal the victory with the score at 28-12 and only 4:20 left in the game.  As the game clock wound down to 1:03 remaining, Central Coast intercepted Leech again on their own 39 yard line and sent their offense onto the field for one last ditch effort to make the score a little more respectable. The Sharks took to the air but on 3rd down and 3 to go, their quarterback was sacked by defensive end, Tim Clulow, knocking the ball loose. The fumble was recovered by defensive tackle, Tristan Sugden, who returned it 41 yards for a touchdown as time expired, giving UTS a 34-12 victory.

Statistical Leaders (Game)

Player Comp/Att Yards TD (Yards) 2-PT INT
Brad Leech 15/32 208 1 (62) 1 2
Player Rushes Yards TD (yards) 2-point
Marco Soriano 10 23 2 (4, 2) 1
Thomas Granger 2 22
Tommy Benson 17 15
Player Receptions Yards TD (yards) 2-PT
Thomas Granger 6 103 1 (62)
Nick Giovanangeli 1 38
Ben Loudon 4 36
Tom Newbold 1 17
Tushar Issar 2 8 1
Kick Return:
Player Returns Yards
Mitchell Warters 2 49
Jamie Weeks 2 41
Clayton Idato 1 13
Player Tackles (For Loss) Other
Marcos Delana 10 (1) Sack
Gabriel Marambio 6
Clayton Idato 5 Forced Fumble
Tim Clulow 4 (4) Forced Fumble, 2 Sacks, Batted Pass
Ryan King 4 (1)
Matt Power 3 (3) 3 Sacks
Stephen Marshall 3 (1) INT, Fumble Recovery
Tristan Sugden 2 (1) Fumble Recovery returned 41 yards for TD
Daniel Nguyen 2
Hugh Delaney 1 (1) Sack
Jamie Weeks INT returned 61 yards for TD

Game 7 – vs. Seahawks at Kyeemagh

The UTS Gators entered this week with a little extra motivation – to shut down the Sutherland Seahawks high-scoring offense and prove the quality of the Gator defense once again. There is no love lost between these two clubs and it showed from the outset with a very physical game. The Seahawks hung tough with UTS through the first 2 quarters, tying the game at 14-14 with under 2 minutes remaining in the first half before UTS drove the length of the field in a minute, twenty seconds for a touchdown to go into half-time with a slim 22-14 lead. The Gators came out in the second half with all of the momentum and quickly ran away with the game to claim a 44-20 victory and remain the only unbeaten team in Gridiron NSW, Division 1 at 7-0.

The game began as a defensive struggle in the first quarter with neither team able to really gain any traction on offense until UTS put together a solid 30 yard drive behind running back Freddie Khouiss, down to the Sutherland 4 yard-line.  UTS was unable to capitalize, however, as the Seahawk defense pressured UTS quarterback Brad Leech into a bad pass that was intercepted in the endzone and returned out to the 37 yard-line. The Seahawks took advantage of the momentum swing and marched down the field for the game’s opening score and putting the Gators in a very unfamiliar position, trailing 0-6.

The true grit and determination of this year’s Gators team shone through at this point, instead of dropping their heads and laying down, the Gators dug deep and responded in impressive form. On their next possession, the Gator offense took the ball on their own 22 yard-line and made it look easy as they went 58 yards in 4 plays for the tying touchdown. A 35 yard pass reception from Leech to wide receiver Nick Giovanangeli got things rolling, followed by an 8 yard reception to slotback Jim Close and 2 runs of 6 and 9 yards by running back Fred Khouiss put the Gators into the endzone. A successful 2-point conversion run by Khouiss put UTS ahead 8-6 early in the second quarter.

The Gator defense came out, fired up by the offense’s performance and did their job to keep the momentum in UTS’s favor, pounding Sutherland and forcing them into 2 consecutive 4-and-outs, stopping 2 4th down attempts.

RB Tommy Benson

Rookie RB Tommy Benson breaks a tackle

Utilizing the good field position provided by the defense, the Gator offense backed up their first scoring drive with another impressive drive of 42 yards in 9 plays. Rookie running back, Tommy Benson, who has impressed Head Coach Rocco Bosco with his tenacious running and dramatic improvement week to week, got the nod for this possession and quickly gained 12 yards in 2 plays. A quick end-around run by wide receiver Ben Loudon gained 10 yards and another first down and following a defensive penalty, put the Gators on the Seahawks 15 yard-line and looking to score. Going into their heavy-set formation, UTS powered their way into the endzone for a 14-6 lead.

Nearing the end of the 2nd quarter, Sutherland got their short-passing game going and churned their way 48 yards down the field for a score to tie the game at 14-14 with an 8 yard pass reception and a successful 2-point conversion.

With 1:22 remaining in the half, the Seahawks were visibly excited, believing they would go into half-time tied with the top team in the league but a minute and twenty two seconds was just enough time for this determined Gator offense to go 61 yards in 11 plays for the go-ahead score and send the Seahawks into the half demoralized. The Gators spread the ball around, completely confusing the Seahawks defense as they methodically gained yards and managed the clock to perfection. Four sideline receptions by receiver Thomas Granger for 31 yards and another reception by receiver Justin Fatu-Leota for 10 yards accounted for the bulk of the drive which was capped off by a 2 yard touchdown run by QB Brad Leech and a 2-point conversion pass completion from Leech to Granger again gave the Gators a half-time lead of 22-14.

DT Matt Wilson

DT Matt Wilson forces fumble

As the Seahawks took the ball to start the 3rd quarter, the Gator defense amped up the pressure and stopped them on their next four possessions, only allowing a total of 17 yards. The Seahawks first possession of the 2nd half was stopped on 4th & 1 as their QB, running an option was hit hard by linebacker Andrew Asher, bounced off only to be crushed by defensive tackle Matt Wilson which knocked the ball loose. The fumble was recovered by the Seahawks running back who was immediately smothered by defensive end Matt Power for a 3 yard loss and a turnover on downs. Their next 3 possessions were stopped on 4th downs by a pass broken up by Andrew Asher, who would have had a pick-six if he was just a few inches taller, a sack by defensive linemen Hugh Delaney and Ryan King and a fumble forced by Matt Power and recovered by UTS.

The Gators picked up 3 more touchdowns in the 3rd quarter with a 47 yard run by Freddie Khouiss as he tip-toed through a massive hole opened up by the offensive line, a 4 yard run by Tommy Benson and a 13 yard run by veteran running back Marco Soriano as the UTS offensive line continued to wear down the Sutherland defensive front seven.

The 4th quarter turned into a defensive match-up again as both offenses struggled and Sutherland picked up a defensive touchdown when they returned a UTS fumble 40 yards inside the 2-minute warning but at this stage, the game was out of reach. Keeping with the current theme, the UTS defense picked up a safety and two points on the Seahawks 2-point conversion attempt when defensive end Tim Clulow tipped the pass at the line of scrimmage and game MVP, Marcos Delana intercepted the ball in the endzone and went the length of the field, juking the Seahawks QB and out-running the rest of the team to finalize the score and give UTS the victory at 44-20.

Next week sees UTS face the Central Coast Sharks in what should be another physical contest. Come cheer your Gators on to victory at 5 Sports in Caringbah. Kick-off at 6:30 pm.

Statistical Leaders (Game)

Player Comp/Att Yards TD 2-PT INT
Brad Leech 11/26 109 0 1 2
Player Rushes Yards TD (yards) 2-point
Freddy Khouiss 25 135 3 (9, 11, 47) 1
Tommy Benson 9 45 1 (4) 1
Brad Leech 6 40 1 (2)
Marco Soriano 5 31 1 (13)
Player Receptions Yards TD (yards) 2-PT
Nick Giovanangeli 1 35
Thomas Granger 5 34 1
Ben Loudon 2 13
Kick Return:
Player Returns Yards
Freddie Khouiss 3 52
Matt Wilson 1 8
Player Tackles (For Loss) Other
Marcos Delana 10 (1) Forced Fumble, INT returned 80 yds for Safety
Gabriel Marambio 7 (1)
Ryan King 6 (5) Sack
Andrew Asher 6 (1) Fumble Recovery returned 8 yds
Tim Clulow 5 (4) Sack, 1 Batted Ball
Matt Power 5 (3) Forced Fumble
Moey Musawi 4
Hugh Delaney 3 (2) Sack
Jamie McGrory 3 (1)
Jason Felsch 3
Kevin Zaw 3
Matt Wilson 2 (1) Forced Fumble

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