Monday, August 31, 2009

Novato Stingers vs Central Marin Chargers - Aug. 30

Robbie Cassee catches a pass from Tommy Sanz to open the game!

I spent yesterday afternoon taking photos at the Novato vs. Central Marin youth football games. While I had a great time on the sidelines, I ended up getting a lot more sun than I needed. I think my forehead is going to peel later this week.

The photos from the Novato Stingers game are now available on the 2009 Novato Stingers Shutterfly site. I also took pictures during the Novato Yellow Jackets game and those photos are posted on the Novato Yellow Jackets Football Shutterfly site.

Game Summary

The Novato Stingers opened their 2009 season with a hard-fought 14-0 win over the Central Marin Chargers at Terra Linda High School. After a promising opening play for a 25-yard completion over the middle from quarterback Tommy Sanz to tight-end Robbie Cassée, the game devolved into a tight, defensive struggle and the game was tied 0-0 at half-time.

The Stingers opened it up in the third-quarter with a strong drive capped by a rushing touchdown by half-back Ben Putman and a Sanz-to-Putman-to-Daniel “Hoppy” Hopkins rushing point-after-touchdown (PAT). On the following drive, Novato scored after another drive on a long pass from Sanz to Cassée in the end-zone. Putman rushed around the left side untouched for the second PAT pushing the score to 14-0.

Novato nearly scored again on an interception by cornerback Alec Ball, but a blocking in the back penalty brought the ball back to the point of the turnover.

“This is a great way to start our season,” said head-coach John Jones. Jones also pointed out that “our kids played a complete game against a really tough opponent today.”

Game standouts included the entire Novato defense, which held the Chargers to only one first-down all day and the Stingers offensive-line which effectively protected the quarterback and opened up many holes for a swarm of Novato runners. The Stingers starting offensive-line is Sam Mina (C), Daniel Hopkins (G), Ryan Johnson (T), Johnny Viezcas (T) and John “J.P.” Hernandez (G). The equally effective second-string is Brandon Camal (C), Anthony Balestrieri (T), Leondardo Madrigal (G), Joseph Navarro (G) and Drew Larkin (T).

Final Score: Novato Stingers 14, Central Marin Chargers 0

Here are some additional photo highlights from the game.

Coach Jones gets his players fired up before the game

The Stringers swarm Central Marin, holding them to one first-down all day!

Ben Putman going in to score the first points of the day

Robbie Cassee makes the catch for a touchdown

Alec Ball after making the interception

Cheers! - Jason

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