The Stingers brought crunching, swarming defense all day long!
The photos from this Novato Stingers game are now available on the 2009 Novato Stingers Shutterfly site.
The Novato Stingers played their first home game of the season against cross-county rival, the Southern Marin Broncos, a strong team that went undefeated last year. The game started off well with the Stingers getting the ball first and then marching down the field under the fine quarterbacking of Tommy Sanz and a pesky running game. After pounding the ball on the ground, tight-end Robbie Cassée found himself wide open down the middle for a 20-yard touchdown pass from Sanz. Half-back Ben Putman put the on the finishing touch running for the PAT and Novato had the early lead 7-0.
That's when the Stinger defense got it's first chance of the day. With solid play by the defensive line, they held the Broncos in check and quickly got the ball back for the offense. And it was a routine that would be repeated throughout the day.
After Daylan Birlin recovered the ball when the Broncos mishandled a second quarter punt, the Stingers again drove the field and this time the running game did all the work. The capper was a long run by running-back Angelo Lagomarsino who took the ball around the right end and banged his way through four Bronco tacklers to get into the end-zone for a touchdown.
Novato left the field at half-time with a hard fought 13-0 lead.
The good news in the second-half was Novato wasn't through on the offense side of the ball. Putman took the ball around the left side and wove his way through the Bronco defense for a touchdown on a long run in the third quarter.
The scoring was capped in the third-quarter when running-back Alec Ball ripped off a long run to the left side for another touchdown.
As good as the Stinger offense was, it was the defense that provided the difference in the game. Building on the first-half performance, both the Black and the Gold defenses combined to hold the Broncos to a total of three first-downs and no scoring on the day. Swarms of Novato tacklers converged on every Southern Marin player who handled the ball, and there were no significant penalties to detract from the performance on the field.
"I really liked what I saw from the defensive today," said Stinger head-coach John Jones. "The boys really set a tone today and shut down a really good offense all day!"
Final Score: Novato Stingers 25, Southern Marin Broncos 0
2009 Stingers Record: 2-0
Robbie Cassée is all alone for a catch and run for a touchdown
Daylan Birlin comes up with the ball after a Bronco fumble
Angelo Lagomarsino crosses the end-zone after running over 4 tacklers
Ben Putman eyeing the end-zone on his way to a long touchdown
Alec Ball leads a herd of Broncos to the end-zone
Coach John Jones enjoys the Stingers second win of the season
Cheers! - Jason