Mike Horrigan hit Tony Gingras for a 60 yard touchdown strike on the Vipers first possession. Unfortunately, that would be the last points of the game the Vipers would score as they fell to the Fox40 Bills 19-6.
Horrigan would go on to throw four interceptions, although two of them were tipped into the hands of Bills defenders. The second of those tipped interceptions, by Bills safety Brandon Smith, snuffed out a very promising drive right after the Bills had scored their second touchdown.
The Vipers defense played well for the first half, keeping the Bills off the scoreboard. Scott Corbett picked off a pass in the endzone foe his sixth interception of the year, and Kyle Hope and Cameron Booth both recorded sacks. However the Bills marched on three straight drives in the second half and put up nineteen unanswered points to seal the victory.
With the loss, the Vipers fall to 1-4 in the B League and 6-6 on the year. The final regular season game comes on Sunday, September 24th at Pearson against Team Money. Kickoff is at 9:00am.
VIPERS ROLL IN 22-6 WIN OVER TEAM MONEY
Mike Horrigan threw two touchdowns and ran in another as the Vipers got off the schneid with a 22- 6 victory over Team Money. The loss was the first of the season for the previously undefeated Team Money.
Despite some dropped passes, a couple of early interceptions, and surrendering a first quarter touchdown, the Vipers tightened their play and marched from the second quarter on. Spurred by a safety conceded by the Greens, Horrigan led the Vipers on a smart, efficient drive that culminated with the Vipers pivot running in a score from three yards out. Horrigan then found Beau Oliver and Cameron Booth for second half majors, and then hitting Gord Settle and Brad MacNamara for one-point converts.
The defense was in fine form from the second quarter on, with Settle adding a sack, all-time interceptions leader Kevin Keegan adding a pick to his haul, and Kyle Hope with an amazing don't-quit interception of a lateral on the Team Money kick return following the Vipers second touchdown, that was easily the turning point of the game.
With the win, the Vipers improve to 1-3 with the B league and are back over .500 on the season with a 6-5 mark. The Vipers are now off for two weeks for the Labour Day break before returning to game action on September 10, vs. the Fox40 Bills, 10:30am at Palmer.
The Vipers did not play their best game today, dropping a 33-0 decision to Knibb High. The Vipers defense were flagged five time for roughing the passer, and dropped passes plagued the offensive attack.
The stats page won't need much adjusting as Mike Horrigan recorded one sack, and Brad MacNamara had a lateral intercepted to officially earn a spot on the passing charts.
With the loss, the Vipers drop the season series with Knibb High, and are winless in the B League to date. Their record is evened up at 5-5, and they hope to change their fortunes next Sunday, August 27 against Team Money at Noon at Palmer.
Central Park The New Vipers Practice Facility
For the first couple of years for the Vipers, Sycamore Park was a suitable place to practice. It was never in use, it was close for a number of players, and as it is right in the middle between Pearson and M.M. Robinson, it was local to where all of our games are played. However, with the size of the team and the stronger arms we're employing to spread the ball around, Vipers have outgrown Sycamore Park.
Therefore, as of now, all practices will now be held at Central Park. There's plenty of room and parking and it's easy for all players to get to when a practice is called. Just remember to use the New Street Entrance to the Park, and not the Guelph Line entrance.