FOX40 Bills Hammer Vipers, 37-14
The FOX40 Bills scored on their first four possessions, taking an early stranglehold they never let go of, as the cruised to a 37-14 victory over the Vipers on a rainy Thursday night affair at Aldershot.
Mike Horrigan threw two touchdown passes against three interceptions, with both majors being scored by Gord Settle. Brad McNamara added a two-point convert to round out the Vipers scoring. On defense, Settle also had two sacks, while Kevin Stasila recorded his first interception of the year.
With the loss the Vipers fall to 0-2 within the B League and 5-4 overall on the year. The next game action takes place on Sunday at Noon, as the team takes on Knibb High at Palmer.
Colin Donovan threw for three touchdowns and Lee Park had three interceptions as Knibb High defeated the Vipers, 18-6 at Pearson today. The Vipers offense wasn't able to get on track until later in the game, and Knibb High took advantage of several wide open receivers to mount their attack.
Gord Settle was the lone bright spot for the Vipers, scoring the team's only points on a fourth quarter touchdown, and recorded three sacks on defense, Tony Gingras added an interception on defense as well.
Vipers have a long break until their next game, playing a Thursday night affair at Aldershot against the Fox40 Bills on August 17.
GHTFA SECOND HALF SCHEDULES SET
The split has finally occurred, and in somewhat of a surprising turn of events, Knibb High will be joining the Vipers, Team Money and the Fox40 Bills in the B League for the second half of the regular season.
The Multiple Scoregasms already had a 13-12 victory over Knibb High earlier this season, so all they needed was a win over the Pie Rats on Sunday to lock up their spot in the B loop. However, Pie Rats didn't just roll over and instead spanked the newcomers, 31-13. Not only did that result in all three teams sporting identical 3-4 records, but all three teams also finished 1-1 against each other.
The second tie-breaker was then used to break the logjam, and on the strength of allowing only 118 points to the Pie Rats 133 and the Scoregasms 188, Knibb High will move up to the B League and Scoregasms and Pie Rats will join Jack Daniels and the Beavers in the CC League.
VIPERS FALL TO FOX40 BILLS
Despite a strong effort, the Vipers went down in defeat to the Fox40 Bills on Thursday night at Aldershot, by a score of 30-0
Tony Gingras, in at quarterback for the absent Mike Horrigan, was intercepted three times as the team wasn't able to find the endzone for the first time this season
Lucas Palamarchuk recorded a sack, and Kevin Keegan made a highlight reel interception for two of the few bright spots on the evening.
The Vipers next game action will come Sunday, July 30 when they take on Knibb High at Pearson.
VIPERS CHOKE OFF SCOREGASMS, 46-6
The Vipers set a team record for scoring offense in an important victory Sunday. Mike Horrigan threw five touchdowns to key the Vipers to a 46-6 victory over the Multiple Scoregasms at Palmer this afternoon. Jeremy Cruz had two receiving touchdowns, Kyle Hope added a return touchdown off the second half kick-off, Tony Gingras added a rushing touchdown and Kevin Stasila, Jon Kenney and Brad McNamara also scored majors. Cam Booth had a two-point convert, and Gord Settle and Brad McNamara scored one point converts as well.
The Vipers defense was almost perfect and tied a team record for least points allowed, not allowing a touchdown until the Scoregasms final drive after the game was well in hand. The first three Scoregasm drives ended in interceptions and the Vipers rushers chased the Scoregasms quarterbacks around the field. Scott Corbett picked off three passes, tying a team record, and Beau Oliver also added an interception. Kyle Hope tallied four sacks and Gord Settle added two other take-downs, stuffing the Scoregasms attack until Matt Walker scored for the visitors on the last play of the game.
With the win, the Vipers improve to 5-1 on the season and lock up at least third spot in the Tier 2 league before the split. The team's next action will be at Aldershot at 7:00pm this Thursday (July 20), vs. the Fox 40 Bills.
After two years of toiling at or near the basement of the C League, the Vipers are confirmed as a B League team for 2017.
After last Sundays victory over Pie Rats and with Knibb High's loss to Team Money, the Vipers were mathematically unable to finish lower than fourth in the Tier 2 League, and therefore locked up a spot in the B League after the split. Vipers further solidified their spot in the B League by ventilating the Multiple Scoregasms today, 46-6, and positioning themselves as unable to finish lower than third.
The Vipers next game, on Thursday, July 20, will go a long way to determining order of finish in the Tier 2 league. The winner of the game against Fox40 Bills will finish second, and the loser in third. While this will largely have no bearing on positioning after the split, it will determine league scheduling.
The Vipers hung on to win against a tough Pie Rats team 25-20, in a battle of two sides likely to finish in the top half of the Tier 2 League. The Vipers relied on some timely big plays and ball-control offense, in addition to a strong defensive effort that forced the Pie Rats to earn every point, to key them to the win. Of note was Keith Martisius catching a 30-yard bomb in traffic on second-and-long for his first reception of the season.
Mike Horrigan leapt to the top of the Vipers all-time passing standings, throwing four touchdowns against zero interceptions. Gord Settle caught two touchdown passes to add to his team-leading total, while Jeremy Cruz and Troy Edmonds also had major scores. Kevin Stasila added a single on a kickoff to round out the scoring.
On defense, Dawit Hamilton picked off his first pass of the season, and Kyle Hope added two sacks as the defense stifled the Pie Rats attack, allowing the offense to build up a lead the Pie Rats couldn't overcome.
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.