BURLINGTON VIPERS FOOTBALL

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Vipers Can't Get On Track, Fall to Team Money 20-0

The Vipers dropped their third straight game to end their Tier 2 schedule, falling 20-0 to Team Money. The Vipers will now have a three week break before the season resumes with their CC League schedule later in August.

The Vipers offense couldn't put it together Sunday, turning the ball over on downs on several occasions. Mike Horrigan threw one interception, and Kevin Stasila was called on to punt twice, with the remaining possessions ending in yards not gained.

On defense the Vipers played well, but a couple short fields in the first half did not give them much ground to defend and they surrendered three touchdowns, with Team Money adding a punt single in the fourth quarter. Gord Settle had one sack, and Kyle Hope picked off a pass to end a Team Money drive.

The Vipers next action comes on Sunday, August 19, with a 9:00am kick-off against the Falcons.

Another Downpour Soaks Vipers, Lose To Scoregasms 19-13

Vipers were hit with a case of deja vu as another torrential downpour hit the city Sunday, and the rain only served to stall the Vipers offense from pulling out a victory. The sodden ball was difficult to throw, catch and kick, and a number of promising drives were derailed by this.

Mike Horrigan threw two touchdowns, and ran in a one-point convert, but had four passes picked off. Two of the interceptions were returned for touchdowns by the Scoregasms, with a pick-six coming just before and just after the halftime break. Tony Gingras was on the receiving end of a touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage, and Kevin Stasila caught his second touchdown of the year later in the first half.

The Vipers defense did well, only surrendering the one touchdown in the third quarter. Gord Settle came up with a timely sack to thwart one drive, and Kevin Keegan picked off a pass to add to his all-time leading total for the team.
Slow Fat Guys Come Out On Top, Beat Vipers 21-12

The Vipers dropped a 21-12 decision to the Slow Fat Guys, who's name belied their ability. SFG's short passing game caught the  Vipers defense off guard, carving their way to two early touchdowns. and keying them to the victory.

Mike Horrigan threw two touchdowns against two interceptions in the effort, leading the team to a late touchdown to give the Vipers a glimmer of hope. Gord Settle and Jeremy Cruz caught the two touchdown passes from the Vipers pivot.

Despite early struggles that lead to a couple of scores, the defense tightened up as the game approached halftime and then did what they could to keep the Vipers in it. Tony Gingras snagged two interceptions and Leon Newcombe added a sack in the effort.

Defensive Perfection, Vipers Blank Offenders 25-0


Keyed by a staunch defensive effort, the Vipers earned their first shutout in team history, keeping a clean scoresheet and winning the game 25-0 over fellow C League opponent, the Offenders.


Jeremy Cruz led the offensive effort with one touchdown receiving and one touchdown rushing. Gord Settle added another touchdown on the second play from scrimmage, and Tony Gingras scored the final Vipers major. Kevin Stasila caught a one-point convert to finish off the scoring. Mike Horrigan had a fine day passing, throwing three touchdowns, two on long bombs, against one interception on a tipped ball.


The defense, however, was the story of the day. Tony Gingras had his team leading fifth interception on the season, and Kevin Keegan had his 20th career interception to lead the Vipers all-time list. Lucas Palamarchuk and Mike Horrigan both picked off their first passes as Vipers and Scott Corbett and Cam Booth also intercepted Offender passes. On the rush, Gord Settle had two sacks and added a batted ball. Despite the Offenders having a couple of short fields to work with in the third quarter, the defense held firm and either forced an interception or a turnover on downs.


The Vipers next action will happen next Sunday, July 15, at Palmer versus the Slow Fat Guys. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:00pm.



Vipers Slowed Down By Rain, Lose to Knibb High 8-6

A driving rainstorm doused the attacks of both teams Sunday at Pearson, as both teams slogged to only fourteen combined points, but it was Knibb High that came away as victors with an 8-6 victory over the Vipers.

Mike Horrigan threw a first quarter touchdown to Kevin Stasila, who had to overcome a wet ball, the coverage, the back line of the end zone and a pair of falling pants to haul in the score. Knibb High responded with an unconverted score in the second quarter following a long drive. The margin of victory was a pair of punt singles in the third quarter from Knibb High. The fourth quarter provided no scoring for either side.

Tony Gingras did his best to try and spark the Vipers on defense as he picked off three Knibb High passes including one with under two minutes to play that gave the Vipers one final chance to mount a comeback.

With the loss, the Vipers fall to 1-4 and will play in the C League after the split. The next game will come after the Canada Day break against fellow C League competition, the Offenders, on July 8 at Palmer. Kickoff is at 9:00am
Comeback Falls Short, Vipers Lose To Jack Daniels 27-24

Despite heroic efforts by Mike Horrigan and Leon Newcombe, the Vipers attempt to fight back from a 15-point deficit came up just short on the last play of the game. Horrigan threw four touchdowns, three of them to Leon Newcombe, with Jon Kenny accounting for the other major score. However all four of the Viper touchdowns went unconverted, which could have provided the winning points.

Jack Daniels scored on four of their first five possessions, carving up the Viper defense with ease, with the Grays with their last touchdown halfway through the third to go ahead 27-12. Horrigan then led Vipers on an 80-yard drive that culminated with a 15-yard pass to Newcombe, who danced around two JD tags to score his second touchdown of the day to make the score 27-18.  On the ensuing possession, after having a rough start to the game, Kevin Keegan stepped in front of a Jeremy McKeon pass and returned it into Jack Daniels territory.  A few plays later, in his gunslinger fashion, Horrigan hit Newcombe again with a long bomb just after the three minute warning to bring the Vipers to within three, 27-24.

All Jack Daniels needed to do was run out the clock. After the Vipers were called for Pass Interference on the second play, three running plays would have been enough to end the game. However, on second down, McKeon floated a pass over the middle that the Vipers Tony Gingras snagged and ran back for  a modest return. With one timeout and a minute and thirty-eight seconds on the clock, the Vipers still had a shot.

Using the hurry-up offense, Horrigan drove the Vipers down to the JD thirty-five yard line with seven seconds left on the clock. His bomb into the end zone was aimed at Beau Oliver, but two JD defensive backs converged to break up the play. The referees were unmoved by the Vipers appeals for Pass Interference, and the game finished at 27-24.

The Vipers next action comes this Sunday, June 24 at Pearson against Knibb High. Kickoff is at 9:00am.
Vipers have no answer for Bills, lose 26-0

Despite the return of Bryan LeTourneau at quarterback for the day, the Vipers couldn't mount much of an attack in dropping a shutout decision to the Fox40Bills on Thursday. LeTourneau was able to find a few targets on the evening but couldn't advance the ball into scoring territory, and was relieved in the third quarter by Tony Gingras. Kevin Stasila closed out the game at quarterback, and all three pivots threw an interception during their time under center.

The defense did their best to keep the team in the game with both Kyle Hope and Beau Oliver intercepting Bills passes to snuff out promising drives. Oliver's pick moved him past Cam Booth into second on the Vipers all time interceptions list, behind Kevin Keegan. Leon Newcombe added his second sack of the year as well.

The Vipers have the weekend off and will return to action on Sunday. June 17 at 9:00am, vs. Jack Daniels at Pearson.

Horrigan Puts On Air Show, Vipers Ground Falcons 20-6


Despite the absence of the team's top two deep threats in Gord Settle and Troy Edmonds, Vipers quarterback Mike Horrigan aired it out anyways and efficiently led the Vipers to a comprehensive 20-6 victory over the Falcons at Pearson Sunday.

Horrigan threw for three touchdowns against one interception, finding Leon Newcombe twice for major scores in the first half, and then exploiting a blown coverage in the third quarter for an 80-yard catch-and-run touchdown to Kyle Hope. Jeremy Cruz added two one-point converts to round out the scoring. The Vipers pivot also led the team on a long drive in the fourth quarter, that, while not leading to any points, took a lot of time off the clock and left the Falcons with no time to mount a comeback.

The Vipers defense was stout in some points and bend-but-don't break in others, and frustrated the Falcons all day. Matt Nishimura snuffed out a promising Falcons drive with a third quarter interception, and Joe Savelson ended each of the third and fourth quarters with interceptions. Newcombe and Hope made contributions on the defensive side of the ball as well with one sack each.

The Vipers next action comes Thursday, June 7 at Aldershot against the Fox40 Bills. Kickoff is at 7:00pm.
Vipers Fall In Opener, 20-14 to Greatest Show On Turf

Despite a strong effort to pull victory from the jaws of defeat, the Vipers lost their season opener, falling 20-14 to GHTFA newcomers Greatest Show On Turf.

Mike Horrigan threw two early interceptions, but rebounded later in the game and responded with two scoring strikes, hitting a wide open Gord Settle with a third quarter bomb for one major score and a late fourth quarter pass to Troy Edmonds for the second. Kyle Hope rounded out the scoring by catching a pass for a two-point convert.

While the defense started out a little shaky, they found their form later in the game to give the offense a chance to pull out the win. Beau Oliver made the stat sheet as he picked off the Shows John O'Brien in the end zone to snuff out a certain scoring threat.

The Vipers will look to return to their winning ways as they meet up with the Falcons for their first-ever meeting on Sunday, June 3 at Pearson. Kick-off is scheduled for 9:00am.

2018 Schedule Released

The Golden Horseshoe Touch Football Association released it's 2018 season, and it features plenty of new opponents for the Burlington Vipers.

The season will kick off with the Vipers traditional opening day match-up against the Beavers. In the four seasons of the Vipers existence, this will be the third time the Vipers will begin the season playing the Beavers, with the record in those games being 2-1 for the Vipers. The season is then fairly compacted with all nine Tier 2 games coming in the first nine weeks of the season. The Vipers will play three games in seventeen days against teams that could be considered rivals in the Fox40 Bills, Jack Daniels and Knibb High all one after the other.

The Vipers will face four unfamiliar teams this season, in the Falcons, The Offenders, Scoregasms C and SFG. Offenders are a reconstituted group featuring many players from the old Offenders team and the Pie Rats (who folded this off season), and Scoregasms C will be one half of the Scoregasms team from last year with some new additions. The other teams are ones that have come down from Tier 1 last year, being second-year team the Falcons and the veteran Slow Fat Guys.

The split will occur after the July 29 game vs. Team Money, when the Vipers will learn if they have been seeded into the B or CC league. However, when play resumes after the August holiday weekend, the schedule will be more spread out, with the final four games being spread out through the last seven weeks of the season before the playoffs start on September 30.

With there being ten teams in Tier 2 then being split into two five-team leagues, the playoffs will feature a quarter-final game on September 30 at 9:00am, with the victor playing a Double-header that day vs. the League's first place team at Noon. Second and third place will also play that day at 10:30am. The GHTFA Championship Sunday will take place on Sunday October 14 at Nelson Stadium.

Training camp has already begun with the Vipers practicing at Central Park in Burlington. The Vipers will practice every Sunday at Central Park until the start of the season.

 2018
 GHTFA
 SEASON
 
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5/27
G.S.O.T.
L 14-20
0-1-0
6/3
Falcons
W 20-6
1-1-0
6/7
Fox40 Bills
L 0-26
1-2-0
6/17
Jack Daniels
L 24-27
1-3-0
6/24
Knibb High
L 6-8
1-4-0
7/8
Offenders
W 25-0
2-4-0
7/15
SFG
L 12-21
2-5-0
7/22
Scoregasms
L 13-19
2-6-0
7/29
Team Money
L 0-20
2-7-0
8/19
Falcons
L 6-7
2-8-0
8/26
Offenders
W 18-15
3-8-0
9/9
Scoregasms
W 35-0
4-8-0
9/23
Jack Daniels
L 19-20
4-9-0
The schedule can also be found on ghtfa.org. In case of disagreement, the ghtfa.org schedule is the correct one.

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