PROSWIN BOIL FISH BOWL!
The Jets still can’t seem to beat the Pros when it matters most!
For the second time in three years, they faltered in the Commonwealth American Football League’s(CAFL)Boil Fish Bowl after winning the pennant and going into the championship game as the favorite. They even heightened the rivalry this year by publicly speaking out about their intention to dethrone the six-time champions, Orry J. Sands Pros. Well as it turned out, the Pros did all their talking on the D.W. Davis Playing Field as they powered past the Jets, 24-12, Saturday afternoon, to claim their seventh straight Boil Fish Bowl title.
For Pros’veteran quarterback Michael Foster, it was sweet redemption given what transpired last year. The Boil Fish Bowl wasn’t played last season and no champion was crowned after the Jets decided that they couldn’t honor the date in question due to the wedding of a team member. The Pros refused to play on an alternative date, and the game was consequently put off.
“If you know that you don’t have what it takes to match up on the field, then you shouldn’t talk and just hope to do your best,”said Foster.”For three years, they have been talking but this game is played on the field. I now declare that last year’s fiasco is concluded. I declare that we are the default champions from last year because we proved that we are still the best today. They want to keep talking so tell them talk that,”he added.
The game didn’t start off in the Pros’favor, but eventual Most Valuable Player Charlie Edwards got going and the Jets struggled to contain him. Edwards scored on a 46-yard sweep off right tackle in the second quarter and returned a punt 75 yards for another touchdown in the third quarter. On the punt return, he started down the right sideline, broke two tackles and then proceeded laterally cross field. He found a hole on the left side and turned it up breaking a couple more tackles on his way to a game-breaking touchdown.
“Well I always said that as long as the ball is in my hands I am capable of making things happen. They gave me a lane and I just took it to the house,”said Edwards.”I feel great. My offensive line came to me early and told me that I was going to have a good game today so I knew that they were prepared to play and open up some holes. Once they do that, the rest is up
to me and I just did it today. Where we hadn’t played in two weeks, it took some time to get back on track but once we got going, that was it for them. We are the champs and we’ve been the champs for quite a while now. It’s a good feeling and we are going to ride it for as long as we can,”he added.
After getting off to a slow start, Edwards racked up about 150 yards on the ground yesterday, and added 75 more on his game-breaking punt return for a touchdown. That score and the ensuing two-point conversion gave the Pros a 16-0 lead with 5:43 remaining in the third quarter. Both teams started off slow offensively, but as the game progressed, the Pros running game picked up while the Jets never got on track until late in the fourth quarter.
Both teams failed to score in the opening quarter as the defensive lines of both teams controlled the line of scrimmage. The Pros exhibited that performance throughout while the Jets defensive line eventually gave way to a relentless rushing attack by the Pros. It was a botched punt attempt which gave them the momentum in the second quarter though. After the Jets’punter fumbled a snap, the Pros took over on the Jets’40-yard line. Two plays later, Edwards was in the endzone for the first score of the game. Phillip Smith caught a short pass for the two-point conversion to give the Pros an 8-0 lead. Edwards’punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter gave them a two-score lead with time beginning to run out for the Jets.
“Charlie Edwards is the best football player in this country. He is not the regular kickoff returner, but I knew that if I had put him in there to return a punt, he would have made a play for us and that is exactly what he did. Big players play big,”said Pros’Head Coach Antoine Roberts.”I think that we came out with a solid game plan today. We started off a little slow but once we got into our game plan we were able to execute it exactly the way we planned. The Jets had nine in the box today to stop the run and we were still able to run the ball on them. Defensively, our defensive line is just too fast for their offensive line, and that was the difference in the game.”
The Pros’defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage for the entire game. The Pros were cruising right along until Foster finally made a mistake at the 3:20 mark of the third quarter. Thomas Wildgoose picked off an ill-advised pass from Foster and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown to get the Jets on the scoreboard. However, they failed to convert the ensuing two-point conversion and trailed 16-6 entering the fourth.
“The Pros was the better team than us today-point blank. We didn’t play our best ball today, and when you don’t bring your’A’game, you normally get beat,”said Jets’Head Coach Obie Roberts.”We simply didn’t execute our game plan like we had planned to. We made a lot of mistakes and put ourselves in a hole and it was tough to dig our way out of it. I offer no excuses-the Pros was just the better team than us today,”he added.
Another special teams play set the Pros up for another touchdown in the fourth quarter. After the Jets finally cracked the scoreboard, Smith returned the kickoff 46 yards to set the Pros up in Jets’territory once again. They ran the ball down the Jets’throats and Smith capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run off right tackle. Phillip Moxey caught a short pass from Foster for the ensuing two-point conversion to give the Pros a 24-6 lead. Ramon Mott caught a 39-yard touchdown from Jets’quarterback Drameco Clarke late in the fourth quarter, but it was too little to late for them.
“Everyone kept saying that we were scared of the Jets and we ran away from them last year. The Pros are champions. We’ve been champions for seven straight years and we don’t run from anyone,”said Pros’quarterback Foster.”The Pros came into the championship game as the underdogs and that’s unusual for us. They disrespected us but we came out today and proved that we are the best team in this country. Yeah, they have athletes but athletes don’t make up a football team. You need football players, and that is what we have,”he added.
The pennant-winning Jets ended up with a win/loss record of 7-1 in the regular season while the Pros finished up at 5-3, but once again, the Jets came up short in the biggest game of the season. Jets’quarterback Drameco Clarke couldn’t get anything going on Saturday against the tough defense of the Pros. As a matter of fact, star receiver Garvin Newbold didn’t even have a pass thrown in his direction until the second quarter. Clarke had less than five completions for the entire first half. When he tried to go deep, it normally resulted in an incompletion or an interception. Pros’safety Recarno Nixon picked off one of his passes late in the second quarter.
The Jets continued to struggle, and their inability to convert two-point conversions turned out to be the difference in the game. Had they converted on both of their two-point conversions, it would have still been a one-score game late in the fourth. However, the Pros’defense, which was tough all game, stepped up even more when it needed to and led them to another national title.