League Story

STUNNED PUNT TAKE COMMANDING LEAD IN DIVISON

Stunned Punts faced off against Scott's Tots in a matchup between the top two teams of the Rec C division. Stunned Punts came into play with a record of 5-2, whereas Scott's Tots were 4-3, which included a close loss to Stunned Punts, earlier in the season.

Scott's Tots were missing their star player, Nick Payne, which hurt them on both sides of the ball. On the other side of the field, Mark Hilbig came out slingin' on the first two drives, going 6/7, rushing in 2 touchdowns, and completing a 1-point convert. The offense was in control early, marching the ball with ease. Scott's Tots, on the other hand, continued to implement their highly effective run-pass option offense that has lead the entire league in rushing yards. However, they failed to score early and threw an interception at the halfway-point of the first half, which opened the door for Hilbig to continue to carve the defense. After having a touchdown called back due to an offensive offside, Hilbig completed the pass to Kyle Saboe that went for a touchdown, much to the delight of his family who were cheering him on in the stands.

Scott's Tots who were stuck in a large hole early, were forced into 3rd and half, without any signs of life. After a spot-foul pass interference call pushed them over half, they failed to cash in on the opportunity. With no substitutes available, they managed to force a quick three-and-out in order to get one last possession before half. After having four of five players attempt a pass in the first-half, Scott's Tots were happy to get out of the half only down by 3 scores. The biggest question mark for the offense was their lack of rushing. They had not attempted a single rushing attempt which has been the trademark of their offense through the first seven weeks.

Opening the second half with the ball, Scott's Tots converted an early 3-and-half, but took two costly rusher interference penalties, costing them crucial field position. Their first-half woes continued with their first promising drive resulting in a turnover on downs. Their defense, however, showed signs of life with Kash Angell picking off his second ball of the game. His stellar defensive play was encouraging to his teammates, but tight defense from Stunned Punts continued to clamp down.

With time running out, Jackson Mayerle began to ball out for his squad, completing three straight passes and catching a wheel route that was 3 yards short of a touchdown. The close cal costed them, as Christopher McGuire intercepted the next pass in the end zone giving Stunned Punts the momentum back. After a quick defensive stop, Kash Angell ran for a 25 yard burst, resulting in a touchdown for Scott's Tots with less than 4 minutes left. However, it was all for not as Hilbig threw his second touchdown of the, bumping the score up to 26-6, icing the game for Stunned Punts.

In the end, it was inconsistency that costed Scott's Tots. The inability to pass downfield and the unwillingness to run the ball costed them. After throwing for a garbage-time time touchdown, Stunned Punts came away with the 33-6 victory in a game that will have major playoff implications down the road.