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Commanding General's Cup football playoffs (Falcons vs. Gators)

By Cpl. Keenan Zelazoski | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | October 22, 2014


The Miramar Falcons knocked the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion Gators out of the playoffs in the first round with a dominant 30-0 victory at Paige Fieldhouse, Oct. 21.

The Falcon’s defense forced a three-and-out to start the game, leaving their offense at the 35-yard line in excellent field position to find the end zone early.

After two short gains on the ground, fullback Patrick Williams had a stunning 31-yard touchdown run after spinning off a big hit, giving the Falcons an early 6-0 lead after a failed two-point conversion.

Early in the second quarter the Falcons were fended off by an electrifying goal-line stand made by the Gator’s defense.

The next score came just before halftime.

The Gators forced a fumble and ran it back 77 yards only to be called back for a face-masking penalty that negated the fumble and left the Falcons with a first-and-goal from the seven-yard line. Williams punched it in up the middle and the Falcons took a 14-0 lead after a two-point conversion to end the first half.

Both defenses played a strong second half, but at the end of the third quarter Falcon’s quarterback Jabari Moore escaped a certain sack and found an open man in the end zone. The Falcons extended their lead 22-0 going into the fourth quarter after another successful two-point conversion.

The Falcon’s relentless secondary forced three incomplete passes and their offense took the field again after the Gators came up a few yards short of a first down on fourth and long.

Moore found tight end Ian Sumner open down the side line on the first play of the drive, securing their 30-0 victory and keeping their season alive.

“We can take a deep breath after this game,” said Moore. “They kept us to six points for most of the first half and we aren’t used to that. Fortunately we all kept our heads up and the team camaraderie was excellent. At the end of the night, one team has to win and one has to lose. The Gators played a good game but I’m grateful we came out on top.”

The Falcons will play against either the Spartans or the Outlaws on Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m., and the winner will play in the championship game, Nov. 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Page Fieldhouse football field.