Earlier on Sunday, there was the battle of the unbeatens. The last game of Week 3featured a pair of winless teams who were beaten handily the week before, looking to get off the schneid. Cool Runnings and Average Joe's went toe to toe in a thriller that came down to a 2 point conversion that sealed the victory for Joes, 22-20.
"We weren't perfect but we played our hearts out," said Joe Glori, captain of Average Joe's, "We scratched and clawed and truly had to earn the win today against some awesome football players on Cool Runnings. A+ effort by my guys to get the first win of the year."
Glori caught 2 balls for 63 yards, and a touchdown, including the 55-yard game winner. He also contributed a tackle on defense.
It was a dogfight from the beginning, with each team trading long touchdown scores in a 69 yard TD run by Average Joe's Diego Radlein and an 80 yard strike from Cool Runnings' Amit Kuarlall to WR Mahin Benniprasad to go in tied 8-8 at the half. Both teams continued to battle, until a 67 yard pass from Faiyaz Khan found the hands of Amit Kuarlall put Cool Runnings up 20-14 very late in the second half.
Things looked bleak for Average Joe's when they turned the ball over on downs at midfield, but then in a shocking turn of events, Joe's RB/CB Derek Maldonado picked off QB Faiyaz Khan and got the ball back for his team. Then on the very next play, QB Bert Sarmiento found Joe Glori for a 55 yard touchdown for the game tying score and connected with WR Frank Sabatino on the 2 point conversion to retake the lead. Cool Runnings tried their best to drive the ball down the field, but Diego Radlein secured his second interception of the game, and the win for Average Joe's (1-2), along with Defensive player of the week honors in Week 3.
"We had the victory in our grasp and it just got away from us," said Gregory Young, team captain of Cool Runnings (0-3), "Lots of credit to Joe's, they are a heck of a football team. We also did some great things out there, and we feel confident that we are moving in the right direction, which will soon translate to wins."
Young contributed 2 catches for 20 yards and 5 tackles.BOX SCORE
|1||AVJ Diego Radlein runs for 69 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Bert Sarmiento to Frank Sabatino good)||0||8|
|1||CR Amit Kuarlall pass complete to Mahin Benniprasad for 80 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Amit Kuarlall to Gregory Young good)||8||8|
|2||AVJ Derek Maldonado runs for 32 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion by Bert Sarmiento no good)||8||14|
|2||CR Faiyaz Khan pass complete to Amit Kuarlall for 5 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Faiyaz Khan to Nick Bergancia no good)||14||14|
|2||CR Faiyaz Khan pass complete to Amit Kuarlall for 67 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Faiyaz Khan to Eijaz Khan no good)||20||14|
|2||AVJ Bert Sarmiento pass complete to Joe Glori for 55 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by Bert Sarmiento to Frank Sabatino good)||20||22|