11.07.2009 klo 14:38
The Turku Trojans were unable to adapt to quarterback Robert Johnson's passing game and had to come home beaten 9-34 (2-27).
Robert Johnson had all the time in the world to scan the field for receivers.
The Helsinki Roosters set the pace right on from the beginning of the game. They took a 0-13 lead during the first quarter with touchdown passes to Julius Majander and Henri Myohanen. Trojan LB Sami Toivonen managed to block the first one of the two point after touchdown attempts, but place kicker Kari Hytonen made it the second time. Meanwhile the Trojans were having hard time making anything work to their advantage. They made the ten yards only three times during the first quarter and as much as 42 of the 56 gained yards were the result of QB Billy Hart's keep plays.
Henri Myohanen has a package wrapped in pig skin to deliver.
The second quarter didn't begin any better; the Roosters' Mikko Makelainen scored one more TD (0-20) before the Trojans could make a scoring effort. A great punt by Ilkka Marja-aho forced the Roosters all the way back to their own 11. Trojan defenseman Janne Salonen grabbed QB Robert Johnson like a ragdoll and pinned him down in his own end zone for a safety. 2-20. The Trojans played 12 downs after the ensuing free kick but were not able to go all the way; the Roosters found themselves with the ball once again and wasted no time in bringing it in for a touchdown. Henri Myohanen scored his second TD in the game for a 2-27 halftime score.
Should I stay or should I go? Gerard Hamlett has no time for such questions cause he's on the go.
There was some improvement in the Trojans' performance in the 3rd quarter. RB Gerard Hamlett made a 57-yard rushing play followed by a successful PAT by Ilkka Marja-aho (9-27). This wasn't nearly enough though as the Roosters were careful not let anything like that happen again. They scored one more TD (Olli Makkonen) in 4th quarter and let the clock run down as much as possible. The final score was 9-34.
"Hey, this thing won't come off!"
The Rooster QB Robert Johnson completed 21 out of 38 pass attempts and gained 371 yards; almost 18 yards on the average successful passing play. Their 16 rushing plays brought them only 47 yards. The Trojans advanced a total of 288 in spite of scoring only 9 points. Billy Hart made 15 of his 36 pass attempts and brought home 127 yards (six of them received by Janne Stenberg). He also rushed a total of 71 yards. Gerard Hamlett rushed for 83 yards and received passes for another 29. The first three in tackles were Seikko Vennela (4+3 assisted), Miko Ylikoski (2+2) and Ilkka Koiranen (1+5).
Billy Hart has the good sense to try and stay out of this Rooster's way.
Rooster Mikko Makelainen (#25) does his best to hurdle his opponents only to end up in Iisakki Ullakonoja's (#28) embrace.
Story and photography: Kari Toivonen
English summary: Jussi Hakokari