11.07.2009 klo 14:50
The Seinajoki Crocodiles beat the Trojans fair and square and dominated the game in every aspect. The Trojan offense could not finish their drives and lost most of their opportunities while the home team made steady progress. A 35-6 (21-0) defeat is certainly a challenge and an incentive for the team and the coaching staff to rethink strategy.
Crocodile Charles McCrea has no consideration for Juha Yli-arvela's feelings as he blocks the pass.
The Trojans didn't have too low expectations when going to Seinajoki but things worked to their disadvantage right away from the beginning. Charles McCrea took the ball into our end zone and the Crocodiles scored on their opening drive. The Trojans let the Crocs recover a fumble only moments later and another one was chalked up for the Green Machine without delay. 14-0. It was a disappointing start for a game and the Trojans could not step up and change the course. The halftime score was 21-0.
Batman to the rescue! (starring Seikko Vennela)
The Trojans scored only in the beginning of the 4th quarter. Quarterback Billy Hart reached wide receiver Ville Vene in the end zone with a successful pass. The Trojans went for a two-pointer but could not cross the line. At this point the Crocs were in a 28-6 lead but the home team's Tuukka Pernu scored once more for a crushing 35-6 final score.
Ville Vene and Marques Dailey reach out for a divine intervention.
Janne Stenberg summarized that team could have used a little success early in the game to fuel their confidence but everything went awry. The Trojan head coach Jarmo Rautiainen admits that the Crocodiles played better in all respects. He is disappointed that the team hasn't practiced hard enough and that there have been absences. "Football is one of those complicated sports that you just can't learn without practicing", Rautiainen booms. You can't really disagree with the head coach, but the Trojans just may have a few aces up their sleeves. First of all, many of the recent shortcomings have been identified and our newest addition, Marques Dailey of the Hawaiian Warriors, will soon be integrated into our system.
Janne Stenberg at his best. Eyes sternly fixed on a victory, the ball safely tucked away and the opponents around him prone and in great disorder.
Story and photography: Kari Toivonen
English summary: Jussi Hakokari