06.08.2009 klo 16:37
The Trojans’ streak of ill fortune continued in a home game against the Helsinki Wolverines. It should have been possible to beat the Wolverines in despite of the recent hardships the Trojans have faced, but it appears the Helsinki team arrived at the venue better prepared.
The Trojans missed their first opportunity as Wolverine Arno Sjoblom caught an interception around midfield. On a following 3rd and 25 situation the Wolverines played a surprising draw and Jason Harrison took a 41-yard dash right through the middle of the Trojan line for a touchdown. Antti Leino’s PAT was good and the visitors took a 0-7 lead. The Trojans could not hold on to the ball too long and soon enough Jason Harrison broke through a number of tackles and forced the ball in for his second TD. The 2-point pass attempt was incomplete; 0-13.
The visitors pulled quite a trick out of their bag. First Kalle da Silva recovered a successful squib kick, allowing his team to continue with the possession of the ball. The Wolverines would have scored right away if it wasn’t for Trojan LB Miko Ylikoski’s critical tackle. As the Wolverines had made their way 28 yards from the home team’s end zone, they played an amazing passing play. QB Cameron Coffey tossed the ball to RB Jason Harrison, made his way towards the end zone and received Harrison’s forward pass and scored a touchdown! The PAT was good and the first quarter ended with the Wolverines 20 points in the lead.
The second play only 12 seconds into the 2nd quarter brought the Trojans their much-needed TD. Successful passing play had brought them 7 or 8 yards from the goal line; QB Billy Hart's play fake pass reached Martti Valimaa in the end zone. Miko Ylikoski kicked a good point-after and the home team was back in the game. 7-20. The Wolverines gained some mean yardage after the kickoff, combining rushing, long passes, and keep plays. The Trojans had a chance to stop them after a penalty on 3rd and long, but, incredibly, accepted the penalty and gave the Wolverines two more goes at it. And they did go too; WR Kristen Kougia caught a 17-yard TD pass which added up to 7-27 together with a successful point after touchdown.
The Wolverines nearly scored again as the Trojans got their punt blocked, recovered, and brought to inches from the goal line by the defense. The Trojan defense worked miracles and pushed the opposition back. The possession of the ball changed twice due to interceptions (Trojan DL Jussi Jalonen and Wolverine DB Fredrik Kaksonen) before the Wolverines settled the matter to their own advantage. WR Hannu Abonce caught a twenty yarder but they couldn’t deliver a conversion because DB Iisakki Ullakonoja was alert and tackled the ball carrier. Halftime score 7-33.
The 3rd quarter was uneventful until the very last seconds. The Wolverines’ Jason Harrison scored his team one more when the clock had already run out. He brought in a two-point conversion too and the Trojans had one quarter to beat a sorry 7-41 situation. The Trojans did score once more but only when there were less than 4 minutes left in the game. Billy Hart threw an 11-yarder to Seikko Vennela. The final score 13-41 as neither team could score in the remaining time.
Jimm’s PC Store awarded Jason Harrison for the Wolverines and Martti Valimaa for the Trojans as the Most Valuable Players. A local restaurant specializing in hot wings called Siipiravintola also awarded Martti Valimaa as the Fieriest Player in the Game.
P.S. The Trojans would like to thank the Wolverines’ talented cheer dance crew who delighted our fans with their halftime show!
P.S.S. To the great amusement of the local football fans, the Wolverines’ team nickname was, possibly for the first time ever, pronounced correctly by the Trojan announcers. There is a long history of calling them Wolve-rhines, rhyming with ‘pines’. To even greater confusion, the Trojan cheerleaders pronounced their own team’s name the correct American way instead of the traditional Troy-ahns. It was a historic game, in a sense.