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Fallbrook Pop Warner - the Mighty Warriors prevail

The Fallbrook Invitational Bowl game held on Saturday November 14, was a rematch of the Palomar Conference Avocado Jr. Pee Wee Division foes the Fallbrook Mighty Warriors and the La Costa Canyon Maverick Stampede. La Costa won the regular season outing by a score of 19-13.

Head Coach Doug Berger requested the rematch because out of the three games the Mighty Warriors lost this season, he felt that the game against LCC was the “closest.”

Fallbrook started the game by recovering an onside kick, and then marching ball down for a score on a 2-yard run by #31 Dominick Iacovino. The extra point was kicked through by #28 Justice Rodgers for an early 8-0 Fallbrook lead. La Costa wasted no time getting on the board with a 1-yard quarterback sneak. This was set up by an earlier 14 yard run by LCC’s running back. The extra point was ‘no good’ making the score 8-6 in favor of Fallbrook.

Toward the end of the first quarter, #97 Charlie Bickel scored on a 3-yard off tackle play over the right side of the line. Another successful extra point kick by Justice Rodgers extended the Fallbrook lead to 16-6. Early in the second quarter, La Costa’s #21 broke loose around the left side for a 59-yard touchdown run, making the score Fallbrook 16, La Costa 12 after an unsuccessful extra point. The score would remain this way to the end of the first half.

Fallbrook took the second half kickoff and went on a four play, 59-yard scoring drive capped off by #31 Dominick Iacovino’s 49-yard scoring run, his second of the day. #28 Justice Rogers’ third successful 2-point extra point kick of the day made the score 24-12 in favor of Fallbrook.

Later in the third quarter, Fallbrook’s #97 Charlie Bickel disrupted a hand-off between La Costa’s quarterback and running back by stripping the ball away. It was recovered by Fallbrook’s #56 Thomas Temple at the La Costa 42-yard line. Fallbrook needed 10 plays to capitalize with a 15-yard scoring run by #21William Barbato, to end the 3rd quarter; making the score 31-12 in favor of Fallbrook after their first unsuccessful extra point attempt.

La Costa never let up however as they took the ensuing kickoff and methodically marched 48-yards in 10 plays, ending in another scoring run by on a quarterback keeper around left end. Their quarterback set up the scoring run with a 26-yard run on another quarterback keeper to the right side earlier in the drive. A successful extra point run made the score 31-19 with Fallbrook still in the lead. This ended the scoring for the day as Fallbrook went on to win the game by a final score of 31-19.

Other major contributors on that day were as follows: #41 Jake Berger (DT), #55 Adam

Grosz (OL/DL), and #33 Gianni Orlando (RB) Note: Gianni Orlando has been the primary

running back throughout the Mighty Warrior’s 2009 season running for an amazing 1,400 yards and scoring 22 touchdowns.


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