Game 4 – The Captain Has More Fun

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Game Day Captains meet for the coin toss.

Game Day Captains meet for the coin toss.

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No, they aren’t praying – they are looking down at the coin 🙂

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Heading back to the sideline to rejoin the team.

What matters is that the team won it’s second game 44-9. It was close for the 1st quarter, but then our offense found it’s groove, This was a team the Falcons lost to last year 2-0. Yes, that score is correct. A safety after a muffed punt attempt resulted in the only score. So, we expected another defensive battle given that our defense has been really strong each game and because they returned the bulk of their defensive unit from last year. We were pleasantly surprised to end up with a different result! #18 played a lot again, rotating in not just on every other offensive play, but often staying out for back to back plays. He had one catch thanks to the defender forgetting to line up across from him. The QB smartly took note as he prepared for the snap, nodded in 18’s direction and then flipped the ball out to him for a quick 8 yard gain. Looking at the video this weekend on Hudl, we noticed that the play was logged as “uncovered”. Yep, that’s about right! (In other words, the original play planned wasn’t run because the QB improvised since one of his receivers was uncovered).

Unfortunately,there are no pictures of that play as it happened so fast and was on the far sideline away from the photographer. BUT – there was another play on a punt that resulted in a pretty cool sequence. The Falcons were punting, and it was 37-9 early in the 4th quarter. #18 was on punt coverage at that point and was running down the field to  either down the punt or tackle the punt returner. As it turned out, the ball bounced free so the Falcons just needed to down it – as long as no Vista player touched it of course. Well, the ball took a rather unfortunate bounce (for Vista), right off the top of one of their players helmets…and right into the waiting hands of #18:

The punt....

The punt….

The ball has bounced off the white jersey with the 4 on it, the hand pulling it in is #8

The ball has bounced off the white jersey with the 4 on it, the hand pulling it in is #8

He pulls it in as he falls towards the goal line

He pulls it in as he falls towards the goal line

And he lands JUST short about a foot away.

And he lands JUST short about a foot away.

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And now, the celebration begins...

And now, the celebration begins…

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Pumped!

Pumped!

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A chest bump from the punter...

A chest bump from the punter…

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A bro hug from the other wide receiver

A bro hug from the other wide receiver

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And in the end...a chance to do the victory dance.

And in the end…a chance to do the victory dance.

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