San Jose Predators-Solano Chiefs: Amateur Football Kicks Off in Northern California

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San Jose Predators-Solano Chiefs: Amateur Football Kicks Off in Northern California
The San Jose Predators took on the Solano Chiefs to kick off their first game of the NCAFF Football season under a clear blue sky last Saturday afternoon.  Although the weather remained calm, the action on the field raged with aggression.

The Predators, coming off a 5-3 record last year and a trip to the playoffs, were eager to come out and protect their home turf at Andrew Hill High School.  However, the Chiefs, intent to show their improvement over last year’s 1-7 record, had other plans.

The game started off with both teams trading possessions as they searched for their rhythm offensively.  However, it was not long before the scoring opened up as Anthony Palomino (#28) of the Predators returned a punt to the house midway through the first quarter.

Led by quarterback Andrew Vasquez(#4), the Predators offense added two more TD’s to the scoring effort with a 20-yard strike to Randy Lambert (#81) and a 30-yarder to Priest Zepherin (#21).

With their backs against the wall, the Chiefs got on the board twice with scores on special teams, once blocking a punt and recovering it into the end zone and the other time returning a punt for a touchdown. 

Perhaps the story of the game though was the Predators impenetrable defense.  Despite being pinned back deep in their own zone time and again, the Predators cemented themselves like a brick wall in between the opposition and the end zone. 

Palomino added to the dominance by intercepting two passes and the defense ravaged through the Chief’s offensive line to block both of their extra point attempts. 

#10 Danny Bettancourt of the Predators kicked a field goal in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

San Jose’s next game is away this Saturday against the Twin City Cougars who beat the SOCA Sharks 42-0.

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