NCAFF: San Jose Predators vs Central Coast Barnstormers

Stamati HoriatesCorrespondent IApril 22, 2008

Looking to avenge last year’s defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals, the San Jose Predators took the field on Saturday against the Central Coast Barnstormers in a match-up to determine first place in the South division. 

After routing the Alameda County Knights to go 2-1 for the season, San Jose headed into the bye-week on a positive note.  A topic of concern for the Predators however proved to be, would they continue to improve on their previous victory or come out rusty? 

As it turns out, the Predators showed a little bit of both.  In a game that was highlighted by plenty of big hits and trash talking, in the end it was the miscues that made the biggest difference for San Jose.

After (#0) Matthew Barquira returned the opening kick-off 75 yards, the Predators drove down to the Barnstormers 4 yard line before dropping a sure-fire touchdown pass in the end-zone.  The Barnstormers escaped the drive allowing only a field goal. 

In another almost famous moment in the first half, quarterback (#4) Andrew Vasquez came inches from hooking up with wide receiver (#1) Bobby Adams streaking towards the end-zone uncovered.  The drive stalled and San Jose finished the half behind 6 to 3. 

The Predators defense remained stout once again forcing the Barnstormers to earn every yard they got.  A forced fumble and a blocked extra point, however, were just not enough to hold off the reigning NCAAF champs from taking the game.

Although the game ended 25-3, it was a much closer contest than the final score indicated.  

The San Jose Predators (2-2) play their next game away against the Salinas Spartans (4-0) on 4/26/2008.  Kick-off is at 5pm.