|2009-10 Weekly Game Reports|
23 - CANCELLED - NO SHOW
22 - CANCELLED - RAIN OUT
21 - Sometimes in the Fall
20 - Snap the Power
Last week was a pretty good game, even though it was only 4 on 4. We had a couple of new guys show up and they are planning on playing this week. The Washington High crew seems to have taken umbrage with something and may or may not show up anymore. Ant, for one, has expressed his displeasure and will not be showing up anymore. It remains to be seen if Vidi, Dwayne or any of the others will show up.
19 - Stuck on You
The challenge was delivered to the virtual inboxes of over 100 players on the HCFF email list. One had spoken out asking where the holders of the crown and the deliverers of the torch had been hiding and their motivation for doing so. Who would answer the call?
The first and so far only challenge game of the 09-10 season happened in mid-January of twenty-ten. Vidi challenged the HCFF guys to get out there and put their game where their trash talking was and deliver. Even though the game was supposed to start at 1pm, 1 o'clock came and went. 1:15 came and there were three people at the field. 1:30 brought two more people. 2pm finally brought enough for 6 on 6 and then when Ant arrived at 2:10 we could get started on the "challenge" game. After Ant got off his ass at 2:30, we finally got started. HCFF picked up Taz and Brandon, since the teams were unbalanced and the game was pretty much over then. With Adam, Army Rick, Taz, Brandon, Vu, Harry Potter and Steve against Vidi, James, Jason, Ant, Kel, D-Wayne and Vince, the writing was on the wall.
Team HCFF + WH took the lead on an inside handoff the tight end and never looked back. If not for a couple of spectacular runs by Vince and a couple of ridiculously ill-advised throws by Adam that led to good field position for team WH, the game would have been bad. Vidi and Ant were complaining all day that the teams were unfair, even though they didnt want to change teams and even though they only lost by one score.
HP tied Vince for most scores on the day with three TDs. Taz had a couple of big plays and Vidi had a couple of scores. Brandon and Vu both failed to reach the end zone on an offense that at times looked unstoppable and at others looked downright pathetic.
Not a bad game, but HCFF is going to need a better
showing if they are going to be respected in their own league anymore.
18 - Da Funk
17 - Good Night (BYE WEEK)
16 - Silent Night (The X-Mas Bowl)
15 - Faith
Week 15 was a success, it took some time for peeps to show up but we 19 heads to come out for a game of 8 on 8. Later in the after noon a hand full more came out for 9 on 9.
Myself and Won picked teams his team red, my team blue consisting speed, size, and talent. Moss aka Wash was QB for team Red. After a few plays, Moss managed to hit Derrel deep for the first 7 points. Team blue had Taz at QB, Team blue successfully marched the ball down field by running the ball. Vince was in the backfield. Team blue was unable to score after a few unsuccessful passes and had to turn the ball over. Team Red went backwards and was sacked by Jared in the endzone for two. Team red got the ball and was able to score a td, forgot to who either Steve or Vince.
It was team reds turn to score, they were struggling on offense due to the speed and size on team blues line. Taz had a sack, Vu was able to stop the rb in the back field for loss of yardage. Moss tried again to toss the ball down field and was picked off by Steve. Team blues turn on offense.
Team red got the ball again, Moss tried optioning in the back field and was sacked again for loss of yardage. Now it’s time for the play of the day when Moss tries again to run the ball but Vu was able to strip the ball for a fumble, scooped it up for a 20 yard touch down and 5 air chest bumps. Team blue is now up 16-7.
Steve got another pick, new guy on red scores to make the game 16-14. Jermain aka Jamarcus relieves Taz at QB. New guy on blue and Dre scores to end the game at 30-14 team blue.
For week 16 a bunch of guys want to play this weekend. Dwayne has the gear, I will be out of town.
Hope you have a merry christmas. Adam, we miss you out there man. Talk soon.
Vu Pham, assistant to the assistant in training
14 - November Rain
13 - Poker Face
12 - Turkey Bowl XII
11 - Nevermind
Choose your own adventure: If you think Scooby and
Shaggy are on the trail of the murderer, choose the path of Story A.
If you would love to see Barney Fife take the stand and persude the
judge who is the real villian and the true hero-Da, choose Story B.
STORY A: Team Blue's defenese was shockingly good. They had a solid push all day on the line, filled the gaps, disrupted the QB with the front three, and pulled every flag in their vicinity, even flags that weren't on the ball carrier. The linebackers made it impossible for the QB to see any open space in the flats or find a gap in the zone. The corners were made of velcro, stuck to the receivers without any penalties... but they did find time to grab a few picks and run them back. So why was this a shockingly good defense? Well check out the players on the roster and you would have taken them for grade school rejects, instead they were all-pros. Everyone needs an all pro day one time in their life. Red beats blue: 7-2
-Bard in Training
STORY B: The judge sits at his
judging seat, his head down, exposing a mixture of gray hairs and a
baldness brought on by a lifetime of study and jurisprudence. He looks
up from his papers, staring at a spot in the middle of the courtroom,
as if deep in thought. He snaps himself back and opens his mouth to
speak. "Ok, let's move on. Bailiff, please read the next case."
"Alright, take your seats." The judge
looks at the plaintiff "and Mr..."
Joe opens his briefcase, takes out a pair of glasses
and a stack of papers as he speaks.. "Well your honor, we have
a rich tradition and a valuable asset to the country that is being
desecrated and destroyed by these men, these... these haters." He
lets the words hang in the air, hammering home their impact. "What
we have built is a community of brotherhood! We have brought goodwill
not only to those participating in the games, but to..."
The hearing went on for hours, with Joe delivering
the case that HCFF has brought nothing but good to the community while
a new breed of players, focused only on self glory has brought hatred,
pain and selfishness to the organization. Anthony fired back that the
game and organization was destined to reach a level of selfish play
and competitiveness, due to the nature of the game. The judge sat patiently,
penning notes in his book until both sides had spoken each of their
sides of the case.
The game ended in a 5-5 tie after a dramatic comeback from 3 touchdowns down, late in the 3rd quarter. Harry Potter scooped up a fumble and returned it to the 1 yard line. Then Adam faked the drive and threw an amazing fade to the receiver. Then the opposing team fumbled, setting up another amazing drive that went the length of the field, eating up game clock and daylight. Adam settled for a sprint-right, fake sweep, dive, quick out pass to the tight end to get them within one score. Finally, Adam broke threw a triple team block to strip the QB and recover the fumble only to pitch it back to a leaping Steve who hurdled the entire pile while making a spectacular one hand grab. Steve landed in a summersault, springing back into the air as he dove at the pylon for the tying score. After the kick-off, the opposing team's drive died after 6 really boring, lackluster plays. On the ensuing punt Adam lead his team down the field once again, this time only 15 yards as time expired. Too bad it was not caught on field.
9 - Back in Black
It didnt take long to get back into the swing of things. Showers all week in San Francisco broke and gave way to sun and warm weather. The HCFF guys took full advantage and brought out 30+ for another afternoon of red versus blue.
Teams were picked and the scoring started fast with both teams getting on the board early. Team Blue went through several quarterbacks on their run up to a 21-7 lead. The new guy in tight pants, nicknamed "tour de France" connected with Vince for a score and Taz went for one on a tipped ball. Red would not be stopped, though. After picking up perennial all-pro lineman Adam late in the game, Brady went on a methodical deconstruction of Blue's man defense. Key downfield blocks on a couple of runs including a 60 yard reverse by Steve setup the tying score. Brady's masterful play calling continued on a "hook and ladder" play that capped the comeback and put the red team up 28-21.
Blue came right back and marched down field only to be stopped by an errant pass that was intercepted by James. James proved he is all red from his mad skillz to his completely red outfit and he had key passes deflected late in the game. Paired with Kel on D-Line who was shutting down the running game and Red's defense was enough to shutout blue for the second half.
But the offense for red was having it's own issues against Blue's stingy D. Taz and Rick G provided a powerful rush that kept Brady and the running game on their heels. Red moved the ball down field a few times but ended up stalling on HUGE plays by Brandon and Vince in the blue secondary.
This was one of the best games of the season so far and will go down as one of the toughest and hardest fought matches in league history. Lets just hope the intensity keeps up for at least a few more weeks.
8 - Grillz
Nothing really to say about this week except for the best wishes and condolences we all feel for Kevin and Jon. Feel better guys.
MVP - Jon for being dominant and taking one in the
7 - Day at the Beach
Supposedly a great game, but no one is talking due to the media blackout that was imposed after a foreign reporter threw a shoe at the coaches after the game.
6 - BYE WEEK
5 - I wanna be an airforce pilot
Week 5 only comes around once a season,
and we made it a good one. We are starting to settle in and shake things
down. Lets keep the party bus moving and the good things happening.
4 - I've Got a Feeling
My how the wind has changed. After a tumultuous '08/'09 campaign, the current season of HCFF brings with it stability and a crap ton of perseverance. "God bless us".
The first two weeks were played at the temporary artificial field at Crocker/Amazon but now we are settling in to our new home at St. Mary's. Natural grass brings with it a slower game, especially when half the field is covered in mud; the location at the top of a hill in Bernal Heights makes the conditions windy as well. Its not without issues, but its home for now.
Team red started the day undersized but led by Braedon Mass, the prodigal hero returning to retake what is rightfully his. Team blue drafted large but were led by a rookie QB. B.Mass started quick and hooked up with James to get on the scoreboard. The aging All-Pro QB looked to put red up by two when Circus Steve came on the field, but a perfectly thrown ball was dropped on the 2 yard line by Steve. After intercepting perrenial understudy Adam, Team Blue charged into the endzone to tie the game at 1. The next 40 minutes were highlighted by incredible defense by Jarrod the Jewler, new guy Kenny and Rick T from Red, and Duane Vince and Taz on Blue. Both defensive fronts showed relentless pressure and pursuit by racking up sack after sack on their opposing QBs.
Taking over for B.Mass, Adam led team red to three more TDs, putting them one score away from icing the game. Team Blue wouldnt quit, though, and Duane led the crew down for another score. After their onside kick attempt was fumbled by Rick T, Blue recovered and marched down again to score. Team Red went back to their stars by having B.Mass hit James for the finishing score.
An excellent day on a narrow field. Look for the
league officials to expand the field and enhance the experience next
3 - Round and Round
Hey what’s up Adam, we missed you out there today.
Week three was a success because I was out there! Along with John and Kirk who helped set up the field - they are only okay at field setup, but at least I had some help. We had good numbers, I think it at least 24 showed up with some new faces, bringing new skills. There wasn’t really a consistent QB for the day, which is no surprise since Adam wasn't there. The ball did move down the field though, mostly due to my insane skills on the line, running back, receiver, and in the return game. I think Steve had 2 TD's and Kirk had at least 1 TD. Some of the other guys were okay too. Solid turn out but no one really shined.
Anywho, Vidi knew the guy that works at the rec (use to be his old coach), we were able to lock down this field from now on. We got dibs, even the guy that works there offered to ref our games (tell Joe to email him the 2009-10 rule book and send him a laminated rule sheet).
I still have the gear and will be out there bright and early. Have a good week man, and too all a good night.
2 - Nightshift
Great showing from the rookies and a lights out performance from the verteran all-star hcff team, kicking it in gear for a 6-1 victory. This week, we would like to take some time to answer some letters that come through to the editors:
We would like to thank everyone for writing in and
just say, keep those letters coming.
-The staff at HCFF
1 - Season Opener - Lets get this party started
Well guess what. No really, guess.
Lightning and Thunder the morning of the kickoff proved to be a harbinger for the 09/10 season of HCFF. Even a last second change in field couldnt deter the players from searching out their afternoon delight. Vidi 'n crew found out that St. Mary's field was closed, and they also found the replacement field, the artificial soccer pitch at Crocker/Amazon. The main characters were updated and everyone kind of rolled in between 1 and 2pm. The massive turnout meant 3 teams and mini-challenge games. Adam drafted an international team with representatives from Honduras, India, Australia, France and the USA while Anthony picked SF natives and the first game was under way. After 40 minutes of playing the teams changed and they changed twice more. In honor of the AFL anniversary, we will do our game wrap ups like they did in the '60s, before ESPN and internet.
Game 1: Red 2 - Blue 1
Case in point: Saturday afternoon saw a couple of upsets in the football world. The NCAA had Houston upset OK State and Michigan beat the perenially overrated Notre Dame. Likewise, the Red Wave from HCFF beat the Blue Balls in the third game of kickoff weekend for HCFF. In the NCAA and HCFF games, the issue was that "athletes" came out unprepared for their game. Steve, Vidi, Sante and Vince all dropped balls that should have been caught. Adam and Rog could barely make it back from center without falling down and when you add in the minor wrinkle of having to complete a pass to their own team, well, that proved to be too much for them.
Fortunately, for those who appreciate the beauty of the game, we had a couple of exemplory examples of professionalism and teamwork: JC, in his first game, played line just about all day and really sparkled as a crown jewel. Also shining were Taz, a native of Tasmania playing for this first time. If it werent for these two, I would pronounce football dead. Lets hope everyone else involved with amatuer football can learn how to put the team first, then maybe we can return to the days of jousting, slaying invisible windmills and drinking heavily, you know, the golden age of men.