win wild affair with Bel-Air Lions, advance to A-Cup final
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Giants running back Scott Fultin
scored a pair of touchdowns against the Bel-Air
Lions on Sunday, including the game winning
score in overtime. Fred Sherwin/Photo
North Gloucester Gianst have advanced to the NCAFA Peewee
A-Cup championship and a rematch with the Cumberland Panthers
after squeaking out a win against the Bel-Air Lions on
Lions gave the top-seeded Giants all they could handle
and then some, battling back from an 8-0 halftime deficit
to force the game into overtime.
teams had trouble dealing with the muddy conditions at
Gil-O-Julien Park on Donald Street where the muck was
six and seven inches deep in some areas between the hash
running back Scott Fulton managed to rush for 185 yards
on 18 carries in the first half, but he fumbled the ball
away on two of those carries before finally hanging on
to the ball long enough to score on a 16-yard run late
in the second quarter. Paul Kasemba then ran the ball
in for the two point convert to give the Giants the 8-0
lead at the break.
Giants appeared to improve their lead early in the third
quarter when Josh Baka returned a Lions punt 115 yards
from his own end zone to the big house only to have it
called back for holding.
call created a great deal of controversy and consternation
among the Bel-Air supporters on the sideline who thought
the penalty, which occured while Baka was still in the
end zone, should have resulted in their team being awarded
a single point. But according to Article 7, Rule 5 of
the CFL rule book which governs kicking and kick returns,
"if a foul is committed by the receiving team before
possession has been gained in the goal area, the penalty
shall be applied from the receiving team's 10-yard line".
In this case, the hold was committed on the field before
Baka had possession of the ball.
that it would matter. When the Giants failed to pick up
a first down on the ensuing series they conceeded a safety
which pushed the Lions back to their 35-yard line.
by six points and needing a minor miracle to get back
into the game, the Lions got just that from #23 Stephen
Rivera, who pulled off a miraculous 84-yard run down the
far sideline to tie the game and set up a potential game-winning
field was so muddy in front of the Giants' goal posts,
the referee allowed the Lions to atempt the extra point
kick from inside the end zone. With their regular kicker
in Dallas, Texas for the Cowboys' Sunday night game, the
Lions rested all their hopes on their back-up kicker who
drilled the ball into the back of his offensive line.
the score tied 8-8 at the end of regulation, the game
had to be decided in overtime with the Giants getting
the first chance to score from the 35 yard line. With
the game and a trip to the A-Cup final on the line, Giants
coach Moe Salehe put the ball in Fulton's hands despite
the big running back having a less than stellar second
gaining 185 yards on 18 carries during the first two quarters,
Fulton was limited to just 12 yards on 14 carries in the
second half, causing some observers on the sideline to
speculate on his health. They needn't have worried because
Fulton carried the ball on five of the Giants six plays
in the extra session leading to an eight-yard touchdown
run. Kasemba then scored his second two-point convert
to put the Giants up 16-8.
Lions had a chance to respond on their overtime possession,
but the Giants defence wasn't going to be denied as they
prevented Bel-Air from even picking up a first down..
the big win, Salehe talked about his decision to go for
it on third down in overtime rather than try a field goal
or punt to at least pick up a single point.
don't have anyone who can kick the ball 30 yards so you
have to take the law of averages and decide what's the
best chance to win, so for us it was to go for it and
put the ball in Scottie's hands," said Salehe.
you play on a field like this it really evens things out.
So it comes down to grit. It comes down to heart. It comes
down to who wants it more and at the end of the day it
came down to #33 and he came through for us."
the game, Fulton quickly dispelled any thought that he
might have played injured in the second half.
not at all," said Fulton. "The field was really
muddy and it was hard to get traction."
for the final series in overtime, the Giants MVP said
he wasn't going to be denied.
just really wanted to win this game. I've never been to
an A-Cup final before and his might be my last year playing
Giants so I really wanted to win this one," said
win sets up a rematch of the Giants' Week 7 win against
the defending champion Panthers in next Sunday's A-Cup
final at Millennium Park. Kick-off is at 1:30 p.m.
7 a.m., Oct. 31)
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