Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ricky Clark - Gladiators (football) manage to win

Photography By Sean Jones

In Saturday night's contest vs. the Merced Blue Devils, the Gladiators had enough offensive production to hold off their opponents in a 28-18 win. Thomas Lanto once again received the majority of the playtime at quarter back and is starting to establish himself as a capable leader for the Gladiators.

During the second quarter Lanto connected on a 37-yard pass to Lee Pinkston that eventually set-up a 5-yard touchdown pass to Roy Polk.

Defensively the Gladiators allowed some big plays that led the Blue Devils to score, often the defensive line pressured the Blue Devil quarterback.

Free safety Tiquan Payne was an active force in the Gladiator secondary, finding himself around Blue Devil ball carriers for tackles most of the time. The key play of the game for the Gladiators came in the fourth quarter when defensive back Matthew Parker returned a kick off for 80 yards.

This effort set up running back Tyler Mason for a two-yard rushing touchdown which was the final Gladiator score (28-18). The Gladiators are now 3-3 on the season.

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