Rota cruises to another shutout victory
This article has been corrected
NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain – The Rota Admirals posted their third shutout in as many tries Saturday night by blanking the defending European Division III champion Sigonella Jaguars 39-0 in a nine-man game.
The game, ended by the DODDS-Europe 39-point courtesy rule at halftime, was an offensive and defensive show for the Admirals, who broke Ramon Quijano for 153 yards on just seven carries for a 21-plus-yards-per-rush average. With Tim Drake as lead blocker, according to Sigonella coach James Crowell, Quijano opened the scoring parade with a 50-yard TD run around right end.
K.C. Mason, who scored two touchdowns, rushed nine times for 117 yards as Rota amassed 347 yards on the ground in the 24 minutes the game lasted. Most of Mason’s yards came on a 60-yard TD run around Rota’s left end.
Also finding the end zone for Rota were Terrence Paris, who shrugged off a hard hit on the 10-yard line to complete a 60-yard TD punt return, and Nick Holland who hit pay-dirt twice and completed the only pass he threw for 24 yards.
For the game, Paris returned three punts for a total of 104 yards.
According to Crowell, the Rota defense held the defending champs to just 17 yards rushing and one-of-six passing for 13 yards. Keaton Regenor chalked up the big Rota defensive plays with a blocked field goal and a pass defended, and Tim Drake topped the Rota tackling chart with six.
“Our defense held Sig from its only close scoring opportunity with a first-and-goal,” Crowell emailed on Sunday. “We drove them back with the help of a penalty.”
Both teams suited up just 13 players after the airline misplaced Sigonella’s equipment. The Admirals were able to lend the Jags gear enough for 13 players and voluntarily limited themselves to that number of players.
“Sig played a good game under the tough situation,” Crowell reported. “Hats off to the Sig coaches.”
Next up for Rota (3-0 overall, 2-0 in D-III, which recovered two onside kicks on Saturday, is a night game against Alconbury on Saturday. Sigonella (0-2, 0-2) is to host unbeaten Bamberg the same day.
CorrectionKeaten Regenor was incorrectly credited with blocking a punt in an earlier version of this article.