Coach Jeremiah “J.B.” Brown called the San Quentin Football Jamboree doubly exciting, with two competitive matches. Team All-In beat Team Hurricanes, 38-20, while the Assassins beat the Grizzlies, 41-25.
“Speed, speed, speed is all I can say about the games,” said Brown. He compared newcomer “YG” Hatcher from Team All-In to NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. with his amazing catches, ball control, and speed. Brown said that quarterback/wide receiver “Steez” Strickland of Team Hurricane was explosive with his catches and his laser passes. “Both teams displayed an awesome aerial game,” said Brown.
What a day for football. Orange cones aligned the chalk lines and spectators took in some good games on the sunny Saturday morning.
Team All-In Head Coach Carlos Smith was proud of his team. Although the Jamboree games do not count for the season, to coach Smith it was more than the loss of the game that mattered. “I think we played good together and we bonded as a team. And as a team, we will overcome any adversities,” said Smith.
As to the Assassins vs. the Grizzlies, Brown noted that the Assassins’ high-powered offense was similar to that of last season’s intramural champs, Team Hit Squad.
The Grizzlies came out spirited, led by Coach “LS” Tillman. But quarterback “Delvy” Adams of the Assassins found his new wide receiver Lino Lora’s sensational speed combined with his electric passes a hard combination to match. Tillman had to step in as QB to help keep his team in the game.
Tillman threw for 196 yards and three touchdowns. But that 70-yard pass from Delvy to Lora put the Assassins in the rear view. “Both teams’ offenses and defenses were tremendous,” said Brown. But the linebackers of the Assassins were the top duel of the season.
The highlight for the Grizzlies, according to coach Brown, was the 40- yard pass from “Big E” Blackwell to “LS” Tillman for a touchdown late in the game.
The Assassins’ highlights were: Delvy Adams’ 341 passing yards and five touchdown passes; Lino’s seven receptions for 218 yards, two interceptions, and two touchdowns; and “Taz” Matlock’s seven receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown.
Team Hurricanes’ highlight was QB/WR “Steez” Strickland as the awesome and double threat.
Standout players for Team All-In were: “Y-G” Hatcher, who made a one-handed OBJ-style catch, splitting two defenders for the touchdown and “Pookie” Sylvester, who completed five touchdown passes with 200 passing yards.