Week eight saw the Jets returning to their home field for Friday night football, but unfortunately weren’t able to put on much of a show for their home crowd. The Senior game was forfeited resulting in a 7-0 loss against the Blitz while the junior team put in a good effort but were outclassed in a 36-6 defeat.
Saturday saw some great football played in the matchups between the Steelers and Vipers, and Broncos and Saints.
The Steelers’ junior squad put on a dominating performance to beat the home team Vipers 30-12. The match of the round ended up being the senior game between these two clubs. Surprisingly high scoring and with multiple lead changes in the fourth quarter, the Steelers looked to be on there way back into playoff contention with a TD putting them four points up with only minutes to play. The Vipers showed their resilience and came back strong after the late score, stringing together several long passes and runs to drive the length of the field and score in the dying seconds, finishing on top by a meager two points – a 34-32 nailbiter!
The junior Broncos put in a solid effort on defence but weren’t able to move the ball against the Saints, ending up losing 16-0.
The senior Bronco’s squad were looking to even the score against the Saints after having lost embarassingly to them only a few weeks earlier. The Saints started the game with a long pass that split the defensive secondary and allowed an easy run in for the opening touchdown. Unlike the previous match, in which the Saints led 24-0 in the first quarter, the Broncos responded in kind gaining a few first downs on the ground before hitting a long passing touchdown. The game was fairly even to half time with the Saints leading by only a score.
The Broncos were able to fight back to a two point lead in the third quarter but were unable to contain the Saints running game, or string together any consistency on offense. The Saints cemented themselves as title contenders having swept the reigning champions with a 30-18 win.