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CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD HISTORY
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The Clinton Irish Blizzard football team was formed for the 2000 season of the semi-pro Eastern Football League. The inaugural team consisted of players from the 'established' Maine Blizzard and the 'emerging' Clinton Fighting Irish. The team's roster included players from Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, as well as the greater Worcester and Boston area. The team recorded it's first ever win on August 12, 2000 - a 27-20 win over the Charlestown Townies. The team recorded it's first playoff win on October 7, 2000 - a 16-6 win over the Springfield Blitz'n Bears. The inaugural season was a successful one as Clinton made it to the semi-finals of the 2000 E.F.L. playoffs. The team continued it's success in it's second season by again making the semi-finals in 2001 as well as finishing as 2001 Northern Conference Champions. The 2002 season saw more of the same as the Irish Blizzard again qualified for the playoffs and advanced to the semi-finals, marking three consecutive appearances in the EFL's final four. Clinton's playoff streak continued in 2003 and the team's quest for its first league title fell just short with an EFL championship loss in 2003. Consistent winning continued with the 2004 season, which marked the fifth consecutive season in which Clinton qualified for the playoffs. 2005 was the first year the Irish Blizzard did not qualify for postseason play. After winning three of their first four games of 2005, injuries and hard luck losses left Clinton out of the playoffs for the first time in team history. Clinton returned to the EFL playoffs in 2006, marking their sixth appearance in seven years. 2007 saw a new milestone for the Irish Blizzard as a successful season culminated with an at-large invitation and appearance in the NAFL national playoffs. Clinton's successful 2008 campaign fell just short of an EFL chamiopnship - earning it's second appearance in the title game (2003). In the team's 10th season (2009), two signifiant milestones were reached.... Head Coach Ed Peete coached his 100th consecutive game (07/18/09) for the Irish Blizzard. The 10th season of Irish Blizzard football culminated with an EFL Championship - 20-14 Overtime win vs the Quincy Militia (10/25/2009). In 2010, the Irish Blizzard continued their historic run with a 3rd straight championship appearance. The 2010 season marked the 4th championship appearance (2003, 2008-2010) in teh franchise's first 11 seasons.   

CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD FOOTBALL: Eleven competitive and winning seasons in the Eastern Football League. 2009 EFL Champions.


See below for the 2000-2010 season reviews:



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2010 SEASON RESULTS

REGULAR SEASON 9-2
PLAYOFFS 2-1

- Taunton Gladiators 14    Clinton Irish Blizzard 7

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 30   Hyde Park Seminoles 0 
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 40   Grannite St. Knights 6

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 34   Randolph Oilers 14

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 34   Bay State Bucs 0
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 31   Braintree Cowboys 6
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 26   Charlestown Townies 20 (OT) 
- Boston Ravens 24          Clinton Irish Blizzard 15
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 24   Quincy Militia 21
 
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 41   Mid-Coast Falcons 6
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 38   Western Mass Blitzin Bears 34
 


*Playoffs


Quarter-finals:
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 24   Charlestown Townies 6

Semi-finals:
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 10   Western Mass Blitzin Bears 6

 Championship:
- Taunton Gladiators 32   Clinton irish Blizzard 21



2010 AWARDS

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**EFL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR  -  Felix Borukhov (WR, Clinton Irish Blizzard) – Clinton Irish Blizzard receiver Felix Borukhov received the 2010 EFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Borukhov had a season to remember for the Clinton Irish Blizzard, setting single season franchise records for receptions (57), yards (1059), and touchdown receptions (11) in 2010. 
 

**EFL ALL-STAR PARTICIPANTS - Clinton Irish Blizzard players participating in the 2010 EFL All Star Game:

 

2010 EFL ALL STAR ROSTER (NORTH) - CLINTON

RB #24 - Dee Whitehead (CIB)
FB #44 - Ricky Joslin (CIB)
WR #83 - Felix Borukhov (CIB)
TE #89 - Ernie Adams (CIB)
OL #59 - Jeff Learned (CIB)
OL #52 - Stanley St. Juste (CIB)
OL #55 - Jay Berry (CIB)
K #4 - Adam Maher (CIB)
DL #56 - Louis Rodriguez (CIB)
DL #92 - Roger Blaike (CIB)
DL #57 - Jaime Cairns (CIB)
LB #18 - Mike McGonagle (CIB)
DB #8 - Gareth Watts (CIB)
DB #11 - Ronnie Guyton (CIB)
DB #13 - Chris Leblanc (CIB)

 

**2010 CIB TEAM AWARDS -   

 

Most Valuable Player:  Dee Whitehead
Offensive Player of the Year:  Felix Borukov
Defensive Player of the Year:  Gareth Watts
Offensive Rookie of the Year:  Stan St. Juste
Defensive Rookie of the Year:  Dave Claiser
Specialist of the Year:  (1) Adam Maher, (2) Chris Nieves
Unsung Hero Award:  Matt Guimond
Coaches Award:  Bryan Sullivan



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2009 SEASON RESULTS

REGULAR SEASON 8-2
PLAYOFFS 2-0

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 27   Randolph Oilers 21 (OT)

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 24   Hyde Park Seminoles 0 
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 15   Quincy Militia  0

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 55   Seacoast Vipers 0

- Charlestown Townies 26   Clinton Irish Blizzard 0
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 32   Hyde Park Seminoles 8
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 35   Brockton Buccaneers 14 
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 7   Quincy Militia 6
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 12   Bridgewater Gladiators 6
- Charlestown Townies 24   Clinton Irish Blizzard 21


*Playoffs

Semi-finals:
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 47   Randolph Oilers 0

Championship:
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 20   Quincy Militia 14 (OT)



2009 AWARDS

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C.I.B.  TEAM AWARDS FOR 2009...
01/25/2010

2009 Co-Most Valuable Players (3):  Ty Gamble (RB), Dee Whitehead (RB) and Scott Allard (RB)

2009 Offensive Player of the Year:  N/A

2009 Defensive Player of the Year:  Luis Rodriguez (DE)

2009 Offensive Rookie of the Year:  Rayshawn Link (WR)

2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year:  Ron Guyton (DB)

2009 Special Team Player of the Year:  Ryan Aldrich (RB/DB)

2009 Coaches Award:  Dave Anderson (DB)

2009 Unsung Hero Award:  Jon Davies (OL)

 

Image - MLFN 2009

 

MLFN RECOGNIZES CLINTON PLAYERS AS 2009 ALL-AMERICANS...

 The Minor League Football News selected the following Clinton Irish Blizzard players as 2009 All-Americans...

(www.minorleaguefootballnews.com)

 

2nd Team  - Cornerback 

RONNIE GUYTON (CB) – This rookie standout from Southern Connecticut State combined excellent cover skills with a great ability to tackle on the perimeter. In 10 regular season games at Cornerback, Guyton has recorded 3 interceptions and while adding a physical presence in the secondary. Guyton's overtime interception in the EFL Championship helped Clinton earn it's first EFL title. Guyton was also named Eastern Football League Defensive Rookie of the Year along with being named to the EFL All-Star team.

2nd Team  - Running Back 

TY GAMBLE (RB) – In 8 regular season games, Gamble has carried 95 times for 590 yards and 6 TDs while splitting carries with two other backs. Gamble’s big play ability is also evident on special teams as he has had a standout season as a kick returner including an 84 yard return vs. Quincy in week 8. Gamble was named to the 2009 EFL All-Star team.

2nd Team  - Defensive End 

LUIS RODRIGUEZ (DE) – 2009 was a breakout season for the 3rd year defensive end. In 9 regular season games played, Rodriguez has notched a team leading 11 sacks. Rodriguez has logged 4 multi-sack games including two games where he had an astounding 3 sacks in each game. Rodriguez was also named to the 2009 EFL All-Star team.

2nd Team  - Guard 

JEFF LEARNED (OL) – A 3rd year standout from Endicott College, Learned anchors a highly regarded offensive line that has rushed for 1636 yards and 20 touchdowns in 10 regular season games. Learned also possesses tremendous skills as a pass blocker. Learned was named to the 2009 EFL All-star team.

2nd Team  - Tight End 

ERNIE ADAMS (TE) - Coming off an All-American season in 2008, Adams continues to prove himself to one of the top tight ends in the region. A tremendous blocker from his tight end position, Adams also possesses the skills of a number 1 receiver. In 10 regular season games, Adams leads the team with 29 catches for 292 yards and 7 touchdowns. Adams was also named to the 2009 EFL All-Star team.

 

E.F.L. AWARDS FOR 2009 SEASON...

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2009 Eastern Football League Awards

EFL OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:  DEE WHITEHEAD (RB)

EFL DEFENSIVE ROOKINE OF THE YEAR:  RON GUYTON (DB)

 

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2009 EFL All-Star selections (2009 EFL All Star Game – 10/31 @ Bridgewater-Raynham HS)
 
                      Irish Blizzard Players selected....
 
                                    OFFENSE:
                                       Ty Gamble (RB)
                                       Scott Allard (RB)
                                       Dee Whitehead (RB)
                                       Rayshawn Link (WR)
                                       Ernie Adams (TE)
                                       Jay Berry (OL)
                                       Nate Orcutt (OL)
                                      Jeff Learned (OL)
 
                                   DEFENSE:
                                      Alejandro Miranda (LB)
                                      Chris LeBlanc (DB)
                                      Ron Guyton (DB)
                                      Luis Rodriguez (DL)
                                      Jamie Cairns (DL)
 


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Saturday, July 18
IRISH BLIZZARD COACH ED PEETE COACHES IN HIS 100TH CONSECUTIVE GAME...
2009 0725 EP (sm)

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Saturday, 7/18/2009

CHARLESTOWN, MA

 

Clinton Irish Blizzard Head Coach Ed Peete coached in his 100th game on Saturday, earning a 24-0 win vs the Hyde Park Seminoles.

 

Peete has been the only head coach since the team joined the Eastern Football League in 2000. Since then, Peete has gone on to coach 100 consecutive games (2000-2009).

 

The team presented Peete with a special recognition award after Saturday's game (7/18) in appreciation of his dedication and sacrifices over the last 10 years. Without his efforts, the successes of the franchise would not have been possible.

 

The team will honor Peete at halftime of the upcoming home opener at Fuller Field in Clinton.

 *Sat. 7/25 (7pm) - Clinton Irish Blizzard vs. Quincy Militia

 

Congratulations Coach Peete!

 

 Some Coach Peete Milestones....

 

*First Game: 

7/8/2000 - Springfield Blitz'n Bears 31  Clinton Irish Blizzard 20 (Springfield College - Springfield, MA)

 

*First Win:

8/12/2000 - Clinton Irish Blizzard 27  Charlestown Townies 20 (Fuller Field - Clinton, MA)

 

*First Playoff Game and Playoff Win

10/07/2000 - Clinton Irish Blizzard 16  Springfield Blitz'n Bears 6 (Fuller Field - Clinton, MA)

 

*EFL Coach of the Year

2001 Season 

 

*EFL Regular Season Co-Champions

2003 - Clinton Irish Blizzard 8-2

 

*First EFL Championship Appearance

11/15/2003 - Middleboro Cobras 14  Clinton Irish Blizzard 0 (Battis Field - Middleboro, MA)

 

*NAFL National Playoff Appearance

10/7/2007 - Brockton Buccaneers 37  Clinton Irish Blizzard 6  (Bridgewater Raynaham HS - Bridgewater, MA)

 

*EFL Championship Appearance

10/18/2008 - Charlestown Townies 34  Clinton Irish Blizzard 13  (Charlestown HS - Charlestown, MA)

 

 



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2008 SEASON RESULTS

REGULAR SEASON 4-5
PLAYOFFS 1-1

- Brockton Bucaneers 27   Clinton Irish Blizzard 26

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 20   Randolph Oilers 6
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 26   Charlestown Townies 21 
- Randolph Oilers 29   Clinton Irish Blizzard 28
- Charlestown Townies 35   Clinton Irish Blizzard 27

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 45   Brockton Buccaneers 0
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 35   UMaine Orono Football Club 6
- Charlestown Townies 41   Clinton Irish Blizzard 19
- Randolph Oilers 20   Clinton Irish Blizzard 19


*Playoffs

Semi-finals:
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 27   Randolph Oilers 13

Championship:
- Charlestown Townies 34   Clinton Irish Blizzard 13



2008 E.F.L. ALL-STARS

2008 EFL All-Stars (6) - CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD 

Scott Allard (RB) – In his second season with the Clinton Irish Blizzard, Allard earned EFL All-Star honors for the second straight season. In 10 games played in 2008 Allard rushed for 829 yards on 110 carries and 5 touchdowns leading Clinton in carries and yards in 2008. Allard also caught 10 passes for 63 yards and 1 touchdown. Allard surpassed the 100 yard mark in three games including a team high 143 yards in a week 6 win over Brockton. 

John Riccio (QB) – Riccio followed up his 2007 EFL MVP season with his best statistical season as a member of the Irish Blizzard. Riccio led an offense that averaged 25.9 ppg while passing for 24 touchdowns and 1807 yards in 11 games played. Riccio completed 52% of his passes and also added a rushing touchdown. He threw for a season high 268 yards in a week 6 game at Charlestown and threw for 4 touchdowns in a game on 2 separate occasions. Riccio was named as a 2008 EFL All Star for the fourth consecutive season. 

Ernie Adams (TE) – Tight End Ernie Adams continues to prove himself to be one of the top tight ends in New England. A dominant blocker, Adams also has the big play capability of a #1 receiver. A 2008 EFL All-Star, Adams registered 35 catches while leading the team with 549 receiving yards and 8 receiving touchdowns in 10 games played. Adams had two touchdown receptions in a game on 2 different occasions and had 100 yards receiving in a week 8 game vs. Charlestown. 

Derek Guimond (FS) – Free Safety Guimond followed up his 4 interception rookie campaign in 2007 with an impressive team leading 6 interceptions in 9 games played in 2008 earning EFL All-Star honors. Guimond posted 2 interceptions in a week 3 victory over eventual EFL champion Charlestown.  

Ty Gamble (RB) – In his first season in the EFL, Gamble earned 2008 EFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by posting 700 yards rushing on 99 carries. Gamble added a team leading 9 touchdowns and also rushed for a 2-point conversion. In a week 3 win over Charlestown Gamble rushed for 88 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a 2 point conversion. Gamble rushed for 110 yards in a week 7 win over the University of Maine Football Club. 

Alejandro Miranda (LB) – Earning EFL All-Star recognition in his second EFL season, Miranda captained the Irish Blizzard defense while leading the team in total tackles. He also tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries.

 



2008 E.F.L. AWARDS

2008 Eastern Football League Award Winners - Clinton Irish Blizzard

 

2008 EFL Rookie of the Year Ty Gamble (RB) – In his first season in the EFL, Gamble earned 2008 EFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by posting 700 yards rushing on 99 carries. Gamble added a team leading 9 touchdowns and also rushed for a 2-point conversion. In a week 3 win over Charlestown Gamble rushed for 88 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a 2 point conversion. Gamble rushed for 110 yards in a week 7 win over the University of Maine Football Club. 

2008 EFL Comeback Player of the Year Jay Berry (OL) – After suffering a broken leg in last year’s playoffs, Offensive Lineman Jay Berry returned in 2008 to help anchor an Offensive Line that helped Clinton post its best statistical rushing season in the team’s 9 year history. Berry helped open holes for 8 different running backs to combine for 1970 yards in 11 games played. The 2008 team averaged 25.9 ppg while averaging nearly 180 yards per game on the ground and 165 yards a game through the air. 

2008 EFL Sportsmanship Award Jim Learned (WR) – In his 9th season with the Irish Blizzard, Jim Learned has been honored with the EFL Sportsmanship Award. Learned led the Clinton Irish Blizzard with 40 catches in 10 games played. On the season Learned totaled 40 catches for 451 yards and 5 receiving touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown. Learned caught at least two passes in all 10 games he played and hauled in 6 catches for 96 yards and 1 touchdown in a week 9 game at Randolph



2008 TEAM AWARDS

The Irish Blizzard annual TEAM AWARDS were presented for the 2008 season. Congratulations to the following award winners… 

 

TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:                   Ernie Adams (TE)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:                Scott Allard (RB)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:                Alejandro Miranda (LB)

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:                Ty Gamble (RB)

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:                Gareth Watts (DB)

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:         Zack Blanchflower (RB)

COACHES AWARD:                                          Luis Rodriguez (LB)

UNSUNG HERO AWARD:                                  Roger Blakie (DE)

 

 



2008 MLFN ALL-AMERICANS

www.minorleaguefootballnews.com

The following Clinton Irish Blizzard players were selected to the 2008 Minor League Football News All-American Teams:

1st TEAM  -  TIGHT END:
Ernie Adams  -  
Clinton Irish Blizzard

A 2nd Team selection in 2007, Adams earned 1st Team honors in 2008. The well-rounded tight end continues to prove himself to be one of the top tight ends in the country.

HONORABLE MENTION  -  QUARTERBACK:
John Riccio  -  Clinton Irish Blizzard 

Riccio followed up his 2007 EFL MVP season and HONORABLE MENTION All-American status with another stellar season and was again recognized by the MLFN.

HONORABLE MENTION  -  RUNNING BACK:
Scott Allard  -  
Clinton Irish Blizzard

This is the 2nd consecutive season in which Allard has been recognized by the MLFN (Honorable Mention in 2007). Allard was on top or near the top in numerous statistical categories - Rushing Yards, Carries, TDs, Receptions, etc. 

 



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2007 SEASON RESULTS

REGULAR SEASON 5-4
PLAYOFFS 0-1

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 34   Pittsfield Aces 8

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 7   Charlestown Townies 0
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 49   Randolph Oilers 8
- Brockton Buccaneers 27   Clinton Irish Blizzard 20
- Ocean State Vipers 27   Clinton Irish Blizzard 7
- New England Knights 27   Clinton Irish Blizzard 12
- Charlestown Townies 13   Clinton Irish Blizzard 7
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 19   Randolph Oilers 14
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 40   Brockton Buccaneers 17

*Playoffs

NAFL National Playoffs:
- Brockton Buccaneers 37   Clinton Irish Blizzard 6



2007 E.F.L. ALL-STARS
Clinton Irish Blizzard Players Selected to the EFL All-Star Team:

- John Riccio - QB #12
- Ernie Adams - TE #89
- Dwayne Forbes - DE #33
- Scott Allard - RB #29
- Ross Eberhart - LB #1
- Nate Orcutt - OL #69
- Alex Mitchell - LB #44  



2007 E.F.L. AWARDS

2007 Eastern Football League MVP – QB John Riccio

In 9 games played, Riccio threw for an EFL career high 21 TDs. He finished the season passing for 1348 yards and a 21/13 TD to INT ratio. Riccio twice earned EFL player of the week honors and twice earned Minor League Football News player of the week honors. Riccio becomes only the 2nd Irish Blizzard player in the team’s 8 seasons of existence to capture the league’s highest honor. 

2007 Eastern Football League Comeback Player of the Year – TE Ernie Adams
Returning from a 3 year absence from the league due to work commitments, Adams led the Irish Blizzard in most receiving categories during the regular season. In 10 games played, he led the team in receptions (32), receiving yards (505) and touchdown catches (6).  Adams earned EFL player of the week once and Minor League Football News regional player of the week twice.

 



2007 TEAM AWARDS

The following team awards were presented at the Irish Blizzard 2007 year-end banquet:

Team Most Valuable Player....... #12 John Riccio - QB

Offensive Player of the Year....... #89 Ernie Adams - TE

Defensive Player of the Year....... #33 Dwayne Forbes - DE

Rookie of the Year........... #29 Scott Allard - RB

Specialist of the Year.......... #11 Richard Joslin – FB / P

Coaches Award............ #5 Derek Guimond - DB

Unsung Hero Award.......... #55 Jay Berry - OL

 



2007 MLFN ALL-AMERICANS

The following Clinton Irish Blizzard players were selected to the 2007 Minor League Football News Regional (EAST) All-American Teams.

QUARTERBACK:
Honorable Mention-John Riccio,
Clinton Irish Blizzard 

RUNNING BACKS:
Honorable Mention- Scott Allard,
Clinton Irish Blizzard

TIGHT ENDS:
2nd Team-Ernie Adams,
Clinton Irish Blizzard

OFFENSIVE LINE:
2nd Team-Nate Orcutt,
Clinton Irish Blizzard

DEFENSIVE LINE:
3rd Team-Dwayne Forbes,
Clinton Irish Blizzard

www.minorleaguefootballnews.com

 



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***************2006***************

2006 SEASON RESULTS
REGULAR SEASON 3-6
PLAYOFFS 0-1

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 33   Charlestown Townies 13
- Marlboro Shamrocks 14   Clinton Irish Blizzard 13
- Middleboro Cobras 28    Clinton Irish Blizzard 6
- Boston Panthers 26   Clinton Irish Blizzard 20
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 21   Charlestown Townies 14
- Marlboro Shamrocks 33   Clinton Irish Blizzard 19
- Brockton Buccaneers 21   Clinton Irish Blizzard 19
- Randolph Oilers 35   Clinton Irish Blizzard 33
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 14   Randolph Oilers 7

*Playoffs

Quarter-finals:
- Marlboro Shamrocks 28   Clinton Irish Blizzard 13



2006 E.F.L. ALL-STARS
Clinton Irish Blizzard Players Selected to the EFL All-Star Team:

#1 Ross Eberhart - LB   
#8 Matt Santiago - RB/WR
#12 John Riccio - QB   
#13 Chris Leblanc - DB   
#33 Dwayne Forbes - DE   



2006 TEAM AWARDS
The following team awards were presented at the Irish Blizzard 2006 year-end banquet:

Most Valuable Player
#12 John Riccio - Quatrterback

Offensive Player of the Year
#8 Matt Santiago - Running Back / Wide Receiver

Defensive Player of the Year
#1 Ross Eberhart - Linebacker

Specialist of the Year
#13 Chris LeBlanc - Defensive Back

Rookie of the Year
#66 Brandon Beech - Defensive Line

Unsung Hero Award
#69 Nathan Orcutt - Offensive Line



2006 MLFN ALL-AMERICANS
MINOR LEAGUE FOOTBALL NEWS - NORTHEAST REGIONAL ALL-AMERICANS SUMMER/FALL 2006

FIRST TEAM:

OFFENSIVE LINE - #53 Jamie Cairns, Clinton Irish Blizzard (EFL)
LINEBACKER - #1 Ross Eberhart, Clinton Irish Blizzard (EFL)


SECOND TEAM:

RUNNING BACK - #8 Matt Santiago, Clinton Irish Blizzard (EFL)
DEFENSIVE BACK - #34 Brian Learned, Clinton Irish Blizzard (EFL)

www.minorleaguefootballnews.com



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***************2005***************

2005 SEASON RESULTS
REGULAR SEASON 4-5
LEAGUE 3-5

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 33 Whaling City Clippers 6
- Middleboro Cobras 20   Clinton Irish Blizzard 7
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 14   Charlestown Townies 0
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 21   Randolph Oilers 0
- Middleboro Cobras 14   Clinton Irish Blizzard 13
- Boston Panthers 31   Clinton Irish Blizzard 0
- Brockton Buccaneers 20   Clinton Irish Blizzard 12
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 42   Rhode Island Prowlers 0
- Brockton Buccaneers 10   Clinton Irish Blizzard 7



2005 E.F.L. ALL-STARS
Clinton Irish Blizzard Players Selected to the EFL All-Star Team:

#9   Jon Pires - LB
#11 Ross Eberhart - LB
#15 Daron Brown - RB
#21 Matt Surette - WR
#44 Todd Theroux - LB



2005 TEAM AWARDS
The following team awards were presented at the Irish Blizzard 2005 year-end banquet:

Most Valuable Player
#9 Jon Pires - Linebacker

Offensive Most Valuable Player
#21 Matt Surette - Wide Receiver

Co-Defensive Most Valuable PLayer
#57 Steve Hathaway - Defensive End

Co-Defensive Most Valuable PLayer
#44 Todd Theroux - Linebacker

Specialist of the Year
#4 Derrick Murphy - Defensive Back

Rookie of the Year
#11 Ross Eberhart - Linebacker

Unsung Hero Award
#7 Dan Smith - Defensive Back

Leadership Award
#74 Ross LeFrancois - Offensive Line


2005 MLFN ALL-AMERICANS
MINOR LEAGUE FOOTBALL NEWS - NORTHEAST REGIONAL ALL-AMERICANS SUMMER/FALL 2005

FIRST TEAM:
Defensive Line - #53 Jamie Cairns

SECOND TEAM:
Defensive Back - #4 Derrick Murphy

HONORABLE MENTION:
Running Back - #15 Daron Brown

www.minorleaguefootballnews.com/



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***************2004***************

2004 SEASON RESULTS
REGULAR SEASON 5-4
PLAYOFFS 0-1

- Middleboro Cobras 19   Clinton Irish Blizzard 12
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 33   Charlestown Townies 8
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 14   Randolph Oilers 0
- Brockton Buccaneers 33   Clinton Irish Blizzard 7
- Brockton Buccaneers 14   Clinton Irish Blizzard 0
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 32   Marlboro Shamrocks 25
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 34   Middlesex Mayhem 12
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 7   Rhode Island Prowlers 6
- Boston Panthers 13   Clinton Irish Blizzard 7

*Playoffs

Quarter-finals:
- Marlboro Shamrocks 33   Clinton Irish Blizzard 13


2004 E.F.L. AWARDS
EFL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:

Clinton Irish Blizzard RB - # 15 Daron Brown

Clinton Irish Blizzard running back Daron Brown was named 2004 E.F.L. 'Most Valuable Player' in recognition of his stellar 2004 season. Brown rushed for 1,069 yards in nine regular season games (average of 119 yards per game). Brown also rushed for 104 yards in the Irish Blizzard's playoff loss to the Marlboro Shamrocks. Brown became only the 6th player in league history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.


2004 E.F.L. ALL-STARS
Clinton Irish Blizzard Players Selected to the EFL All-Star Team:

#3   Willie Bates - WR
#9   Jon Pires - LB
#13 Chris LeBlanc - DB
#15 Daron Brown - RB
#44 Robb McCoy - DB
#57 Steve Hathaway - DL
#72 Attila Kara - DL


2004 TEAM AWARDS
The following team awards were presented at the Irish Blizzard 2004 year-end banquet:

Most Valuable Player
#15 Daron Brown - Running Back

Offensive Most Valuable Player
#3 Willie Bates - Wide Receiver

Defensive Most Valuable PLayer
#9 Jon Pires - Linebacker

Rookie of the Year
#13 Chris LeBlanc - Cornerback

Unsung Hero Award
#58 George Lopez - Defensive End



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***************2003***************

2003 SEASON RESULTS
REGULAR SEASON 8-2
PLAYOFFS 1-1

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 33   Quincy Granite 21
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 48   Rhode Island Prowlers 6
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 21   Charlestown Townies 6
- Marlboro Shamrocks 17   Clinton Irish Blizzard 7
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 15   Middlesex Mayhem 0
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 13   Marlboro Shamrocks 8
- Middleboro Cobras 26   Clinton Irish Blizzard 3
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 25   Roxbury Panthers 0
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 21   Randolph Oilers 17
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 19   Middleboro Cobras 13


*Playoffs

Semi-finals:
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 26   Marlboro Shamrocks 8

Championship:
- Middleboro Cobras 14   Clinton Irish Blizzard 0


2003 E.F.L. AWARDS
EFL DEFENSIVE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:
Clinton Irish Blizzard LB - # 9 Jon Pires

EFL COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Clinton Irish Blizzard DL - # 99 Brian Watson



2003 E.F.L. ALL-STARS
Clinton Irish Blizzard Players Selected to the EFL All-Star Team:

#3 Robb McCoy - DB
#5 Andrew Flynn - WR
#9 Jon Pires - LB
#15 Daron Brown - RB
#45 Kayode Mayowa - LB
#53 Jamie Cairns - OL
#57 Steve Hathaway - DE
#58 Mike Pallota - OL
#60 Marc Groccia - OL
#95 Artie Barnes - DE



2003 TEAM AWARDS
The following team awards were given at the Irish Blizzard 2003 year-end banquet:

Team Most Valuable Player:
- #9 Jon Pires, LB

Offensive Most Valuable Player:
- #15 Daron Brown, RB

Defensive Most Valuable Player:
- #95 Artie Barnes, DE

Rookie of the Year:
- #60 Marc Groccia, OL

Unsung Hero Award:
- #59 Grable Thomas, OL

12th Player Award:
- #17 Brian Pallotta, QB

Coaches Recognition Award:
- Bob Kalinyak, GM



2003 'NFE' ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
National Football Events (NFE) honors outstanding players by naming the NFE All-American squads.

2003 Honorable Mention All-American
#9 Jon Pires - LB

http://www.nationalfootballevents.com



Comcast
COMCAST FEATURES IRISH BLIZZARD & EFL ON CN8 'SPORTS PULSE'
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Comcast Cable featured the Clinton Irish Blizzard and the EFL in their nightly sports report, CN8 'Sports Pulse' (10pm-11pm) on Friday (08/29/03), which aired throughout New England. In-studio guests - Irish Blizzard Coach Ed Peete and players Ernie Adams and Brian Learned - joined CN8 host Ed Berliner in discussing the the EFL and the Clinton Irish Blizzard season. The 10-minute segment, which included commentary from the coach and players as well as EFL highlights, focused on the history of the league as well as the backround of EFL players. Congratulations to all involved. Special thanks to Comcast Cable and Champagne Coach (see 2003 sponsors).


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2002 SEASON RESULTS
REGULAR SEASON 4-6
PLAYOFFS 1-1

- Springfield Blitz'n Bears 22   Clinton Irish Blizzard 14
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 32   Middlesex Mayhem 0
- Middleboro Cobras 20   Clinton Irish Blizzard 7
- Marlboro Shamrocks 28   Clinton Irish Blizzard 7
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 22   Bay State Thunder 7
- Springfield Blitz'n Bears 22   Clinton Irish Blizzard 20
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 32   Rhode Island Prowlers 19
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 28   Bay State Thunder 14
- Quincy Granite 24   Clinton Irish Blizzard 14
- Marlboro Shamrocks 26   Clinton Irish Blizzard 14

*Playoffs

Quarter-finals:
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 20   Springfield Blitz'n Bears 17

Semi-finals:
- Marlboro Shamrocks 35   Clinton Irish Blizzard 21


2002 E.F.L. AWARDS
NORTHERN CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
Clinton Irish Blizzard DB - # 15 Daron Brown

NORTHERN CONFERENCE COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Clinton Irish Blizzard QB - # 13 Phil Naismith



2002 E.F.L. ALL-STARS
Clinton Irish Blizzard Players Selected to the Northern Conference All-Star Team:

    - Scott Lumenello (OL)
    - Grable Thomas Jr. (OL)
    - James Learned (WR)
    - Lonnie Thomas (CB)
    - Brian Learned (SS)
    - Ernie Adams (TE)
    - Andrew Flynn (WR)
    - Jamie Cairns (OL)



2002 TEAM AWARDS
The following team awards were given at the Irish Blizzard 2002 year-end banquet:

Team Most Valuable Player:
- James Learned (WR)

Offensive Most Valuable Player:
- Andrew Flynn (WR)

Defensive Most Valuable Player:
- Lonnie Thomas (CB)

Unsung Hero Award:
- Tommy Lopatosky (WR)



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2001 SEASON RESULTS
REGULAR SEASON 5-4
PLAYOFFS 1-1

- Clinton Irish Blizzard 41   Central Maine Storm 0
- Marlboro Shamrocks 40    Clinton Irish Blizzard 13
- Quincy Granite 16   Clinton Irish Blizzard 13
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 33   Middleboro Cobras 12
- Springfield Blitz'n Bears 15   Clinton Irish Blizzard 13
- Marlboro Shamrocks 34   Clinton Irish Blizzard 0
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 34   Springfield Blitz'n Bears 26
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 28   Charlestown Townies 6
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 14   Mass. Havoc 0

*Playoffs

Quarter-finals:
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 42   Western Mass Machine 0

Semi-finals:
- Marlboro Shamrocks 12   Clinton Irish Blizzard 8


2001 E.F.L. AWARDS
NORTHERN CONFERENCE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:
Clinton Irish Blizzard DL - # 99 Brian Watson

NORTHERN CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:
Clinton Irish Blizzard RB - # 22 Tony Brown

NORTHERN CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR:
Clinton Irish Blizzard Head Coach - Ed Peete



2001 E.F.L. ALL-STARS
Clinton Irish Blizzard Players Selected to the Nortehrn Conference All-Star Team:

    - Jim Learned (WR)
    - John Pires (LB)
    - Tony Brown (RB)
    - Brian Learned (DB)
    - Scott Lumenello (C)
    - Steve Hathaway (DE)
    - Grable Thomas Jr. (DL)
    - Ernie Adams (TE)
    - Brian Watson (DL)
    - Corey McClellan (DE)
    - John Brenchick (OL)
    - Mike Pallotta (OL)
   



2001 TEAM AWARDS
The following team awards were given at the Irish Blizzard 2001 year-end banquet:

Team Most Valuable Player:
- Brian Watson (DL)

Offensive Most Valuable Player:
- Tony Brown (RB)

Defensive Most Valuable Player:
- Jon Pires (LB)

Unsung Hero Award:
- Jamie Cairns (OL)

Offensive Rookie of the Year:
- Ernie Adams (TE)
- Mike Pallotta (OL)

Defensive Rookie of the Year:
- Jon Pires (LB)



IRISH BLIZZARD PLAYERS FEATURED IN COMMERCIAL...
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Clinton Irish Blizzard players were featured in a "Rotman's Furniture and Carpet Store" commercial alongside New England Patriot's offensive lineman Matt Light. The shoot took place on Oct. 23, 2001 and aired through the 2001 and 2002 football seasons.



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2000 SEASON RESULTS
REGULAR SEASON 5-5
PLAYOFFS 1-1

- Springfield Blitz'n Bears 31   Clinton Irish Blizzard 20
- Marlboro Shamrocks 24   Clinton Irish Blizzard 7
- Marlboro Shamrocks 27   Clinton Irish Blizzard 20
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 27   Charlestown Townies 20
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 14   Boston Cowboys 6
- Middleboro Cobras 35   Clinton Irish Blizzard 10
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 42   Hyannis Hurricanes 15
- Mass Havoc 38   Clinton Irish Blizzard 34
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 7   Providence Prowlers 3
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 28   Springfield Blitz'n Bears 6

*Playoffs

Quarter-finals:
- Clinton Irish Blizzard 16   Springfield Blitz'n Bears 6

Semi-finals:
- Marlboro Shamrocks 59   Clinton Irish Blizzard 19


2000 E.F.L. AWARDS
NORTHERN CONFERENCE ROOKIE of THE YEAR:
Clinton Irish Blizzard QB - # 7 Stacey Moore

NORTHERN CONFERENCE SORTSMANSHIP AWARD:
Clinton Irish Blizzard OT - # 74 Denny Wood


2000 E.F.L. ALL-STARS
Clinton Irish Blizzard Players Selected to the Nortehrn Conference All-Star Team:

    # 3 Jamal Chatman WR
    # 5 Andrew Flynn WR
    # 7 Stacey Moore QB
    # 15 Adam Clark PK
    # 34 Brian Learned LB
    # 44 James Libby LB/DE
    # 50 Scott Lumenello C   
   


2000 TEAM AWARDS
The following team awards were given at the Irish Blizzard 2000 year-end banquet:

Team MVP:
Jamal Chatman - WR/DB/KR

Offensive MVP:
Stacey Moore - QB

Defensive MVP:
Brian Learned - DB/LB

'Unsung Hero' Award:
James Libby - DE



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*************SEASON RECAP*************

Below is a season summary for each of the Clinton Irish Blizzard's past sasons in the E.F.L.

 

 



2010 SEASON SUMMARY

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2009 SEASON SUMMARY

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OVERTIME THRILLER..... CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD CAPTURE 2009 E.F.L. CHAMPIONSHIP
EFL CHAMPIONSHIP.... Sunday October 25, 2009 – 3pm     Fuller Field, Clinton, MA
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CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD 20  -  Quincy Militia 14  (Overtime)
 
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Quincy  (8-5)               0          0          0          14        0          -           14
Clinton (10-2)              0          7          7          0          6          -           20   

Scoring Summary:
2nd:  C - Gamble 3 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
3rd:  C - Learned 4 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
4th:  Q – Milton 16 yard TD pass from Boyle (Moore kick)
4th:  Q – McQueen 16 yard TD pass from Boyle (Moore kick)
OT:  C – Gamble 4 yard TD run

           CLINTON - The Clinton Irish Blizzard earned their first EFL crown with a dramatic 20-14 overtime victory over the Quincy Militia in front of a packed house at Fuller Field on Sunday. The Irish Blizzard rode the right arm of quarterback John Riccio who completed 23 passes for 259 yards and 1 touchdown to give Clinton its first title after two previous championship game losses. The Irish Blizzard got another solid outing from its defense including a blocked field goal by Mike McGonagle at the end of regulation and a clutch overtime interception by cornerback Ronnie Guyton. Ty Gamble recorded two touchdown runs including the game winner in overtime. Jim Learned caught a third quarter touchdown pass while racking up 11 catches on the day. Learned (109 yds) and Rayshawn Link (102 yds) each went over 100 yards receiving on the day.
                Defense ruled the opening period as both teams failed to score in the opening stanza. Quincy moved the ball on the ground but Clinton’s defense eventually forced a punt and a fumble on the Militia’s first two drives. Meanwhile Clinton went three-and-out to open their first series before Riccio went to the air on his next drive. The Blizzard marched 50 yards on 10 plays with Riccio going 5/6 before being picked off by Quincy defensive back Domenique Milton. It didn’t take long for Clinton to shrug off the turnover as Riccio and Link hooked up for a 54 yard completion on their very next offensive play. Gamble plowed in from three yards out and the Irish Blizzard assumed a 7-0 lead with 7:04 remaining in the half.
                Clinton looked sharp late in the second and into the third, but a personal foul penalty hurt the Irish Blizzard as they threatened late in the half. A sack of Riccio and fumble halted a promising drive deep in Quincy territory to open the third quarter. Riccio took control later in the third as he hooked up with Learned on completions of 12 yards and 31 yards before hitting Link for a 14 yard completion down to the Militia 6 yardline.  Two plays later Riccio and Learned connected on a 4 yard TD pass and the Irish Blizzard extended the lead to 14-0.
                Quincy quarterback Matt Boyle turned the game around with his arm and his legs as he engineered consecutive drives in the 4th quarter that each led to touchdown passes to stun the Irish Blizzard and tie the game with 3:03 remaining in regulation. The game got interesting at this point as Riccio drove Clinton 34 yards in 7 plays before being intercepted on a deflected pass with 1:14 remaining. The return to the Clinton 39 yardline helped set up a Will Moore game winning field goal attempt. Moore drilled the kick from 35 yards out but the Militia were flagged for an illegal formation as they failed to have enough players on the line of scrimmage. Their second attempt at the kick was blocked by McGonagle as time expired and the game was headed to overtime.

                With college rules in effect, Quincy took possession at the 25 yardline. An incredible interception in the corner of the endzone by Guyton thwarted the Militia’s first attempt at scoring. Riccio ensured it would be their last attempt as he took over and completed consecutive passes to Learned, Link, and Lorin Reed setting the Irish Blizzard up with a first and goal from the 4 yardline. Gamble grabbed a handoff from Riccio on the next play and found paydirt, sealing Clinton’s first title in the team’s 10th season as an EFL franchise.

 
*Offensive MVP:  Irish Blizzard receiver #6 JIM LEARNED (11 catches/109 yards, 1TD)
*Defensive MVP:  Militia defensive back #2 DOMENIQUE MILTON (2 Interceptions)


 

CHAMPIONSHIP BOX SCORE

CLINTON PASSING
Riccio - 23/36, 259 yds, 1 TD / 3 INT
CLINTON RUSHING
Gamble  6 rushes / 15 yds / 2TDs
Allard  6 rushes / 15 yds
Whitehead  5 rushes / -5 yds
CLINTON RECEIVING
J Learned  11 catches / 109 yds / 1 TD
Link  7 catches / 102 yds
Reed  2 catches / 19 yds
Whitehead  1 catch / 18 yds
Adams  1 catch / 8 yds
Gamble  1 catch / 3 yds 
CLINTON INTERCEPTIONS
Guyton  1
CLINTON FUMBLE RECOVERIES
Whitehead  1
Watts  1
CLINTON POINT AFTER ATTEMPTS
Cairns 2/2

 



2009 1025 Champs

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2009 EFL CHAMPIONSHIP: CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD vs Quincy Militia, *SUNDAY* 10/25 @ 3pm
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CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD (9-2)  vs  Quincy Militia (8-4)
Sunday 10/25 @ *3pm*   –     Fuller Field Clinton, MA
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GAME NOTES:   
The Clinton Irish Blizzard return to the EFL Championship game for 2nd consecutive season and for the 3rd time in the team’s 10 year history by virtue of a 47-0 semifinal win over Randolph. The Quincy Militia stunned top seeded Charlestown with a 27-23 semifinal win. Quincy advances to the EFL Championship in their first season as an EFL franchise. Clinton defeated Quincy in two close games during the regular season. The Irish Blizzard posted 15-0 and 7-6 wins over the Militia in 2009.

C.I.B NEWS AND NOTES:
* Clinton’s 47 points are its highest playoff output in team history. Clinton’s previous high was 42 scored against the Western Mass Machine in 2001.
* Clinton’s last playoff shutout came in 2001 in a 42-0 quarterfinal win over the Western Mass Machine. The shutout was Clinton’s 4th of 2009.
* Dee Whitehead’s 4 rushing touchdowns last week is a season high by a CIB player.
* Ty Gamble (632 yards) and Dee Whitehead (600 yards) both eclipsed 600 rushing yards for the season last week. Scott Allard (492 yards) needs just 8 yards to get to 500 yards rushing on the season.
* Clinton’s QBs have not thrown an interception in over 6.5 games (26 quarters).
* Clinton’s 3 interceptions last week brings their season total to an impressive 24 INTs in 11 games.
* Clinton’s 245 yards rushing last week was its second highest single game total this season.
* Ty Gamble rushed for 103 yards in a week 3 win over Quincy at Fuller Field.
* The Clinton defense has yielded only 6 points to the Militia in 2 games this season.
* Clinton’s offense is averaging 25.0 ppg in 2009. The Militia defense has held Clinton to 11.0 ppg average in 2 games this season. 

EFL Championship Notes:
* The Middleboro Cobras defeated Clinton 14-0 in the 2003 EFL Championship game. The Charlestown Townies defeated Clinton 34-13 in the 2008 EFL Championship game. Both games were played on the road.
* This will be the first EFL title game played in Clinton.
* Jay Berry, Ernie Adams, Jamie Cairns, Brian Learned, Jim Learned, and Head Coach Ed Peete will be participating in their 3rd EFL title game.
* The Morrisey Club won the first EFL Championship in 1961
* The Marlboro Shamrocks have won 19 EFL titles while the Middleboro/Mitchell Club Cobras have won eight titles and the Hyde Park Cowboys three titles
* The Albany Metro Maulers are the only team outside of New England to have won the EFL title, capturing the league crown in 1986 and 1981
* Besides the Marlboro Shamrocks and the Clinton Irish Blizzard, the only other Central Mass team to play for the EFL title was the Fitchburg Chiefs, who lost to the Malden Colts 30-27 in the 1971 EFL championship game. 

 



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IRISH BLIZZARD ADVANCE TO EFL FINAL WITH 47-0 SEMIFINAL WIN vs. RANDOLPH OILERS
EFL SEMININALS.... Saturday October 17, 20092pm     Fuller Field, Clinton, MA
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CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD 47  -  Randolph Oilers 0

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Randolph  (8-4)             0          0          0          0          -           0
Clinton (9-2)                  6          21         7          13         -           47
 

Scoring Summary:
1st:  Gamble 2 yard TD run (failed kick)
2nd:  Whitehead 2 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
2nd:  Learned 20 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
2nd:  Whitehead 9 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
3rd:  Whitehead 1 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
4th:  Whitehead 13 yard TD run (failed kick)
4th:  Aldrich 12 yard TD run (Cairns kick)


                The Clinton Irish Blizzard (9-2) football team played perhaps its best game of the season in the Eastern Football League Semifinals as they advance to the Championship game with a dominant 47-0 win over the Randolph Oilers (8-4). With Quincy’s defeat of Charlestown in the other Eastern Football League Semifinal, the Irish Blizzard will host the Militia for the 2009 EFL Championship at Fuller Field on Saturday.
                Clinton put up prolific numbers on the day as the offense amassed 437 total yards and 7 touchdowns. The Irish Blizzard scored on 4 of their 5 first half possessions, sprinting out to a 27-0 halftime lead. The second half proved to be more of the same with Clinton scoring three more times while cruising to a 47-0 victory.
                The offensive line led the way for Clinton as Jon Davies, TR Staake, Jeff Learned, Jay Berry, and Nate Orcutt opened holes allowing Irish Blizzard running backs to rush for a combined 245 yards and 6 touchdowns. Scott Allard gained 96 yards on 15 carries while Dee Whitehead ran for 61 yards and 4 touchdowns. Ty Gamble also chipped in with 42 yards and a touchdown. The Irish Blizzard controlled the clock late as Ryan Aldrich and Sean Kerrigan combined for 46 yards and a touchdown in the 4th quarter.
                Quarterback John Riccio led an efficient passing attack, completing 14 passes in 23 attempts for 192 yards and a touchdown. Rayshawn Link led all receivers with 5 catches for 70 yards. Jim Learned hauled in 4 catches for 56 yards including a second quarter touchdown. Ernie Adams caught 3 passes for 54 yards and Scott Allard notched 2 receptions for 13 yards.
                Clinton’s defense was equally impressive, recording three interceptions and posting their fourth shutout in 2009. Up front, Luis Rodriguez, Brian Publicover, Jamie Cairns, Dwayne Forbes, and Shawn Phillips kept constant pressure on Oiler quarterbacks. Rodriguez and Publicover each registered a sack.
                The Irish Blizzard used several combinations of linebackers and looks to neutralize Randolph’s punishing rushing game. Alejandro Miranda, Mike McGonagle, Alex Mitchell, Brian Learned, Dave Flaherty, Dave Anderson, and Josh Lowe all teamed up to hold the Oilers running game in check. Lowe notched a 4th quarter interception while McGonagle and Learned had pass breakups.
 
                Meanwhile, the Irish Blizzard secondary continued its stellar play. Gareth Watts led the secondary with 2 interceptions. Derek Guimond recorded two pass breakups. Cornerbacks Ron Guyton and Chris Leblanc provided blanket coverage all afternoon.
 
                Clinton will now prepare to host the Quincy Militia for the 2009 Eastern Football League Championship on Sunday October 25th at Fuller Field.


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TOWNIES EDGE BLIZZ ON FINAL PLAY, EARN EFL #1 SEED WITH 24-21 VICTORY...
Saturday September 26, 20092pm                   Fuller Field, Clinton, MA
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Charlestown Townies  24  -  CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD  21
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Charlestown (8-1)         0          21         0          3          -           24
Clinton (8-2)                  7          7          7          0          -           21 

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Scoring Summary:
1st:  Gamble 4 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
2nd:  Adams 10 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
3rd:  Link 17 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)

                The top two teams in the Eastern Football League met to decide home field advantage and the number one seed in the upcoming EFL playoffs, and the game lived up to the hype as Charlestown booted a 40 yard field goal as time expired to edge Clinton in a thrilling 24-21 victory on Saturday afternoon in Clinton. Irish Blizzard quarterback John Riccio threw for 147 yards and two touchdowns and safety Derek Guimond recorded two interceptions in defeat. With the loss Clinton finishes the regular season at 8-2 and will now host an EFL Semifinal game as the number two seed on Saturday October 17th.               
                The Irish Blizzard began their second series on their own 4 yardline and marched 96 yards in 7 plays. Riccio connected with Jim Learned on a 20 yard pass and Dee Whitehead added a 47 yard run eventually brining Clinton deep into Townies territory. Ty Gamble raced in from 4 yards out and the Irish Blizzard led 7-0 in the first period. Charlestown answered right back on their next possession. Running back Neville Depass scored from 7 yards out, knotting the score at 7-7 in the second period.
                Riccio caught fire on Clinton’s next series as he connected on consecutive passes to Ernie Adams, Lorin Reed, and Learned before scrambling for 13 yards, eventually setting up a 10 yard touchdown strike to Adams giving Clinton a 14-7 lead late in the 2nd quarter. At this point the Townies stunned Clinton with two Jon Jones touchdown passes in the final two minutes of the half.  The first one came on a fourth down play with 1:16 left to even the score at 14-14. After a Blizzard fumble, Charlestown connected on a 50 yard desperation pass with :04 left in the half capping off a stunning 21 point 2nd quarter for the Townies.
                Trailing 21-14, Clinton opened the half with a bang as Riccio hit Scott Allard on a 48 yard completion on the first play of the third quarter advancing the ball down to the Charlestown 16 yardline. After three plays netted -1 yards, Riccio found Rayshawn Link for a 17 yard touchdown pass on a key 4th and 11 play, tying the score at 21-21 early in the third quarter.
                With the defenses settling in, the next seven series yielded zero points as both Charlestown and Clinton’s offenses failed to get much going. Derek Guimond notched his second interception of the game and a big Luis Rodriguez sack helped stop promising Townies’ second half drives. The Irish Blizzard took over with less than a minute left. A third down Riccio to Allard pass netted only 5 yards forcing Clinton to punt with :33 seconds left in regulation. With game looking like it was headed to overtime, a big punt return and a 25 yard scramble by Jones gave Charlestown a shot at a 40 yard field goal with :02 on the clock. Townies kicker Paul Ollivierra drilled the kick and split the uprights as time expired handing the Irish Blizzard a tough 24-21 loss.
                The Clinton offense was led by Riccio who completed 8 passes for 147 yards and two scores against a stingy Townies defense. Allard, Learned, and Adams each caught two passes with Adams and Link recording touchdown catches. Jon Davies, Jay Berry, Nate Orcutt, Jeff Learned, and T.R. Staake did a solid job on the line as Blizzard backs rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Whitehead led the way with 70 yards on the ground and Gamble added a touchdown run.
 
                The Irish Blizzard defense played well against a potent Charlestown offense. The secondary was led by Guimond’s two interceptions. Safety Garreth Watts recorded five tackles and cornerbacks Chris Leblanc and Ronnie Guyton combined for 4 pass breakups. Inside Linebackers Alex Mitchell, Mike McGonagle, and Ross Eberhart were stout against the run. Outside Linebackers Dave Anderson, Brian Learned, and Dave Flaherty continued their solid play as the trio combined for 8 tackles. Up front, Luis Rodriguez, Shawn Phillips, Roger Blaikie, Brian Publicover, and Jamie Cairns anchored the defensive line. Rodriguez added a sack and Cairns netted two tackles for loss.
                The Clinton Irish Blizzard will open the EFL playoffs on Saturday October 17th as they will host an EFL Semifinal game at Fuller Field. 


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BLIZZ (8-1) EARN SOLID ROAD VICTORY, DEFEAT BRIDGEWATER 12-6...
Saturday September 19, 2009 – 6pm       Bridgewater-Raynham HS - Bridgewater, MA
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Clinton (8-1)                         0              6              6              0              -               12

Bridgewater (5-3)                 0              0              0              6              -               6
 

Clinton Scoring Summary:
2nd:  Whitehead 1 yard TD run (failed kick)

3rd:  Allard 1 yard TD run (failed kick) 

         Dee Whitehead and Scott Allard each ran for touchdowns as the Clinton Irish Blizzard improved their record to 8-1 with a 12-6 win over the Bridgewater Gladiators. The Gladiators fall to 5-3 on the season with the Irish Blizzard handing Bridgewater their first home loss of the season. The Irish Blizzard close out the regular season this Saturday as the Charlestown Townies (7-1) travel to Fuller Field for a 2pm EFL contest. The winner will earn the #1 seed and home field advantage throughout the EFL playoffs.
 
                Clinton dominated play early, advancing the ball into the red zone on their first three possessions. The resilient Gladiators defense held the Irish Blizzard scoreless until their third trip into the red zone where Dee Whitehead eventually carried in from one yard out giving Clinton a 6-0 lead. The play was setup by a Scott Allard run and hustling Rayshawn Link who fell on an Allard fumble on the 1 yardline, preserving the Clinton drive.
                The game remained 6-0 into the third period as the Irish Blizzard defense forced Gladiator punts on 5 consecutive Bridgewater possessions. Early in the third period, the Clinton offense drove 55 yards in 11 plays. John Riccio completed four passes on the drive while Allard and Whitehead combined for 30 rushing on the drive. Allard finished off a 7:02 minute drive with a 1 yard touchdown run, extending the Irish Blizzard lead to 12-0.
                Clinton nearly sealed the win on the first play of the 4th quarter as Derek Guimond picked off a Gladiator pass and returned it to the Bridgewater 7 yardline. Penalties doomed the Blizzard and they failed to score after getting backed up to the 24 yardline. Bridewater responded quickly.  Running back Mike Masse ran for a 2 yard touchdown narrowing the Clinton lead to 12-6 with 7:15 remaining in the game. After a 7 play offensive possession by Clinton led to a punt, the Irish Blizzard defense held Bridgewater scoreless on their final series, securing the 12-6 victory.
                The Irish Blizzard got another standout effort from its defense. Cornerbacks Chris Leblanc and Ronnie Guyton were terrific in coverage while safety Derek Guimond recorded an interception. Linebackers Alejandro Miranda, Alex Mitchell, Mike McGonagle, Dave Flaherty, and Brian Learned were extremely active all night. The front four also got great play from Jamie Cairns, Roger Blaikie, Brian Publicover, Shawn Phillips and Luis Rodriguez who led the unit with 2 sacks.
                The Clinton offense was paced by a powerful ground game. T. R. Staake, Jeff Learned, Jon Davies, Jay Berry, and Nate Orcutt helped Allard and Whitehead combine for 106 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. Riccio also completed 9 passes for 104 yards as Link and tight end Ernie Adams each hauled in three passes.



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BLIZZ (7-1) EARN TOUGH ROAD VICTORY, EDGE QUINCY 7-6....
Saturday September 5, 2009 – 7pm       Veteran's Memorial Stadium, Quincy, MA
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CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD  7  -  Quincy Militia  6
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Clinton (7-1)         0              0              0              7              -               7
Quincy (4-3)         0              6              0              0              -              

Clinton Scoring Summary:
4th: Allard 25 yard TD pass from Parker (Cairns kick)

 

         For the second time this season, Clinton and Quincy staged a defensive struggle as the Irish Blizzard scored a 4th quarter touchdown to prevail 7-6 in a thrilling Eastern Football League contest in Quincy on Saturday night. Matt Parker and Scott Allard hooked up for a 25 yard touchdown pass just seconds into the 4th quarter. Clinton’s defense made the lead stand and the Irish Blizzard held on to defeat the Militia. With the win, Clinton improves to 7-1 while the Militia drops to 4-3 on the season.
                Free Safety Derek Guimond intercepted a Matt Boyle pass on Quincy’s opening drive and the Irish Blizzard went to work on an 11 play drive to open the game. The Militia defense stopped the Irish Blizzard on a 4th and 1 play and Clinton’s best scoring chance of the half stalled at the Quincy 18 yardline.
                The Militia built some momentum early in the second period and eventually converted a 4th and goal play from the one yardline. The Quincy touchdown and a blocked extra point by Clinton kept the Militia lead at 6-0 going into halftime.
                The second half opened with a bang as Clinton’s Ty Gamble fielded the second half kickoff and returned it 84 yards to the Quincy 11 yardline. The Militia defense was up to the task, again holding Clinton scoreless as a 4th down sack of Matt Parker halted a promising Irish Blizzard scoring opportunity. Clinton would threaten once more in the third, driving to the Quincy 19 yardline before turning the ball over on downs with 3:40 remaining in the third quarter.
                The Irish Blizzard defense responded with a big play. Alejandro Miranda forced a fumble that Clinton’s Roger Blaikie fell on giving the Irish Blizzard possession at the Quincy 27 yardline. Three plays later Parker and Allard connected on a 25 yard scoring pass. Jamie Cairns converted the extra point and the Irish Blizzard took a 7-6 lead with 14:42 left to play.
                The Militia would threaten with 3:20 remaining but a 32 yard field goal attempt sailed wide left. Following a booming punt by Clinton’s David Flaherty, Quincy mounted one final attempt to win the game but a 49 yard field goal try as time expired fell short and the Irish Blizzard held on for the 7-6 win.
                The Irish Blizzard were led by a stout defensive effort. Cairns and Brian Publicover led the defensive front as Cairns registered a sack and two tackles for loss. Publicover had two big 4th quarter sacks. Linebackers Miranda, Alex Mitchell, Dave Flaherty, and Dave Anderson all played well as Miranda led the way with 6 tackles and a forced fumble. Ronnie Guyton, Chris Leblanc, Derek Guimond, and Gareth Watts were solid in the secondary as Guimond led the unit with an interception and two pass breakups.
                The offense got another big effort from its running game. Linemen Jay Berry, Jeff Learned, Nate Orcutt, Jon Davies, and T.R. Staake played well up front. Ty Gamble, Dee Whitehead, and Scott Allard combined for 109 yards rushing. Gamble led the way with 64 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Matt Parker added 43 yards passing including a 25 yard TD pass to Allard.
                The Irish Blizzard return to action on Saturday September 19 following a bye week. Clinton travels to Bridgewater to faceoff against the Bridgewater Gladiators as kickoff is scheduled for 6pm at Bridgewater-Raynham High School.
 

 



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BLIZZ (6-1) ROLL INTO BYE WEEK WITH 35-14 WIN vs. BROCKTON BUCCANEERS....

Saturday August 22, 2009 – 7pm        Fuller Field, Clinton, MA
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CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD  35  -  Brockton Buccaneers  14
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Clinton (6-1)                        14           7              7              7              -               35
Brockton (1-6)                     0              14           0              0              -               14  
 

Clinton Scoring Summary:
1st:  Adams 16 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
1st:  Link 15 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
2nd:  Allard 1 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
3rd:  Adams 5 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
4th:  Allard 1 yard TD run (Cairns kick)

                 The Clinton Irish Blizzard got three touchdown passes from John Riccio and two rushing touchdowns from Scott Allard in a 35-14 home victory over the Brockton Buccaneers on Saturday night. With the win, Clinton improves to 6-1 and remains atop the EFL standings headed into their bye week. Tight end Ernie Adams hauled in two of Riccio’s three touchdown passes and the Irish Blizzard defense recorded three interceptions in the win. Following a bye week, Clinton will travel to Quincy on Sept. 5 for a road contest against the Militia.
                The Irish Blizzard offense wasted no time following an Alex Mitchell interception on Brockton’s opening drive. With good field position Clinton moved the ball 40 yards in 5 plays as John Riccio hit Ernie Adams on a 16 yard touchdown pass to give Clinton a 7-0 early advantage. Linebacker Alejandro Miranda matched Mitchell as his interception on the next series halted a Buccaneers drive and a solid return gave the Irish Blizzard promising field position. Riccio went to work again, this time finding Rayshawn Link from 15 yards out extending Clinton’s first quarter lead to 14-0.
                The Irish Blizzard would score on their third consecutive possession of the game with Allard capping off a Clinton drive with a 1 yard touchdown run widening the Irish Blizzard lead to 21-0 just :05 into the second quarter. The Buccaneers found life late in the half, scoring on their final two possessions and cutting the Clinton lead to 21-14 going into halftime.
                The Irish Blizzard turned to their punishing rushing attack in the second half. Clinton came out of halftime and drove 59 yards in 7 plays with Ty Gamble and Allard combining for 54 yard rushing on the drive. The drive was highlighted by consecutive runs of 16 yards then 19 yards by Gamble and Allard. Riccio hit Adams on a 5 yard touchdown pass and the Irish Blizzard were back up by two scores with a 28-14 lead.
                The Irish Blizzard threatened to put the game away on their next possession as Gamble and Dee Whitehead shared rushing duties. The two combined for 42 yards rushing but a Whitehead fumble deep in Brockton territory stopped a promising drive. Whitehead made up for it later in the 4th quarter carrying four consecutive times for 25 yards setting up Allard’s final touchdown of the night, a one yard run closing out a 35-14 Clinton victory. The Irish Blizzard defense forced a fumble and a Chris Leblanc interception helped hold the Bucs scoreless in the second half.
                The Clinton defense was led by its defensive line. The front four of Dwayne Forbes, Luis Rodriguez, Jamie Cairns and Roger Blaikie were dominant throughout. Forbes led the unit notching 3 sacks and a fumble recovery in addition to several tackles. Linebackers Mitchell and Miranda had big nights as each recorded an interception. Mike McGonagle, Dave Flaherty, and Dave Anderson also played well in the middle. The secondary was led by Chris Leblanc who recorded one interception and a pair of pass breakups.
                The Irish Blizzard offense was paced by its relentless rushing attack. Jon Davies, Jay Berry, Jeff Learned, Nate Orcutt, and Josue Diaz opened holes for Blizzard backs. Whitehead (10 carries, 70 yards), Gamble (10 carries, 55 yards), and Allard (8 carries, 50 yards, 2TDs) combined for 175 yards on the ground. Quarterback Jorn Riccio was efficient as he completed six passes for 72 yards and three scores. Riccio found easy targets in Adams (3 receptions), Link (2 receptions), and Jim Learned (1 reception).
                Following a bye week, the Irish Blizzard return to action with a road contest against the Quincy Militia. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm, Sat. Sept. 5 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy



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IRISH BLIZZARD RETURN TO FORM... BLAST HYDE PARK SEMINOLES 32-8 AT FULLER
Saturday August 15, 20097pm
Fuller Field, Clinton, MA
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CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD  32  -  Hyde Park Seminoles 8 
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Clinton (5-1)                0          13        13        6          -           32
Hyde Park (1-5)          0          0          0          8          -           8  

Clinton Scoring Summary:
2nd:  Gamble 1 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
2nd:  Adams 14 yard TD pass from Riccio (blocked kick)
3rd:  Gamble 4 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
3rd:  Whitehead 56 yard TD run (blocked kick)
4th:  Link 10 yard TD pass from Parker (no attempt, end of regulation) 

The Clinton Irish Blizzard returned to winning form on Saturday night with a convincing 32-8 victory over the Hyde Park Seminoles. Clinton got a pair of 100 yard rushing efforts from running backs Ty Gamble and Dee Whitehead with Gamble rushing for 114 yards and two touchdowns while Whitehead added 127 yards and one touchdown. With the victory, the Irish Blizzard improve to 5-1 on the season.
               
The Irish Blizzard offense saw touchdown passes of 10 yards and 28 yards from John Riccio to Rayshawn Link called back due to penalties on consecutive drives to open the game. As a result, the game remained scoreless into the second quarter. Ty Gamble put Clinton on the board just minutes into the second period taking a handoff and bursting 70 yards down to the Irish Blizzard 1 yardline. Gamble scored from 1 yard out on the next play giving Clinton a 7-0 second quarter lead.
               
The Irish Blizzard offense continued threaten but failed to put points on the board as Clinton would fumble on the Seminoles 4 yardline and another Riccio to Link touchdown was called back later in the half. With one final possession before the half, the Irish Blizzard two minute offense drove 55 yards in 1:05 with Riccio completing passes to Ernie Adams for 15 yards, Gamble for 9 yards, and finally Adams for 14 yards and a touchdown as part of a drive that gave Clinton a 13-0 lead heading into halftime.
               
                The second half featured a ball control offense and more stifling defense for Clinton. The Irish Blizzard turned to running backs Gamble and Whitehead to grind out yards. The duo combined for 46 yards rushing on the opening possession of the second half. Gamble finished things off with a 4 yard TD run but also registered a key first down run on a 4th and 3 situation earlier in the drive. The Gamble touchdown extending the Irish Blizzard lead to 20-0.  Whitehead answered one play into Clinton’s next drive as he took a Riccio handoff and motored 56 yards to paydirt widening the Irish Blizzard lead to 26-0 through three quarters of play.
                Hyde Park finally broke through on the Clinton defense as a rushing touchdown narrowed Clinton’s lead to 26-8 with 7:19 remaining. The Clinton offense sealed the game with a 10 play, 58 yard drive that chewed up the final seven minutes of play. Relief quarterback Matt Parker hit Link with 10 yard TD pass putting an exclamation point on a 32-8 Irish Blizzard win.               
                The Irish Blizzard defense once again turned in a dominating performance as they limited Hyde Parked big play offense to 8 points. Jamie Cairns and Evan Berte led the front four as Cairns recorded two tackles for loss and Berte had a hand in two Irish Blizzard sacks. Alejandro Miranda and Mike McGonagle led the linebacking corps. Cornerbacks Chris Leblanc and Ronnie Guyton led the secondary with solid coverage and great run support.
                The offense was keyed by a dominant rushing effort. Offensive linemen Jay Berry, Jeff Learned, Jon Davies, T. R. Staake, Josue Diaz, and Matt Kronopolus each worked to create holes for an offense that totaled 253 rushing yards. Gamble (14 carries, 118 yards, 2 TDs) and Whitehead (15 carries, 127 yards, 1 TD) did the bulk of the work on the ground. Riccio finished 7 of 15 passing for 91 yards and one touchdown. Parker finished 3 of 3 for 17 yards and one TD in relief of Riccio. Adams led all receivers with 4 catches for 40 yards and one TD. Link added 3 catches for 29 yards and one TD.
                The Irish Blizzard return to action on Saturday as they host the Brockton Buccaneers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm at Fuller Field.


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REVERSAL OF FORTUNE; IRISH BLIZZARD SUFFER SHUTOUT LOSS @ CHARLESTOWN, 26-0
Saturday August 8, 2009 – 7pm
Charlestown H.S.; Charlestown, MA
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Charlestown Townies  26  -  CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD  0
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Clinton (4-1)                0          0          0          0          -           0
Charlestown (4-1)        6          6          0          14        -           26


      The Charlestown Townies turned a defensive battle into a rout as they scored 14 fourth quarter points on their way to a 26-0 home victory over the Clinton Irish Blizzard. With the loss Clinton drops into a three-way tie for first place in the EFL with Charlestown and Bridgewater as the three teams currently sit atop the EFL standing with 4-1 records. The Irish Blizzard trailed 12-0 into the 4th quarter as both teams’ defenses carried the play before the Townies finished off the Blizzard with consecutive scoring drives in the 4th quarter. One of the touchdowns was setup by a Clinton fumble on its own 31 yardline.
    
Field position favored the Townies early as the Irish Blizzard began three of their first four drives from inside their own 20 yardline. While the Clinton offense tried to dig out of the field position hole, the Irish Blizzard defense held the Charlestown offense in check early on despite working with a short field. The Townies broke through late in the first period on a Jon Jones to Manny Parent touchdown pass giving Charlestown a 6-0 lead. The game stayed that way until 5:59 of the second quarter before Jones and Parent would hook up again extending Charlestown’s first half lead to 12-0.
    
The Irish Blizzard looked to cut into the deficit late in the half as Clinton advanced to the Townies 28 yardline with 1:03 left in the half but Korie Brown picked off a John Riccio pass deep in Townies territory abruptly ending Clinton’s best scoring chance of the half.
    
The Irish Blizzard offense came out firing in the second half marching to the Townies 21 yardline over 11 plays with Riccio completing 4 passes for 44 yards on the drive. A Riccio to Scott Allard 4th down pass fell incomplete and Clinton’s promising drive stalled.
    
Charlestown sealed the victory midway through the 4th quarter with a Neville Depass 4 yard touchdown run giving the Townies a 20-0 lead. The Townies would tack on another touchdown before the final buzzer as an Irish Blizzard fumble on their next possession gave Charlestown possession deep in Clinton territory. Depass put an exclamation point on the win, rushing for another Townies touchdown with under two minutes remaining. 
    
The Clinton defense played well despite the 26 point loss. Cornerback Chris Leblanc recorded an interception and pass deflection while Ronnie Guyton added three pass breakups. Safety Gareth Watts’ pass breakup led to Leblanc’s interception, he also registered 4 tackles. Linebackers Alex Mitchell, Alejandro Miranda, and Mike Mcgonagle were solid in the middle. McGonagle and Mitchell each recorded a pass breakup. Miranda chipped in with six tackles. The defensive line was solid most of the night. Evan Berte, Dwayned Forbes, Shawn Phillips, Luis Rodriguez, and Roger Blaikie all played well up front. The five guys up front combined for 3 sacks and two pass deflections.
    
Offensively, Clinton running backs Ty Gamble, Scott Allard, and Dee Whitehead combined for 103 yards on the ground. Gamble led the way with 59 yards. Riccio completed 8 passes for 79 yards, while Matt Parker completed two passes for 14 yards. Jon Davies, Jay Berry, Jeff Learned, Jamie Cairns, and Matt Kronopolus anchored the offensive line.
    
Clinton returns home next week to host the Hyde Park Seminoles. Saturday’s kickoff is schedule for 7pm at Fuller Field.
          
 More to follow…

 



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STREAKING BLIZZ ADVANCE WIN STREAK, SHUTOUT STREAK WITH 55-0 VICTORY...
Saturday August 1, 20097pm
Fuller Field, Clinton, MA
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CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD  55  -  Seacoast Vipers  0
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Clinton (4-0)                21          21          0          13          -         55 
Seacoast (0-3)              0           0            0          0           -           0

Clinton Scoring Summary:
1st:  Leblanc 80 yard kickoff return (Cairns kick)
1st:  Allard 4 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
1st:  Allard 29 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
2nd:  Allard 4 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
2nd:  Adams 18 yard TD pass from Parker (Cairns kick)
2nd:  Whitehead 71 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
4th:  Guyton 42 yard interception return (Cairns kick)
4th:  Aldrich 5 yard TD run (missed XP)

     The Clinton Irish Blizzard continued their winning ways with another impressive win over the Seacoast Vipers on Saturday night. The Irish Blizzard mixed a relentless rushing attack with another terrific defensive effort in a 55-0 blanking of the Vipers. Scott Allard ran for 3 touchdowns and Dee Whitehead contributed 129 yards on the ground to lead the Blizzard offense. Cornerback Ronnie Guyton returned an interception for a touchdown and linebacker Alex Mitchell picked off another Viper pass as the defense recorded its 3rd straight shutout.
    
Chris Leblanc staked Clinton to an early lead as he fielded the opening kickoff and raced 80 yards to paydirt. Jamie Cairns added the point after kick giving the Irish Blizzard a 7-0 lead just twenty seconds into the game. After a three-and-out series for Seacoast, a poor snap on a punt attempt gave the Irish Blizzard a 1st and goal from the 4 yardline. Allard (4 carries / 58 yards, 3TDs) took a handoff from John Riccio and raced into the endzone extending Clinton’s lead to 14-0.
    
Following a Vipers punt, Allard and Whitehead (4 carries / 129 yards, 1 TD) went to work combining for 63 yards on the next series. Allard capped things off streaking 29 yards untouched into the endzone widening the Irish Blizzard lead to 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. After an Alex Mitchell interception, the Blizzard opened the second quarter right where they left off with Allard taking his last handoff of the night and blasting into the endzone from 4 yards out giving Clinton a 28-0 second quarter lead.
    
The Irish Blizzard added 2 more touchdowns before the half. Quarterback Matt Parker hooked up with tight end Ernie Adams on an 18 yard passing touchdown before Whitehead raced 70 yards for a touchdown, closing out a 42 point first half by Clinton.
    
With a big second half lead, the Irish Blizzard were content to grind out yards on the ground while continuing their stellar defensive play. Running backs Ryan Aldrich and Sean Kerrigan earned most of the carries in the second half. Clinton got 4th quarter scores from Guyton who picked off an errant Viper pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown and Aldrich closed out the scoring with a 5 yard touchdown run midway through the 4th period.
    
The Clinton defense gave another terrific all-around effort. The defensive line was led by Dwayne Forbes, Brian Publicover, and Luis Rodriguez who combined for three sacks and three tackles for loss. Dave Flaherty and Mitchell paced the linebacking unit, combining for 8 tackles and an interception. Matt Guimond, Chris Leblanc, Derek Guimond and Guyton anchored the secondary. Guyton recorded an interception return for touchdown.
    
The Irish Blizzard offense relied on its rushing attack most of the night. T. R. Staake, Jamie Cairns, Jeff Learned, Matt Kronopolus, and Josue Diaz were dominant up front as Irish Blizzard running backs combined for 237 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns.  Allard (4/58, 3 TDs), Whitehead (4/129, 1 TD), Aldrich (4/31, 1 TD), and Kerrigan (4/21) all contributed to the rushing attack. Parker and Adams hooked up for the lone passing touchdown.
       The Clinton Irish Blizzard visit the Charlestown Townies next week in a rematch of last season’s EFL title game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm on Saturday August 8th at Charlestown High School.  


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IRISH BLIZZARD NOTCH 2ND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT, WIN HOME OPENER 15-0 VS MILITIA....
Saturday July 25, 20097pm
Fuller Field, Clinton, MA
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CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD  15  -  Quincy Militia  0
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Clinton (3-0)                7          8          0          0          -         15
Quincy (2-1)                0          0          0          0          -           0

Clinton
Scoring Summary:
1st:   Adams 3 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
2nd:  Allard 5 yard TD run (Leblanc rush)

The Clinton Irish Blizzard scored on their first two offensive possessions and their defense made the lead stand as Clinton battled to a 15-0 win over the Quincy Militia in their 2009 home opener. With the win, Clinton improves to 3-0 on the season while the Militia drops to 2-1. Ty Gamble rushed for 103 yards and Scott Allard added a 5 yard rushing touchdown. Ernie Adams hauled in a 3 yard touchdown pass from John Riccio and Chris Leblanc notched his first interception of the season helping the Clinton defense post its 2nd consecutive shutout.

                After a defensive stand by the Irish Blizzard to open the game, Clinton took possession and marched 73 yards in 10 plays. Riccio uncorked a 40 yard pass to Jim Learned before connecting with Rayshawn Link and Ernie Adams on big third down completions. A Riccio to Adams 3 yard touchdown pass closed out a drive where Riccio completed 4 out of 5 passes for 63 yards. Jamie Cairns’ tacked on the extra point and the Irish Blizzard led 7-0.               
After a Militia punt pinned Clinton on their own 4 yard line, the Irish Blizzard marched 94 yards in 9 plays with their second offensive possession. The drive was highlighted by runs of 24 yards and 17 yards by Gamble before Allard broke off a 5 yard touchdown run.  Holder Chris Leblanc pulled a bad snap on the conversion and sprinted into the endzone extending Clinton’s second quarter lead to 15-0.
               
                The Irish Blizzard offense put together two more scoring bids before the half but came up empty on both drives. Clinton turned the ball over on downs after advancing to the Militia 22 yardline and 13 yardline before halftime. As a result, Clinton entered halftime holding onto a 15-0 lead.
              Coming out of halftime, t
he Irish Blizzard defense quietly took control of the game. The second half saw the defense maintain their shutout while holding the Quincy offense scoreless over four second half possessions including two drives into the redzone. Cornerback Chris Leblanc led the effort with a key interception. The Clinton offense chewed up the second half clock as they embarked on drives of 9 plays (66 yards) and 10 plays (65 yards) while threatening to put the game out of reach. Allard, Gamble and Zack Blanchflower did the bulk of the work on the ground.
              The offense was led by Gamble’s 103 yards on 15 carries while Allard contributed 67 yards rushing and a touchdown. The Offensive Line of Jay Berry, Nate Orcutt, Jeff Learned, T.R. Staake, and Matt Kronopolous helped Clinton backs combine for 179 yards rushing on 33 attempts. Riccio finished 10 of 19 passing for 138 yards and one touchdown. He completed passes to 6 different receivers with Adams catching a game high 3 passes for 30 yards and one touchdown.
              Clinton got a great all-around effort from the defense. Up front Roger Blaikie led the way with 2 tackles for loss. Jamie Cairns and Dwayne Forbes each recorded a sack while Shawn Phillips contributed with constant pressure on the quarterback. Alex Mitchell and Ross Eberhart anchored the linebacking unit with solid play in the middle. In the secondary, Brian Learned, Derek Guimond, Ronnie Guyton, and Chris Leblanc all recorded pass breakups with Leblanc also registering an interception.
              The Irish Blizzard return to action Saturday night as they host the Seacoast Vipers (0-3). Kickoff is schedule for 7pm at Fuller Field.


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IRISH BLIZZARD BLANK HYDE PARK SEMINOLES, MOVE TO 2-0 ON SEASON...
Saturday July 18, 2009 – 3pm
Charlestown H. S., Charlestown, MA
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CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD  24  -  Hyde Park Seminoles  0
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Clinton (2-0)                6          6          0          12          -         24
Hyde Park (0-2)           0          0          0          0          -            0

Clinton Scoring Summary:
1st:   Gamble 4 yard TD run (blocked kick)
2nd:  Allard 1 yard TD run (failed rush attempt)
4th:  Link 3 yard TD pass from Riccio (failed pass attempt)
4th:  Gamble 12 yard TD run (No attempt, end of regulation)

              The Clinton Irish Blizzard combined a powerful running game with swarming defense to earn Head Coach Ed Peete a shutout win in his 100th game on the sidelines for the Clinton Irish Blizzard. Clinton backs Scott Allard and Ty Gamble combined for 177 yards and 3 touchdowns leading the way in a 24-0 win on Saturday. The Irish Blizzard defense was equally impressive, creating 4 turnovers including a pair of interceptions by cornerback Ronnie Guyton. With the win, Clinton improves their record to 2-0 and remains tied atop the EFL standings heading into a week 3 showdown with the Quincy Militia (2-0).
                The Irish Blizzard took the opening possession of the game and drove 66 yards in 8 plays highlighted by a 29 yard run by Scott Allard (18 rushes, 98 yards, 1 TD) that set up a 4 yard touchdown run by Ty Gamble (9 rushes, 79 yards, 2 TDs). A blocked extra point kept the Clinton lead at 6-0. The teams traded possessions late into the second quarter when Luis Rodriguez stripped Hyde Park quarterback Val Teixeira of the football and Roger Blaikie fell on it giving the Irish Blizzard a 1st and 10 inside the Seminoles 20 yardline. Allard broke off a 10 yard run that set up his own 1 yard TD plunge extending the Irish Blizzard lead to 12-0 after a failed 2 point conversion.
                Following a third quarter interception by Derek Guimond, Clinton drove to the Seminoles 7 yardline but came up empty. That would be the last time the Clinton offense would be stopped as Allard carried 4 times for 25 yards on the next drive and Riccio completed consecutive passes to Ernie Adams twice and Jim Learned setting up a 3 yard TD pass to Rayshawn Link. A failed two point conversion pass gave Clinton an 18-0 lead midway through the 4th quarter. The Irish Blizzard offense took possession one final time as Allard and Gamble carried 5 times for 45 yards with Gamble scampering for a 12 yard touchdown as time expired in the game.
                The Clinton offense was paced by its run game and got a great performance from the offensive line. Jon Davies, Jay Berry, Nate Orcutt, Jeff Learned, and T.R. Staake helped Allard and Gamble combine for 177 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback John Riccio was efficient in light duty throwing the football. Riccio finished 7 of 15 passing for 1 touchdown. Adams led all receivers with 4 catches. Link added a touchdown catch.
                The Irish Blizzard defense gave a terrific all-around performance on Saturday earning their first shutout win of 2009. Up front defensive end Luis Rodriguez was outstanding posting three sacks and one forced fumble. Linebackers Alex Mitchell, Ross Eberhart, Dave Flaherty, and Brian Learned played solid in the middle as Mitchell led the way in tackles and added two pass breakups. The secondary limited the Hyde Park big play passing game as Guyton picked off two passes and Derek Guimond added another. Chris Leblanc, Matt Guimond, and Dan Perry all recorded pass breakups.

                Clinton returns to action Saturday night for their 2009 home opener as they host the 2-0 Quincy Militia. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm at Fuller Field. Clinton will also honor Head Coach Ed Peete at halftime for coaching in his 100th career game.



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IRISH BLIZZARD SURGE TO OVERTIME WIN...

Friday July 10, 2009 – 8pm

Randolph, H.S., Randolph, MA

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CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD  27  -  Randolph Oilers  21  (OT)

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Clinton (1-0)                0          7          7          7          6          -           27

Randolph (0-1)            0          7          7          7          0          -           21


Clinton
Scoring Summary:
2nd:  Allard 1 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
3rd:  Gamble 14 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
4th:  Adams 9 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
OT:  Learned 7 yard TD pass from Riccio


     RANDOLPH, MA  -  The Clinton Irish Blizzard and Randolph Oilers waged another classic battle on Friday night as Clinton stunned Randolph with a game tying touchdown with 1:56 remaining in the 4th quarter before prevailing 27-21 in overtime in the 2009 EFL season opener. Following an Alejando Miranda interception, quarterback John Riccio hit tight end Ernie Adams with a 9 yard touchdown pass sending the game into overtime. The Oilers attempt at a 37 yard FG sailed wide right in overtime before Riccio connected with Jim Learned on a 7 yard scoring strike to give the Irish Blizzard the week 1 road win. Running backs Scott Allard and Ty Gamble each added touchdown runs in the win.
                Both teams benefited from solid defensive play early before the Irish Blizzard broke a scoreless tie in the second quarter. After a good punt return by Zack Blanchflower, Riccio (15/31, 141 yds, 2TDs/1Int) immediately hit Rayshawn Link (5 rec / 58 yds) for 13 yards followed by Blanchflower (4 rushes / 9yds) and Allard (15 rushes / 61 yds, 1 TD) each carrying once to advance Clinton down to the 1 yard line. Allard bulled his way into the endzone and a successful Jamie Cairns kick gave Clinton a 7-0 1st half lead. Randolph would answer right back on their next drive as quarterback Ryan Myers hit receiver Brian Gallo on a 22 yard scoring play tying the game at 7-7 late in the second quarter.
                The game would open up a bit in the second half as the Irish Blizzard took their opening possession and marched 86 yards in 13 plays with Clinton getting 58 of those yards on the ground. Ty Gamble (12 rushes / 101 yds, 1TD) capped things off with a 14 yard touchdown run giving the Irish Blizzard a 14-7 lead. Once again the Oilers immediately answered with Myers again connecting with Gallo on a 26 yard touchdown pass tying the score at 14-14 headed into the 4th quarter. Clinton appeared to assume control of the game, driving 58 yards in 6 plays down to the Randolph 2 yardline. The game turned as an Oiler interception in the endzone was returned 90 yards setting up a 10 yard Calvin Bryant touchdown run stunning Clinton and giving Randolph its first lead at 21-14 with 7:58 remaining in the game. 
              
The Irish Blizzard offense stalled on its next drive but linebacker Alejandro Miranda picked off a Myers pass with 3:50 remaining in the game and returned it to the Randolph 46 yardline. Riccio immediately went to work completing passes to Link, Learned twice, and finally Adams on a 9 yard game tying touchdown. Randolph made one final attempt at winning in regulation but a desperation pass was intercepted by Clinton’s Gareth Watts sending the game into overtime.
                With NCAA overtime rules in effect, both teams began with matching possessions starting at the 25 yardline. Randolph went on offense first but the Clinton defense continued it stellar play yielding on 5 yards in three plays. The Oilers lined up for a 37 yard field goal, but talented Oiler kicker Dave Canavan boomed a kick that missed slightly to the right. Clinton began its overtime possession at the 25 yardline with Allard and Gamble each ripping off runs of 9 yards, advancing the ball to the 7 yardline. On the next play, Riccio threaded the needle to Learned over the middle who dove into the endzone completing Clinton’s 27-21 comeback win.
                Clinton’s offense was led by the offensive line of Jeff Learned, T.R. Staake, Nate Orcutt, Jay Berry, and Jon Davies. They helped generate 179 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns. Gamble led the attack with 12 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown. Allard also recorded a touchdown run. Riccio finished the night 15/31 for 141 yards, 2 touchdowns and one interception. Link and Jim Learned each hauled in 5 catches. Learned and Adams notched touchdown catches.
                The Irish Blizzard defense was terrific most of the night, limiting the potent Oilers offense and coming up with key stops late. Evan Berte, Dwayne Forbes and Jamie Cairns had big nights up front for the defensive line. Linebackers Alejandro Miranda and Mike McGonagle were solid in the middle with Miranda recording a big 4th quarter interception. The secondary was paced by Watts who intercepted a pass, but also got solid play from Ronnie Guyton, Derek Guimond, and Chris Leblanc.

                Clinton will return to action on Saturday with a road game against the Hyde Park Seminoles. The game will be played at Charlestown H.S. Kickoff is scheduled for 3pm.

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Sunday, October 19
CLINTON FALLS TO CHARLESTOWN IN '08 EFL CHAMPIONSHIP...

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*2008 EFL CHAMPIONSHIP*

Charlestown Townies 34  -  CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD 13 

Saturday,  October 18th  @  7pm

Charlestown HS  (Charlestown, MA)   

 

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#3 CLINTON                0   13    0   0     -     13
#1 CHARLESTOWN
   14    7    6   7     -      34

Clinton Scoring Summary: 
2nd: Riccio 1 yard run (Cairns Kick)
2nd:  Adams 18 yard pass from Riccio (Failed run) 

The Clinton Irish Blizzard could not overcome a talented Charlestown Townies team as the Irish Blizzard fell to the Townies 34-13 in the 2008 Eastern Football League championship game. With the win, the Townies earned their first EFL title since joining the league in 1986. The Irish Blizzard club has now lost two title games since becoming an EFL franchise in 2000.
         
The game remained tight through three quarters as the Blizzard seemed to move the ball successfully from twenty to twenty, but inside the red zone the Charlestown defense stifled Clinton in the second half eventually allowing only 13 points to a threatening Blizzard offense. Clinton got second quarter touchdowns from quarterback John Riccio on a 1 yard keeper and Ernie Adams on an 18 yard pass from Riccio. For Charlestown, quarterback Jon Jones threw 4 touchdown passes, three of which were completed to wide receiver Christian Peireia. Townies defensive back Brandon Johnson added an interception return for a touchdown.
         
Both teams punted on their first possession as Clinton regained the ball early in the first period. An 11 yard completion from Riccio to Jim Learned setup a 4th and 1 on their own 35 yardline. Coach Ed Peete gambled early as Scott Allard gained the yard giving the Irish Blizzard a fresh set of downs. Two plays later fortunes turned as a tipped Riccio pass was intercepted by Johnson and returned 40 yards for a touchdown. Things got worse for Clinton as a blocked punt on their ensuing possession set up another Jones touchdown pass and Clinton found itself trailing 14-0 after one period.
         
The Irish Blizzard offense caught fire in the second period as a Zack Blanchflower kick return gave Clinton good field position at the 40 yardline. Clinton marched 60 yards with Riccio completing five passes to receivers Lorin Reed, Adams, and Learned. Allard, Ty Gamble and fullback Rickey Joslin did solid work on the ground carrying the Irish Blizzard down to the one yardline. Riccio called his own number and Clinton was on the board trailing 14-7.
         
The Irish Blizzard carried the play for the rest of the half but Clinton could not gain ground as the teams traded scores going into halftime. Clinton put together another successful march eventually converting on a 4th down play with Riccio hitting Adams on an 18 yard touchdown strike. Unfortunately for Clinton, Charlestown negated Clinton’s momentum as a late interception deep in Irish Blizzard territory setup a 5 yard Jones touchdown pass and the Townies took a 21-13 lead into halftime.
         
The second half was highly competitive but the deficit widened for Clinton as Charlestown was able to convert two offensive drives into points while Clinton entered Townies territory on four different occasions in the second half with the Charlestown defense ultimately holding Clinton off the scoreboard.  Clinton found success running the ball behind a strong offensive line as Allard, Gamble, and Joslin led the way in the second half. The trio combined for over 150 yards on the evening but the Irish Blizzard offense couldn’t solve a determined Charlestown red zone defense. The Townies put the game out of reach as Jones threw touchdown passes to Perreia late in the third period and again late in the fourth quarter.
         
The Clinton defense played well as Charlestown converted two turnovers and a blocked punt into 21 points. The defensive line held the Townies run game in check as Luis Rodriguez, Roger Blaikie, Jamie Cairns, Brandon Beach, and Matt Maslen all played well. Rodriguez notched a sack while Blaikie knocked down one pass and Cairns and Maslen each added a tackle for loss. Beach contributed a fumble recovery and two tackles for loss. The linebackers were led by Alejandro Miranda and Alex Mitchell. The pair combined for 11 tackles while Ryan Nickerson added 3 solo stops and Dave Anderson recorded a pass breakup. In the secondary, strong safety Brian Learned registered 6 tackles and free safety Derek Guimond added an interception. Cornerback Chris Leblanc was solid all evening while leading the team with three pass breakups. Gareth Watts chipped in with one pass defended and three tackles from his cornerback position.
         
On the offensive side of the ball, linemen Jeff Learned, Nate Orcutt, Jay Berry, Jon Davies, Josue Diaz, and Matt Kronopolous helped open holes for Allard, Joslin, and Gamble who combined for 155 yards on the night. Riccio completed 15 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. He also added a one yard rushing touchdown. Adams and Reed each hauled in 5 receptions while Learned notched 3 catches. Adams had the lone receiving touchdown.
         
The Irish Blizzard would like to extend a thank you to all fans and sponsors for their support in 2008. Keep up with Irish Blizzard in the off-season at www.eteamz.com/IrishBlizzard or email the team at ClintonIrishBlizzard@Hotmail.com.

 



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BLIZZ ADVANCE TO TITLE GAME WITH CONVINCING 27-13 ROAD WIN AT RANDOLPH....

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10/11/08 - Randolph HS (Randolph, MA)  

2008 EFL SEMIFINALS  

Clinton Irish Blizzard 27  -  Randolph Oilers 13 


#3 CLINTON (5-5)       7     0     7     13     -     27
#2 RANDOLPH (7-3)   0    13    0     0      -      13

Clinton Scoring Summary:
1st:  Gamble 14 yard TD run (Cairns Kick)

3rd:  Allard 6 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
 
4th:  Learned 13 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
4th:  Allard 25 yard TD run (Time Expired, No PAT)

 

     The Clinton Irish Blizzard outscored the Randolph Oilers 20-0 in the second half while erasing a 13-7 halftime deficit en route to a 27-13 EFL Semifinal win at Randolph High School on Saturday night. Along with a stingy second half defense, Clinton got second half touchdown passes from John Riccio to Scott Allard and Jim Learned and a fourth quarter rushing touchdown from Allard to help the Irish Blizzard pull away from the Oilers in the second half. The win propels Clinton into the EFL title game for the first time since 2003. The Irish Blizzard will face the #1 seed Charlestown Townies at Charlestown High School on Saturday.
    
Clinton’s opening possession stalled after one first down and a stellar punt by Rickey Joslin pinned Randolph deep in their own territory. The Irish Blizzard defense came up with it’s first big play as cornerback Gareth Watts picked off Oilers QB Ryan Myers giving Clinton possession at the Randolph 49 yardline. Riccio completed consecutive passes to Learned and Lorin Reed twice advancing the Irish Blizzard down to the Oilers 16 yardline. After a short run by Allard, Ty Gamble broke off a 14 yard touchdown run giving Clinton a 7-0 first quarter lead.
    
Randolph would use special teams to gain momentum as a kickoff return to midfield and a punt inside the Clinton 5 yardline got Clinton’s offense out of rhythm. The Irish Blizzard offense would be forced to punt on their next four first half possessions while the Clinton defense was doing what it could to hold off a potent Randolph attack. The Oilers would eventually string together a pair of second quarter scoring drives to retake a 13-7 lead over the Irish Blizzard at halftime.
    
The Clinton offense and defense both hit stride in the second half. While the Clinton defense was busy shutting out the Randolph offense for the half, the Irish Blizzard offense began putting up points right out of the halftime break. On their first possession Clinton marched 62 yards in 9 plays with Riccio hitting Reed for 45 yards and Learned for 11 yards setting up an Allard 6 yard touchdown pass from Riccio allowing the Irish Blizzard to regain a 14-13 3rd quarter lead. The Clinton defense posted consecutive stops including a terrific stand after an Irish Blizzard fumble in their own territory.  The Clinton offense assumed possession on the 17 yardline and proceeded to march 83 yards in 11 plays. Running backs Joslin, Allard, and Gamble combined for 66 yards on the ground while the Irish Blizzard offense took more than 6 minutes off the clock. Riccio capped off the drive by hooking up with Learned on a 13 yard touchdown pass giving Clinton a 21-13 lead with 5:44 remaining in the game.
    
The Irish Blizzard defense continued to come up with big plays as Free Safety Derek Guimond intercepted Myers late in the game as Randolph was attempting a game-tying drive. The Clinton offense put the game out of reach as Riccio hit Reed for a first down on a 3rd and 7 play giving Allard a chance to take a handoff and rush 25 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter.
    
Clinton got great special teams play from Joslin and Zack Blanchflower. Blanchflower added several electrifying returns and Joslin dropped two punts inside the opponents 20 yardline. The Irish Blizzard offense was led by it’s ground attack as offensive linemen Jay Berry, Jeff Learned, Jon Davies, Nate Orcutt, and Matt Kronopolous allowed Clinton backs to rush for 172 yards and two scores. Ty Gamble (TD) rushed for 86 yards while Allard (2 TDs) added 56 yards and Joslin chipped in with 30 yards on the ground. Riccio completed 10 passes for 122 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Reed led all receivers with 74 yards on 4 catches while Learned added 3 catches and one touchdown.
    
The Clinton defense was outstanding on the night led by a solid defensive line effort. Defensive tackles Brandon Beach, Jamie Cairns, and Matt Maslen combined for three sacks and three tackles for loss. Defensive ends Luis Rodriguez, Roger Blaikie, and Eric Spurgeon contributed two pass deflections and several QB pressures. Linebackers Alejandro Miranda, Alex Mitchell, Matt Guimond, Dave Anderson, and Ryan Nickerson were solid with Miranda recording 8 tackles while Mitchell and Anderson added two pass breakups. The secondary was led by cornerback Gareth Watts and Free Safety Derek Guimond with each recording an interception. Cornerback Chris Leblanc and Strong Safety Brian Learned also played well with Leblanc contributing a pas breakup and Learned leading the secondary with 5 tackles.
    
With the win, #3 seeded Clinton advances to play the #1 seed Charlestown Townies for the Eastern Football League championship. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm at Charlestown High School on Saturday.

 

 



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BLIZZ FINISH OUT REGULAR SEASON WITH 20-19 LOSS AT RANDOLPH

October 4, 2008 Randolph HS (Randolph, MA) 
Randolph Oilers 20  -  Clinton Irish Blizzard 19

Scoring Summary
2nd:  Learned 9 yard pass from Riccio(blocked kick
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3rd:  Allard 7 yard run (Cairns kick)
4th:  Allard 2 yard run (failed 2 pt conversion)
 

    The Clinton Irish Blizzard rebounded from a 20-6 2nd half deficit to close to within 20-19 with less than 6 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter but a failed 2 point conversion left Clinton on the short end of a 20-19 score in the regular season finale for both teams. Clinton (4-5) will travel to Randolph (7-2) again next week for an a EFL semifinal contest. The Irish Blizzard offense got a 2nd quarter touchdown pass from John Riccio to Jim Learned and two second half rushing TDs from Scott Allard in the loss. The Clinton defense yielded only 6 points on the night but an opportunistic Oilers defense scored two defensive touchdowns off Clinton turnovers.
     The early stages of the contest proved to be a defensive battle as both teams were held scoreless through one period of play. Quarterback John Riccio engineered a second quarter march completing five passes on a drive that featured solid rushing efforts from Scott Allard and Zack Blanchflower. Riccio completed consecutive passes to Lorin Reed setting up a 9 yard touchdown strike to Jim Learned. A blocked extra point left the Clinton lead at 6-0 early in the second quarter.
     It was here that Clinton's luck changed for the worse over the next two quarters. On the next series, a deflected Oilers pass attempt landed in the hands of Randolph WR Will Price who raced deep into Clinton territory. Randolph quarterback Ryan Myers again hit Price from 19 yards out knotting the score at 6-6. Clinton drove deep into Randolph territory right before the half as Allard and Blanchflower carried the load from backfield. Riccio also completed passes to Reed, Learned, and Garth Fitzsimmons as the Irish Blizzard threatened to take the lead before halftime but Oilers defensive back Dan Carroll picked off Riccio and returned the interception 90 yards for a touchdown. A bad snap on the point after attempt kept the Clinton deficit at 12-6 going into halftime.
    The Oilers defense had one more big play in them in the third quarter as Blanchflower raced down to the Oilers 45 yardline before being stripped of the football. Randolph defender Norm Burns scooped up the Clinton fumble and returned it 55 yards for an Oilers TD. A successful two point conversion extended Randolph's lead to 20-6. The Irish Blizzard offense had a quick answer as Riccio hit Learned on a 55 yard pass bringing the Irish Blizzard down to the Oilers 7 yardline. Allard burst into the endzone on the next play and Clinton trailed 20-13 heading into the 4th quarter.
    The Irish Blizzard threatened two possessions later as Clinton's special teams blocked a Randolph punt. Allard and Blanchflower carried Clinton down to the Oilers 2 yardline before Allard rushed into the endzone from 2 yards out closing the gap to 20-19. Lining up for the tying extra point, Clinton Coach Ed Peete called for a fake as holder Learned pulled the ball and threw to an open Derek Guimond in the endzone. The pass sailed out of the reach of Guimond and Randolph. hung onto a 20-19 lead late in the 4th period. The Oilers would eventually survive an onsides kick scare and run out the clock on a 20-19 victory over the Irish Blizzard.
    The Clinton Offense was led by it's rushing attack as offensive linemen Jon Davies, Josue Diaz, Nate Orcutt, Jeff Learned, and Jay Berry helped Allard, Blanchflower, and Fitzsimmons combine for 184 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Allard led the rushing attack with 96 yards and two touchdowns. Riccio completed 13 passes for 156 yards and 1 touchdown. Learned led all receivers with 6 catches for 96 yards and 1 TD. Reed chipped in with 4 catches for 40 yards.
    The Irish Blizzard defense was tough all night as the unit gave up only one touchdown in the loss. Jamie Cairns and Dwayne Forbes were dominant up front for the Clinton defensive line. Alex Mitchell, Matt Guimond, Dave Anderson, and Ryan Nickerson all played well in the middle. Free Safety Derek Guimond led the secondary with two pass breakups. Ryan Aldrich and Anthony Harmon also played well in the defensive backfield.

#3 Clinton (4-5) travels to #2 Randolph (7-2) once again next week for an EFL semifinal matchup. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm on Saturday.

More to come…



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Sunday, September 21
I-BLIZZ SQUANDER 13-POINT LEAD, LOSE HOME FINALE TO CHARLESTOWN 41-19

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Sept. 20, 2008 - Fuller Field (Clinton, MA)

Charlestown Townies 41  Clinton Irish Blizzard 19

Charlestown (6-2)           0     14     13     14  -   41
CLINTON (4-4)              13      0       0      6   -   19 

Clinton Scoring Summary: 
1st:  Gamble 1 yard TD run (Failed kick)
1st:  Adams 56 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
4th:  Adams 15 yard TD pass from Riccio (Failed rush)
    

     The Clinton Irish Blizzard played a flawless first quarter cruising to a 13-0 lead before the Charlestown Townies responded, outscoring the Irish Blizzard 41-6 over the final three quarters on their way to an impressive 41-19 win at Fuller field on Saturday night. With the win, Charlestown improves to 6-2 and remains deadlocked with Randolph (6-2) atop the EFL with one week remaining in the regular season. The loss drops Clinton to 4-4 as they remain in third place with a road game Saturday at Randolph to close out the regular season.
    
Clinton played it's best football early as their second offensive drive resulted in a 14 play 63 yard scoring march. The drive featured a 15 yard run by tailback Scott Allard, a 9 yard run by Fullback Richard Joslin, and a 12 yard completion from John Riccio to Ernie Adams. Clinton converted a pair of third down plays before Ty Gamble finished off the drive plunging into the endzone for a 1 yard TD run giving Clinton an early 6-0 lead. A second consecutive stop by the Irish Blizzard defense and a terrific punt return by Zach Blanchflower gave Clinton a 1st and 10 on their own 44 yardline. Riccio immediately connected with Adams on a 56 yard scoring strike, and a stunned Charlestown team trailed 13-0 after one quarter.
     While the Irish Blizzard seemed in complete control early, the Townies were actually just getting going. Over the next three periods of play
Charlestown capitalized on Clinton turnovers and sloppy play. The Townies took a 14-13 lead late in the second quarter and extended it to 27-13 after three periods of play. Charlestown outscored Clinton 14-6 in the final frame, sealing an impressive 41-19 win over Clinton.
     The Clinton offense was limited to 263 yards of total offense, well below it's season average of 366 yards per game. John Riccio finished 16 of 37 passing for 167 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Scott Allard led all ball carriers with 49 yards rushing on 9 carries. Ernie Adams led all receivers with 6 catches for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns.
     The Irish Blizzard defensive line got solid play up front from Matt Maslen and Brandon Beach. In the middle, Alejandro Miranda, Dave Anderson, and Daniel Perry led the Irish Blizzard linebacking unit. Brian Learned, Derek Guimond, and Matt Guimond played well in the Clinton secondary with Derek Guimond recording an interception. 
     Clinton (4-4) closes out it's regular season by traveling to Randolph on Saturday night. The Irish Blizzard will face off against the Randolph Oilers (6-2) at Randolph High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.   

More details to follow...              



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IRISH BLIZZARD REMAIN HOT... 28-POINT FIRST HALF LEADS TO 35-6 DEFEAT OF UMAINE

Saturday September 13, 2008  -  Fuller Field (Clinton, MA)
Clinton Irish Blizzard 35  UMaine Football Club 6

UMaine Club (0-2)          0      0     6    0     -    6
CLINTON (4-3)              14    14    7    0     -    35

Scoring Summary:
(C) 1st:  Reed 15 yard pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
(C) 1st:  Gamble 16 yard run (Cairns kick)
(C) 2nd:  Joslin 25 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
(C) 2nd: Adams 50 yard pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
(C) 3rd: Blanchflower 5 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
(M) 3rd: Mattos 92 yard TD pass from Davison (failed kick)
 

     The Clinton Irish Blizzard football team picked up right where they left off 3 weeks ago as the offense posted 469 yards of total offense and 5 touchdowns while the defense forced a pair of turnovers and yielded only 6 points in a 35-6 victory over the University of Maine Black Bears Football Club. With the win Clinton improves to 4-3 while UMaine drops to 0-2 on the season. 
     Just minutes into the game, the Clinton defense forced a UMaine fumble on it's opening possession. The Irish Blizzard offense struck quickly as quarterback John Riccio hit Lorin Reed on a 15 yard touchdown pass giving Clinton an early 7-0 lead. After a promising drive stalled deep in Bears territory, the Irish Blizzard threatened again on it's third offensive drive. Consecutive completions of 15 yards and 10 yards from Riccio to Jim Learned brought Clinton down to the UMaine 16 yardline. Ty Gamble finished things off as he scampered 16 yards to paydirt and Clinton assumed a 14-0 advantage after one period of play.
     As the Irish Blizzard defense continued to give the offense great field position, Riccio and mates once again capitalized as completions to Learned and Erine Adams set up fullback Richard Joslin's 25 yard touchdown run extending Clinton's lead over the Black Bears to 21-0. The Irish Blizzard would tack on one final first half score as Riccio and Adams connected on a 50 yard touchdown pass giving Clinton a 28-0 lead going into halftime.
     The second half was all about ball control for Clinton with Ty Gamble, Richard Joslin, Zack Blanchflower, Garth Fitzsimmons, and Matt Parker combining for 129 second half rushing yards while dominating the time of possession in the second half. The Irish Blizzard added a third period touchdown as Riccio hit Reed for 28 yards setting the table for Blanchflower as he darted into the endzone from 5 yards out giving Clinton a 35-0 third quarter lead. The talented Bears squad finally answered as quarterback Brendan Davison completed a pass to receiver Justin Mattos who raced 92 yards for a touchdown reducing the Clinton lead to 35-6. The Irish Blizzard offense held the ball for the final 8 minutes of play as the offense churned out 84 yards over 13 plays before running out the clock deep in Bears' territory.
     The Clinton offense was led by a dominating offensive line performance that helped Irish Blizzard rack up 469 total yards including 273 yards on the ground. Nate Orcutt, Jeff Learned, Jay Berry, Matt Kronopolous, and Josue Diaz dominated the line of scrimmage helping Clinton backs gain yards in bunches. Gamble led a talented backfield with 110 yards rushing and one TD. Joslin added 82 yards and one touchdown in his return from injury. Blanchflower contributed 55 yards and one TD on the ground while Fitzsimmons and Parker combined for another 26 yards rushing. Quarterback Riccio finished 11 of 16 passing for 177 yards and two touchdowns on the night. Parker added 19 yards passing in relief of Riccio. The two found easy targets in Adams (5 catches, 86 yards, 1 TD), Learned (4 catches, 46 yards), Reed (3 catches, 51 yards, 1 TD) and Joslin (1 catch, 13 yards). 
     The Irish Blizzard defense followed it's shutout of Brockton with a second consecutive dominating performance. Alejandro Miranda was outstanding in the win with 14 tackles, one fumble recovery, and one pass breakup from his linebacker position. Matt Maslen, Jamie Cairns and Luis Rodriguez played well up front while Chris Leblanc, Dan Peneda, and Derek Guimond were solid in the secondary. 

Clinton (4-3) returns to action next week in a key EFL regular season game as the Irish Blizzard host Charlestown (5-2) in Clinton's regular season home finale.                   



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Saturday, August 23
BLIZZ CATCH FIRE AND ROLL TO 45-0 WIN VS. BROCKTON...
Saturday August 23, 2008  -  Fuller Field (Clinton, MA)
Clinton Irish Blizzard 45  Brockton Buccaneers 0

Brockton (1-5)               0      0     0     0     -    0
CLINTON (3-3)              12    19   12    2     -    45

Clinton Scoring Summary:
1st:  Fitzsimmons 20 yard pass from Riccio (failed kick)
1st:  Fitzsimmons 3 yard run (failed 2pt conversion)
2nd:  Surette 7 yard pass from Riccio (failed kick)
2nd: Learned 13 yard pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
2nd: Adams 16 yard pass from Riccio (failed kick)
3rd: Gamble 29 yard run (failed kick)
3rd: Allard 1 yard run (failed kick)
4th: Rodriguez safety   
 

     Scott Allard rushed for a season high 143 yards and one touchdown as the Clinton Irish Blizzard rolled to a 45-0 win versus the Brockton Buccaneers on Saturday night. Quarterback John Riccio also tossed four first half touchdowns for an offense that scored seven times in the first three quarters. Garth Fitzsimmons scored two touchdowns while Matt Surette, Jim Learned, Ernie Adams, and Ty Gamble each added a touchdown.  Clinton's defense forced a pair of turnovers, recorded a safety, and held the Bucs offense scoreless for the evening. With the win Clinton improves it's record to 3-3 while Brockton drops to 1-5. 
     The Irish Blizzard offense got going early as Learned's return of the opening kickoff crossed midfield followed by consecutive Allard runs of 18 yards and 22 yards putting Clinton on Brockton's doorstep just 3 plays into the game. The Bucs got a break as an Irish Blizzard fumble kept Clinton from scoring on it's first drive but after a defensive stop Allard bullied his way for 19 yards before Riccio hit Fitzsimmons on a 20 yard touchdown completion giving the Irish Blizzard an early 6-0 lead. Riccio heated up on the next possession completing 5 of 6 passes moving Clinton 71 yards in 8 plays with Fitzsimmons finally carrying in from 3 yards out extending the Irish Blizzard lead to 12-0 after one period.
     Clinton opened up a 19 point second quarter with Riccio hitting Surette on a 7 yard touchdown pass. The score was set up by Allard and Gamble carrying four times for 34 yards on the touchdown drive. Riccio would get his third and fourth touchdown passes of the first half as the Irish Blizzard scored on their last two possessions before halftime. Riccio connected with Learned on a 13 yard scoring strike in the back of the endzone before later closing out the half with a 16 yard touchdown toss to Adams for a 31-0 halftime lead.
     Clinton was content to grind out yards on the ground in the second half. Allard, Gamble, Fitzsimmons, Zack Blanchflower and Matt Parker all combined for 110 yards rushing in the second half. Gamble proved fleet of foot with some nifty second half running including a 29 yard 3rd quarter touchdown scamper. Allard finished off a 43 point offensive night with a one yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. Clinton's defense capped off the scoring in the fourth quarter as Luis Rodriguez recorded a quarterback sack in the endzone for a safety and the final two points of the game.  
     Defensively, the Irish Blizzard got a great all-around performance from a defensive unit that had been struggling in recent weeks. Chris Leblanc led the secondary with an interception and three pass breakups from his Cornerback position. Cornerback Gareth Watts and Free Safety Mark Gomes also played well with Watts recording two pass breakups. Alejandro Miranda led the linebacking unit with several key tackles while Alex Mitchell, Dave Anderson, Matt Guimond, Ryan Nickerson, and Dan Perry all saw action and all played solid games. Anderson recorded two tackles for loss in the first quarter. Dwayne Forbes, Luis Rodriguez, Jamie Cairns, and Brandon Beach disrupted the Brockton pass attack with relentless pressure on the Bucs quarterback. Forbes recorded two sacks and Rodriguez one that resulted in a safety.
     Clinton's offense got contributions throughout the lineup as six different players scored touchdowns. Allard led the rushing attack with 143 yards and a touchdown. Fitzsimmons and Gamble combined for 107 yards and two rushing scores. Adams and Learned each recorded three receptions and a touchdown catch. Surette and Fitzsimmons also took in touchdowns from Riccio as Riccio finished 10 of 17 passing for 131 yards and four first half touchdown passes. The offensive line of Josue Diaz, Jay Berry, Jon Davies, Jeff Learned, and Brandon Beach opened holes for backs to combine for a total of 268 yards rushing.
     Aside from struggling to convert extra points, the Irish Blizzard special teams units bounced back with terrific play this week. Clinton got solid return play from Leblanc, Blanchflower, and Learned while Perry, Dan Peneda, and Sean Kerrigan added consistent play for the coverage teams. 

Clinton will be off until 9/13 when they host the University of Maine Club Football team. Kickoff time is still TBA.

 



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Sunday, August 17
STRONG 2ND HALF PUSHES CHARLESTOWN PAST CLINTON 35-27

Saturday August 16, 2008
Charlestown Townies 35  -  Clinton Irish Blizzard 27
Charlestown HS (Charlestown, MA)

CLINTON (2-3)               7    14   6    0     -    27
CHARLESTOWN (3-2)   7    14    7    7    -    35

Clinton Scoring Summary:
1st:  Surette 43 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns Kick)
2nd:  Reed 32 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick) 
2nd:  Adams 32 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
3rd:  Surette 13 yard TD pass from Riccio (failed kick)

     The Clinton Irish Blizzard rolled up 430 yards of total offense but couldn't hold off a determined Charlestown Townies team that answered Clinton's firepower and held on to beat the Irish Blizzard 35-27 on Saturday night. The win pushes Charlestown to 3-2 and drops Clinton to 2-3 on the season. Quarterback John Riccio threw for a season high 268 yards and four touchdowns in the loss. Riccio connected with Matt Surette for two touchdown passes while Ernie Adams and Lorin Reed each hauled in a touchdown reception. Running backs Scott Allard and Ty Gamble combined for 162 yards on the ground as Allard racked up 88 yards on 11 carries and Gamble chipped in with 74 yards on 12 carries.
     Clinton received the opening kickoff and with good field position the offense drove 54 yards in 9 plays before the Charlestown defense stopped Clinton on a fourth and goal from inside the 10 yardline. The Townies offense took over and marched 95 yards to paydirt as Charlestown took an early 7-0 lead. The Irish Blizzard answered as Riccio connected with Lorin Reed on a 30 yard, 3rd down completion setting up a 43 yard touchdown strike to Surette on the very next play. Jamie Cairns converted the extra point and the game was tied 7-7 through one quarter of play.
     The second period featured the two teams' offenses combining for 28 points. 
Clinton struck first as a defensive stop gave the Irish Blizzard the ball at the Townies 34 yardline. An 18 yard run by Gamble was followed by a 16 yard Allard run before Riccio hit Reed on a 32 yard touchdown pass giving Clinton it's first lead at 14-7. The Townies followed with a quick score knotting the game at 14-14. The Irish Blizzard then embarked on a 6 play 64 yard drive highlighted by consecutive completions to tight end Adams who finished the drive with a 32 yard touchdown catch putting Clinton back on top 21-14. It appeared Clinton may get to halftime with the lead but Charlestown stunned Clinton with a scoring pass with three seconds left in the half. The teams went into the halftime break even at 21-21.
    Consecutive stops by the Irish Blizzard defense and a Townies interception of Riccio slowed the pace of the game in the third quarter.
Clinton broke through later in the third quarter as Allard carried four times for 38 yards on a drive that culminated in a Riccio to Surette 13 yard scoring pass. A failed extra point kept Clinton's lead at 27-21. Once again Charlestown answered an Irish Blizzard score with points of their own as the Townies regained the lead 28-27 late in the third period. The game remained this way until midway through the fourth. Charlestown would extend their lead to 35-27 on a Jon Jones touchdown pass. Clinton had two more possessions to try to even the game late in the fourth quarter but the Charlestown defense held tough while intercepting Riccio and stopping the Irish Blizzard on downs on Clinton's final two possessions. 
     Statistically, Riccio finished 15 of 22 for 268 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Adams led all receivers with 6 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Surette netted 83 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Reed also added 83 receiving yards and one touchdown. Allard and Gamble combined for 162 rushing yards. Offensive linemen Jon Davies, Josue Diaz, Jeff Learned, Nate Orcutt, Jay Berry, and Matt Kronopolous helped pave the way for a season high 430 yards of total offense.

 
NEXT GAME:  Brockton Buccaneers at Clinton Irish Blizzard, Fuller Field, Saturday, 7pm kickoff



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OILERS EDGE BLIZZARD 29-28 IN BATTLE FOR FIRST PLACE

Sunday August 10, 2008
Randolph Oilers 29  Clinton Irish Blizzard 28
Randolph High School (Randolph, MA

CLINTON (2-2)       7    7   0    14     -     28
RANDOLPH (3-1)   0    7    6    16    -    29

Clinton Scoring Summary:
1st:  Gamble 2 yard TD run (Cairns Kick)

2nd:  Learned 4 yard TD run (Cairns kick)
 
4th:  Reed 10 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
4th:  Reed 50 yard TD pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)

          After a Friday evening postponement, the Clinton Irish Blizzard and the Randolph Oilers finally dodged the rain and locked horns Sunday night in a battle between 2-1 teams in the EFL. The result was a thriller with both teams combining for 30 fourth quarter points as the Oilers rallied to defeat the Blizzard 29-28 at Randolph High School. The game featured a lot of offense as Clinton led throughout before Randolph rallied and scored with 1:35 left in regulation. Randolph opted for a two-point conversion try and successfully converted it to gain the 29-28 lead. Clinton would drive to the Randolph 30 yard line with 1 minute remaining but a John Riccio to Matt Surette pass was picked off as Randolph held on to edge Clinton ina battle for sole possession of first place in the EFL With the win Randolph improves to 3-1 while clinton falls to 2-2 on the season.
          Clinton took the opening drive 66 yards in 8 plays with Scott Allard and Ty Gamble doing most of the work on the ground. The two running backs combined for 49 yards on the drive before Gamble scored from two yards out giving Clinton a 7-0 lead. Clinton's fourth offensive possession was just as impressive with the Irish Blizzard marching 62 yards in 11 plays. Riccio completed four passes on the drive including three to Jim Learned while Allard added 20 yards on the ground. Learned eventually took a handoff from Riccio and blasted in from 4 yards out giving Clinton a 14-0 second quarter lead. Randolph answered just before the half as quarterback Ryan Myers threw a 20 yard touchdown pass for the Oilers as time expired in the half closing the gap to 14-7 heading into the halftime break.
          Randolph got on the board again in the 3rd quarter as a 9 yard Myers TD pass made it a 14-13 football game after Clinton blocked the extra point attempt. This set the stage for a wild fourth quarter with each team scoring twice and Randolph converting a pair of two-point conversions. As Clinton gained possesion in the fourth quarter, Allard took a handoff from Riccio and raced 78 yards before being hauled down at the Oilers 10 yardline. Riccio immediately hit Lorin Reed in the corner of the endzone extending Clinton's lead to 21-13. Randolph would answer with a touchdown drive and two-point conversion knotting the game at 21-21.  The Irish Blizzard responded again with Riccio going up top to Reed for a 50 yard touchdown strike. Clinton held the 28-21 lead with 3:03 left in the fourth quarter. The Oilers again answered the bell taking the ensuing kickoff out to midfield. Randolph qucikly marched the field on Clinton's defense and scored with 1:35 remaining in the game. Randolph lined up for a two point conversion and connected on a successful pass attempt assuming a 29-28 lead. Clinton looked to be in positon to score late as Riccio hit Learned on consecutive passes giving Clinton a 1st and 10 on the Oilers 30 yardline with 1 minute remaining. The Oilers defense then came up with a big turnover intercepting a Riccio to Surette pass deep in Randolph territoty sealing the 29-28 win for the Oilers. 
          Clinton's offense was paced by it's rushing attack with Nate Orcutt, Jeff Learned, Jon Davies, Josue Diaz, and Matt Kronopolous opening holes for Irish Blizzard running backs. On the night Clinton rushed for 195 yards and two scores. Allard led the attack with 129 yards on 11 carries. Gamble contributed 58 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. Quarterback John Riccio completed 12 of 18 attempts for 145 yards and two scores. Jim Learned led all receivers with 6 catches with Lorin Reed adding 80 yards receiving and 2 TD catches.  
          Clinton's defense got solid performances from Roger Blaikie, Jamie Cairns, and Luis Rodriguez on the defensive line. The trio combined for 2 sacks and 4 tackles for loss. Alex Mitchell and Alejandro Miranda paced the linebackers combining for 13 stops. Chris Leblanc played well in the secondary notching an impressive 4 pass breakups. Derek Guimond also played well from his free safety position.
          Clinton (2-2) is back in action Saturday night as the travel to Chalestown High School to face off against the Charlestown Townies (2-2). Kickoff has been moved back to a 7pm start.
  



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Sunday, August 3
BLIZZ OUTLAST TOWNIES 26-21 IN SHOWDOWN AT FULLER...

Saturday August 2, 2008
Clinton Irish Blizzard 26  Charlestown Townies 21
Fuller Field (Clinton, MA

CHARLESTOWN (1-2)   7    0   7    7     -     21
CLINTON (2-1)              8    18    0    0    -    26

Clinton Scoring Summary:
1st:  Gamble 15 yard run (Gamble rush)

2nd:  Gamble 1 yard run (failed kick)
 
2nd:  Gamble 10 yard run (failed 2 pt conversion)
2nd: Learned 14 yard pass from Riccio (failed 2 pt conversion)


          The Clinton Irish Blizzard exploded for 26 first half points and held off a furious 2nd half charge by the Charlestown Townies in a 26-21 victory at Fuller Field on Saturday night. With the win Clinton moves to 2-1 on the season and Charlestown drops to 1-2. Ty Gamble led the offense with 88 yards on 15 carries and three rushing touchdowns. John Riccio completed 11 passes for 143 yards including a 14 yard touchdown pass to Jim Learned. The Irish Blizzard defense yielded 21 points but generated key plays when they were needed as Clinton forced 4 turnovers and came up with a goal line stand with under 2 minutes remaining to preserve the 26-21 victory.
         Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, Gareth Watts took Charlestown's kickoff out near midfield and a quick John Riccio to Ernie Adams completion for 25 yards brought Clinton down to the Charlestown 26 yardline. Two plays later, Ty Gamble ran up the middle for a 15 yard touchdown and a successful two-point conversion gave the Irish Blizzard an early 8-7 advantage. After a defensive stop, Clinton marched 69 yards on 12 plays before Gamble found the endzone again from 1 yard out. The drive was highlighted by completions of 8 yards and 12 yards from Riccio to Garth Fitzsimmons and Adams. Clinton was also helped by a 15 yard facemask penalty and a 15 yard pass interference penalty against the Townies. The Gamble touchdown eventually gave Clinton the 14-7 lead.
          Consecutive turnovers created by the Irish Blizzard defense gave Clinton additional scoring opportunities before halftime. A Brian Learned fumble recovery gave Clinton solid field position as the Irish Blizzard would eventually capitalize on a Gamble 10 yard TD scamper increasing Clinton's second quarter lead to 20-7. Derek Guimond followed with an interception of Charlestown quarterback Jon Jones. Riccio found Jim Learned on a 3rd and 10 completion for 24 yards before hitting Learned on a 14 yard TD strike in the back of the end zone, closing out the first half scoring as Clinton held a 26-7 halftime advantage. 
          Charlestown would not go quietly in the second half as the Townies defense forced an interception and a fumble on the Irish Blizzard's first two offensive possesions while holding Clinton scoreless in the 2nd half. The Townies offense marched the field twice in the second half for scores, cutting Clinton's lead to 26-20. The Clinton defense yielded 14 points but was up to the challenge late as they stopped two Charlestown drives deep into Irish Blizzard territory.  A fumble recovery by linebacker Alejandro Miranda shutdown a promising fourth quarter drive by the Townies. The Irish Blizzard defense was up to the challenge one last time as Charlestown advanced the ball deep into Clinton territory with less than two minutes remaining. The Irish Blizzard defense came up with three consecutive stops inside the five yardline as Clinton held on for the 26-20 win. 
          The Irish Blizzard defense was led by Guimond who posted two interceptions on the night. Watts also contributed a pair of pass breakups in the secondary. In the middle, Brian Learned recorded a fumble recovery and eight tackles from his strong safety position while the linebacking unit was led by Miranda who chipped in with nine tackles and a fumble recovery. Up front, Jamie Cairns and Dwayne Forbes pressured Jones several times while combining for three sacks and two tackles for loss. Brandon Beach, Matt Maslen, Roger Blaikie, and Luis Rodriguez also played well up front.
          The offense was led by Gamble who ran for 88 yards, three touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Fitzsimmons added 46 yards on 10 carries. Riccio passed for 143 yards and a touchdown. Jim Learned led all receivers with 5 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. Adams recorded another 4 catches for 52 yards.  The offensive line of Nate Orcutt, Jon Davies, Jeff Learned, Josue Diaz, and Matt Kronopolous allowed Clinton to rush for team total of 134 yards and three scores.      
 

Clinton (2-1) will travel to Randolph (2-1) for a FRIDAY night game against the Oilers. Kickoff is scheduled for 8pm.  



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Sunday, July 27
BLIZZARD EARN 20-6 WIN IN HOME OPENER

Saturday July 26, 2008
Clinton Irish Blizzard 20  Randolph Oilers 6
Fuller Field (Clinton, MA)

RANDOLPH (1-1)   0    0   0    6     -     6
CLINTON (1-1)       0    7    7    6    -    20

Clinton Scoring Summary:
2nd:  Adams 29 yard pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)
3rd:  Surette 9 yard pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)

4th:  Adams 10 yard pass from Riccio (failed kick)


          Scott Allard rushed for 133 yards and John Riccio threw three touchdown passes as the Irish Blizzard downed the Randolph Oilers 20-6 in Clinton's home opener on Saturday. Ernie Adams contributed a pair of touchdown catches and the Irish Blizzard defense yielded only six fourth quarter points as Clinton moves to 1-1 on the season and Randolph drops to 1-1.
        Defense ruled much of the first half as the game went scoreless into the second quarter. Clinton put together an impressive 12 play 89 yard drive before halftime as Riccio connected with Jim Learned for 12 yards and Ernie Adams for 31 yards setting up a Riccio to Adams 27 yard touchdown pass with 1:40 remaining in the half. Jamie Cairns' extra point gave Clinton a 7-0 lead going into halftime.
          The Irish Blizzard rushing attack dominated the second half. On Clinton's first possession in the third quarter, the Irish Blizzard marched 66 yards on 7 plays as Allard had runs of 12 and 29 yards and Ty Gamble ran for 16 yards before Riccio hit Matt Surette in the endzone for a 9 yard touchdown completion. Cairns' successful extra point gave Clinton a 14-0 third quarter lead.
          Following a turnover, Clinton struck quickly once more in the 4th quarter as a big 27 yard run by Allard set up a 10 yard touchdown pass from Riccio to Adams. Clinton held a 20-0 advantage until Randolph connected on a 30 yard touchdown pass with 5 minutes remaining, closing the gap to 20-6. Allard put the game out of reach as he carried four times for 51 yards on a final drive that saw Clinton advance the ball inside the 20 yardline before taking a knee and running out the clock on a 20-6 victory. 
          As a team Clinton rushed for 210 yards on the night. Paving the way for Clinton's rushing attack was the offensive line of Jeff Learned, Jon Davies, Nate Orcutt, Matt Kronopolous, and Josue Diaz. Allard carried 15 times for 133 yards while Ty Gamble added 63 yards on 11 carries. Riccio threw for 110 yards and 3 touchdowns. Adams led all receivers with 3 catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Jim Learned notched two catches for 25 yards and Surette added a touchdown catch.
          The Clinton defense was solid all evening, yielding only 6 points and intercepting Randolph's Ryan Myers 3 times. Derek Guimond, Chris Leblanc, and Gareth Watts each recoreded interceptions. Dave Anderson added two pass breakups while Alex Mitchell and Alejandro Miranda combined for double digit tackles. Up front, Brandon Beach, Jamie Cairns, Roger Blaikie, and Luis Rodriguez kept the pressure on Myers all evening. 
 

NEXT GAME:  CLINTON WILL HOST THE CHARLESTOWN TOWNIES ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT FULLER FIELD. KICKOFF IS SCHEDULED FOR 7PM.



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Sunday, July 20
BUCS EDGE BLIZZARD IN WEEK 1 THRILLER

Saturday July 19, 2008
Brockton Buccaneers 27  Clinton Irish Blizzard 26
Bridgewater-Raynham High School (Bridgewater, MA)

CLINTON (0-1)       14    6    0    6    -    26
BROCKTON (1-0)   0   14   7    6     -    27

 

Clinton Scoring Summary:

1st:  Gamble 18 yard run (Cairns kick)

1st:  Learned 4 yard pass from Riccio (Cairns kick)

2nd:  Allard 9 yard run (Failed kick)

4th:  Surette 42 yard pass from Riccio (Failed 2pt conversion)

 

 

The Clinton Irish Blizzard could not hold off a late charge by the Brockton Buccaneers as the Bucs scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter to top the Clinton Irish Blizzard 27-26 in the season opener for both teams. Clinton advanced the ball inside the Brockton 30 yardline with 3 seconds remaining but a pass attempt into the endzone was knocked down sealing the win for Brockton. Clinton jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead before Brockton countered with two second quarter touchdowns, tieing the game at 14-14. Clinton added a touchdown before the half and went into halftime leading 20-14. The teams would trade scores the rest of the way as Brockton took a 21-20 third quarter lead before Clinton regained a 26-21 lead in the fourth quarter. Brockton got the go-ahead score with 1:30 remaining and held off a late Irish Blizzard drive for the win.

Clinton wasted little time as the Irish Blizzard marched 66 yards on their first drive with Ty Gamble scoring on an 18 yard touchdown run giving Clinton a 7-0 early lead. Following a blocked punt, the Irish Blizzard assumed control on the Bucs 25 yardline but squandered a golden opportunity to score, eventually turning the ball over on downs inside the Brockton 10 yardline. Clinton did finally capitalize on another Brockton miscue as a Bucs fumble gave Clinton great field position. Quarterback John Riccio hit Jim Learned with a 4 yard touchdown pass and the Irish Blizzard closed out the first quarter with a 14-0 lead.

Brockton turned the tables on Clinton, converting two second quarter turnovers into scores. Brockton knotted the game at 14-14 late in the second quarter. Clinton wasn't done as Riccio and Matt Surette connected on consecutive passes of 27 yards and 22 yards setting up a nine yard touchdown run by Scott Allard giving Clinton a 20-14 halftime advantage.

 

After a third quarter touchdown by Brockton, Clinton began the fourth quarter trailing 21-20 before Riccio and Surette connected on a 42 yard touchdown pass as Clinton regained a 26-21 lead. Brockton would answer late on a 25 yard touchdown pass with 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter giving the Bucs a 27-26 lead they would not relinquish.

 

Clinton would threaten one last time as Chris Leblanc returned the ensuing kickoff out to midfield. Riccio completed passes to Learned and Ernie Adams and Allard ran for 15 yards putting Clinton inside Brockton's 30 yard line with 3 seconds left. A Riccio to Surette pass was broken up and Brockton held onto a 27-26 win.

 

Nate Orcutt, Brandon Beach, Jeff Learned, Jon Davies, and Josue Diaz anchored an offensive line that helped Riccio toss for 211 yards and 2 touchdowns. As a team, the Irish Blizzard rushed for 107 yards and two scores. Allard led the rushing attack with 60 yards on 14 carries. Surette led all receivers with 103 yards receiving on five catches. Learned added five catches for 50 yards.


Clinton got several standout defensive performances. Dwayne Forbes, Jamie Cairns, Roger Blaikie, and Matt Maslend led a defensive line that combined for two fumble recoveries and four tackles for loss. Alejandro Miranda, Alex Mitchell, and Ryan Nickerson all contributed significantly from their linebacker positions while Gareth Watts and Matt Guimond played well in the secondary.
 

 



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2007 SEASON SUMMARY
BROCKTON HANDS IRISH BLIZZARD SEASON ENDING LOSS

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NAFL Regional Playoff - Round 1 

October 6, 2007

Brockton Buccaneers 37 - Clinton Irish Blizzard 6 

Bridgewater-Raynham H.S., Bridgewater, MA 

 

Brockton (7-3)              0    16    7    14    -    37

CLINTON (5-5)           0     0    0    6    -   6

 

In a rematch of a game played three weeks ago, the Brockton Buccaneers handed the Clinton Irish Blizzard a 37-6 season ending loss in round 1 of the NAFL national playoffs. The last time these two foes tangled in Clinton, it was Clinton that committed no turnovers while turning over Brockton 5 times in route to a 40-17 win. The Buccaneers returned the favor Saturday night as they scored 27 points off 4 Clinton turnovers while cruising to a 37-6 victory.

 

Coming off their EFL championship victory a week ago, Brockton looked sharp most of the evening. Quarterback Anthony Comer and wide receiver Bo Garcia hooked up for a pair of TD passes and Harold Shaw led the way on the ground for the Bucs who made it a point to capitalize on each of Clinton's mistakes and turn them directly into points. In contrast, Clinton looked out of sync having not played a game in three weeks. Aside from their 4 turnovers, Clinton failed to to produce any points after having some early success moving the football.

 

Two of Clinton's first three drives moved the ball into Brockton territory but as Clinton threatened to take a first quarter lead, a John Riccio to Scott Allard pass deflected into the hands of a Bucs defender who returned it 75 yards for a Brockton touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Two series later Brockton recovered a fumble in Clinton territory and turned it into a six points and a 13-0 advantage. Defense ruled the rest of the half before Brockton executed an impressive last minute first half drive that yielded a FG from strong-legged Brockton kicker Calub Neves giving the Bucs a 16-0 halftime lead.

 

Clinton's misfortunes continued into the second half as midway through the 3rd quarter Clinton looked like it was about to dig themselves out from the shadow of their own goal line as RB Scott Allard ripped off runs of 11, 5, and 3 yards before a Riccio pass was deflected, intercepted, and returned deep into Clinton territory. A couple of plays later the Buccaneers were finally able to score pushing the lead to 23-0 and effectively putting the game out of reach.

 

The teams traded scores in the 4th as Riccio drove Clinton down the field thanks in part to completions of 33 yards to WR Matt Surette and 17 yards to TE Ernie Adams. Riccio and Surette hooked up for a 4 yard score closing the gap to 30-6 after a failed 2 point conversion attempt. Brockton would tack on a late TD as the Bucs recovered a fumbled punt deep in Clinton territory setting up a 1 yard touchdown run by Derek Wright.

 

For Clinton, Riccio finished with 142 yards through the air with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. On the ground, Allard had an solid night rushing 13 times for 88 yards. He also contributed  3 catches for 47 yards. Ernie Adams and Matt Surette also chipped in with 3 catches each. Adams netted 47 receiving yards and Surette 44 yards and a touchdown.

 

The Clinton defense played well in the loss as 27 of Brockton's points resulted from tunovers. The Irish Blizzard did their best to limit a potent Brockton offense as Alex Mitchell led the way with 10 tackles on the night. Ross Eberhart and Dave Anderson were also active recording 8 and 6 taclkes respectively. Jamie Cairns had a solid night at defensive end notching three tackles for losses. Dwayne Forbes played well at the other defensive end position.

 

Clinton closes out the season with a 5-5 record while Brockton advances to play the Boston Panthers (10-1) in round 2 of the NAFL playoffs.

 



Saturday, September 15
RICCIO'S 6 TDS LEAD CLINTON TO 40-17 WIN OVER BROCKTON...
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Sept 15, 2007

Clinton Irish Blizzard 40 - Brockton Buccaneers 17 

Fuller Field - Clinton, MA 

 

Brockton (5-3)              3    14    0    0    -    17

CLINTON (5-4)           6    13    7   14    -   40

 

Quarterback John Riccio had a career day throwing 5 touchdown passes and running for another score as the Irish Blizzard rolled to 40-17 win at Fuller Field on Saturday. Riccio connected with Jim Learned on a pair of touchdowns and Matt Surette caught two touchdowns as the Irish Blizzard offense exploded for 40 points in the win. Ernie Adams also added a touchdown catch as the Irish Blizzard improve to 5-4 closing out their 2007 regular season schedule.

 

 

The Irish Blizzard offense started quickly as Riccio and Learned connected on a 58 yard pass play on Clinton's 3rd play from scrimmage giving Clinton an early 6-0 advantage after a failed extra point kick. Brockton tried to answer with a march of it's own but settled for a Calub Neves field goal cutting the Irish Blizzard lead to 6-3. The Irish Blizzard offense stayed red hot on their next series as Riccio and Surette hooked up on a big third down, 16 yard pass play setting up an eventual 25 yard touchdown catch by Surette extending Clinton's second quarter lead to 13-3. 

Brockton was quick to answer in a fast paced second quarter where both teams combined for 27 points. An Anthony Comer pass to Harold Shaw again cut the Irish Blizzard lead to 13-10. The Clinton offense remained up to the challenge as they would score a third touchdown in as many possessions. A Riccio to Adams 21 yard completion got the Irish Blizzard down to the Buccaneers' 3 yard line before Surette pulled down his second TD pass from Riccio. Another failed extra point kept the Clinton lead at 19-10 with 4:52 remaining in the half. Brockton refused to yield to the Irish Blizzard attack as quarterback Anthony Comer was sharp on the Bucs' last possesion of the half. Comer completed several passes in a hurry-up offense before Harold Shaw's TD run with under a minute to play in the half again trimmed the Clinton lead to 19-17.  

Credit the Irish Blizzard defense as second half adjustments and 3 forced turnovers helped to keep a potent Bucs offense off the scoreboard the rest of the way. Meanwhile the Clinton offense continued it's assault as Clinton put together an impressive march on it's opening drive of the second half. Clinton marched 82 yards in only 8 plays as Scott Allard carried three times for 19 yards while Riccio hit Surette twice and Learned three times on the drive that was capped off by a 23 yard pass from Riccio to Learned giving Clinton a 26-17 third quarter lead. 

Clinton would tack on two more scores in the fourth quarter as Allard and Rickey Joslin combined for 52 yards rushing on one drive before Riccio dove in from 1 yard out. Clinton's final score came as Riccio uncorked a 39 yard TD pass to Adams closing out the scoring and giving Clinton a 40-17 win. 

Offensively, Clinton was led by Riccio's 253 passing yards, 5 passing TDs, and 1 rushing TD. Learned hauled in 5 catches for 112 yards and 2 scores while Allard paced the ground attack with 81 yards on 13 carries. Credit an offensive line of Jamie Cairns, Jay Berry, Nate Orcutt, Josue Diaz, and Matt Kronopolous that gave Riccio ample time to throw all afternoon. 

Clinton got a terrific defensive effort all around, particularly in the second half. Dwayne Forbes, Roger Blaike, Brandon Beach and Luis Rodriguez were formidible up for the Irish Blizzard. Alex Mitchell and Ross Eberhart led all linebackers combining for 13 tackles. Dave Anderson and Alejandro Miranda chipped in with 5 tackles each. Derek Guimond and Anthony Harmon contributed solid secondary play.  

 

Sunday, September 9
BLIZZARD HOLD OFF OILERS FOR 19-14 WIN
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Sept 8, 2007

Clinton Irish Blizzard 19 - Randolph Oilers 14

Randolph High School - Randolph, MA 

 

CLINTON (4-4)           0    12    6    0    -   19     

Randolph (0-7)           7    0    0    7    -    14

 

The Clinton Irish Blizzard got 2 touchdown passes from John Riccio to Ernie Adams and Scott Allard added a 3 yard touchdown run as the Irish Blizzard held on for a 19-14 road win at the Randolph Oilers on Saturday night. With the win, Clinton improves to 4-4 and keeps their postseason hopes alive. The Irish Blizzard will host first place Brockton (6-2) in a must win game for Clinton on Saturday 9/15 at 2pm in the team's regular season finale.

Trailing 7-0 after the Oilers capitalized on an early Irish Blizzard fumble, the Clinton offense came to life on its first possesion of the second quarter. Tailback Scott Allard and fullback Rickey Joslin bagged first downs on the ground before quarterback John Riccio connected with wide receiver Jim Learned on a 25 yard completion brining the ball down inside the Oilers five yard line. Allard capped off the drive blasting in from three yards out closing the gap to 7-6 in favor of Randolph. After an Oilers penalty on the conversion attempt, Clinton opted to go for two points but Riccio's pass attempt fell incomplete keeping the score at 7-6. 

The Clinton defense would come up big before halftime as defensive back Derek Guimond intercepted an Oilers pass with 1:20 remaining in the half. Riccio completed consecutive passes to Joslin and wideout Lorin Reed before completing a beautifully thrown 30 yard touchdown pass to tight end Ernie Adams in the corner of the endzone. A botched snap on the conversion kept the score at 12-7 going into the half. 

Clinton would get on the board again in the third quarter as Joslin burst through the line on an inside run and outraced defenders 40 yards before being caught deep in Randolph territory. Riccio drilled an 8 yard pass to Adams in the end zone and Clinton pushed it's lead to 19-7 after a successful extra point kick. 

An improved Oilers squad refused to quit as they added a fourth quarter touchdown pass closing the gap to 19-14. The Clinton offense put the game away as Riccio and Learned hooked up for a first down completion before Allard and Joslin churned out key first downs with some tough running. The Irish Blizzard ran out the clock on the march and sealed the 19-14 road win. 

Playing without seven regulars on defense, the Irish Blizzard got standout performances from several players. Brandon Beach contributed several stops from his defensive tackle position. Linebackers Alex Mitchell and Alejandro Miranda combined for double digit tackles, a fumble recovery, and one pass breakup. Strong safety Dave Anderson played perhaps his best game of the season leading the way with nine total tackles. Cornerback Anthony Harmon was solid in coverage while free safety Guimond added an interception. 

Riccio led the offense as he threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs Joslin and Allard combined for 143 yards and one score on the ground. Learned led all receivers with five receptions and Adams notched two TD catches. Clinton also got solid special teams play from several players including Guimond and Sean Kerrigan. 

Clinton will next play host to first place Brockton on Saturday at 2pm at Fuller Field in Clinton as the team closes out the 2007 regular season and looks to keep it's playoff hope alive. 

  



BLIZZ ON SHORT END OF DEFENSIVE BATTLE, FALL TO CHARLESTOWN TOWNIES 13-7

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Aug. 31, 2007

Charlestown Townies 13  Clinton Irish Blizzard 7

Fuller Field – Clinton, MA

 

Charlestown (4-3)        3    3    0    7    -    13

CLINTON (3-4)           0    7    0    0    -    7

 

The Clinton Irish Blizzard squandered a pair of second half scoring opportunities before watching Charlestown score a fourth quarter defensive touchdown while holding on for a 13-7 victory in Clinton on Friday night. As is often the case when these two teams take the field, the game featured tremendous defensive efforts by both teams. The Clinton defense held the Townies offense out of the endzone as they settled for two field goals and a defensive score. The Charlestown defense was equally impressive limiting the Irish Blizzard offense to one touchdown while turning them over 4 times.

 

Trailing 6-0 late in the second quarter, the Irish Blizzard offense marched 85 yards in 10 plays. The drive was highlighted by two John Riccio to Ernie Adams completions and a big 11 yard scamper by tailback Scott Allard. On 2nd and goal, John Riccio dove into the endzone from 5 yards out giving Clinton a 7-6 advantage just before the half.

 

The Clinton offense threatened twice more in the 3rd quarter as two drives deep into Charlestown territory ended with interceptions. Both drives featured solid running by Allard and Rickey Joslin. The pair combined for 64 yards on the two drives before Clinton's efforts to reach the endzone fell short.

 

With 12:36 remaining in the 4th quarter, the Townies defense intercepted a pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. The extra point put Charlestown back on top 13-7. The Clinton defense would continue to stand firm as they proceeded to block a field goal and force a fumble to keep the Irish Blizzard within one score. The Clinton offense tried twice more to get the go ahead touchdown but both drives were stopped as the Townies defense held on 4th and short situations. With the win, Charlestown improves to 4-3 and takes over sole possession of 2nd place in the EFL. Clinton drops to 3-4 and falls to 3rd place in the league.

 

Jamie Carins and Dwayne Forbes were big up front for the Irish Blizzard defensive unit. Brian Learned and Ross Eberhart led the way combining for 16 tackles while Alex Mitchell contributed six tackles and a forced fumble. Chris Leblanc and Mike Malvesti limited the Charlestown passing game with great coverage in the secondary while Matt Guimond added an interception from his free safety position. 

 

Offensively, Allard and Joslin combined for 95 rushing yards and Riccio added a 5 yard touchdown run. Ernie Adams hauled in 3 catches for 42 yards.

 

Clinton returns to action Saturday night as they travel to Randolph to face the Oilers in an EFL divisional matchup. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.

 

 


 

BLIZZ LOSE ROAD BATTLE AT NEW ENGLAND KNIGHTS, FALL 27-12
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Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007 – 6PM

New England Knights  27  Clinton Irish Blizzard 12

West Haven HS (West Haven, CT)

 

CLINTON (3-3)          0    6    0    6    -    12

New England (3-4)    7    6    7    7    -    27

 

The New England Knights used a balanced attack and tough defense to outlast the Clinton Irish Blizzard in an EFL/NAFL clash on Saturday night in West Haven, CT. The talented Knights sandwiched two extended scoring drives around two big pass plays en route to a 27-12 victory over Clinton. The Irish Blizzard hung tough thanks in part to running backs Rickey Joslin and Scott Allard who combined for 142 yards rushing on 25 carries. Irish Blizzard quarterback John Riccio tossed two touchdown passes while tight end Ernie Adams hauled in six catches for 75 yards and one touchdown. 

Trailing 7-0 early in the second quarter, the Irish Blizzard put together their finest drive of the evening as the Clinton offense clicked on all cylinders marching 74 yards in 14 plays before Riccio hit Adams with a six yard touchdown pass. Fullback Rickey Joslin carried three times for 28 yards in the series and Riccio extended the drive with key first down completions to Adams for 15 yards and wide receiver Jim Learned for 11 yards setting up the score. A bad snap on the extra point attempt kept the game at 7-6 in favor of the Knights. 

The Irish Blizzard threatened to take the lead before halftime as a Jim Learned punt return and a face mask penalty set up the offense in Knights territory. A pass interference call against the Knights moved Clinton to the Knights 35 yardline. The Irish Blizzard luck stopped there as Allard ripped off a 30 yard run that was called back on a holding penalty. The Irish Blizzard failed to convert on fourth down and were forced to turn the ball over to the Knights. New England took full advantage of the big stop as they would eventually covert on a 45 yard touchdown pass with 5:37 remaining in the half, extending their lead to 13-6 after a blocked extra point. 

The third quarter began much like the second period ended. The Knights found success on a big play through the air as they connected on a 55 yard touchdown pass extending their lead to 20-6 with 11:58 remaining in the third quarter. It was here that the game turned as the Irish Blizzard offense threatened to answer quickly but eventually failed to convert in the redzone. Trailing 20-6, Clinton once again began with solid field position after a good special teams return. The Irish Blizzard advanced the ball 39 yards over 10 plays. Allard did most of the work on the ground while Riccio and Adams hooked up for a big 13 yard completion on a third down play. Faced with a 4th and 4 situation, a Riccio to Joslin pass fell incomplete and the Irish Blizzard were forced to turn the ball over to New England deep in their territory. 

Clinton could not gain any ground on the Knights the rest of the way as both teams would trade scores in the 4th quarter accounting for the 27-12 victory. Riccio found Lorin Reed from 4 yards out to account for Clinton's final scoring play. Clinton did threaten once more before the game ended as Riccio found Adams on a big 31 yard completion late in the fourth. Allard followed with a 25 yard run before Riccio was intercepted deep in Knights territory. 

Aside from the two big plays through the air, the Clinton defense played a solid game doing their best to limit a dangerous Knights offensive attack. Linebacker Ross Eberhart led the way for Clinton getting in on a game high nine tackles. Brian Learned added seven stops including two for a loss. Dwayne Forbes, Jamie Cairns, Stanley Demesyeux, and Brandon Beach all played well up front for the Irish Blizzard. 

The Clinton offense was paced by Allard and Joslin's efforts on the ground. Allard ran for 93 yards on 16 carries while Joslin chipped in with 49 yards on 9 carries. Riccio threw for 133 yards and 2 scores while Adams hauled in a team high 6 catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Jim Learned netted 96 all-purpose receiving and return yards on the night. 

Clinton returns to action on *FRIDAY* 8/31 at *8pm* as the Irish Blizzard will host the Charlestown Townies in a crucial EFL league game. Clinton  (3-3) and Charlestown (3-2) are both vying for a final EFL playoff spot. Clinton held on for a thrilling 7-0 win at Charlestown in week 2.

 


OCEAN STATE (RI) VIPERS DEFEAT IRISH BLIZZARD 27-7 AT FULLER...
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Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007

Ocean State Vipers  27  CLinton Irish Blizzard 20

Fuller Field (Clinton, MA)

 

OCEAN STATE   7   7   0   13   -   27

CLINTON              0   7   0   0     -    7

 

Scott Allard rushed 21 times for 147 yards and Richard Joslin added an 11 yard touchdown run but it wasn't enough as the Ocean State Vipers went on to defeat the Irish Blizzard 27-7 on Saturday afternoon at Fuller Field. With the win, Ocean State improves to 4-2 while the loss drops Clinton to 3-2.

 

Clinton's offense seemed to move the ball at will most of the afternoon but failure to convert redzone opportunities and four costly turnovers would eventually doom the Irish Blizzard. Clinton running backs combined for 189 yards rushing as the offensive line led an impressive rushing attack.

 

The defense performed admirably most of the afternoon as the game remained close until a pair of late scores by the Vipers put the game away. Chris Leblanc, Derek Guimond, Brian Learned, and Luis Rodriguez led the way against a potent Vipers offense.

 

The Irish Blizzard will be back in action on Saturday as they travel to West Haven, CT for a matchup with the New England Knights. Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm.       

 


 

Tuesday, July 31
BROCKTON HOLDS OFF CLINTON AND EARNS 27-20 WIN...
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Sunday August 5, 2007
Brockton Buccaneers 27  Clinton Irish Blizzard 20
Bridgewater-Raynham High School (Bridgewater, MA)

CLINTON (3-1)     0    7    7    6    -    20

BROCKTON (2-2)  7   14   6    0     -    27

Quarterback John Riccio threw touchdown passes to Matt Santiago, Ernie Adams, and Jim Learned but it wasn't enough as the visiting Irish Blizzard couldn't overcome a 14 point first half deficit suffering their first loss of the season in a 27-20 loss to the Brockton Buccaneers on Sunday. With the loss Clinton falls to 3-1 on the season while Brockton improves to 2-2.

After struggling through much of the first quarter and relying on solid defensive play, the Irish Blizzard offense came to life late in the second quarter. Trailing 14-0, Clinton marched 82 yards on seven plays highlighted by a 40 yard completion from Riccio to AdamsSantiago pulled down a 24 yard TD pass from Riccio on a third and ten play to close the deficit to 14-7 with 1:23 remaining in the first half. Brockton stunned Clinton before the half as Anthony Comer heaved a 48 yard touchdown pass before the half ended, extending Brockton's lead to 21-7 going into the lockeroom.

Brockton began an action packed second half by scoring on their first offensive possession. A missed extra point accounted for a 27-7 Bucs lead. Clinton would answer right back as the offense efficiently moved 62 yards on ten plays. Riccio would finally connect with Adams on a 12 yard touchdown pass closing the gap to 27-14 with 5:18 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

The defense gave the Irish Blizzard a golden opportunity as they recovered a fumble in Brockton territory on the ensuing series. Clinton couldn't capitalize as a fourth and two pass fell incomplete. The defense was once again up to the challenge as the Irish Blizzard forced the Bucs to punt on their next possession. Riccio moved Clinton 61 yards on seven plays and was a perfect 4/4 for 41 yards on the drive. After completions of 12 yards and 13 yards to Adams, Riccio connected with Jim Learned on a four yard touchdown pass. A blocked extra point made the score 27-20 with 7:08 still remaining in the game.

That would be as close as Clinton would get as Brockton would grind out several first downs on their final series eventually moving the ball all the way down field and running out the 4th quarter clock. Credit the Bucs offense who converted two third down conversions and one fourth and long play to hang onto the football and run out the clock.

The Clinton defense got solid efforts from Brandon Beach and Dwayne Forbes up front. Alejandro Miranda and Alex Mitchell led the linebacking unit with several tackles while Chris Leblanc, Derek Guimond, and Dave Anderson played well in the secondary. 

For the offense, Riccio finished with 183 yards and 3 touchdowns while completing 14 passes in 25 attempts. Tight end Adams had another productive day leading all receivers with six catches for 106 yards and one touchdown. Fullback Hayes Rembijas led the ground game with 51 yards on nine carries. The offensive line of Jay Berry, Ross Lefrancois, Nate Orcutt, Jon Davies, and Josue Diaz gave Riccio ample time to throw and also helped generate 95 yards rushing on the day.

The Irish Blizzard return home to play the Ocean State Vipers (3-2) on Saturday 8/11/07. Kickoff is scheduled for 2pm.

 

Sunday, July 29
IRISH BLIZZARD DOMINATE IN HOME OPENER, DEFEAT RANDOLPH OILERS 49-8
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Saturday, July 28
Clinton Irish Blizzard 49 Randolph Oilers 8
Fuller Field - Clinton, MA

RANDOLPH (0-3)    0    8   0   0 - 8
CLINTON (3-0)    15   21   7   6 - 49

QB John Riccio throws for 5 TDs and DE Dwayne Forbes notches 3 sacks to help the Blizz move to 3-0. Clinton stormed out to a 36-8 halftime lead before cruising to a 49-8 victory. Scott Allard rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown in addition to a 34 yard touchdown catch. Matt Santiago also hauled in two touchdown catches on a night where the Blizzard offense rushed for 189 yards and threw for 5 touchdowns.

Clinton's defense set the tone on the first series forcing an Oilers punt. Riccio wasted no time connecting with Santiago for a 52 yard touchdown strike on the Blizzard's second offensive play giving Clinton the 7-0 advantage. Clinton's next offensive set saw the two connect again on a 17 yard touchdown pass. A Chris Leblanc to Jim Learned pass on the conversion gave Clinton a 15-0 lead. The offense made it 3 for 3 on the next series as Riccio found Lorin Reed on a 4th and 6 touchdown pass making a 22-0 score.

The Oilers would answer after a Clinton fumble as QB Ryan Myers connected with Matt Trainor on an 8 yard touchdown pass closing the gap to 22-8 after a two point conversion. Chris Leblanc put the game out of reach on the next play as he took the ensuing kickoff back 83 yards for a touchdown making the score 29-8 with 6:56 remaining in the second quarter. Clinton capped off an impressive half with a Riccio to Rickey Joslin 4 yard touchdown pass sending the Blizzard to the lockeroom with a 36-8 advantage.

The Clinton defense was relentless in the second half, keeping the Oilers off the scoreboard the rest of the way. Scott Allard accounted for all the second half scoring with a 3 yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter and a 34 yard touchdown catch with 11:39 left in the 4th quarter. Clinton ate up the clock the rest of the way securing the 49-8 win.

For the defense, Dwayne Forbes highlighted a big night for the defensive line with 3 sacks and a fumble recovery . Jamie Cairns, Roger Blakie, Brandon Beach, Stanley Demesyeux, and Luis Rodriguez all contributed up front. Ross Eberhart led the linebacking corps with and interception while Chris Leblanc notched an interception in the secondary to go along with his kickoff return for a touchdown.

Clinton's balanced offensive attack was led by a dominating offensive line. Ross Lefrancois, Jay Berry, Nate Orcutt, Jon Davies, and Josue Diaz helped produce 331 total yard of offense and 6 offensive touchdowns.

Clinton returns to action next week as they travel to Bridgewater-Raynham H.S. on SUNDAY for a *4pm* showdown with the Brockton Buccaneers.   



 

BLIZZ START 2007 WITH TWO STRAIGHT WINS ON THE ROAD - DEFEAT CHARLESTOWN 7-0
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Friday, July 13
Clinton Irish Blizzard 7 Charlestown Townies 0
Dilboy Stadium - Sommerville, MA

CLINTON (2-0)            0   7   0   0 - 7
CHARLESTOWN (1-1)   0   0   0   0 - 0

The Clinton Irish Blizzard recorded their second straight road win as a dominant defensive effort helped carry the team to a 7-0 victory over the Charlestown Townies at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville on Friday night. After yielding only eight points in their opener at Pittsfield, the Clinton defense posted the shutout improving Clinton's record to 2-0 on the young season while handing Charlestown their first loss. Quarterback John Riccio's 26 yard second quarter touchdown pass to tight end Ernie Adams accounted for all the scoring against an equally stingy Townies defense.

While the Irish Blizzard offense could only muster one first down on it's first four possessions, the Townies offense carried the play early. A punishing ground game moved the ball into Clinton territory on consecutive possessions but the Clinton defense stood firm each time. A turnover on downs and a Ryan Nickerson interception kept Charlestown off the scoreboard and gave the Clinton offense a chance to find it's rhythm.

Clinton finally broke through in the second quarter as a Chris Leblanc punt return gave Clinton good field position on the Townies 42 yardline. Three plays later Riccio connected with Adams on a 26 yard scoring strike to give Clinton a 7-0 lead that they would take into halftime.

The second half was dominated by the Clinton ground game. The Irish Blizzard offense controlled the ball most of the second half threatening to put the game away on a couple of occasions thanks in large part to it rushing attack. Clinton came out of the lockeroom and the offense embarked on an 11 play 52 yard drive that chewed up most of the 3rd quarter. Running backs Rickey Joslin and Matt Santiago churned out 41 yards on the ground. The drive stalled inside the 15 yardline when a Riccio pass was intercepted in the endzone.

Joslin and Santiago would combine for 45 yards rushing on the next two offensive possessions allowing Clinton to maintain an edge in field position while eating up the fourth quarter clock. A big third and one stop by the Townies defense gave them the ball back with under two minutes remaining. Charlestown was able to reach the Clinton 19 yardline with nine seconds left but a pass attempt in the corner of the endzone was broken up by Leblanc and Brian Learned sealing the victory for the Irish Blizzard.

Ryan Nickerson and Brian Learned highlighted a banner night for the defense. Nickerson recorded an interception while posting numerous tackles. Learned was equally as active recording several tackles and four pass breakups from his strong safety position. Linebackers Alex Mitchell and Ross Eberhart were also solid against the run while Jamie Cairns and Roger Blakie did a great up front for the Irish Blizzard defensive line. Cornerback Chris Leblanc also recorded four pass breakups in addition to his stellar efforts returning punts on special teams.

After a week off, the Irish Blizzard return to Fuller Field for the 2007 home opener against the Randolph Oilers on Saturday July 28, 2007. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.




BLIZZ OPEN 2007 SEASON WITH SOLID ROAD VICTORY, 34-8 AT PITTSFIELD
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July 7, 2007
Clinton Irish Blizzard 34 Pittsfield Aces 8
Taconic HS - Pittsfield, MA

CLINTON (1-0)      14   6   7   7 - 34
PITTSFIELD (0-1)    0   0   8   0 - 8

John Riccio threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns and Matt Santiago scored twice as the Irish Blizzard rolled to a 34-8 victory over the Pittsfield Aces in the season opener for both teams. Clinton also got a tremendous defensive effort from a unit that held the Aces to eight points while forcing seven turnovers on the day. The Clinton defense intercepted four passes and forced three fumbles including one that was returned for a touchdown.

Clinton relied heavily on it's defense early on as the Irish Blizzard offense turned the ball over on two of the first three possessions. The defense was up to the challenge as they turned the Aces over on downs, forced a punt, and intercepted a pass on Pittsfield's first three offensive sets. Clinton struck fast on their fourth offensive series as John Riccio uncorked a 75 yard touchdown pass to Lorin Reed on the first play of the series. Matt Santiago added the extra point and Clinton led 7-0.

The Clinton defense padded the lead as a linebacker Alex Mitchell forced a fumble on the next series and linebacker Ross Eberhart picked up the loose ball and sprinted 34 yards for a touchdown. Santiago's extra point gave Clinton a quick 14-0 first quarter advantage.

The Clinton offense struck once more before the half ended as Riccio orchestrated an impressive 14 play 68 yard drive. Scott Allard carried five times for 24 yards while Riccio completed two passes to Jim Learned and one to Ernie Adams setting up an incredible four yard TD run by Santiago. Santiago would sweep left before reversing direction and outracing everyone to the right side of the field and side-stepping defenders as he slipped into the endzone for the score. A blocked extra point resulted in a 20-0 halftime advantage for Clinton.

The second half was about ball control and defense for the Irish Blizzard. Clinton controlled much of the third quarter as the offense drove the field successfully and maintained great field position throughout the quarter. A Rickey Joslin punt pinned the Aces on their own two yardline and the defense responded with a big hit forcing a fumble that was recovered by Jamie Cairns on the Aces one yardline. Allard blasted in from one yard out and a Santiago extra point gave Clinton a 27-0 lead.

Pittsfield managed to get on the scoreboard before the third quarter ended as an impressive Aces' drive resulted in a 20 yard touchdown scamper. A successful two point conversion cut the Clinton lead to 27-8. The Irish Blizzard effectively ran out the clock on their last two possessions as Clinton marched 55 yards in 12 plays before missing a field goal. The drive was highlighted by some tough running from backs Allard and Joslin. The offense capitalized on the next series as Riccio connected with Santiago on a 28 yard scoring strike. The successful point after attempt closed out the scoring at 34-8. Pittsfield's last two drives were stymied by great pressure from defensive ends Roger Blaike and Dwayne Forbes.

The Clinton defense got great secondary play from Matt Guimond, Chris Leblanc, and Derek Guimond. Each recorded an interception while Derek Guimond pulled down a pair. Brian Learned had an interception wiped out by a penalty but nonetheless, Learned and Ryan Nickerson were extremely active all day, each chipping in with several tackles. Luis Rodriguez, Brandon Beach, and Stanley Demesyeux teamed with Cairns, Blaike, and Forbes to provide a formidable presence on the defensive front.

The offensive line was also solid throughout as they afforded Riccio the time to throw for 194 yards and two scores through the air while also paving the way for 129 rushing yards and two scores on the ground. Clinton returns to action Friday night as they face off against the Charlestown Townies at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville. Kickoff is scheduled for 8pm.



2006 SEASON SUMMARY
**IRISH BLIZZARD OUT OF PLAYOFFS, SEASON ENDS WITH 28-13 LOSS....

EFL Playoffs – Quarterfinals
10/14/06
Marlboro Shamrocks 28 Clinton Irish Blizzard 13
Marlboro, MA (Kelleher Field)

The Clinton Irish Blizzard could not overcome a stingy Marlboro Shamrocks defense and a big play offense that helped the Shamrocks advance to the EFL semifinals with a 28-13 win. Quarterback John Riccio threw for 221 yards and 2 TDs in a losing effort while getting great play out of Matt Santiago who caught 6 passes for 101 yards and 1 TD while also contributing 27 yards on the ground.

Things looked promising early on for Clinton as Ross Eberhart advanced the opening kickoff over midfield. The Blizzard picked up an immediate first down before a fumble stopped their opening drive. Marlboro would return the favor on their next possession as strong safety Brian Learned forced a Wes Pugh fumble that was recovered by linebacker Alex Mitchell of the Irish Blizzard. Riccio took over and connected on passes to Santiago (6 catches, 101 yards, 1 TD) for 8 yards and to Jim Learned (4 catches, 46 yards, 1 TD) for 26 yards before the Blizzard offense would stall deep in Shamrocks territory and again turn the ball over to Marlboro without coming away with points.

Marlboro finally broke through late in the first quarter as Marc Eddy connected on a 30 yard scoring strike to Mark Thomas giving Marlboro the 7-0 advantage. The game got hectic late in the 2nd quarter as Ross Eberhart intercepted an Eddy pass with under 2 minutes to play in the first half. Riccio immediately found Santiago on a 41 yard TD pass knotting the score at 7-7. Then Marlboro struck a big blow to Clinton as they returned the ensuing kickoff to midfield where Eddy led a 6 play 50 yard drive that resulted in a touchdown just before the half ended. The Shamrocks seized the momentum and took a 14-7 lead into the half.

Two second half Marlboro TD passes extended their lead to 28-7 before the Irish Blizzard tried to answer. Riccio led a fourth quarter drive highlighted by completions to Santiago for 26 yards and to Lorin Reed (2 catches, 30 yards) for 18 yards. Jim Learned's 5 yard touchdown reception cut the deficit to 28-13. On their next possession Clinton would make one last comeback effort as Riccio connected with Jeremy Frisch (2 catches, 44 yards) on a 12 yard pass moving the ball into Shamrocks territory. A Dan Smith interception on the next Riccio pass ended the drive and enabled the Shamrocks to hold on for the 28-13 win.

Clinton got solid play from it's offensive line allowing the Blizzard to pass for 221 yards on the night. Jon Davies, Jay Berry, Nate Orcutt, Brandon Beach, and Josue Diaz provided the protection up front. Fullback Jamie Cairns contributed 10 yards on 3 carries in addition to solid blocking for Santiago.

Defensively, the front four of Artie Barnes, Marc Ayotte, Stanley Demesyeux, and Dwayne Forbes did a good job in pressuring Eddy most of the evening. Cornerbacks Chris Leblanc and Matt Guimond were solid in coverage while free safety Dave Anderson also contributed with several tackles on the night. Linebackers Ross Eberhart, Hayes Rembijas, Alex Mitchell and strong safety Brian Learned shut down the Shamrocks ground game.

The loss ends the 2006 season for the Clinton Irish Blizzard as Marlboro advances to face the #1 seed Middleboro Cobras in a semifinal matchup.



***BLIZZ OVERCOME DEFICIT, EARN ROAD VICTORY AT RANDOLPH 14-7 TO FINISH REGULAR SEASON

Saturday, Sept. 30th, 2006
Clinton Irish Blizzard 14 - Randolph Oilers 7
Randolph, MA (Randolph HS)

The Clinton Irish Blizzard rallied for fourteen 2nd half points to edge the Randolph Oilers 14-7 in a thrilling come from behind road win on Saturday night. Matt Santiago's 5 yard rushing touchdown in the 3rd quarter knotted the game at 7-7 before Brian Learned scored on a 15 yard touchdown run with fourteen seconds on the clock to lift Clinton to victory.

Early in the first period Randolph was able to convert an Irish Blizzard fumble into seven points as they took advantage of good field position by connecting on a 12 yard touchdown pass giving the Oilers an early 7-0 lead. Both teams would threaten but neither would score for the remainder of the half as both defenses elevated their play. Matt Santiago (19 carries, 60 yards, 1 TD) led the Clinton offense in the first half rushing for 44 yards on 13 carries. Brandon Beach, Ross Eberhart, Jamie Cairns, and Hayes Rembijas contributed several tackles each while holding Randolph scoreless after the early touchdown.

On Clinton's second possession of the second half, quarterback Marc Ayotte (8/15, 123 yards) completed passes to Jim Learned (5 catches, 88 yards) for 18 yards and to Santiago (3 catches, 38 yards) for 30 yards before Santiago finished off an impressive Irish Blizzard drive with a 5 yard touchdown run. Santiago's extra point pulled Clinton even at 7-7 midway through the 3rd quarter.

The Irish Blizzard defense continued to come up with big plays as strong safety Brian Learned notched two 4th quarter interceptions and linebacker Ross Eberhart added another. A big Irish Blizzard stand late in the fourth quarter gave Clinton the ball back with just over two minutes remaining.

An Ayotte pass to Santiago followed by a Brian Learned (5 carries, 30 yards, 1 TD) run advanced the ball out over midfield for Clinton. Ayotte then completed consecutive passes to Jim Learned for 10 yards and 21 yards bringing the Irish Blizzard down to the Oilers 15 yardline with 20 second remaining in the game. Fullback Brian Learned capped off the drive by taking a handoff, blasting up the middle and racing into the endzone with just 14 seconds left. Santiago's extra point gave Clinton the 14-7 advantage that it wouldn't relinquish.

Clinton's victory earns them a road game for the 2006 EFL playoffs. Clinton will travel to Marlboro for an opening round game against the Marlboro Shamrocks on the weekend of October 14th.



***IRISH BLIZZARD CAN'T PUT AWAY OILERS, DROP HOME FINALE 35-33....

Saturday, 09/23/06
Randolph Oilers 35 Clinton Irish Blizzard 33
Fuller Field - Clinton, MA

The Irish Blizzard sprinted out to a 25-0 second half advantage but couldn't hold off a resilient Randolph team that scored 35 second half points en route to a 35-33 victory over the Clinton Irish Blizzard on Saturday. Matt Santiago rushed for 118 yards and 2 TDs and QB John Riccio threw for 220 yards and 3 TDs in a losing effort. Jeremy Frisch hauled in two TD passes from Riccio and WR Jim Learned caught the other Riccio TD pass.

The Irish Blizzard wasted no time getting on the board as Santiago (16 carries, 118 YDS, 2 TDs) scored on a 1 yard TD run on Clinton's opening possession. The drive was set up by a big 35 yard run by Santiago and a 10 yard completion to fullback Hayes Rembijas.

Two series later, the Irish Blizzard extended their lead to 12-0 as QB Riccio threw a 26 yard TD strike to a diving Jim Learned (6 catches, 71 yards, 1 TD). Clinton increased their lead to 19-0 on the next possession as Riccio connected with Frisch (5 catches, 71 yards, 2TDs) on a 25 yard TD pass. The drive included passes to J. Learned (15 yards), Santiago (7 yards), and Frisch (17 yards). Clinton would take the 19-0 lead into halftime.

The second half began the same way as Riccio connected with Jim Learned for 19 yards and Matt Santiago for 16 yards before Jeremy Frisch hauled in a 12 yard TD pass from Riccio. Clinton's lead swelled to 25-0 before the visiting Oilers got things going their way.

Momentum shifted drastically as Oilers QB Ryan Myers led the Oilers offensive attack scoring 28 unanswered points and giving Randolph a 28-25 lead midway through the 4th quarter. Riccio answered right back leading Clinton down the field on completions to Chris Leblanc for 23 yards and Jim Learned for 9 yards before fullback Ross Eberhart carried for 18 yards and tailback Matt Santiago hurdled into the endzone on a 5 yard TD run. Clinton held a 33-28 lead with 2 minutes remaining after a successful 2 point conversion.

The Clinton defense couldn't keep Randolph in check as the Oilers offense was able to march down the field and score on a Myers TD pass with under 10 seconds remaining in the game. The score gave Randolph a 35-33 victory as an Irish Blizzard desperation pass was intercepted on the 5 yard line with no time remaining on the clock.

Up front, Clinton got solid defensive play from Defensive End Dwayne Forbes and Linebacker Ross Eberhart. Forbes registered 2 sacks and Eberhart recorded numerous tackles. Chris Leblanc, Dave Anderson, and Matt Guimond added support from their defensive secondary positions.



***BUCS EDGE VISITING BLIZZ 21-19 IN THRILLER AT MARCIANO STADIUM...

Brockton Buccaneers 21 Clinton Irish Blizzard 19
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Marciano Stadium (Brockton, MA)

Matt Santiago rushed for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns but it wasn't enough as the Irish Blizzard lost a 21-19 thriller to the Brockton Buccaneers on Saturday night. Santiago's effort was part of a Clinton rushing attack that gained an impressive 276 yards on the ground. Fullbacks Brian Learned (5 carries, 50 yards) and Hayes Rembijas (4 carries, 41 yards, 1 TD) combined for 91 yards and a one touchdown on the night.

Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, the Irish Blizzard put together a 63 yard touchdown drive all on the ground as Santiago finished things off with a 6 yard TD plunge. The drive was highlighted by a 34 yard scamper by Santiago and a 14 yard run by fullback Brian Learned getting Clinton even at 7-7.

An opportunistic Brockton squad capitalized on two Clinton miscues and eventually entered the half with a 21-7 lead. The Irish Blizzard would dominate the 2nd half as Santiago set the tone for the half by taking the opening play from scrimmage 68 yards for a touchdown. A missed extra point resulted in a 21-13 deficit for Clinton.

Clinton would continue to successfully drive the ball the entire half but it wasn't until late in the 4th quarter that they would strike again. Clinton LB Hayes Rembijas' big hit forced a Brockton fumble as Rembijas would also recover the loose ball. The Irish Blizzard offense took over and facing a 3rd and 16 quarterback John Riccio connected with WR Jim Learned on a big 36 yard completion into Brockton territory. Rembijas ripped off a 14 yard run from his fullback position before taking a handoff and running 16 yards up the middle for a touchdown.

Trailing 21-19, the Irish Blizzard went for a two point conversion in an attempt tie the game with under two minutes remaining but Brockton's defense stood firm and stopped Blizzard RB Santiago short of the goaline. A failed onside-kick attempt allowed Brockton to run out the clock and hold on to the 21-19 victory.

Offensive Linemen Jamie Cairns, Jon Davies, Nate Orcutt, Josue Diaz, and Brandon Beach were a force all evening while opening holes for Clinton's running backs. Defensively, linemen Artie Barnes, Cairns, Stanley Demesyeux, Marc Ayotte, and Dwayne Forbes repeatedly pressured Bucs' QB Anthony Comer. Linebacker Rembijas (fumble recovery) and Strong Safety Brian Learned were a force in the middle in addition to their fullback duties on offense. Linebacker Alex Mitchell and defensive back Dave Anderson also chipped in with several tackles.



***IRISH BLIZZARD DEFEATED AT HOME BY RIVAL SHAMROCKS, 33-19...

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006
Marlboro Shamrocks 33 Clinton Irish Blizzard 19
Fuller Field (Clinton, MA)

The Irish Blizzard dug themselves a 20-0 first half hole vs. the Marlboro Shamrocks and couldn't rally to overcome the early deficit. John Riccio threw for 211 yards and 2 TDs but it wasn't enough as Clinton was defeated by Marlboro 33-19 on Saturday evening.

The Marlboro defense ruled the first half limiting Clinton to just 72 yards of total offense and forcing one fumble. Strong Safety Brian Learned recorded an interception and a fumble recovery while helping the Clinton defense keep Marlboro in check early. Shamrocks quarterback Marc Eddy would eventually find his rhythm as he threw three TD passes to put Marlboro out in front 20-0. Marlboro would extend the lead to 27-0 on another Eddy TD pass before the Clinton offense would strike for 19 2nd half points.

Riccio (21/34, 221 yds, 2TDs, 0 Ints) got things rolling for the Irish Blizzard offense as he connected with Jeremy Frisch (5 catches, 68 yards, 2 TDs) on a 15 yard scoring strike. The TD was set up by an 11 yard catch by Matt Santiago (6 catches, 58 yards) and a 9 yard run by FB Jamie Cairns. After a defensive stand, Riccio got hot once again connecting on six of seven passes on a drive that included four completions to Jim Learned (9 catches, 68 yards). The drive was finished by Santiago (10 rushes, 26 yards, 1 TD) who scampered into the endzone from 6 yards out cutting the Marlboro lead to 27-13.

Trailing 33-13 the Irish Blizzard made one last push as Riccio complete passes to Santiago twice and to J. Learned setting up another Frisch TD catch from 11 yards out, once again cutting Marlboro's lead to 33-19. A failed onsides-kick attempt would give the Marlboro offense an opportunity to run out the clock and seal the 33-19 win.

Defensively, Brian Learned had a big performance recording an interception, a fumble recovery, two pass breakups, and numerous tackles from his strong safety spot. Defensive ends Dwayne Forbes and Artie Barnes, and linebackers Hayes Rembijas and Ross Eberhart chipped in with several tackles each. Chris Leblanc also broke up two passes from his cornerback position.



***CLINTON'S LATE CHARGE ENOUGH TO PUT AWAY TOUGH CHARLESTOWN SQUAD, 21-14

Saturday, August 19, 2006
Clinton Irish Blizzard 21 Charlestown Townies 14
Fuller Field (Clinton, MA)

WORCESTER TELEGRAM
CLINTON— First-year Clinton Irish Blizzard player Matt Santiago was battered and bruised during last night’s Eastern Football League game with Charlestown.

But Santiago also hit back, scoring three touchdowns, including the game winner, to spark the Irish Blizzard to a dramatic 21-14 comeback victory at Fuller Field.

Clinton, 2-0 versus the Townies this summer, improved to 2-3. Charlestown slipped to 2-4.
“Matt Santiago had an outstanding game for us,” seventh-year Clinton coach Ed Peete said. “He scored all three of our touchdowns, and he also had a huge first down to keep the winning drive going. We wouldn’t have scored without the first downs. The kid is a gutty kid. Now it’s time to polish up our game a bit and get ready for the playoffs.”

Charlestown, which lost to Clinton by 20 points in the season’s first matchup, appeared to have things under control when it took a 14-13 lead with three minutes to play on quarterback Jon Jones’ 10-yard keeper up the left side. Jones also ran in the two-point conversion and had a big pass play in the drive upfield.

However, the Irish Blizzard refused to wilt. With former WPI quarterback John Riccio directing the offense, Clinton began a methodical drive deep into Townie territory. Riccio’s second first-down pass, this one coming to Lorin Reed, advanced the hosts to the Charlestown 19-yard line. Three plays later, Santiago pocketed a big first down with a rush to the 6. After an incomplete pass, Santiago found an opening and bulled his way in for the go-ahead TD. Riccio ran in the conversion to account for the final margin.

The Irish Blizzard came back from a 6-0 first-period deficit to tie the score, 6-6, when Santiago crashed the line for a 4-yard TD late in the second quarter. Earlier, Santiago made another big play when he caught a Riccio pass on fourth-and-15 for a first down, pushing the hosts deep into Townie territory. Santiago’s kick gave Clinton a 7-6 lead, which it maintained at the break.

Former WPI standout Brian Learned set the drive in motion with a fumble recovery on the Charlestown 31-yard line.

The Irish Blizzard increased their lead to 13-6 in the fourth quarter on Santiago’s second TD rush.



***BOSTON OUTLASTS CLINTON 26-20 IN A SHOOTOUT AT FULLER...

Boston Panthers 26 Clinton Irish Blizzard 20
Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006
Fuller Field (Clinton, MA)

A late 4th quarter drive fell short as the Irish Blizzard failed in their attempt to snatch a late victory from the visiting Boston Panthers. Quarterback John Riccio threw for 182 yards and 2 Touchdowns, both TDs to wide receiver Jeremy Frisch who hauled in 6 catches for 142 yards and 2 TDs. Clinton also got a solid performance out of running back Kevin Durand who rushed for 63 yards on 13 carries. Jim Learned chipped in with a 3 yard TD run of his own. Defensivey, the Irish Blizzard got steady efforts from Chris Lebalnc (Interception) and Ross Eberhart who earned 'EFL Defensive Player of the Week' for his effort on Saturday.

Clinton opened the game with a defensive stand highlighted by a Brandon Beach fumble recovery. Riccio took advantage of great field position hooking up with Jeremy Frisch for a 38 yard completion before unloading a beautifully thrown 4th down pass to Frisch in the corner of the endzone for a 16 yard score.

Boston would answer, eventually taking a 10-6 2nd quarter lead before Clinton marched down the field behind the rushing of Kevin Durand as well as completions to Frisch, J. Learned, and Chris Leblanc. Learned would eventually finish off the drive behing some great blocking, diving in from 3 yards out. Clinton took a 13-10 advantage to the lockeroom at halftime.

Clinton lost the momentum in the 3rd as Boston picked up a fumbled snap and returned it for a 17-13 lead. But the Irish Blizzard struck back on a Riccio 37 yard TD pass to Frisch. A 19 yard run by Durand set up the score as Clinton moved back out to a 20-17 lead. The Panthers were up to the challenege as they answered with a score of their own, reclaiming a 24-20 lead

Great defensive play highlighted the rest of the way as Clinton managed to hold Boston on successive possessions. Clinton got great coverage from it's secondary highlighted by a Chris Leblanc interception. Linebacker Ross Eberhart also managed to make a touchdown saving tackle keeping Clinton within one score. Up front Dave Turcotte and Artie Barnes plugged holes while linebackers Hayes Rembijas and Alex Mitchell contributed big hits. Strong Safety Brian Learned continued his solid play with a sack and 2 tackles for losses in the second half.

Trailing 26-20 after a safety, Clinton mounted a late 4th quarter drive highlighted by completions to Frisch for 31 yards and 12 yards and to J.Learned for 7 yards. Make Alvarado ran for 5 yards before two incomplete passes ended the drive deep in Panthers territory.



***MIDDLEBORO COBRAS SPOIL CLINTON HOME OPENER, DEFEAT IRISH BLIZZARD

Middleboro Cobras 28 Clinton Irish Blizzard 06
07/29/06
Clinton, MA

The Item

CLINTON— Confronted with injuries and warm, muggy playing conditions, the Clinton Irish Blizzard hung tough with Eastern Football League (EFL) leader Middleboro for roughly half the game last Saturday night. However, the Cobras, sparked by their ability to take advantage of an opponent's miscues, caught fire in the second half, scoring 12 points in the third period to open a 28-point lead en route to a 28-6 victory at Fuller Field.

Middleboro, the defending EFL champion, improved to 4-0. The Irish Blizzard, playing their home-opener, dropped to 1-2. Clinton, which hosts Boston at Fuller Field this Saturday at 7 p.m., has lost two straight.

In addition to a blanketing defense, Middleboro scored in every conceivable fashion, getting a rushing touchdown, a throwing touchdown, a score off an interception, two field goals and a safety. The Cobras' defense kept the Irish Blizzard in check until late in the fourth quarter.

Middleboro was jump-started by quick-footed 6-foot-6 quarterback Jon Bond. The Cobras also got the most out of their various running options, which included Mike Ranner, George Beebe and Bryan Voci. Meanwhile, Clinton was missing hometown hero Matt Santiago, who was injured (shoulder) the previous week against Marlboro.

Against that backdrop, Middleboro built a 16-0 lead by the intermission and expanded that bulge to 28-0 in the third quarter. "Middleboro has a great football team, and we got behind early, which didn't help," seventh-year Clinton coach Ed Peete said. "I think we came into the game prepared, and the guys were psyched. They never let down. And that's a character statement about this team."

Bond was not invincible, as Blizzard linebacker Ross Eberhart and defensive back David Anderson both intercepted him during the first half. However, neither pick led to a score. The Cobras scored the touchdown that proved to be decisive on their second possession of the game after Middleboro's stingy defense stopped the Irish Blizzard on the Cobra 20-yard line, Clinton's deepest penetration of the half.A heavily defended Bond then directed an 80-yard drive that culminated in a 43-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dywayne Williams. James Braga kicked the extra point.

Middleboro's defense continued to click in the second quarter. Captain Chris Papst picked off a John Riccio pass and scooted to the Irish Blizzard 28. Two plays later, running back Ranner found an opening and motored 18 yards to the 2. Running back Beebe followed with a touchdown burst up the middle, but Braga missed the point-after, keeping the score at 13-0.

The Cobras expanded their advantage to 16-0 when Braga kicked a 37-yard field goal with four seconds remaining in the half. Clinton did not recover from the Pabst interception until the second half. The Irish Blizzard punted the next three times they had the ball in the first half after the Pabst pick-off.

Prior to the interception, Clinton received solid rushing from Mike Alvarado and Mike Bogdan, and a first-down pass reception by Jeremy Frisch. "It was a tough game - we're a little banged up," Peete said. "We went into last week down two of our best defensive players. This week, we went in down two of our best offensive players.

"We sputtered on offense, though our first series was good," he said. "Towards the end, we probably matched up pretty good. We had 60-70 offensive plays, so we sort of controlled the ball some. We just came up short on the scoreboard." Peete and the Irish Blizzard showed respect to their adversary, which had twice as many players on the sidelines as its hosts.

"I've said right from the get-go that Middleboro has one of the classiest organizations in the league," Peete said. "If everyone could be like them, this would be on TV. "That's the type of organization they are, and we're the same thing," he said. "We try to play the same game they play - good, hard football. Saturday night, a bunch of guys getting together."

Middleboro took advantage of Clinton mistakes and turnovers to start the second half. The Cobras scored on a safety on the first Irish Blizzard possession of the half when punter Marc Ayotte was tackled in the end-zone after a bad snap. Clinton made a nice defensive stop after the kick-off, but turned the ball over on its second play from scrimmage. Defensive back Rashawn Jones intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. Braga's kick gave the visitors a 25-0 lead.

Braga booted a 33-yard field goal late in the third quarter to give Middleboro a 28-0 lead. Clinton got on the board late in the fourth quarter. Riccio received good protection and uncorked a 77-yard pass to Frisch, who outlegged a host of defenders en route to the end zone. However, the Irish Blizzard failed on the two-point conversion, keeping the score at 28-6.



***SHAMROCKS RALLY LATE, EDGE IRISH BLIZZARD 14-13

Marlboro Shamrocks 14 Clinton Irish Blizzard 13
Friday, July 21, 2006
Kelleher Field - Marlboro, MA

Statistical Highlights:
PASSING: Riccio 13/24, 238 YDS, 2TDs (including 6/8, 55 yds on the opening drive and 10/15, 131 yds in the first half).
RUSHING: Santiago 6 rushes/34 yds; Bogdan 9 rushes/16 yds.
RECEIVING: Surette 5 catches/126 yds; Reed 5 catches/99 yds/2 TDs; J.Learned 3 catches/13 yds.
Interceptions: Guimond

It was another classic battle between local EFL rivals as the Marlboro Shamrocks scored a 4th quarter TD to edge the Irish Blizzard 14-13 in a week 3 EFL contest. The Irish Blizzard overcame a 7-0 second quarter deficit to take a 13-7 lead in the 3rd quarter before the 4th quarter TD by Marlboro sealed the 14-13 win.

QB John Riccio (238 yards, 2 TDs) continued his solid play as he opened the game going 6/8 for 55 yds leading Clinton deep into Shamrocks territory before the drive stalled and Marlboro took over. RB Matt Santiago had a 65 yard TD run called back due to a holding penalty as Clinton could not capitalize on some early momentum. The game would remain scoreless until the 2nd quarter as Marlboro QB Marc Eddy connected with Daryll Thomas on an 11 yard TD pass giving Marlboro a 7-0 lead. Late in the 2nd quarter the Clinton defense turned things around as a 4th down stop turned the ball over to Clinton and Riccio immediately hooked up with Lorin Reed for a 57 yard TD pass knotting the game at 7-7.

The Irish Blizzard came out firing in the 2nd half as Riccio connected with Matt Surette (5 catches/126yds) on a 60 yard pass play setting up a 25 yard TD yard pass to Reed. A failed extra point accounted for a 13-7 Clinton advantage. Defense would rule the rest of the way as DB Matt Guimond intercepted a Marc Eddy pass putting a stop to a promising 3rd quarter Marlboro drive. Safety Brian Learned and LB Ross Eberhart continued piling up the tackles as both defenses held their ground.

An electrifying Daryll Thomas punt return gave Marlboro possession at the Clinton 21 yard line with seven minutes remaining in the game. Eddy would eventually connect on a 17 yard touchdown to WR Dallas Mall giving Marlboro the late 14-13 lead. Clinton failed to score on its last 2 possessions as the Shamrocks held on to defeat the Irish Blizzard 14-13.



***BLIZZ EARN ROAD VICTORY TO OPEN 2006 SEASON, 33-13

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Clinton Irish Blizzard 33 Charlestown Townies 13
Charlestown, MA (Charlestown High)

The Clinton Irish Blizzard (1-0) overcame an early 7-0 deficit scoring 33 consecutive points en route to a 33-13 victory over the Charlestown Townies (0-2) in their season opener. The Irish Blizzard were led by running back Matt Santiago who ran for 2 touchdowns and caught another. Quarterback John Riccio threw for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns in the victory.

Trailing 7-0 Riccio connected on consecutive passes to receivers Matt Surette and Santiago setting up a 14 yard TD strike to Lorin Reed knotting the game at 7-7. An Alex Mitchell interception would set up another score as RB Kevin Durand scampered for 7 yards before Santiago finished off the drive with a 6 yard TD run giving Clinton a 14-7 lead. Clinton would strike once more before the half as Riccio completed passes to WR Jim Learned for 18 yards and 13 yards setting up a late 1st half 28 yard field goal attempt. Clinton opted to fake the field goal as holder Chris Leblanc sprinted around the end and pitched to Santiago who darted into the endzone as the Irish Blizzard took a 20-7 lead into the half.

The Irish Blizzard wasted no time in the 3rd quarter as Leblanc returned the opening kickoff 50 yards giving Clinton great field position. A 17 yard run by Santiago and a 20 yard completion to Surette set up a 5 yard TD run by fullback Joe Bayas putting Clinton out in front 26-7. A stingy Blizzard defense turned the ball back over to Riccio who immediately hit Santiago on a 45 yard TD pass giving Clinton a comfortable 33-7 lead. The Townies put together a 4th quarter drive that resulted in a 20 yard TD run but defensive back Dave Anderson and linebacker Ross Eberhart recorded 4th quarter interceptions sealing the 33-13 win.

Defensively, the Irish Blizzard were solid most of the day while creating 5 Charlestown turnovers. Eberhart led the team in tackles while strong safety Brian Learned aided with several key stops. Defensive lineman Jamie Cairns recorded 3 tackles for losses and defensive back Chris Leblanc broke up a pair of pass attempts. Defensive end Dwayne Forbes knocked down a pass and recorded a fumble recovery.



2005 SEASON SUMMARY
SCORELESS 2ND HALF ENDS BLIZZARD SEASON
09/18/05
Brockton Buccaneers 10 - Clinton Irish Blizzard 7
Fuller Field - Clinton, MA

The Irish Blizzard (4-5, 3-5) and Brockton Buccaneers (6-2) played a scoreless 2nd half as Brockton held on for a 10-7 victory in a game that was the completion of a game halted at halftime due to lightning on 8/14/05.

Clinton's defense came to play as LB's Jon Pires and Todd Theroux led the way in a hard hitting affair just one day after Clinton defeated Rhode Island 42-0. Clinton also got physical play from Linebacker Hayes Rembijas and Defensive Back Chris LeBlanc who each added big hits from their respective positions. The defense held Brockton to 33 second half yards. Pires notched a sack while Safety Brian Learned and Rembijas each recorded interceptions.

Offensively, the Irish Blizzard were aided by a defense that gave them great field position most of the second half but were also victimized by 7 penalties over the thirty minutes of action. While the offense was able to move the ball at times, the Brockton defense came up with big stops each time Clinton threatened.

Clinton was led by RB Daron Brown who rushed for 31 yards in 2 quarters of work. QB's Frank Desiderio and Brian Pallotta did an admirable filling in for the injured John Riccio. Jim Learned led all receivers with 2 catches in the second half.



BLIZZARD STEAMROLL PROWLERS, WIN 42-0
09/17/05
Clinton Irish Blizzard 42 - Rhode Island Prowlers 0
Fuller Field - Clinton, MA

The Clinton Irish Blizzard (4-4, 3-4) got 2 rushing TDs from Daron Brown and 2 receiving TDs from Willie Bates while the defense held Rhode Island to -13 net yards on a night where Clinton cruised to a 42-0 victory over Rhode Island. Clinton's offensive line helped the Blizzard rush for 188 yards on the night while the defense pitched it's 4th shutout of the season.

The Clinton offense wasted no time getting on the board as on the third play from scrimmage QB John Riccio and WR Loren Reed connected on perfectly thrown 39 yard TD strike. Jim Learned rushed for the conversion and Clinton held the early 8-0 lead. Riccio would suffer a broken finger on the play ending his night after just one series.

The rest of the first half belonged to Daron Brown (13 carries 102 yds 2 Tds) as he added TD runs of 15 and 20 yards giving Clinton a 21-0 halftime advantage.

The second half saw the Clinton offense continue to roll as WR Willie Bates hauled in a Frank Desiderio TD pass from 12 yards out. Mike Dowdye added the 2 point conversion and Clinton now led 29-0.

The Irish Blizzard ground game continued to shine as RB Mike Fintonis carried the load on a 3rd quarter drive that ended with a 3 yard TD run. Another Willie Bates TD catch in the 4th quarter would close out the scoring on a night where the Clinton offense racked up 273 net yards and 6 touchdowns.

Defensively, the Irish Blizzard were dominant in shutting out the Prowlers offense. Clinton got notable performances from DE Dwayne Forbes (3 sacks), Ross Eberhart (sack), and Hayes Rembijas (sack). DB Matt Guimond also recorded an interception.



CLINTON RALLY FALLS SHORT, BROCKTON HOLDS ON TO WIN 20-12
09/10/05
Brockton Buccaneers 20 Clinton Irish Blizzard 12
Fuller Field - Clinton, MA

The Irish Blizzard fell behind 14-0 in the 3rd Quarter only to find some life in the second half by answering with 2 scores and threatening twice more before finally falling to Brockton 20-12 in an entertaining EFL contest on Saturday night. Daron Brown registered 2 TDs for Clinton while Brockton wideout Wayman Payne hauled in 2 scores of his own.

Using a balanced attack, Clinton was able to move the ball with moderate success in the first half but failed to produce in the red zone as the Bucs defense tightened up in their own territory. After yielding a 1st quarter TD pass from Nelson Barnes to Wayman Payne just 4 minutes into the game (2 point conversion pass successful), the Clinton defense held tough as Clinton entered halftime trailing 8-0.

Brockton would add to their lead in the 3rd quater as Harold Shaw scored from 1 yard out (XP kick failed) giving Brockton a 14-0 lead. Clinton would answer right back on the next possession as QB John Riccio led a drive that ended with a 5 yard TD pass to Daron Brown (XP kick failed) cutting into Brockton's lead and making it a 14-6 game.

In the 4th quarter the Bucs would go to the air once more as Barnes connected with Payne on a 42 yard TD strike (XP kick failed) upping the lead to 20-6. Once again, Clinton would answer right back as Riccio led a drive that culminated in a 3 yard TD run by Brown on 4th down (XP kick failed) making the score 20-12. Clinton's defense would give the Irish Blizzard offense two more chances but the Brockton defense held as Clinton's drives fell short and the Bucs held onto the 20-12 victory.

Defensively, the Irish Blizzard were led by linebacker Jon Pires who recorded 13 tackles and 1 sack. Defensive end Artie Barnes also notched a sack and several tackles. Defensive backs Derrick Murphy, Chris LeBlanc, and Dan Smith each registered pass breakups. Murphy was also solid on special temas as he totaled 97 net yards on kickoff and punt returns.

For the offense, Brown carried the ball 14 times for 69 yards and also caught 6 Riccio passes. Riccio completed 17 passes on the evening for for 157 yards and a TD but was victimized by 3 Brockton interceptions. Wide Recivers Matt Surette and Jim Learned each caught 5 passes from Riccio.


PANTHERS CAPITALIZE ON BLIZZARD MISCUES, WIN 31-0
08/27/05
Boston Panthers 31   Clinton Irish Blizzard 0
Boston English H.S. - Boston, MA

Special Teams and turnovers doomed the Irish Blizzard on sat night as two botched 1st half punts and a fumble directly led to 10 early points as the Boston Panthers took a 10-0 halftime lead despite a stingy Clinton defense. Things got worse for Clinton on special teams as Boston returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown and a 17-0 lead. Boston would tack on two late TDs to close out the scoring in the 31-0 win.

Depsite the score, the Irish Blizzard defense was solid while holding the Panthers offense in check most of the night. Derrick Murphy and Jon Pires led the way for a defense that yielded only 171 total yards. Offensively, wideouts Matt Surette and Wille Bates combined for 7 receptions on the night.



COBRAS HOLD OFF IRISH BLIZZARD, EARN THRILLING 14-13 VICTORY.......
08/20/05
Middleboro Cobras 14 Clinton Irish Blizzard 13
Fuller Field - Clinton, MA

For the second time this season, the Irish Blizzard (3-2, 2-2) dropped a close contest at the hands of the Middleboro Cobras (5-1) on Saturday at Fuller Field, with the visiting Cobras holding on to a 14-13 victory in a key EFL matchup. Much like the league opener for the Blizz (07/15) in which the Irish Blizzard lost a fourth quarter lead on the road, Clinton outgained Middleboro 312 yards to 152 but suufered from a fourth quarter turnover and a costly penalty, which took the winning TD off the board for the Blizz with 2 minutes remaining. Clinton's two losses this season have come at the hands of the Cobras in similar fashion - fourth quarter fireworks.

Clinton surrenedered an early first quarter lead but tied the game 7-7 in the second quarter when QB John Riccio hit fullback Wes Pugh for a 5 yard TD pass. Middleboro countered just before the half as Cobra WR Alan Monteiro hauled in a 52 yard TD pass giving the Cobras a 14-7 halftime lead.

Clinton controlled much of the second half, amassing most of their total yards in the final two quarters, led by RB Daron Brown (15 carries - 85 yards), WRs Matt Surette (6 reception 95 yards) and Wille Bates and QB John Riccio (16-24, 227 yards).

However, it was the defense that would bring Clinton to within a point. A blocked field goal returned by LB Ross Eberhart cut the deficit to 14-13 (PAT failed).

Clinton had two key opportunites in the fourth quarter to take the lead. With 8 minutes remaining in the game, Clinton started a drive that would take them to the the Cobra two yard line before and end zone interception ended the Irish Blizzard scoring chance. A final drive with just under four minutes saw Clinton QB John Riccio hit WR Matt Surette in stride for a 27 yard TD and an apparent 4th quarter lead. However, a holding call took the points off the board and left the Irish Blizzard on the short end of a 14-13 decison.

Clinton's Two Losses Have Both Come at the Hands of the Middleboro Cobras



CLINTON - BROCKTON GAME SUSPENDED DUE TO LIGHTNING.....
08/14/05
Clinton Irish Blizzard @ Brockton Buccaneers
Marciano Stadium - Brockton, MA

The game between the Clinton Irish Blizzard and Brockton Buccaneers was suspended at halftime due to lightning with Brockton leading 10-7. Tentatively, the game will be finished on 09/18.


IRISH BLIZZARD BREEZE IN HOME OPENER, DEFEAT RANDOLPH OILERS 21-0
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07/30/05
Fuller Field - Clinton, MA

Clinton Irish Blizzard 21
Randolph Oilers 0

Led by a relentless defense and two rushing touchdowns from Daron Brown, the Clinton Irish Blizzard (3-1, 2-1) cruised past the Randolph Oilers 21-0 in their home opener Saturday night. The Blizzard defense yielded a total of 26 net yards while only surrendering three first downs to Randolph (2-2) throughout the entire contest. The shutout is the second in two games for Clinton.

Offensively, Brown (17 carries, 72 yards, 2 TDs) and workhorse Wes Pugh combined for 101 yards rushing while QB John Riccio spread the ball around, connecting with six different receivers on the night. Wide Receiver Matt Surette continued his stellar play hauling in 3 catches (47 yds) while Tight End Greg Ryan chipped in with 2 key catches (43 yds). The offensive line was solid, yielding no sacks, while paving the way for Brown and Pugh to churn out yards all night. Center Jonathan Davies and guard Keith Vanderzicht were dominant up front.

On the defensive side, Derrick Murphy intercepted a first quarter pass and raced 59 yards for a TD. Linebackers Jon Pires, Todd Theroux, and Hayes Rembijas were superb against the Oilers rushing attack. Theroux also contributed another interception, returning it 20 yards and setting up the final Clinton score. Defensive tackle Corey McClellan also had a solid night registering a sack and a fumble recovery.

Clinton wasted no time as the offense drove the length of the field on the first possession, but squandered a great opportunity fumbling inside the 10 yard line. After forcing Randolph to punt, the Irish Blizzard offense took possession on their own 25 yard line and once again marched the field behind the rushing attack of Brown and Pugh. Riccio would also complete passes to Ryan, Surette, and Jim Learned on the drive before Brown would finish it off with a 1 yard TD run giving the Blizzard a 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing Oilers possession, Derrick Murphy made an athletic play intercepting an Oilers pass and ran 59 yards for a 14-0 Clinton lead. The defense would continue to dominate and a 4th quarter interception by Todd Theroux set up the Irish Blizzard for their final score. A key run by Brown and a clutch throw from Riccio to Surette put Clinton on the Oilers doorstep once more. Again it was Brown who flashed some nifty moves on a 3 yard TD run to close out the drive giving Clinton the 21-0 advantage.


C.I.B DEFENSE SHINES, OFFENSE SURGES LATE TO HELP DEFEAT TOWNIES 14-0
07/23/05
Charlestown, MA

Clinton Irish Blizzard 14
Charlestown Townies 0

It was another solid performance by the Clinton Irish Blizzard defensive unit along with a 2nd half surge from the offense, which helped propel the Irish Blizzard (2-1,1-1) past a tough Charlestown Townies squad 14-0 at Chrlestown High School on Saturday.

The Irish Blizzard defense forced 4 turnovers and again held its opponent to less than 100 total yards. The Irish Blizzard got two key interceptions by safety Dan Smith and one by linebacker Ross Eberhart, as well as a fumble recovery by defensive end Artie Barnes. Linebacker Jon Pires chipped in with 9 tackles as the Irish blizzard recorded its first shutout of 2005.

After a scoreless first half, the offense came alive in the second half with ball control and sustained drives. Two third quarter drives yielded TDs for the Irish Blizzard. The first touchdown came on a 10 yard TD pass from QB John Riccio to WR Matt Surette, giving Clinton a 7-0 lead. A 45-yard punt return by Derrick Murphy provided good field position for the offense on their first drive of the half.

Running back Daron Brown carried the load on the second possession of the 3rd quarter and capped the drive with a 37 yard TD run, pushing the Clinton lead to 14-0. Brown rushed for 70 yards on 11 carries in light duty for the Irish Blizzard.



IRISH BLIZZARD SQUANDER 4TH QUARTER LEAD, LOSE 20-7 IN E.F.L. OPENER
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07/15/05
Middleboro, MA

Middleboro Cobras 20
Clinton Irish Blizzard 07

In a battle of perennial Eastern Football League heavyweights, the Middleboro Cobras would score two late touchdowns to surge past the Clinton Irish Blizzard in an entertaining E.F.L. match up at Battis Field in Middleboro on Friday night. An electrifying 60 yard touchdown run by Daron Brown gave the Irish Blizzard a 7-6 lead with under seven minutes remaining in the 4th quarter but Middleboro would answer right back with a score of their own before capitalizing on a late turnover to seal the game and register the 20-7 victory over Clinton.

The Irish Blizzard outgained Middleboro 233-154 in net yards but were victimized by six costly turnovers en route to the loss on Friday night. The Irish Blizzard defense was spectacular in the effort particularly linebacker Ross Eberhart who was credited with a fumble recovery and a pass interception to go along with several tackles. Linebacker Todd Theroux and defensive lineman Jamie Cairns contributed multiple tackles for lost yardage and Jon Pires chipped in with several key stops during the contest. Defensive backs Robb McCoy, Derrick Murphy, and Chris LeBlanc were also solid throughout the entire game.

Clinton’s offense got out of the gates quickly as they marched down the field and into the red zone on their first two possessions but stalled and couldn’t come away with points. Middleboro would capitalize on a poor 2nd quarter punt by the Irish Blizzard to take 3-0 lead on a 26 yard field goal. Thanks to stingy defenses on both sides, the game would stay that way into the 4th quarter. Middleboro would then tack on a field goal to pad their lead to 6-0 with eight minutes remaining. The Irish Blizzard answered right back as Brown ripped off the long TD run to give Clinton a 7-6 lead with under seven minutes remaining in the contest.

The ensuing kickoff would be the turning point as the Cobras were able to return the kick all the way back to the Clinton 25 yard line and would eventually covert on a 15 yard TD pass with 4 minutes left in the contest. Middleboro intercepted Clinton on their final possession and added a late TD run to close out the scoring and earn the hard fought 20-7 victory.

Offensively, Clinton was led by running backs Brown and Wes Pugh who combined for 136 yards on the night. Matt Surette proved to be quarterback John Riccio’s favorite target as he led all receivers with five catches.


IRISH BLIZZARD BREEZE PAST WHALING CITY 33-6 IN OPENER....
07/09/05
New Bedford, MA

Clinton Irish Blizzard 33
Whaling City Clippers 06

The Clinton Irish Blizzard opened the 2005 football season in good fashion, earning a 33-6 win over the Whaling City Clippers on Saturday (07/09) in a non-league opener for both teams played at Paul Walsh Field in New Bedford.

The Irish Blizzard took a commanding 27-0 first-half lead and would cruise to a 33-6 win thanks to solid efforts on both sides of the ball.

Quarterback John Riccio would throw for four touchdowns to pace the Irish Blizzard, while backfield mates Daron Brown and Wes Pugh combined for nearly 140 yards on the ground. Wide Receivers Matt Surette (2TD) and Willie Bates (1TD) would haul in TD passes from Riccio as well Brown (1TD).

The Irish Blizzard defense was sharp, forcing five turnovers and limiting the Clipper attack to less than 100 yards total offense. Whaling City's offense would not muster any points against the stingy Clinton defense - a 4th quarter kickoff return would account for the only Clipper points. A second quarter interception by Clinton LB Todd Theroux turned into defensive points, as he returned the interception 27-yards for a touchdown. Defensive backs Chris LeBlanc and Dan Smith also had interceptions.



2004 SEASON SUMMARY
IRISH BLIZZARD UPSET, KNOCKED OUT OF PLAYOFFS BY SHAMROCKS
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EFL Playoffs - Quarterfinals
10/09/04
Marlboro Shamrocks 33 - Clinton Irish Blizzard 13
Fuller Field - Clinton, MA

The Marlboro Shamrocks stopped a three-game losing streak versus the Clinton Irish Blizzard, as they knocked Clinton out of the 2004 playoffs with a 33-13 victory at Fuller Field on Saturday. The loss marks Clinton's earliest exit from the playoffs in team history - the Irish Blizzard had advanced to the semifinals in each of the past four seasons.

A 42-yard, second quarter TD reception by WR Willie Bates pulled Clinton to within 2 scores at halftime (21-6). A third quarter TD by fullback Corey McClelland would again pull the Irish Blizzard to within two scores (27-13) at the beginning of the fourth quarter. However, the early deficit would prove too much to overcome.

Daron Brown rushed for 104 yards (18 attempts) in the loss leaving him with 1,173 yards to finish the season (10 games). Brown also added three catches in the game. WR Jim Learned and TE Ian MacPherson had two catches each.

Clinton finished the game with 222 yards total offense, while Marlboro finished with 249 yards.


BOSTON PANTHERS HOLD OFF IRISH BLIZZARD, WIN 13-7
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October 2, 2004
Boston Panthers 13 Clinton Irish Blizzard 7
Fuller Field - Clinton, MA

The Clinton Irish Blizzard missed out on an opportunity to move into 3rd place on the final week of the regular season, when they endured a tough 13-7 defeat at the hands of the Boston Panthers. The win was within reach of the Irish Blizzard throughout, and up until the final whistle sounded, it looked like the Irish Blizzard would pull out a victory.

Trailing 13-0 in the second quarter, it was the Irish Blizzard special teams that broke the ice and got the Blizz on the board. A 44-yard punt return by Clinton defensive back Chris LeBlanc and a Jamie Cairns PAT cut the Boston lead to 13-7 late in the second quarter.

For most of the game, Clinton drove the ball well. The inability to finish off drives would prove to be Clinton's downfall, as Clinton would be inside the opponents 10-yard line three times without scoring points.

Behind the tenacity of the Irish Blizzard defense, which limited Boston to 85 total yards for the game and the strong running of Daron Brown, who eclipsed the 100 yard mark for the 4th straight game (116 yards on 25 carries), Clinton threatened to take the lead numerous times throughout the second half.

The Irish Blizzard offense missed an opportunity to score on what appeared to be their final drive, as they were stopped on downs deep in Boston territory with two minutes left in the game. On the ensuing play, Boston running back Todd Matthies was hit and stripped of the ball by Irish Blizzard linebacker Brian Learned and recovered by Learned. With new life and less than two minutes remaining, Clinton again had four chances at the end zone, but the final pass from QB Pat Rossi to WR Willie Bates fell incomplete.

Daron Brown's 116 yard rushing performance put him over the 1000-yard mark for the season (see more details below).

With the Eastern Football League Playoffs starting, Clinton will host a Quarterfinal playoff game vs. the Marlboro Shamrocks on Saturday (10/09/04) at Fuller Field in Clinton. Kickoff is set for 7pm.



IRISH BLIZZARD SURVIVE SCARE, EDGE RHODE ISLAND PROWLERS 7-6
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09-25-04
Clinton Irish Blizzard 7   Rhode Island Prowlers 6
Tucker Field - Cumberland RI

Clinton Irish Blizzard running back Daron Brown rushed for 183 yards (31 carries), and the Irish Blizzard defense held the Rhode Island Prowlers to a total of 90 net yards in a 7-6 victory at Tucker Field on Saturday (09-25-04). The win moves Clinton to 5-3, and all but assures them of a finish of either 3rd or 4th place depending on the outcome of the remainder of the regular season. Clinton currently sits in 4th place, with an upcoming game against 3rd place Boston Panthers.

Clinton and Rhode Island were engaged in a 'back-and-forth' first half. The Irish Blizzard offense moved the ball well in the first half but hurt themselves with four turnovers in the first two quarters (2 fumbles, 2 INT's). It was the final turnover of the half that set up the only scoring of the half. A Prowler interception and 63-yard return, set up the Rhode Island offense on the five yard line. It took four tries, but a 14 yard TD reception by Prowler running back Harold Shaw on fourth down gave Rhode Island a 6-0 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Clinton followed the lead of Daron Brown as he continued to pile up yards and lead the Blizz toward their first score . A 1-yard plunge by fullback Corey McClelland midway through the third quarter and a successful PAT by Jamie Cairns, would close the scoring for the evening and seal Clinton's third victory in a row.

Brown's 183 yard perfomance leaves him only 47 yards short of 1000 yards with eight games complete. His performance on Saturday has capped a three game stretch in which he has rushed for 506 yards.


CLINTON 'RUNS' PAST MIDDLESEX MAYHEM 34-12....
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September 11, 2004
Clinton Irish Blizzard 34 - Middlesex Mayhem 12
Clinton, MA

The Clinton Irish Blizzard got a career-best performance from running back Daron Brown and overcame a sluggish start to roll past the Middlesex Mayhem 34-12 at Fuller Field in Clinton on Saturday (09/11/04). The Clinton offensive line paved the way for the league's best running back to put up a personal best 224 yards on 19 carries along with 3 TDs. Clinton (4-3) earned their second victory in a row and sets up an important next game vs. the Boston Panthers (5-3) on Saturday (09/18) in Clinton.

It was the Middlesex Mayhem who opened the scoring in the first quarter in an unusual manner. On a 4th down from their own 39, a fake punt resulted in a 61 yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead.

Clinton would answer on the next possession as QB Pat Rossi hooked up with WR Willie Bates for a 10 yard TD score and a 7-6 lead. Bates has caught a TD pass in five of Clinton's seven games.

After an early second quarter TD and a 12-7 lead for the visiting Mayhem, the Irish Blizzard began to take control of the game behind the running of Daron Brown. Brown scored three times in the second quarter (19 yards, 8 yards, and 6 yards) - two of which were set up by Irish Blizzard turnovers. An interception by DB Robb McCoy and a fumble recovery by LB Brian Learned would set up the final two scoring opportunities before the half. Brown and the Irish Blizzard offense cashed in on both and took a 27-12 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Clinton's offense controlled the clock in the second half and continued to pile up yards. A fourth quarter TD pass from Clinton QB Brian Pallotta to TE Ian MacPherson would close the scoring and seal a 34-12 victory for Clinton. Clinton finished with over 400 total yards of offense on the night.

Other notable performances were put in by FB Corey McClelland (73 yards rushing), TE Ian MacPherson (4 rec., 67 yards, 1 TD), and Willie Bates (4 rec., 1TD).


IRISH BLIZZARD HOLD OFF LATE SHAMROCK RALLY, WIN 32-25
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09/03/04
Clinton Irish Blizzard 32 Marlboro Shamrocks 25
Marlboro, MA

The Clinton Irish Blizzard got a solid effort on both sides of the ball Friday night, earning a key road victory over the rival Marlboro Shamrocks as the EFL regular season winds down. Four straight Clinton touchdowns and four interceptions by the Irish Blizzard defense helped the Irish Blizzard gain their first victory over Marlboro at Kelleher Field - all previous victories over Marlboro have come at Fuller Field in Clinton.

Trailing 7-0, momentum shifted in favor of Clinton in the form of a safety, closing the deficit to 7-2. On the ensuing drive, a phenomenal 4th down catch by Clinton TE Ian MacPherson set up a 2-yard TD run by running back Daron Brown, giving the Irish Blizzard an 8-7 lead. Brown put in another stellar performance, gaining 100 yards and scoring 2 TDs on the night.

Clinton would distance themselves from the Shamrocks in the second and third quarter. Clinton defensive back Robb McCoy intercepted Marlboro QB Dave Palazzi and returned it 43 yards for a TD. McCoy intercepted another pass on the next Marlboro possession and Clinton running back Daron Brown knifed through the Shamrock defense for a 21-yard TD. Clinton's defense again stepped up before the half. With the Shamrocks threatening, Clinton DB Derrick Murphy intercepted a pass in the Clinton end zone and returned it out to the 29 yard line. An efficient last drive before the half resulted in Clinton QB Pat Rossi hitting WR Jim Learned on a 29 yard scoring strike. Clinton forced turnovers and mounted efficient drives in opening up a 26-13 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Clinton widened the lead as WR Willie Bates hauled in a pass from Rossi and raced 57 yards for a TD.

Back on its heels a bit in the fourth quarter, the Clinton defense watched the Shamrocks score twice to make it interesting. With the score 32-25, the league's best defensive player, Clinton LB Jon Pires intercepted a Palazzi pass with 1:32 remaining and returned it 38 yards for a TD before it was called back for an illegal block. The interception sealed the Irish Blizzard victory.

Other game notes:
- Clinton's four interceptions were a season high.
- The Irish Blizzard defense held Shamrocks to 57 yards rushing
- Clinton RB Daron Brown reached 100 yards (23 carries) for the 3rd time this year.
- Clinton WR Willie Bates has a TD in four of the six games played.


BROCKTON DEFEATS CLINTON 14-0....
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08/27/04
Clinton, MA

Brockton Buccaneers 14
Clinton Irish Blizzard 0


In what turned out to be an almost exact replay of their first contest on 08/08, the Brockton Buccaneers (7-0) capitalized on costly second half turnovers by the Clinton Irish Blizzard (2-3) and limited their offensive output in winning the rematch at Fuller Field on Saturday (08/28) by a score of 14-0.

The game was a defensive stalemate that remained even into the fourth quarter, when Brockton forced a fumble inside the Clinton 30-yard line and converted that into a 7-0 lead as QB Anthony Comer hit RB Mike Green out of the backfield for a 14-yard touchdown pass. For the remainder of the quarter, Clinton had opportunities but could not threaten as the Brockton defense stopped the Irish Blizzard on successive drives, ultimately intercepting Clinton QB Pat Rossi with minutes remaining to seal the victory. Brockton defensive back Rashawn Jones returned the interception 25 yards for a TD and closed the scoring at 14-0.

The Clinton defense played admirably throughout, limiting the #1 ranked Brockton offense to 83 yards on the ground 151 through the air. Clinton also forced four turnovers - an interception by LB Brian Learned, and three fumbles which were recovered by LB Jon Pires, DB Robb McCoy and DB Derrick Murphy. DE George Lopez and DE Steve Hathaway recorded sacks.

Offensively, notable perfomances were put in by TE Ian MacPherson (3 receptions), WR Willie Bates (3 receptions), and RB Daron Brown (3 receptions and 75 yards rushing / receiving).


STRONG 2ND HALF PROPELS BROCKTON PAST CLINTON 33-7...
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08/08/04
Brockton, MA

Brockton Buccaneers 33
Clinton Irish Blizzard 7

The Brockton Buccaneers (5-0) broke open a 7-7 game by scoring 26 second-half points in defeating the Clinton Irish Blizzard (2-2) by a score of 33-7 at Marciano Stadium in Brockton on Sunday (08/08/04).

Trailing 7-0 in the second quarter, Clinton WR Willie Bates hauled in a 31 yard TD pass, which tied the game at 7-7. Clinton moved the ball well on offense in the first half and yielded one big play on defense - a 48 yard 1st quarter TD pass by Brockton QB Anthony Comer.

The turning point came in the third quarter when Brockton RB Calvin Bryant broke off a 48-yard TD run follwed by a 95-yard TD pass from Comer to Brockton RB Mike Green giving the Buccaneers a 19-7 lead. Clinton hurt their chances in the second half by turning the ball over 3 times. Brockton added two fourth quarter touchdowns to cap off a 26-point second half.


BLIZZARD SHUT OUT OILERS 14-0, WIN HOME OPENER AT FULLER....
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07/31/04
Clinton, MA

Clinton Irish Blizzard 14
Randolph Oilers 0

The Clinton Irish Blizzard continued their winning ways at Fuller Field by defeating the Randolph Oilers 14-0 on Saturday night (07/31). Clinton forced 5 turnovers and churned out 200 yards rushing to hold off the Oilers and improve to 2-1. The Irish Blizzard have now won six of their last seven games at Fuller Field.

Clinton opened the scoring in the first quarter when QB Pat Rossi hit WR Jim Learned for an 11-yard TD. Running back Daron Brown followed up with a 5-yard TD run in the second quarter. Brown rushed for a game-high 118 yards and got help from FB/TE Ian MacPherson (36 yards), FB Corey McLelland (37 yards), in helping the Blizz rush for 200 yards in the game. WR Willie Bates, J. Learned, and D. Brown each caught 3 passes from Rossi.

The Irish Blizzard defense earned their first shutout of the season and held the Oilers offense to a total of 105 net yards for the game. DB Chris LeBlanc, DB Robb McCoy and LB Jon Pires each had interceptions. LeBlanc and McCoy have combined for five interceptions in the first three games. LeBlanc and LB Sean Miller each recovered fumbles for the Irish Blizzard. Miller and DE Steve Hathaway recorded sacks in the win.


BLIZZ EARN FIRST WIN OF 2004, DEFEAT CHARLESTOWN 33-6....
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07/17/04
East Boston, MA

Clinton Irish Blizzard 33
Charlestown Townies 8

The Clinton Irish Blizzard earned their first victory of the 2004 season, a convincing 33-8 victory over the Charlestown Townies at East Boston stadium on Saturday night. The win evens the Irish Blizzard record at 1-1 for the young season.

The night belonged Irish Blizzard running back Daron Brown, who rushed for 183 yards and 3 TDs in the victory.

After yielding a field goal to the Townies on their opening drive, the Blizz struck immediately with a big play on special teams - a 90 yard kickoff return by Irish Blizzard returner Derrick Murphy (J. Cairns PAT). Clinton held a 7-3 advantage into the second quarter, that's when Brown started rolling. Successive TDs of 13 yards and 3 yards by Brown would push the Irish Blizzard lead to 20-6 late in the second quarter. Clinton struck once more before the half as Irish Blizzard QB Pat Rossi hit WR Willie Bates on a 52 yard TD pass, making it a 27-6 halftime lead.

A saftey by the Townies was the only scoring in the 3rd quarter. Brown finished the scoring in the 4th quarter with an exclamation point - an impressive 68 yard TD burst.

The Clinton defense once again played a solid four quarters, yielding only 135 net yards and two field goals in the victory. Robb McCoy (1 Int), Steve Hathaway (Sack, Fumble Recovery), and Jon Pires (10 tackles) led the way for the Blizz defense.


COBRAS RALLY IN 4TH QUARTER, EDGE IRISH BLIZZARD 19-12....
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07/10/04
Middleboro, MA

Middleboro Cobras 19
Clinton Irish Blizzard 12

The Clinton irish Blizzard (0-1) could not hold off a 4th quarter charge by the defending EFL champion, Middleboro Cobras (2-0) as the Cobras scored 13 fourth quarter points to edge the Irish Blizzard 19-12 in the season opener for the Irish Blizzard.

Clinton jumped out to a 12-0 first half lead with QB Pat Rossi hitting WR Willie Bates for a 1st Quarter TD and 6-0 lead. Early in the second quarter, Clinton DE Corey McLelland intercepted a pass and returned it 46 yards for a TD and 12-0 lead.

The Cobras answered late in the second quarter by capitalizing on an Irish Blizzard fumble inside their own 20-yard line. Middleboro capped a short scoring drive with a 3-yard TD run from Cobra RB J. Imlach.

Both defenses controlled much of second half as the score held at 12-6 into the fourth quarter. The Irish Blizzard hurt their own cause by turning over the ball four times in the second half (5 times total) as Middleboro would answer with 2 fourth quarter TD's to prevail 19-12 in what was an exciting yet disappointing opening week loss for the Irish Blizzard.

For the Irish Blizzard, QB Pat Rossi threw for 210 yards. Daron Brown and Jim Learned combined for 125 yards on the ground. And WR Willie Bates caught 3 passes for 90 yards and a TD.

Defensively, DB Chris LeBlanc had a stellar performance with 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery. LB Jon Pires recorded 11 tackles.


2003 SEASON SUMMARY
BLIZZ FALL SHORT IN CHAMPIONSHIP, LOSE TO COBRAS 14-0
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Nov. 15, 2003
Middleboro, MA

*EFL Championship

Middleboro Cobras 14
Clinton Irish Blizzard 0

The Clinton Irish Blizzard (9-3) fell short in their attempt at the franchise's first Eastern Football League championship on Saturday night, when they were defeated by the Middleboro Cobras 14-0 in the 2003 EFL championship game at Battis Field in Middleboro. The loss ended a season which was the most successful one to date for the young Clinton franchise, which has now made four straight playoff appearances under Head Coach Ed Peete.

The game started promising as Clinton safety Brian Learned intercepted Middleboro QB John Lindskog on the first play from scrimmage and the Irish Blizzard were off and running. Clinton's offensive drive stalled in Cobra territory and there began a defensive battle that would last into the second quarter. Clinton and Middleboro traded possessions until the first break of the game came midway through the 2nd quarter when Middleboro QB Lindskog hit WR Earl Johnson for an 81 yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead that the Cobras would take to the locker room at halftime.

Clinton's offensive moved the ball efficiently throughout the half and into the third quarter and would advance inside the Cobra 20-yard line five times in the game. WR's James Learned, Tommy Lopatosky, and TE Ernie Adams each hauled in 4 catches for in game from QB Phil Naismith who threw for 225 yards on the night. Clinton RB Daron Brown rushed for a game-high 75 yards on 15 carries.

The game remained a defensive battle with the score 7-0 into the 4th quarter. Clinton's defense was able to stop multiple Cobra drives with two more second-half interceptions (LB Kayode Mayowe and CB Jody Woods) and a forced fumble (SS B. Learned) inside the Clinton 20. Middleboro finally broke through with the clinching score on a 11-yard touchdown pass from Lindskog to WR Alan Monteiro with 6 minutes remaining in the game.


IRISH BLIZZARD DOWN SHAMROCKS 26-8, ADVANCE TO EFL FINALS
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Nov. 08, 2003
Clinton, MA

*EFL Semifinals

Clinton Irish Blizzard 28
Marlboro Shamrocks 06

The Clinton Irish Blizzard (9-2) knocked out the defending EFL champion, Marlboro Shamrocks (8-4) on Saturday afternoon (11/08) to set up a meeting with the Middleboro Cobras (9-2) on Saturday (11/15) for the 2003 Eastern Football League championship. Clinton rolled to a 26-8 victory at Fuller Field and in the process, stopped a 12-year league championship streak by the Shamrocks.

By earning the semifinal victory and advancing to their first EFL final, the Clinton Irish Blizzard were able to do something that they had not been able to do before - defeat Marlboro in the playoffs. In its fourth year of semi-pro football, the Clinton Irish Blizzard had been ousted by the Shamrocks in three previous semifinal matchups. Clinton has now won two straight games against Marlboro after enduring a 10 game frachise losing streak to the Shamrocks over their first three seasons of football in the EFL.

Clinton built a 6-0 lead behind two field goals by kicker Bill Costello. Clinton's defense was solid all game, forcing turnovers and coming up with big plays when needed - none bigger than Jamal Chatman's second quarter interception in the Shamrock end zone to preserve the 6-0 Clinton lead.

On the ensuing drive, Clinton marched 80 yards and capped the drive with a 1-yard TD run by Daron Brown. Brown rushed for a game high 148 yards on 26 carries behind Clinton's offensive line which was dominant throughout. The Irish Blizzard took a 12-0 lead into the half.

At the end of the third quarter, Clinton extended the lead to 19-0 on a 3-yard TD run by Jim Learned.

On the next possession, Marlboro fianlly got on the board with running back Frank Bianchini breaking off a 46-yard TD run. A successful 2-pt. conversion made the score 19-8 early in the fourth quarter.

Clinton's Robb McCoy fielded the ensuing kickoff and returned it 80 yards for the TD, extending the Irish Blizzard lead to 24-8 and all but ensuring the semifinal victory.

Clinton's defense forced five turnovers over the game and closed the door on Marlboro in the fourth quarter and Clinton's offense controlled the clock with its ground game. McCoy intercepted a pass for the Irish Blizzard in the final minute to close out the game.


BLIZZARD PUNISH COBRAS, WIN 19-13 IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
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October 19, 2003
Middleboro, MA

Clinton Irish Blizzard 19
Middleboro Cobras 13

The Clinton Irish Blizzard (8-2) finished the 2003 EFL regular season with an inspiring 19-13 victory over the Middleboro Cobras (8-2) on the road at Battis Field in Middleboro on Sunday 10/19. Clinton avenged an earlier season home loss to the Cobras and finished the regular season tied with the Cobras atop the EFL. The two teams share identical 8-2 records and as mentioned, split the season series at 1-1. It looks as of now, that the Cobras will earn the #1 seed in the playoffs due to a tie breaker, and the Irish Blizzard will earn the #2 seed and a first round playoff bye. The win capped a franchise-best regular season record (8-2) and a share of the regualar season title.

Clinton grabbed a 6-0 second quarter lead thanks to a nine-yard TD run by Running Back Daron Brown (PAT failed). The play was set up by a Middleboro pass interference call as Clinton QB Phil Naismith attempted to hookup with wide receiver Jim Learned in the end zone before he was hauled down by the Middleboro defender.

Middleboro took the lead in the third quarter on a 35-yard punt return by Brandon Soule. Middleboro's 7-6 lead was short-lived however - on Middelboro's next offensive possession, Clinton Linebacker Kayode Mayowe hit and stripped Cobra running back John Desmore of the ball and returned the fumble 35 yards for the TD. Clinton's attempt for a 2-pt. conversion failed and the Bliizard led 12-7 midway through the third quarter.

After another stop by the Clinton defense, the Irish Blizzard offense mounted another drive at the end of the quarter. Facing a fourth and goal on the 4-yard line, Clinton coach Ed Peete elected to go for it and TE Ernie Adams came through with a great catch on a perfectly thrown ball in the corner of the end zone by QB Naismith. Clinton led 19-7 after three quarters.

Middleboro capitalized on a 4th quarter Clinton turnover and mounted a drive of their own, capping the drive with a 15 yard TD pass to WR Earl Johnson (2-pt conversion failed) and pulled to within six points, 19-13. Clinton's defense would preserve the victory by stopping Middleboro on three successive possesions to close the game. DB Robb McCoy's 42-yard interception return sealed the win.

Clinton running back Daron Brown rushed for a game high 90 yards in the win. TE Ernie Adams pulled in six receptions and WR Flynn added three more.

Clinton's defense played inspired fooball, yielding only one offensive TD and 85 total rushing yards to the normally potent Cobra offense. Clinton's defense punished Middleboro ball-carriers with big hits, forced 6 turnovers, scored a TD (Mayowe 35-yard fumble return), and came up with two turnovers on downs. Credit goes to the entire Defense for a strong performance. Leading the charge was Kayode Mayowe (Fumble-return for TD, 1 Sack), Robb McCoy (Interception, Forced Fumble), Jon Pires (11 Tackles), and Artie Barnes (Sack).


BLIZZ BENEFIT FROM TOP RUSHING PERFORMANCE-DOWN OILERS 21-17
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September 20, 2003
Clinton, MA

Clinton Irish Blizzard 21
Randolph Oilers 17

The Clinton Irish Blizzard (7-2) defeated the Randolph Oilers (6-3) by a score of 21-17 at Fuller Field in Clinton on Saturday (09/20/03). The win gave the Blizzard sole possession of second place in the EFL - setting up a final regular season game with the Middleboro Cobras on October 12 for the regular season league title and top playoff seed.

Running Back Daron Brown had a career day with 213 yards rushing and one touchdown to pace the Irish Blizzard offensive attack. Fullback Dave Santinelli added two touchdowns on the ground. Clinton's offense line (Marc Groccia, Jamie Cairns, Scott Lumenello, Mike Pallotta, Denny Wood, and Grable Thomas Jr.) again controlled the line of scrimmage, paving the way for Brown's big day. QB Phil Naismith teamed with WR's Andrew Flynn, James Learned, Tommy Lopatosky and TE Ernie Adams in contributing 150 yards through the air.

Clinton's defense yielded only 10 points to the usually explosive Oiler offense - the other seven points came via a first quarter Randolph interception return for a touchdown. Clinton's defensive front somthered Randolph star QB Anthony Comer and RB Mike Green and Clinton LB's Jon Pires and Brian Learned each had interceptions.

Trailing 17-14 in the fourth quarter, the Blizzard got a 59-yard TD run from D. Brown to take the 21-17 lead. The defense kept the Oilers off the board for the last 8 minutes to preserve the victory.


IRISH BLIZZARD BOUNCE BACK, SHUT OUT ROXBURY PANTHERS 25-0
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September 13, 2003
Clinton, MA

Clinton Irish Blizzard 25
Roxbury Panthers 0

The Clinton Irish Blizzard (6-2) offense came out firing on Saturday (09/13/03), scoring three touchdowns early en route to a 25-0 win over the Roxbury Panthers (2-6)at Fuller field in Clinton. The defense turned in another stellar performance in recording their second shutout of the year.

On offense, QB Phil Naismith hooked up with WR Andrew Flynn twice for TDs of 7 and 13 yards (2 point coversion by Jim Learned) and also hooked up with WR Jim Learned for an 18 yard TD as Clinton built a 22-0 first half lead.

Clinton's defense shut down the Roxbury Panthers yielding a total of 36 total yards for the game. Clinton's defense pressured Roxbury throughout recording seven sacks (2-Artie Barnes, 2-Dave Turcotte, 2 1/2- Brian Watson, 1/2 Steve Hathaway) and forcing three fumbles. LB's Jon Pires, Brian Learned, and Kayode Mayowe came up with big plays all game including a blocked punt by Mayowe followed by a 25 yard return setting up Clinton's final score, a 27-yard field goal by Bill Costello.

Running Backs Daron Brown and Dave Santinelli combined for nearly 100 yards on the ground as part of a balanced Irish Blizzard attack. Flynn, J. Learned, and TE Ernie Adams (4 receptions) were the main targets for Naismith who threw for three TDs in the win.


COBRAS STAY UNBEATEN, DEFEAT IRISH BLIZZARD 26-3.....
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September 06, 2003
Clinton, MA

Middleboro Cobras 26
Clinton Irish Blizzard 3

The Middleboro Cobras (7-0) remained atop the Eastern Football League by defeating the Clinton Irish Blizzard (5-2) by a score of 26-3 at Fuller Field on Saturday (09/06).

Middleboro got off to a fast start by scoring on their first two possessions resulting in a quick 13-0 lead. Both of the scores were odd in nature, none more than the second score in which a deflected pass found it's way into a the hands of another Middleboro player who raced 39 yards for a touchdown.

Clinton's only points came on the next possession courtesy of kicker Bill Costello, who cut the Cobra lead to 13-3. Middleboro put together two more scoring drives in the second quarter and led 26-3 at halftime. Both defenses played well in the second half and the 26-3 score held till he final whistle.


IRISH BLIZZARD SHUT DOWN RIVAL MARLBORO SHAMROCKS, WIN 13-8
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August 23, 2003
Clinton, MA

Clinton Irish Blizzard 13
Marlboro Shamrocks 8

The Clinton Irish Blizzard (5-1) got an immense performance from their defense and two second half touchdowns from the Irish Blizzard offense were enough for the Blizz to drop the Shamrocks 13-8 at Fuller Field in Clinton on Saturday (08/23). Clinton's defense held the potent Marlboro offense scoreless - the Shamrocks' only touchdown coming on a first-half interception return.

Clinton struggled to put points on the board in the first half due to turnovers and an opportunistic Marlboro defense. Near the end of the first quarter, the Shamrocks capitalized on one of four Irish Blizzard first half turnovers by returning an intercepted pass 32 yards for a touchdown. The Shamrocks converted the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead which would stand through halftime.

Clinton's offense would break through in the second half by mounting drives and eventually scoring on a 25-yard run by RB Daron Brown, which cut the Marlboro lead to 8-6 (two-point conversion failed). Throughout the second half, Clinton benefited from a solid running behind the O-line as well as some timely passes from QB Naismith to receivers A. Flynn, J. Learned, J. Chatman, and T. Lopatosky.

Clinton's final score came with under two minutes left in the games as RB Daron Brown scored from 3 yards out giving the Irish Blizzard a 13-8 lead. Clinton's defense again rose to the challenge and stopped the Shamrocks on one final drive to preserve the 13-8 victory.

Clinton's defense was superb, limiting the usually potent Marlboro attack to less than 100 yards total offense for the game. Standouts on D were LBs Jon Pires and Kayode Mayowa, DLs Artie Barnes, Brian Watson, Jerome Jackson and Steve Hathaway, and DBs Ed Devault and Jamal Chatman.


IRISH BLIZZARD DEFEAT MAYHEM 15-0, IMPROVE TO 4-1....
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08/09/03
North Reading, MA

Clinton Irish Blizzard 15
Middlesex Mayhem 0

The Clinton Irish Blizzard (4-1) defeated the Middlesex Mayhem (2-2) 15-0 on Saturday (08/09) to improve to 4-1 at the midway point of the 2003 EFL season.

QB Brian Pollata and RB Angelo Rodriguez scored their first touchdowns of 2003 for the Clinton Irish Blizzard and Jim Learned rushed for 173 yards on 22 carries to pace the Irish Blizzard offense. Clinton's offensive line once again put forth another strong effort. Rodriguez and FB Dave Santinelli added another 92 yards on the ground to help the offense to over 300 yards in total offense against a game Mayhem defense.

The Irish Blizzard defense posted their first shutout of the year thanks to LB Jon Pires who recorded 8 solo tackles, DL Brian Watson who recorded a safety (1 sack), DE Artie Barnes with 2 sacks, in addition to interceptions by DB Brian Learned and DB Daron Brown.


SHAMROCKS HAND IRISH BLIZZARD FIRST LOSS OF 2003, 17-7....
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08/02/03
Marlboro, MA

Marlboro Shamrocks 17
Clinton Irish Blizzard 7

The Clinton Irish Blizzard (3-1) suffered their first loss of the 2003 EFL season, a 17-7 loss to the defending EFL champion, Marlboro Shamrocks (2-2) at Kelleher Field in Marlboro on Saturday (08/02).

Defense was the theme of the first half as both teams kept their opponents off the board with the exception of first quarter field goal by Marlboro. Clinton had a touchdown catch by WR Andy Flynn called back due to a holding penalty and also had a spectacular interception return for a touchdown by CB Jamal Chatman erased due to an illegal block. In both cases, Clinton was unable to score after the penalties. Clinton mounted a final drive at the end of the half but a pass from Clinton QB Phil Naismith intended for TE Ernie Adams was picked off in the end zone with seconds left in the half. Marlboro would hold a 3-0 lead over Clinton going into halftime.

A turnover by Clinton on the opening kickoff of the second half set up the first touchdown of the game by the Shamrocks, giving Marlboro a 10-0 third quarter lead. The Irish Blizzard came right back as Jamal Chatman scored on a 90-yard kickoff return, closing the deficit to 10-7.

Marlboro would capitalize on another Irish Blizzard turnover and put together a 55-yard drive resulting in a touchdown at the end of the third quarter, making it a 17-7 lead for the Shamrocks. Clinton had opportunities in the 4th quarter but could not convert against the Marlboro defense.


CLINTON DEFEATS CHARLESTOWN 21-6 IN HOME OPENER......
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07/26/03
Clinton, MA

Clinton Irish Blizzard 21
Charlestown Townies 6

After two straight road wins to open the 2003 season, the Clinton Irish Blizzard (3-0) returned home to Fuller Field in Clinton on Saturday (07/26) for their 2003 home opener. Clinton rode a balanced offensive attack along with another strong defensive performance in a 21-6 victory over the Charlestown Townies (2-1).

A defensive first half resulted in a 7-0 Clinton Irish Blizzard lead at halftime. The only score was a 37-yard touchdown pass from QB Phil Naismith to WR Andrew Flynn early in the second quarter. Clinton's offense broke out in the third quarter with controlled drives culminating in a 1-yard touchdown run by FB Dave Santinelli and another Naismith to Flynn hookup for a 35-yard touchdown through the air. The two third quarter touchdowns opened the Irish Blizzard lead to 21-0 going into the fourth quarter.

The Charlestown Townies capitalized on a late Clinton turnover and turned it into a touchdown with just under 3 minutes remaining in the game. The 2-point conversion was stopped and the final result was a 21-6 Irish Blizzard victory and a franchise best 3-0 start to the season.

For the offense, QB Naismith finished with 144 yards passing and 2 TD's (both to WR Flynn). Flynn and WR Jim Learned each had 3 receptions. Running back Daron Brown rushed for 83 yards on 16 carries.

The defense put forth another solid performance holding the Townies to only six points and forcing four turnovers (3 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery). Defensive back Robb McCoy had one interception along with one each from linebackers Nick DiRoberto and Sababu Chatman.


CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD DEFEAT PROWLERS 48-6, IMPROVE TO 2-0
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07/19/03
Cumberland, RI

Clinton Irish Blizzard 48
Rhode Island Prowlers 6

The Clinton Irish Blizzard (2-0) defeated a tough Rhode Island Prowler (0-2) squad 48-6 at Tucker Field in Cumberland, RI on Saturday (07/19). The win improves the Irish Blizzard record to 2-0 (both road wins to start the 2003 EFL season) as the team prepares for its home opener this Saturday (07/26) at Fuller Field in Clinton. Clinton will face off against the undefeated Charlestown Townies (2-0). Kickoff is at *4pm*.

Clinton coupled a balanced attack on Offense (348 Total yards) with another dominating performance by the defense in the defeat of the Rhode Island Prowlers. Clinton's offense benefitted from a great performance by both QB's, Phil Naismith and Brian Pallotta, and got touchdowns on the ground from tailback Daron Brown (2 TDs) and fullback Corey McLelland (1 TD), as well as TD receptions from WR Andrew Flynn (2 TDs), TE Ernie Adams (1 TD), and WR Jim Learned (1 TD). Another solid performance was again put in by the Irish Blizzard offensive line.

The entire defense takes credit for causing four turnovers and only allowing Rhode Island four first downs (excluding penalties). Clinton's front seven was particularly strong led by Artie Barnes, Dave Turcotte, Jon Pires, and Sean Miller.


IRISH BLIZZARD DUMP GRANITE 33-21 TO WIN OPENER....
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07/12/03
Quincy, MA

Clinton Irish Blizzard 33
Quincy Granite 21

The Clinton Irish Blizzard (1-0) opened the 2003 EFL season with a solid 33-21 road win over last season's EFL runner-up, the Quincy Granite (0-1) at Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Quincy, MA on Saturday night (07/12).

It was a back-and-forth affair early as Clinton QB Phil Naismith hooked up with WR Andrew Flynn on a first quarter TD for 49 yards and a second quarter TD for 29 yards to tie the score at 7-7, then again 14-14 midway through the second quarter. Clinton RB Daron Brown scored a 1-yard TD run before halftime, which was set-up by a 70-yard reception by Flynn from Naismith, making the score 20-14 at the half.

The Granite would come back to take a brief 21-20 lead near the end of the third quarter, before Naismith hooked up with Flynn early in the fourth quarter for their third touchdown of the night - a 42-yard pass and catch, giving the Clinton Irish Blizzard a 26-21 lead. Jamal Chatman scored on a 38-yard TD run to widen the gap to 33-21 and close out the scoring. Much of the success of the offense can be attributed to a solid performance by Clinton's offensive line.

Clinton's defense played well, limiting the Granite to five total first downs (three by penalty), and recording four interceptions. Defensively, DB Robb McCoy intercepted 2 passes - one of which he returned 77 yards, and LB Jon Pires recorded 11 tackles.



2002 SEASON SUMMARY
*STRONG SECOND HALF LEADS SHAMROCKS PAST BLIZZARD 35-21 (5-7)... Oct. 20, 2002
The Clinton Irish Blizzard fell a game short of the EFL Championship for the third consecutive year, as the Marlboro Shamrocks defeated Clinton 35-21 at Kelleher Field in Marlboro. Clinton jumped out to a fast start, holding leads of 7-0 and 14-6 in the first half. Marlboro pulled even prior to the half and the two teams started the second half with all things even at 14-14. The Shamrocks came out firing in the third quarter and outscored the Irish Blizzard 21-7 over the final two quarters to earn a spot in the 2002 EFL Championship.

*CLINTON WINS PLAYOFF THRILLER, ADVANCES TO EFL SEMIFINALS (5-6)... Oct. 6, 2002
The Clinton Irish Blizzard drove 65 yards with just over a minute left in the game and scored with 0:00 remaining to defeat the Springfield Blitz'n Bears 20-17 and advance to the semifinals of the 2002 EFL playoffs. Springfield struck first by forcing a Blizzard turnover (fumble) and returning it for a touchdown and a 7-0 first quarter lead. The Irish Blizzard offense would post the next two scores, including one before the half - a superb pass from QB Phil Naismith to WR Jamal Chatman in the corner of the end zone - and Clinton held a 14-7 lead into the half. The second half started much like the first, with Clinton moving the ball consistently behind RB Bill Demalia, and FB Corey McLelland and through the air with Naismith hooking up with Chatman and fellow WR's Jim learned, Tom Lopatosky, and TE Ernie Adams. However, turnovers plagued the Blizzard in the second half and Springfield closed the gap to 14-10 at the start of the 4th quarter. The Bears made what seemed to be the biggest play of the game, when QB Chris Borders found WR James Duckett for a 60-yard TD and a 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter. The two teams traded punts and after an interception by the Bears, the Clinton defense came up with a big stop and forced a punt with less than two minutes left. The Clinton offense drove the length of the field and capped the drive off with a 1-yard plunge by Naismith with 0:00 remaining.

*SHAMROCKS FINISH STRONG, DEFEAT IRISH BLIZZARD 26-14 (4-6)... Sept. 21, 2002
The Marlboro Shamrocks (8-2) used a 4th quarter touchdown and a late safety to break open a 17-14 game in defeating the Clinton Irish Blizzard 26-14 on Saturday night at Fuller Field. Marlboro held a 14-7 halftime lead after Clinton QB Phil Naismith hooked up with WR Jamal Chatman just before the half to cut the Shamrock lead to 7 points. Again in the third quarter the Irish Blizzard would cut into the Shamrock lead with Naismith finding RB Billy Demalia for a third-quarter touchdown to pull Clinton to within 3 points, 17-14. The score remained 17-14 into the fourth quarter when Marlboro iced the game with a touchdown and late saftey.

*CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD FALL TO QUINCY GRANITE 24-14 (4-5)... Sept. 14, 2002
The Quincy Granite (6-2) defeated the Clinton Irish Blizzard (4-5) by a score of 24-14 on Saturday night (09/14) at Fuller Field in Clinton. The large crowd at Fuller Field was treated to a very entertaining and hard-hitting football game. The Granite capitalized on the all-too-familiar 'slow start' by Clinton and took a 12-0 lead at halftime. Credit the Clinton defense with two goal-line stands resulting in field goals for the Granite. The start of the second-half saw the Irish Blizzard offense come alive. Clinton moved the ball behind the running of RB Bill DeMalia, and also through the air as QB Phil Naismith found his usual targets of WR Andrew Flynn, WR Jim Learned, WR Jamal Chatman, WR Tommy Lopatosky, and TE Ernie Adams. Clinton would add two touchdowns in the second half - one on a spectacular punt return by Irish Blizzard DB Daron Brown, but would allow Quincy a 95-yard kickoff return of their own, which would prove costly. The Granite 'D' kept the Blizzard out of the end zone in the final 12 minutes of the fourth quarter to preserve a 24-14 victory.

*BLIZZARD ROLL OVER THUNDER 28-14 (4-4)... Sept. 7, 2002
The Clinton Irish Blizzard (4-4) rode the hot hand of QB Phil Naismith (4 TDs) and a good defensive performance, which included 5 interceptions - 3 by cornerback Lonnie Thomas, as Clinton beat the Bay State Thunder 28-14 in Wakefield. Clinton jumped out to a quick 14-0 first-quarter lead as Naismith hit WR Andrew Flynn and WR Jim Learned for touchdowns on the first two Irish Blizzard possessions. Clinton would hold that 14-0 lead till halftime. In the second half, both teams would capitalize on turnovers and score a pair of touchdowns. The Irish Blizzard would get their two second-half touchdowns through the air as Naismith would hook up with WR Andrew Flynn again in the third quarter. Naismith found TE Ernie Adams in the fourth quarter for the final Irish Blizzard score and a 28-14 victory. Cornerback Lonnie Thomas intercepted three passes in the game, duplicating his 3-interception performance vs. Springfield in the opening week of the season (07/13).

*CLINTON DEFEATS RHODE ISLAND 32-19 (3-4)... Aug. 31, 2002

*BEARS DROP BLIZZ ON LAST SECOND GAME-WINNING FIELD GOAL (2-4)... Aug. 24, 2002
The Springfield Blitz'n Bears (6-1) converted on a game-winning field goal with no time remaining to defeat the Clinton Irish Blizzard (2-4) by a score of 22-20 on Satruday night (08/24) at Fuller Field in Clinton. The field goal was actually the second attempt at a game-winning field goal after Clinton was called for an off-side penalty on the previous attempt, which sailed wide-left. Springfield lined up with 0:00 on the clock and converted on the second attempt for the victory. The game itself was back-and-forth through its entirety. A 13-7 halftime lead for Springfield soon became a 14-13 lead for Clinton early in the third quarter. Springfield would regain the lead at 19-14, however the Irish Blizzard battled back to take a 20-19 lead late in the fourth quarter. With minutes remaing, Clinton DB Ed Devault recorded an interception inside the Sprinfield 10-yard line to stop a late scoring opportunity by Sprinfield. Clinton punted back to Springfield with just over a minute left and the ball near midfield. The Blitz'n Bears were able to advance into field goal range and eventually hit on the second attempt with no time remaining.

*BLIZZARD USE SECOND-HALF SURGE TO WIN HOME OPENER 22-7 (2-3)... Aug. 17, 2002
The Clinton Irish Blizzard (2-3) combined a solid defensive effort with a breakout offensive performance in the second-half of Saturday night's home opener at Fuller Field. The result was a 22-7 victory over the visiting Bay State Thunder. The first-half of Saturday night's matchup did not go exactly as planned for the Irish Blizzard. Despite controlling most of the flow in the first half, Clinton could not muster any points against the Thunder. Penalties and critical turnovers slowed and stopped much of Clinton's momentum in the first-half. Bay State would score their only points of the game in the first quarter on a bomb to streaking WR Corey Green for a 7-0 lead. Clinton's defense would make the first big play of the second-half with a saftey by Clinton DB Brian Learned during an attempted Bay State punt from their own end zone. Clinton's defense had pinned the Thunder inside their own 5-yard line during the first possesion and the attempted punt resulted in a low snap and eventual safety. Clinton's offense began to roll behind QB Phil Naismith who hooked up with WR's Andrew Flynn and Jamal Chatman for TDs in the third and early fourth quarter respectively to take a 16-7 lead. Clinton also had success in the second-half moving the ball on the ground with fullback Stewart Carpenter and tailback Jim Learned doing most of the work behind the offensive line. Clinton added a defensive TD late in the game when DB Daron Brown scooped up a fumble and raced 50 yards for a TD to cap a 22-7 victory.

*MARLBORO SHAMROCKS DEFEAT CLINTON IRISH BLIZZARD 28-7 (1-3)... Aug. 9, 2002
The Clinton Irish Blizzard (1-3) could not capitalize on some 1st-half momentum as the Marlboro Shamrocks (3-2) used special teams and a strong performance on both sides of the ball to post a 28-7 victory at Kelleher Field in Marlboro on Friday night. Clinton's only score came late in the second quarter when QB Brian Pollata hooked up with RB/WR Jim Learned to cut the Shamrock's first-half lead to 12-7. Momentum seemed to be on Clinton's side but would not last long as Marlboro returned the opening kickoff of the 2nd-half to increase its lead to 20-7. Marlboro would score one more TD to close out the scoring.

*COBRAS UPEND THE IRISH BLIZZARD 20-7 (1-2)... July 27, 2002
The Clinton Irish Blizzard (1-2) fell to the Middleboro Cobras (2-1) on Saturday night 20-7 at Battis Field in Middleboro. A strong first half by the Cobras was enough to defeat an undermanned Irish Blizzard squad, missing seven starters from its opening day lineup. Middleboro controlled much of the first half while converting two early possesions into touchdowns and owned a 14-0 lead minutes into the second quarter. After the two early scores by Middleboro, Clinton's defense would clamp down and not allow Middleboro's offense to score the remainder of the game. Clinton's offense was unable to mount a scoring drive in the first half against the aggressive Cobra 'D' and the Irish Blizzard trailed the Cobras 14-0 at the half. Clinton finally got on the board mid-way through the third quarter when QB Phil Naismith hooked up with receiver Andrew Flynn for a 50-yard pass-and-catch followed by a 1-yard TD run by fullback Stewart Carpenter, which cut the Cobra lead to 14-7. The ensuing kickoff proved costly for the Irish Blizzard as Middleboro returned the kickoff for a touchdown, crushing any Irish Blizzard momentum. Clinton would block the PAT and the score remained 20-7 in the third quarter. The remainder of the game proved to be a defensive stalemate, as Middleboro would hold on for the 20-7 victory.

*IRISH BLIZZARD NOTCH FIRST VICTORY, DEFEAT MAYHEM 32-0 (1-1)... July, 20, 2002
The Clinton Irish Blizzard (1-1) put together a solid offensive and defensive performance against a game Middlesex Mayhem (0-2) squad and left North Reading with a 32-0 victory on Saturday. The Clinton Irish Blizzard established early momentum by driving and scoring on the first possession of the game. James Learned capped the drive by rushing for a 16-yard TD to start the scoring. QB Brian Pollata hooked up with TE Ernie Adams and WR Andrew Flynn for TDs through the air before the end of the half. FB Corey McClelland rushed for a TD in the third quarter and QB Marc Ayotte found receiver James Learned for his second TD of the game to close out the scoring in the fourth quarter. Daron Brown led the Irish Blizzard in rushing with most of his yards coming in the first half. The Irish Blizzard defense limited the Mayhem offense to 104 total yards while recording their first shutout of the 2002 season.

*SPRINGFIELD HOLDS OFF BLIZZARD TO WIN OPENER 22-14 (0-1)... July, 13, 2002
The Springfield Blitz'n Bears (1-0) capitalized on early mistakes and turnovers by the Clinton Irish Blizzard (0-1) and held off a second-half charge by the Blizzard in defeating Clinton 22-14 in Holyoke, MA on Saturday night.After a slow start and costly turnovers resulted in a 15-0 deficit at halftime, the Clinton offense began to put together a string of consistent drives in the second half. Clinton would cut the deficit to 15-7 in the third quarter and then 22-14 early in the fourth quarter but could not get any closer as some late 4th quarter drives would stall in Bear territory. Offensively, QB Brian Pollata hooked up with WR Andrew Flynn for both touchdowns through the air. WR/RB James Learned, replacing injured RB Tony Brown, picked up solid yards on the ground behind the Offensive Line. On the defensive side, Clinton was strong throughout the night getting timely turnovers and stopping the Bears late when needed. The defense was led by LB Jon Pires and CB Lonnie Thomas (3 interceptions).



2001 SEASON SUMMARY
*MARLBORO EDGES CLINTON 12-8 IN PLAYOFF THRILLER (6-5)... Oct. 13, 2001
The Clinton Irish Blizzard finished just short of the EFL championship as the defending champion Marlboro Shamrocks rallied late to defeat Clinton 12-8 in the EFL semi-final game played at Fuller Field. An enthusiastic crowd saw the Irish Blizzard play a solid game against the rival Shamrocks. The Clinton defense held the normally potent Shamrock offense to only 6 points in the first half by applying pressure and getting timely turnovers. The Clinton offense would finally break through in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard touchdown reception by Ernie Adams - set up by a forced fumble by the Clinton defense. Clinton converted a 2-point conversion to take an 8-6 lead early in the fourth quarter. Marlboro took advantage of a Clinton turnover with five minutes remaining and would rally to score with just over two minutes left in the game for a 12-8 lead. A final drive by the Irish Blizzard offense would stop in Marlboro territory with a turnover, ending the Irish Blizzard's season. The loss marked the second consecutive season that Clinton would lose in the semi-finals to the Shamrocks.

*CLINTON ROLLS PAST WESTERN MASS 42-0 IN PLAYOFFS (6-4)... Oct 6, 2001
The Clinton Irish Blizzard soundly defeated the Western Mass Machine in the opening round of the 2001 EFL playoffs 42-0. Clinton asserted themselves early as the dominant team by jumping out to a quick 21-0 lead on three touchdowns in the first quarter by running back Tony Brown. The Clinton offense would cruise over the next three quarters adding three more touchdowns. The defense again played particularly strong, creating turnovers and setting up good field position for the offense throughout the night. The defense posted another shutout and has not been scored upon in 11 straight quarters.

*CLINTON SHUTS OUT HAVOC, ROLL INTO PLAYOFFS (5-4)... Sept. 29,2001
The Clinton Irish Blizzard shut out the Mass Havoc 14-0 on Saturday night, winning their third consecutive game to finish atop the EFL's Northern Conference at the end of the regular season. The Blizzard combined a strong defensive effort with timely scoring and ball control from the offense, including 130 yards from running back Tony Brown in putting together an overall solid effort for their faithful fans at Fuller Field. Touchdowns by Andrew Flynn and Rich Boss would be all the scoring Clinton would need as the defense once again asserted itself as one of the premier defenses in the league by shutting out the Havoc and holding them to less than 100 yards of total offense.

*CLINTON 'RUNS' BY CHARLESTOWN (4-4)... Sept. 15, 2001
The Clinton Irish Blizzard rode a strong running game, as the offensive line and running backs were able to grind out four impressive drives for scores in the 28-6 win over the Charlestown Townies. Again, the star of the night was running back Tony Brown, who scored two touchdowns for the Irish Blizzard and rushed for 143 yards. Brown's backfield mates of Stewart Carpenter and James Learned each scored a touchdown as well. The Clinton defense was back to form also, stopping the Charlestown offense and setting up Clinton's offense with good field position for most of the night. After surrendering an early first-quarter touchdown, the defense held the Charlestown offense in check the remainder of the night.

*CLINTON BOUNCES BACK, DEFEATS SPRINGFIELD (3-4)... Sept. 8, 2001
The Irish Blizzard avenged a tough earlier season home loss by defeating Northern Conference rival, the Sprinfield Blitz'n Bears 34-26 at Szott Park in Chicopee. Clinton got 3 Touchdown passes from QB Stacey Moore - 2 of them to wideout Jim Learned and one to tight end Ernie Adams, and got another strong performance from running back Tony Brown. A rushing touchdown by Brian Watson and a kickoff return for a touchdown by Jamal Chatman helped seal an impressive win over the first-place Bears.

*SHAMROCKS REBOUND TO DEFEAT IRISH BLIZZARD (2-4)... Aug. 31, 2001
Despite some quality drives in both the first and second half, the Clinton Irish Blizzard could not get points on the board against the stingy Marlboro Shamrocks defense Friday night in the 34-0 loss at Marlboro. The Shamrocks were able to score twice early, jumping out to a 14-0 lead and Clinton never recovered as the Shamrocks controlled the remainder of the game.

*SPRINGFIELD STOPS THE IRISH BLIZZARD (2-3)... Aug. 25, 2001
A failed two-point conversion in the final minutes by the Clinton Irish Blizzard helped seal a victory for the visiting Springfield Blitz'n Bears on Saturday night at Fuller Field, 15-13. After a very efficient opening drive resulted in a touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead by the Irish Blizzard, Springfield capitalized on Irish Blizzard mistakes throughout the night by scoring 15 points off Clinton turnovers. Clinton's defense had another strong performance as they held Springfield to 82 total yards on the night. Trailing 15-7, Clinton rallied to score with only minutes remaining behind strong running by Tony Brown, but could not covert the two-point conversion in their attempt to tie the game. Springfield held on for the 15-13 win.

*IRISH BLIZZARD TROUNCE THE MIDDLEBORO COBRAS (2-2)... Aug. 18, 2001
The Clinton Irish Blizzard combined a breakout offensive performance with another dominating defensive effort in routing perennial EFL power Middleboro Cobras 33-12. QB Stacy Moore consistently hooked up with receivers Jamal Chatman, James Learned, Andrew Flynn, and Rich Boss to lead the CIB air attack, while all-purpose back Tony Brown powered the run game. Defensively, strong performances up front by DT Brian Watson, LB Jon Pires and DE Steve Hathaway helped in shutting down the Cobra running game and pressured the Cobra QB all night. Defensive backs Brian Learned, Derrick Murphy, and TJ Murphy all had interceptions.

*GRANITE EDGE IRISH BLIZZARD TO REMAIN UNBEATEN (1-2)... Aug. 4, 2001
The Irish Blizzard staged a strong comeback in the second half but fell to the undefeated Quincy Granite by a score of 16-13 on Saturday night. Trailing 16-0 in the second half, Clinton was able to score twice and drive to set up a game-tying field goal, which went wide left as time expired. The Irish BLizzard defense looked especially strong, limiting the Granite offense to 41 total yards. Clinton dropped to 1-2, while Quincy improved to 5-0.

*IRISH BLIZZARD FALL TO SHAMROCKS IN HOME OPENER (1-1)...JULY 28, 2001
Before a huge crowd at Fuller Field, Clinton suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the defending champs, the Marlboro Shamrocks. Trailing 13-6 after a well-played first half, Clinton self-destructed in the second half. Marlboro capitalized on mistakes by returning an interception for a touchdown and scoring two special teams touchdowns in route to a 40-13 win over the Blizzard.

*IRISH BLIZZARD WIN 2001 SEASON OPENER (1-0)... July 14, 2001
The Clinton Irish Blizzard opened the 2001 E.F.L. season with a convincing 41-0 defeat of the Central Maine Storm in Madison Maine. A superb overall effort by the Blizzard yielded four offensive and two defensive touchdowns in the win.


2000 SEASON SUMMARY
The Irish Blizzard started their quest for the playoffs on July 8, 2000 when they traveled to Springfield to take on the Blitz'n bears. The Irish Blizzard were out of the blocks fast, with WR Andrew Flynn and QB Stacey Moore teaming up for the first ever Irish Blizzard touchdown, kicker Adam Clark added the point after, and the Blizzard were off and running. Before the Bears could figure out what was happing they were trailing by 14 points. Then the wheels came off the Blizzard express, a Bear interception just before the half, and a few costly mistakes in the 3rd and 4th quarters and the Blizzard recorded their first loss of the season. Bears 31 - Blizzard 20 (Clinton 0-1). The Blizzard's next game was on the road again, and the outcome was the same, a 24 -7 loss at the hands of the National semi-pro champion Marlboro Shamrocks (Clinton 0-2). After a week off the Blizzard geared up to take on the Marlboro Shamrocks again, this time at home. Being the Blizzard's first home game they gave it all they had looking for their first win before a crowd of more than 1000 fans. With excellent play the Blizzard were ahead at the half 13 to 6. The 3rd quarter began with the Blizzard driving deep into Shamrock territory. Then with the ball on the Shamrock 22 yard line 2nd down 5 to go, QB Moore bought the Blizzard up to the line, got set to snap the ball, and thats when the lights went out at Fuller Field. The game stopped at that time, and would finish up the next afternoon. The next day the Blizzard came out flat and the Shamrocks were ready and handed the Blizzard thir 3rd loss 27-20 (Clinton 0-3). This game is rembered by Blizzard fans as THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN CLINTON and was featured in the national publication 'Minor League Football News'. The next game, August 12, the Blizzard posted their first victory of the season beating the Charlestown Townies in a shoot out 27 to 20 before a crowd of more than 800 fans (Clinton 1-3). This was the beginning of a run that would ultimately get the Blizzard to the playoffs. The next weekend the Blizzard hosted the Boston Cowboys at home and came away with a hard fought 14-6 victory against one of the E.F.L.'s oldest franchises (Clinton 2-3). The next week, the Blizzard were on the road again taking on the powerful Middleboro Cobras. It was not meant to be as the Blizzard fell to the Cobras 35-10. The next weekend, the Blizzard were at home and able to get back on track, defeating the Hyannis Hurricanes 42 to 13. Clinton was now 3-4 with 3 games remaining. September 9 the Blizzard were on the road, travelling to Peabody to take on the Mass. Havoc. This game was a shootout from the start, with each team scoring at will. It ended with the Blizzard coming out on the short end of a 38 to 34 slugfest (Clinton 3-5). The Blizzard would need to win both of their remaining games to make the playoffs. On Sept. 17, Clinton traveled to Providence to take on the Providence Prowlers. Unlike the previous week, this game was a defensive battle to the end. Trailing 3 to 0 going into the 4th quarter, the Blizzard scored a TD with less than 2 minutes remaining and hung on for a 7 to 3 victory (Clinton 4-5). Clinton was home for the last game of the regular season, hosting the Springfield Blitz'n Bears in a rematch of the season opener. Needing a win to make the playoffs, the Blizzard put it all on the line, and came away with a 28 to 6 win, giving them a 5 and 5 record for the season, and a slot in the playoffs in their first year in the league.   PLAYOFF RECORD: Quarter final game - the Blizzard hosted the Springfield Blitzin' Bears, as the teams squared off for the 3rd time this year. Strong defense and timely scoring gave the Irish-Blizzard their first ever playoff win, a 16 - 6 defeat of the Bears. This set up a semi-final matchup against the defending national champion Shamrocks in Marlboro - the third meeting of the season between the two teams. The season came to an end that night for the Blizzard with a 59 to 19 loss to the Shamrocks. Even though the Clinton Irish Blizzard fell short of the championship game, it was a successful first season, finishing in the top four for the 2000 season.   
   


   
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