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Commanders Season Opener By: Stephen Siracusa
Earlier this spring the birth of the Semi-Pro football team, the Auburn Commanders occurred. This Saturday, June 4, 2016, was a beautiful sunny day for the team’s debut. Saturday marked the beginning of the NFA league’s season. This first regular season game for the Auburn Commanders was spent hosting the Glove City Colonials in Lyons, NY.
The game started by the Commanders receiving first. #7, Tre Bachus, returned the kick and set up the Commanders offense with good field position. Commanders #34, Henry Bradley, scored the first touchdown but the extra point was no good. This made the score 0-6 with 11:24 left in the first quarter.
Commanders #57, James Benham, kicked off for the Commanders and the Colonials returned it back to the Commanders 43 yard line. As a result of a bad snap the Colonials were driven back to their own 45 yard line. Even with this bad play, the Colonials ended up with a score with 5 minutes left in the 1st quarter. With a successful 2 point conversion the score was 8-6 Colonials.
The Commanders returned the kickoff to their 40 yard line. The Commanders had a bad snap which resulted in a turnover. Commanders’ defense took the field once again. Colonials were 1st and 10 but the Commanders showed them exactly what they were made of. Commanders forced Colonials QB #13 to throw an interception to Commanders #10, Sherrod Baxter, who returned it for a touchdown. This time the Commanders decided to try a 2 point conversion which was successfully executed by #43, Chris Kitchens. Another impressive play was when #27, Gus Rindfleisch, intercepted the ball and scored a touchdown, but because of a block in the back it was taken away.
The first half proved to be full of excitement with both teams showing off their skills and competitiveness. The second half was another story. The Commanders dominated both offense and defense once they returned to the field. A great defensive play during the second half was when the Commanders forced the Colonials to fumble and Commanders’ #52, Colin Dillabough, recovered the ball. The Commanders showed how hard work pays off as this new born team was able to win with a score of 38-16. This team demonstrated that it is built of a group of men with lots of heart and love for the game. This shined through this afternoon while a novice team was able to come away with a win from their very first Semi Pro game. Way to go Commanders!
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