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West Sacramento, CA – On Saturday night, the River City Gators extended their winning streak to 6-0 by defeating the Stockton Trojans 49-14 at River City Stadium. The Gators gained 454 yards of offense and scored seven touchdowns on 52 plays. Quarterback Blake Mori completed 14 of 21 pass attempts for 286 yards and 5 touchdowns. Quarterback Robert Arthur completed 3 of 8 pass attempts for an additional 67 yards.
The Gators spread the ball around. Paris Warren caught 6 passes for 116 yards and one touchdown. Cam’ron Mbewa caught 5 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Kyle Providence caught 4 passes for 83 yards and one touchdown. Byron Wallace caught one pass for 21 yards and one touchdown, and Steve Dickinson caught one pass for 33 yards.
The balanced attack also featured five different rushers. Blake Mori carried 6 times for 27 yards and one touchdown. Robert Arthur carried 8 times for 38 yards. Michael Knowlton carried 4 times for 27 yards. Kyle Providence carried once for 9 yards and one touchdown, and Eric Bailey carried 4 times for 0 yards.
All together, the Gators passed 17-29 for 353 yards and 5 touchdowns, and recorded 23 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Special teams and defense generated significant additional yardage, though statistics were unavailable on Sunday.
Despite all of that, the Gators are projected underdogs for their home game on May 15th versus the Pacifica Islanders. Despite coming off a 55-0 shutout, the Islanders are 5-1, their lone loss being a defensive battle against Santa Rosa’s Northbay Rattlers. Gators Co-Owner Jason Kang says, “Gotta love being an underdog. Already picked to be nearly a two touchdown underdog on our own home field? I’m fired up and motivated.” Surely all of the players are motivated too.
Defensive tackle Rayford Green says, “Our motto is ‘Failure is not an Option’ so let’s get it!” With the UFL Sacramento Mountain Lions tryout set to take place on Saturday as well, both teams will be fired up. Tryouts run from 9am-12pm at Natomas High School. Registration begins at 7:30am. Over a dozen Gators players have registered and NCFL sources say a similar level of trout participation is expected from the Islanders. That said, Kang says that “even though player fatigue may be a factor, it should equally affect both teams.”
Images from the Gators vs. Trojans game provide a glimpse of what’s in store for fans this weekend.
Paris Warren in the open field.
Paris Warren in heavy traffic.
Cam'ron Mbewa takes out defenders pursuing Paris Warren.
Kyle Prividence eyes the endzone.
A Trojan defender is no match for Paris Warren.
Cam'ron Mbewa fights for a first down.
Paris Warren eyes his first TD as a Gator.
Paris Warren's first Gator TD.
Paris Warren and Byron Wallace celebrate.
A delighted Paris Warren after the score.
Carl Watson coming in from the outside.
LaMont Providence reading the formation.
Morton Geivett adds the extra point.
Wesley Williams debut in a Gator uniform.
Rayford Green and Kyle Providence.
Rayford Green and Paris Warren.
The Gators vs. Islanders game is Saturday May15th. Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm at River City Stadium in West Sacramento. For more information, visit the River City Gators website.