Monday, February 12, 2018
By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
MAKE that three consecutive Commonwealth American Football League "Bowl Fish Bowl" titles for the Nassau Jets.
The Jets concluded a perfect season with a 32-6 win over the Orry J Sands Pros in the league's championship game at the DW Davis Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Jets quarterback Phil Rolle accounted for four touchdowns on the afternoon - three passing and one rushing. He connected with Jamal Butler for two touchdowns and found Kristoff Wood for the third.
After both teams stalled on their opening possessions, the Jets engineered a scoring drive through the air. Rolle connected with Darius Evans on a 30-yard pass play to get into the redzone. The drive was capped by a short yardage touchdown pass across the middle to Wood. Rolle scrambled for the successful two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.
Pros quarterback Xavier Hanna saw his team's drive stall near midfield on consecutive possessions and shanked punts placed the Jets in favourable field position on both drives.
The Jets tacked on another score when Rolle found Butler deep down the sideline and exploited single coverage for a 60-yard score. Another successful conversion to Wood gave the Jets a 16-0 lead. The Pros reached the scoreboard for the only time on their final possession of the half. Hanna picked up several big gains on the ground using quarterback draws, and completed a pair of passes to Ashley Roberts and another to Antonio Bullard to get the Pros near the goaline.
Roberts would eventually score a rushing touchdown on an end around. The conversion failed when Hanna fumbled the ball out of bounds and after a failed conversion, the Pros trailed 16-6 headed into the half.
After a first half with no turnovers, the Jets had three interceptions in the second half from cornerback Tyneiko Williams.
Butler caught his second touchdown reception of the game in the third quarter to make the score 24-6 headed into the fourth.
Hanna was forced to exit the game due to an injury and the Jets' defence took full advantage down the stretch to seal the win.
The Jets got their final score of the game at the end of a 12-play drive when Rolle scrambled 15 yards for the score. The conversion to Ramon Mott added the final points to the scoreboard.
A championship drought that began in the mid-1970s ended when the Jets claimed the 2015 Boil Fish Bowl with a 38-32 win over the Pros. Since then they have dominated the league for the past three seasons with undefeated records for the last two.