By Jeremy Fuchs
The Copperheads put forth a valiant effort, but in the end were stymied by the defending champions the Tampa Mayhem. The game was played at A.P. Leto High in Tampa on June 18th, the Mayhem defeated the Copperheads by a score of 24-12.
Full Game: https://youtu.be/kNpYB4hrCro
Despite the score, it was a tale of two halves for the Copperheads. The first half was dominated by the Mayhem, as their big props ran easily through the defense. With some defensive lapses by the Copperheads, the Mayhem was able to post 22 points. The reigning champs showed their championship pedigree with their size, athleticism and smarts throughout the match.
However, the second half performance showed the mettle and talent of the Copperheads, and the play bodes well for the team going forward. The defense vastly improved, particularly as they countered their spine players, and the Copperheads outscored the Mayhem 6-2 in the second half.
Despite the end result, it was still a fine effort by the Copperheads, who will look to take valuable lessons from this match and apply it going forward. Special thanks goes to the Copperheads’ team and Game Day sponsors Booty Builder, Chiropractic Care & Rehab Center, Estero Bay Chevrolet, Encore Cabinets and design and KAM Concrete Pumping.
For the Copperheads, the scoring started about eleven minutes into the contest.
Rafael Rottiers in the Turtle Shirts #16 as he created a sudden change opportunity thanks to his defensive pressure and scampered in from 30-Meters out with impressive speed for a score. The 5’9” third-year player was all over the ball in this contest. Anthony Halikas in the Key Moving Services #7 kicked in the conversion.
In the second half, the lone try was a text book offensive possession. It started with #30 Riordan Sweet pushed ahead on the first big carry, followed by a nice rush by Rashad Shelton in the KAM Concrete Pumping #12, who made it look easy, thanks to his unique blend of size and speed. Halikas then attacked the defense before dishing off to Jean Fortin in the Sea Salt #17, who barreled his way through a few defenders and dove in for the score. Halikas then had his second conversion in the afternoon.
Wes Piggins in the Cardio Gym #13 was voted the Players’ Player award, as his hustle and grit were evident throughout. The 6’, 215-pounder has been a force through the first two contests.
He is tied with Shane Spring in the #26 Copperheads’ Athletic Training Services jersey with four points in the current standings. Shelton, Fortin, Halikas and Mananu in the Roger B. Rice PA #9, are all tied with three. At the end of the season, the player with the most points and likely putting themselves in the best position to earn the try out with the Salford Red Devils in England.
The Copperheads will get their chance at revenge on June 25th, as the Mayhem travel to face the Copperheads at home at the beautiful stadium at Paradise Coast Sports Complex in Naples, FL at Noon. Where they will look to take the momentum from the second half into this must-watch match.
Please follow this URL below to find the ticket information for the Round 3 clash. As always kids under 12 are FREE. General Admission is $10, Reserved Seating is $20, and the Party Deck Suite ADD-ON + General Admission is $50 per person.
The Party Deck Suite buffet for June 26th will be summer picnic inspired. It will feature a variety of cold cut sandwiches, chips and salads.