ADRIAN COLLEGE DEFEATS BRIGANTE NAPOLI 64-0 IN ITALY
NAPOLI, ITALY – Adrian College recorded a 64-0 win over Italian club team Brigante Napoli as part of a Global Football-organized cultural and sporting visit to Italy.
Student athletes from Adrian College in Michigan are currently enjoying the overseas American football trip of a lifetime as they visit Venice, Florence, Naples and Rome, while also taking on the Italian Second Division team at Collana Stadium near Vomero.
Three first half touchdowns set the tone for the Adrian College win as running back Alex Krajniak scored on a 24-yard rush and a two-point conversion pass from sophomore quarterback Aaron Tenney to Jack Carter opened an early 8-0 lead. Kyle Smock added a six-yard run into the end zone and kicker Benjamin Klaver tagged on the first of 8-for-8 extra points in the game. Klaver also boomed two kickoffs through the back of the end zone.
A three-yard sneak by quarterback Aaron Tenney opened a 22-point lead at the close of the first quarter and then junior receiver Sidney Coleman made nine players miss tackles as he returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown. Defensive back Mitch Osadchuck returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown as the defense also put points on the board, then with 12 seconds remaining in the first half, a 62-yard Smock run opened up a 43-point halftime advantage.
Karjniak added his second scoring run from 18 yards out and Smock's six-yard scoring dash was his third of the day before sophomore running back Derek Shell completed the scoring from five yards out in the fourth quarter. The potent Adrian offense did not have to punt and scored on every offensive possession, while the defense claimed two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and only gave up one first down.
Head football coach Jim Deere's Bulldogs will now resume sightseeing in ancient Rome, taking in the Coliseum and Roman Forum, then on May 15 will visit Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica before attending an awards dinner on their last night.
Under head coach Stephen Sutherland Fickert, who hails from Colorado, the Brigante Napoli season resumes on May 20. The team won its first three games of the current Italian season, beating Angels Pesaro 14-16 and LegioXIII Roma 0-48, both on the road, and Crusaders Cagliari 14-7 on home soil. Narrow defeats followed against Barbari Roma Nord 28-20 and Titans Romagna 16-28. http://www.brigantinapoli.it/
This latest Italian sports tour is the second in the space of three weeks for organizer Global Football of Granbury, TX, whose Team Stars & Stripes traveling high school all-star team visited Rome and Florence in April and won 50-0 against the Italian Under-19 National Team.
During a busy spring and summer, the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire will visit Ireland to take on the University of Limerick on June 10, while North Central College from Illinois heads to Barcelona, Spain a week later. For more information regarding Global Football tours and events, contact Patrick Steenberge: Tel: 817-219-7274 Email: Patrick@GlobalFootball.com