WEEK 3 (SEPTEMBER 20, 2012) – CHINATOWN COUNTERFEITERS, 26 (1-1) – EAST VILLAGE KNUCKLES, 14 (1-2)
“There’s a bit of an adjustment between playing under the natural light of the sun and the powerful beaming NFS Stadium lights. The Chinatown Countefeiters and the East Village Knuckles were the first two teams to attest to that. In what began as a slow start for both teams quickly picked up to be the most competitive game of the evening.
Despite showing a little bit of a BYE week rust after not having a game scheduled in Week Two, Quarterback Phillip “J. Cole ” Annand and his Counterfeiters were able to cool off a red hot Knuckles team 26-14. Annand kept the Knuckles secondary guessing as he was able to hit eight different receivers on the night. Vincent Picone led his team of receivers as he caught 2 TD’s with 105 receiving yards, which the majority of them came after the catch.
As the Counterfeiters offense put all the points on the board, their true key to victory was their team defense. They were able to hold the reinging Week 2 Offensive Player of the Week, Brandon Hoy and his Knuckles to only 14 points after they had a tremendous showing out in Week Two where they scored 35 points in a shutout win over the Fort Greene Schemers.
Both Knuckles touchdowns came from Jason Wallace catches (one TD Pass from Brandon Hoy and one TD Pass from Abe Schwardron) but after he went down with an injury that caused him to sit out the remainder of the game, the rest of the Knuckles receivers had trouble getting open. The Counterfeiters cornerbacks pressed their coverage and the safeties doubled on the outside as they knew Wallace was the team’s main deep play threat.
In the end, the Knuckles couldn’t make up for the absence of Wallace on both offense and defense while the Counterfeiters showed their team’s balance as they executed equally on both sides of the ball. The Knuckles fall to 1-2 on the season while the Counterfeiters get to a .500 record of 1-1.”