ENFORCERS dominant in season opener, rout cleveland 35-0
Last season, the CPD Enforcers came out of the gates sluggish to start the year, opening up with a road loss on the West Coast that would ultimately keep the team out of the NPSFL National Championship. The Enforcers did not make the same mistake this season, kicking off 2016 with a 35-0 victory over the Cleveland Warriors.
While past Enforcer teams have relied on suffocating defensive performances to win games, it was the special teams that set the tone for the team in this contest. The punt unit was able to force and recover fumbles on two consecutive punt returns, and the punt block unit was able to record a touchdown via an Emile Domer (LB/DB, 007th District) fumble recovery in the end zone.
The Enforcer offense had a great day as well, with rookie quarterback Chris Pazan (007th District) completing 8 passes for 126 yards and 3 touchdowns, as well as 1 rushing score. Pazan linked up with Jim Hatzikonstaninou (TE, 018th District) for two scores and Bob Slechter (WR, Unit 189) for one. The Enforcers also carried their balanced rushing attack into the new season. Ashlee Frazier (RB, 005th District) recorded 87 yards on 18 carries, Chris Williams (RB/DB, IDOC) gained 65 yards on 8 carries, and Dave Moore (RB, Unit 124) added 43 yards on 7 touches.
The CPD defensive unit once again bolstered its reputation as one of the NPSFL's toughest, allowing -1 yards rushing and only 83 yards through the air. The defense also forced four sacks and had one takeaway, an Emile Domer interception. The defense was led by Brian Atkinson (LB, CCSP) who had 6 tackles and a forced fumble, Rich Richardson (LB, Wheeling PD) with 5 tackles, and Bruce Villanova (DL, CCDS) with 2 sacks.
Next up, the Enforcers will travel to Columbus, Ohio, on April 23rd to take on the Columbus Marauders in an NPSFL matchup. Kickoff at Canal Winchester HS is TBA.