BAFA NL ’19 | Under 19’s Recap: Week Four

Game of the Week: London Warriors Vs London Blitz

The battle for London ended in a decisive victory yet again as the defending champions shut down the Warriors 32-0.

The Blitz Offence started the season the right way, finding the endzone. Leonardo Sophoclis, Israel Akano and Darren Aku all reached the endzone to give Blitz a convincing lead before Lennox Osei-Biney took the ball in from 40 yards out.

The back to back Britbowl champions also put up 6 points on special teams as Alex Littlewood blocked a punt for S Alex Greehalgh to scoop and score. The Jamie Bell-led defensive unit also gave their usual strong showing, pitching yet another shutout to add to their seemingly endless collection.

Moving past their season opener, the Blitz add to their ever-growing unbeaten streak, whilst the Warriors drop to a .500 record. Both teams await tough challenges in the upcoming weeks, with the Warriors facing a strong Solent side and Blitz waiting for the upstart Kent Exiles to finally measure up.

Cambridgeshire Cats Vs Kent Exiles

Another Statement performance this weekend, as the Kent Exiles walked away 62-6 victors against the Cambridgeshire Cats, building on an already impressive win over the Cobham Cougars.

For the second successive week, the Exiles have put up in excess of 50 points against their opponent. This week’s victims; the Cambridgeshire Cats could do little to stop a relentless Kent offense and managed to put up just 6 points against an impressive Exile side.

Kent’s Offensive Line dominated the trenches, with the Exiles’ ground game seeming unstoppable. GB RB Bolaji Adewale added two touchdowns to his tally from last week, and Joshua Quarty topped that mark with three, whilst Jaden Phillips chipped in with a few key runs. Not to be left out, QB George Reynolds ran in a TD of his own to add to two scores through the air as WRs Julius Sireikis & Tom Slade both found the paint.

The defensive unit too, under the leadership of LBs Tyrese Peters-Tovey & James Sharp, put up an impressive performance, holding the Cats under 100 total yards all day, thanks in no small part to constant backfield pressure from the likes of Rotimi Adewale and Jess Ferguson on the Defensive line.

After a second big win in as many weeks, the Exiles have established themselves as contenders in the south, but with the defending champions swiftly approaching on their schedule, they cannot afford to rest on their laurels. The game against the Blitz should prove a real test of just how good this Kent side really are.


Solent Seahawks Vs Wembley Stallions

The back to back Southern Trophy champions got their 2019 season off to an impressive start as they defeated the Wembley Stallions.

Defence was the name of the game or the Seahawks as they shut out the Stallions in a 34-0 win. Harry Hobbs and Adam Deverill  both recorded interceptions on the day, but not before rookie DB Josh Roberts scored on a 72 yard pick-6. Added to a Scott Olive and a Lewis Amaira fumble recovery, it was clear Solent won the turnover battle. Defensive players also shone on the offensive side of the ball as GB DB Sam Gee lined up as a receiver to reel in a Touchdown from Louis Benzey and star OLB Toby Naylor took snaps at RB, recording what was surprisingly his first offensive TD with the academy.

The offense also had success with rookie RB Ollie Clemo rushing for 62 yards and two touchdowns and ex TVT TE Lewis Marstin matching his yardage and added a touchdown of his own through the air. To put up 30 points is always an impressive feat, but to do so whilst involving the younger players on the roster is even better, and the Seahawks succeeded in rotating all three QBs onto the field.

A second tough loss for the Stallions will be difficult to swallow and the young side will hope to improve going forward. The Seahawks meanwhile will take pride from an impressive victory and look to stay undefeated against the London Warriors


Manchester Titans Vs Chorley Buccaneers

Last year’s northern champions got their season off to a promising start with a 57-0 blowout over the Chorley Buccaneers.

The Titans start 2019 1-0 after putting up just shy of 60 points against a struggling Chorley team. Manchester’s full squad left their mark on the result, with the Titans scoring in all three phases of the game as five different players recording touchdowns. Additionally, RB John Alcazarin, who suffers from cerebral palsy, also found the endzone to add a two-point conversion late in the game.

With their first win behind them, the Titans have positioned themselves nicely to defend their placing from last year and potentially go further. With a tough match against Highland rearing its head in a couple of weeks, Manchester will look to carry their momentum going forward. Chorley meanwhile would have hoped for a better start to the season and will try to bounce back against the ever-formidable East Kilbride Pirates.

Tamworth Phoenix Vs Nottingham Caesars.

The Caesars appear to be on the way up after a disappointing 2018 campaign, beginning the season with an important 29-11 win to start the year 1-0.

Nottingham’s run game proved to be the key, with the Caesar’s offence leaning heavily on the backfield tandem of Samuel Agbemadji and Niall Simpson. This strategy clearly paid off with Agbemadgi scoring twice and Simpson adding a score of his own. The Caesar’s passing game too yielded success as George Tomlinson reeled in a pass for 6 points.

Tomlinson starred on both sides of the ball, adding an interception to his touchdown as the defensive unit held up despite recurring bad field position. Of the 11 points scored by Tamworth, just 3 came on offense, as the pass rush of Ryan Cross and Ben Dutton repeatedly harried the Phoenix QB.

Nottingham will be optimistic after this great start and will look to build on their 1-0 record against the Buccaneers in a couple of weeks. Tamworth, meanwhile, drop to 0-2 in their first year of junior football, but will be pleased to have put up their first points as a team.