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

Highland Wildcats Vs Etone Jaguars

After a tough start to the season, the Highland Wildcats finally recorded their first win of the year, defeating the Etone Jaguars 28-10.

The Wildcats began their season with a pair of tough losses against two of the strongest teams in the country, but bounced back this week with a strong performance against the Jaguars to take a convincing victory at home. With QB Stuart Sandison at the helm, Highland had an impressive performance, racking up four touchdowns against the visitors. Etone had previously shown strength with a 34-6 thrashing of the Nottingham Caesars but struggled to get anything going against the team from Inverness, ultimately falling behind the high scoring Scottish team.

With both teams now at the halfway point in their seasons, both sides now sit at 1-2, in need of a strong second half of the season if they are to see postseason action.

 

Yorkshire Academy Assassins Vs Manchester Titans

The Manchester Titans got back to winning ways with a 39-6 blowout against the Yorkshire Assassins.

After taking their first loss of the season last week at the hands of the East Kilbride Pirates, the Titans reminded the league why they were last year’s northern representatives in Britbowl with an impressive performance in Yorkshire. Ben Miles’ high scoring offense was back in full flight after a lacklustre performance against the Pirates, hanging 39 points on the Assassins to take a comfortable and one-sided victory. The Defence too did well to limit the Assassins to just a single Touchdown to secure the win.

 

Nottingham Caesars Vs Birmingham Lions

The Birmingham Lions continued their undefeated season with a 38-12 win over the Nottingham Caesars.

The Lions and Caesars met for the second time this season and reached the same conclusion, with Birmingham storming ahead to take a convincing win. With touchdowns from Cam Blair, Jeremie Kwanzambi Beni and Harry Bushell, the Lions drove the score-line up as they took their third consecutive victory. Although considerably less high scoring than the last time these teams met, the match remained a one-sided affair. Nottingham began their season with a victory, but have since lost three matches in a row. The Caesars offense managed a pair of Touchdowns, but simply could not keep pace with the high scoring Birmingham Lions, who raced ahead to another impressive result.

 

Solent Seahawks Vs London Blitz

The London Blitz won out in a defensive struggle in Southampton, shutting out the Solent Seahawks to win 12-0.

The usually free scoring London Blitz were slowed somewhat in their game against the Seahawks as they managed just 12 points in Southampton, but another dominant defensive performance from the two time defending champions left this a trivial irrelevance, as  Solent’s offense led by GB QB Louis Benzey failed to register a single point in the match. Once the norm in Britball, such defensive battles have become a rarity at the U19 level, particularly between such strong teams as these, but this result revealed how the Blitz are capable of winning without a monstrous offensive performance, thanks to a defence yet to concede a score in 2019.

Despite the win against a strong Solent side, London will hope for more out of their offence from here on out. Solent meanwhile will need to fight their way back to a winning record if the are to have any hope of playoff football by the end of the season.

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