#Britbowl31 | Under 19’s Britbowl Championship Review

What. A. Game. In a fine display of everything that the Junior game can offer, the London Blitz faced the East Kilbride Pirates, with the English side coming of 46-42 winners in an incredible display.

Photography (C) Samcrow Lee
Photography (C) Samcrow Lee

Though class was shown by both sides across all three phases, the Blitz run game deserves the first mention. Running behind a monstrous line, ‘back Aaron Mahoney-Jones cemented his place as one of, if not the, best players in the under 19s game. Racking up 348 yards on the ground, along with three scores (taking his season total to a staggering 21), Aaron sprinted his way to the MVP award, and undoubtedly onto several universities’ watch lists!

Photography (C) Samcrow Lee
Photography (C) Samcrow Lee

It was not as though the East Kilbride defence went down without a fight, however. The Pirates were particularly strong in their secondary, limiting the Blitz passing game, and coming up with turnovers of their own. Ryan Miller particularly had a good outing, capping it with a one-handed interception.

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East Kilbride’s offence too played an enormous part in keeping the game tight. Quarterback Sam Montgomerie had a career day, throwing for over 300 yards and 6 touchdowns, to make his own case for game MVP. His favourite targets on the day appeared to be Struan Bailey and Fraser McDonald, evenly splitting targets for 3 touchdowns apiece.

Photography (C) Samcrow Lee
Photography (C) Samcrow Lee

Whilst the EKP aerial attack was clearly proficient, it was in fact the Blitz DBs that made the final difference, with some game changing plays. A pick-six by John Castello put the Blitz ahead late in the 3rd, before Jonny Clark sealed the result with an interception on the Pirates’ final drive.

A phenomenal matchup between two proud outfits, this game really lived up to its billing! Congratulations to the Blitz, winning yet another Junior title, and deservedly so! However, all credit must go to East Kilbride, for their second close Britbowl loss. Perhaps next year third time will be the charm for the boys north of the wall!

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