PIRATES MADE TO WORK FOR 7-UP
June 24th, 2019
Report by Bill Campbell
Photos courtesy Alex Daniel Photography
Yorkshire Academy Rams 23 – East Kilbride Pirates 34
Sunday saw the Pirates make their longest away journey of the season when they traveled to Leeds to take on a Rams side that had strengthened since the previous meeting back on May 12th. Despite this, EK put in a solid performance to take the win and move on to a 7-0 record, ensuring their place in the playoffs in the process.
The visitors got off to a quick start, and a sharp 4-play opening drive concluded with a 27-yard scoring pass between QB Neil Baptie and WR Andrew Meechan. Greg Atkinson added the PAT for a 7-0 lead, however that advantage was to be short-lived.
Yorkshire almost returned the resulting kick-off all the way to the Pirates endzone. As it was, they started at the EK 15-yard line and pounded the ball to the 2-yard line from where Chris Winrow plunged over the line. The Rams went for a 2-point conversion, with Luke Campbell running the ball home to take an 8-7 lead.
After that whirlwind start neither side came close to scoring for the remainder of the period.
Indeed it was to be midway through the second quarter before either endzone was threatened. A near perfect Rams’ punt pinned EK back at their own 4-yard line. The Pirates set about moving the ball upfield, and an 11-play drive was capped by a 17-yard Neil Baptie run to regain the lead, Atkinson’s kick making it 14-8.
Yorkshire’s response came to a halt around midfield when a 4th Down run was held up short. A penalty against the hosts gave EK a short field to work with and they made the most of it, scoring again on a 17-yard pass by Baptie to Fraser McDonald. Atkinson’s kick made it 21-8 then a Chris Dick interception ended the half with the Pirates in control.