New #TeamDC member Alex Mclachlan brings us the low down on the past weekend of balling in the U19 game!
Three games this week at the Under 19s level, which saw an unbeaten streak extended, a continuing resurgence of a powerhouse and a nail biter between two teams hoping for a playoff berth.
Manchester Titans vs Lincolnshire Bombers
In the early game on Sunday the Manchester Titans took on the Lincolnshire Bombers, in a dominant display of the Titans’ offense and defence, leading to a 49-0 victory.
After stuttering against the Nottingham Caesars in their second game, the Manchester O seems to have really found their rhythm, with an accrued 103 points in their last two games. QB Ben Miles led his unit to a score on each drive, whilst managing four TDs (two rushing, two passing) himself. Also of note was Tyler Browne, who hauled in both of the receiving scores on the day.
The Manchester defence, led by Captain and Spanish Under 19s linebacker Uday Suruzzaman, also continued its high level of play, resulting in its second shutout of the year. Not content to keep their opposition scoreless, however, the Titans defence decided to put up some stats of their own, with Greg Morgan stripping the ball and returning it 40 yards for the first score of the day!
The Bombers have struggled in their first season of competition at the Junior level, having moved up from youth this year, but credit must be given to them for competing throughout, and in all of their games this season.
The Titans move to 3-1, with a firm grasp on third place in the conference, with the Bombers still hoping for their first win of the season.
East Kilbride Pirates vs Chorley Buccaneers
In the other game in the North, the East Kilbride Pirates took on the Chorley Buccaneers, resulting in a somewhat expected outcome, but in an unexpected manner.
The Pirates came into the game heavy favourites and, after returning the opening kickoff to the house, it seemed like business as usual for the Scottish team.
A dominant defensive line performance, coupled with some impressive grabs by Fraser McDonald allowed East Kilbride to extend this lead, coming out eventual 20-0 victors.
Whilst immense plaudits must go to the unbeaten Pirates side, credit must also be given to Chorley. The Buccaneers displayed an impressive amount of toughness, keeping the game tight and shutting East Kilbride out in the second half, with their defensive discipline and play-making ability drawing rave reviews, even from the opposing coaches. It’s great to see a hotly contested match between two junior teams, especially when a walkover is expected!
Hertfordshire Cheetahs vs Farnham Knights
The only game this week in the South was a tense affair between the previously undefeated Hertfordshire Cheetahs and the Farnham Knights, ending in a 14-6 for the Knights.
The game lived up to its billing as a tight competition between two strong programmes. Hertfordshire showed a lot of spirit throughout the fixture, and their inclusion of several Hertfordshire Hurricanes, such as Sam Troth and captain Fab Hayward, caused the Knights a lot of problems. However, good game management by Farnham QB Danny Stein and two crucial interceptions late in the day by MVP Gavin Dyall sealed the result for the Knights.
Both teams now sit on two wins for the season, with this outcome potentially proving crucial to the playoff race and putting Farnham in the driver’s seat!