Only two matchups this weekend, with the two remaining undefeated teams looking to continue their winning streaks.
Under 19’s Week Fourteen Previews
By Alex McLachlan
Division One North
Manchester Titans V Nottingham Caesars
By Ryan Duff
The winless Nottingham Caesars travel to Manchester to face the undefeated Titans, with hopes of perhaps the biggest upset of the season on their minds.
The Titans have looked formidable thus far this season, now two weeks removed from a more than impressive 37-12 victory over a seemingly invincible EKP side. Manchester’s offence has been headline worthy this year with the Ben Miles to Max Gracie-Ainscough connection proving lethal, as demonstrated by Miles finding his favourite target 7 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns against the Pirates. Meanwhile, the thunder and lightning attack of Reuben ‘Rebs’ Quinn Jr. and Thomas Jones complement each other perfectly in the ground game. Manchester’s defence too has been impressive, with DT Vonte Glinton leading a petrifying pass rush, Manchester’s success this year should come as no surprise.
Nottingham meanwhile are yet to come away with a w this year, now sitting at 0-4 after back to back losses to the Chester Romans. The turmoil at the top of the club probably isn’t helping, with Head Coach George Lees stepping down midseason to be replaced by Sean Endicott. However, in his second game, Endicott could prove to be the change the Caesars need in order to pull off their first win of the year. Nottingham also boast a talented CB duo in Ben Conley and Luca Melero, whilst the dynamic RB Daniel Kumi behind a formidable O-Line anchored by Jordan Fearon-Lee gives the Caesars a strong option in the run game.
While the Titans fight to continue their winning streak, Nottingham will play with something to prove, and will look to pull off the upset of the year.
London Blitz V Solent Seahawks
By Bruin White
The Solent Seahawks travel to Finsbury Park this Sunday for a contest that will influence the Division One South’s top three spots greater than any other football game up to this point.
With both contenders rounding out their regular season campaign with this matchup, a win is essential for both teams. A win for the Blitz secures their place in the national semifinals with a perfect 6-0 record, whereas the Seahawks are relying on a victory to stay in the mix for possible playoff football after a wounding defeat to Hertfordshire last month. In any case, both teams are hungrier than ever.
The Blitz’s infamous defensive front starring Malachi Jameson along with defensive playmakers Malachi Marquis-Adams and John Pablo will be sure to have worked hard in preparation for an experienced Solent offense, which boasts a trio of wide receivers including fourth-year player and 2017 All-DC pick Tom Moore. The London side have conceded a mere 13 points across their 5 games played this year, so there’s no doubt a long day is awaiting the ‘Hawks, led by Quarterback duo Bru White and Louis Benzey.
On the other side of the ball, the storied season of London’s intriguing offense resumes against a reputable Solent defence spearheaded by playmaking defensive captains Toby Naylor, James Green and Andrew Banda. It will be the jobs of these three Seahawks to ruin the London boys’ day.
Despite being doubted after losing big time ballers from last season’s Championship-winning team, the Blitz’s offence has actually got on more than alright, tallying greater than double the points of any other Southern team. With Quarterback Marco Livi picking from his trio of receivers including star wideout Leonardo Sophoclis, the Blitz O have averaged an incredible 45.2 points-per-game.
Kickoff to a matchup that will be sure shape the outcome of the season, is at midday in Finsbury Park, London.