By Jack Stodel
The Britbowl is done, the season is over and in a very similar fashion to last year, the London Blitz are once again your National Champions! The Blitz once again prove themselves as the best U19 program in the country, defeating the Northern champions, the Manchester Titans 24-7.
The Blitz looked a little bit shaky to start with on Sunday, with a few fumbles from their RBs, but they quickly found their feet, managing to score on a long touchdown run through MVP Nicholas Dolbaia. The strong Blitz defence held the young Titans offence and did a fantastic job of keeping them out of their end-zone to make sure the game was in their hands. With this, the Blitz scored their second early in Q2, with QB Leonardo Sophoclis running the ball in from the 1-yard line.
The Titans did look promising however, with some big runs by RB Tom Jones and connections between QB Ben Miles and WR Lewis Parker.
More great defensive work by players such as Pelayo Martinez, upcoming star Israel Akano and LB’s Jamie and Sean meant that Manchester just couldn’t break away for more than about three first downs, even with their high powered Offense.
The RB tandem of Dolbaia and Lennox Osei-Biney, with the additions of several others, really did cause problems all day for Manchester’s defence, and this showed when another rushing touchdown came for the Blitz making the score 18-0. However, an outstanding play by LB Ryan Weaver pulled one back for the Titans before the half, scooping up and returning a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Early in the third, Dolbaia ran it in yet again on 4th and goal to push the score up to 24-7 making Manchester’s lives harder once again.
After some promising plays from both sides, including some nice runs and receptions from the Titans, the two defences were able to shut each other out, leaving the rest of the game scoreless.
The game finished 24-7 after a battle between two polished teams and the Blitz, once again, lifted the trophy. The Northern conference will certainly be one to watch next year. Can the Titans get back to Britbowl? Or can EKP ruin their fun? Meanwhile, the question in the south remains: can anyone stop this transcendent Blitz side?