A weekend of domination, as the nation’s last two undefeated teams continue their winning streaks. With the end of the season drawing near, will these two be able to keep up their winning ways? Could this week’s winners eventually be the Britbowl finalists? If this weekend is any indication, that could indeed be the result.
U19s Week Fourteen Recap
By Alex McLachlan
London Blitz vs Solent Seahawks
By Jack Stodel
This Sunday saw the Solent Seahawks battle it out against the London Blitz who continued to rack up points against one of the best teams in the South.
The Blitz set the tone in all phases of the game from the very start and had great success in doing so. A play that stood out was a monstrous hit from D-Lineman Malachi Jameson on a Kick Return, which created a noise which could have been heard from the opposite side of the country.
Fantastic touchdowns from Malachi Marquis-Adams and Leonardo Sophoclis helped to rack up the points in the 56-0 victory which sealed the Blitz as the number 1 seed in the South this season, bringing them one step closer to retaining the National Championship and another opportunity to play at Sixways Stadium on the 26th August.
Solent did have some promising plays and some great opportunities, however the Blitz’s defense, with standouts such as Pelayo Martinez, Khalid Adisa and Israel Akano, kept Solent’s offense and star QB Louis Benzey at bay.
Unfortunately for Solent, this was their last game with star WR Ben Thomas who departs in a few days to play Football for Iowa Wesleyan University in the United States. Ben joined the Seahawks this year after playing for the Farnham Knights and after another great year, he’s off to test his skills in the land of the free.
Although this is Solent’s second heavy defeat of the season, it remains just that: one of only two losses in what has been a productive and successful year for the Seahawks. Their year is not over just yet, however, as they will progress to play for the Southern Trophy, which they are the current holders of, after beating Hertfordshire out narrowly for it last season.
Great seasons from both of these powerhouses has seen them both into the Playoffs, now who will join each of them in the next round?
Manchester Titans vs Nottingham Caesars
By Ryan Duff
The Manchester Titans extended their unbeaten streak with a more than convincing 62-0 win over the Nottingham Caesars.
The high scoring Ben Miles led offense lived up to expectations, with the ground game committee led by Tom Jones carving up an underperforming Caesars defence, leaving them another week without a win. 4 different players had rushing Touchdowns on the day, whilst Miles spread the ball between 5 different receivers, hitting Jones and Kelly Charite for scores, and Tom Morgan added a TD of his own in the return game. The shut out puts the Titans at 5-0, and guarantees them a Playoff spot, where they will hope to take the extra step to Britbowl at the end of August.
The Nottingham Caesars meanwhile with just 14 players and in the midst of a coaching change finished scoreless for the third time this season, and with a walkover loss to the Wildcats already in the books for next week, the Caesars will slump home 0-6 after making the plate final just a year ago. With the off-season to regroup, the Caesars will look to make 2019 a more successful year.