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25.05.2008 Coventry Cassidy Jets

The Jets beat the London Blitz 41-15 on Saturday at Warwick Uni.


In England season has just started. In weekend 2 Vice-Champion Coventry Cassidy Jets had to play at home against the defending British Champion London Blitz. Revanche for lost championshipgame was successful. Dominic Olney was named MVP as he led the Jets defense with 7 tackles, 4 passes defended, 1 interception & 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown, setting a new British League Record on the way (his 95 yard score eclipsed the previous mark of 80).

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(c) Coventry Jets
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(c)Coventry Jets


Jets Foil Blitz In Final Repeat

In a re-match of 2007ís National Championship game the Cassidy Jets came away with a resounding 41-15 victory over the London Blitz. Cornerback Dominic Olney led the way for the Jets, as well as leading the team in tackles with 6 he also broke up 4 passes and intercepted another whilst his 95 yard fumble recovery marked his second touchdown in as many games.

Mark Cohen and Kofi Campbell both chipped in with 2 touchdowns apiece for the second straight game but it was Steve Coles who got the ball rolling. Matt Williams returned to kicking duties for the Cassidy Jets and his short opening kick-off was recovered downfield by Joe Black. The fluke onside kick put the ball in the hands of Coles whose first carry went for 20 yards and had the Jets knocking on the door. On the following play however quarterback Dax Michelena lost his grip on the ball and the Blitz recovered the first of 3 Jets fumbles.

Unable to take advantage of their hostís generosity London quickly punted the ball back. A time consuming 11 play drive ensued for the Jets culminating in Colesí 11 yard touchdown run on fourth down. Williams added the extra point for a 7-0 lead and out the defending champions on the back foot. The Jets next possession also lasted 11 plays, this time Cohen put the finishing touch on the drive with a 15 yard reception from Michelena, who completed 11 of 16 for 131 yards. The extra point attempt failed as the American QB missed Joe Black in the endzone.

With Londonís offence being consistently foiled the Jets would twice add to their lead before half time. Campbell carried 5 times for 43 yards on a 7 play drive which saw him break the planes from 6 yards out. Michelena this time picked out David Sonne in the endzone to stretch the lead to 21-0. Cohen added his second when he snared a 20 yard pass to make Coventryís advantage 27-0 and Olney ensured that the Blitz didnít break their duck when he picked off Stuart Franklinís pass at his own 9 yard line to end the half.

Turning the tables on the Jets and needing a fast start to the second period, London opted for the onside kick, recovering at their own 47. It proved fruitless 3 straight incompletions left Coventry with the ball at their own 34. A botched snap followed by a run for minus 4 yards and an incomplete pass left the Jets facing 4th and 23. Coles went on to kick the ball away but watched helplessly as the snap sailed over his head and through the endzone. The result was a 2pt safety putting London on the scoreboard and shattering any hopes of a shutout.

Desperate for a quick score the Blitz decided to get a little pass happy, Franklin completed 4 of 7 hitting Tom Shannon from 24 yards out to ignite hopes of a comeback. Nathan Holt nailed the extra point as London pulled to within 3 scores. The Cassidy Jets offence had sputtered out of the blocks in the second half, a three and out and a botched handoff resulting in a fumble appeared to have handed momentum to a Blitz squad that was lacking 2 of itís impact players. With wide receiver Rod Bradley injured and linebacker Jason Brisbane not making the trip, London were without two of their leaders and the men that seem to set the tempo for their Championship run last season.

Veteran Cassidy Jets linebacker Will White provided the lift that his team needed his interception midway through the third quarter swung proceedings back in Coventryís favour and gives the Jets 11 picks through 5 games this year. Campbell made the Blitz pay for the turnover with carries of 30 and 19 yards, the later of which saw him run over would be tacklers en route to the endzone. Campbell, who finished with 123 yards on 13 carries, then added an exclamation by converting his own score to make it 35-9.

Williamís kick off was returned 72 yards where Adewale Oyemade chased down Stephen Hutchinson to make a touchdown saving tackle at the Jets 2 yards line. Middle linebacker Craig Pennington snuffed out a run in the backfield for a loss of one and on the next play White delivered the knockout blow. His tackle at the line of scrimmage jarred the ball loose after Dave Cowen had held up the runner. Olney, who was seemingly everywhere, picked up the football and outran everyone on his way to a British League record 95 yard fumble recovery for the Jets final score of the day. A handling error led to running back Colesí unsuccessful pass attempt on the extra point conversion leaving the score at 41-9.

In a deep hole the Blitz all but abandoned their running game save for John Chilternís 1 yard consolation touchdown. London again recovered their own kick off but it came to nothing as the contest petered out to leave the Cassidy Jets 41-15 victors. Head Coach Gerry McManus lauded a ďfantastic performance that epitomised a team effortĒ but was quick to point out that ďitís a long season and we canít look to far ahead. Weíve carried over our good form from our European campaign and set down a marker for the seasonĒ.

Next up for the Jets is a trip to Hamilton where theyíll meet the East Kilbride Pirates for their first road game. The Pirates got their season underway this weekend with a 35-8 victory over the Gateshead Senators and will be eager to defeat the Jets for the first time after 3 straight losses.


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COVENTRY CASSIDY JETS GAME STATISTICS

Opponents: - London Blitz
Result: - 41-15 (W)
Venue: - Warwick University
Date: - 24.05.2008
OFFENSIVE & SPECIAL TEAMS STATISTICS

PASSING Comp Att % Yds TD Int Lg
MICHELENA 11 16 68.8 131 2 0 20
BALTHAZAAR 2 4 50.0 28 0 0 21

RECEIVING Thrown To Receptions Yds Avg Lg TD
SIMMS 8 6 78 13.0 55 0
COHEN 7 6 71 11.8 20 2
CAMPBELL 2 1 10 10.0 10 0
PERKINS 1 0 X X X X
BLACK 1 0 X X X X
SONNE 1 0 X X X X

RUSHING Carries Yds Avg Lg TD
CAMPBELL 13 123 9.5 30 2
MICHELENA 10 24 2.4 16 0
PERKINS 5 35 7.0 23 0
COLES 10 66 6.6 20 1
SIMMS 1 7 7.0 7 0
GRUGEON 2 5 2.5 3 0
BALTHAZAAR 3 -1 -0.3 2 0
TEAM (BLOWN SNAPS) 1 -9 X X X

KICK-OFFS No. Yds Net Yds Net Avg Lg TB FC OB Inside 20
WILLIAMS 8 378 225 28.1 63 0 0 0 1

PUNTS No. Yds Net Yds Net Avg Lg Blkd TB FC OB Inside 20
COLES 1 45 38 38.0 45 0 0 0 0 1

KICKING Field Goals Extra Point Kicks
Attempts Made Long Blocked Attempts Made
WILLIAMS - - - - 1 1

KICK-OFF RETURNS No. Yds Avg Lg TD PUNT RETURNS No. Yds Avg Lg TD
SIMMS 1 42 42.0 42 0 N/A


DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

DEFENSE Tkls/Ast F/L Yds Sks Yds QBH PD FF FR Yds/TD Int Yds/TD
OLNEY 6/1 4 1 95/1 1 22/0
WHITE 4/2 1 1 1 1 16/0
BAILEY 3/3 1.0 1.0 1
MILLS, K 3/2 1.0 9.0 1.0 9.0 1
PENNINGTON 3/0 1.0 1.0 1
COWEN 3/0 1
STEADMAN 2/1 1.0 2.0 3
SIDHU 2/0
ENNIS 2/0
OVER 2/0
SIMMS 1/0 1
OYEMADE 1/0 1
HASHIM 1/0 3
CONNOLLY 0/1
SMITH, A 0/1
MICHELENA 0/1

TEAM STATISTICS & BOX SCORE

TEAM TOTALS Rush Att./Yds Pass Att./Yds Penalties/Yds
JETS 45/250 20/159 12/146
BLITZ 18/49 [-95f/r] 48/232 [-38int] 9/90

TEAM
EFFICIENCY 3rd Downs 4th Downs First Downs
Run/Pass/Penalty
Att. Conv. % Att. Conv. %
JETS 11 7 63.6 2 2 100.0 15/9/2
BLITZ 15 3 20.0 6 2 33.3 4/10/1

DRIVE SUMMARY TD FG ATT. DOWNS PUNT INT. FUM. HALF/GAME
JETS 5 0 0 1 0 3 2
BLITZ 2 0 4 5 2 1 0

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY Times Inside 20 Times Scored Rushing Touchdowns Passing Touchdowns Field Goals Made
JETS 6 5 3 2 0
BLITZ 1 1 1 0 0

TIME OF POSSESSION 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
JETS - - - - -
BLITZ - - - - -

TEAM Q DETAILS OF SCORING PLAY PAT SCORE
JETS 1 Steve Coles 11yd Run Williams Kick is Good 7-0
JETS 2 Mark Cohen 15yd Reception from Dax Michelena Michelena Pass Failed 13-0
JETS 2 Kofi Campbell 6yd Run Michelena Pass to Sonne 21-0
JETS 2 Mark Cohen 15yd Reception from Dax Michelena Michelena Pass Failed 27-0
BLITZ 3 Safety - 27-2
BLITZ 3 Tom Shannon 24yd Reception from Stuart Franklin Holt Kick is Good 27-9
JETS 3 Kofi Campbell 19yd Run Campbell Run is Good 35-9
JETS 3 Dominic Olney 95yd Fumble Return Coles Pass Failed 41-9
BLITZ 4 John Chiltern 1yd Run Franklin Pass Failed 41-15




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