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27.05.2005 Farnham Knights
London Olympians 27 - 6 Personal Assurance Knights
The Knights suffered a nightmare six minutes in the second quarter of this
important BAFL regular season game that saw them go from a 6-0 lead to a
6-20 deficit from which they did not recover.
The Olympians must be given full credit - they came out of the blocks in
good shape and will certainly improve on this performance as they settle to
their season. The Knights did have key personnel missing - particularly DT
Tony Mackenzie - and the loss of standout American Moses Tomas at the start
of that ill fated 2nd quarter certainly did not help them. Nevertheless
outside of that crazy 6 minutes the game was very even and so the visitors
cannot rely upon any excuses for the defeat.
The teams exchanged posessions early in the game - both picking up useful
yardage but being stopped by good defensive play. The Knights then embarked
upon what would be their only scoring drive of the game. Mixing the fleet
footed running of Kingsley Egiogu with the short passing game they moved
smoothly down the field to Ashley Heaths 22yd scoring pass to WR Rodney
Edgerton. With regular kicker Steve Belcher out in pre-game with a repeat of
his injury picked up in Ipswich Gavin Hart was once again called upon to
kick but good penetration from the Olympians saw the point after attempt
blocked. Knights led 0-6.
Things remained even with both teams showing well on defense. Then the
Knightmare started. Pinned down in their own half the Olympians looked to
their refreshed ground game to run them out of trouble. They did just that
but nobody expected the 61yd breakaway run that saw the Knights defence
uncharacteristically part like the red sea to allow the tieing score. The
extra point attempt was good and the Olympians led 7-6.
The Knights then faltered on offense - with penalties again being a factor -
and were forced to punt the ball away. Stand in punter Jonathan Gerring did
a fine job and the London team took over deep in their own half.
The Olympians made a little progress but were forced to punt the ball away.
Kicking into a strong breeze the ball was short and the Knight seemed
destined to take posession of the grounded ball just inside the Olympians
half - inexplicably a Knights player then decided to try to take posession
of the ball - fumbled and the Olympians recovered. With their heads down the
Knights then succumbed to a well engineered drive to the Olympians 1yd
plunge for 6 more points and with the kick added the Olympians led 14-6.
With seconds remaining in the half the Knights received the kick off -
breaking left the returner saw the ball stripped from his grasp and the
Olympians recovered on the Knights 31yd line with 16 seconds before half
time. On the first play from scrimmage Stuart Franklin found Junior Price
open down the sideline for a further six points putting a seal on the
Knights mad minutes. The extra point was blocked and the half time score
stood at 20-6.
The Knights battled bravely in the second half and a long third quarter
drive appeared to have paid off as Kingsley Ejiogu landed in the endzone
with the ball after a 4th down and goal run. Unfortunately the officials
judged that he had in fact bounced into the endzone from the 1yd line and
the ball was turned over to the Olympians.
The game was very even but the Knights of course had to attempt to play
catch up. Giving up the ball on fourth down in good field position in the
4th quarter led to a bonus home team score on a 58yd pass play - the extra
point sealed the game at 27-6 for the Olympians.
The Knights get time now to practice after a run of 4 straight games and
will hope that it also gives time for key injuries to heal before their
first regular season home game against Chiltern Cheetahs on 12th June at the
Varsity Centre in Guildford - KO 2-30pm.
Knights Head Coach Steve Rains said "We must learn from the disappointment
of the last two weeks. We have not suddenly become a bad football team but
there are some fundamentals to refresh - I am convinced we will come back
stronger for this. I also think we are tired from a tough travelling
schedule and we look forward to finally getting a game at home"
A Heath 8 of 18 for 105yds 1TD 1Int
J Gerring 3 for 65yds
P Wakeford 3 for 15yds
R Edgerton 2 for 25yds 1TD
K Egiogu 20 for 138yds
J StLouis 5 for 12yds
P Wakeford 4 for 5yds
C Bolton 1 for -2yds
Passing 8 of 18 for 105yds 1TD
Rushing 30 for 153yds
Total 48 plays 258yds 1TD
Passing 12 of 20 for 204yds 2TD
Rushing 27 for 154yds 2TD
Total 47 plays for 358yds 4TD
Knights Defense (Highlights)
J McLees 8 tackles
T Siewert 7 tackles
N Edwards 7 tackles + 1 F/R
K Ross 7 tackles + 1 sack
M Tomas 1 sack
S Kockleburgh 1 interception