Wednesday, 15 February 2012

BUAFL Match Report: Edinburgh Napier Knights @ Newcastle Raiders

A bruised Edinburgh Napier Knights travelled to the division leading Newcastle Raiders on Sunday with the thoughts of an upset at the front of their minds. However the Knights were the masters of their own downfall with 5 first half turnovers that saw the Raiders flex their muscles and rack up 36 points.

An interception in the first quarter from Napier QB Euan Rennie led to points for the Raiders, as they passed the ball in from 12 yards out to take an early lead they would never look back from. The traditional 2 point conversion was added to give Newcastle and 8 point lead.

A 6 Touchdown 2nd quarter saw some great offensive play from both teams. Newcastle blew into the lead with a couple of touchdown runs, one almost half the length of the field. The Knights replied with a 38 yard pass from Euan Rennie to Neale Lees to get their first points on the board. 

Newcastle responded with a 35 yard touchdown on a reverse, but Napier again found their rhythm and Euan Rennie hooked up with Neale Lees again for a 17 yard pass into the end zone. The frantic quarter of play was topped when a kickoff returned on the next play by Newcastle went the distance to put Newcastle well and truly in command of the game. and Newcastle went to half time with a 36-14 lead.

The Knights needed to score early and often in the 2nd half to have any hope of remaining in the game and they were first on the board in the 3rd quarter with a 37 yard field goal from Jamie Charles, but that was teh last points they would score in teh game as Newcastle turned up the heat on the Knights and scored 3 unanswered touchdowns to give them a 60-17 win and establish their playoff bid.

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