Farnham Knights

3 Seconds is a long time in Football

Photo Credit to Nigel Roberts Photo Credit to Nigel Roberts

Fixtures & Results

Date Venue   Opponent Result
01 May, 2:30 pm A London Warriors 62 - 8
08 May, 3:00 pm H Bristol Aztecs 38 - 39
22 May, 2:30 pm H London Olympians 36 - 0

The Knights lost their home opener in a heartbreaking final 3 seconds of play. Bristol lead early on but the Knights fought back to lead the game right up until the final 3 seconds when a passing touchdown sealed a seemingly unlikely comeback win for the team placed 3rd in the Southern Premier League.

The fact that the winning play even took place was controversial as the Knights appeared to have won the game by stopping the Aztecs only for a questionable penalty to extend the game for one more play – it was one play too many for the Knights

The game was not without incident throughout and an early sign of that in the 2nd Quarter was the ejection (sending off) of the Knights Defensive Captain Steve Price for a second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Already short of some key players through injury or unavailability this was a blow to the home team.

The Aztecs opened the scoring in the first quarter with a passing touchdown – the Knights Defense blocked the extra point attempt and the visitors led 0-6.

The Knights hit straight back as Ally Reid (deputising for the absent Nick Roope) raced 71yds on the kick off return to set the home team up in good field position.

At tailback the Knights were without their two leading running backs Nick Roope and Kingsley Ejiogu – which meant the pressure was on Aaron Sekwalor a Knights Junior graduate playing just his third ever Senior game – he didn’t disappoint as he ran in the Knights opening score (his first at Senior level) from 17yds on the way to a Knights record breaking day where he carried 30 times for 327yds and 4TD breaking Ejiogu’s 2014 record of 321yds in a game.

Paul Wakeford added the 2 point conversion and the Knights lead 8-6

The Knights Defense sacked (tackled the Aztec QB) three times with Luke Bridcutt, Max Schmidt and Lloyd Scott doing the damage to force the visitors to punt the ball back to the Knights.

The underdog Knights then shocked the Aztecs by quickly scoring again as Oli DeRuyter hit Paul Wakeford with a pass – Sekwalor pushed them closer to the goal line and then DeRuyter completed a 6yd scoring pass to Stephen Godfrey for the TD. With Paul Wakeford receiving treatment the Knights two point try failed and they lead 14-6.

The second quarter was a pointsfest started by Aaron Sekwalor who followed some excellent blocking – broke two tackles and raced 68yds to score. A fit again Paul Wakeford took in the 2 point conversion for a 22-6 lead. The Knights Defense held the Aztecs just short of their goal line – but disaster struck for the home team as a fumble recovered in the endzone by the visitors gave the Aztecs an unexpected score – they kicked the extra point for a 22-13 scoreline. The Knights hit straight back as Sekwalor broke clear for a 48yd score and Paul Wakeford 2 point conversion extended the lead to 30-13.

Again going to the air the Aztecs scored again as a fingertip reception in the endzone gained them 6 more points – they also made the two point passing conversion to cut the Knights lead to 30-21 – but once more it was the young running back who followed a 19yd run with a 41yd scoring burst for his fourth TD of the day. Wakeford added the 2 points. The half ended on a David Francis interception as the Aztecs fought to cut the Knights lead again – the half time score stood at 38-21

Last season in Division 1 a 3 score lead would probably have lead to a home win – but Premier teams don’t give up and the Aztecs are a strong experienced Premier side. The Knights were still making gains but the Aztec Defense were able to prevent them scoring. The visitors added 2 more scores in the third quarter setting up a nail-biting 4th period with the Knights leading 38-33 as both Aztec extra point attempts were blocked.

The teams exchanged possessions and then the Aztecs drove the ball down to the Knights 3yd line – a tremendous stand by the Knights Defense saw them hold the visitors out with just 5 minutes remaining. The Knights ran and passed the ball into Aztec territory – on another day John “Legatron” Symons would have been called on to seal the game with a Field Goal – but he was absent through injury and so the Knights were forced to punt.

The Aztecs passed their way down to the Knights 10 yard line – Lloyd Scott recorded his 3rd sack of the day to pin them back as time was ticking down. The Aztecs had just 3 seconds remaining and were on their 4th and final attempt – the Knights prevented the pass completion and it appeared their first win was secure – but a questionable penalty extended the game for one final play – despite fantastic noise from the nearly 200 Knights supporters – the Aztecs triumphed as the ball was caught in the endzone.

Knight Head Coach Steve Rains said “There is no good way to lose – but the absolute worst way is by one point in the final seconds of a game – I have been there before – I hope not to be there again. So much was achieved today but it will all be overshadowed by that last play.

The Offense got into gear for the first time this year and Aaron Sekwalor announced his arrival on the Senior Football scene – beating Kingsley’s record in just his 3rd game is outstanding. He will be the first to recognise the guys who blocked for him – our first half performance was excellent – we did well in the 2nd half but must get everyone fit and here so that fatigue does not slow us down.

On the Defense we recorded 8 Sacks and an interception plus 4 blocked extra point attempts – that is great work – but we need to tighten up still further versus a good passing attack.

We are the Knights – so any defeat is not a good day – but we have to take the positives from this. We were 3 score underdogs and took the3rd best team in the league to within 3 seconds of defeat. This is a young team getting better week by week – we learn from this and move on”

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