Farnham Knights

Knights shut out the Olympians for their first win

Picture Credit to Mark Sandom

Farnham Knights 36 – 0 London Olympians

The Farnham Knights rivalry with the London Olympians goes back over 15 years including 3 National Championship title games – the Knights have just returned to the top level of British American Football and chose the rekindling of that rivalry to record their first win since their return recording a comprehensive 36-0 shut out win.

The Olympians had the first possession but were forced to punt as the Knights Defense set the tone for the day giving the visitors little time or room to work in. The game would see the single game quarterback Sack record equalled (4 Sacks each) by two players Lloyd Scott and Max Schmidt – the defense went on to record no fewer than 12 sacks as they chased and harried the visiting QB’s all day.

The Knights Offense took over and embarked on a 8 play drive which culminated in Aaron Sekwalor‘s 27yd scoring run. Jacob Nunnerley who graduated from the Knights Junior team this year got his first touch as a Senior Knight as he ran in the 2 point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

The teams exchanged possessions and with the Knights Defense led by Scott and Schmidt – backed by 3 further Knights junior graduates Courtney Goodall, Matt Williams and Josh Oakley – in a mean mood the Knights soon had their 3rd possession of the game.

Two runs from Sekwalor drew in the Olympian defense and Quarterback Oli DeRuyter took fulol advantage as he hit speedy wide receiver Stephen Godfrey for a 46yard catch and run touchdown. The extra point attempt failed and the Knights led 14-0 as the first quarter ended.

The Knights kept the pressure on in the 2nd period and, with Kingsley Ejiogu and Nick Roope again not available, Aaron Sekwalor was once more at the forefront of the attack behind the excellent blocking of the Knights Offensive Line. After two long runs from the young tailback Stephen Godfrey appeared to have caught his second TD of the day – but the referee ruled that he had stepped out of bounds at the 5yd line as he went into the endzone. Sekwalor did the necessary and the Knights led 20-0 after the extra point failed.

The Olympians went 3 plays and out on their next possession marked by a huge sack for -13yds by Max Schmidt on their second play – Schmidt is also in his first year of Senior Football having joined the Knights from the successful Surrey Stingers University team.

The Knights offense were happy to feed off the inspiring defensive performance as they embarked on a 12 drive play mixing run and pass which culminated in Aaron Sekwalor‘s third touchdown from 4 yards out. Jacob Nunnerley added the 2 point conversion and the Knights led 28-0 as the first half ended.

Sekwalor slips their grasp -Picture Credit to Mark Sandom

Sekwalor slips their grasp -Picture Credit to Mark Sandom

On their first possession of the 2nd half the Knights drove to the Olympian 15yd line but just failed to convert a 4th down try to keep their progress going. The Knights Defense were uncompromising as Courtney Goodall delivered a crunching tackle on the Olympian runner shaking the ball loose for Josh Oakley to recover.

The Knights offense had the ball in good field position and drove confidently to the visitors 3 yd line – but they stalled – still without regular kicker John “Legatron” Symons Special Teams Co-Ordinator Stewart Clackson had taken out insurance with kicker trials at last weeks practice – up stepped yet another Junior Team graduate Harry Carter who calmly slotted a 20yd field goal between the posts for a 31-0 lead.

The home Defense were having a special day bringing together all of the work put in by Defensive Co-ordinator Norman Navarro into a complete performance which had shown signs of coming during the previous 3 games.
The Olympians were stopped close to their own endzone and set up to punt the ball away – Ben Monk broke through the line to tackle the kicker in his own endzone for a 2 point Safety and a 33-0 lead for the Knights.

The Knights used their full squad as time ticked into the 4th quarter with Mark Halton and Shaun Rance (another Stinger recruit) getting their chance to show what they could do in relief of Sekwalor who finished the day with 168yds and 3 Touchdowns from 22 carries.

Matthew Makinson recovered an Olympian fumble caused by another sack by Lloyd Scott giving the Knights Offense good field position.

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Jacob Nunnerley made his debut appearance at Quarterback replacing Oli DeRuyter and completed two of his first 3 passes to set the Knights up for a 25yd Field Goal from Harry Carter and their final score of the day.

Knights Head Coach Steve Rains said ” This was an important win for us – the score lines in our previous games have hidden the progress we have made as we allowed all of the squad to get Premier Division experience.

This will boost our confidence in our ability to compete at this level – we need to ensure we keep progressing – this is a tough league. Its particularly pleasing to see our young guys stepping up to fill some of the gaps we have through injury and retirement – I cannot over emphasise the importance of our Youth and Junior programmes to us

Today’s result was built on the outstanding performance of our Defense – Coach Navarro has been working tirelessly with those guys and they are a huge credit to him – it all came together and they responded today – the bar is now set high for the rest of the season”


Passing:  L Scott 1S 4A + 4Sacks +1FF
M Schmidt 1S 3A + 4Sacks
C Goodall 3S 1A +1FF
J Oakley 4A + 2Sacks +1FR
M Williams 2S 1A
J Vince 2S+ 0.5Sack
A Gillard 1S 1A
D Francis 1S 1A
A Reid 2S
A Kerbey 1S
M Makinson 1S +1FR
T Roberts 1S + 0.5Sack
D Hatcher 1S
C Giblett 1S
R Balderson 1Sack
D Ryans 0.5Sack
T Outhwaite 1FR
B Monk – 1Safety
O De Ruyter 7 of 15 for 107yds  1TD
J Nunnerley 3 of 7 for 19yds 1Int
S Godfrey 3 for 85yds 1TD
M Bradley-Banszki 2 for 10yds
S Wills 2 for 17yds
H Alexander 1 for 13yds
A Sekwalor 1 for 3yds
J Edwards 1 for -2yds
A Sekwalor 22 for 168yds 3TD
M Halton 7 for 28yds
S Rance 3 for 27yds
J P Jones 5 for 18yds
J Nunnerley 1 for 15yds
J Chilvers 1 for 2yds
A Reid 2 for 48yds
S Godfrey 1 for 7yds
Rushing 39 for 258yds  3TD
Passing 10 of  22 for  126yds  1TD
TOTAL 61 for  384yds  4TD





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