Farnham Knights

Juniors Get Back to Winning Ways

Credit - Dan Raine

Farnham Knights   46 – 8   Buckinghamshire Wolves

1 2 3 4 T
Farnham Knights 22 0 6 12 40
Buckinghamshire Wolves 0 0 0 8 8

After a turbulent few weeks since their loss to the Birmingham Lions, which saw Head Coach Rich Scott step down, it was a critical game for the Knights Juniors as they hosted the Buckinghamshire Wolves. The 2016 season started with a 29-20 win against the Wolves and they knew they could end the Knights season with a revenge victory. With the Knights Offensive Coordinator, Nic Budd, now taking over as Head Coach and a new Defensive Coordinator, Luke Martin, arriving from the Surrey Stingers, it was all change apart from the team’s objective which remained the same.

The Knights kicked off and soon set the tone on Defence forcing a 4 and out for the Wolves Offence. The Knights took over and, unlike against the Lions, executed an error free 8 play drive which culminated in a Dominic Pick rushing Touchdown which was converted by Jamie Anker for an 08-00 early lead. The Knights Defence repeated their previous display forcing another 4 and out, this time inside the Wolves own 10 yard line. Not believing their luck with the gifted field position the Knights Offence struck on the very next play, this time a rushing Touchdown for Sas Sarreshteh again converted for 2 points by Jamie Anker to double the early lead to 16-00. The Wolves tried next to move the ball through the air, but the Knights Tom Schoen jumped up to intercept handing the ball back to the Knights Offence in Wolves territory. Three plays later Jamie Anker found Tight End Gavin Dyall for the Knights third Touchdown, this time through the air. The 2 point conversion this time failed as the 1st quarter ended Knights 22 Wolves 00.

Neither side dominated in the second quarter, which included a Knights fumble on Offence and a Knights interception by Kye Stevens towards the end of the half with the score still 22-00 to the Knights.

At half time the Coaches stressed the importance of keeping up the efforts to execute and play mistake free football. This was a chance to show everyone, that the Knights Juniors would continue with their quest for playoff football in 2016.

The Knights recovered the Wolves onside kick to start the second half and the Offence went back to work. A steady balanced drive was capped off by Dominic Pick rushing in for his second Touchdown of the day. The 2 point conversion failed but the Knights had increased their lead to 28-00. The Wolves Offence started to move the ball with a mixture of run and pass, but after a couple of great coverage tackles by Kye Stevens they turned over the ball over on downs to the Knights as the 3rd quarter ended Knights 28 Wolves 00.

Credit - Dan Raine

Credit – Dan Raine

The Knights Offence were keen to show that they had listened at half time and soon it paid off, as Sas Sarreshteh smashed his way in for his second rushing Touchdown. With the 2 point conversion again stopped by the Wolves, the Knights now led 34-00. The Wolves now desperate to get back into the game, went for it on 4th down inside their own 10 yard line. The Knights Defence smelt blood and sacked the Wolves QB just short of their endzone narrowly missing out on a 2 point Safety. With Miles Clark now at QB for the Knights, there was no drop off in the Offence’s intensity as Dominic Pick went in for his 3rd rushing Touchdown of the day. With the 2 point attempt failing, the Knights now led 40-00. The Wolves prepared to receive the ensuing kickoff and, after being fielded by their #84 who scored against the Knights 3 times before, it was returned for a great special teams Touchdown. The Wolves converted the 2 points and got off the board as the score changed to Knights 40 Wolves 08. The Wolves attempted another onside kick, but it went out of bounds giving Farnham great field position. It wasn’t long before Miles Clark found Adam Raines for his first passing Touchdown at QB. Yet again the Wolves defended the 2 points and the Knights lead increased to 46-08. The Knights kickoff was fumbled by the Wolves and recovered by George Brown with the game ending soon after.

Head Coach Nic Budd said “I’m proud of every one of these players. After a tough few weeks they could have shrugged their shoulders and just admitted defeat. However we’ve dusted ourselves down and continued the journey that we always intended to travel”. There were some great performances throughout the team, with MVP honours going to Adam Raine on Defence who was all over the field making tackles and Jamie Anker for his great all round performance at the helm of a much improved Offence.

The Farnham Knights Juniors next game kicks off at noon on Sunday 17th July against the Nottingham Caesars. The Knights will be working hard to make sure that they carry this momentum into this game and beyond.



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