Article by Tom Green
Millburn Academy Eagles: 5-3-0
The Millburn Academy Eagles will be going into the Highland Bowl after finishing second in the regular season due to the points difference in the campaign.
During the four week campaign the Eagles put 219 points on the board and only conceded 97 points which left them on a point’s difference of +122. This was 11 more than their closest challengers, the Inverness High School Predators, who managed +111. The Eagles also had a large team participating in the “All Star” victory against the Black Isle Stags/Charleston Academy Knights development team.
All this success is due to a strong rushing and passing game which has challenged every side in the competition so far. Their only big defeat coming against the Raptors in week one due to a lack of game experience. Their coach James Hudson is also the offensive coordinator of the Junior Wildcats which was a huge asset to the Eagles having someone with experience in coaching successful offensive units.
This will come in handy against the Raptors who have a strong defensive unit taught by Mark Paulin who is the Defensive Back coach of the Youth Wildcats.
If anyone can spoil the Raptors perfect season, the Eagles are one of the most likely to do so.
How they got their:
The Millburn Academy Eagles didn’t start the season the way they would have liked to as they were shut out by the Raptors. This result was due to a lot of the Millburn players having no match experience and the Raptors having a strong team of natural athletes.
Inverness High School Predators 12-21 Millburn Academy Eagles
After the defeat against the Raptors the Eagles picked themselves up and defeated their fellow play-off challengers in a tightly fought encounter in which the Eagles took the spoils by a margin of 9 points which punished the High School in the long run as they couldn’t successfully convert any of their conversion attempts.
Inverness Royal Academy Sharks 0-46 Millburn Academy Eagles
The Eagles swept passed the Sharks in their opening encounter of week 2 due to a hugely impressive rushing game. Defensively, Ally Gibson managed to score two touchdowns from interceptions which proved to be too much for the IRA to contain.
Charleston Academy Knights 0-33 Millburn Academy Knights
With the Millburn spirits running high after a huge win against the Sharks they went into a match against the Charleston Academy Knights confident. Unfortunately from a Charleston point of view the team were exhausted after a closely fought match against the Inverness High School which they won by the narrowest of margins (http://highlandwildcats.co.uk/blog/2014/02/16/knights-take-the-spoils/). The Eagles managed to shut them out in this match and crucially keep the points difference at a high number.
Millburn Academy Eagles 12-25 Inverness High School Predators
The second encounter between the High School and the Eagles but this time the Predators took the spoils in the opening game of Week 3. This result put the Eagles in a precarious position as they would need two victories to be in this year’s Highland Bowl.
Millburn Academy Eagles 14-0 Charleston Academy Knights
In the second match in Week 3 they succeeded in winning over the Charleston Academy Knights by shutting them out of the game. It was a tightly fought game and the teams were only separated by two touchdowns but it was enough to take their 4th victory and pile the pressure on the High School in the race to qualify for the championship.
Millburn Academy Eagles 73-0 Inverness Royal Academy Sharks
The opening game of the final week of matches couldn’t have gone any better for the Eagles as they soared past the IRA Sharks in the biggest victory margin of the season. Also the Inverness High School lost their match against the Raptors and guaranteed the Eagles safe passage to the Final unless the Raptors humiliated them.
Millburn Academy Eagles 20-34 Culloden Academy Raptors
The Eagles held their own, in what was dubbed the Highland Bowl preview match, the losing only by 14 points. It was a hugely impressive game by both sides and the Eagles running game was a crucial factor in the match and it hopefully will be in the upcoming Highland Bowl.
Article by Tom Green