Moray Tournament Game 3
Vs Moray Tide
Highland Wildcats continued their dominance in the Moray Tournament by starting on offence once again and immediately took control with their 1st play. Running Back Seumas Ross took the ball 55 yards all the way for the touchdown, which was converted for 2 points by Mark Pyper on another rushing attempt. The Wildcats defence brought pressure early on with Nose Tackle Stephen McMeechan constantly pressuring the Tide Quarterback.
On the next offensive drive, Quarterback Euan Crawford stepped up with consecutive completions to Ross, Full Back Alasdair Howie, and finishing with a 1 yard touchdown to Rookie Wide Receiver Thomas Mackenzie. The 2 point attempt was converted with another pass by Crawford to Howie.
Strong tackling from linebackers Fergus Mackenzie, Corin Robinson, Mark Pyper & Alasdair Howie throughout the game kept the Tide offence back near their endzone, and the next score came from Cornerback Stig McArthur who picked off the Tide Quarterback and took the ball 15 yards all the way for a touchdown. Rookie Running Backs Kyle Holleyoake & David Robertson stepped onto the field for the 2 point conversion, but fell short, making the score 22-0.
A fumbled handoff in the Moray Tide endzone was recovered by Fergus Mackenzie for the 2nd Defensive touchdown of the day.
Wildcats defence continued the pressure right up to half time with a forced fumbled by Mark Pyper, which was recovered by Cornerback Haris Ryalls. The offence finished off the half just short of a touchdown with strong running from Holleyoake.
Half Time Score – 28-0
As the Wildcats started rotating in their rookies, the defence held firm with tackles from Ryan Bisset, Howie & Scott Robertson, resulting in another turnover for the Tide.
On the 1st offensive drive, Euan Crawford’s passing attempt would be tipped and intercepted by Tide, putting them in an excellent position to score, but the defences’ pressure from Nose Tackles John Falconer, Ally Gibson & Colin Hamilton helped the defence from preventing the score.
Seumas Ross would add 2 more rushing touchdowns (22 & 20 yards) to make it 3 touchdowns on the day for him, making the score 40-0.
Defence finished the game preventing the Tide getting the score on their final drive with tight coverage from Cornerback Fergus Macrae.
Final Score – Wildcats 40 Tide 0
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The Wildcats finished on the day 3-0, scoring 142 points on the day and conceding 12 points.
After the game, Head Coach Robbie Paulin gave MVPs to Linebacker Fergus Mackenzie & Nose Tackle Stephen McMeechan for their consistent performances throughout the 3 games.
Assistant Coach James Hudson commented, “Overall, I was highly impressed by all 21 players on the day, who all worked well together and their hard work at practice since forming together in mid-March was outstanding. It will now be working on some of the mistakes made from the tournament and look to improve on them ahead of the next Tournament down in Inverclyde.”
Head Coach Robbie Paulin added, “What really felt like the biggest positive on the day was that every single player contributed in some way to the three games. Normally you have starting players and they are the only ones that really show on the field but our rookies, back up players and younger players all stepped up and made an impact on the field.”
The Highland Wildcats next game involves the development squad at Bught Park against the Moray Tide. Kick-off is at 1pm.
Next official game for the Highland Wildcats is their longest away trip of the season to date down to Inverclyde to take on Inverclyde Phoenix, Edinburgh Wolves & Hamilton Buccaneers on the 24th May.