Wildcats 56, Phoenix 0

Highland Wildcats 56 – 0 Inverclyde Phoenix

Battery Park, Greenock, Inverclyde Tournament



24th May 2014 – Article by Tom Green

MVP: Ally Gibson

Box Score:

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Full Time
Highland Wildcats 36 20 56
Inverclyde Phoenix 0 0 0

Scoring Summary:

Wildcats Scorers

Touchdown – 38 Seumas Ross (Conversion Attempt Incomplete)

Touchdown – 38 Seumas Ross (2pt Conversion Attempt Successful)

Touchdown – 23 Haris Ryalls (2pt Conversion Attempt Successful)

Touchdown – 30 Mark Pyper (Conversion Attempt Incomplete)

Touchdown – 38  Seumas Ross (Conversion Attempt Incomplete)

Touchdown – 24 Alasdair Howie (2pt Conversion Attempt Successful)

Touchdown – 38 Seumas Ross (2pt Conversion Attempt Successful)

Touchdown – 54 Ally Gibson (Conversion Attempt Successful)

PHOENIXThe Youth Wildcats continued their sensational start to the season with a 56-0 victory over tournament hosts the Inverclyde Phoenix. This result leaves the Wildcats 6-0 heading into the Highland Tournament where they could confirm qualification into the playoffs if this run were to continue.

The Wildcats started off the first half with a huge defensive play by Stig McArthur who intercepted the ball on the opening drive of the game. This play set up Seumas Ross who scored a 5 yard passing touchdown from Euan Crawford making the score 6-0.

On the next drive Seumas Ross rushed into the opposition’s half of the field over the space of two plays (the first play resulted in a 7 yard gain and the second resulted in a 33 yard gain). On the third play of the drive he rushed the further 8 yards remaining to score his second touchdown of the match. The Wildcats then attempted a two point conversion which was successful because of Euan Crawford passing to Mark Pyper in open space. The score was now 14-0 to the Wildcats.

During the Phoenix’s second drive of the game Wildcats Linebacker Corin Robinson caused the Inverclyde ball carrier to fumble the ball which gave Haris Ryalls the opportunity to recover to score another touchdown for the Wildcats. The two point conversion was successfully rushed into the opposition end zone by Alasdair Howie to put the score at 22-0 to the Wildcats.

The Phoenix were then unsuccessful during the next drive which ended at the two minute warning. When the ball was turned over Pyper rushed the ball the full length of the field to score his first touchdown of the game. Unfortunately the two point conversion attempt was unsuccessful but the score was now 28-0 to the Wildcats.

The Wildcats defense then managed to stop the next drive to put Inverclyde back on defense.Seumas Ross squeezed in a final touchdown before the end of the half

The Wildcats started with  the ball in the second half.  Crawford passed the ball to Alasdair Howie who was in space and then ran the rest of the way to score a touchdown. The Wildcats then converted for a two point conversion where Howie received another pass from Crawford in space to get the 2 points. This left the score at 42-0 to the Wildcats.

PHOENIX 3The Phoenix drive was unsuccessful and the Wildcats went back on offense with quarterback Cameron Robertson on the field. He would only be on the field for three plays as he had the fortune of finding Seumas Ross to score an 18 yard passing touchdown on the second play of the drive. The 2 point conversion attempt was also successful.

The Phoenix’s next drive was then unsuccessful and the Wildcats took full advantage of that fact when Ally Gibson received a pass from Euan Crawford for a 4 yard receiving touchdown. The conversion attempt may have been incomplete but the score was now 56-0. The Phoenix then had an unsuccessful drive at the end of the game resulting in the Wildcats winning 56-0 at Battery park.


Wildcats Head Coach Robbie Paulin commented, “It was great to see our passing game working so well in this game.  We ended up with around 80% passing plays which is unusual for us.  We’ve got a big squad but I was really pleased that we got everybody on the field for a good amount of playing time and every single one of the players contributed.”

“I’d like to thanks the Inverclyde Phoenix for their hospitality and as usual we were blown away with how good the backdrop to our photos looked!  Without a doubt the most scenic location to play at!”

The Next youth tournament for the Wildcats will be at home where they will be playing the Phoenix, the Edinburgh Wolves and the Moray Tide. It could also be the tournament where the Wildcats qualify for the playoffs if all goes to plan.

Ally Gibson was the Wildcats MVP after he proved himself by scoring his first touchdown of the season. The Wildcats center also got a tackle when he was on defense.

Another player who has to be mentioned is Corin Robinson who caused a fumble and made several tackles to keep the pressure on Inverclyde.

Offensive Statistics:


Player Name Yards Passing Touchdowns
Euan Crawford 94 3
Cameron Robertson 53 1



Player Name Yards Receiving Touchdowns
Alasdair Howie 62 1
Cameron Payne 35 0
Seumas Ross 23 2
Euan Trommino 20 0
Ally Gibson 12 1



Player Name Rushing Yards Rushing Touchdowns
Seumas Ross 93 2
Mark Pyper 45 1
Kyle Holleyoake 5 0


Defensive Statistics:

  Tackles         Fumbles      
Player Name Solo Assists Sacks Interceptions Batted Ball Down Caused Received Touchdowns Safeties
Haris Ryalls 3 1 0 0 4 0 1 1 0
Corin Robinson 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0
Ally Gibson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stig McArthur 1 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0
Stephen Mcmeechan 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Pyper 3 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
John Falconer 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Fergus Macrae 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Seumas Ross 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Robertson 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Euan Crawford 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Article by Tom Green



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