Article by Tom Green…
The Highland Wildcats youth team has won their ninth consecutive victory in the Scottish division as a result of a 40-6 win against the Moray Tide. Due to the Inverclyde Phoenix and Edinburgh Wolves withdrawing from the tournament, only one competitive game was played on the day. Luckily for the dozens of spectating parents and the local press, the development team played the Tide straight after the main event of the day.
The BAFANL game
In the main game of the day the Wildcats started off promising by scoring two touchdowns early on. The first touchdown was scored by Mark Pyper on the second drive of the game. On the next drive Seumas Ross scored his 21st touchdown of the season as a result of a 7 yard rush. Haris Ryalls converted both touchdowns with a successful passing one point conversion attempts.
After an unsuccessful Wildcats drive the Moray Tide fought back with a touchdown of their own, a passing touchdown. Unfortunately for the Tide the one point conversion attempt was unsuccessful. The scores remained 14-6 as the teams went into the half time break.
After Half time the Inverness based side scored when Ryalls received a 45 yard pass from Euan Crawford. The Highlanders then increased their lead even further with a successful two point conversion scored by Cameron Payne on a pass.
Pyper scored the last offensive touchdown of the game when he received a 15 yard pass from Crawford later on in the half. Unfortunately the conversion attempt was unsuccessful but by this point the Wildcats had an unassailable lead.
The defensive unit played a huge role throughout the game and the efforts of nose tackle Stephen McMeechan earned their rewards with a sensational defensive touchdown. Ryalls continued his good form on offense with a great defensive effort resulting in a defensive touchdown to put the score at 40-6.
The Development Game
The development Wildcats started the second game of the day very strongly with a 40 yard receiving touchdown by Cameron Robeterson. Kyle Holleyoake then ran into the end zone with a 2 point conversion to start the game off strongly.
The Tide fought back straight away with a great 6 down drive resulting in a 20 yard receiving touchdown by their 82. The Moray based side then went for a two point conversion but it was incomplete.
The home team started to pull away from the Tide before the half time break when they scored three consecutive touchdowns. The first of which was scored by Holleyoake from just outside the no run zone. The conversion attempt which followed was incomplete. The second of the three was scored by Holleyoake once more when he rushed a 45 yard touchdown into the end zone. Fortunately this time Robertson managed to score a two point conversion. The final of the touchdowns for the half was caused by nose tackle Johnathen Macleod when he forced a fumble on the opposition s 5 yard line. The ball was then recovered and Holleyoake scored his third touchdownof the game. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
The teams then went into half time with the score 28-6 to the development Wildcats.
The Wildcats continued to be a constant offensive threat early on in the second half when Thomas Mackenzie received a one yard pass for his first touchdown of the game. MacKenzie then managed to covert his touchdown with a one point conversion to make the score 35-6.
The Tide however weren’t in the mood to give up and under the guidance of Dave Ronald they started to crawl back into the game. It started with two touchdowns by their 82 (one 45 yard rush and a five yard pass). This made the score 35-18.
Ally Gibson managed to change the flow of the game once more however with a beautiful receiving touchdown. It wasn’t converted but it made the gap too big for the defiant Tide. The Tide managed to get another touchdown later on in the half with a 45 yard receiving touchdown but it was too late.
The development team finished the Tide off with Steven Oag getting his first touchdown of the season.
Article by Tom Green…