Article by Tom Green…
The Inverness High School Predators qualified for the Highland Bowl for the first time with a 7-1 record. Their only defeat of the campaign came at the hands of the Millburn Academy Eagles (last years HACL Champions) in week 3 because of player shortages from injuries and the Great Britain trials in Bristol (two predators took part in the trials).
The biggest reason the Predators finished the regular season at the top of the table is down to the defense. IHS had the best defensive unit in the league and conceded almost half as much points as the second best defense in the league statistically (the Millburn Academy Eagles).
Points Scored – 138 (4th)
Points conceded – 40 (1st)
PF per game – 23 (3rd)
PA per game – 6.666 (1st)
PD per game – 16.334 (1st)
Biggest Win – IHS 26-6 Culloden/IHS 20-0 Black Isle
How they got there
IHS Predators 18-0 Black Isle Stags
IHS Predators 18-7 Millburn Academy Eagles
Inverness High School started off the season with a comprehensive victory over the hugely improved Black Isle Stags. They also had a tight game against last year’s HACL Champions the Eagles in the final game of week 1.
IHS Predators 16-0 IRA Sharks
IHS Predators 39-26 Charleston Academy Knights
After a perfect start in week 1 the predators had a tightly fought game against a new and vastly improved IRA Sharks team who were after their first win in HACL history. After this close encounter the Predators faced off against the Charleston Academy Knights led by Wildcats starting quarterback, Euan Crawford, took on the Predators in a high scoring game game full of excitement which, fortunately for the predators, finished with Inverness High School winning a fourth game.
IHS Predators 1-0 IRA Sharks
IHS Predators 0-1 Millburn Academy Eagles
The Inverness High School Predators unfortunately didn’t have the opportunity to play in a competitive game during week 3 of the HACL as the IRA forfeited their first game of the week and IHS had to pull out of the Millburn game due to player numbers on that day.
IHS Predators 26-6 Culloden Academy Raptors
IHS Predators 20-0 Black Isle Stags
The Predators started week 4 knowing that they had qualified for the Highland Bowl due to Black Isle, Charleston and Millburn slipping up early in the season. However the intensity of the IHS did not relent and they won their last two games against Culloden and Black Isle convincingly.