Highland Bowl II

Article by Tom Green…

Match Officials

Edan Gardner (Referee)

Tom Green (Line Judge)

David Smith (Field Judge)

Daniel Woodley (Chain Crew)

Box Score:

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Full Score
Inverness High School Predators 15 18 33
Charleston Academy Knights 6 0 6

16628976180_099452e2f3_kScoring Summary:

1st Half

IHS Touchdown – Stephen McMeechan

CHA Touchdown – Craig Robertson

IHS Touchdown – Fergus McRae

IHS Extra Point – Colin Hamilton

IHS Safety – Stephen McMeechan

2nd Half

IHS Touchdown – Stephen McMeechan

IHS Touchdown – Stephen McMeechan

IHS Touchdown – Stephen McMeechan

Game Report:

After 4 weeks of competitive Youth American football the HACL came down to Highland Bowl II. The Charleston Academy Knights and Inverness High School Predators have only played each once in the regular season and it resulted in the Predators winning 39-26 in one of the most exciting games of the season.

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The IHS won the toss and received the ball on the opening drive of the game. The opening drive resulted in Stephen McMeechan scoring the first touchdown of the day. Unfortunately the IHS couldn’t score on the extra point attempt and left the score at 6-0 to the IHS.

Charleston responded almost immediately when Craig Robertson scored the Knights opening touchdown of the game. They didn’t score on the extra point attempt but it set the tempo and intensity for the entire game.

The next couple of drives resulted in no scores due to some fantastic defensive performances all around the field by players such as Mark Pyper and Euan Crawford.

IHS managed to get back the lead just before half time when Fergus Macrae scored a receiving touchdown. The Colin Hamilton scored the first and only extra point of the game. After this touchdown McMeechan tackled Euan Crawford in the Charleston’s endzone and scored a safety.

The score at the half was 15-6 to IHS.

After the half time break IHS stepped up their game and left their Charleston counterparts behind as Stephen McMeechan scored 3 more touchdowns before the final whistle. Even though IHS couldn’t score an extra point on any of these attempts they now had a 27 point lead which Charleston couldn’t overcome.

Despite what the scoreline in the second half would suggest this didn’t mean that Charleston simply backed down and this was evident when Euan Crawford and Craig Robertson gained yards and a lot of field position. They also were strong defensively and it took three very good plays from McMeechan to beat the solid Charleston defensive unit.

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IHS Predators Player of the season: Colin Hamilton

Colin Hamilton has been a crucial component of the IHS offensive unit from the start of this years HACL. He is often overshadowed by more dynamic players such as the running backs Mark Pyper and Stephen McMeechan. “Colin, because of the position he plays, doesn’t get a lot of the limelight but was such a pivotal part of the Predators’ success this year,” said Robbie Paulin, League Coordinator for HACL.

Charleston Academy Knights Player of the season: Euan Crawford

Euan Crawford has taken his role as Charleston captain seriously and been more than just the quarterback. His leadership skills have been impressive and there have been plenty of occasions throughout the season where he has helped out struggling players throughout HACL 2015. Paulin added, “Euan lead the Knights throughout the season and without a doubt deserved the MVP not just for the Highland Bowl but for the entire season.”

Robbie Paulin made the following comment about the event, “The whole day was played in great spirit. It was fantastic to see so much support from the schools themselves with both head teachers coming along to support.” He then used the opportunity to thank the volunteers, “I want to take this chance to thank all of the volunteers that made the league possible this year.”

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