Article by Tom Green…
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Last Sunday the Highland Wildcats under 19’s travelled down to Hamilton to play the East Kilbride Pirates in the opening game of the season.
The Highlanders started the game off strongly with a touchdown on the opening play of the game when kick returner Declan Maclennan ran 70 yards from one side of the field to the other. On the 2-point conversion attempt, 2014 Youth MVP, Mark Pyper rushed in to score his first points of the campaign.
The Wildcats then quickly followed this score with a defensive touchdown a few plays later from Jordan Anderson. The 2-point conversion attempt was also a success after quarterback Chris Shaw found wide receiver Erem Demirel in the endzone with a three yard pass. The scoring for the 1st quarter wasn’t over yet though as Shaw ran round the outside of the struggling East Kilbride defense to score his first touchdown of the season. This left the score at 22-0 at the end of the quarter.
The Pirates tightened up in the second quarter and made a couple of chances but unfortunately for them they could not convert them. Despite the resilience of the Pirates defense the Wildcats managed to score another touchdown due to a great run by rookie running back Paul Noble. The extra point attempt which followed was good and it left the Wildcats 30-0 up at the half time break.
The Highland team then stepped up a gear in the third quarter scoring quickly just as they did in the first. This time as a result of quarterback Euan Crawford passing his first U19 touchdown when he threw the ball to 98 Ryan Topp. The Wildcats then converted the extra point attempt to put the score at 38-0.
Highland’s special teams unit then stepped up on the following drive by blocking a punt in the endzone which resulted in the Wildcats scoring a safety (2 points). Both teams then failed to score for the rest of the quarter leaving the score at 40-0 heading into the final quarter of the game.
East Kilbride were now starting to tire and the Highland offense took no mercy with Shaw scoring two touchdowns before the end of the game. One was a 10 yard pass to wide receiver Niall Martin and the second was a spectacular 34 yard run down the middle of the field. The extra point attempts which followed each of the touchdowns were unsuccessful leaving the score at the final whistle 52-0 to the Highland Wildcats.
A special mention has to be made to linebacker Nathan Ross (in his first U19 game) who broke a Wildcats record for sacks in a single game with 8 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
As a result of this fantastic result the Wildcats are now top of the league on points conceded. The team haven’t conceded a point since game 4 of last season’s campaign.
|East Kilbride Pirates||2||0||2||0||30||90|
Game 1: East Kilbride Pirates 30-38 Edinburgh Wolves
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