Wildcats 66 – 13 Buccaneers

Article by Tom Green…

  1ST HALF 2ND HALF FULL SCORE
HIGHLAND WILDCATS 30 36 66
HAMILTON BUCCANEERS 7 6 13

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SCORE SUMMARY

1ST HALF

6-0   TOUCHDOWN – MARK PYPER 8 YARD RUSH

6-6   TOUCHDOWN – HAMILTON BUCCANEERS 30 YARD RUSH

6-7   EXTRA POINTS – HAMILTON BUCCANEERS 5 YARD PASS

12-7 TOUCHDOWN – MARK PYPER 23 YARD RUSH

14-7  EXTRA POINTS – MARK PYPER 12 YARD RUSH

20-7  TOUCHDOWN – MARK PYPER 18 YARD RUSH

22-7   EXTRA POINTS – ALASDAIR HOWIE 12 YARD RUSH

24-7   SAFETY – HIGHLAND WILDCATS

30-7   TOUCHDOWN – KYLE HOLLEYOAKE 15 YARD RUSH

2ND HALF

36-7    TOUCHDOWN – EUAN CRAWFORD TO MARK PYPER 5 YARD PASS

42-7  TOUCHDOWN – KYLE HOLLEYOAKE  35 YARD RUSH

44-7  EXTRA POINTS – EUAN CRAWFORD TO EUAN TROMMINO 12 YARD PASS

44-13 TOUCHDOWN – HAMILTON BUCCANEERS

50-13 TOUCHDOWN – ALEX ROBERTS 25 YARD RUSH

52-13 EXTRA POINTS – EUAN CRAWFORD TO LEWIS HILDITCH 12 YARD PASS

58-13 TOUCHDOWN – STEPHEN MCMEECHAN (DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWN)

60-13 EXTRA POINTS – MARK PYPER 12 YARD RUSH

66-13 TOUCHDOWN – KYLE HOLLEYOAKE 30 YARD RUSH

The Highland Wildcats started their 2015 defense of the UK title with a commanding 66-13 victory over the Hamilton Buccaneers last weekend.

One of the key players in last year’s Britbowl challenge, Mark Pyper, opened the scoring for the visiting Highlanders with a 8 yard rushing touchdown from inside the Hamilton half of the field. Unfortunately the extra point attempt was foiled by the Buccaneers defensive unit. Hamilton however struck back quickly with a touchdown of their own and successfully completed the extra point attempt putting the Wildcats behind for the first time since the final of Britbowl 28.

The lead didn’t last long though as Pyper scored his second rushing touchdown of the game when he rushed in for 23 yards. Pyper then converted his touchdown with a strong 12 Yard rush resulting in the Wildcats taking the lead for the second time. Unfortunately for the Buccaneers they were never able to retake the lead as the Wildcats offense overcame them.

Pyper then scored his third touchdown of the game shortly afterwards. Alasdair Howie then ran in the two point conversion and increased the lead to 15. The Wildcats scoring didn’t finish there as they got a safety whilst on defense due to Stephen Mcmeechan putting pressure on the Hamilton backfield. Kyle Holleyoake then scored a 15 yard rushing touchdown to leave the score at the half at 30-7.

The Wildcats started to use their passing game more in the second half with Euan Crawford passing a 5 yard touchdown to Pyper. After the passing touchdown, Kyle Holleyoake scored a 35 yard rushing touchdown. Crawford then threw it 12 yards to Euan Trommino on the extra point attempt to put the score at 44-7 to the Wildcats.

The Buccaneers fought back after this score to get a consolation touchdown (which they failed to convert) but it was too little, too late for Hamilton. The Wildcats offense then really started to get moving with a fantastic 25 yard rushing touchdown from rookie running back, Alex Roberts, in his first game for the team. Crawford then threw the ball 12 yards to rookie Lewis Hilditch on the 2 point conversion attempt to put the score at 52-13 to the Inverness team.

Following this touchdown, veteran nose tackle Stephen Mcmeechan scored an unusual defensive touchdown. He firstly broke away from the center and forced the QB to fumble the football before picking it up and running nearly the whole length of the field for a touchdown. Pyper then rushed in to convert the 2 point conversion attempt to put the Wildcats up to 60 points.

The Invernessians were not quite finished though as Kyle Holleyoake scored a 30 yard rushing touchdown to finish off the game.

 

Defensive Statistics

PLAYER SOLO TACKLE ASSISTED TACKLE SACKS INTERCEPTIONS BATT DOWNS FUMBLES CAUSED FUMBLES RECOVERED DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWN SAFETIES
Stephen Mcmeechan 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0
Euan Trommino 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Scott Robertson 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
David Robertson 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Pyper 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alasdair Howie 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Macpherson 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corin Robinson 3 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0

 


Passing Statistics

Player Passing Yards Touchdowns Extra Points
Euan Crawford 42 1 4

 

Rushing Statistics

Player Rushing Yards Touchdowns Extra Points
Mark Pyper 130 3 4
Alasdair Howie 35 0 2
Kyle Holleyoake 93 3 0
Alex Roberts 40 1 0
Euan Crawford 10 0 0

 

Receiving Yards

PLAYER Receiving Yards Touchdowns Extra Points
Alasdair Howie 10 0 0
Colin Hamilton 3 0 0
Mark Pyper 5 1 0
Euan Trommino 12 0 2
Lewis Hilditch 12 0 2

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