Article by Tom Green…
|1st Quarter||2nd Quarter||3rd Quarter||4th Quarter||Final Score|
6-0 – HIG – Erem Demirel (Defensive TOUCHDOWN)
8-0 – HIG – Chris Shaw (3 Yard Rush EXTRA POINTS)
14-0 – HIG – Seumas Ross (61 Yard Rushing TOUCHDOWN)
16-0 – HIG – Euan Crawford to Ewan Sime (3 Yard Passing EXTRA POINTS)
22-0 – HIG – Chris Shaw to Erem Demirel (21 Yard Passing TOUCHDOWN)
28-0 – HIG – Mark Pyper (35 Yard Punt Return TOUCHDOWN)
28-6 – CLA – Clackmannanshire Ravens (Rushing TOUCHDOWN)
28-8 – CLA – Clackmannanshire Ravens (Passing EXTRA POINTS)
28-10 – CLA – Clackmannanshire Ravens (SAFETY)
28-16 – CLA – Clackmannanshire Ravens (Rushing TOUCHDOWN)
36-16 – HIG – Euan Crawford to Erem Demirel (15 Yard Passing TOUCHDOWN)
36-22 – CLA – Clackmannanshire Ravens (Passing TOUCHDOWN)
Last Sunday the Highland Wildcats travelled to Fishcross to play the Clackmannanshire Ravens in their second game of the 2015 U19 Scottish championship. Last season when these teams met at Bught Park the Wildcats won 72-0.
The visitors opened the game strongly on defense scoring on the opening play of the game when Erem Demirel recovered a fumble for a defensive touchdown. On the extra point attempt QB Chris Shaw rushed the three yards required and put the score at 8-0. The Wildcats defense on their second play of the game then caused another fumble but this time the Ravens recovered the ball. Both sides defensive units then cancelled out each others offenses for the rest of the quarter.
The Wildcats offense did however manage to overcome the strong challenge from the Ravens defense in the second quarter with three unanswered touchdowns. The first was scored when Seumas Ross broke past the Ravens secondary to score a 61 Yard rushing touchdown. The extra point attempt was then converted when Euan Crawford passed the ball 3 yards to Ewan Sime.
The second was scored when Chris Shaw found Erem Demirel in space to score a 21 yard passing touchdown. The extra point attempt was no good but Mark Pyper managed to score his first touchdown of the season with a hard worked 35 yard punt return, giving the Wildcats a 28 point lead.
The Wildcats defense was plagued with penalties towards the end of the half and managed to break through the dominant Highland defense with a touchdown and set of extra points bringing the score to 28-8 at halftime.
The momentum of the game after the first Ravens touchdown changed and they started to make some serious progress. First they managed to get a safety after one of the Wildcats held a Raven’s player in their own endzone. They could have then scored immediately afterwards on the next drive but a strong defensive performance from Jordan Anderson at LB stopped that.
The Ravens eventually get their second touchdown in the quarter with a rushing touchdown. Unfortunately for Clackmannanshire the extra point attempt was no good. The Wildcats then fought back to stem the tide and were rewarded when Crawford found Demirel to score a 15 yard passing touchdown. Following another 50 yards plus in penalties, the Ravens then scored again with a passing touchdown of their own. It was unconverted.
The fourth quarter was a real defensive battle for both sides. The Wildcats linebacker core wouldn’t relent and delivered several big blows to stop the Ravens. The final score was 36-22 to the Wildcats.
Head Coach, Robbie Paulin, commented, “There was a massive improvement in the Raven’s from last year. It was a bit of a frustrating game for us. Our defense played outstandingly well, despite them scoring 22 points on us. We absolutely killed ourselves on penalties. Throughout most of the game we stopped their offense 4 and out (negating penalties). We even made two goal line stops. But if you give up around 50 yards in penalties on each drive, you can’t expect to stop them. But we’ve learned a lot from it. Our offense also struggled to get established throughout the game and when we did get some breaks, once again, we tripped ourselves up with penalties or mistakes. We’re happy to come away with, what is still, a convincing win, and the game has given us a lot to work on.”
|Player||Attempts||Completions||Completion %||Yards||Interceptions||Touchdowns||Passer Rating|
|Player||Solo Tackles||Assisted Tackles||Sacks||Interceptions||Batt Downs||Fumbles Forced||Fumbles Recovered||TD||Safeties|
East Kilbride Pirates 30-38 Edinburgh Wolves
Highland Wildcats 52-0 East Kilbride Pirates
Lanarkshire Longhorns 30-6 Clackmannanshire Ravens
|EAST KILBRIDE PIRATES||2||0||2||0||30||90|