Article by Tom Green…
Highland Wildcats 18-0 East Kilbride Pirates
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6-0 – Euan Crawford to Mark Pyper (HIG) 25 Yard Pass
12-0 – Euan Crawford to Euan Milton (HIG) 20 Yard Pass
18-0 – Kyle Holleyoake (HIG) 30 Yard Rushing TD
The Highland Wildcats went into their opening game of the Highland tournament confident after strong performances in the Edinburgh tournament where the team won all 3 of their games. One of them was against the Pirates who they beat 54-12 last time around. This time however East Kilbride came into this game better organised than last time and proved a harder challenge for the Wildcats to overcome.
In the first half both teams defenses shut out the period with the best opportunity of a score coming from the Wildcats on the final drive of the half. This drive involved strong passing from Euan Crawford who found Colin Hamilton on two occasions to give them decent field position aided by strong power running from Fergus Mackenzie. Unfortunately by the time the Wildcats got into the East Kilbride half their defense regrouped and managed to stop the threat.
The second half started in a similar fashion to the first with the Wildcats shutting down the Pirates passing game thanks to the work of the Highland secondary. Unlike the first half though the Wildcats managed to get a grasp of the game when Crawford found Kyle Holleyoake who made a spectacular acrobatic catch to get the Highlanders closer to the half way line. When they got there Crawford threw a 25 yard pass to Mark Pyper for the opening score of the game. It wasn’t converted but it put some much needed life into the game as well as giving offensive coordinator James Hudson some much needed relief.
East Kilbride on the following drive almost scored on but the defense remained strong and turned the ball over on downs. On the following drive Euan Crawford found Nairn local Euan Milton to score a 20 yard passing touchdown. It wasn’t converted.
After holding EKP to a 4-and-out on the following drive Kyle Holleyoake scored the only rushing touchdown of the game when he rushed 30 yards for the score putting the Wildcats 18-0 ahead. This wasn’t converted and that drive ended up being the last drive of the game.
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