Close-Fought Victory

HIGHLAND WILDCATS 26-20 LANARKSHIRE LONGHORNS

Article by Tom Green…

Beltane Park, Wishaw

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Box Score:

  1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
HIGHLAND WILDCATS 6 14 6 0 26
LANARKSHIRE LONGHORNS 0 6 8 6 20

Score Summary:

1st Quarter

6-0 – HIG – Euan Crawford to Seumas Ross (15 Yard Passing TOUCHDOWN)

2nd Quarter

12-0 – HIG – Mark Pyper (7 Yard Rushing TOUCHDOWN)

14-0 – HIG – Mark Pyper (3 Rushing EXTRA POINTS)

14-6 – LAN – #73 LANARKSHIRE LONGHORNS (Defensive TOUCHDOWN)

20-6 – HIG – Seumas Ross to Declan Maclennan (13 Yard Passing TOUCHDOWN)

3rd Quarter

26-6 – HIG – Euan Crawford to Seumas Ross (6 Yard Passing TOUCHDOWN)

26-12 – LAN – LANARKSHIRE LONGHORNS (TOUCHDOWN)

26-14 – LAN – LANARKSHIRE LONGHORNS (EXTRA POINTS)

4th Quarter

26-20 – LAN – LANARKSHIRE LONGHORNS (TOUCHDOWN)

On Sunday the Highland Wildcats defeated title rivals 26-20 in one of the most tightly contested games for many years. This result has taken the Wildcats to the top of the U19 Scottish Conference and demoted their North Lanarkshire opponents to second.

The Highlanders started the game off strongly by opening the scoring when Euan Crawford threw a touchdown pass to Seumas Ross for a 15 yards. This was the only score of the 1st quarter.

Robbie Paulin’s men then started the second quarter with another touchdown. This time the scorer was 2014 Youth MVP Mark Pyper who ran in for a 7 Yard rushing touchdown. He then converted it to increase the Wildcats lead to 14. The Longhorns offense was shut down in the first quarter due to a string of hits  from Niall Martin who managed to record 8 tackles in total during the period.

The Longhorns then started to claw a touchdown back for themselves when they intercepted a ball on their one yard line before rushing 79 yards for their opening touchdown. The Highland side then scored a third touchdown before the end of the half when Seumas Ross threw a 13 Yard pass to Declan Maclennan.

After the half time break the Wildcats continued their dominance of the game by scoring yet another touchdown when Crawford threw a 6 yard pass to Ross. This touchdown wasn’t converted but it turned out to be the last Wildcats touchdown of the game.

After this the Longhorns took control and scored a touchdown towards the end of the third quarter. The team from Wishaw then scored another touchdown to put the score at 26-20.
The game started to tighten up but thanks to strong defensive performances by Haris Ryalls, Chris Shaw and Mark Pyper in the final quarter the Highland wildcats kept the lead.

Passing Statistics

Euan Crawford 155 24 13 54.1 2 73.459
Seumas Ross 13 1 1 100 1 142.916

Rushing Statistics

Yards Attempts Yards/Attempt TD
Mark Pyper 10 2 5 2
Declan Maclennan 30 3 10 0
Seumas Ross 119 27 4.4 0
Paul Noble -1 2 -0.5 0
Euan Crawford 7 4 2.333 0

Recieving Statistics

Yards Attempts Yards/Attempt TD
Seumas Ross 24 4 6 2
Declan Maclennan 27 2 13.5 1
Ewan Sime 73 3 24.333 0
Erem Demirel 32 4 8 0
Cameron Payne 7 1 7 0
Thomas Mackenzie 5 1 5 0

Defensive Statistics

ST AT SACKS INT BATT FC FR TD SA
Ewan Sime 4  0 1  0  0 1 0 0 0
Erem Demirel 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Niall Martin 5 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Haris Ryalls 5 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Mark Pyper 4 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Stig McArthur 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Chris Shaw 1 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Cameron Payne 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Declan Maclennan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alasdair Howie 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Lee-Topp 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stephen Mcmeechan 1  0  0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Previous Results

East Kilbride Pirates 30-38 Edinburgh Wolves

Highland Wildcats 52-0 East Kilbride Pirates

Lanarkshire Longhorns 30-6 Clackmannanshire Ravens

Lanarkshire Longhorns 26-8 Edinburgh Wolves

Clackmannanshire Ravens 34-18 East Kilbride Pirates

P W L T PF PA
HIGHLAND WILDCATS 3 3 0 0 114 42
LANARKSHIRE LONGHORNS 3 2 1 0 76 40
EDINBURGH WOLVES 2 1 1 0 46 56
CLACKMANNANSHIRE RAVENS 3 1 2 0 60 84
EAST KILBRIDE PIRATES 3 0 3 0 48 122

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