|1ST HALF||2ND HALF||FINAL SCORE|
0-6 – TD – HAMILTON BUCCANEERS (45 Yard Rush)
6-6 – TD – Euan Crawford to Colin Hamilton (3 Yard Pass)
12-6 – TD – Euan Crawford to Mark Pyper (1 Yard Pass)
14-6 – XP – Euan Crawford to Mark Pyper (12 Yard Pass)
16-6 – SAF – Stephen McMeechan (Safety)
22-6 – TD – Euan Milton (8 Yard Rush)
28-6 – TD – Mark Pyper (38 Yard Rush)
34-6 – TD – Mark Pyper (5 Yard Rush)
40-6 – TD – Euan Crawford to Lewis Hilditch (17 Yard Pass)
46-6 – TD – Euan Crawford to Lewis Hilditch (30 Yard Pass)
The undefeated youth Highland Wildcats went into the opening game of the Granite City tournament after an impressive run of 21 victories since their defeat to the Burnley Tornadoes in 2013. They were looking to continue this run in Aberdeen to secure them post season football.
Unfortunately the game started off in the worst possible fashion with a 45 yard rushing touchdown by the Buccaneers running back. This put the Wildcats behind for the first time in a game since the UK Championship game against the Kent Exiles. Fortunately for the Wildcats the conversion attempt was unsuccessful leaving the score at 6-0 to the Glaswegian side.
The reigning UK champions responded almost immediately with a touchdown of their own when Euan Crawford threw a 3 yard pass to centre Colin Hamilton. Following this touchdown the ‘Cats scored again from another passing play. This time the receiver was Mark Pyper from 1 yard out. Crawford then threw a 12 yard pass to Pyper to convert the score which increased the Wildcats lead to 8 points.
Nose tackle Stephen McMeechan then added his name to the score sheet by scoring a safety. After this the Wildcats running game was fully utilised and the Highlanders scored two rushing touchdowns before the end of the half. The first was scored by Euan Milton (who rushed in from 8 yards) and the second was scored by Mark Pyper who rushed 34 yards to score his touchdown. None of these touchdowns were converted which left the score at half time 28-6 to the Highland Wildcats.
After half time the Wildcats scored three more touchdowns before the full time whistle to leave the score at 46-6 to the current UK champions. The first of these was scored by Pyper who rushed in for a 5 yard touchdown. The last two were scored by Euan Crawford who threw two touchdown passes to Lewis Hilditch. The first was a 17 yard pass and the last one was a 30 yard pass. Unfortunately these were uncoverted but it left the final score at 46-6.