Millburn Academy Eagles 14-0 Culloden Academy Raptors
HACL Week 1, Game 3
Bught Park, Inverness
Article by Tom Green…
MIL 6-0 CUL – Roberts (TD Rush)
MIL 8-0 CUL – Paterson (2pt Conversion)
MIL 14-0 CUL – Kelly to Paterson (TD Pass)
The Millburn Academy Eagles and the Culloden Academy Raptors went into the final game of week 1 of the HACL coming off contrasting games. The Raptors won their opening game against the Inverness Royal Academy Sharks 20 points to six. Millburn on the other hand were blown away in their first game 38-0 against the dominaneering Black Isle Stags. Both teams had a lot to gain from this game and the game was fiercely intense and was very similar to the time both teams met in Highland Bowl I 2 years ago.
For the first time in HACL history no one was able to score in the first half of the game because both defenses were playing the game of their lives with neither team relenting during the first half.
The game looked like it was going to finish scoreless but then out of nowhere 2015 Rookie of the Season Alex Roberts found a way through the Raptors defense to break the deadlock. The Touchdown was converted by Aaron Paterson (who filled in for Roberts on the 2pt conversion attempt) to give the Eagles an 8 point lead. Millburn then increased their lead to 14 points as QB Connel Kelly threw down field to Paterson which put the game just out of reach for the Raptors.
Culloden Academy Raptors did come close to scoring on multiple occassions during the 2nd half but they were unable to break through the Millburn defense. The closest they got to scoring came on defense when Shaun Gemmel intercepted a loose Kelly pass and came so very close to reaching the endzone before being taken down by the Eagles offensive unit.
The result leaves both teams on a 1-1 record heading into week 2 and both teams will be looking to go one better in week 2 of the HACL.