Wildcats 54-12 Vikings

Article by Tom Green
Wildcats 54-12 Vikings
Junior Wildcats responded from their defeat by the East Kilbride Pirates with a big 54-12 win down in England against Newcastle Vikings, with 2015 MVP Euan Crawford contributing in 7 of the 8 Touchdowns scored on the day.

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Newcastle entered the game having lost to East Kilbride 12-36 back on May 1st.
Wildcats made the 6-hour journey down ready to kick start their season with a win, and received the ball first to start the game after Vikings won the coin toss and deferred. It took 3 plays before Quarterback Euan Crawford found Haris Ryalls for a 33-yard Touchdown pass, then Crawford ran in the 2-point conversion.
A big gain on a 4th down conversion paved the way for the Vikings’ first offensive possession as they would run the ball in a few plays later for a 1-yard Touchdown. Solid tackling from Ally Gibson, Haris Ryalls & Fergus McIntyre stopped the Vikings 2-point conversion.
Currently leading 8-6, Stephen McMeechan continued his impressive rushing attack along with Mark Pyper & Euan Crawford as he capped off the next series with a 12-yard Touchdown, and also 3 yards for the 2-point conversion.
A sack by Alasdair Howie & McMeechan led to a quick end on Vikings’ next possession, when they punted the ball in which Corin Robinson returned for 40 yards. Crawford’s 2nd TD pass of the game went to McMeechan for 28 yards. Crawford’s throw for 2-point conversion would fall incomplete, ending the 1st quarter 22-6 Wildcats.

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Another impressive defensive series pinned the Vikings back to their own 13-yard line. McMeechan made the post of this on offense with his 1st Rushing TD of the season for 13 yards. Vikings’ linebackers would make their way through to tackle Crawford on the 2-point conversion.
Vikings struck back on the ensuing kick-off and ran it back 55 yards for the Touchdown, but the Wildcats’ defense stepped up to stop the 2-point conversion. After a 32-yard return from Robinson on the Vikings kick-off, Wildcats’ offense progressed the ball down field with Crawford completing his 3rd TD pass of the day to Ryan Lee Topp for 12 yards. Mark Pyper came short on adding 2 points on the next play.
The Wildcats’ defense continued its relentless pressure with Ally Gibson tackling the Quarterback with the 1st of 3 sacks for him on the day. A couple of possessions later, Haris Ryalls stepped up with 2 key plays: the first with an interception on defense, and the next play on offense catching a pass from Crawford and running it in, making it a 36-yard TD. Crawford ran the ball in for 2 points.
A couple more sacks from McMeechan & Gibson on the Vikings QB ended the half on a strong note for the Wildcats.
Half Time Wildcats 42 – 12 Vikings
The Wildcats’ defense started the 2nd half as strong as they ended the 1st half, with 2 sacks on the Vikings’ QB, turning the ball back over to the Wildcats’ offense.
A great catch from the Vikings’ CB was the Wildcats’ 1st and only turnover of the day, but good tackling from linebackers Pyper & Robinson quickly turned the ball back over to offense, which culminated in a 16 yard to Pyper from Crawford, making that his 5th passing TD of the day.

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The Wildcats’ offense finished the scoring late in 4th quarter with a 2-yard rushing TD from Crawford making this his 7th overall TD of the day, & the defense finished the game with an interception from Alex Macpherson for 20 yards, and also a day where the defense had 11 sacks on the day.
MVPs from the game were: Ally Gibson, with 10 tackles, 3 sacks, & and playing every snap at Center on Offensive Line; Stephen McMeechan, 6 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 114 all-purpose yards on offense and 2 TDs from Running Back; & Corin Robinson, 7 tackles, 2 pass deflections and 72 yards from 2 punt/kick returns.
Head Coach James Hudson also gives special mention to Euan Crawford for his 7 Touchdowns.
‘It was a fantastic moment for Euan. It’s not often that you see Quarterbacks throw 5 TDs passes in games but also to run in 2 TDs is showing how versatile he can be. He also showed that versatility in the first game vs East Kilbride at Linebacker, Newcastle was great for him to get back on track at Quarterback, with the Receivers and Offensive Line doing a great job alongside him.’
‘Overall, the team stepped things up for this game, with some players from youth squad crossing over and settling in well in this game, and the rest of the squad delivered exceptionally well from start to finish.’

Wildcats 8 – 24 Pirates

Highland Wildcats 8-24 East Kilbride Pirates

@Bught Park, Inverness

BAFANL (Junior) North One Conference

Week 1, 24th April 2016

Photo by Scott MacDonald

Photo by Scott MacDonald

Box Score

1st Q 2nd Q 3rd Q 4th Q Final Score
Highland Wildcats 0 0 8 0 8
East Kilbride Pirates 0 0 8 16 24

 

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

No Scores

2nd Quarter

No Scores

3rd Quarter

HIG 6-0 EKP – Euan Crawford to Mark Pyper (14 Yard Passing Touchdown)

HIG 8-0 EKP – Euan Crawford to Steven Shaw (2 Point Conversion)

HIG 8-6 EKP – Callum Ferguson (Defensive Touchdown)

HIG 8-8 EKP – Martin Gallagher (2 Point Conversion)

4th Quarter

HIG 8-10 EKP – East Kilbride (Safety)

HIG 8-16 EKP – Will Price (48 Yard Rushing Touchdown)

HIG 8-22 EKP – Nick Kosic (1 Yard Rushing Touchdown)

HIG 8-24 EKP – Nick Kosic to Martin Gallagher (2 Point Conversion)

 

The Junior Highland Wildcats suffered their first defeat in two years in a tightly fought game against the improved East Kilbride Pirates last Sunday at the Bught Park in Inverness.

The Pirates won the toss and elected to receive the ball in the first half. They were met with a strong Highland defense and were held to a quick 3 and out. When the Wildcats then got back possession of the ball and started off their opening drive of the game with 3 strong rushes leaving the Wildcats only 4 yards short of making the first down.

Head Coach James Hudson then elected to  go for it on 4th down but the gamble didn’t pay off because of good coverage from the Pirates secondary. East Kilbride then went on to have a strong drive because of a strong running game. The Wildcats defense didn’t panic and strong defensive performances from Haris Ryalls and Stephen McMeechan stopped the Pirates short of scoring on this drive.

On the next drive the Wildcats were held to another 3 and out and they elected to punt. Unfortunately for the Wildcats punt cover team a fumbled snap went over punter Josh Simpson’s head which was then recovered by the pirates on the Wildcats 9 yard line. On the very next play the Highland defense rallied and Mark Pyper gave the Wildcats the ball back after the Pirates quarterback fumbled the football.

The Wildcats unfortunately were intercepted on the drive which followed which put the home side back under pressure as the Pirates now had possession of the ball in the redzone. Once again though the Wildcats defense kept the Pirates offense at bay by putting substantial pressure on the defense because of hard hits from Stephen McMeechan and Corin Robinson.

The Highlanders now had possession of the ball once more and they put on a substantial drive as Euan Crawford, Ryalls and Pyper led the charge into the Pirates half. The Wildcats were now in good field position but they lost the ball to a fumble. The Pirates were then held back in the drive which followed which ensured that the teams would go into the half time interval tied on nothing.

After the half time break the Wildcats took the initiative and opened the scoring in their opening drive of the half when Crawford found Pyper on the end of a 14 yard pass to take the lead. The Touchdown was then converted by Crawford once more who found Steven Shaw in the endzone to increase the Wildcats lead to 8 points.

The Pirates responded strongly to the score with an 8 down drive but they were held short as the whole of the defensive unit kept the visitors at bay. Unfortunately after this drive things started to go wrong for the Wildcats as their next drive resulted in a fumbled punt taken into the endzone for a defensive touchdown. On the conversion which followed the Pirates managed to fumble the football and somehow recover the ball in the Wildcats endzone to level the scores.

This was the last score of the quarter leaving the score at 8-8 heading into the final quarter.

Unfortunately the home side started to tire and mistakes started to creep into the game which resulted in a blocked  punt for a safety which gave the Pirates the momentum and the lead heading into the final stages of the game. The visitors then had a break away run which resulted in a 48 yard rushing touchdown to give the Pirates a domineering 8 point lead. Towards the end of the game the Pirates grinded through the Wildcats defense which resulted in a 1 yard rushing touchdown to put the game out of sight. This was then successfully converted with a 3 yard pass to give the Pirates a 16 point lead.

This would turn out to be the final score of the game which meant that the Pirates won the game and now go top of the BAFANL (Junior) North One. The Wildcats next game will be away against the Newcastle Vikings on the 15th May where the Highlanders will be looking to turn their season around.

W L T PF PA
East Kilbride Pirates 1 0 0 24 8
Newcastle Vikings 0 0 0 0 0
Highland Wildcats 0 1 0 8 24

 

Team Statistics

Highland Wildcats East Kilbride Pirates
8 Score 24
50.49 (52/103) Possession 49.51 (51/103)
100 Rushing Yards 178
46 Passing Yards 40
1 Touchdowns 3
0 Safeties 1

 

Individual Statistics

Passing Statistics

Attempts Completions Yards TD/XP INT Passer Rating
Euan Crawford 18 7 46 1 1 43.995099

 

Rushing Statistics

Attempts Yards TD/XP
Mark Pyper 6 8 0/0
Stephen McMeechan 7 94 0/0
Paul Noble 5 1 0/0
Euan Crawford 3 4 0/0

 

Receiving Statistics

Attempts Yards TD/XP
Ryan Lee-Topp 4 23 0/0
Steven Shaw 1 3 0/1
Mark Pyper 1 14 1/0
Steven McMeechan 1 6 0/0

 

Defensive Statistics

ST AT Sacks Int Batt FUM C FUM R TD Safety
Alex Macpherson 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steven McMeechan 6 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Joshua  Fox 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Colin Hamilton 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Pyper 4 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Corin Robinson 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Haris Ryalls 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steven Shaw 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ally Gibson 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Euan Crawford 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grant McIver 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fergus  Macrae 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Coaching Staff Revealed

Article by Robbie Paulin…

COACHES 2016

We’re just about to get preparations started for our U19 2016 season this weekend so I wanted to take the time to reveal the new set up for the Highland Wildcats coaching staff for the upcoming season.

A lot of things are changing in 2016 and one big positive is that we will, for the first time ever, have a completely separate staff between U17 and U19. In previous seasons we have had to double up in some positions and found it to be really time consuming (not to mention exhausting) for the coaches.

My role in the Junior squad this year will be managing the team and also focusing on the individual development of players and the coaches. So I’d now like to congratulate James Hudson, who will be stepping into the role of head coach. I’m still going to be providing a lot of back up for him by taking on the vast majority of the admin and planning for the team (buses, funding, general admin, facility, registration, game day logistics etc) but I feel he is more than capable of taking on the role of head coach, running practices and making the important calls on gameday! I know he’s going to do a great job! James has been part of all of our Britbowl winning campaigns and also led the offense in the U19s last year to their first ever Scottish Championship. He recently passed his Level 2 BAFCA course and I’m confident he is ready to step into head coach.

I’m actually quite excited about being able to work more on the background operations but still keeping an active role in practice with the quarterbacks and also the individual goal setting and development with the players and staff.

We’ve got a lot of former players and coaches returning to the Junior staff as well, including Gary Davies, who was one of the original coaches of the organisation back in 2000 and was my offensive coordinator when I played Quarterback. Gary has also been involved in the Scotland Youth programme and will be taking charge of our offensive line at U19.

Craig Findlay will be making a return to help with offensive line and also coach the Defensive Line. Craig has seen success with the Wildcats as part of the Britbowl winning squad in 2011 and also went on to win two UK Championships with the University of Stirling Clansmen!

Also, joining us from the 2011 coaching staff is Liam MacKenzie, who has been with the Highland Wildcats since 2000. Liam will be heading up the Wildcats defense this year and will be taking his, near, 16 years of experience to the table.

Former Wildcats player, Shaun Matheson, will be involved in coaching too as well as two new assistant coaches, Tim Glews and Niall Martin. Tim has been a long time fan of the game and is now keen to get involved in his local side. Niall Martin played as part of the Scottish Championship squad last year and recently passed his BAFCA Level 1 and looking to get involved in coaching.

 

The Youth Highland Wildcats will be getting started shortly after the HACL in mid-March and sees a lot of new coaches stepping into various positions. I will be remaining as head coach along with Martin MacPherson as Development Coach. Chris Shaw will be stepping into Defensive Coordinator along with Haris Ryalls at Offensive Coordinator. I’m also really pleased that we will have Britbowl 2011 Champion Kyle Robertson joining us in the Spring Camp and throughout parts of the season. He always adds a massive boost of energy and a fresh eye to the campaign.

Many of the players that have been involved in the recent successful years will be passing on their knowledge and joining the coaching staff in 2016, including: Mark Pyper, Euan Crawford, Stephen McMeechan, Ally Gibson and Joshua Fox. I’ve been so impressed watching these guys coach during the HACL and really looking forward to working with them over the coming national season!

Ben Senior, who recently passed his BAFCA Level 1 course will also be joining our development staff this year for the Youth Wildcats as well as Daniel Woodley who works tirelessly behind the scenes at the Blitz on equipment and the facility itself. Daniel has passed his BAFCA Level 1 course a few years ago but this year has shown an interest in getting involved in coaching so this year will be working alongside our development … I’m hoping he’ll still be keen to keep up his other roles too as he does a lot to keep the club ticking over!

 

I’m really pleased with how the two staffs are coming together and looking forward to working with all of the new and old members! We will likely still be adding a few others over the season but as it stands I think we’ve got a group in place that can really push both teams forward and help them retain the success that they’ve seen in recent years.

Junior Coaching Staff

Manager/Player & Coach Development Robbie Paulin
Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator James Hudson
Defensive Coordinator Liam MacKenzie
Defensive Line Coach Craig Findlay
Offensive Line Coach Gary Davies
Defensive Back Coach Shaun Matheson
Assistant Coach Tim Glews
Assistant Coach Niall Martin

 

Youth Coaching Staff

Head Coach Robbie Paulin
Development Coach (Assistant HC) Martin MacPherson
Offensive Coordinator Haris Ryalls
Defensive Coordinator Chris Shaw
Offensive Line Coach Colin Hamilton
RB / LB Coach Mark Pyper
Quarterback Coach Euan Crawford
Defensive Line Coach Stephen McMeechan
Development Assistant Coach Daniel Woodley
Development Assistant Coach Ally Gibson
Development Assistant Coach Ben Senior
Development Assistant Coach Joshua Fox

Article by Robbie Paulin…

Pre-Season Skills Clinic

Article by Tom Green…

Highland Football Academy

Charleston Academy KnightsIn preparation for the Highland Wildcats and HACL 2016 seasons the organization held its annual skills clinic at the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall on Sunday the 13th December 2015. 65 players in total from around the 6 high school teams and the Junior Highland Wildcats turned up for the three hour event assisted by 12 coaches and 5 other volunteer staff.

The largest turnout from any of the HACL teams was 14 players from last year’s HACL finalists the Charleston Academy Knights who made up the second largest group at the clinic behind the Junior Highland Wildcats. As an added bonus every HACL team present at the clinic brought at least 5 players which is a huge success in itself.

During the clinic head coach Robbie Paulin introduced a new tackling technique for the 2016 season called Hawk tackling. The technique used in the NFL and by current BUCS Champions the Stirling Clansmen removes the head from American football tackling in order to reduce concussions which brings the sport more in line with the style of tackling used in Rugby Union. In order to train the players in the new techniques the Wildcats brought along two Shadowman tackling aids which gave the players the opportunity to practice tackling in a safe and enjoyable way alongside other drills.

 

Wildcats with Shadowman

Some of the Wildcats and HACL players trying out the new Shadowman Tackling Dummies. We also introduced Hawk Tackling for the first time. Still got a lot of work to do with the technique but the Shadowman is definitely helping!

Posted by Highland Wildcats on Monday, 14 December 2015

As well as the introduction of Hawk Tackling the players were put through their paces in a range of positional based drills in order to give those new to the sport an idea of where they would like to play in the upcoming season.

Scottish Champions

Article by Tom Green…

Highland Wildcats 54-8 Edinburgh Wolves

BAFANL U19 Scottish Championship

20/09/2015

Box Score

1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final Score
Highland Wildcats 18 22 8 6 54
Edinburgh Wolves 0 0 0 8 8

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

6-0 – Mark Pyper (5 yard Rush)

12-0 – Euan Crawford to Ewan Sime (28 Yard Pass)

18-0 – Euan Crawford (12 Yard Rush)

2nd Quarter

24-0 – Euan Crawford to Mark Pyper (18 Yard Pass)

30-0 – Haris Ryalls (Defensive Touchdown)

32-0 – Corin Robinson (2 Extra Points)

38-0 – Mark Pyper (5 Yard Rush)

40-0 – Euan Crawford (2 Extra Points)

3rd Quarter

46-0 – Euan Crawford to Declan Maclennan (42 Yard Pass)

48-0 – Euan Crawford to Erem Demirel (2 Extra Points)

4th Quarter

48-6 – Liam Brown (3 Yard Pass)

48-8 – EDINBURGH WOLVES (2 Extra Points)

54-8 – Haris Ryalls (Defensive Touchdown)

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On Sunday the Highland Wildcats defeated the Edinburgh Wolves 54-8 to win the U19 Scottish Championship at the Bught Stadium in Inverness. In doing so the Wildcats organisation as a whole achieved a clean sweep of Championships with both Wildcats teams clinching titles.

12022381_920160568020361_7761764215422959477_oUnlike in regular season games the pre game activities were a little different than normal. For a start both teams made team entrances. Also the national anthem was performed by local singer song writer Emma Mitchell.

The hosts started off with a strong drive by the Wildcats offense which culminated in Mark Pyper rushing 5 yards into the endzone for the opening touchdown of the game. The conversion attempt which followed was unsuccessful but it started off the onslaught.

The Wildcats defensive unit dominated the game early on. Defensive end Erem Demirel as a result of this recovered a fumble on only the second drive of the game to give the Wildcats the ball and the momentum.

Not long after the Wildcats doubled their lead when Euan Crawford threw a 28 yard passing touchdown to veteran receiver Ewan Sime. Unfortunately the extra point attempt after the play was incomplete.

Demirel then managed to recover yet another fumble shortly after the touchdown which put the Wolves straight back on the back foot.

Before the end of the first quarter Quarterback Euan Crawford scrambled out of the pocket and rushed 12 yards for a touchdown. The Extra Point attempt was no good but it meant that the Wildcats finished the quarter with a dominat 18 point lead.

At the start of the second quarter the Wildcats continued to score with Euan Crawford throwing an 18 yard passing touchdown to Mark Pyper.

The Wildcats didn’t have it all there own way in the second quarter as the Wolves defense rallied and DB Maldon Duck managed to get an interception.

Unfortunately for Edinburgh immediately after this Haris Ryalls got an interception which he took to the house for a touchdown. The Wildcats offense then managed to convert a touchdown for the first time in the game when Corin Robinson stepped up to score 2 Extra points. This increased the score to 32-0 to the home favourites.

12042986_920161471353604_8501269113521742292_nFollowing the touchdown the Wolves fumbled the ball once more and this time it was recovered by Stephen McMeechan. It then didn’t take long for the home team to use the possession as they scored another touchdown. This was scored by Mark Pyper on a 5 yard run. The touchdown was then converted by Euan Crawford who took the ball in to the endzone.

This was the final score of the half and the Wildcats were now 40-0 ahead.

During the half time break the youth Wildcats were presented with the Britbowl trophy and the MVP for the tournament (Stephen McMeechan) was awarded the Britbowl MVP. The presentation party for this included myself and Gary Lee representing the British American Football Association.

After the half time break the game started to tighten up as the Edinburgh Wolves defensive pack started to contain the Wildcats. They then started to make some big plays including an interception from Ross Hunter.

The Wolves couldn’t do much with the ball and this resulted in a quick series of downs and a punt. When the Wildcats got the ball they made the most of it and Euan Crawford stepped up and threw a 42 yard touchdown pass to receiver Declan Maclennan. The touchdown was then converted by Crawford once more who found Erem Demirel in the endzone.  This put the Wildcats 48-0 up going into the final quarter.

Now playing for pride the Edinburgh Wolves rallied once more and finally made a break through when QB Liam Brown scrambled for a 3 yard rushing touchdown. This was then converted leaving the score at 48-8.

The Wildcats defense then sealed the Wolves fate when Haris Ryalls once more intercepted Brown before taking it into the endzone for another pick six. This left the score at final whistle 54-8 to the Wildcats.

Immediately after the game Gary Lee (BAFA representative)  awarded the trophies to the Wildcats and Wolves. Quarterback Euan Crawford was selected as the MVP and was awarded a trophy of his own.

The new Blitz was then officially opened after the presentation by Graham Ross (councillor for Inverness West) to round off a great day for the Highland Wildcats.

Wildcats 40 – 0 Ravens

Article by Tom Green…

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Box Score

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
Highland Wildcats 26 0 14 0 40
Clackmannanshire Ravens 0 0 0 0 0

Score Summary

1st Quarter

6-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Stephen McMeechan (5 Yard Rush)

12-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Euan Crawford to Declan Maclennan (15 Yard Pass)

18-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Declan Maclennan (10 Yard Rush)

20-0 – EXTRA POINTS – Euan Crawford to Ewan Sime (3 Yard Pass)

26-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Alasdair Howie (Defensive Touchdown (Pick 6))

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

32-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Euan Crawford to Ewan Sime (28 Yard Pass)

34-0 – EXTRA POINTS – Euan Crawford to Ewan Sime (3 Yard Pass)

40-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Euan Crawford to Thomas Mackenzie (2 Yard Pass)

4th Quarter

 

The Highland Wildcats finished off the regular season undefeated after beating the Clackmannanshire Ravens 40-0 in a convincing victory. As a result of this win the Wildcats have qualified for the Scottish Championship game as they are the first seed in the Scottish League.

The Wildcats won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball. The drive was set up by Declan Maclennan who returned the opening kick-off for 35 yards. They made the most of it straight away as running back Stephen McMeechan ran in for a 5 yard touchdown. This was unconverted but it laid down the foundations for the rest of the game. On the following drive the Ravens offense was shut down by the experienced Wildcats defense.

They were then forced to punt the ball and it was returned 12 yards by Declan Maclennan to set up the Wildcats next drive. This time the Wildcats used the passing game which led to Euan Crawford throwing a 15 yard touchdown to receiver Declan Maclennan for his 12th passing touchdown of the season. This unfortunately was not converted but it put the hosts lead into double figures.

The Ravens still couldn’t overcome the Wildcats defense and were forced yet again to punt.

The Wildcats then continued to dominate the game and Maclennan trebled the Highlanders lead to 18 points after he ran in for a 10 yard rushing touchdown. This time the touchdown was converted as Euan Crawford managed to find wide receiver Ewan Sime on the end of a three yard touchdown pass.

The Wildcats defense still continued to dominate the game and managed to score a touchdown of their own when linebacker Alasdair Howie picked off a Ravens pass near mid field and rushed it in. The touchdown was sadly unconverted but it left the lead at 26-0 at the end of the quarter.

The Ravens offense continued to struggle but their defensive unit improved dramatically in the 2nd quarter with the Wildcats only managing to get short gains of yardage. The biggest Highland play of the quarter was a gritty 8 yard rush from Stephen McMeechan. Because of this the 2nd quarter remained scoreless throughout.

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After the half time break the Wildcats offensive unit managed to overcome the power of the Clackmannanshire defense. This resulted in another touchdown for the Highland team as Euan Crawford threw a spectacular 28 yard passing touchdown to veteran receiver Ewan Sime. This touchdown was converted by Crawford who passed it to Sime for a 3 yard pass.

Towards the end of the quarter the Wildcats managed to stretch their lead to 40 points as Euan Crawford threw a 2 yard touchdown pass to Thomas Mackenzie. This was Crawford’s 16th touchdown pass of the year which means he has broken the Wildcats single season passing touchdown record at junior level. The Previous record was held by Chris Shaw last year who threw 13 touchdown passes.

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Passing Statistics

ATT COMP Completion % Yards Yards/Attempt INT TD QB Rating
Euan Crawford 19 7 36.8 75 3.9 3 5 57.15

Rushing Statistics

Yards Yards/Attempt TD
Declan Maclennan 7 1.75 1
Stephen McMeechan 54 4.5 1
Paul Noble 17 5.6 0
Euan Crawford 27 5.4 0

Receiving Statistics

Yards Yards/Attempt Touchdowns
Erem Demirel 11 11 0
Ewan Sime 34 11.33 3
Declan Maclennan 15 15 1
Thomas Mackenzie 2 2 1
Niall Martin 13 13 0

Defensive Statistics

ST AT SACK INT BATT FC FR TD SAF
Cameron Payne 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Erem Demirel 3 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Chris Shaw 3 8 0 1 1 1 1 0 0
Ewan Sime 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
Niall Martin 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alasdair Howie 5 4 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
Haris Ryalls 4 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Stig McArthur 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Lee-Topp 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nathan Ross 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Declan Maclennan 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stephen McMeechan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joshua Fox 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Alec McGee 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas Mackenzie 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Euan Crawford  2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Kick Off Statistics

Yards Yards/Attempt Longest Kick
Niall Martin 264 37.71 49

Punting Statistics

Yards Yards/Attempt Longest Punt
Niall Martin 123 30.75 35

Kick Off Return Statistics

Yards Yards/Attempt Touchdowns
Declan Maclennan 35 35 0

Punt Return Statistics

Yards Yards/Attempt Touchdowns
Declan Maclennan 31 15.5 0

Previous Results

East Kilbride Pirates 30-38 Edinburgh Wolves

Highland Wildcats 52-0 East Kilbride Pirates

Lanarkshire Longhorns 30-6 Clackmannanshire Ravens

Highland Wildcats 36-22 Clackmannanshire Ravens

Lanarkshire Longhorns 26-8 Edinburgh Wolves

Clackmannanshire Ravens 34-18 East Kilbride Pirates

Highland Wildcats 26-20 Lanarkshire Longhorns

Edinburgh Wolves 6-56 Highland Wildcats

East Kilbride Pirates 0-26 Highland Wildcats

Clackmannanshire Ravens 0-1 Lanarkshire Longhorns

Lanarkshire Longhorns 0-1 Edinburgh Wolves

Clackmannanshire Ravens 0-1 Edinburgh Wolves

 

League Table

P W L T PF PA
Highland Wildcats 6 6 0 0 236 48
Edinburgh Wolves 5 3 2 0 52 112
Lanarkshire Longhorns 4 2 2 0 76 40
Clackmannanshire Ravens 5 1 4 0 62 124
East Kilbride Pirates 4 0 4 0 48 150

Davie Grant #75

Yesterday saw Davie Grant’s last practice coaching with the Highland Wildcats. Tom Green has written a special article looking back on Davie’s involvement with the team:

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Player Profile

Name: Davie Grant

DOB: 6/11/1994 Position: NT/DT

Player Number:

#7 (2009)

#75 (2010-2013)

Playing Career:

Highland Wildcats (u17 Flag) 2009

Highland Wildcats (u17 Kitted) 2010-2011

Highland Wildcats (u19 Kitted) 2013

Personal Accolades:

Blitz Achievement Award 2013

Best Lineman 2013

FBU ALL EUROPE 2012

Best Defensive Lineman 2011

Most Improved Player 2010

Team Honors (As Player)

UK Championship (u17) 2011

Scottish Championship (u17) 2010, 2011

Team Honors (As Coach)

UK Championship (u17) 2014

Scottish Championship (u17) 2012-2015

Biography

Lineman Coach and former Highland Wildcats NT/DT has accepted an offer to go to Stirling University where he has the opportunity to play for the 2013 and 2014 BUCS National Champions the Stirling Clansmen. As a result of this he will be unable to coach the line for the Highland Wildcats through the 2015 post-season due to the Clansmen’s training regime. Here is his football story so far.

Davie Grant first joined the Highland Wildcats back in 2008 at the age of 14 as a junior flag football player. When he joined he wasn’t in the best physical shape and was struggling to make his way through practices. Despite this he helped the Wildcats reach their first Junior UK Championship final back in 2009 where they played the Coventry Bears in the final. The Wildcats won convincingly in a 53-0 rout and became UK Champions for the first time with the young Grant apart of the team.

The Year after Davie moved up the ranks into the under 17 kitted team where he developed his skills as a lineman. Over that season he gradually improved and started to become a dangerous defensive threat which helped the Wildcats win their first Scottish kitted championship in over 5 years. As a result of his growing ability he won the 2010 Blitz Award for the Most Improved Player.

In 2011 Davie became a truly extraordinary player for his age as he demolished every single Centre that had the misfortune of getting in his way. This helped the Wildcats finish the regular season 14-0-1. He then won his second UK championship and his last one as a player when the Highland side won a nail biting final against the Woodham Warriors where the Highlanders won 38-34. This was after trailing by 2 points with only six seconds to go. As a result for his hard work he won the Defensive Lineman of the year at the 2011 Blitz Awards.

In 2012 he was no longer eligible to play at youth level and as the senior team pulled out of the league he couldn’t play domestically. But instead of just simply quitting he became a part of the coaching staff and helped develop the next generation of linemen. In that same year was also selected for the Football University (FBU) Europe Select team after impressing the coaches down at the Stirling Camp in September that year. Whilst with FBU Europe he played at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas where he played against, the British Columbia.

He then played his last season with the Wildcats in 2013 with the newly formed u19 team where he continued to show off his ability at the 11 man game. Despite Davie’s best efforts the Wildcats couldn’t qualify for the post season as they finished the season on a 3-4-1 record but his impact was felt across the division. As a result of his performances throughout his career with the Highlanders he won two awards at the Blitz Awards which followed. The first he won was the Best Lineman for 2013 and his second award of the night was the Blitz Achievement Award for his years of service with the club. In 2014 he concentrated on coaching and won his first Britbowl title as a coach and helped the team retain the Scottish Championship for the 5th time in a row.

Comments and Other Stuff

On a personal note when I was playing for the Junior Wildcats last year I was struggling to find a position which suited me. This meant that I was training with nearly every single Wildcats coach last year. Despite his scary nature on the field, Davie always made sure that everyone who went on his line was pushed hard but would always help those who were struggling. He would often take me to the side and help me go through stances and moves when I was with the D-Line. Although I ended up playing Running Back I am happy that I had the opportunity to train under his wing.

Head Coach, Robbie Paulin commented, “I remember when I first saw Davie at Inverness High School when we delivered flag football sessions there. He took some convincing to come along but I knew the sport could help him a lot…and that we could benefit from having him part of the team. He wasn’t the best athlete and struggled physically at first but he is living proof that determination and hard work can achieve amazing results. He is one of the highest achievers we’ve ever had come through the Wildcats and beyond his playing, he’s been a valued member of my staff. I know he’ll go on to do great things and look forward to the last few games with him on our sideline going in to Britbowl and the Scottish Final for U19.”

Wildcats 26 – 0 Pirates

Article by Tom Green…

Highland Wildcats vs East Kilbride Pirates (1)

Box Score

1st Half 2nd Half Final Score
Highland Wildcats 20 6 26
East Kilbride Pirates 0 0 0

Scoring Summary

1st Half

6-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Euan Crawford to Ewan Sime (Passing Touchdown)

8-0 – EXTRA POINTS – Paul Noble (Rushing Touchdown)

14-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Declan Maclennan (Rushing Touchdown)

20-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Euan Crawford to Ewan Sime (Passing Touchdown)

2nd Half

26-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Euan Crawford to Declan Maclennan (Passing Touchdown)

The Highland Wildcats won their penultimate game of the regular season against the East Kilbride Pirates 26-0. As a result of this victory the junior Wildcats qualified for the U19 Scottish championship final. The Wildcats were the first team to score in the game when Euan Crawford threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Ewan Sime. After the touchdown Paul Noble rushed in to score a 2 point conversion to put the score up at 8-0. They then scored later on in the half when Declan Maclennan scored  the Wildcats second touchdown of the game and his 2nd rushing touchdown of the season. Unfortunately the touchdown was unconverted but it increased the home sides lead in the game.

Before the end of the half Euan Crawford threw another passing touchdown to Ewan Sime. This wasn’t converted but it left the score at 20-0 heading into the half time break. In the second half Euan Crawford threw a touchdown pass to Declan Maclennan to increase the play-off bound Wildcats lead to 26. Unfortunately this was the last touchdown of the game because the Pirates defense stepped up to the plate and shut down the Wildcats offense for the majority of the second half. However the Wildcats returned the favor by shutting out the Pirates offense. The final score was 26-0 to the Wildcats.

The next time the junior Wildcats will be in action will be on the 26th July when they will play the Clackmannanshire Ravens at Bught Park.

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

League Standings

Team P W L T PF PA
HIGHLAND WILDCATS 5 5 0 0 196 48
LANARKSHIRE LONGHORNS 3 2 1 0 76 40
CLACKMANNANSHIRE RAVENS 3 1 2 0 62 84
EDINBURGH WOLVES 3 1 2 0 52 112
EAST KILBRIDE PIRATES 4 0 4 0 48 150

Wildcats 56 – 6 Wolves

Article by Tom Green…

WOLVES HOME GAME

Box Score

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
Highland Wildcats 12 14 16 14 56
Edinburgh Wolves 0 0 0 6 6

Score Summary

1st Quarter

6-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Euan Crawford to Erem Demirel (13 Yard Pass)

12-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Erem Demirel (Defensive Touchdown)

2nd Quarter

18-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Declan Maclennan (59 Yard Rush)

20-0 – EXTRA POINTS – Seumas Ross (3 Yard Rush)

26-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Seumas Ross (1 Yard Rush)

3rd Quarter

32-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Seumas Ross (1 Yard Rush)

34-0 – EXTRA POINTS – Euan Crawford (3 Yard Rush)

40-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Paul Noble (14 Yard Rush)

42-0 – EXTRA POINTS – Euan Crawford to Ryan Lee-Topp (3 Yard Pass)

4th Quarter

48-0 – TOUCHDOWN – Paul Noble (22 Yard Rush)

48-6 – TOUCHDOWN – EDINBURGH WOLVES

54-6 – TOUCHDOWN – Alasdair Howie (3 Yard Rush)

56-6 – EXTRA POINTS – Euan Crawford to Ewan Sime (3 Yard Pass)

The Highland Wildcats went into their opening home game of the season after an unprecedented 3 out of 3 victories away, including a 26-20 victory over last years champions (Lanarkshire Longhorns). Edinburgh on the other hand went in to the game with just 1 win in 2 and their chances of qualifying for the championship game in the balance.

The first quarter was a tightly contested affair with only two touchdowns in it and both of them were scored by the Wildcats. The first was a 13 yard touchdown pass from Euan Crawford to tight end Erem Demirel. This sadly was unconverted. The second of the 1st Quarter touchdowns was scored on defense by Demirel again. This left the score at the end of the quarter at 12-0.

The Invernessian’s continued their dominance of the first half with two more touchdowns. The first of them was scored when running back Declan Maclennan rushed in for a 59 yard touchdown (which is the second longest rushing touchdown of the season so far). This touchdown was converted by fellow running back Seumas Ross to leave the score at 20-0 to the hosts. The last touchdown of the half was scored towards the end of the half after a long drive which resulted in Seumas Ross running in from 1 yard  out giving him his 5th touchdown of the season. This left the score at 26-0 at half tie to the Highlanders.

Unlike in the Longhorns game the Wildcats did not concede any touchdowns in the 3rd quarter and increased the comfort-ability of their lead. The first Wildcats touchdown of the quarter was scored by Seumas Ross who rushed in for another 1 yard touchdown. This was then converted by Quarterback Euan Crawford who rushed 3 yards for the extra points. The final touchdown of the quarter was scored by rookie running back Paul Noble who rushed it in for a 14 yard rushing touchdown. This was then converted by Euan Crawford who threw in a three yard pass to rookie receiver Ryan Lee-Topp to leave the score at 42-0 to the league leaders.

The final quarter started off in the same way as all the other quarters with a Wildcats touchdown. This was scored by Paul Noble who rushed past the Wolves defense for a 22 yard touchdown. This was unconverted but at this point of the game it didn’t really matter. The Wolves didn’t leave the Highland capital scoreless though as they managed to get a touchdown of their own after a huge play from their special teams unit. After this minor set back the Wildcats scored their final touchdown of the game. The scorer of the touchdown was Alasdair Howie who rushed in for a 3 yard touchdown and this was subsequently converted by Crawford who found Ewan Sime for a 3 yard extra points pass. The final whistle then and the Wildcats won 56-6.

The defensive unit was strong throughout the game and there were several standout defensive performances throughout and here is a couple of them. Mark Pyper was domineering on defense all day and recorded a staggering 13 tackles in total (1 solo and 12 assisted) as well as an interception. He was right in the heart of the action. Another performance to be mentioned has to be Haris Ryalls who recorded 12 tackles and an interception.

Passing Statistics

Player Attempts Completions Completion % Yards Interceptions Touchdowns Passer Rating
Euan Crawford 17 7 41.17647059 80 0 3 56.59313725
Seumas Ross 2 1 50 30 0 0 106.25

Rushing Statistics

Yards Yards/Attempt Touchdowns
Declan Maclennan 117 23.4 1
Paul Noble 43 7.166666667 2
Chris Shaw 5 5 0
Alasdair Howie 9 4.5 1
Euan Crawford 8 2.666666667 1
Seumas Ross 13 1.444444444 3
Mark Pyper -1 -0.33333333 0

Receiving Statistics

Yards Yards/Attempt Touchdowns
Declan Maclennan 48 16 1
Erem Demirel 13 13 1
Ewan Sime 25 12.5 1
Ryan Lee-Topp 3 3 1

Defensive Statistics

Player Solo Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Interceptions Batt Downs Fumbles Forced Fumbles Recovered TD Safeties
Ewan Sime 1 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Niall Martin 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Pyper 1 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Haris Ryalls 12 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Erem Demirel 3 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 0
Chris Shaw 5 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stephen McMeechan 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Cameron Payne 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Stig McArthur 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Nathan Ross 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Loudon Wheeler 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alasdair Howie 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joshua Fox 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mattie Reffin 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas Mackenzie 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Kicking Statistics

Yards Yards/Attempts Longest Kick
Mattie Reffin 415 51.875 65

Punting Statistics 

Yards Yards/Attempt Longest Punt
Seumas Ross 190 38 50

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

League Table

Team P W L T PF PA
HIGHLAND WILDCATS 4 4 0 0 170 48
LANARKSHIRE LONGHORNS 3 2 1 0 76 40
CLACKMANNANSHIRE RAVENS 3 1 2 0 62 84
EDINBURGH WOLVES 3 1 2 0 52 112
EAST KILBRIDE PIRATES 3 0 3 0 48 124

Close-Fought Victory

HIGHLAND WILDCATS 26-20 LANARKSHIRE LONGHORNS

Article by Tom Green…

Beltane Park, Wishaw

post game longhorns

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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