HACL Results: Sharks 40-41 Preds

Sharks 40-41 Predators

Article by Tom Green…

Box Score

  1st Half 2nd Half Final Score
IRA Sharks 18 22 40
IHS/Culloden Predators 21 20 41

 

Scoring Summary

 

Predators

Rory Grant – 5 Touchdowns, 1 Defensive Touchdown, 2 XP

Efem Demirel – 2 XP

Craig Ross – 1 XP

 

Sharks 

Ehren Harvey – 2 Touchdowns

Ben Sandever – 1 Touchdown, 1 Safety

Wiktor Maziak – 2 Touchdowns

David Murray – 1 Touchdown

Lewis Robertson – 1 Touchdown

 

The Highland Academy Community League kicked off last Saturday with a bang as the Inverness Predators defeated the Inverness Royal Academy Sharks 41-40. This was the highest scoring game in HACL history and the 6th time the Inverness Royal Academy Sharks have been involved in a 60+ point game. The game was also a tightly fought affair which came down to the final play of the game.

The Predators offensive unit had a strong first half which allowed Rory Grant (Predators) to score 3 touchdowns and two extra points. The other extra point in the half was scored by Craig Ross. In previous years this would have signalled disaster for the Sharks but the team has made noticeable improvements in the preseason which resulted in them scoring 18 points in the first half. Ehren Harvey scored 2 touchdowns and the other Sharks touchdown was scored by Ben Sandever. Unfortunately, for the Sharks, they were unable to convert their touchdowns which would turn out to be the difference between the two teams.

In the second half, Rory Grant scored 3 more touchdowns for the Predators including one resulting from a fumble. This was his 6th touchdown of the game and his 38th point of the campaign. To put this achievement into perspective he scored more points in this single game than the current HACL champions (the Black Isle Stags) did throughout the 1st week of the season. The other Predators points of the half were from by Efem Demirel who scored on a two point conversion.

The Sharks continued to put points on the board in the second half and ended up scoring 22 points. Most of the points in this half were scored by Running back Wiktor Maziak who racked up 2 touchdowns in his HACL debut. Lewis Robertson and David Murray also scored an offensive touchdown. The Sharks defense performed well in the second half which allowed Ben Sandever to score a safety.

The game went down to the final drive as the Sharks narrowed the Predators lead to just one point when David Murray (Sharks) scored his first touchdown of the 2017 campaign. The Sharks then attempted a 2pt conversion to win the game. The Predators defense successfully prevented the Sharks from scoring to win their first game of the season.

 

Highest Scoring HACL games

  1. Inverness Royal Academy Sharks 40-41 IHS/Culloden Predators (2017)
  2. Culloden Academy Raptors 28-50 Inverness Royal Academy Sharks (2015)

(This game was forfeited by the Sharks prior to the kickoff.)

  1. Inverness Royal Academy Sharks 0-73 Millburn Academy Eagles (2014)
  2. Inverness Royal Academy Sharks 6-64 Black Isle Stags (2016)
  3. Inverness Royal Academy Sharks 0-70 Inverness High School Predators
  4. Black Isle Stags 68-0 Culloden Academy Raptors (2015)
  5. Inverness High School Predators 55-12 Inverness Royal Academy Sharks (2014)
  6. Inverness High School Predators 39-26 Charleston Academy Knights (2015)
  7. Inverness High School Predators 50-12 Millburn Academy Eagles (2017)
  8. Charleston Academy Knights 35-26 Culloden Academy Raptors (2015)

HACL Preview: Stags

Black Isle Stags: 2017 Preview

Article by Tom Green…

Head Coach: Martin Macpherson

2016 record: 6-2

Highest Finish: Champions (2016)

Photo by Scott MacDonald

The Black Isle Stags have been one of the great success stories of the HACL who went from development status in 2014 to winning the league 2 years later. The Stags will be aiming to defend the Highland Bowl this year which would make them the first team to successfully defend the title. The Stags have been able to retain the majority of last year’s starters and are one of the most experienced team in terms of game time (HACL and Wildcats).

The team is also coming off their most successful ever season by qualifying for their first Highland Bowl game where they defeated the high-flying Charleston Academy Knights. It will be difficult for the Stags to improve on their 2016 performance but they will be a team to keep an eye on as they have a lot of talent on their roster and will be on the hunt for a perfect regular season.

The new playoff structure which is being implemented this year will also be a significant factor in this years HACL. The league have introduced semi-finals to the playoff which will allow for the 3rd and 4th ranked teams in the league to compete for the Highland Bowl. This wouldn’t have been an issue for the Stags last year as they achieved a perfect season but it could be important this year with the improvements made by other teams in the league.

 

Previous Seasons

Record Position
2014 DEV N/A
2015 4-4 4th
2016 6-2 1st

 

Schedule

Week 1

STAGS vs Eagles

STAGS vs Knights

 

Week 2

STAGS vs Sharks

STAGS vs Predators

 

Week 3

STAGS vs Sharks

STAGS vs Eagles

HACL Preview: Predators

The Predators: 2017 Preview

Article by Tom Green…

Head Coach: Colin Hamilton

2016 record: 1-7

Highest Finish: Champions (2015)

Inverness High School Predators

Photo by Scott MacDonald

The Predators won the HACL in 2015 and after a year of rebuilding are now in a better position to fight for a HACL title. This season the Inverness High School Predators have merged with the Culloden Academy Raptors after a difficult year in terms of recruitment to form a far more competitive team that has a chance of doing well in this season’s HACL.

The team is also coming off their most challenging season to date after losing a lot of key players from the 2015 team and dealing with a highly improved Inverness Royal Academy Sharks team. One of the advantages of having such a difficult season is that the team have a chance to improve by a huge margin and compete with a playoff spot as a result of taking on experienced talent from the Raptors.

The new playoff structure which is being implemented this year will also be a significant factor in this years HACL. The league have introduced semi-finals to the playoff which will allow for the 3rd and 4th ranked teams in the league to compete for the Highland Bowl. Last season the Predators and the Raptors failed to qualify for the playoffs but in this new system the teams would have had more motivation in the latter weeks of the season.

 

Previous Seasons

Record Position
2014 4-4 3rd
2015 7-1 1st
2016 1-7 6th

 

Schedule

Week 1

PREDATORS vs Sharks

PREDATORS vs Eagles

 

Week 2

PREDATORS vs Knights

PREDATORS vs Stags

 

Week 3

PREDATORS vs Knights

PREDATORS vs Sharks

HACL Preview: Eagles

Millburn Academy Eagles: 2017 Preview

Article by Tom Green…

Head Coach: Ally Gibson

2016 record: 5-3

Highest Finish: Champions (2014)

Millburn Academy Eagles

Photo by Scott MacDonald

The Millburn Academy Eagles are looking to be the first team in HACL history to win the Highland Bowl twice as they go into the 2017 season. The Eagles had one of the most successful recruitment drives in the league and have had the highest turnouts to combined practices in the HACL. As a result of this, the Eagles are one of the largest teams in this year’s HACL. The squad has a lot of rookie players alongside veteran players including 2016 youth MVP Alex Roberts

The Eagles have been the most consistent team in HACL history by achieving a 5-3 record every single season since the league’s inception in 2014. Unfortunately, this regular season phenomenon will end due to the restructuring of the league. The Eagles have always been in the playoff hunt under James Hudson and it will be interesting to see which direction coach Ally Gibson goes to give the Eagles another chance of HACL glory.

The new playoff structure which is being implemented this year will also be a significant factor in this years HACL. The league have introduced semi-finals to the playoff which will allow for the 3rd and 4th ranked teams in the league to compete for the Highland Bowl. If this system was implemented last season the Eagles would have been participating in the post season.

 

Previous Seasons

Record Position
2014 5-3 1st
2015 5-3 3rd
2016 5-3 3rd

 

Schedule

Week 1

EAGLES vs Stags

EAGLES vs Predators

 

Week 2

EAGLES vs Sharks

EAGLES vs Knights

 

Week 3

EAGLES vs Stags

EAGLES vs Knights

HACL Preview: Knights

Charleston Academy Knights: 2017 Preview

Article by Tom Green…

Head Coach: Ben Senior

2016 record: 8-0

Highest Finish: 2nd (2015 & 2016)

Charleston Academy Knights

Last season the Charleston Academy Knights finished the regular season with a perfect 8-0 record before being defeated by the Black Isle Stags in the Highland Bowl. The Knights are the only team in HACL history to qualify for multiple Highland Bowls and will be looking to win the game at the third time of asking. The Knights lost many key players from their 2016 campaign but despite this they were able to recruit a new team with a lot of potential.

The team are also coming off their most successful ever season where they dominated the regular season to become only the second team in HACL history to achieve a perfect regular season (the first was achieved by the Culloden Academy Raptors in 2014). It will be difficult for the Knights to improve on their 2016 performance but it would be foolish to rule out a team who have been one of the most successful franchises in HACL history.

The new playoff structure which is being implemented this year will also be a significant factor in this years HACL. The league have introduced semi-finals to the playoff which will allow for the 3rd and 4th ranked teams in the league to compete for the Highland Bowl. This wouldn’t have been an issue for the Knights last year as they achieved a perfect season but it could be important this year with the improvements made by other teams in the league.

 

Previous Seasons

Record Position
2014 3-5 4th*
2015 6-2 2nd
2016 8-0 2nd

 

Schedule

Week 1

KNIGHTS vs Stags

KNIGHTS vs Sharks

 

Week 2

KNIGHTS vs Predators

KNIGHTS vs Eagles

 

Week 3

KNIGHTS vs Predators

KNIGHTS vs Eagles

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