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

Wildcats 36 – 22 Ravens

Article by Tom Green…

Box Score

  1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
Highland Wildcats 8 20 8 0 36
Clackmannanshire Ravens 0 8 14 0 22

 

Score Summary

1ST Quarter

6-0 – HIG – Erem Demirel (Defensive TOUCHDOWN)

8-0 – HIG – Chris Shaw (3 Yard Rush EXTRA POINTS)

2ND Quarter

14-0 – HIG – Seumas Ross (61 Yard Rushing TOUCHDOWN)

16-0 – HIG – Euan Crawford to Ewan Sime (3 Yard Passing EXTRA POINTS)

22-0 – HIG – Chris Shaw to Erem Demirel (21 Yard Passing TOUCHDOWN)

28-0 – HIG – Mark Pyper (35 Yard Punt Return TOUCHDOWN)

28-6 – CLA – Clackmannanshire Ravens (Rushing TOUCHDOWN)

28-8 – CLA – Clackmannanshire Ravens (Passing EXTRA POINTS)

3RD Quarter

28-10 – CLA – Clackmannanshire Ravens (SAFETY)

28-16 – CLA – Clackmannanshire Ravens (Rushing TOUCHDOWN)

36-16 – HIG – Euan Crawford to Erem Demirel (15 Yard Passing TOUCHDOWN)

36-22 – CLA – Clackmannanshire Ravens (Passing TOUCHDOWN)

4TH Quarter

No Scorers

Last Sunday the Highland Wildcats travelled to Fishcross to play the Clackmannanshire Ravens in their second game of the 2015 U19 Scottish championship. Last season when these teams met at Bught Park the Wildcats won 72-0.

The visitors opened the game strongly on defense scoring on the opening play of the game when Erem Demirel recovered a fumble for a defensive touchdown. On the extra point attempt QB Chris Shaw rushed the three yards required and put the score at 8-0. The Wildcats defense on their second play of the game then caused another fumble but this time the Ravens recovered the ball. Both sides defensive units then cancelled out each others offenses for the rest of the quarter.

The Wildcats offense did however manage to overcome the strong challenge from the Ravens defense in the second quarter with three unanswered touchdowns. The first was scored when Seumas Ross broke past the Ravens secondary to score a 61 Yard rushing touchdown. The extra point attempt was then converted when Euan Crawford passed the ball 3 yards to Ewan Sime.

The second was scored when Chris Shaw found Erem Demirel in space to score a 21 yard passing touchdown. The extra point attempt was no good but Mark Pyper managed to score his first touchdown of the season with a hard worked 35 yard punt return, giving the Wildcats a 28 point lead.

The Wildcats defense was plagued with penalties towards the end of the half and managed to break through the dominant Highland defense with a touchdown and set of extra points bringing the score to 28-8 at halftime.

The momentum of the game after the first Ravens touchdown changed and they started to make some serious progress. First they managed to get a safety after one of the Wildcats held a Raven’s player in their own endzone. They could have then scored immediately afterwards on the next drive but a strong defensive performance from Jordan Anderson at LB stopped that.

The Ravens eventually get their second touchdown in the quarter with a rushing touchdown. Unfortunately for Clackmannanshire the extra point attempt was no good. The Wildcats then fought back to stem the tide and were rewarded when Crawford found Demirel to score a 15 yard passing touchdown. Following another 50 yards plus in penalties, the Ravens then scored again with a passing touchdown of their own. It was unconverted.

The fourth quarter was a real defensive battle for both sides. The Wildcats linebacker core wouldn’t relent and delivered several big blows to stop the Ravens. The final score was 36-22 to the Wildcats.

Head Coach, Robbie Paulin, commented, “There was a massive improvement in the Raven’s from last year. It was a bit of a frustrating game for us. Our defense played outstandingly well, despite them scoring 22 points on us. We absolutely killed ourselves on penalties. Throughout most of the game we stopped their offense 4 and out (negating penalties). We even made two goal line stops. But if you give up around 50 yards in penalties on each drive, you can’t expect to stop them. But we’ve learned a lot from it. Our offense also struggled to get established throughout the game and when we did get some breaks, once again, we tripped ourselves up with penalties or mistakes. We’re happy to come away with, what is still, a convincing win, and the game has given us a lot to work on.”

Statistics

Passing Statistics

Player Attempts Completions Completion % Yards Interceptions Touchdowns Passer Rating
Chris Shaw 5 3 60 89 0 1 126.9
Euan Crawford 5 2 40 21 1 1 53.5

 

Rushing Statistics

Player Attempts Yards Yards/Attempt Touchdowns
Mark Pyper 4 5 1.25 0
Seumas Ross 8 122 15.25 1
Declan Maclennan 3 23 7.66 0
Chris Shaw 4 26 6.50 0

 

Receiving Statistics

Player Catches Yards Yards/Attempt Touchdowns
Ewan Sime 1 3 3 0
Erem Demirel 3 39 13 2
Ryan Lee-Topp 1 68 68 0

 

Defensive Statistics

Player Solo Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Interceptions Batt Downs Fumbles Forced Fumbles Recovered TD Safeties
Erem Demirel 3 4 2 0 0 1 1 1 0
Jordan Anderson 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Pyper 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ewan Sime 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Nathan Ross 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stephen Mcmeechan 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Fergus Mackenzie 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Niall Martin 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Haris Ryalls 4 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
Grant McIver 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Kicking Statistics

Player Yards Yards/Attempt Longest Kick
Mattie Reffin 290 41.4 50

 

Punting Statistics

Player Yards Yards/Attempt Longest Punt
Mattie Reffin 53 17.66 28

 

Returning Statistics

Player Yards Yards/Attempt Touchdowns
Mark Pyper 35 35 1

 

Previous Results

East Kilbride Pirates 30-38 Edinburgh Wolves

Highland Wildcats 52-0 East Kilbride Pirates

Lanarkshire Longhorns 30-6 Clackmannanshire Ravens

League Table

Team P W L T PF PA
HIGHLAND WILDCATS 2 2 0 0 88 22
LANARKSHIRE LONGHORNS 1 1 0 0 30 6
EDINBURGH WOLVES 1 1 0 0 38 30
CLACKMANNANSHIRE RAVENS 2 0 2 0 28 42
EAST KILBRIDE PIRATES 2 0 2 0 30 90

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