GAME OF THE WEEK
Dragons 14 - 38 Hawks
In excess of ten years of playing experience and a BUCS National Championship between the Dragons Head Coaches Dale Bottomley and Andy Fraser count for little when you are competing in the white hot cauldron of the UFL. Especially when you are facing a Hawks team led by the sophomore coaching combination of Jason Shaw and Chris Jones. Their experience was the edge today with two very equally matched sides.
The controversial piloting of a Challenge Flag system (courtesy of the Oldcorn family) with the officials proved to be one such example of rookie errors, but more on that later.
The game was ding dong for most of the first half, The Hawks won the toss but elected to defer their options, giving the ball to the Dragons and they scored within four plays, with QB Krishan Johnson finding Elliott Duffey in the end zone from 12 yards out and a 6-0 lead. But on the very next play a hand off to the Hawks RB Panashe Gaihai saw him scamper the full length of the field off the right edge of the offensive line and Matty Cooper threw to Panashe to give them a 6-7 lead. Back came the Dragons with a long drive capped by a 2 yard Johnson to Duffey completion to make it 12-7.
Groundhog day..... Panashe run to score, Matty to Panashe for the PAT and it was 12-14 and with that the last time we saw a Dragons offensive score. Two Oscar O'Connor pick sixes before half time brought the scoring to an end for the half and gifted the Hawks a 12-26 lead. But with the clock ticking down and the Dragons out of timeouts a bizarre set of events saw the Dragons HC Dale Bottomley throw a challenge flag - on where the ball was marked! - and the referee took a very stern view of it, assessing a 10 second clock run off and the half ended with the large crowd in a state of confusion.
A scrappy second half saw fewer scores, with Kallum Shaw running the length of the field to score for the Hawks, but on the extra point try Elliott Duffey stepped into the path of the pass and ran the length of the field for a 2 point pick off. A trademark Panashe mazy run finished off the scoring with a 14-38 win for the Hawks.
MVPs - For the Hawks, Panashe was "unplayable" according to HC Jason Shaw. For the Dragons, their pick was Elliott Duffey.
Wolf Pack 21 - 0 Mavericks
A one sided game saw the Wolf Pack overpower the Mavericks, the scoring opened with Owen Yarwood connecting with Issac Oldcorn with Issac converting to make it 7-0 after a pass was broken up on fourth down by Xavier Richards on 4th down, a pass by Owen to Joe McDonagh made it 13-0 at the half.
Joe McDonagh scored in the second half and a Joe to Xavier pass for the 2pat completed the scoring to make it 21-0 to the Pack at the end.
MVPs - For the Pack, Dan Cook and for the Mavericks, Luis Shipley.