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Turnovers Prove The Difference In Defeat: Kent Exiles 2-20 Southern Sundevils


The Exiles faced a tough welcome to top flight football in a well drilled and tough Sundevils team, and it was the turnover battle that was to decide the outcome. The game started badly, as the Exiles perennial nemesis Jon Wyse returned the opening kick-off 71 yards for the score, and an early 6-0 lead. The Exiles fought back though, and good defensive pressure from Aaron Alexis and Paul Clayborn forced the Sundevils quarterback to throw a fumbled snap out of the back of own endzone for the safety, and a 6-2 score. That was to be it for the Exiles though, as despite out gaining their opponents by 231 yards to 189 yards on the day, fumbles and dropped passes at key points stalled several drives, and kept the Sundevils offence on the field. The second quarter saw the Sundevils extend their lead on a 34 yard pass from Justin Despotakis to that man Wyse again, and this time the extra point was good for a 13-2 lead. Then as the half ended, another Exile fumble allowed Despotakis to find his twin brother Brandow with a 2 yard pass. The extra point was again good, and the Sundevils led 20-2 at the half. A stern half time talk from Head Coach James Mitchell, and some adjustments to the offence, seemed to make a difference in the second half as the Exiles moved the ball more easily, and held the Sundevils offence to minimal gains for much of the half, despite not finding the endzone themselves, the Exiles did make the redzone on three separate occasions before the Sundevils defence stiffened.. Following the game the 100 strong crowd enjoyed the sound of local band ‘Elephant Head’, and tucked into the bar-b-q, whilst the teams thoughts turned to the trip to the PA Knights the following weekend. After the game Coach Clement commented “It was a tough baptism, but overall we held our own, and proved that we could play at this higher level. It will be interesting to see what happens when we play one of our division 1a opponents” Full details of the Exiles upcoming season can be found by logging onto the clubs website [b:12e5c2c38f]Game Most Valuable Players[/b:12e5c2c38f] Offence – Stewart Muir Defence – Paul Samartin Special Teams – Sean Starwind [b:12e5c2c38f]Selected Game Statistics[/b:12e5c2c38f] Passing Mat Duncan - 9 of 25 for 81 yards, 1 int Rushing Stewart Muir – 18 for 90 yards Glen Boyle – 5 for 40 yards Alan Hands – 4 for 16 yards Receiving Anthony Richards – 2 for 22 yards Martin Jefkins – 2 for 19 yards Alex Campbell – 1 for 19 yards Defence Paul Samartin – 13 tackles Aaron Alexis – 6 tackles Steve Collison – 5 tackles Alex Campbell – 5 tackles 1 int for 12 yards Lloyd Giscombe – 1 int

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