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Exiles lose in Semi Final clash; Coventry Jets 63-18 Kent Exiles


[right=Stewart Muir finds the hole for some yards][/right]Coventry Jets 63-18 Kent Exiles The Exiles crashed out of the BAFL semi finals yesterday to a strong Coventry side. For the second year in succession it was some huge special team’s play that really made the difference between the two sides. Coventry have been the hot favorites to win the finals all year after making some huge player signings during the off season, and securing a major sponsorship deal, before recording an unbeaten season in the Northern conference beating all comers. So the Exiles can take heart at scoring more points than any team against them, and giving them their hardest game of the year so far. The Jets jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead, as import quarterback Joe Wright found Mark Cohen from 28 yards, and then Jeremy Simms from 25 yards. Steve Coles added the third score on a 4 yard run, The Exiles then found some rhythm. Quarterback Matt Duncan hit Martin Jefkins on three consecutive pass completions, before Anthony Richards grabbed a 1 yard pass for the touchdown, and the Exiles were on the board. The Jets then grabbed the initiative back as Mike Dunson returned the blocked point after attempt for 2 points. Despite moving the ball well on offence, the Exiles defence found it hard to suppress the potent Jets offence, which scored once more, on a 9 yard pass from Wright to Simms again, to make it 29-6 at half time. The Exiles came out looking to make a game of it, and immediately drove 80 yards down the field behind more good passing from Duncan to Jefkins, Richards and Sean Starwind, before he found Eddie Gray from 2 yards out for the Exiles second score. But then it was to be Jeremy Simms who repeated the Jets knack of returning kick-offs, this year from 74 yards too strike back immediately. Once again The Exiles rallied, with a quick drive culminating in Gray’s second touchdown, a great catch from a Duncan throw, and then outpacing the entire Jets defence and a 70 yard score. But the end of the third period saw Simms again step up, this time returning a punt for a 43 yard score, and effectively ending the Exiles hopes at 43-18. The fourth quarter saw the Jets run up three more scores, as Anthony Perkins ran in from 1 yard, Carter ran in from 2 yards and then Parm Sidhu returned a Joel Grundy interception 28 yards, as the Exiles gave their entire squad a run out in the big game. Following the game Exiles Head Coach James Mitchell commented, “The scoreline does not say it all, we played what many people believe to be the best team in the UK today, and showed that we could move the ball and score on them, something no-one else has done this season”. The Exiles now have a break before next season starts, but are continuing training throughout the winter and would welcome anybody wanting to try the game to contact the team via their website [right=The Exiles had some fantastic fans all through the season][/right]Game MVP’s Offence – Eddie Gray, Wide Receiver Defence – Aaron Alexis, Linebacker Special Teams – Sean Starwind, Wide Receiver Selected Game Stats Passing Matt Duncan – 10 of 23 for 152 yards, 3 TD’s Rushing Stewart Muir – 9 for 26 yards Glen Boyle – 1 for 5 yards Lee Nash – 2 for 4 yards Receiving Martin Jefkins – 4 for 51 yards Eddie Gray – 3 for 79 yards, 2 TD’s Anthony Richards – 2 for 12 yards, 1 TD Defence Paul Samartin – 8 tackles Aaron Alexis – 7 tackles Paul Clayborn – 6 tackles Eddie Gray – 5 tackles 1 int Mark Vickers – 5 tackles Scott Lawrence – 4 tackles Gary Ead – 3 tackles 1 blocked PAT

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