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Exiles Splash Against Cardinals

Ipswich Cardinals 0 - 74 Kent Exiles

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19-08-2014

The Kent Exiles hosted the Ipswich Cardinals on Sunday, improving on last week's rout to win by 74-0.
The 1st quarter saw the Exiles get out of the starting blocks quickly with an 11 yard rushing touchdown by running back Dan Exell. Ashley Faiers added the first of eight extra points,  a team record.

Quarterback Zac Ritchie threw scores to Receivers Yazid Garba and Dean Leander, who dived spectacularly to grab the pass and score. The defence also contributed with a Neil Cooper sack, forcing a fumble that was recovered by lineman Lewis Whitcombe.

21 more points followed in the second quarter with a Dan Exell run from 31 yards out, an amazing 97 yard sprint from fellow running back Tobi Makinde and an excellent display of awareness by Jay Henderson, who recovered a fumbled Ipswich kick return for a score.

Leander also followed up on his work on offence with a bone-crunching special teams tackle and a fumble recovery.
There was no let-up in the 3rd quarter with scores by Exell and Garba, leaving the score at 55-0 going into the 4th.
Exell's 4th touchdown,  from 73 yards out, was followed by scores from Makinde and receiver Sam Johnson, leaving Quarterback Ritchie with 4 touchdown passes. The Exiles finished the game with an amazing 388 yards on the ground.

The defence also contributed massively to the win by forcing Cardinals turnovers (including a spectacular 41 yard interception return by Carl Cahoon) and restricting Ipswich to 150 yards offence.

The win leaves the Exiles with a credible 7 and 3 record and looking in good shape for next year.

After the game,  Head Coach Tony Bainbridge and several players were treated to several buckets of ice water being thrown over them. This was inspired by an American campaign to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease and all NFL teams have taken part in the challenge. It is hoped that the Watford Cheetahs coaches will accept the gauntlet thrown down by Coach Bainbridge and take part in the campaign.

 

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