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Knights Conquer Exiles U19's

28-07-2017

The Exiles traveled away to take on the Farnham Knights, poised at .500 this game would pivotal in determining the remainder of the Exiles season.

Whether it was a symptom of the summer holidays or an indicator of the worrying state currently in The Under 19 game both sides had less than 20 players each at the start of what would be a physical fixture hampered by injuries.

The Exiles defence started out strong seemingly forcing a 3 and out on the opening drive but a botched snap on the punt allowed the punter to extend the drive for the Knights although they still had to punt just 4 plays later. On the Exiles’ first drive it seemed the offence was heading for a 3 and out when running back Prince Wynter caught a check down pass from quarterback Joe Bennett at the 50-yard line but he ran around the edge of the Knights defence taking the ball all the way for a touchdown; he was led by great blocking in front by Regan Alexis, one the 4 players who played both offense and defence due to the low numbers the others being Cameron Douglas, Joshua Quartey and Hamish Elliott.

The kick off that followed resulted in the Knights starting from their own 1 yard line and on the first play Theo Alexis blitzed round the edge tackling the running back for a safety and the Exiles 1st defensive points of the season. The Knights were not to be shut out of this game however capitalising on a fumble and taking the ball 60 yards on a scoop and score. Exiles led 8-6 at the end of the 1st quarter.

The Exiles run game seemed to be making yardage against the Knights defence until the ball was stripped in a tackle and returned for a touchdown. The Exiles appeared slightly shocked by this development and the defence allowed the Knights to put together an extended drive culminating in a 15-yard touchdown pass in behind the Exiles’ secondary. The only positives in the quarter coming from George Obiagwu and his sack and tackles for loss. Leaving the score 18-8 to the Farnham Knights at the half.

The 2nd half began with a Knights on-side kick attempt, which was recovered by the Exiles. When the Exiles offense threw an interception, it took the defence just one play to win the ball back forcing a fumble in the tackle on an outside run play; which was recovered by Cameron Douglas this started an outstanding 3rd quarter for the Exiles defence with safeties Gareth Norman and Daniel Raeburn grabbing an interception each. Bar one long run play, chased down by Cameron Douglas with a diving tackle, the Exiles defence looked at the top of their game throughout the quarter.

A QB run from Callum O’Neill to the corner of the end zone led to the Exiles’ making it a 1 score game late in the 3rd with an 18-14 Knights lead. In the 4th quarter safety Gareth Norman got a 2nd interception for the game and a 5th this season and the Exile’s looked like they were moving the ball but were forced to punt. The Knights mounted a drive which seemed to end when Gareth Norman secured his hattrick of interceptions but the play was called back for a penalty prior to the interception.

This led to Farnham having an extended drive all the way to the Exile’s 10-yard line when they were finally stopped short of the goal line. The Exile’s offense with just under 2 minutes and 2 time outs on the clock advanced only for the game to be called with 7 seconds on the clock due to a neck injury to QB Callum O’Neill; who after a trip to hospital was cleared as fine.

The Exiles round out their season with a trip across London try and exact vengeance against a Blitz side, who beat them earlier in the season, on the 6th August with hopes of ending their own season at .500

 

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