HNC East Game-Day Review
On a Gusty day, the Aberdeen Oilcats would look to continue their excellent form and secure their division. Meanwhile, the Outlaws could wrap up their playoff spot, but the Midlothian Sabers would look to play spoiler. Here’s how the action unfolded!
The Oilcats had a perfect start to their day with an opening bout against the Midlothian Sabers. The deadly Oilcats defence snagged three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns apiece for Gary Elliot and Calum Young. The former was as lethal as ever on offence, as he tormented the Sabers defence with four touchdowns. This wasn’t really much of a contest in the end, as the Oilcats ran out resounding victors. The only positive thing of note for the Sabers was an interception for safety Ian Loggie. Unsurprisingly, Gary Elliot gets the game-ball!
In a much tighter game, the Oilcats found themselves slightly frustrated by the talented Outlaws defence. The blitzing of William Humphries caused issues as the Outlaw grabbed himself two sacks. The Outlaws notched a score either side of half time, but they were unable to keep pace with the Oilcats. Gary Elliot and Mike Scott snagged two TDs each in another comfortable win for the Aberdeen squad. Gary got in on the action on defence again, with another interception, and in doing so earns his second game-ball of the day from us.
There was a time when we thought this was going to be a heated battle for the playoffs. The Edinburgh Outlaws won the reverse fixture 27-6, but there didn’t seem to be too much concern for the Sabers as they still had a talented squad. Despite the offseason recruitment and early promise, this season has been a lost one, as the Sabers sit winless. They’ll be ruing their missed opportunity as the Outlaws have only managed two wins – both coming against the Sabers.
In this game, the Sabers looked lost. A consolation score for Dean Jackson aside, the Outlaws ran rampant. Four TDs for Jamie Archibald and three for Angus Ballantine were the notable performances from the Outlaws. Despite their low win total, the Outlaws have been competitive in almost every game they’ve been in, including against the heavyweights such as the Oilcats, Broncos and Hornets. Their defence, led by David Hogg, can create havoc for offences. The game ball in this contest goes to Jamie Archibald, whose dominating display was the cherry on top of a fine season for the HNC Chieftain.
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