The HNC are racing through their schedule, as almost every team was in action this past weekend. With Carnegie hosting two days in a row, we looked at how the action unfolded in another explosive set of games!
Steelers 48, Sabres 7
The Sabres and Steelers both approached this game as playoff hopefuls. Despite dropping a game to their division rival, the Edinburgh Outlaws, the Sabres would be buoyed by the fact that the Outlaws had only picked up a further tie to add to their lowly win total. The Steelers meanwhile lost a heartbreaker in their last game day to the Renegades, so had to do all they could to pick up the pieces. The hosting Steelers dominated this game from start to finish in a somewhat surprisingly confident performance. No nerves were on display, and behind the steady leadership of Fraser Reid and his 7 TD performance, the Steelers routed their opponents. The aforementioned Fraser receives our game ball for this contest.
Broncos 39, Outlaws 20
In one of the most hotly anticipating games of the day, the Outlaws unfortunately failed to live up to their potential. The final scoreline somewhat flatters the Outlaws, but the game was very tight in the opening exchanges. It was delicately poised with little time left in the first half, as the Broncos held a slender one score lead. However an efficient drive by the offence, along with an interception on the doorstep of the endzone let the Broncos take a commanding 26-6 lead at halftime. Both teams added a pair of scores in the second half, but the Outlaws always looked second best. The Broncos playmaker Liam Fleming takes the game ball here, as he scored twice on offence, while adding an interception on defence.
Hornets 46, Steelers 7
The Hornets put in a poor performance by their standards in the opening game of their previous game day, as they were frustrated by the Edinburgh Outlaws at the Oriam. Any suggestion that they might slip up against the play-off hunting Steelers were quickly dashed. An early stand at the goal-line for the Hornets defence set the tone for the game, as they held the Steelers in check for the remainder of the contest, outside of a late consolation score in the dying seconds. The Hornets offence showed off its versatility, as the pairing of Alan Young and Nicholas Farrell bewildered the Carnegie defence. Alan threw for four TDs, while Nicholas ran for another two on the ground. Cameron Shaw also added a score on defence. The game ball for this contest goes to David Pasnik, who caught two TDs and added an XP to his great haul.
Steelers 27, Outlaws 20
The Outlaws misery continued on the day, as they fell to the Carnegie Steelers by a solitary score. The Outlaws made a change at quarterback, but were unable to change their fortunes, as Steeler Kyle McCallum’s 4 sacks helped set up his team for the victory. A strike from Fraser Reid to brother, Greg Reid, was the difference between the teams in a pulsating affair. Kyle’s 4 sack haul earns him our game ball for this game.
Hornets 86, Sabers 18
The Hornets put up another impressive point haul against the winless Sabres in their final action of the game day. The Hornets held a three score lead at the half, as Saber Richie McManus had picked up three early scores to make the score respectable at the interval. The Hornets shifted into gear in the second half however, as QB Alan Young punished the Sabers with 11 TD passes, all to a variety of receivers. His performance bags him our game ball for this fixture.
Broncos 26, Comets 18
Meanwhile, the Broncos managed to pull away late against the Clyde Comets in a tight affair. The Broncos were pushed to the limit against the Clyde outfit, who have really started to click in the past game days after their disappointing debut. A late interception return for a touchdown from Liam Fleming as the Comets were driving for the lead gave the Broncos an unassailable lead. With his late game heroics, Liam earns his second game ball of the day.
Comets 20, Outlaws 19
The Comets continued their resurgent form with a stunning 20-19 win over the Edinburgh Outlaws, compounding the misery for the capital-city side. The Comets trailed 19-7 in this game, before a Bud McFerren TD made it a closer game. Steven Mercer then popped up with a huge pick six, and after a conversion to Bryan Bleasdale, the Comets were able to hold on to their one point victory. The game ball goes to Steven Mercer, who tied the contest at 19-19 with his interception return, and gave his team the opportunity to seize a vital victory.
Broncos 39, Sabers 13
The Sabers would still be looking for their first victory of the season after their matchup against the Broncos. In a game which featured heavy rotation for the Grangemouth outfit, they still managed to record a comfortable victory against the Midlothian side. A highlight performance from Andrew Brown with 3 TDs got our attention, and he’s awarded the game ball for his performance.
Oilcats 46, Renegades 21
The Oilcats would feature a new name under centre, as Scott McDonald took the reins of the talented Aberdeen offence. It was the Renegades however who took a surprising lead through Ross McLean. The talent for the Oilcats shone through however, as they took over the squad. A 21-14 lead belonged to the Aberdeen squad at half time, but pulled away in the second half. Gary Elliot earns his first game ball of the day with a 4 TD performance on offence.
Oilcats 40, Dragons 16
The Dragons would look to improve on their performance from the previous game day as they took on the Aberdeen Oilcats and Carnegie Renegades in week three. Their day did not start well however, as their first 20 minutes of action saw them looking up at a 33-7 deficit. An improved performance in the second half from the Dunbeth saw them contain the Oilcats to 40 points, while adding 9 points of their own. Gary Elliot continued his stellar season, as he added 4 TDs, with two each on offence and defence. He also notched three interceptions in total, and an XP to boot. He goes 2/2 on game balls for the day, as the Oilcats improved to 5-1.
Dragons 39, Renegades 35
The Renegades may end up ruing this missed opportunity to add to their win total for the season. The Dragons looked more like themselves with Craig Murray returning to the starting lineup, and they went blow for blow with the Renegades in the first half. The half time score was 22-20 in favour of the Renegades squad, but late drama would ensue. During a testy second half, in which both sides requiring a caution from the referees, the Dragons coped better with the pressure. Ahead two points with 90 seconds remaining, the Renegades showed their lack of experience, as they committed repeated fouls to gift the ball back to the Dragons with 30 seconds to go. The Dragons managed to pick up a first down through Jonathan Catherine with 9 seconds remaining, and with their final heave, Ally Aitken found Craig Murray for the game winning score. The Renegades could do nothing with the second that was left on the clock, and were resigned to a 0-2 day. Craig Murray gets our game ball in this game, as his 4 TDs, XP and 2XP was the difference in the contest.
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