Football descended upon Paisley for the first time, as the Spartans performed their first hosting duties in their brief history. With plenty to play for the HNC, here’s how the action went!
Paisley Spartans 13, Midlothian Sabers 33
Both teams came into the first contest of the day winless, and would aim to end their losing streaks. The Sabers did show there second year experience with Jared Armour leading the way on offence, showing the potential that he displayed as part of the Chargers last season. The Sabers’ defence helped win the day as they snagged two interceptions on back to back drives, returning both near the goal-line. They racked up six interceptions in total. It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Spartans as they had some positive drives, taking the ball up the field. Defensively, Brian Sheldon exhibited fine tackling to prevent the Sabers from running the score up further. Jared’s poise under centre earns him our game ball.
Dunbeth Dragons 48, Midlothian Sabers 19
I’m a game with no real purpose due to the Sabers missing out on playoffs, and Dunbeth already having booked their place in the playoffs, it felt like more of a friendly than a league game. An early dropped interception for the Dragons was punished as the Sabers took a 6-0 lead in the game early which was a bit of a surprise. It was from then on the Craig Murray show, as he showed off why he has been in talks for league MVP this year. The Dragons would go straight back up the field and find a wide open Murray for the TD and convert the XP to take the lead and never really looked back.
With the rain coming down, Ally Aitken found Murray wide open again in the end zone and again converting the XP to go up 14-6. Ally continued to spread the ball around, finding 7 different receivers for scores throughout this contest. The Sabers struggled to keep pace in this game, and the Dragons romped to a 48-19 victory. For utilising his offence to its maximum potential, Ally Aitken earns our game ball in this game.
Dunbeth Dragons 86, Paisley Spartans 0
The Dragons continued their fine offensive form and play with the pressure off. Their best offensive output of the season was highlighted by a 6 TD performance by Craig Murray. Ally Aitken would contribute on defence with two interceptions as the Dragons would blank the Spartans. Unsurprisingly, Craig Murray gets our game ball in this game.
Carnegie Renegades 55, Midlothian Sabers 14
The Renegades came into this game against the Sabers knowing that victories were essential to keep up with the Clyde Comets in the HNC West. After a 9 week break a the Carnegie team methodically moved the ball up the field, exploiting gaps in the Sabers’ defence. They took an early lead through Ross McLean, who scored the first of his 4 TDs in this contest. The Renegades’ defence worked hard and well together to restrict the Sabres to a number of turnovers, with Rian Robertson applying the pressure with his blitzing. For his TD output, Ross McLean earns our game-ball in this one!
Edinburgh Outlaws 66, Paisley Spartans 12
The Outlaws started their first game of the day off right, and showed the rest of the HNC why they’re far more talented than their record suggests. Their defence has caused issues for a number of teams this year, and the flexed their muscles with 6 interceptions in this game. Jamie Archibald will grab the headlines with 4 of his own, but David Hogg‘s one handed effort caught out eye. This gave the Outlaws excellent field position throughout the contest, as they ran out 66-12 winners. Jamie Archibald gets our game-ball for his 4 interception performance, including 2 offensive touchdowns.
Edinburgh Outlaws 46, Renegades 31
The score might not suggest this, but the Outlaws defence again showed their talent in this contest, limiting the Renegades to 13 first half points as they romped their way to 26 of their own. Alessandro Marello scored 3 TDs in total for the Outlaws offence, to give them breathing room, while Jamie Archibald continued his fine afternoon with 4 offensive scores coupled with another 4 interceptions. An unfortunate injury to David Hogg meant Liam Clutterbuck would step in to do an exceptional job under centre. The Renegades added two late scores to make this a more respectable result, but this may be a game that costs them in the race for the playoffs. Jamie Archibald earns his second game-ball of the day for his stellar performance.
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