Game 6: STORM WIN 46 – 22 vs Raiders

Sunday saw the areas American football team the Morecambe Bay Storm host west Yorkshire divisional rivals the Knottingley Raiders. In ideal conditions to throw the football the must promised aerial battle between the two team’s passing quarterbacks was to unfold but it was the home teams triggerman Chris Mayne who came out on top.

1st quarter (16-0)

Deferring their options to the second half the Raiders kick-off to Storm kick returner Mark Baldwin who returned it 72 yards to set-up Storm Runningback Danny McLennan the Storm’s who opened the scoring with a 2 yard rushing Touchdown on a Power run Left. The score was converted by Slotback Mark Baldwin on a Jet-Sweep left. On the Storm’s next possession Quarterback Chris Mayne hooked up with Wide receiver Dion Feather on a 80 yard Touchdown reception. The score was converted by Baldwin on a 3 yard scamper with a Counter left.

2nd quarter (24-6)

The second quarter saw the home side frustrated by a combination of errors and penalties which lead to the visiting team opening their scoring on a rushing end-around play to the Storm’s defensive right. Returning to what worked in the first quarter the Storm drove down field and after an exchange of possession Mayne found Baldwin on a Wheel route for a 10 yard touchdown reception converted by Baldwin himself on a 3 yard Counter run play left to end the first half with the home side leading 24-6.

3rd quarter (32-22)

At the resumption of play after the break it was the West Yorkshire outfit who dominated the third quarter of play scoring on a brace of touchdown passes of 5 and 20 yards, converting both scores to draw near. However Storm Slotback Baldwin increased his tally on the day with another touchdown run on a jet sweep let and a converted counter run left.

4th quarter (46-22)

The final quarter was all the Storm’s with touchdowns from Baldwin on a 43 yard reception and Mayne on a quarterback sneak on the last lay of the game to end it 46 to 22 in favour of the home team.

The Storm had 6 touchdowns on the day converting all but the last due to time expiring. Offensively they made 498 total yards with 245 coming via the air and 243 on the ground from the running attack. Mayne completed 52% of his passes with main target Baldwin catching 10 passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Feather snagged 5 catches for 157 yards a 1 touchdown.

On the Defense side of the ball Chris Aldred, Matthew Berrington, veteran Gareth Johnston, Matthew Burns and Rookie Defensive Tackle David Robinson all had interceptions. The front line of Tom Smith, Tom Plant, Mike Zorab, David Robinson hurried the Raider passer all day with Rick Schuttenbeld sacking the triggerman for a 15 yard loss.

Game Most Valuable Player accolades went to Offensive player Mark Baldwin for contributing 28 of the 46 points scored by the Storm. Defensively the award went to Defensive back Matthew Burns who had an outstanding game tackling and in pass coverage. On Special Teams there were many standout contributors with Jim Mawson, Gareth Johnston and Alan Browning all making an impact, but it was Mark Baldwin’s opening return of 72 yards that wins out.

“Today was a great performance by everyone on both sides of the ball” enthused Head coach Scud Fairhurst “Some outstanding play by the Defense to restrict the Raider’s Quarterback to just two passing touchdowns. The pressure applied by the guys in our front seven allowed the secondary to pick off the aerial threat. On Offense the line did an awesome job of protecting our Quarterback and also in making some huge holes for our running attack.” With the Storm’s next home game against the Northumberland Lightning less than 7 days away on 2nd July Coach Fairhurst said “Unfortunately we’ve lost a few more guys due to injury today which will impact upon what we can do next Sunday. We played the Lightning and they are a physical side so we know what we are up against.” The Storm played the North East club in the first game of the season winning out 46 to 6 away in Northumberland “If we stick to our game plan and what we know we can execute then we shouldn’t go too far astray. We need to create turnovers and capitalise on them. It should be another great game here at Trimpell”