Game 9: STORM LOSE 14 – 42 vs Senators

In the penultimate game of their Rookie season, the Morecambe Bay Storm made the cross-country journey to Monkton Stadium in Jarrow to play the Gateshead Senators.  Having met just once before the Storm were looking to improve on the previous 74-6 drubbing.  With the weather conditions favouring both an aerial and ground attack the Storm won the opening coin toss and elected to receive the ball.

Having lost starting Quarterback Chris Mayne for the rest of the season with a separated shoulder, ‘QB2’ and stand-out Wide Receiver Dion Feather was under Center.  However it was the home team that opened the scoring with Gav Barr rushing the ball 30 yards on a Power run right.  A combination of the Storm Defense and a series of penalties restricted the Senators to this single score in the first quarter of football.

The second quarter wasn’t a repeat of the first with the North East outfit finding their form in their ground attack and posting 22 points to the Storm’s 6, this score from Slotback Mark Baldwin who took the ball to the end zone on a 25 yard scamper over right Tackle on a Counter run play.  The half ended with the home side leading comfortably 28-6.

The second half saw the Storm Defense step up to the plate and restricted the senators to just two more Touchdowns these both coming from Runningback Ryan Fletcher. Storm scoring by a 3 yard rushing Touchdown from Storm Halfback Danny Mclennan and a conversion from Wideout Paul Smith.  These scores rounded-off the scoring to leave the final result as 42 points to Gateshead and 14 to Morecambe Bay.

The Storm took a squad depleted by injuries and work commitments and with many playing both-ways on Offense and Defense there were many MVPs on the day.  Notable performances from by Greg Callejon, Jim Mawson and James Head on Defense, Adam Horrobin and Mark Baldwin on Offense, and James Head again on Special Teams.  Rick Schuttenbeld played nearly every down at defensive End and Offensive Center and deserves recognition.

“This was an awesome team performance from the guys today” enthused Head Coach Scud Fairhurst “We could only take twenty-one guys but each and every one of them played like warriors today!  Although we lost, restricting the Senators to under fifty points was an immense achievement given our current circumstances and the previous result from our first meeting.”  Asked about the Storm’s final match of the season away at the Knottingley raiders next Sunday, Scud was pragmatic “We have the opportunity to make the play-offs if we win next week… it’s down to us, simples.  We have some guys returning from injury that will bolster the squad.  We will go and play some ball.”