Game 10: STORM TIE 26 – 26 vs Raiders

In their last regular season fixture of the 2017 season, local American football side the Morecambe Bay Storm crossed the Pennines to play West Yorkshire outfit the Knottingley Raiders.  Having beaten the Raiders 46-22 in their first meeting back in June the Storm were favourites to repeat.

Unable to put together a meaningful drive it wasn’t until late in the first quarter when Slotback Mark Baldwin opened the scoring for the Storm off Quarterback Dion Feather’s 75 yard touchdown reception down the right sideline on a Fade route.  Baldwin subsequently converted the extra points on a 3 yard running score to the left Tackle of the offense.

The second and third quarters belonged to the home side with Touchdowns of 10 and 25 yards coming from a run and a pass respectively.

With the Storm behind going in to the fourth quarter the offense started to gel and drive the ball against a tough Raider defense.

Going in to the final quarter with the score standing 12 points to 14 in favour of the Storm, the away sides offense finally started to click.  Scores from Halfback Joe Patterson on a Power run left and another aerial touchdown from Baldwin this time 12 yards took the Storm’s scoring to 26 points on the day.  However, the Raiders weren’t finished and scores from 15 and 10 yards out and a crucial 2 Point After Touchdown conversion left the game tied 26 points all at the final whistle.

Game MVP was Joe Patterson playing both Linebacker on defense and Halfback on offense.

Getting 238 yards on the day, Mark Baldwin breezed past the 142 yards he needed to attain 1000 all-purpose yards for the season giving him 1096 yards (559 rushing, 537 receiving).

Defensive MVP went to Rob Bainbridge who made several stops and two interceptions.

Reflecting on the game Head Coach Scud Fairhurst said “This was a hard game, the Raiders had devised a sound game plan to stifle our offense and find weaknesses in our defense.  All credit to them in what has been their rookie season in the league just like ourselves.”  With a regular season record of 5 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie the Storm should progress through to the play-offs with an away game against the Gateshead Senators, Leeds Bobcats or Shropshire Revolution laying ahead in the first round knock-outs of 20th August.  Looking ahead to the post-season Coach Fairhurst was realistic “As the eighth placed seed we will play the top seeded team which will prove to be challenging however it’s a challenge we shall look forward to and relish.  Many first year teams enter the league and struggle to win one game, we’ve deservedly won a place in the play-offs and this is a remarkable achievement for the guys.  Whomever we meet and whatever the outcome it will be a learning experience that will allow us to build upon this season’s successes.”

Although the season is nearly completed, the Storm are still recruiting so come down and give it a try.

The Storm play games and practice at the Trimpell Sports and Social Club.  Practices are Thursday evening 7pm to 9-30pm and Sunday afternoons… details can be found via morecambebaystorm.com

The Storm have just started a Junior program so if you are between 14 and 19 years of age contact the Storm about how you can be involved.