A close game! – 3/12/17
A cold December mid-day set the scene for the long-awaited game against the yellow and green of the Nottingham students. With the Wolves’ new kit having arrived two days prior, a blacked-out uniform meant the Wolves were ready to battle in style on the new 4G pitch. As they readied for kickoff, Coach Geoff Williams prepared the team with inspirational words worthy of a Hans Zimmer soundtrack, and the Wolves took the field to return the kick.
Straight off the bat, Nottingham attempted an onside kick, to no avail, and QB Will Roberts took the ball at mid-field. However, good field position and even a one-handed catch by speedster Lukas Anthuber did not lead to a score, forcing the Wolves to punt the ball deep into Nottingham territory. With the responsibility now on the defence, they ran on to the pitch to cause as much damage as possible. Great form tackling and a huge sack by veteran athlete Araan Dass forced a Nottingham punt. We had a game on our hands.
A few drives later, and some complaints on the Nottingham sideline about ‘political flags’, the green and yellow offence made it into the redzone. Unfortunately, a tackle from our D-Line led to a serious injury to one of the Nottingham offensive line. Both Warwick and Nottingham sat in silence while we all hoped it was not too serious. After almost an hour delay, a great round of applause broke out as the player was helped off the pitch. We wish him a speedy recovery and await to see him when we travel to Nottingham.
As play resumed, Nottingham and their All-American calibre offense took advantage of great field position and punched the ball in for a touchdown, with their effective Swinging Gate play converting six points into eight. 8-0 Nottingham.
A couple of fumbles by Warwick meant Nottingham kept regaining possession, but they were held back by flags, eventually having to punt on every drive. Nottingham managed to finally score on an extended play by QB Pat Daley and with a PAT, they take it into the half at 15-0
Being an only two-score game, the Wolves defence came out on to the pitch ready to carry on providing the same VERCO-powered quality service and help the offense catch up. A fumble recovery by safety #57 Beej Webb did exactly that and put the Wolves offense on with high hopes. Unfortunately, an interception and a run in by the incredible long-haired Nottingham athlete made it 21-0. The game was then seeming to slip away from the Wolves, as they were plagued by flags and injuries, false starts and concussions, fumbles and fumbles. The great Oreo Neal was even taken out the game, putting second-year stud Cornerback Jonno Weng-Kan in charge of his island.
Three touchdowns later, including a 70-Yard bomb to that freakish athlete left it at 41-0 to Nottingham. With confidence in the getting the Dub slowly fading away, the Wolves needed a sign, a stand, a miracle. A huge sack from Warwick’s very own TESR, showing how very enigmatic he really is, sets up the best play from the Wolves all season. Nottingham, at the 15-yard line run a slant play which is instantly read by Captain Eej Roberts and veteran safety. Upon pouncing into the path of the pigskin, he finds himself with the ball, running it back the other way. With blinding speed, and the Warwick sideline going what can only be described as insane, Eej took it into the Nottingham endzone and the score is 41-7, it really is anyone’s game now.
With another Nottingham touchdown, the sun truly set on the new 4G pitch as well as the game. A big loss, but a good game nonetheless. Thank you to the University of Nottingham and all those who showed up. Onto the next one!