Back with a bang – 28/1/18
Looking for vengeance after a snowy loss the week before, the Wolves travelled to Leicester with their game faces on…and did not disappoint. The L at home against the Longhorns taught Warwick that it iss not how many times you get knocked down, its how many times you get back up again and fight. *Inception theme tune plays in the background*
Warwick take the ball at the first half, however after two unsuccessful first drives by both teams, Leicester are in a position to punt. Given the lack of Wolves punt blocks this season, nothing more was expected, however running back #24, Tom Barthen, comes blindingly fast off the edge and sacrifices his body for the block. The Wolves, now in excellent field position, attempt to gain yardage on the ground and through the air, to no avail. Luckily for Warwick a facecage penalty gives way to 15 big ones and a 1st down is the result. Spurred on by the referee’s well judged call, two 10-yard runs place the red and black at the 3-yard line. #32 Vyapooree’s bread and butter. 6-0 into the quarter.
Another defensive stand by the Wolves, this time provided by #52 Pooj. What a season he has had. 4-and-outs plague the game for the next 5 minutes, yet the monotony is broken by a 40-yard touchdowns by the Longhorns, who unfortunately miss the 2pt conversion and make it an equal 6 for both sides. The Wolves then decide to pick it up towards the end of the half, finding our 2nd year receivers Lukas Anthuber and Will Whiteley for 10 and 15 yards respectively. Unable to punch the ball in, #21 Eej uses one of those abnormally long legs to make it 9-6.
Warwick kick the ball to Leicester, and on the first possession the 2nd half the Longhorns explode with a newfound energy, making 20 yard runs and successful conversions on 4th down, inevitably scoring a touchdown and adding 2 to it, making it 9-14. Although the rest of the quarter was again plagued by 4-and-outs, veteran linebacker Koorosh Fatemian put in a shift and made 3 tackles on one series alone.
The 4th quarter was where it got interesting. #13 Nile Painter was able to prove his worth, with 2 crucial blocks from BFG Goriç, as an outside run from the Wolves half of the pitch was turned into 6 points. With the Wolves sideline making noises similar to that of Gary Neville after Fernando Torres’ semi-final goal against Barcelona, there was a new hope for the Wolves. More 4-and-outs included a solid running game by Leicester, the expected fumble from the Wolves, and a multitude of flags.
It was down to the last drive by Leicester. They needed to get into field goal range to win the game. Denied on 3rd down by a false start, placing them further away from that orange mast which they so sought to overtake, and an incomplete pass made it 4th down. As the ball flew towards the Leicester receiver, safety partnership Beej and Maurice made sure that ball stayed out of his hands with an almighty pat down. Given the father and son relationship between the two, ex-head coach Pete Buckley who was in observance completed the trio by acting as the Holy Spirit. A joyous moment for all. The Wolves are at 2-3.