‘We only have one, but he’s very loud’ – 4/2/18
The Wolves record standing at 2-3, we knew bringing our team to .500 was a steep hill to climb, especially against the recently-relegated NTU. Another cold fixture was at the Wolves doorstep, but we were used to the West Midland’s precipatory lack of mercy.
A big return to the Trent 40-Yard line places the pink and blue in position to start the first drive of the game. Powered by VERCO furnishing, the Warwick D shows the resilience that the starting XI continue to uphold. The Nottingham Polytechnic back themselves on the first 4th down of the game, and go for it, but are held out by the No-Fly Zone that is the Warwick secondary. Unfortunately, the lack of offensive yards was the same case for the Wolves, forcing a punt on 4th down. NTU grasp at the opportunity and immediately draw first blood. 7-0.
Amidst the American accents from the Trent sideline*, the echoing calls of ‘Defence! Defence!’ fail to stop the Wolves from forming a retaliation to the first score of the game. #11 Bolazs Brandt finally puts on the show we have all been waiting for and uses his height and hops to go up and get an overthrown ball on the sideline. Staying in bounds he holds on to the ball and gets another 5 yards before being tackles. Shame he still can’t block. Unable to convert this newfound momentum into 6, Trent take the ball at their own 10-yard line and drive down the field somewhat intermittently, being constantly called back by penalties for less-than-agreeable play. Trent punch one in, and then another under the same circumstances of questionable blocks and holds. A silver lining, however, graces the game, as rookie Stanley Lannister blocks the extra point. 20-0 at half.
*(from their twitter account, apparently they ‘only have one, but he’s very loud’)
The second half does not bring a promising start, with the Wolves first possession ending in a punt, mirrored by Trent, leaving Warwick with possession at their own 10. A fumble by rookie Obi Ojji put the pink-and-blue uniforms in the red zone. The Trent QB sails the ball through the air finding his slot receiver in the flats, however spatial awareness (or lack thereof) leads to him dropping to his knees on the half-yard line. A humorous moment of misfortune, soon broken by a NTU touchdown and a converted 2 points. 28-0.
The defence remains resilient with the Wolves corners stuck to the Renegade receivers. An almost incomprehensible ‘that’s coverage’ rings out from the Wolves sideline. Continuing the theme of sticky coverage, second-year stud Jonno decides he will try his hand in coverage, with his head. With the ball ricocheting off the shiny black Wolves helmet, the Wolves defence forces a 4 and out. A series of short runs sets up newly inducted QB Ian Mawhinney on the Wolves 40-yard line, and in pretty much standard Wolves fashion, Warwick gets their one touchdown. The Wolves’ first Most Eligible Bachelor William Huntington-Whiteley blows the coverage and catches the ball for a 60-yard TD. Some excellent stick-work from the long-distance runner sees him into the end zone.
4th quarter fumbles by both sides plague the game, another Wolves staple. Failing to punch it in from the 1-yard line, Warwick’s game is all but over. Secret weapon Alex O’Halloran is put in at cornerback, at least we’ll hear some chat out of him. Following him down the sidelines, the chain crew heard every syllable of his intimidating venomous words. They got to the Wolves 10-yard line. Alex got a TD caught on him. 34-7. Game