Scoreline has us questioning the shape of the ball – 12/2/18
The Warwick Wolves, now 2-4, arrived in Staffordshire ready to fight despite the heavy snow that had blanketed the grass pitch. Snow was now a regular thing in the Midlands…some call it global warming, some call it the Russians/Chinese/anyone remotely socialist, you decide. Warming up, Warwick realised the daunting task ahead of them, but sought to beat the team that they had done at home once again.
Staffordshire took the ball to start the game, however on the first play of the first drive of the first quarter, a high snap leads to a fumble. Warwick ball. The now energised Wolves, however, realised the type of game that was to be played after attempting to bounce runs to the outside and pass the ball in the terrible conditions. Two failed passing attempts and lack of traction on the ground when running led to another overthrown pass on 4th down. Staffs ball.
More slipping, more under/overthrown balls. The combination of mud and snow that created an unforgiving slush meant that this game was pretty much a shambles. The rest of the half can only be described as a constant back and forth with the ball stuck between both teams’ 20-yard lines. An interception for both team, as well as a fumble made sure this stayed the same through the whole of the first and second quarter. The field, as a result of this, had now come to resemble more a mud-bowl than an American Football pitch. 0-0 at half.
With a rare glimpse of what is believed to be the sun (absent for so long we forgot what it looked like), Warwick receive the ball for the 2nd half. Unfortunately, the ground was still muddy, and rain was still wet. Failed drives by both teams leads to the Stallions punting the ball, trapping the Wolves at their 2-yard line. A miscommunication between QB and Centre led to a fumble in the Wolves endzone, and although recovered, 2 points were awarded to Staffordshire for the safety.
Although surprised by the Stallions new 50/50 run AND pass offence, #21 Eej Roberts still got his hands on an interception, running it back 20 yards and giving the Wolves a newfound hope. More 4-and-outs, but a blocked punt on the Stallions 10-yard line put the wolves in the redzone. Unable to punch it in, another fumble gives Staffs the ball, and the same rhythm of the game that we had become used to.
A long, time-devouring drive putts Staffordshire at the 50-yard line for the last fumble of the game in the last seconds of the game. A consistent theme throughout the course of play, however not one that swayed in the Wolves’ direction. A soccer-like scoreline of 2-0 was the final result and leaves Warwick at 2-5. Onto Notts.