What a season it has been – 25/2/18
Knowing the playoffs were out of reach, the Warwick Wolves travelled northwards to Nottingham with a single intention. Ball out regardless. The last game of the season was set to be an emotional one, with many graduating after this academic year, we will miss you all. Hoping that Nottingham had more class than when we last faced them on their home field, we set up for kick return, taking the ball.
The first drive does not go Warwick’s way, with a pick six on the 2nd passing attempt, making it a quick 7-0. With the ball again, another interception is thrown and Notts make use of this surge of momentum, passing the ball to that unbelievable athlete #21 over the middle as he cuts his way into the endzone. Eager to not let the scoring continue as such, the Wolves manage not to turn over the ball in the first 3 downs, however are forced to punt. The Green and Yellow take the field.
The Wolves defence proceeded to show why it has been strong and sturdy all season, as Nottingham attempt to bounce runs to the outside, but little did they know Jonno has got it in him to be dropping that shoulder. The Wolves force a punt. After another 4-and-out by Warwick, Notts take the ball again, only to be DENIED by star corner Eej Roberts. Sticky coverage meant our #21 kept the ball out of the “Redskins prospect’s” hands. In Notts fashion, however, the ball was fed to their star slot/RB/anywhere athlete and is punched in. 21-0
The next Wolves drive gave the limelight to rookie RB Obi Ojji, as he powered his way through the Nottingham D-Line. Impossible to take down, Ojji drove the Wolves down the field to the 30-yard line. This momentum was brought to a halt where on a 3rd-and-long interim QB Lukas Anthuber throws an interception. All was well however, as he immediately redeemed himself by making a touchdown saving tackle.
Another touchdown from Notts, big hit by #33 Rahoul, and another touchdown from Notts…its 35-0. Interceptions come on both sides, and despite the result, our #21 shows why his season has been described as ‘Hall of Fame’ and ‘legendary’, with his last pick of the season. Half.
Nottingham take the ball to start the 2nd half, however fail to power through the Wolves VERCO-powered© defence. After punting, the ball ricochets off a Wolf and #5 supposedly star receiver picks the ball up, yet starts to run in the wrong direction, giving Nottingham possession of the ball, but no TD. Backed up on their 5-yard line, the Wolves hold strong and take it to 4th down. Unfortunately, a small mistake on a misdirection run gives Notts the 7 points to make it 42-0.
Our thoughts go out to the Nottingham player that was seriously injured, we hope his recovery is fast and easy. In the hour-long delay we decided to run some 1-on-1s, coaches and players both involved. (Check Instagram @warwickwolves for a dirty flare-and-go from Nile). With play resumed, Alvin sets the tone with the consistent powerful running we have seen all season as he has stepped up to the plate as a starter. With the ball at the Nottingham 40-yard line, a long pass to rookie #83 Michael Higham sees it over the DB and into the hands of the plucky wideout. The Wolves sideline goes crazy, yet celebrates too early, as the 2pt conversion is missed right after.
Another Nottingham touchdown does not seem to distract the Wolves, as with a brilliantly designed play, #32 Vyapooree finds the hole and makes his way into the endzone untouched. In all his generosity, he then also decides to give us another two points on the conversion.
The game ending at 49-14, although a loss, meant that the Warwick Wolves could celebrate the seasons achievements both on and off the field and the atmosphere was one of elation and excitement. Carrying off the veterans for their last game, a few tears in a few eyes, the sun set on the Nottingham pitch, yet not on our year as Wolves. Catch us at OvD, Wolf Bowl, Old Boys….ESKEDIIIT