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13.04.2011 London Blitz

London Blitz 68 - Amsterdam Crusaders 6

The London Blitz American Football Club made an impressive start to their 2011 campaign with a dominant 68-6 win over the Amsterdam Crusaders in their opening EFAF Cup group game.
The London Blitz's new kicker Jimmy Wyatt kicked the game off to the roar of the record crowd in attendance.

London Blitz is are through to EFAF CUP semi-finals after defeating Saint Ouen l’Aumône Cougars 
(c) London Blitz
London Blitz is are through to EFAF CUP semi-finals after defeating Saint Ouen l’Aumône Cougars
(c)London Blitz

The Blitz kick-off team set the tone for proceedings by quickly stopping the Amsterdam Crusader's kick-off returner at their own 16 yard line. The Blitz defense then made quick work of the Crusaders' offense, forcing them to punt.

Blitz punt returner Ed Morgan returned the punt on a winding and mazy run to the Crusaders' 29 yard line. The Blitz offense then took to the field, looking to make the most of their impressive field advantage. Quarterback Fred Boyle found new Blitz receiver, Russ Jordan for a 25 yard catch and run to march the offense down to the Crusader's 4 yard line. Running back Oliver Hypolite-Bishop rumbled in to the end zone following some great blocking from his offensive line. Wyatt made the extra point to give the Blitz an early 7 point lead.

The Blitz restarted proceedings and it was more of the same from the Blitz kick-off team as Serge Bly grounded the Crusader's kick-off returner on their own 15 yard line. The Crusader's offense then looked to establish their ground game after gaining 6 yards from their first down. However Blitz linebacker Mark Penfound and defensive back Dion "Hammer" Andrade drove the Crusaders back 6 yards on the following play. The Blitz defense continued to frustrate the Crusaders' offense and forced them to punt.

Blitz defensive back Aaron Sanders-Percival laid out with an impressive dive to block the punt and fellow defensive back Joe Coultate scooped the ball up two yards out and strode into the end zone for the touchdown. Wyatt looked to add the point after but the kick was blocked, leaving the score London Blitz 13, Amsterdam Crusader's 0.

The Blitz restarted the game and the visitors were given a glimmer of hope as their kick-off returner weaved his way through Blitz tacklers to give his team positive field position at the Blitz 37 yard line. However it seemed that fortune was against them as their starting quarterback had to leave the field due to injury after attempting a quarterback sneak. He did not return to the field for the rest of the half.

The Crusaders' offense managed to maintain their drive and elected to go for it on fourth and short. The Blitz defense came out on top, resulting in a turnover on downs. Turnovers were fair play as Blitz quarterback Fred Boyle threw an interception on the very next play. However, Blitz defensive back Dion Andrade jumped the Crusaders' wide receiver's route to intercept a pass on the next play and rumbled down the far sideline to give the Blitz offense field position at midfield.

Running back Deji Alli got the Blitz's ground game going with an incisive run down the near sideline coming close to getting another first down before a personal foul on by a Crusaders' defensive back allowed the Blitz offense to move even further downfield. From there Blitz quarterback Fred Boyle spread the ball out to his wide receivers, with Clive Palumbo, team captain Rod Bradley and Russ Jordan all making key receptions as the offense made their way to the Crusaders' two yard line. From there it was back to their ground game for the Blitz, when fullback Dan Prewitt thundered his way into the end zone for the touchdown. Wyatt added the extra point to give the Blitz an early 20-0 lead to round out the first quarter.

It was more of the same from the Blitz in the second quarter with the defense forcing the Crusader's offense to punt as they struggled to put together an extensive drive. The Blitz offense went back to its ground game, with running back Serge Bly bringing the crowd in attendance to their feet with an electrifying run. Fellow running back Deji Alli followed suit as the Blitz offense marched downfield.

Blitz quarterback Fred Boyle then took to the air, finding veteran wide receiver Clive Palumbo who made a juggling one handed catch to the delight of the crowd in attendance. Boyle then found another of his wide receiver's Russ Jordan, whose catch and run set up first and goal. Running back Oliver Bishop capped off the drive, striding into the end zone untouched for his second touchdown of the afternoon.

After the restart it was more of the same from the Blitz defense with linebacker Richard "Nicey" Nice recording the game's first sack. The Crusader's defense did well to limit the Blitz offense to their first field goal of the afternoon, which was then duly converted by Wyatt.

After the restart the Blitz's defensive dominance continued with linebacker Steve "Clem" Clements sacking the Crusaders' quarterback and forcing a fumble, which was diligently scooped up by rookie defensive lineman Jerome Jarrett for another touchdown Leaving the Blitz being in a commanding position of 36-0 at half-time.

The third quarter saw the Blitz offense continue with their strong running game with running back Serge Bly getting himself on the score sheet with a rushing touchdown, the extra point attempt was good. After more outstanding work from the Blitz defense kept the Crusaders' offense at bay, wide receiver Melvyn Akins scampered into the end zone capping the offense's drive for another touchdown. extending the lead to 49 points.

The Crusaders' offense then went on to score a consolatory touchdown but failed to make the two point conversion. The Blitz then responded with back to back touchdowns from running backs Gareth Dauley and David Egbosimba. Any further glimmers of hope of the Crusaders' adding another touchdown to reducing the Blitz's gluttonous lead were firmly denied by rookie defensive back Ladi Lampego, who hauled in the Blitz defense's second interception of the game. Blitz quarterback Nathaniel Wilson rounded out the scoring with a rushing touchdown of his own to make the final score London Blitz 68, Amsterdam Crusaders 6.

Team Captain Rod Bradley said: "We expected the game to be tougher, but we were more than ready."

Head Coach Mark Moss said:"I was nervous coming into the game because we hadn't been to camp, but I'm very, very pleased with the way we performed today."

The team now head to the pre-season training camp before they face the Valencia Firebats in their second EFAF Cup group game on April 23rd.

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