04.04.2005 Farnham Knights
Victory of PA.Knights in 1.season game
Bristol Aztecs 7- 47 Personal Assurance Knights
The 2004 British National Champion Personal Assurance Knights started the
defence of their title in week 1 of the (newly renamed) British American
Football League with a visit to last years Division 1A Bowl runners up the
The Knights expected a tough battle as they are now the #1 target for
British teams after their championship triumph.
Things started well for the visitors as their defense shut down Bristol on
their first drive. The Knights offense took over with GB Squad QB Ashley
Heath at the controls. Strong running from Kingsley Egiogu and a quick
pass reception to Rodney Edgerton set up Moses Tomas for a 16yd touchdown
run to open the Knights 2005 account. Steve Belcher slotted the PAT
through the posts and the Knights led 0-7.
Undaunted the Aztecs offense came back strongly gaining tough yardage on
the ground and picking up vital yardage through the air. The Knights
defense however made a strong stand and the Aztecs were forced to attempt
a field goal - the snap overshot the holder and the Knights looked set to
take over on their own 25yd line - however a penalty saw the home team
retain the ball with a new set of downs. Two plays later the Aztecs scored
their first points of the season with a 3yd run - John Hartley kicked the
extra point and the score stood at 7-7.
The Knights took over again on their second possession as the second
quarter got underway. Joe St Louis made his league debut for the Knights
and showed the form that made him a star for both Great Britain and the
London Ravens in their heyday. His running put the ball into the Bristol
redzone and Ashley Heath hit GB wide receiver Rodney Edgerton from 6yds
out to regain the lead that the Knights would not surrender. The extra
point failed and the Knights led 7-13
The Knights defense were determined to make up for their earlier mistake
and it was Tony Mackenzie who forced a Bristol fumble on the next series -
LB Jez McLees recovered the ball and the Knights took over in good field
Mixing pass and run the Knights drove to the Aztecs 1yd line where QB
Ashley Heath kept the ball himself to run into the endzone for the Knights
3rd TD. Steve Belcher added the PAT and the Knights led 7-20
Bristol's next series was cut short by the Knights defense who were now
finding the form that made them a dominant force last year. The visitors
took over for their fourth possession with half time rapidly approaching.
Again a balanced attack saw the Knights move smoothly into the Bristol
redzone and it was from 16yds out that Joe StLouis, making excellent use
of the blocking of the Knights OLine and Full Back Moses Tomas, burst into
the endzone to record his first touchdown for the Guildford based team.
Steve Belcher kicked the extra point and the Knights went into half time
with a 7-27 lead.
Former GB Youth QB Luke Smith came into the game in the second half and
the Knights again moved the ball into the Aztecs redzone on the first
possession of the half. Good Bristol defense however saw the Knights lose
yardage on a sack and an interception on a 3rd down play saw the home team
hold the Knights for the first time in the game.
The visitors defense however quickly regained the ball and with strong
runs from StLouis, Tomas and Gavin Hart the Knights were again knocking on
the door. The answer came in the form of a pinpoint pass from Luke Smith
to TE Russell Ellis from 7yds out that extended the Knights lead. Steve
Belcher kicked the extra point and the Knights led 7-34.
Bristol were stopped again on their next possession and Mike Dunson,
taking over from last years record breaking punt returner Chris McIver
(now playing in Japan), caught the punt at the Knights 40yd line and
burst down the sideline for what appeared to be a 60yd Touchdown.
Unfortunately the Knights had committed a penalty and the play was called
There was no more scoring from either side in the third quarter as Tony
Mackenzie and Tim Siewart dominated at the line of scrimmage for the
Knights and Marvin Jimmerson recorded his first interception of the year
to give the Knights the ball as the fourth quarter started.
Kingsley Egiogu had plagued Bristol in 2004 with 5 touchdowns in the
corresponding fixture. He returned to the game and with the Knights taking
over at the Aztecs 35yd line it took just three plays to see him sprint
4yds into the endzone for his first TD of 2005. the extra point failed and
the Knights led 7-40.
The Knights kicked off to the Aztecs following the score and a fumble by
the returner was recovered by Moses Tomas giving the visitors a bonus
possession in good field position. Gavin Hart had taken over as the
tailback and he followed the Knights OLine and FB Pete Fulford in rounding out a short drive with a 15yd touchdown run. Steve Belcher kicked the final point of the day as the score moved to 7-47.
Knights Head Coach Steve Rains said "This was a very good win for us -
despite the scoreline Bristol gave us a tough test which is just what we
needed. Its nice to get the first game in the W column - now we are the
Champions everyone will bring their A game for us, we expect no easy
fixtures. Our Offense was excellent throughout the game - the Defense had
a rusty first quarter but then looked like themselves from there on"
Defensive Co-Ordinator Ian Ellis added "We were disappointed to give up
the score after getting the job done in making the stand inside the 10yd
line. However it was a wake up call we probably needed and I am very proud of the performance we gave after that point"
The Knights get one week away from competitive action now before starting
their 2005 European campaign in the EFAF Cup. The Guildford based team are
the only UK team in the competition this year and, having lost in the
Final last year, are keen to go one better in 2005. They play at home in
the first leg of a Quarter Final match up with Elancourt Templiers (Paris
France) and have secured the Recreation Ground Stadium in Aldershot to
host the fixture on Sunday 17th April - KO 1pm admission adults £2
children FREE!!. Bring a Union Jack and support your British Knights
against the French invasion!!.
Ashley Heath 7 of 8 for 67yds 1td
Luke Smith 3 of 10 for 8yds 1td 1int
Rodney Edgerton 5 for 50yds 1td
Paul Wakeford 1 for 13yds
Russell Ellis 1 for 7yds 1td
Gavin Hart 1 for 4yds
Dwain Clarke 1 for 2yds
Jamie Wilkinson 1 for -1yds
Total 10 for 75yds 2td
Kingsley Egiogu 6 att 57yds 1td
Joe St Louis 6 att 57yds 1td
Gavin Hart 5 att 38yds 1td
Moses tomas 5 att 32yds 1td
Paul Wakeford 2 att 15yds
Luke Smith 1 att 2yds
Ashley Heath 1 att 1yd 1td
Total 26 att 197yds 5td
Passing 6 of 19 46yds 1 int (1 sack -1yd)
Rushing 30att 70yds 1td
Total 49 plays 116yds 1TD
Passing 10 of 18 for 75yds 2TD
Rushing 26att 197yds 5TD
Total 44 plays 272yds 7TD
Knights Defense (Highlights)
Tony Mackenzie 9 tackles 1 sack 1 f/f
Tim Siewart 9 tackles
Marvin Jimmerson I int
Moses Tomas 1 f/r
Jez Mc Lees 1 f/r
Mike Macmillan 1 f/r