York Centurions @ Manchester Tyrants – Game 4 of the 2015/16 Season
York returned to Manchester just a week after suffering a disappointing first defeat of the season against Eagles, but this time to face the table-topping Manchester Tyrants. York started the game on their own 15 after the return team blocking faltered. After a nice couple of passes to Rookie WR Max York to move the chains, the Tyrants defence kicked into gear and York were on unable to progress and subsequently punted, it was clear today that York were going to be aggressive in the pass game. Manchester on their first possession took advantage of a fortuitous fumble recovery and a broken play to drive into the Redzone within the first three plays. FS Bates read the play perfectly but couldn’t hold on to the interception on the 3rd down. On the next play Rookie LB Rufus Gates rose to bat away TD bound pass to give York the ball back deep in their own territory. York finally decided to let their RBs loose, with Oloko and Uwotu advancing up the field from a multitude of air and ground attacks. However the drive fell just short on the Manchester 16 after York were inches shy of a first on a 4th down attempt. The first quarter finished 0-0, a very interesting 0-0, but a 0-0 nonetheless.
Manchester managed to force a fumble from York’s next possession, their safety knocking the ball free on a big hit on a WR Max York, giving them the ball back in a dangerous field position. They managed to convert this into a TD, and even managed to kick an extra point – not that we even knew that was possible in BUAFL. York Offence failed to respond and had a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage and be picked off by the Tyrants on their own 25. All time Centurion interception leader Stephen Bates fancied a slice of the action and snagged an impressive interception of his own to allow the Offence another shot a score before the half. York drove down the field with passes to RB Oloko and some impressive YAC, and then a big laser throw from QB Will Muirhead to WR Max Lancaster. York couldn’t capitalise on an impressive looking drive as the clock hit zero before they were able to punch it in.
The third quarter started with more great defence from York as LB ‘Form’ Joe Ford picked off Manchester in their own half which is almost certainly the first time he has ever caught anything is his life. The next play York seemingly scored. A beautiful pass play on a wheel route from QB Muirhead to Oloko saw a fingertip catch a dive into the end zone, however a controversial flag for “Offensive PI” on WR Alex Walton meant the play was called back. The Centurions once again failed to punch it in after this and turned the ball over on downs. Manchester then managed to drive the ball down field with read-option plays, before lofting a fade to outside where their WR fought off the challenge from the York Cornerback and came down with the ball and make the score 14-0 with the PAT.
Both teams traded possessions in the midfield before a big run from the Tyrants RB increased their lead to 21-0. York finally managed to get on the board the next possession though, WR Rob ‘Miley’ Lamont taking the ball home for 60 yard score to make it score 21-6.
The Tyrants saw the game out with another score as rookie QB Theo Hewitt was threw a pick 6 to make the final score 28-6, whilst York were left ruing an inability to convert in Redzone after working themselves up the field more than enough times to take the game themselves.