Leeds Celtics @ York Centurions – Game 1 of 2015/16 Season
The York Centurions got their American football season off to a flying start with a 16 – 30 win against the Leeds Celtics. For the second year in a row, York’s first points were scored via a safety. Great pressure from the defensive front the front seven forced the Leeds quarterback into a mistake to give York a 0 – 2 lead. After another defensive stop, York’s offense came out running and pounded the ball 35 yards downfield. Cue Quarterback Tom Latham in his first start for the Centurions to throw a 40 yard touchdown to rookie receiver Max York to make the score 0 – 8. York’s defence were then at it again, hitting the Leeds quarterback as he threw to put the ball up for an interception by rookie defensive end Matthew Faulkner who ran it in for a touchdown to further extend York’s lead to 0 – 16. York’s offseason recruitment and training was clearly recouping early dividends, with major contributions from rookies all over the pitch. Going into the second quarter York’s defence was finally breached, Leeds pulled a touchdown back with a couple of large runs and then also scored the two point conversion to make the score 8 – 16. York’s offense came back out with a running mentality backed behind their ferocious offensive line. The three-pronged ground attack of Dami Oloko, Drew Dadson and Kevwe Uwotu gained 80 yards, with Oloko capping the drive with a 10 yard touchdown run, to make the score 8 – 22. However Leeds refusing to go down without a fight, threw a massive touchdown to make the score 16 – 22 going into the half.
Following an error from the York captains at the coin toss, Leeds got the ball again to start the half, but were unable to do anything with it. York’s offense then nearly scored a touchdown themselves however wide receiver Matthew Brindley was adjudged to have fumbled the ball before breaking the plane for the touchdown. The two teams then went back and forth until late in the fourth quarter a bad punt attempt by York led to Leeds having the ball only needing to go 12 yards to get a score. However the Centurions defence were in no mood for this and forced them back with forced them back with 2 sacks and 2 tackles for losses. With Coach Claringbold on the side calling for York’s offense to be men and finally take responsibility for its affairs they responded coming back out and on the very first play running back Dami Oloko broke out a huge 69 yard run for a touchdown, his second of the day which appeared to put the game beyond doubt making the score 16 – 30. Leeds did however give a score from the following kick off only for it to be ruled out for a block in back. York’s defence were eventually able to see out the game, where the final score remained 16 – 30. Jubilant celebrations led by new President Stephen Bates could be heard ringing around 22 Acres. The York Centurions move to 1-0 on the season.
Offensive MVP – Dami Oloko (19 carries, 214 yards, 2 touchdowns)
Defensive MVP – Rufus Gates (4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble)
Overall MVP – Offensive Line (Pancakes for days)