10.05.2006 Farnham Knights
Eidsvoll 1814's (Nor) 19 - 7 Personal Assurance Knights (GB)
Barclay has been on top form this year catching 16 passes for 339 yards and
4 Touchdowns in just three and a half games. He will be missed but -
following an operation back at home in London - he is determined to get back into action as soon as possible.
The Knights do however progress to the Quarter Final stage of the
competition as the highest ranked "wild card" from the second placed teams.
They will take on the Zurich Renegades - in Zurich - on the 21st May. The
Knights have beaten the Renegades in their two previous meetings (2003 and
2004) but both of those games were in the UK and the Knights must now win on the road to progress.
The game in Oslo was predicted to be a high scoring shoot out. As it was it
was a fiercely contested battle in which both Defenses and more than a
little controversy were the deciding factors.
The 1814's opened the game by receiving the kick off. Their offense drove
confidentally down the field and it was American pairing QB Joe Brannen to
WR Dustin Creager that completed the drive for the opening score. The extra
point attempt failed and the home team led 6-0.
The Knights could not return the compliment on their opening drive and the
rest of the first quarter settled down to a defensive stalemate. Tim Siewert and defensive captain Jay Cashman were outstanding for the Knights as the visitors shut down the hometown offense.
The Knights got on to the scoreboard in the second period. QB Ashley Heath
was again in fine form and despite their best efforts the 1814's could not
contain running star Kingsley Ejiogu. It was Ejiogu's run that set up the
Knights Offense at the home 6yd line from where QB Heath found John Barclay
open at the back of the endzone for the tying touchdown. Steve Belcher
kicked the extra point and the Knights led 7-6.
The lead was short lived however. Brannen came straight back with a long
gain to import British WR Joe Black. That set up his second TD pass to
Creager to re-establish the home team lead. The extra points attempt failed
on an incomplete pass and the 1814's led 12-6
Then came the controversy. On the Knights next drive the visitors were
making steady progress. QB Heath hit WR Tony Talbot on a slant pattern - the young receiver was struggling to get the ball under control when he was hit by Eidsvoll Safety Greg Kliedon. The ball spilled to the ground for what the Knights, and all the independent observers on the sideline, saw as an incompleted pass. Quick thinking by Lief Snilsberg however saw him pick up the ball and rumble to the Knights 1yd line where he was brought down by one of the visitors. The Knights confidentally expected the ball to be brought back to the point of the incompletion but were stunned when the officials ruled it as a completed pass followed by a fumble - giving Eidsvoll possession on the 1yd line.
The home team took full advantage and duly scored with an added extra point
to lead by 19-7 at the half.
The Knights moved the ball well throughout the second half - but could not
get into the home teams endzone - a promising drive ending in an
interception as the third quarter ended.
A young Knights makeshift defensive backfield continued to perform beyond
expectations holding the 1814's high powered imported passing attack at bay.
The visitors were making good progress when disaster struck. TE John Barclay broke free down the sideline for a good gain - he was stopped and then pulled backwards and sadly it was very obvious that he had as a result
suffered a serious injury. Rookie TE Tony Fields stepped in to take his
place and performed extremely well - making the first four catches of his
career for the Knights. Twice Heath to Fields converted vital third down
attempts - unfortunately however the Eidsvoll defense were up to the task
and held the visitors at bay.
The second half remained scoreless and Eidsvoll progress as the top seed to
the Quarter Finals. The Knights progress also to the QF stage but as a wild
card they must now win on the road to make any further progress.
Knights Head Coach said "We are disappointed not to have won. Ashley Heath
was very impressive again and Kingsley is just amazing - this is his fourth
consecutive game this year with 100yds+. Of course the decision just before
halftime affected us - it was without doubt a turning point and we are very
disappointed with it. However the referees saw it differently to us and we
must accept that. I have to be honest and say that the loss of John Barclay
put a dampener on the whole weekend for all of us - he has been playing so
well - we are grateful for the good wishes sent to him and wish him a full
and speedy recovery"
A Heath 14 of 26 for 110yds 1TD 1Int
T Fields 4 for 36yds
J Barclay 3 for 39yds 1TD
T Talbot 2 for 17yds
S Belcher 1 for 8yds
M Mills 1 for 7yds
R Edgerton 1 for 3yds
S Clackson 1 for 3yds
J St Louis 1 for -3yds
K Ejiogu 28 for 166yds
J St Louis 2 for 8yds
S Clackson 2 for 6yds
S Omar 4 for 5yds
M Mills 1 for -1yd
Passing 14 of 26 for 110yds 1TD
Rushing 37 for 184yds
Total 63 plays for 294yds
Passing 15 of 29 for 184yds 2TD
Rushing 21 for 103yds 1TD
Total 50 plays for 287yds
T Siewert 7 tackles
J Cashman 7 tackles
M Lloyd 5 tackles
O Thomas 4 tackles
R Edgerton 3 tackles
T Mackenzie 3 tackles
S Kockleburgh 2 tackles
J McLees 2 tackles
S Price 2 tackles
O Howes 1 tackle
J Barclay 1 tackle
A Cole 1 tackle