18.07.2006 Farnham Knights
Personal Assurance Knights 21 - 34 London Olympians
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The Knights defense was in good early form as they stopped the Olympian
Offense, lead by QB Stuart Franklin, and forced a punt.
The home Offense took over and a patient drive mixing the pass and strong
running from Kingsley Ejiogu was capped by Ejiogu's 28yard run for the
opening score. Steve Belcher kicked that PAT conversion and the Knights lead 7-0.
The remainder of the 1st Quarter saw both teams stiffen on defense forcing a further exchange of punts.
The second quarter started well for the Knights. RB Tony Stitt picked up big yardage on a pass from QB Ashley Heath and then Heath hit Wide receiver
Rodney Edgerton on a 39yard scoring play that put the Knights in control at
14-0 after Belchers extra point.
The Olympians made a change at QB with New Zealander Alex Lineham taking
over under centre. This brought immediate success as the faster release from Lineham saw the Olympian receiving trion of Clive Palumbo, Junior Price and Dwayne Clarke making in roads into Knights territory. The home defense were kept honest by intermittent barrelling runs from tailback Mike Sobanjo. The drive was completed by Linehams 4yard pass to Palumboand the extra point conversion took the score to 14-7.
The Knights made little headway on their next possession and the visitors
embarked on another patient drive after Belchers punt. The Knights defense
made a good stop as the game clock ticked down towards halftime. The home
teams offense embarked on another good drive with the clock inside 2 minutes and looked likely to add points before halftime - it was at this point however that the momentum of the game turned.
The Knights were intercepted on a pass play at the visitors 10yard line and
the return brought the ball out to the Olympian 33yard line. It took Lineham just one play to turn the momentum of the game as he hit Junior Price on a 57yard catch and run for the tieing score as halftime approached - 14-14
The 3rd quarter then turned into a Knightmare for the home team.
With Offense stopped on 3rd down facing a 4th down with less than a yard to
go the Knights were in trouble as an errant snap saw the ball turned over on their own 15yard line.Three strong runs from Sobanjo saw him crash into the endzone from 6yards out to give the Olympians the lead for the first time.
An exchange of penalties saw the PAT attempt moved to the 4yd line - from
there a fake kick resulted in a two point conversion run from FB Matt
Coppinger and a 14-22 lead for the visitors.
The Knights Offense stalled and the defense could not contain Lineham and
his receiving corps. Two further 3rd Quarter touchdowns from 14 yards ans 21 yards saw the Londoners in complete control with a 14-34 lead.
The Knights rallied in the 4th Quarter. The Offense were back on track but a fine defensive play saw the Londoners hold off a determined Knights drive as QB Heath suffered a second interception - this time in the visitors endzone.
Lineham went back to work but this time it was the Knights new signing -
Canadian Kris Aiken - who stepped up to make an interception that was
returned into Olympian territory. The Offense were held however and the
Knights were forced to punt. With time running out Lineham was rested and
Franklin returned under centre. It was the Olympian offense that now stalled and the Knights had a chance to take over in good field position.
Kingsley Ejiogu capped the ensuing Knights drive with a determined 7yard run and Belchers extra point took the score to 21-34
There then followed three onside kicks from the Knights. The first was
recovered by the home team - but the officials decided that there had been
an infringement and the ball was rekicked. After a scramble - the visitors
recovered the ball - but were penalised and the exercise was repeated for a
third time. This time the visitors got the ball after opportunities for both teams to recover it. They then ran out the clock and recorded an important win at the expense of the Knights.
Head Coach Steve Rains said "This is clearly a disappointment - but unlike
some of the predictions being voiced by others in the league - its not the
end of our season. The league is extremely competitive this year - that game could have gone either way. It makes our remaining three games all the more significant. We currently have two losses, as do the London Blitz and the Southern Sundevils. We play the Blitz twice, we have the tie breaker on the Sundevils and our final score today sets us a target to win by 14 points when we go to the Olympians on the 6th August. Its all still in our hands."
Despite the loss the club celebrated Coach Rains 100th regular season game
by presenting him with an engraved decanter after the game.
The Knights next game is back at Aldershot Park next Sunday when the
visitors are the London Blitz. The game kicks off early at 12 midday and is
followed by the Knights Youth Team hosting their visitors from the Tamworth
A Heath 6 of 13 for 95yds 1TD 2Int
R Edgerton 2 for 44yds 1TD
T Stitt 2 for 44yds
K Ejiogu 1 for 6yds
T Talbot 1 for 1yd
K Ejiogu 23 for 205yds 2TD
T Stitt 8 for 48yds
T Talbot 1 for 25yds
P Wakeford 5 for 12yds
G Hart 1 for 3yds
Passing 6 of 13 for 95yds 1TD
Rushing 38 for 293yds 2TD
Total 51 plays 388yds 3TD
Passing 20 of 30 for 239yds 4TD
Rushing 23 for 97yds 1TD
Total 53 plays 366yds 5TD
Knights Defense (highlights)
T Siewert 9 tackles + 0.5 sack
T Mackenzie 9 tackles
M Tomas 7 tackles + 0.5 sack
K Aiken 1 int
J Cashman 1 Forced Fumble
A Reid 1 Fumble Recovery