15/8/21 Thames Valley Tigers @ South East Legion – By Stan Wilson
Final score: 6-12
The reverse fixture between the Tigers and Legion was again low scoring, but sadly resulted in a loss for the home side. The Legion were down on numbers but put up a valiant fight on both sides of the ball against a competent Tigers team.
Due to missed assignments on back to back drives, Legion fell down 12-0 quite quickly. However, through great in-game adjustments and outstanding communication throughout the unit, the defense, led by Harrison Kane and Stan Wilson, stayed strong for the remainder of the contest. Linebacker Jake Horne arguably had the best performance on the day and was a big factor in the 55 minute shutout. Horne was a nightmare for the Tigers’ running backs and had two turnovers to his name by the end of the game. Aston Balment and Stan Wilson also had turnovers of their own.
Offensively, Legion struggled to gain much momentum but positives seen in the performances by Roman Cameron and Luke Cheeseman in the rushing attack. Cheeseman scored the team’s touchdown. Special notice should also be given to Harrison Kane and Elliot Harbidge who played “iron man” for the majority of the game, contributing on all 3 sides of the ball including positions unfamiliar to them.
Next Sunday, Legion will trek to Watford for another match against the formidable Hertfordshire Cheetahs.
Offence MVP – Luke Cheeseman
Defence MVP – Jake Horne
Head Coach, Luke Boorer added “Today was a tough loss for all of the players and coaches a like. We started the game very badly and were 12-0 down after just a few minutes. I was proud of the players as they fought hard to come back into the game. Both teams were low on numbers because of a few reason but these were the cards we were dealt. Looking back at the game, there is a lot I would do differently. I cant fault the players and feel the loss was down to failings on my behalf. This has made me more determined to work harder to help all these kids fulfil their dreams.”