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14.04.2013 London Blitz

Very close game in London


The London Blitz made a winning start to their season narrowly beating the Copenhagen Towers 7-6.
Here is a link to the highlights of the game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWyFAkSI5_0




Despite the sunny start to the day the weather took a turn for the worse and just before kick-off the heavens opened. This had a major influence the game.

Copenhagen started strongly, putting together a couple of good drives through their running game whilst the Blitz offense weren’t able to get going in the first quarter. The Towers took the lead after driving down the field, with Casper Jensen taking the ball and breaking through the Blitz defense. The Towers missed their extra point and this ultimately proved costly.

With only a few minutes left in the second quarter the Blitz offense were able to get the ball within the Copenhagen red zone and, from just 5 yards out, Running Back Deji Ali outpaced the Towers defence to score on a sweep play. Kicker Jimmy Wyatt crucially made the extra point - the difference between the two teams on the day.

Unfortunately the weather made the second half a stalemate. Both teams abandoned their passing game due to the conditions. The Towers used a three back formation and looked to make ground through lead plays and misdirection. The Blitz made yards with Quarterback Fred Boyle making several rushing attempts and keeping the chains moving, but neither team really got close to their opponent’s end zone for most of the half.

With around two minutes left in the game the Blitz looked to run down the clock, however a fumble from Fred Boyle gave possession back to Copenhagen close to the Blitz end zone. The defense remained resolute and on 4th down Copenhagen went for the game winning field goal. The attempt was blocked, but the ball was picked up by one of the Tower’s special team players who was tackled closed to the side line, securing the win for the Blitz.

The second leg, in Copenhagen, is in two weeks and it’s all to play for. The team with the most points over the two legs will go through so it's a must-win game for the Blitz.


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