Three key first half turnovers forced by the Shropshire Defense and a second consecutive 100 yard rushing game from Leigh French were the key ingredients in a scrappy 26 – 12 away win over bitter rivals Staffordshire Surge.
Aiming for a fifth straight win in a series between the two bordering counties which began in 2009, the visitors making the short trip to Stoke on Trent got off to the perfect start when on the first Surge possession Defensive End Simon Dunkerley striped the ball free, Linebacker Mark Lingwood securing the recovery inside Staffordshire territory.
Running Back Leigh French ensured the away side would take full advantage by strutting in for score from 6 yards out to cap off a short drive. French had another Defensive End Andy Barnett to thank for his second score, Barnett hauled down the Staffordshire Punter just short of the end zone turning the ball over in the process. French walked in for another Touchdown on the next play which opened the second quarter, Adam Harris connected on both conversions to make the score 14-0. The Home side struck back when Quarterback Richard Large hit Moses Ogundeji at Midfield, the elusive Wide Out would out sprint defenders to get the Surge on the score sheet.
Not to be outdone Revolution signal caller Warren Thomas returning to his former club fired a pair of touchdown passes either side of half time to give the visitors a comfortable lead, Thomas found Receivers Sean Austin and Adam Harris with near identical close range passes to complete the scoring for the men in Purple at 26-6. Large found Wide Receiver Sam Podmore from 18 yards out for a consolation score in the fourth quarter to put an end to the day’s scoring.
Shropshire Head Coach Dave Reid bemoaned his sides lackluster second half display which was littered with penalties and mistakes “When you break it down we spent most of the second half scoreless and that falls short of the standards we set ourselves” Reid had kinder words for his Special Teams Unit “I was really pleased with our special teams play, Rookie Kingsley Brown punted brilliantly all day, we covered and tackled with real tenacity whilst our returners gave us fantastic field position I thought this was a huge difference between the teams today”.
Revolution now have a week off to prepare for the visit of the Merseyside Nighthawks on the 5th of May Kick off 2.30 pm at Oakengates Leisure Centre.
He's visited this week and saw the sights of sin-suh-nat-uh
(grim), which is enough for me to make this grand statement - Eric Reid could
be the man to take the Bengals to the next level. The LSU prospect has the
physical size and strength to instantly upgrade a team that has youth on their
A king-pin of one of college football's best defences, Reid is more physical
than your average free safety and could be moved to the strong-side without
much hassle, which is especially pertinent given the rise of the receiving
tight end over the last couple of years.
Reid's biggest asset in my opinion is his ability to read run and come downhill
for the tackle. In a strong class of safeties, the 21-year old's ability to get
to the line with pace, panache and power is what sets him apart.