Exiles Blitzed by London
London Blitz 47-7 Kent Exiles
The Exiles tough journey into top flight football continued this week with a defeat at the London Blitz by the score of 47-7.
Despite the scoreline, the game will be remembered by the Exiles for two historic moments, perhaps the most significant of which was the debut of Hana Rabuzin for the team. Hana is not only the first woman to ever play for the club, but also the first in the history of the BAFL (British American Football League).
The game started badly for the Exiles as the Blitz scored two quick touchdowns, the first as the opening kickoff was returned, and then following a Blitz punt which was fumbled on the Exiles 3-yard line. But it was after this play that the second historic moment for the Exiles occurred. The Blitz had driven to near the Exiles endzone again when defensive end Paul Barclay broke through to sack Blitz quarterback Tom Britton who fumbled the ball. This was scooped up by defensive back Alex Campbell earned himself a nomination as the league player of the week with a dazzling 85-yards return to the Blitz endzone for the Exiles score, and a club record fumble return. Sean Starwind kicked the point after.
After that play the Blitz’s speed and division 1 experience really began to show, and despite moving the ball, the Exiles could not do so consistently. The Blitz’s touchdowns came thick and fast mainly on the ground and through Ricky Cunningham, Lloyd Edwards, Kieran Topping, Chris Onyilogwu, Adam Seoudy, Lennox Johnson and an Aaron Sanders-Percival reception. Nathan Holt kicked five of seven extra points.
The Exiles did have some other bright spots in the game, Paul Samartin again led the defence with an impressive 14 tackles, and was well assisted by Mark Vickers with 9 and Chris Denny, who was starting his first game for the club, with 6. Jordan Cropper also recorded his first sack, and David Pester blocked a point after to move into first place on the Exiles career statistics.
Following the game Head Coach James Mitchell commented "This was a tough game against a well drilled unit who are setting the pace at the top of division 1, but we again saw that the Exiles can play good football. We need to continue that into next week when we visit the Bristol Aztecs, and avenge our narrow defeat of a few weeks ago."
The Exiles undefeated youth team, for 16-18 year olds, also take on the Aztecs next week in a crunch game to decide who is gaing to stay at the top of the table. The Exiles can be contacted via their website, www.kentexiles.co.uk, and full details of all games can also be found there.
Offence - Matt Duncan, Quarterback
Defence - Alex Campbell, Defensive Back
Special Teams - Sean Starwind, Wide Receiver