Exiles offence shut down by Cobras
London Cobras 30-0 Kent Exiles
The London Cobras sealed the Division 1 South East title with victory over the Exiles, and in doing so denied the Kent side revenge on their defeat earlier in the season.
The first game of the year had been a close and bruising encounter for both teams, and this one was to be no different with both teams showing the intensity needed to play in the ultra competitive division.
With ex-Pitsburgh Steeler player Marvin Allen taking to the field for the first time this season, specifically to cover Exiles star receiver Clive Palumbo, the Exiles offence struggled to adjust and soon found themselves behind when Deon Grant intercepted an errant Aaron Griffiths throw, and returned it 29 yards for the touchdown. Jerome Allen then passed to Mark McGowan for the two point conversion.
That was to be the only score of the first half, as defence then prevailed. Standouts for the Exiles included Aaron Alexis with 11 tackles and a sack, and Kerry Gray with 10 tackles and 2 sacks.
The second half saw the Cobras score first again, this time on a safety as Griffiths was tackled in his own endzone whilst looking to pass. With the Exiles offence having it's first off day of the season, and struggling against the tough Cobras defence, the Exiles defence itself began to tire, and the Cobras began to find room to drive the ball. The third period was then rounded out by a Devar Gayle 14 yard touchdown run.
The fourth quarter saw Gayle score again on a 49 yard run, before the scoring was finished by a Sio Stevens 14 yard fumble return which was converted by Gayle's two pointer.
The Exiles now face the Norwich Devils in their final regular season game, knowing only a victory will ensure they move forwards to the play-offs as a 'wildcard' team, and finish the season with a 7 win and 3 loss record.
Full details of the game and the Exiles season can be found on their website, www.kentexiles.co.ukTweet