Leicester Falcons recorded their fifth win in a row with a convincing victory over fierce local rivals Nottingham Caesars on Sunday at Harvey Hadden Stadium, Nottingham. The win keeps the Falcons top of the conference at the halfway point of the season.
The match began well for the Falcons, with Taylor Brown returning the first punt of the game 72 yards for a touchdown through several broken tackles. The offence took a little while to get going, but the Falcons defence held firm, as they have all season, not allowing the Caesars offence to even make it into the Falcons half in the first quarter. As the the second quarter began quarterback Joe Brammer connected on a deep pass to Jarrod Gabbidon, and Adam Gumbs capped off the drive with a 9 yard touchdown run. The Leicester offence was finally getting into its rhythm, and scored on each of their two subsequent possessions, first through running back Tolu Ogundana from one yard out, and next a pass from Brammer to Alex Preece in the corner of the end zone from 9 yards, giving the Falcons a commanding 28-0 halftime lead.
In the second half the defence began to steal the show, first with a tipped interception from Taylor Brown, and then a fumble recovery from ex-Caesar James Beckett which was returned for a touchdown. The Falcons offence had become a little complacent and committed a few too many penalties, but after penalty yards put Leicester in a 3rd down and 50 hole, Brammer unleashed his best moment, throwing a deep pass to Preece who broke away for a 70 yard touchdown reception, making the final score 42-0.
The Falcons now have a few weeks off before taking on Coventry Jets on 1st July as they fight for the number 1 playoff seed.
Photo is of wide receiver Tom Jarrett – photographer Darren Roberts