Leicester Falcons recorded their third win in a row against an
out of sorts Birmingham Bulls side on Sunday at Leicester Road.
The win leapfrogs the Falcons into second place in the BAFA NFC1
Birmingham received the opening kick off and drove down the field
behind the power running of running back Marc Bonazebi.
After being held in the red zone, Birmingham attempted the field
goal but the kick was blocked by the Falcons’ defensive line. Leicester’s
offence took a little while to get going, perhaps missing leading
touchdown scorer Taylor Brown who sat out injured,
and struggled to move the ball in the first quarter, Falcons QB
Troy Lee Jackson giving away a fumble at the end
of their longest drive of the quarter. The Falcons defence stayed
strong however and the Bulls struggled to move the ball, Joel
Gregoire among the defenders who made tackles for a loss.
In the second quarter Jackson threw an interception
but then finally found the breakthrough, throwing to a wide-open
Dan Burton from 32 yards for the first touchdown
of the day, with Tolu Ogundana adding the two-point
conversion. Birmingham had one last shot at points to end the half
but put a long field goal wide left and the Falcons went into halftime
The second half was all Leicester, however. To open the half Leicester
put together a long drive which was finished off by running back
Nat Eaves who ploughed over from one yard out, then Jackson
threw to leading receiver Jack Verling from 20
yards, who capped a 100 yard day with his touchdown. Adam
Edwards added the conversion to make the score 24-0. Birmingham
quarterback Richard Wilde was completely shut down
by the Falcons pass rush with Bill Hefford recording
a sack and a half. Relief quarterback AJ Mepstead
entered the game and added a touchdown pass of his own, throwing
from 20 yards to young receiver Ross Wilson who
scored his first Falcons touchdown and making the final score 30-0.
The Falcons defence have now recorded back to back shut outs, with
the offence scoring 30 or more in every game this season.
Next week is a crucial match for the Falcons as they take on closest
rivals Sandwell Steelers. The Falcons have won one and lost one
against their opponents already this season and this final clash
is sure to be a close-run thing, both sides needing a win to keep
the pressure on division leaders Nottingham Caesars. Kick off on
Sunday 18th June is at 3pm at Leicester Road Stadium.