4 June 2017
Leicester Falcons recorded a convincing win against local rivals Coventry Jets at Leicester Road Stadium, Hinckley. The win keeps the Falcons in touch with their playoff rivals in the BAFA NFC1 South. (See Pictures)
The Falcons began the game well, keeping up their record of scoring on their opening drive in every game so far this season. Leading touchdown scorer Taylor Brown wasted no time in taking a jet sweep run 45 yards to the house, and Nat Eaves added the two-point conversion to take a quick 8-0 lead. The Falcons defensive line was dominant, led by Oleg Stroi and Luke Geary who consistently made tackles in the backfield, and Coventry were unable to get anything going on offence. As the second quarter began Falcons QB Troy Lee Jackson engineered a long drive down the field, mixing short passes with runs from Nat Eaves, and completed a 30 yard touchdown pass to Dan Burton for the Falcons’ second score. Due to heavy rain the Falcons elected to forego their kicking game, instead electing for two-point conversion attempts each time, and managed to be successful every time. On the subsequent possession a poor Jets punt gave the Falcons a short field, and Brown ran over from a yard out for his second of the game and a 24 point lead.
In the second half replacement QB AJ Mepsted stepped in to lead the offence after Jackson opted to play it safe following a knock at the end of the first half. On his first drive of the game fullback Adam Gumbs ripped off a huge 30 yard run, then Mepsted passed to Jack Verling who came down with the ball inches from the goal line. Brown ran over for his hattrick and the conversion from Eaves made the score 32-0. Coventry tried to respond, but were held every time by a spirited Falcons defence. As the fourth quarter began they engineered a drive into the red-zone but cornerback Dan Smith came up big with an interception of Jets QB James Southall, and successive punts by both teams ended the game.