Leicester Falcons edged closer to the #1 seed with a comprehensive takedown of Doncaster Mustangs on Sunday. In sweltering hot conditions the Falcons rotated their squad but still ran in seven touchdowns.
As in previous weeks the Falcons dominated early. On their first possession the Falcons sold a fake run allowing quarterback Joe Brammer to run in for a score from 20 yards completely untouched. Only four plays later Falcons cornerback Alex James intercepted an errant throw and returned it 45 yards for a second touchdown, and Brammer soon made it three with a carbon copy of his first score. Running back Dan Harding added a fourth just before halftime.
In the second half fatigue set in due to the 30 degree heat and the Falcons defence allowed Mustangs quarterback Sam Foulds to escape containment for a touchdown. Leicester hit back however through Tolu Ogundana, who has now scored in four consecutive games, and backup quarterback Nick Whitehead threw for his first touchdown pass of the year, hitting Dan Burton from 40 yards out. Adam Edwards scored late for his first of the year with a short run before Foulds added a second for Doncaster as time expired.
This Saturday sees the Falcons’ biggest game of the season as second placed Sandwell Steelers visit Leicester Road. The Birmingham side are the only team capable of catching Leicester in the division with two games remaining and a win for the Falcons will all but guarantee the #1 seed for the playoffs. Kickoff is 6pm.
Picture: Tolu Ogundana