Leicester Falcons dominated in a big win over depleted rivals Shropshire Revolution on Sunday at Leicester Road. The victory seals the Falcons’ playoff place with three games to go and keeps them in prime position for the number 1 seed. See below for pictures.
The Falcons scored on virtually every possession in the first half. They took just three plays to get on the board; returning quarterback AJ Mepstead finding Kyren Watts for a 26 yard touchdown, and after linebacker Bill Hefford intercepted a wild Revolution pass the Falcons quickly doubled their lead through Marcus Francis. Running back Tolu Ogundana added a 30 yard rushing score, making numerous defenders miss tackles, and when Mepstead hit reciever Jarrod Gabbidon in the corner of the end zone from ten yards out, the Falcons had a 26-0 lead in the first quarter. Ogundana added a second, again from distance, and Ashton Patterson became the third running back to get into the end zone on the day for a commanding halftime lead. Shropshire’s best chance came just before the half with a promising long drive but it ended when star safety Taylor Brown intercepted in the end zone.
In the second half the Falcons eased off, giving playing time to the backups, and Mepstead completed to Shadrick Evans for Evans’s first touchdown as a Falcon, after cornerback Alex James returned an interception to the five yard line. Finally, Gabbidon completed the rout with his second of the day, somehow staying in bounds tiptoeing along the sideline to escape for a 60 yard score. The Revolution pulled one back through a deep pass to Mark Phillips but it was no more than a consolation.
Next week the Falcons visit Doncaster Mustangs, before a crucial showdown with second-placed Sandwell Steelers which will decide who takes the division title at Leicester Road on Saturday 21st July (6pm kickoff).