Tamworth would have been hoping the visit of EKP would provide a sterner test than has been served up so far this season but it was not to be as it ended up another steamrollering at the hands of a rabid Phoenix side who never gave the Scots a sniff the entire game.
The first score came after only six plays when RB #5 Elliot Walters took advantage of some good work by the offensive linemen, who made the hole right up the middle, to run in for the 32 yard score.
Walters got his second of the day on Tamworth’s next drive, which went for 65 yards in only 4 plays, when he crossed for a 20 yard touchdown after a nice 30 yard pass by QB Pat Daley to get into the red-zone.
Not wanting to feel left out on the scoring the ‘Nix defence got themselves their first TD of the season when #56 Raphael Omozusi picked up a fumble and ran in for a 15 yard fumble recovery touchdown, when a poor handoff by the EKP QB was taken advantage of by the D-line.
Raphael Omozusi scooped and scored! Photo courtesy of Nick Mortimer Photos.
Much of the same and three touchdowns were served up in the second quarter. The first came courtesy of #24 Marcus Boswell catching in the corner of the endzone with nobody around him, which came after the end of an unusually long drive including QB runs and an important first down by #9 Adam Hope running up the gut.
A huge tackle in the backfield helped hand the ball back to the Phoenix Offence and it was soon 34-0 when WR #85 Adam Hennessey was found wide open due to a static Pirates secondary.
East Kilbride did start to show a glimmer of what they’re capable of as the two minute warning was called when their QB Neil Baptie threw a nice 20-yard pass, but that’s about as glamorous as it got for the stuttering Pirates offence and the ‘Nix defence were soon back in their groove when Baptie was sacked for a 7 yard loss by no less than 4 Phoenix defensemen.
This gave the Phoenix offence just over a minute to score before half time. Naturally it was delivered when Pat Daley scrambled for 30 yards then threw the 2-yard touchdown pass to Adam Hennessey for his second score of the game. The PAT was good, 41-0 and game over at half time.
Adam Hope and his bruising style of running punished the Pirates. Photo courtesy of Nick Mortimer Photos.
The last touchdown of the game and perhaps the most pleasing on the eye was scored early on in the third quarter when #11 Ben Buslem made the catch over his shoulder for the 25 yard touchdown.
With the running clock in effect little time was available to add to the score but the defence especially shone in the closing stages with two interceptions made by Defensive Backs #21 Dan Hampton and #15 Matt Gawne.
Halfway through the season and the Phoenix stand alone at the top of the Premiership North with the most productive offence in the division (226 points) and the stingiest defence in the entire country, letting slip only 41 points in the five games so far.
July 2nd sees Tamworth travel to Blackburn to face bottom of the table Lancashire Wolverines and will be hoping of a repeat of the opening day game, which saw The Nix run out 52-0 victors.