Posts Tagged ‘American Football’

American Football Flag Tournament

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Personal, Wider Curriculum

On Monday this week, some of our S1 and S2 pupils took part in an American Football Flag Tournament at Bught Park. The tournament is used as a development activity to bring through younger pupils and inspire them to hopefully play in the full contact version of the event when they are older.

Charleston Academy pupils did really well and gave their all, ending the day with two wins, two draws and one defeat.

The team have been coached by Fergus McIntyre and Rhys Smith over the past 5 weeks. The boys have done a terrific job, and it was clear to see how good a team ethic there was around the squad. Well done everyone.

Mr Donald MacLeod, Biology Department

HACL American Football Final III

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Charleston Knights 6 – 26 Black Isle Stags

The third community league season culminated on Saturday at Bught Park with a third match up between the Black Isle Stags and the Charleston Knights. In the previous match-ups, the Knights had emerged as winners, on their way to an undefeated regular season. For the third match up, the result was different.

The game started perfectly for the Knights. On their second play, quarterback Calvin Campbell launched a long pass which was hauled in by receiver Sam Mackeddie for a touchdown, to give the Knights an early 6-0 lead. The Knights defence held the Stags on their next possession, and on regaining the ball running back Craig Robertson ran for another touchdown – but it was negated by a penalty on the play. This momentum shift rejuvenated the Stags, who turned the game around with two touchdowns before half-time to take a 14-6 lead in at the break. In the second half the Knights suffered a few key injuries, and the Stags continued to impose their will by scoring two more touchdowns to secure their victory by a final score of 26-6. The Knights MVP was center and linebacker Fergus MacIntyre, who put in an exceptional effort and played through injury to try and help the Knights to victory. Once again it was an exceptionally physical game, with two very closely matched teams not giving an inch. In the end the Stags were the better team on the day, but the Knights can take a huge amount of credit for their undefeated regular season, and their second consecutive appearance in the Highland Bowl.

Next season the Knights will hope to go one better. The majority of this years squad will not be returning as they are over the age limit for eligibilty next season. Therefore the team are looking for new recruits for next seasons squad. If you would be interested please put your name forward to Mr Macleod or notify any of the players from this seasons squad.

Mr Donald MacLeod, Biology Department

American Football HACL Week 4

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Wider Curriculum

The fourth and final week of fixtures in the Highland Academy Community League saw the Charleston Knights trying to maintain their unbeaten run, and finish the season with a perfect record.

The first game was a rematch of a week 2 fixture against the Black Isle Stags. The Knights got off to a perfect start, with Knights safety Lewis Hilditch intercepting a pass from the Stags quarterback, and returning it all the way for a touchdown. The teams then traded touchdowns, with the Knights holding a late 1 point advantage late in the game due to scores by wide receiver Sam Blackhall, and a touchdown run by running back Craig Robertson. With the score at 19-18 the Knights scored the clinching touchdown with another run by Robertson. An intercepted two point conversion by the Stags made the final score 25-20 to the Knights in one of the best ever games in the league’s history. Running back Craig Robertson earned Most Valuable player honours for an exceptionally tough performance and two more touchdowns to add to his season’s tally.

The second match of the day saw the Knights face off against last years champions, the Inverness High School Predators. The Knights ran out comfortable winners over a rebuilding Predators side. The Knights amassed a total of 7 touchdowns on the day, to help secure the 50-6 victory. Three early touchdowns set the tone, with 2 receptions by wide receiver Reece Stewart and 1 by receiver Sam Blackhall. The score was added to by touchdowns from receiver Lewis Hilditch, centre Fergus McIntyre and back-up centre Ronan Melens, and a third reception by Reece Stewart. All but 2 of the touchdowns were thrown by quarterback Calvin Campbell, who received Most Valuable Player honours for his performance in this match and for his exceptional effort throughout the season.

The Knights have now completed an undefeated regular season, 8-0. This Saturday, the 12th, they face off once again against the Black Isle Stags in the season’s finale – the Highland Bowl. If this match is as close as the previous two encounters this season, it promises to be an exceptional match. The game kicks off at 1pm at Bught Park. Please come along and support the team!

Mr Donald MacLeod, Biology Department

American Football 15-16

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Wider Curriculum

Last Sunday Charleston Academy students took part in an American Football Skills Clinic run by the Highland Wildcats. The event was for school pupils involved in the Highland Community League as well as players from the Wildcats themselves.

It was a 3 hour session held at the Highland Football Academy facility in Dingwall. New and experienced players were given a series of training activities to help introduce them to some key skills of the sport, and help prepare them for the upcoming American football season. Of all the schools that were involved, Charleston had comfortably the largest number of pupils attending with a total of 14. Also Euan Crawford (S6) was present as a senior member of the Wildcats squad.

The pupils taking part are:

Rhys Smith (5L2); Lewis Hilditch (5K2); Finlay Hilditch (2K1); Craig Robertson (5S1); Craig Macintosh (5T1); Sam MacKeddie (Blackhall) (5K1); Fergus Macintyre (5s2); Struan Macdonald (4K1); Anthony Arenas (5S1); Calvin Campbell (5S1); Reece Stewart (4T1); Adam Tuthill (3T1); Jamie Fraser (5K2); Kieran Watts (5K2).

The pre-season training begins with sessions after school in the games hall on Wednesdays (3.30-5pm), and outdoor sessions on Saturday afternoons 12.30-3.30 at Bught Park. First training session is on Wednesday the 13th December.

More info about the league can be found at Highland Wildcats or on their Facebook page, and pupils who are interested in playing for the team can follow the teams’ Facebook

Mr Donald Macleod, Biology Department

Charleston Academy Wildcats Success

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In the last two weeks, Charleston Academy pupils played a critical role in the incredible success of the Highland Wildcats American Football squad, who claimed the Scottish Under-19 and British Youth BritBowl titles. Evan Crawford (6S1), Lewis Hilditch (5K2), Corin Robinson (6S1) and Fergus McIntyre (5S2) built on their local success with the Charleston Academy Knights, and were instrumental in the national success of the Wildcats, to help them claim their second consecutive British title, and third in 5 years.

The Britbowl title was won at Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster on the 12th of September, after the Wildcats defeated the Kent Exiles, the Buckinghamshire Wolves and the Woodham Warriors to help retain their title. In the final, quarterback Euan Crawford led the way to victory by throwing 5 touchdowns, and steering the Wildcats offence from start to finish. Wide receiver Lewis Hilditch was a recipient of a 28 yard pass from Crawford for a touchdown in the final, whilst linebacker Corin Robinson and nose tackle Fergus McIntyre played crucial roles on defence, with Robinson adding to the points total with a tackle in the opponents end zone for a safety. Overall, the Wildcats were convincing winners of the Britbowl tournament, outscoring their opponents by a combined total of 120-51.

After the success at BritBowl, the Under-19 Wildcat squad returned to Bught Stadium on Sunday the 20th, to face off against the Edinburgh Wolves. The team were lead once again by quarterback Euan Crawford, who helped the Wildcats to a convincing 56-8 victory with a Most Valuable Player performance. Corin Robinson was also a crucial part of the victory as both a running back and linebacker, as was former Charleston pupil Nathan Ross, who played extensively on defence and special teams.

All of the Charleston pupils involved began their careers as members of the Charleston Academy Knights. They are a shining example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication. The new Knights season kicks off in the new year, and hopefully a new crop of players can add to their remarkable achievements.

Mr Donald MacLeod, Biology Department and Knights Coach


HACL American Football Final

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Wider Curriculum

Last weekend our recently formed American Football Team played in the final of the Highland Academy Community League. Charleston Knights were up agains the High School Predators. Entering the final second in the league Charleston Academy knew they were up against the strongest and longest established team in the league. The final score was a disappointing 31-6. But considering the team have only existed for one season, their determination and resolve will place them in a good position to push further next season.

Inverness High School Predators 31 – 6 Charleston Academy Knights

It was an aggressive game and two Charleston Academy pupils required first aid after the match. Sam Blackmore and Lewis Hilditch weren’t available for all the post match photos but both boys were given the all-clear. Congratulations to the team for doing so well in the league and to Mr Donald MacLeod in Biology who inspired the formation of and then coached the team.


Brilliant American Football Results

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Wider Curriculum

Two further wins in Week 4 secure Charleston Academy Knights a place in the Highland Academy Community League Final next Saturday against Inverness High School Predators. Good Luck Boys.

Game 1: Charleston Academy Knights 15 v 12 Millburn Academy Eagles

The final week of matches started with a crucial winner takes all match for a place in the final of the Highland Academy Community League – the Highland Bowl.

The match started with a nervy opening by the Knights, which the Eagles capitalised on with an early touchdown run to take a 6-0 lead. The Knights then changed the whole complexion of the match with two quick scores. Receiver Sam Blackhall scored on a run on a reverse play to tie the scores at 6-6. On the resumption of play, the Millburn offense stumbled, and their running back was tackled in their own end zone for a safety, to edge Charleston into the lead, 8-6. Charleston further extended their lead with a touchdown reception by center Fergus McIntyre from a short pass by quarterback Euan Crawford. A conversion by Blackhall took the score to 15-6, before Millburn hit back with another touchdown run to draw the scores to 15-12. Late in the game Charleston looked to have put the game away with a touchdown reception by receiver Craig McIntosh, but a penalty nullified the score. Instead, Charleston were forced to endure a late drive by Millburn, which finally ended after linebacker Ronan Melens forced a fumble which was recovered by the Charleston defence – his second forced fumble of the match. At the final whistle, Lewis Hilditch was given the Most Valuable Player award for a terrific overall performance on both offense and defense.

Game 2: Charleston Academy 35 v 26 Culloden Raptors

Photos © Scott MacDonald. Used with Permission.

After the intense battle of the first match, it took another exceptional effort for the Knights to overcome a very tough and physical challenge from the Raptors. In a high scoring affair, both offenses set a  high tempo. Charleston opened the scoring with another touchdown reception by receiver Sam Blackhall. After a tying touchdown by the Raptors, the Knights regained the lead with yet another touchdown by Blackhall –his 13th in total for the season. The lead was extended with a touchdown by receiver Lewis Hilditch, and three touchdowns by running back Craig Robertson, in an exceptional individual performance. A couple of late consolation touchdowns for the Raptors narrowed the score, to a final victory for the Knights by 9 points. Most Valuable Player for the game was Euan Crawford, whose standout play on offense and defense has been a key reason for the Knights success all season.

As a result of the week 4 results, the Charleston Knights finish the season with an overall record of 6-2, and have deservedly earned their place in the second Highland Bowl.

The final will take place at Bught Park, Inverness on Saturday the 14th of March. Kick-off is scheduled for 1pm. All Welcome. Best wishes to all of the Knights players for the final!

Mr Donald MacLeod, Biology Department

American Football Week 3 Successes

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Wider Curriculum

Good Luck to our American Football Team, the Charleston Knights. If they win on Saturday 28 February they will be through to the Highland Bowl Final. Current Highland Academy Community League Placings are below. Good Luck.


Charleston Knights 18 v 12 Black Isle Stags 

Week 3 of the Highland Academy Community League started with a rematch from the first week, when the Black Isle Stags had dominated the Charleston team.

The Knights immediately put points on the board with a touchdown reception by running back Craig Robertson from a short pass by quarterback Euan Crawford. After a period of Charleston dominance, which they were unable to capitalise on, the Black Isle side levelled the scores. However, before half-time Charleston regained the lead on a touchdown reception from receiver Sam Blackhall, adding to his impressive haul for the season. The second half was a very frustrating experience, with large periods of Charleston dominance being cancelled out by penalties and costly errors. Eventually a tying touchdown by the Stags looked to have cost Charleston a deserved victory, in spite of an exceptional defensive performance led by standout performances by Euan Crawford and Kieran Watts . However, with three seconds remaining quarterback Crawford launched a long hopeful pass downfield, which, after a ricochet off a defending player, was miraculously hauled in by Blackhall who sprinted into the end zone for the winning score. An incredible late victory, and a deserved reversal of the opening week defeat. Deserved MVP for the match was once again Sam Blackhall.


Charleston Knights 32 v 16 Culloden Sharks

The second  match of the day started very brightly for the Knights. An early touchdown reception by running back Robertson was added to by 2 more touchdown receptions by Blackhall , and a defensive fumble recovery touchdown by Lewis Hilditch, to give Charleston a comfortable 26-0 halftime lead. In the second half the Sharks regained some pride with 2 touchdowns, as Charleston eased up a little. The score was completed by a touchdown reception by match MVP Hilditch from back-up quarterback Calvin Campbell.

Going into the final round of matches, Charleston are currently tied for second in the standings. Two victories this Saturday (vs the Millburn Eagles and Culloden Sharks) will ensure their place in the final (the Highland Bowl) in 2 weeks. Games start at 12 noon this Saturday.

Read the full match report for Week 2 HERE.

Mr Donald MacLeod, Biology Department and Coach

American Football Week 2

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

Game 1 – Charleston Academy Knights 38 v 0 Inverness Royal Academy Sharks

A rematch of a fixture from week 1 followed a similar pattern. From the first whistle Charleston dominated. The tone was set on the first drive, which ended in a touchdown reception for receiver Sam Blackhall from quarterback Euan Crawford. This was followed by two further touchdown receptions by center Fergus McIntyre, another for Sam Blackhall, a touchdown run by running back Craig Robertson and a touchdown run by Euan Crawford, taking the handoff from back-up quarterback Calvin Campbell. Defensively the Knights offered no respite to the Sharks team, aided by interceptions from Crawford and cornerback Craig McIntosh. The final score of 38-0 in no way flattered the dominance shown by Charleston. Most Valuable Player for the match was Sam Blackhall, who’s touchdowns and defensive play proved crucial.

Game 2 – Charleston Academy Knights 26 v 39 Inverness High School Predators

The second game of the day was a match-up against the dominant Predators side, previously unbeaten going into this game, and tipped by many to go through the season unbeaten. Initially the match  looked to be going to form with the High School quickly amassing a two touchdown lead. However, Charleston fought back and by half time had tied the scores following touchdowns by Craig Robertson. Lewis Hilditch and Sam Blackhall to help tie the score at 20-20, aided by a crucial interception by cornerback Kyle McBeath to stop a Predators drive. The second half was equally tight, with Charleston going toe to toe with the Predators in a thrilling match. A further touchdown by Sam Blackhall tied the scores again at 26. However, a late fumble and interception finally broke the momentum, and eventually the Predators edged home with two very late touchdowns to win 39-26. However, all who watched agreed that it was the best game of the season thus far, and that Charleston had pushed the Predators much further than anyone expected. All of the players deserved credit for their heroic efforts, but ultimately the most valuable player award went to Lewis Hilditch who, like many of his team-mates, played tough until the very end.

This week the Knights will face off against the Black Isle Stags (in a rematch from week 1), and the Culloden Academy Raptors. Games begin at 12 noon at Bught Park (Saturday 21st).

Read the match reports for Week 1 HERE.

Mr Donald MacLeod, Biology Department and American Football Coach

American Football: Highland Academy Community League

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Wider Curriculum

The Highland Academy Community League for American Football began on Saturday. Matches take place at the Bught. Teams include Charleston Academy Knights, Inverness Royal Academy Sharks, Culloden Academy Raptors, Millburn Academy Eagles, Inverness High School Predators, and the Black Isle Stags. Check their Facebook Page for more pictures and details.

Game 1: Charleston Academy Knights v Inverness Royal Academy Sharks

The 2015 season began with a resounding victory by the Knights over the Sharks, especially impressive given the large turnover in the squad from last year. The tone was set early on by debutante running back Craig Robertson running in for a touchdown on his very first play. Robertson followed up with a second touchdown before half-time. The score was added to by two receiving touchdowns by centre Fergus McIntyre ( and a 2-point conversion), and two receiving touchdowns by receiver Sam Blackhall. All four touchdowns were thrown by quarterback and team captain Euan Crawford. The scoring was completed by a late touchdown reception for Lewis Hilditch from back-up quarterback Calvin Campbell. The award for game Most Valuable Player went to Fergus McIntrye.

Final Score 46-6

Game 2 : Charleston Academy v Black Isle Stags

The second game was a very different affair against a very powerful and physical Black Isle side. The early stages were very even, with the Knights cancelling out an early Stags touchdown by a touchdown of their own by Sam Blackhall from quarterback Euan Crawford. After that the Stags dominated, and ran out 24-6 winners, despite a late showing from the Knights falling just short of a consolation touchdown. A very tough, physical battle, which earned a well deserved Most Valuable Player award for captain and quarterback Euan Crawford – leading by example as always.

Week 2 fixtures – Charleston v Inverness High School Predators (12pm), followed by a rematch v the Sharks.


Full Sqaud

Mr Donald MacLeod, Biology Department and American Football Coach