On Saturday the 8th of March, the inaugural Highland Academy Community League of 5-a-side American football kicked off, with teams representing 5 schools from the Inverness area competing, including our own Charleston Academy Knights.
The first game versus the Inverness High School Predators, was scheduled to be the toughest, as the High School team boasted one of the largest and most experienced squads in the league. However, Charleston took an early 14-0 lead with 2 touchdown passes from quarterback Euan Crawford to wide receiver Nathan Ross. The touchdowns were converted by receptions from wide receiver Ronan MacMillan and running back Corin Robinson. A late touchdown at the end of the first half spurred on a comeback from the High School team, who’s bigger squad and fresh legs outlasted the Charleston team with a final score of 30-14. An impressive effort nonetheless considering the Charleston team only had a threadbare squad of five players due to some last minute call offs of certain key players. MVP of the game was Nathan Ross for his two touchdown receptions.
The second match pitted the Knights against the Royal Academy Sharks. The Charleston team put on a dominant display, comfortably outscoring their opponents by 34 points to 6. Corin Robinson scored 3 touchdowns, running in for 2 and catching one from Euan Crawford. In addition Ronan MacMillan rushed for a late touchdown to cap the scoring. Man of the match was center Matthew Tidey who courageously played through a painful injury for the entire match and made several key plays, especially on defence.
On Saturday 15th the Knights faced a rematch against the Predators, and also face the Millburn Academy Eagles & the Culloden Academy Raptors. The squad could still use some new members, with training continuing after school on Wednesday afternoons. Further fixtures follow on the 1st and 8th of March.
More information about the league can be found at on the Highland Wildcats website.