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.
Mr Donald MacLeod, Biology Department and Coach