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).
Mr Donald MacLeod, Biology Department and American Football Coach