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