Saturday 20 February: Week 2 began with a match up between two undefeated teams, tipped by many as potential favourites to lift the Highland Bowl – the Charleston Academy Knights and the Black Isle Stags.
Charleston Academy Knights 28 – 14 Black Isle Stags
The match took place in very poor weather conditions which made it difficult for either team to move the ball effectively. The Knights opened the scoring on a touchdown reception by receiver Reece Stewart from quarterback Calvin Campbell. This lead was shortlived, as the Stags came back to score two touchdowns of their own to take a 14-6 lead. However, despite playing against a very determined and physical Stags side, the Knights rallied. The match was tied on a touchdown reception, and 2 point conversion by center Fergus McIntyre – his exceptional play on both offense and defense earning him a well deserved MVP award for the match. The Knights defense held firm, and then took the lead on a touchdown run by running back Craig Robertson, who ran the length of the field for a spectacular score. The Stags had one last chance to come back, and within the final seconds were right on the Knights goal-line. However an exceptional goal-line tackle by safety Lewis Hilditch forced a fumble, which was recovered and returned the length of the field for a touchdown by cornerback Craig McIntosh. The final score – Knights win 28-14 in an early candidate for game of the season.
Charleston Academy Knights 20 – 0 Culloden Academy Raptors
In the second match, the Knights faced off against the Culloden Academy Raptors. The match took an unexpected turn early, when a Raptors player picked up an injury, forcing them to play a man short. In a great gesture of sportsmanship, the Knights players were happy to continue the match with a man less as well. The game itself was a battle through awful weather conditions, but the Knights prevailed with another commanding performance. The Knights opened the scoring with a touchdown run from running back Anthony Arenas, followed by a touchdown reception from linebacker and back-up centre Ronan Melens. The final points of the game came from a touchdown run by centre Fergus McIntyre, who managed to run through three defenders on his way into the end zone. Final score Knights 20 – Raptors 0. The man of the match award went to cornerback for his overall outstanding play in both matches.
Week 3 report from Saturday 27 available soon.
Mr Donald MacLeod, Biology Department