The fourth and final week of fixtures in the Highland Academy Community League saw the Charleston Knights trying to maintain their unbeaten run, and finish the season with a perfect record.
The first game was a rematch of a week 2 fixture against the Black Isle Stags. The Knights got off to a perfect start, with Knights safety Lewis Hilditch intercepting a pass from the Stags quarterback, and returning it all the way for a touchdown. The teams then traded touchdowns, with the Knights holding a late 1 point advantage late in the game due to scores by wide receiver Sam Blackhall, and a touchdown run by running back Craig Robertson. With the score at 19-18 the Knights scored the clinching touchdown with another run by Robertson. An intercepted two point conversion by the Stags made the final score 25-20 to the Knights in one of the best ever games in the league’s history. Running back Craig Robertson earned Most Valuable player honours for an exceptionally tough performance and two more touchdowns to add to his season’s tally.
The second match of the day saw the Knights face off against last years champions, the Inverness High School Predators. The Knights ran out comfortable winners over a rebuilding Predators side. The Knights amassed a total of 7 touchdowns on the day, to help secure the 50-6 victory. Three early touchdowns set the tone, with 2 receptions by wide receiver Reece Stewart and 1 by receiver Sam Blackhall. The score was added to by touchdowns from receiver Lewis Hilditch, centre Fergus McIntyre and back-up centre Ronan Melens, and a third reception by Reece Stewart. All but 2 of the touchdowns were thrown by quarterback Calvin Campbell, who received Most Valuable Player honours for his performance in this match and for his exceptional effort throughout the season.
The Knights have now completed an undefeated regular season, 8-0. This Saturday, the 12th, they face off once again against the Black Isle Stags in the season’s finale – the Highland Bowl. If this match is as close as the previous two encounters this season, it promises to be an exceptional match. The game kicks off at 1pm at Bught Park. Please come along and support the team!
Mr Donald MacLeod, Biology Department