The Southampton Stags travelled to Uxbridge for their last game of the season against the Brunel Burners, who apart from being beaten by the Portsmouth Destroyers, have had an impressive run this season.
It didn’t take long for Brunel’s running game to show its strength however, as on their first possession second and ten, their running back managed to find a big hole in the Stags defence and ran for their first touchdown. Standing on the Stags sideline you could sense that the Burners were fired up for this match and were looking to score big.
As the first half developed it became apparent that the Stags were not going to be so easily defeated. Both defences took charge on the field and made it difficult for the opposing offence to gain much yardage. The Stags defence however appeared to find another gear and were clearly dominating the Brunel offence as they forced several fumbles during the first half and made a very important forth down stop on a fake punt. You could feel the momentum beginning to swing in favour of the Stags.
Approaching half time the Stags managed to get themselves on the scoreboard with a perfectly timed end zone pass. They went for a two point conversion but it was stopped short by the Brunel defence, making the half time score 7-6 to Brunel.
Both teams were poised for a battle in the second half with the atmosphere around the field that either team could win this final game of the season. It was Brunel once again who got the scoring under way in the third quarter, as their running game began to take charge on the field. By the end of the third quarter Brunel had moved ahead 14-6.
As the game entered the last quarter the momentum was clearly with Brunel, as they controlled the ball well, moved up field and scored their first passing touchdown of the game, followed a good extra point, making the score 21-6. The Stags offence at this point of the game just couldn’t find their feet to progress enough on the field to give their defence a rest and it was beginning to show. With the Stags defence feeling tired, Brunel took full advantage on the field and ran in for another impressive fifty yard touchdown by #52 Samuel Emem. Brunel lined up for a two point conversion which was good, making the final score 29-6.
The Burners ended their season on a high, however their loss to the Destroyers in January puts them second in their BUCS division, and sees they out of this year’s playoffs.
Images from the game can be found here;