Taken from STV – Friday 12th September
The Edinburgh Wolves will compete for one of the top honours in UK American football this weekend when they compete in the BritBowl for the first time.
The Meadowbank-based gridiron team take on the Merseyside Nighthawks in Leeds on Sunday after winning through the play-offs the hard way.
The Wolves qualified for the post-season in the lowest seeded position, but went on to defeat the top ranked Watford Cheetahs and second seed Solent Thrashers on the road.
That sets them up for the British American Football Association’s top prize, and offensive co-ordinator Dan Cameron believes their ability to win the hard way has been the difference.
He said: “It’s been about being able to win tough games. Teams previous to this year might have crumbled and folded and not been able to get that extra push.
“I think in the last two play-off games where we beat the number one and two seeds in the country by not massive margins – that shows how far this team has come.
“Being able to win the tough games – not blowing teams out by 40 or 50 points, but four quarters of solid football.
Cameron, himself a former player, has seen the 35-strong roster at the Wolves progress to become contenders this year and he praised the dedication of long-serving head coach Don Edmonston for bringing the team so far.
He said: “For some guys this is nine years in the making.
“I played at other teams before I came here as a player, now this is my first year as a coach.
“The talent level on the team is unbelievable.
“We’ve had players come through the youth system and players come in just this year and contribute right away.
“It’s been really rewarding to see all the players work and graft towards this final point of the season.
“And of course we hope to bring home a national championship.”
The game will be a career highlight for quarterback Jamie Morrison, who said the dirty work done by the offensive line protecting him – and the defensive line putting pressure on the opposition’s passer – have been the difference.
Morrison said: “Our strength is in the trenches – my O-line have been working hard, protecting me and giving the guys holes to run.
“The D-line have been terrorising other offenses all year round. They’ve been playing really hard all year round.
“It’s a good thing I’ve got such a good supporting cast around me – great receivers, a great line.
“It’s been hard to get here – when I first stepped up to senior level I didn’t know if I was going to make it at quarterback.
“But the coaches believed in me, and a few years later I was starting.
“I’ve got a lot of great guys believing in me and I can’t ask for anything more.”