Wolves Prevent Nighthawk Nightmare
On June 3rd the Merseyside Nighthawks travelled North to visit Meggetland for the first time, awaiting their arrival was an Edinburgh Wolves team ready to prove a point. After losing to the Merseysiders twice in back to back National Finals this was a W the Wolves wanted more than anything!
The game started with the Wolves receiving the opening kickoff, but after a 3rd down fumble. The Nighthawks offence took the field in a very good position. What followed was an epic goal line stand which saw them go for it on 4th and fail. Back to the field came the O who clearly wanted to see how good our D actually was with Morrison (#5) throwing an interception after some heavy pressure from Merseyside. Again, at 1st and goal, the D stood resolute and pushed Mersey into a 4th down field goal attempt which was subsequently blocked by excellent pressure from the edge.
Now the Offence had the opportunity to prove its strength, Morrison through the air and Davidson (#34) on the ground saw 1st down after 1st down. From their own 10 yard line they were now on the Mersey 10. An excellent called play saw Harrison (#10) catch a pass from his knees for the TD, the attempted extra point was no good, 0-6.
Merseyside received the next kick and return the ball to around the 40. They got going on the ground and deep through the air, and scored almost immediately after the restart. The extra point was good 7-6.
A back and forward exchange came next with both teams forced into punts, however a fumbled fair catch would see the Nighthawks get the ball back again in excellent position. They subsequently scored, but missed the extra point. 13-6.
Morrison and co. returned for the next drive after an excellent juking return from Davidson to 40 yard line. Davidson would shine on the ground here showing his tackle breaking skills and break neck directional changes. He’d convert on 2nd down with a run up the middle to get the TD. What followed would be a piece of “Dan Cameron Magic” that would see Morrison complete a pass to Linebacker Ross Young (#33) on a fake field goal. 13-14.
Before the half was done both teams would score and convert to make it 20-21 at the half, with Harrison securing his 2nd TD of the day with a deep pass from Morrison.
Mersey would light up the 3rd quarter with two scores, one through the air, but only one extra point due to a failed 2 point conversion attempt. The lead now 33-21 it was starting to feel like a National Final all over again. Edinburgh responded well however, a strong effort saw a pass to Dave Orr (#11) completed and Davidson getting the point after. 33-28 at the end of the 3rd.
The 4th quarter was a thing of beauty, the Meggetland atmosphere was one of anticipation, after another strong defensive performance Mersey were pushed into converting a field goal which would mean they’d lead 36-28 early. Morrison would take the field and drive the ball well to only to have a dubious call see Mersey collect an interception in the end zone. This would see them drive the full length of the field, go for it on 4th and have Graham (#29) pick off a deep pass to give the Wolves hope.
Again, the O came on to the field to convert a drive which started on the 20, a 2nd TD for Dave Orr here. An attempt for 2 point would be foiled by a Merseyside linebacker who hit Galloway (#81) just as he was securing the ball. 36-34.
Mersey would go for it on 4th, but a fumbled pitch with less than 2 minutes to go. Strategic timeouts by Coach Edmonston, HC, would give them a chance of the W. Coach Cameron, OC, sent the boys out for a final time and with some excellent clock managing plays saw, in a cruel twist of fate, Davidson run in a pitch from Morrison to get the vital score. He would then kick the extra point to give the Wolves the lead with 40 seconds remaining. 34-41.
A nail biting 40 seconds would follow after the Nighthawks made an excellent return up to the 50, but today was Edinburgh’s day. With a last gasp attempt to seal the victory Gray (#24) would break up a deep pass on 4th.
The post match huddle would see Coach Edmonston lost for words as he knew he’d witnessed a culmination of hard work and determination from a heavily depleted squad. He would use the few words he could muster to award Calum Davidson the Bud Light MVP.
WOLVES WIN 36-41!!!
The Wolves next take on the Sheffield Giants in the final home game of the season, tickets are available on the day for £6 with under 16’s going free.
Tickets can be bought online at a discounted rate of £4 from Skiddle again under 16’s go free.
Kick off is at 2:30pm at Meggetland