by Sam Marsh
On this reasonably cold afternoon in Stirling the Clansmen proved too hot for the Sabres, as they ran out more than comfortable winners on the day. It didn’t start well for the Sabres as they lost their quarterback within seconds of the match kicking off through hard and ruthless tackling by the Clan. Things didn’t get much better for the rest of the match. They barely got past their own 30 yard line and never came near threatening the scoreboard.
Clansmen scored after only a matter of minutes after a mistake from the Sheffield quarterback, the Clan pounced on the ball and scored. The second touchdown came after the clan where pushed back 10 yards through penalties but that made no difference as on first and 20 Stirling ran into score their second of the match with a 58 yard run. The final score of the first quarter was another 58 yard touchdown right down the centre of the pitch to finish the first quarter 21-0 in favour of the team in white.
Stirling started the match as they meant to go on, with a fourth touchdown from 60 yards at the start of the 2nd quarter. The Sabres defence not able to contend with the offense of Stirling. At this point in the match the Sabres where already beat, all that was uncertain was the final score. After a great punt return Sheffield conceded yet again this time from 12 yards to make it 35-0. Another 12 yard touchdown soon followed and with less than two minutes to go in the first half a 23 yard pass found its man to end the first half on 49-0.
The 8th touchdown came at the start of the third. A few plays after the kickoff Stirling ran it in again. There was really no stopping the Stirling offence and no getting past the clans defence either. The scoreboard kept ticking over with more touchdowns in the third quarter until it ended 70-0 with the last still to be played.
The 4th and final quarter was more kind in the score board operator but not on the Sabres, this is because the Clansmen put in some absolutely massive hits on the Sheffield players which caused delight amongst the Clansmen on the side and also to the good crowd who gathered to watch this match. The final touchdown of the game was a 31 yard run through the middle. With the Clansmen kicker being on top form today not missing any, the score line was made all the more emphatic.
Overall Stirling where good value for their win and the Sabres have to go back to the drawing board for their next match. A good way for Stirling to play on their first home match of the season.