By Scott Wolfe
The London Blitz reached their sixth successive BritBowl final late August as we came from behind to win our semi final match with the East Kilbride Pirates.
The Blitz travelled to Glasgow, Scotland for our semi final in the BAFA national league against the East Kilbride Pirates. After 10 hours on the road we finally made it to Glasgow University where we broke for dinner, split up into positional meetings and finally hit the beds for what would be a big game the next day.
Our preparations for the game suffered that night, when our team bus was broken into, vandalised and subsequently set on fire. I had poked my head out the window at about 11.30pm to see what all the noise was about and said “oh that bus is on fire….oh that’s our bus…”
After the excitement from the night before, we finally made it to our game the next day, but it’s fair to say we weren’t all mentally prepared. In front of their hometown crowd, EKP came out firing and scored on their opening drive. Running a mix of option and zone read, their QB was the most effective, especially with his 4.3 forty speed.
The scores were back and forward and EKP came into the fourth quarter leading 17-14 after scoring a go-ahead field goal. We managed to answer back with a kick return for the touchdown to put us back in front. But celebrations were short lived as we were called for 12 men on the field (you should ALWAYS be able to run one back for a TD with an extra man on the field).
After a re-kick, the Blitz then had a quick drive which concluded with a short scoring pass. After the PAT, it made it 21-17 in our favour with less than 2 minutes to go. EKP needed a touchdown to win, and with the Blitz in a prevent defense, the Pirates were able to move the ball into Blitz territory. However, a fumbled hand-off went to ground and was gleefully recovered by London, who subsequently forced EK to use their remaining Time Outs before subsequently going into victory formation to kneel it out for the win.
The Blitz will once again face our cross town rivals the London Warriors in the BritBowl final at Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield on Sunday 26th of August. After losing our first two meetings by 4 points, there is no love lost between the two teams and is sure to be a hard fought game.