London Blitz off to a flying start
On Sunday, the London Blitz put their heartbreaking Britbowl defeat behind them with a comfortable win over the Farnham Knights to begin the 2016 season.
The Knights came to North London with something to prove, having recently returned to the top tier of British American Football, with a win over the Solent Thrashers securing a promotion at the end of last season. However, the hard work that the Blitz had put in during the pre-season paid off, and it didn’t take long for the team to build a solid lead.
Two touchdowns apiece for wide receiver Sam Rogers (pictured below) and running back Glen Toonga, as well as one for running back Deji Alli saw the score climb to 35 – 0 at half time. Coach Duncan Burford’s defense stood solid, and made it impossible for Farnham to claw themselves back into the game.
The second half was much closer, with successive drives from both sides finishing in either punts or turnovers. Finally, Blitz quarterback Josh Adamson threw a flawless pass to Sam Rogers in the end zone to give the wide receiver his third touchdown of the afternoon. The Blitz converted the extra point, bringing the score to 42 – 0.
After what looked like a certain shut-out, Farnham managed to punch in a consolation touchdown on the final play of the game. The referee blew the final whistle and the match finished 42 – 6.
Despite the changes that took place during the offseason, both in terms of personnel and their relocation away from their home ground in Finsbury Park due to refurbishment, the London Blitz look set for another promising season. Their next fixture is an away game on May 1st against the Bristol Aztecs, who beat the London Olympians 30 – 8 in their opener.