After a rocky start, the Blitz come from behind to beat Bristol 39-19
After a comfortable win against the Farnham Knights, the London Blitz traveled west to Bristol to take on the Aztecs. The bus ride over didn’t seem to do the players much good, and Bristol took full advantage of an uninspiring Blitz start to put the first 7 points on the board. The Blitz answered just before half time with a much needed score, but failed to convert the extra point, and headed into halftime trailing 6-7.
It took until the 3rd quarter before both the Blitz offence and the defence found their rhythm. But when they did, they showed why they are once again title contenders. Deji Alli and Temi Oduyemi led the way with some impressive and powerful running on both sides of the tackle, with the running backs finding the end zone multiple times. The Atzecs were not ready for the sudden change of pace, and soon the score climbed to 26-7.
The game was finally put away when the defence stepped up. Rodon Zeqiri deserves special mention for almost single-handedly stopping multiple Bristol drives. The Aztecs attempted some trickery with a fake punt to get themselves back in the game, but it was covered well, with Stefan Gonzalez making the tackle to secure a turnover on downs. However, Bristol did not give up, and kept throwing the ball around the field, which had proved fruitful throughout the day. They managed to find end zone twice late in the 4th quarter; the final score standing at 39-19.
It was not the best game of Blitz football and the players will be poised to do better next Sunday on the 8th of May, home against South Wales Warriors.
Report by Jasper Van Dooren