Defensive display sees Seahawks win over the Wembley Stallions
A solid defensive display saw the Seahawks record a shutout against the Wembley Stallions. The final score was 34-0, with the Seahawks U19s making a statement to the rest of the league in their first game of the season.
After a drive each, the Seahawks gained some good field position and started their second drive on the half way line. A mistake by the offence saw the Stallions intercept the ball and start their second position on their own 35 yard line. The Stallions moved the ball about 20 yards down the field before lining up to punt the ball away on 4th down. A well executed designed fake saw the Stallions move the ball down to the Seahawks 10 yard line, only a last ditch tackle stopped the Stallions run in the first touchdown of the game. A great defensive stand held out the Stallions and the Seahawks were able to take a breath and regroup. The Stallions wouldn't have a better chance to score for the rest of the game.
A quick 3 and out saw the visitors go back out on offence with good field position. An incomplete pass was followed by an incredible read and interception by Seahawk debutant Josh Roberts. The DB got in front of the receiver and grabbed the ball out the air before returning the ball 72 yards for the first touchdown for the U19s this year. It was a great piece of individual skill that set the tone for the rest of the game. The extra point was missed due to a bad snap, but it would prove to be the only negative in an otherwise solid game by debutante kicker Owen Newman, making all 4 of his other XP attempts and continually putting the Seahawks in great field position with his kicking.
A monster block by Sam Gee on the punt and a series of back and forth drives saw both teams struggle to get away from the half way line. The Seahawks managed to break into the Stallions red zone with some solid running by Ollie Clemo and some great receptions from Lewis Marstin, both players would go on to make 62 yards each - Ollie on the ground and Lewis through the air. Louis Benzey connected with Sam Gee through the air to see the defensive back turned wide receiver record his first TD for the Seahawk U19 team.
A lapse in judgement by the Stallions returner meant the Seahawks immediately took possession again after the kick off. With the first play of the drive some great blocking by the Seahawks offensive line and some hard running by Ollie Clemo gave the 'Hawks another 6 points which Owen Newman quickly turned to 7. A very quick 14 points put the home team 21-0 ahead.
The visitors offence continued to struggle and a botched snap pinned them deep in their off red zone. A short punt meant the Seahawks took the ball on the visitors 15 yard line. With the last play of the half Louis Benzey connected with Lewis Marstin who was only just short of the goal line. With that, the Seahawks took a 21-0 lead into the half.
The defence continued to make it tough for the away team and after another short drive the Seahawks drove the ball down the field and only a pass break up by the DB against Sen Blears in 4th down in the end zone stopped the drive. A fumbled pitch to the Stallions RB was recovered by Scott Olive and yet again the offensive had great field position to start their drive, After some more great work by the offensive line Ollie Clemo was able to run the ball in for his second TD of the game. Like clockwork, Owen kicked the XP to take the home team to a comfortable 28-0 lead.
Heading into the 4th quarter the game continued much as it had all the way through with Wembley being frustrated by a solid defence. Toby Naylor made a great tackle on the opposite RB causing him to fumble the ball which was gratefully recovered by Lewis Amaira. With Ollie Clemo having run himself into the ground, Toby then took over at RB. Following some faltering plays, and more blocking from the O line, Toby ran in a 32 yard rush to record his first offensive TD for the U19 team. It capped off a great start to the season for the Seahawks and a nice 34-0 win.
There was a lot of individual performances in the game including Harry Hobbs getting an interception, as did Adam Deverill. Scott Olive with 2 fumble recoveries and some incredibly consistent kicking from Owen Newman. An opportunity for all 3 of our QBs to get game time, It was the best start we could have asked for and gives plenty of optimism to take into the London Warriors game on the 12th May. No room for complacency though, the Warriors will undoubtedly prove a tough test!