Match Report - Gryphons 50-0 Legion

​An earlier than usual start in Chester perhaps went some way to explaining the fact that early on neither side could really get a grip on this opening game of the 2016-17 BUCS season, with penalties and punts rife early in the first quarter. However an early fumble recovery by captain Felix Titherley put the Gryphons in great field position deep in the Chester half which they duly took advantage of. Rookie QB Harry Roberts passing for his first touchdown in BUCS gridiron to fellow rookie Conor Moran.

From there onwards the team never looked back, as a rampant Leeds rushing attack started to take the game away from Chester in the second quarter. Tiane Nyashanu, who rushed for a total of 154 yards off 11 carries in the game including 3 touchdowns, scoring the first of 4 first half rushing touchdowns for the visiting side. The others to find the pay dirt being fellow running back Andy Hay and Roberts from a QB rush.

Leeds went into the half with a 33-0 lead and with their minds focused on sending out a message to the rest of the division, pressed on into the third quarter, Nyashanu getting his third touchdown of the game and 3rd year wide receiver Conor Robson being the next to find the endzone courtesy of Roberts’ arm. Robson would total 59 of the teams 89 passing yards on the day as he fully embraced his continued role as the focal point of the team’s passing attack.

The defence would not let the offence take all the glory on the day however, continuing to stifle anything the Legion attempted and ending an incredible performance with a shutout, 6 sacks and 2 safetys, courtesy of the always immense Nik Kozina (2 sacks), Daniel Harris (2 sacks), Paul Sissons (1 sack) and the highly impressive rookie defensive lineman Jack Brennan (1 sack). 

In the 4th quarter, a rotated lineup and a mercy rule clock being applied combined to slow the procession of scoring that had occurred in the rest of the game. As the clock expired, the team could finally take in what they had achieved on the day, ending with the biggest margin of victory in all of BUCS American Football on the day, and a feeling that after a disappointing 1-7 season last year, they finally have a team that can not only compete, but go a long way at this level.

Next up are preseason division favourites Bangor MudDogs at home on the 3rd December, who have begun their season with two impressive victories of their own. This game will certainly have a huge impact on who wins the division come February time, but the Gryphons can take huge confidence into that game from their performance in this fixture.