American Football: Pythons burnt by the Dragons

Thomas Pichaud 28 February 2013

This season has been one of constant upsets and surprises by the team, however, this past Sunday the Pythons to suffered an upset. Going into the match on a high from beating UEA the week before, the Pythons had dreams of post season glory. But the Dragons have scored more than 40 points in their past three games and were looking to finish their season with a bang.

The game started out well for the Pythons, with the Dragons fumbling the ball into their own endzone, giving Defensive End Tim Allen a chance to smother it for the touchdown. The Pythons were up 6-0.

However, from there on, the Pythons were up against it. Joe Yarwood threw an interception to no. 89, giving the Dragons great field position on the 16 yard line. A series of runs by the Dragons ended in a touchdown. The score was tied at 6-6.

The Pythons, getting nothing done on offence, gave the ball back to the Dragons multiple times. Westminster capitalised on these, with a 12 yard touchdown followed by a 21 yard one by their quarterback. The Dragons were leading 19-6.

The Pythons handed the ball back to the Dragons again after a fumble, where the latter capitalised on some poor pass coverage for a 34 yard passing touchdown to lead 25-6.

Just before half time, Conor Rooney fumbled, but this time the Dragons could not capitalise on yet another Pythons error.

In the second half, and a damning half time speech, the Pythons decided to get into the game, with a touchdown from Jack Tavener taking the game to 25-13. The Pythons defence managed to hold the Dragons. However, the Pythons’ faltered again, allowing a punt to be blocked and giving the ball to the Dragons deep in Pythons territory. A quarterback sneak saw the Dragons eventually score to increase their lead to 31-13.

Another fumble from the Pythons handed the ball straight back to the Dragons. This led to another touchdown to put the Dragons 37-13 ahead.

Now playing for pride deep inside the 4th quarter, Yarwood found Jonty Richardson for a long passing touchdown to bring the score to 37-19 which remained till the end.

The Dragons played hard and deserved the victory, putting forward an offensive play that the Pythons could not stop on defence. Even with the loss, the Pythons still secured post season football by finishing second place in the South Eastern Conference (SEC), giving them the no. 2 seed in the plate (second level) playoff competition. This secures the Pythons a bye-week and home field advantage for their next game on March 10.

Thomas Pichaud