Game 1 Manchester Titans 13 – 6 Wigan Bandits
The Manchester Titans’ U14 flag team started their 2021 season with a great performance on both side of the ball, boasting a 13-6 victory over the Wigan Bandits as QB Charlie Evans threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Harry King who followed it up with a slick one-point conversion.
Harry also made a name not only in the receiving game but launched a 25-yard bomb to set up yet another receiving touchdown to push the Titans’ lead even further.
On the other side of the ball, the defence could barely be broken as Harry secured an interception and Zac Pike held any receiver he guarded to no catches. This combined with the near impenetrable defence of Darrion Banton Wright made it nearly impossible for the Bandits to march down the field and on the rare occasion they did, could not enter the end zone. On the final drive, Jorge Santana Angulo made an impressive two pass break ups which secured the Titans first victory for the day.
Game 2 Manchester Titans 21 – 6 Sheffield Giants
The Titans, feeling confident after last games’ convincing victory, went into game two of the day starting how they finished. At the full time whistle they came off the pitch with a 21-6 victory, but this great win wouldn’t be their best of the day…
The high-flying offence opened with a long touchdown pass to Darrion as he streaked past the defence unmarked and trolled into the endzone for the Titans’ first six points of the game. This was followed up by yet another extra point by Harry.
The next offensive drive was set up with catches from Sam Tucker and Charlie Bassett, who played well on both sides of the ball, and finished with a 39 yard catch down field to Darrion (again) and he topped it off with another touchdown for the season, following up with the extra point too.
The absolute brick wall of a defensive unit led by defensive coordinator Ruby Watson finished up the Titans scoring with the first, but not the last, defensive touchdown of the season as Zac read the offence and ran back a pick 6. This was finished with a one-point conversion by Harry. Titans QB Charlie also dipped his hand into the defensive side of things racking up 2 interceptions on top of his countless touchdown passes and extra points he had accumulated so far.
Game 3 Manchester Titans 42 – 13 Burnley Tornadoes
Even on one of the hottest days of the year, the chances of the Titans Big Blue defence slowing down was zero. Darrion led from the front with one super quick reaction tackle after another. Multi-positional super star Charlie rarely left the field in a very one sided game, throwing TD after TD on one side of the ball, and then captaining the defence on the other.
The Offence too gave Burnley a master class in gridiron, with the triple aerial threat of Harry, Darrion and Jorge completing catch after catch.
The second half, brought a couple of injuries to the Tornadoes, and with 10 minutes left in the game Burnley where down to there last 4 players. In a great show of sportsmanship the Titans players agreed to remove one of there own players and play with just 4.
Never giving up Burnley continued to attack scoring there second TD late in the game. The continued in Manchester’s favor with the game ending at 42 – 13.
Game 4 Manchester Titans 25 – 12 Wigan Bandits (again)
A quick 5 minute water break and the Titans moved on to there fourth and final game of the day.
A repeat of Game 1 was on the cards, and it pretty much was! Although one noticeable change on both teams was there Defenses. Hot, tired, and totally drained both teams struggled to keep the other out of the endzone, allowing twice the number of points to the first meeting.
The final score ending at 25 – 12.