Cambridge Picks Canterbury Apart

CUPAFC – Post – Match Summary, Sunday, February 23, 2014 vs. Canterbury – at Coldham’s Common, Cambridge 

Cambridge Picks Canterbury Apart

On Sunday, the Cambridge Pythons played their last home game of the season against the Canterbury Chargers.  The Pythons were hoping to improve their record to 6-1 and solidify a playoff berth and second place in the conference.

Cambridge masterfully won the coin toss and kicked off.  As they have done so many times this season, the mighty Cambridge defense led by captain Tom Big Ginger Carr conceded no ground and on their first drive, Canterbury was forced to go three-and-out.  A Cambridge fumble on the ensuing punt gave the Chargers the ball back on the Pythons’ 36 yard line.  Three plays later, Guy Peters intercepted a pass and returned it 21 yards, which introduced the Chargers to the high powered Cambridge offense.

The domineering Pythons offensive line and its blitzing running backs showed why Cambridge has put big points on the board game after game.  The first drive featured a dozen runs, led chiefly by Alex Special SJ who burst through the line for the game’s first score.  Quarterback Joe Yarwood connected with Tom Carr for the two point conversion, setting Cambridge ahead 8-0.

After an initial first down, the Charges failed to mustre any significant gains and turned the ball over on downs on their own 43.

The Pythons again took to the ground with a barrage of attackers, including Jonty Richardson, Tom Carr, and Sidney legend Joe Moore.  The first quarter wound to a close with the Pythons still driving deeper into enemy territory and the Chargers defense in a state of agitated disarray.

At the outset of the second frame, it only took one play for Joe Moore to show why he has been an MVP of five games this season, darting into the endzone for a 13-yard score.  The two point attempt was no good, leaving Cambridge ahead 14-0.

Canterbury started the next drive on their own 38, but were limited to only five yards and turned the ball over on downs.  More relentless power running by the Pythons ensued, spearheaded by Special SJ with a 14-yard effort followed by Big Ginger Carr with a 21-yard dash.  Captain Joe Yarwood called his own number on the 1 yard line and put his team up 20-0.  Moore’s catch on the conversion racked up two more points for the Pythons.

The first Charger play after the kickoff climaxed with a devastating sack by rugby convert Sam Alderson for a 9 yard loss.  A first down later and Canterbury once again went four-and-out thanks to more bone-crunching Python defensive play.

Uncharacteristically, four plays into their next drive, the Pythons fumbled, which was recovered by Canterbury.  In a desperate effort to generate some offense, the Charges switched to a jumbo package, adding more size to their backfield.  Ginger Tom Reynolds shut down three consecutive Canterbury attacks and cornerback Hao Yusei batted the fourth play’s pass out of the air.

Cambridge took over with time winding down in the second half.  The first two tries were uneventful, but then quarterback Yardy stepped things up a notch, firing passes to Carr for 17 yards and Moore for a 29 yard touchdown.  James Stratford caught the two-point conversion, upping the lead to 30-0 as the half came to a close.

The third quarter began with a Charger kickoff and the Pythons taking over at the 47 yard-line.  Canterbury was largely unable to prevent Cambridge from driving around, over, and through their defenders and the Pythons orchestrated another ten successive plays.  Unfortunately, Canterbury recovered another Cambridge fumble on their own 1 yard line.

The men in light blue on the defensive front brought more overwhelming hostility and on the second play of the drive, ginger Tom Reynolds and Brendan Loftus teamed up to cause a safety in the endzone.

Cambridge then had a rare three-and-out drive partly due to penalty trouble.

Canterbury took advantage and launched their best attack of the day.  A run-pass combination followed by a 26-yard completion for a touchdown finally put the Chargers on the scoreboard.  Their two point conversion attempted failed, leaving the ledger at 32-6 Cambridge.

The Cambridge offense experienced further trouble thanks to a combination of penalties and incomplete passes and they elected to punt the ball away, ending the third quarter.

Once again Cambridge showed their defensive mettle, terrorizing the Chargers’ quarterback until Carr caught an interception.

Nine back-to-back runs pushed Canterbury further onto their heels and then Yardy sailed a pass over the heads of the Chargers’ defenders into the hands of Canadian wide receiver Jaason Geerts to seal the drive with a decisive score.  A failed two point conversion and Cambridge rested comfortably with a 38-6 lead.

Carr again proved to be the eternal nemesis of the Chargers’ quarterback by picking him off again and bullying his way to a 28 yard return.  Cambridge quarterback Aki Mulay took the reins and saw immediate production thanks to a lightning fast run by Joe Moore to the 1 yard line and a massive push by SJ to muscle the ball across the plane for another tally.  The Pythons had no luck on the two point try and found themselves leading 44-6.

Not to be outshined by his captain colleague, linebacker Jack Stafford added an interception of his own, shutting down any last-winded Charger comeback hopes.  The Pythons’ duo of SJ and Moore again eluded the defense all the way to the Canterbury 5 yard line before a fumble turned the ball over to the opposition.

Surprisingly, the Chargers took to the air again with another consistent result.  Guy Peters snatched the ball out of the sky and fielded a noteworthy return.

One last Canterbury sack and time expired without any more scoring.

Outstanding performances were had by offensive MVP Alex SJ with 23 carries, 100+ yards, and two touchdowns, Joe Moore with 15 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown, Tom Carr with 69 yards on the ground and two interceptions, special teams MVP Guy Peters with two interceptions, Joe Yarwood with a touchdown and three passing touchdowns, and defensive MVP Pete Campbell.

Final score Cambridge 44, Canterbury 6.

Cambridge is now 6-1 on the season, which is their best start since the mid 1990’s.

The Pythons would like to thank all the fans who attended.

The Pythons’ next game is Sunday, March 2 at the Berkshire College of Agriculture versus BNU at 1:00 p.m.  See the following link for the Facebook event:

http://www.facebook.com/events/769136629782887/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

The Pythons are still welcoming new players.  No previous American football experience required.  For more information, please contact Sam Thompson at sirt2@cam.ac.uk.

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