A Cambridgeshire Cats side filled with desire to honour the passing of their brother; beat Wembley Stallions 40-0 and became the first side to stop the Stallions from scoring.
Stallions never looked in the game, as the Cats showed real determination in all phases of the game. The home side came away with six touchdowns and prevented the away side from even getting into the red zone.
Cats scored on their opening drive, despite pressure on the quarterback coming from Danny Hounslow and Johann Johnson. The home side were able to pass and run down field ending with a running touchdown and a successful conversion kick, making the score 7-0.
Stallions’ first drive started well with a nine-yard then an eight-yard run from Emmanuel Olagbaju. However, the drive stalled, only to be extended by a pass interference penalty on the Cats, before stalling again.
Further pressure from Hounslow and tackles from Andis Mema, Piers Watkins and Paul Fergus kept the home side’s next few drives short. The away side were also pegged back in the second quarter. One drive started promisingly with a 29-yard catch and run by Nick Glenday, but a sack and then a high snap lost ground and the drive stalled again.
After another three-and-out for the Stallions led the ball to be punted, but missed tackles put the Cats in great field position. A 23-yard pass for a touchdown, but a failed extra point put the score at 13-0.
Stallions were unable to get the running game going and after coming up short on fourth-and-two put the Cats back on the field in Stallions’ territory. Pressure from Mema and Glen Trafford-Smith forcing an incomplete pass, couldn’t stop the home side from extending the lead. A 28-yard pass found the end zone and with a successful kick the score was 20-0 as time expired on the first half.
The third quarter initially started well for the away side, as a pass found Krystian Czadowski in Cats’ territory. However, the drive stalled again as the running game failed to make any ground.
The home side had no problem with their running game as they ran in a 50-yard touchdown on the second play of the their next drive. The extras were added increasing the score to 27-0.
Stallions’ offence continued to struggle. Venturing briefly over midfield but didn’t gain a scoring opportunity. Whilst the Stallions’ defence managed to halt the Cats to keep it a four score game going into the final quarter.
The halt in scoring didn’t last long, as a penalty on the away side’s defence gave the Cats a new set of downs and a chance to extend their lead. A 12-yard throw into the end zone, but a failed two-point attempt put the score at 33-0.
Stallions kept trying to move the ball, but pressure on fourth down caused a pass attempt to be intercepted and ran in for a pick six. The kick was successful making the score 40-0.
With little time left in the game, neither side made had any further chances to score. Ending the game at 40-0.
This loss puts Stallions at 2-4, to have a chance to finish the season with a winning record they have to win their next game at Kent.