Over the weekend the Stirling Clansmen, down to only 18 fit players, took on a Nottingham Gold outfit that is seen as one of the top three teams in the nation.
The game was played in front of a crowd filled with the friends and family of the teams’ graduating seniors, Lewis Smith and James Crockford, both men who embody the Clansmen spirit.
The final score of 68-0 paints a picture to outside observers that would be roundly rebuffed by any player, coach or spectator that witnessed the incredible effort that the Clansmen showed throughout the game. Playing with only five linemen, the big guys up front showed amazing resolve in their efforts to protect cornerback turned emergency QB Ryan Morrow.
The line played both ways all game, notably James Diamond who started on the offensive line going on to play safety which not many guys in the sport can claim to be able to do!
Offensive Coordinator and assistant Head Coach Matthew Watt commented that:
“Despite playing one of the best teams in the country and faced with a depleted roster through injuries, the team battled to the end and played hard for each other, and I was thrilled with the heart and determination of the players on Sunday.
“Whilst we lose some senior players to graduation it’s clear the future is bright with the development of younger players making an impact.”
Speaking on Ryan Morrow’s performance as an emergency backup QB, Coach Watt said: “Ryan Morrow led the team in his first start at Quarterback and never looked out of place. His hard work and preparation clearly showed.”
At the end of the game, Jason Scott, the Head Coach of Nottingham and the Great Britain men’s program came over to talk to the team, praising them for their effort and competitive spirit.
Featured Image Credit: John Ryan
You must log in to post a comment.