Burnley Tornados American football team beat Scottish champions Clyde Valley Falcons at Blackburn Rugby Club recently.
The Tornados, who have achieved Clubmark accreditation status - the first junior American football club nationwide to achieve this accolade - won the toss and chose to let the Falcons take offense first.
The opening score went to the Falcons on only their second drive of the game, however Ben Freeman stopped the extra point.
On the Tornados’ first drive, quarterback Cameron Stewart tried for the long throw, but unfortunately the catch was dropped.
The Tornados then came out a bit more conservatively and scored the next touchdown and point after by Phil Robins.
Once again Freeman stopped the Falcons on their fourth drive, giving the Tornados the opportunity to score again. This time Lewis “TJ” Allen got his second touchdown of the half. The after point was blocked by the Falcons, and at half-time the Tornados were ahead at 13-6.
The Tornados started with the ball in the second half and capitalised with a great run from rookie Mark Halton. Once again the Falcons stopped the after point, and took control of the game.
Deniel “DJ” Buckel worked hard as centre in attacking the Falcons offense, as did the rest of the Tornados defense.
However the Falcons scored two further touchdowns and an after point to make the game level. The game went down to the last four seconds of play, and the Tornados had the ball and had to make the next play count.
A good snap by Robins went into the sure hands of Stewart, and he turned and handed the ball off to TJ – who swerved and pushed and fought hard to get to the touchdown line to win 25-19.
Praise was given to the Tornados defense, , and the Falcons had praise for the offensive team, as did some of the spectators and coaches from the Lancashire Colts team, who were playing the Falcons older counterparts.
MVPs for the Tornados were chosen by the head coach and awarded to Mark Halton for offense, and Ben Freeman for defence.
The Tornados are now working hard in training in preparation for their first tournament of the new season which takes place in June.