Leicester Falcons were the visitors to Thorney Rugby Club for Sunday’s American Football fixture but it was hosts Peterborough Saxons who were flying.
They took the honours 30-3 to consolidate their position at the top of the BAFA (British American Football Association) National League Division Two South table with four wins out of four.
But they did it the hard way, fighting back from 3-0 down at the halfway stage.
After a scoreless first quarter, Falcons took the lead with a field goal in the dying seconds of the second session and Saxons were up against it.
Butwhatever coach Van Zandt said to the Saxons during the break seemed to motivate the team and they came out swinging for the third quarter.
The ball was driven down the field with Cameron Field in at quarter-back and the drive ended with a solid run from Bobby Amissah. He fumbled it on the goal-line though, but luckily receiver Jason Bradshaw was there to scoop up and score for the Saxons. Scott Spearink kicked the extra point and the Saxons took a 7-3 lead.
The Falcons then took to the air but defensive back Natal Melero came to the rescue, intercepting the ball on the five-yard line. He then delivered a massive return to the Falcons 32- yard line and from this distance the Saxons were able to move the ball through a series of running plays which resulted in a touchdown by Amissah. Spearink’s kick was good and the Saxons had extended their lead to 14-3.
That became 17-3 by the end of the third quarter after Spearink kicked a field goal after good work by veteran running back Adam Gumbs and quarter-back Field.
Both sides tired a bit in the final quarter but Amissah was still full of running.
First he broke through the line for a 40-yard run which ended with a subtle end zone celebration. Once more the kick was good and the score was 24-3.
Then towards the end another great interception by Melero and two massive gains on the ground by Spearink took the ball up to the Falcons 40-yard line. And from there Amissah was able to find the promised land for six points to round off the scoring.