Impact Magazine Varsity Review
The University of Nottingham’s Official Student Magazine recently reviewed our Varsity matchup versus Nottingham Trent. Here’s an extract from their take on the game:
“At a bitterly cold Harvey Hadden Sports Complex, two unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter sealed a 21-4 victory for the Nottingham Trent Renegades over the Nottingham University Outlaws, tying the varsity series up at 2-2. As covered by Impact’s Thomas Mellor, the Outlaws found themselves in better form heading into the grudge match but the Renegades walked away deserved winners, having made better use of their possession.
In the first quarter, the Renegades dominated; their first drive ended in the first touchdown of the game, great play resulting in a 1st and Goal which was duly capitalised upon. The early 7-0 lead had caught the Outlaws cold and the situation was about to get worse. An Outlaws 4th Down kick was charged down, leaving the Renegades 1yrd from the Outlaws End Zone. 7-0 quickly became 14-0 as the resulting play found a Renegades player in the End Zone and the kick converted.
In recent years, fixtures between the two sides have been relatively low-scoring affairs and so the two early touchdowns had left the Outlaws winded and with a mountain to climb. Because the Outlaws were struggling to complete plays and gifting the Nottingham Trent Renegades good field positions, the first quarter ended with the Renegades in the ascendency and the Outlaws yet to impose themselves on the game.
The second quarter started with increased promise for the Outlaws; however, sustained possession in the Renegades half resulted in little gain. The third Renegades touchdown was typical of the Outlaws night. A fumbled Outlaws pass gifted the Renegades 1st Down on their own 40yrd line. The quarter back’s faded pass was caught by Renegades wide receiver Eric Moats on the right sideline who ran the remaining 30yrds to the End Zone. Having played Division 1 for Utah State, Moats’ dominant handling was evident throughout the game. After starting the second quarter brightly, the 21-0 score line was harsh on the Outlaws…”
For the full article, visit http://www.impactnottingham.com/2012/03/early-blitz-destroys-outlaws/