BAFA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Bury Saints 35
Yorkshire Rams 0
Bury Saints moved a step closer to achieving their dream of reaching the top tier of American football in the UK with this shutout against the Yorkshire Rams.
The Saints executed their game plan brilliantly on a sun-drenched day at Thetford Rugby Club on Sunday.
While temperatures soared off the pitch, it was the hosts who turned up the heat on the field with a dominant display from start to finish.
The Saints wasted little time in establishing their dominance when they scored just seven plays into the game with running-back Cory Jenkins rushing in from 35 yards out for the touchdown.
Pauly Bowers nailed the point after attempt to make the score 7-0 and settle any nerves.
The Saints marched on for another long drive of 59 yards to score with quarter-back Fred Boyle finding the record-breaking Joe Hill for an 11-yard touchdown.
The PAT was missed but two plays later Bury went 68 yards with Boyle hooking up again with Hill for a 49-yard score.
Although the PAT was missed again, the Saints had their tails up with a 19-0 advantage.
The third possession for the Rams yielded no score with the home defence holding firm.
Bury’s offence once again drove forward for 55 yards and Jenkins scampered in from seven yards for his second touchdown of the afternoon.
The Saints went for a two-point conversion and running-back Derek White hammered the run across the goal line to push and extend the lead to 27-0.
After the interval, the Saints continued to make adjustments and personnel changes to give players some valuable play-off experience.
But they still managed a fifth score of the day when, midway through the third period, White took on multiple defenders before ploughing over for a 75-yard score.
Derek Harrington kicked the two-point conversion to complete the scoring at 35-0.
The offence was led by Boyle with 218 yards passing and two touchdowns, Hill with five receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns, Jenkins with 84 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, while White also chipped in with 81 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
The Saints’ defensive stars were Trent Myers with five tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery, lineman Fabian Mitchell had two sacks and Kyle Purewal had a career-best day with two sacks, four tackles and a forced fumble.