BAFA NATIONAL LEAGUE PREMIERSHIP SOUTH Farnham Knights 0
Bury Saints 38
Bury Saints claimed their first Premiership shutout with a brilliant 38-0 win over the Farnham Saints on Sunday, pushing their record to two wins and three losses at the halfway point in the regular season.
Unlike their first four games, it took a while for the Saints’ offence to get going under the guidance of backup quarterback Evin Reese, as Bury star Fred Boyle missed the game.
After a disputed call from the officials that the Bury head coach Christian Cantrill took exception to and received a penalty himself, the Saints seemed to be galvanised and then went to work.
Running back Cory Jenkins found running room on a breathtaking 78-yard touchdown to get the Saints on the scoreboard, before Reese then connected with Damian Clark on a 21-yard touchdown.
Shortly after half time, a two-yard touchdown pass by Reese to Jenkins put the Saints further in front, with Rob Giles adding the PAT to extend their lead to 19-0.
Jenkins then added his third touchdown of the game and Giles nailed the PAT to bring the score up to 26-0, with the Gold and Green starting to find a good groove.
Troy Cockerill stepped in front of a Knights pass at the Bury five and raced, untouched, for 85 yards the other way for a touchdown, as the score now stood at 32-0.
Saints’ back up quarterback Francis Hughes completed the scoring with a touchdown, sealing a comfortable 38-0 victory.
Head coach Cantrill said: “I said to the players before, there comes a game in every season where it defines your character as a team — and today was that game.
“The team responded to my error with the officials and I can’t be more proud of how the players got stronger and stronger as the game wore on.
“Evin and Francis played well and led this team to victory. I was also incredibly proud of how the defence responded after a few games of getting beat up a bit in terms of yardage and scoring and pitched their first shutout today.
“We will savour this for a day and then get back to work as the Blitz away in two weeks looms large and we still have work to do to prepare for them.”
At the halfway point in the regular season, the Saints sit in third place in the BAFA National League Premiership South table.
London Blitz and the London Warriors are the two teams above them, with the Blitz holding the only unbeaten record in the league with four wins from four games, while the Warriors have tasted victory in four of their five outings so far.
The Saints travel to Finsbury Park to face the Blitz on Sunday, June 18.