Bury Saints wrote their names into sporting history at the weekend by going through the whole campaign unbeaten to become ‘the invincibles’.
The American football team sealed the club’s biggest victory to date after securing a 47-12 win over Bristol Apache in Sunday’s Division Two Rose Bowl final at Demontfort Park in Hinckley.
Their exploits will see the team play in Division One of British Amercian Football Association (BAFA) National League next season.
Proud head coach Chris Wallis said, “We did it! What a great way to end an incredible season and stay unbeaten.
“We’ve worked so hard this season. We always respected our opponents and prepared for them equally regardless of their record.
“It’s been an incredible journey and I’m humbled to have been part of it. We’ll take a short break and start working towards the 2016 season.
A five-touchdown performance by the offence was matched by a mean defensive display, forcing five turnovers from their Somerset opponents.
But it was Axl Rodwell who put the stamp on proceedings with a dazzling 80-yard kick-off return to get the special teams unit on the scoresheet.
Wallis said: “Our offence made some big plays but there is no doubt that our defence and special feams unit gave us a strong foundation from which to go forward and win.
“We felt coming into the game that we could get a lot of success returning kicks and that proved to be correct. The defence swarmed to the ball and made big plays when we needed them.”
Saints’ running back Jake Swisher, who was awarded the game’s Most Valuable Player for his punishing running and three-touchdown performance, said: “I want to thank everyone.
“We all played tough football today and I wouldn’t have received this award without all of my team mates. I’m thankful to be part of this amazing team.”