Edinburgh Napier Knights aim to finish the American Football season strongly after blitzing Sunderland Spartans, with the Capital university now showing the form that took them to last year’s playoff series.
In sealing back-to-back victories and defensive shutouts, the Knights now have a win-loss record of 3-4 for the season and have an outside chance of reaching the playoffs this term.
An impressive ground game accounted for all five touchdowns, with a brace of scores each by running back Jamie Welsh and quarterback Euan Rennie. With over 200 net yards on the ground, the Knights won the battles of both field possession and ball retention.
The Knights narrowly missed a 44-yard field goal from captain Jamie Charles before full back Danny Flannery completed the scoring.
Knights head coach Pete Laird was satisfied with his team’s performance. He said: “It was certainly a better offensive performance this week and I am very happy with the way our running game performed today.
“Defensively, we tried something new and I’m glad this seems to have worked. We were still careless at certain points in the game, with some 88 yards in negative plays lost in two series where we seemed to switch off. A better awareness of the game situation has to be shown.”