GAME REPORT 2 T1 VS Cardiff Valkyries
Bears offense took the pitch first and straight out the gates RB Helena runs the length of the pitch for an early Bears TD. XP no good.
Defense turn and rookie LB Shannon along with DLine Megan tackles for a loss. Cardiff try a toss play but fumble in the endzone and quick acting LB Felicity Cossa jumps on the ball for a defensive TD, XP for 2 is good with a run in from Helena.
Defense back on the pitch and Cardiff RB wriggles free from tackles and runs the length of the pitch for their own TD, XP no good sack in the backfield from DLine Laura Dye and LB Felicity.
Offense come back on and Helena again runs the length of the pitch for a TD, but hold on! It’s heartbreakingly called back for a penalty. Bears then struggle to move the ball but a fantastic catch from WR Natalie Kelly although unfortunately it’s just short of 1st down and it’s a turn over on downs. Bears Defence get on their brilliant group tackling but the QB sneaks out the pocket for a short run. Cardiff QB then throws deep with a catch on blown coverage and run after for a TD. XP no good. Bears try to get their passing game going but struggled to connect on the day and it’s a turn over on downs.
Fantastic pressure from Bears DLine and a high snap into the endzone picked up by DLine Megan Delaney for another defensive TD. XP no good. Great pressure from DLine Lisa Thomas and Sarah Pursall and forces the QB to throw away. A short run from Cardiff before another deep pass and run after for a TD. XP no good as sack from DLine Sarah and LB Shannon. The half finishes 20-18 to the Bears.
DLine Megan and Laura causing havoc straight out the half with a tackle for a loss and then great pressure to cause a high snap out the back of the endzone for a Safety. Offense come on with some short runs by rookie RB Steph and a long run by RB Helena to set the Bears up just outside the endzone. A short toss to Helena and she’s in for another Bears TD. XP no good.
Defense and LB Alison Lawrence with a pass breakup before the QB tried another sneaky run but LB Shannon tackled her just short of 1st down. Another high snap and a scoop and run by DLine Megan Delaney into the endzone and tackled the refs rule knee down just inches short. But offense back on and RB Helena makes sure and gets that TD. XP just short.
Cardiff offense with a short pass but tackled by LB Alison, again amazing pressure DLine Lisa Thomas and Laura Dye bursting through the line causing an errant high snap bouncing all over the end zone ruled a safety to Bears.
Some short runs by power runner Steph and rookie RB Darah Lynch has a couple of great runs that punched in for a 1st down. Passes into the endzone however just couldn’t connect. On the last defensive drive LB Felicity makes several tackles and Cardiff are unable to move the ball.
The game finishes 36-18 to the Bears in a thrilling and exciting contest!
Here’s to the home game on the 18th Jan 💪🐻
Photo Credit – Keziah takes photos
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