Sunday February 27th saw the Molloys sponsored UWE Bullets host an eager Reading Knights team, who were looking to rectify last year’s playoff defeat at the hands of the Bullets.Unfortunately for Reading it couldn’t have started much worse, with Reading opening the day with the ball to have their first running play fumbled, giving the ball to the UWE Bullets in the Reading red zone for their opening drive. Quarterback Ian Hugo led the offence and made short work of the field giving Running Back Nathan Williams an eight yard rush for his first Bullet touchdown. The two point conversion was unsuccessful.
Reading’s day got worse as on their second drive a fumble on an end around play was scooped up by Bullet Safety Mark Hibberd who ran in 25 yards for a touchdown which was also his first Bullet touchdown. Running Back Sam Atakorah ran in to complete the 2 point conversion. Reading Knights found little room to run the ball but spent most of the day taking big hits from the UWE Bullets Defence, with hits coming from game day Captain Eugene Agidee and Daniel Shopido. The first quarter ended, but not before back up Quarterback Jake Hollins ran for 60 yards, behind some great offensive blocking to score for his first rushing touchdown. The point after failed, leaving a first quarter score in the UWE Bullets of 20-0.
The second quarter began just like the first with the UWE Bullets Defence proving that last week was a misfire with Linebacker Adam Stenlake taking an interception to the house from 30 yards out. After some questionable celebrating from the scorer, Daniel Fraser successfully kicked the point after.
Reading found a lucky break and their first score of the day as UWE Bullets Defence Bullet Safety Ian Redman was unlucky to hang on to an interception which fell into the hands of Reading’s Tight End who ran in for the touchdown. The PAT was unsuccessful.
The UWE Bullets were not finished for this first half as Quarterback Ian Hugo found some air time to hit Wide Receiver Sam Williams for a 50 yard touchdown pass for a touchdown. Daniel Fraser was unsuccessful with the PAT.
The third quarter started in the UWE Bullets favour and was a credit to their Special Team work as Captain Dayne Robinson followed some key blocks to take the second half kick off 80 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was unsuccessful.
The UWE Bullets continued to pile on the touchdowns as Quarterback Ian Hugo completed a 60 yard bomb to Daniel Fraser for a touchdown, unfortunately he couldn’t convert his own PAT. Reading were again able to complete a passing touchdown to their Tight End, but it was overshadowed by another long pass, this time by Quarterback Jake Hollins, who completed a pass to rookie Wide Receiver Tom Miles for a 60 yard touchdown. The PAT, again, was unsuccessful.
Reading started the fourth quarter positively with a third passing touchdown. But the Bullets were not finished as Daniel Fraser ran in from 55 yards out for his second touchdown of the day and Sam Atakorah ran in from 45 yards out for a Touchdown. Both PATs were unsuccessful. The UWE Bullets Defence were not finished with Cornerback Ross Armstrong taking his second interception of the year for a touchdown, only to be very unlucky to be called back for a block in the back call.
The game finished with a score of 64-18 for the UWE Bullets, who are on track to take the SWAC Conference title. The only thing that stands before them is the Exeter Demons. This (several times) rescheduled game will kick off at 1pm at Filton WISE, Bristol this coming Sunday and the UWE Bullets have to win to take the league.
The UWE Bullets would like to again thank Jeff Stanford for taking photos of the event and for allowing us to use them.