The Shropshire Revolution made it two wins from their last two games with a 35-6 defeat of Lincolnshire Bombers at Oakengates Athletics Stadium on Sunday (15th May).
The win moves the Revolution to third in the NFC II SOUTH division with a 2-2 record.
After a cagey opening in which both teams traded punts, running back Dave Trevor kicked things off when he steamrolled into the endzone to give the home side a 7-0 lead.
Lincolnshire applied pressure but resolute defending by the Revolution kept them scoreless.
With seconds remaining in the half quarterback Rich Mantle drove Shropshire downfield with a number of well-executed plays.
Mantle went deep with the football and found Mark Phillips in the endzone to give the Revolution a 14-0 lead at the break.
Up to that point Lincolnshire looked like they might find a way back into the game, but the start of the third quarter didn’t go to plan.
Sean Austin who was playing both offence and defence forced a fumble and defensive end Simon Dunkerley scooped up the ball and ran it home for the score.
That seemed to deflate the Bombers and from there it didn’t get much better.
The Revolution defence was having a field day. Defensive backs Neil Crannage and Josh Peck had a pair of interceptions each with David Ralphs and Joe Knight getting one each.
The Revolution offence was starting to click nicely and a few more drives came close to scores.
Shropshire got back into the endzone when running back Andrew Charman rushed for his second touchdown of the season.
The Bombers scored a consolation touchdown and with the resulting field goal blocked the Revolution had a 28-6 lead.
There was time for one final score when backup quarterback Adam Harris found Sean Austin in the corner of the endzone to give the veteran receiver his first touchdown of the season.
It was a tough first half for the Revolution who looked a little lethargic. Had they not scored just before the end of the second quarter it might have been a very different game?
However, their determination was rewarded with another positive victory. It puts them in a good position to make the postseason. But any talk of playoffs at this stage of the season is far from anyone’s lips.
Defensive coordinator David Ralphs was clearly impressed with his unit’s performance.
“This was a great game for the lads. They executed their assignments consistently throughout the game. I’m very pleased with how the entire defensive unit performed,” he said.
Defensive line coach Brad Tipping was equally full of praise saying, “from the first series until the end of the game they kept up the pressure.
“Consistent ‘three and out’ situations are what defensive players train so hard to achieve. This young unit are playing tighter with every game and show a lot of promise for the future.”
Shropshire hit the road in a few weeks where they’ll face the undefeated Leicester Falcons on June 5th. The Falcons hammered the revolution 42-0 a few weeks ago but this time the Revolution will fancy taking the game to them.