9th April 2001 - London O's 62-0 Bristol Aztecs
The London Os opened their season at Southwark Park with a 62 point shut out
against the Bristol Aztecs.
Afterwards, Coach Riq Ayub said, "It was great to start with a win. It was great
to put those stories that we are slow starters behind us. Bristol kept their heads up and
never gave up. They showed us a lot of different stuff, and all credit to them for their
performance." Looking ahead to the game next week against La Courneuve Flash, Coach
Ayub went on to say: "Taking nothing away from the Aztecs, but we have got to work a
lot harder than that to beat our opponents next week."
The Os scoring started four plays into the game. Warren Keen running 26 yards to
open the season for the Os. Andy Boyle, starting his first game as a senior for the
Os, against his old team mates, slotted the PAT. Watch out for young Mr Boyle, you
are going read his name often.
London Os 7 Bristol Aztecs 0
The teams swaped three and outs before Bristol found themselves deep in their own half
and punting for the second time in the game. Marco Fasulo burst through the line to knock
the ball high in the air. So high that only one man was likely to catch it, Gary Thomas.
Not only did Thomas catch the ball, he returned it for the five remaining yards of the
field for the score. Andy Boyle kicked the PAT.
London Os 14 Bristol Aztecs 0
Bristol struggled to sustain a drive in the face of fearsome hits from Tim Newton and
Gary Thomas. After the punt, Junior Price passed to another debutante in an Os
senior jersey, Marvin Allen for the 37 yard TD reception. This was the first game for the
former London Os junior with footballing blood coursing through his veins, and his
first catch for a TD is not a bad way to start. Andy Boyle kicked the PAT.
London Os 21 Bristol Aztecs 0
Bristol now dug themselves deeper in the mire. Their next pass was picked off by the
2000 BritBowl MVP, Shola Goppy. Warren Keen ran strongly on the Os subsequent drive
leaving the Os in good field position to end the quarter.
To open the quarter, another former Os Junior, Aden Durde ran the 12 yards needed
to trouble the scoreboard attendant. Andy Boyle kicked the PAT.
London Os 28 Bristol Aztecs 0
It was not long before the Os offense took to the field again following tough
tackles by Collis Seale-McConnie, switching to the dark side of the ball this year, and
stand out Damien Anderson. Junior Price kept his impressive afternoon going with passes to
Tight End Adam Earle, returning to the Os this year. A 15 yard Price scramble (in
which he probably ran ten times that far), another more orthodox run by Roland Williams
also of 15 yards and the team was within range of the end zone again. Junior Price hit
Andy Boyle for a 25 yard Touchdown, which he calmly kicked through the uprights.
Mutterings on the side line about "Mr Automatic" started to become more audible.
London Os 35 Bristol Aztecs 0
The end of the half could not have come too quickly for the visitors. For Junior Price
it could have gone on all afternoon as he was 100% complete for 82 yards from 5 passes
including two TDs.
Bristol received the opening kick off, but a fumble forced by Damien Anderson and its
recovery by former England Monarch, Francis Hatega gave the ball back to the Os
Junior Price had given way at QB to Stuart Franklin. A variety of plays was finished
off by Roland Williams running for 27 yards and six points. Andy Boyle kicked the PAT. Was
it too early for the growing whispers of "Mr Automatic" on the sideline?
London Os 42 Bristol Aztecs 0
As Bristol tried to pass their way back into the game, the inevitable happened, Lance
Knight intercepted a pass returning it 15 yards. The Os offense took the field again
and after a completion to Clive Palumbo and a runs from Warren Keen and Justin Oke, Stuart
Franklin hit Clive Palumbo for the 9 yard scoring pass. A degree of boisterous celebrating
put the kick back 15 yards and that was enough for us to write for the first time all
afternoon, the kick failed.
London Os 48 Bristol Aztecs 0
Effective pass defense by Lance Knight, and tackles by Sacha Conte and Max Ume-Ezeoke,
saw Bristol still trying to mount a drive as the third quarter expired.
Bristol returned to the air and it did not pay off as Scott Rowe intercepted a pass
returning it 30 yards. As if to emphasise their depth, the Os third QB of the game
took the field in the person of Dominic Dearman. With Justin Oke at running back, and with
Dearman passing for 77 yards on 10 attempts, the Os offense did not look too shabby.
Unfortunately, by this time the effort was beginning to tell on the Aztecs. Aden Durde was
the first to benefit, with a 10 yard run, Andy Boyles kick was good.
London Os 55 Bristol Aztecs 0
When the Os next had the ball, they played two of their rookies at running back,
Robert Scotland and Alex Lee. Then Dominic Dearman hit veteran receiver Clive Palumbo for
23 yards and his second score of the game. The Andy Boyle kick was good.
London Os 62 Bristol Aztecs 0