Ipswich Cardinals 22-23 Norwich Devils
held on for a hard fought victory at old rivals Ipswich after dominating the early stages.
The Devils started brightly and took the lead early in the first quarter when Steve
Playford caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Darren Bailey, Mike Howling
kicking the extra point. Norwich extended their lead before the end of the quarter when
Jermaine Ramsey hauled in a nine-yard pass in the endzone to cap a 90 yard drive. When
Mike Wilson ran in from four yards the visitors were seemingly romping at 21-0. But
thoughts of an easy win were quickly dispelled when Stuart Brereton returned a punt 60
yards for a score to reduce the lead to 21-7 at the interval.
Ipswich further cut the deficit with a 30 yard Sandy Francis field goal. And when Paul
Borstel ran in from nine yards Devils were suddenly rocking. Sean Lockwood's blocking of
the Francis' extra point would prove crucial, as would Mike Brown's sacking of the Ipswich
QB for a two point safety on their next drive. Late in the game Borstel ran in from 10
yards to pull Cardinals within a point. But Dan Bowen blocked the kick and the Devils'
defense held on to ensure victory.