AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Swindon Storm are the pass masters
5:30am Tuesday 1st July 2014 in By Andy Warren, Deputy sports editor, firstname.lastname@example.org, @AndyWarren_
SWINDON Storm’s superior passing game was enough for them to secure an impressive 47-40 victory over Bournemouth Bobcats in a topsy-turvy game on Sunday.
The lead changed hands with nearly every score at Supermarine, but Storm were able to fire in back-to-back touchdowns late on to claim the win.
Curtis Malcolm ran in two touchdowns while Joe Baker and Phil Bardwell scored one each on the ground, with quarterback Dan Thorne connecting with Joel Prowting and Matt Jenkins through the air for two passing scores.
Head coach Steve Bennett admitted both sides’ running games held the key to the high scoring clash but insisted it was his side’s superior passing game which eventually saw them home.
“The lead changed hands with almost every score so it was a ding doing battle, maybe the lead changed 12 times during the game,” he said.
“It just carried on all the way through and for us to win is amazing. They really asked questions of our defence because they have a very strong running game which caused us some issues.
“They found weaknesses in our defence we didn’t know we had and it took us three quarters to stop their running game being so effective. Once we did that they didn’t quite have the passing game to keep up with us.
“We managed to get two scores in a row near the end and we pushed ahead, so it was a great win.
“Our running had a similar effect on their defence and QB Dan Thorne was slicing up the middle and also connected with a few good passes.
We aired the ball out a couple of times down the sidelines and we took one in for a 50-yard touchdown which was amazing to watch.
“We’re lucky to have a few really good running backs and Curtis Malcolm, Phil Bardwell and Joe Baker really pounded the ball and it was really good to watch.”
Next up for Storm is a home clash with Solent Thrashers on July 20.