AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Storm run in 50 points as Sharks are thrashed
SWINDON Storm recorded the biggest victory in the brief history of the club as they demolished Cornish Sharks 52-12 at Supermarine.
With the game tightly poised at 14-12 at the half-time interval, Storm kick returner Joel Prowting rushed down to the Sharks’ one-yard line from the first play of the second period to set the hosts up for an impressive half of football which blew their opposition away.
In total Storm scored eight touchdowns, with quarterback Dan Thorne and Matt Jenkins scoring two each, which gave their visitors no way back into the contest.
Offensive lineman and kicker, Sam Mendoza was proud to be part of an offensive unit which broke 50 points for the first time, but also insisted the defence deserved plenty of credit.
“It was funny because in the first half we had a few fumbles and put the ball on the floor, and we were only 14-12 up at half-time,” he said.
“We weren’t executing very well but we got it together in the second half and we began to roll them over a little. We were phenomenal.
“Joel’s run back from the kick-off in the second half really changed things because it set us up, because we got them on the back foot.
“Dan (Thorne) was very good throughout and for us to score 52 points is amazing, but our defence was also amazing. The linebackers, Phil Bardwell and Aaron Moody, were sensational and Phil also did some real damage from running back as well.
“That’s the first time we’ve ever got to 50 points which was a really nice thing and it was good for the rookies to be able to get some more time too.”
Mendoza also believes the fitness of the Storm players was a vital part of their success.
“Our fitness really helped us because their guys were a bit older and we ran an up-tempo offence for that reason.
“We ran the same play nine times in a row at one stage because they couldn’t stop it and couldn’t get their breath.”
Next up for Storm is a visit to Farnham Knights this weekend.