By Shaun Moloney
The Yorkshire Rams American Football team defeated the Coventry Jets 7-6 to grab their first win of the season on Sunday – and won’t care that it wasn’t pretty.
With the Rams offense sputtering, it was the defense that gave the Rams the lead when defensive back Randy Pryce recovered a Coventry fumble for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Coventry replied in the fourth quarter with a long touchdown from young quarterback Fraser Oliver to wide-out Noach Ben-Haim.
Coventry then went for broke but failed in their attempted two-point conversion, setting up a tense last period of the game – with Yorkshire holding on.
Head Coach Orlando Weekes said: “I was happy with the way the guys played, they showed grit. We’re still waiting for parts of our units to really gel together. We stayed together though and played tight. It did get a little bit tense at the end, but we overcame and it was a nice win for everybody.”
Yorkshire’s defense looked solid throughout and came up with numerous stops when the Rams needed them, with defensive-lineman Adam Cowley a constant terror to the Coventry quarterback .
The Rams offense had a frustrating day and despite solid drives with well-constructed plays, often undid their hard work with fumbles and interceptions.
Fortunately, the Coventry offense was similarly ineffective. Coventry Jets head coach Paul Rickhuss said: “On another day when our offense is firing on all cylinders I believe we’d have won this game, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes.
“Obviously we are disappointed with the result but I believe our defense was exceptional. Over the course of the season we’ll be looking to grow together as a team.”
Their first win in three games takes Yorkshire to a 1-2 record with a cross-county trip to the Sheffield Predators up next.