Bury Saints outclassed by high-powered London Blitz

Cory Jenkins, right, scored a spectacular touchdown for the Bury Saints

Cory Jenkins, right, scored a spectacular touchdown for the Bury Saints - Credit: Archant

BAFA Premiership South Bury Saints 7 London Blitz 36 The Bury Saints crashed to defeat to the London Blitz to fall to 0-2 on the season.

The Saints were a tough opponent to start the game forcing the high-powered Blitz offence to punt early on and the Saints drove the field only to see a field goal try go wide right.

The Blitz again didn’t move the ball too far and following an interception by rookie Brailyn Anderson the Saints took over at the midfield line.

Saints running back Cory Jenkins took a pitch, juked and eluded defenders all the way to the end-zone for a phenomenal 44 yard touchdown. Rob Giles nailed the extra point to give the Saints an early 7-0 lead.

Unfortunately that’s all the Saints were able to muster on offence as the Blitz now started their run of scores in the game - getting back level in the next drive with a blown coverage on a trick play that allowed the Blitz receiver to be uncovered from 40 yards out. The conversion was good and the score was now 7-7.

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The Blitz made it 14-7 shortly after and then used their power running game to take advantage of the Saints’ failure to move the ball and extend the lead to 22-7 after scoring and then going for a two-point conversion.

Just before halftime, after better stands by both defensive teams, the Blitz used a long pass and a long run in two quick plays to score again and push the score to 29-7 at the half.

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The Saints came out and played hard in the third quarter following a huge spark on a spectacular long kick-off return by Dante Gooden past midfield. Despite that, the Saints could not score.

The defense held firm on the next Blitz drive and the Saints drove all the way down to the Blitz five-yard line only to be intercepted in the end-zone.

This back and forth continued for most of the third and fourth quarters before the Blitz were able to get another late score to push the game to 36-7.

Troy Cockerill got an interception and Brandon Allison also got a late fumble recovery but the Saints couldn’t find a way to add to their single score.

Head coach Neil Van Holland said: “The Blitz showed their championship pedigree today, capitalising on our mistakes and are a very well coached team that just outplayed us in the end.”

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