The Merseyside Nighthawks travelled to face the Edinburgh Wolves in their longest away trip of the season in a rare Saturday matchup. The ‘Hawks got off to a solid start as they forced the Wolves to punt before Alex Eager took the ball up the middle on a mazy run before finding the end zone to put Merseyside ahead 6-0. Edinburgh got their offence moving through the air on their next drive and managed to complete a pass through the middle to tie the game up 6-6. Wide receiver Liam Holebrook made a couple of good grabs on the next possession for Merseyside but they were unable to get anything from the drive following some costly penalties.
As the game headed into the second quarter, the Wolves offence began to establish their ground game and moved the ball into the red zone before a fine stand from the Nighthawks defence caused a turnover on downs. Merseyside were then stopped on fourth down themselves after a promising drive down the field took them mere inches from the goal line before another Wolves drive was stopped short in the red zone once more by the ‘Hawks defence in a back and forth contest. Inevitably the deadlock was broken however as the Wolves scored their second touchdown of the day right at the end of the quarter to give them a 12-6 lead at halftime.
Merseyside had the ball to start the third quarter but an early interception forced their defence back onto the field. The defence held firm and a fake punt attempt by Edinburgh was stopped well short to give the Nighthawks the ball around midfield which they capitalised on as quarterback Ben Robinson capped off a strong drive with a touchdown run to put the ‘Hawks back into the lead, 13-12. It would be their last lead of the day however as Edinburgh scored two touchdowns in quick succession at the end of the third quarter to give themselves a 25-13 advantage.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Wolves as they finished strong, adding a further three touchdowns as they took advantage of a depleted Merseyside defence. The Nighthawks managed to get one further touchdown of their own, in the form of a deep pass from Robinson to Holebrook. However, it was no more than a consolation score as the ‘Hawks fell 46-19 to the Wolves.
Next up for the Merseyside Nighthawks (1-5) is another away trip to Scotland on Sunday the 8th of July as they take on the East Kilbride Pirates (0-6).
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