The Edinburgh Wolves stormed into American football’s BritBowl final for the first time after beating Solent Thrashers 17-14 in the BAFA National League semi-final.
The Wolves travelled 450 miles to Southampton after beating top seeded team the Watford Cheetahs in the previous round and were once again underdogs against the Thrashers. The home side started strongest and found the end zone twice in quick succession to take a quick 14-0 lead.
In the second quarter, a Murray Rendall field goal took Wolves in at half-time 14-3 down. After the break, Wolves quarterback Jamie Morrison unleashed a 65-yard pinpoint pass to Andy MacIver, who took the ball down the sideline and into the end zone.
Halfway through the fourth quarter, rookie wide receiver Stephen McFarlane caught a short pass and skipped past two tackles before driving into the end zone to give the Wolves the lead for the first time.
With less than two minutes to go, Wolves safety Patric Bartoszyinski intercepted a Solent pass and ran all the way back to the Thrasher eight-yard line.
The Wolves were instructed to wind down the clock and book their Britbowl appearance against Merseyside Nighthawks at Leeds on Sunday, September 14. Wolves head coach Don Edmonston said: “We earned that win, we never gave up. Coming from 14-0 behind to shut their defence and outscored them 17-0 shows a huge amount of character.
”No-one gave us a chance. Our last seven days have been crazy, 2000 miles by land, sea and air and we go the job done.”