Rams fall to .500 with Jets Defeat
6 second half interceptions saw the Yorkshire Rams fall to 2-2 with a 24-6 defeat to the Coventry Jets Sunday. After a tight opening to the game, with mental errors and penalty flags throughout, the Jets were able to get on the board first with a short field goal after a shanked Yorkshire Punt and a strong defensive stand. The Jets were to show their own defensive might soon after stopping the Rams on both a 4th down, and forcing a missed field goal after the Coventry long snapper misfired on a punt.
Both teams would struggle to mount any serious offence for much of the first half, as the game became as attritional as expected. With neither endzone breached mid way through the 2nd quarter, Coventry found themselves with the ball in the red zone after a late hit penalty gifted them a first down. The Rams would be punished for their ill disipline as the Jets connected through the air for the opening touchdown and a 10-0 lead. with Yorkshire unable to score before the break, they entered half-time facing another defecit and looking to mount a comeback.
The 2nd half started with the defences still well on top, after Yorkshire forced a 3 and out for the Jets, Coventry were able to get a decisive breakthough as they undercut a pss down the sideline for their 1st interception of the day. Returning the ball to within the 10, the offence was able to power into the end zone on the ground to take the score to 17-0. After another two interceptions, and a missed field goal for the Jets, Yorkshire were to have their highlight of the day with a drive started with a long completion from Quarterback Jacob Hardy to receiver James Sharrock. This was then capped off as QB Henry Wareham powered into the end zone on a keeper sweep to reduce the defecit to 17-6 following a blocked PAT.
The Rams would have their spirits lifted further as Safety Chris Lawton was able to reel in his 8th turnover of the season with an interception, although this momentum was to be killed by a 4th pick for the Jets defence to send the ball back the other way. With the Rams chasing the game, a 5th interception followed which lead to the final score of the day, again through the air as Coventry extended their lead out of sight to 24-6. It was almost fitting that Yorkshire would end with one more interception in a game where mental errors on both sides of the ball played a pivotal role as Coventry ran out the clock for the win.
The result sees Yorkshire drop to 5th in the table, one place outside the playoff births. They are next in action on Sunday the 22nd of June when they make the trip up to the North East to take on the Gateshead Senators, kickoff 2:30pm.