The first weekend in November marked the start of the British Universities American Football League for 75 teams across the UK. The Swansea Titans’ opening fixture was against Bristol Barracuda, a side with a respected new Head Coach and reputation for producing good football sides, despite mediocre finishes in the conference in the past two years.  On a pleasant day up at Morriston RFC the Titans elected to receive the ball at the start of the game.

The Swansea running game soon got going as rookie Jacob Amadi, taking the majority of the carries, found the edge of the field and used his speed and strength to punch in the first score of the game. Bristol’s offense then took the field but had dire trouble getting plays off due to a succession of bad snaps and fumbles in the backfield. The Swansea defense made the most of this, forcing a safety, adding two points to the score and getting the ball back for the offense.

The Titans’ run game was not quite as dominant as the team had hoped going into the game. A number of runs we shutdown were stopped for minimal gain while at times bad decisions were made. In spite of this, the Titans did flourish through the air. Big wide receiver Ayekhele Loek Okomilo was unstoppable, scaring his opposing number with his physical presence while Marcus Wyatt continued his form from previous years, plucking passes out the air with ease. The Titans went into half time with the score 25-0.

The second half was a touch better for Barracuda. They had sorted their issues with getting plays off and managed to get a few first downs, but the Swansea defense was not about to let Bristol get an easy ride. Linebacker Gareth Price finished the game with 5 sacks as he went through untouched to hit the quarterback time after time. The Titans built up a 39 to 0 lead half way through the fourth quarter only to have it tainted by allowing Bristol a consolation score at the end of the game.

The tie finished 39-7 to Swansea, who are now the form side in the SWAC carrying over from last years’ strong finish. Needless to say that there is still a long way to go for this team who are aware of the areas of their game that they need to improve in order to become one of the top sides in Britain. 
This win was the Titan's first ever win on the opening day of the season and their first ever win over Bristol University. All in all, not a bad way to start the year. 

MVPS:            Simon George            Gareth Price            Adam Salter