Titans Secure Victory Over Rivals Aberystwyth

The Swansea Titans extended their division-winning streak to 8, dating back to 2011, with an away 6-32 win over Aberystwyth Tarannau. The Titans have now played two, won two and sit second in the South West Atlantic Conference, with just UWE Bullets above them.

 The tie against the Tarannau has historically been a fierce encounter and last year’s 64-0 demolition of Aberystwyth was clearly still fresh in the memory. Swansea began the game in a similar vein as the previous year as they went two scores up early in the first quarter. Rookie running back Jacob Amadi was matching his clear physical ability with performance on the field. Amadi scored both of the early touchdowns as he broke tackles and powered his way into the endzone.

 Aberystwyth’s offense responded by putting back to back long drives together, sucking time out of the game, however, the Titans defense held two goal line stands. This was an impressive end to the half for a defense that was missing a couple of key starters. The Titans to went into the half-time break with the score at 0-13.

 Receiving the ball at the start of the third quarter, Swansea was hoping to get an early score and put the game out of Aberystwyth’s reach. This simply was not the case. The Offense had stalled. Mistakes had already allowed Aberystwyth good field position on numerous occasions and the Titans allowed a sack and subsequent fumble on their own five-yard line. Aberystwyth recovered the ball and consequently scored making it 6-13.

 Like all good teams the Titans responded immediately, as wide receiver Ayekhele Okomilo Loek was found in the endzone for a 23-yard touchdown reception. This was a strike to the heart of the Tarannau who had just brought themselves right back into the game. In all fairness the home side they kept applying the pressure as Swansea were forced back as they tried to manage the clock and see out the rest of the final quarter.

 The Titans defense was lead by George Downs-Wheeler, who had an outstanding game, tallying 8 tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Swansea had possession again and 74-yard Marcus Wyatt touchdown, followed by a third score for Amadi put a gloss on a victory that was hard fort and not as straightforward as the final 6-32 score line would suggest. 

MVPs:        George Downs-Wheeler                     Marcus Wyatt                         Jacob Amadi