The Titans Beat UWE in Season Opener

The Titans kicked off the 2015/16 season with a trip to Bristol to face a clash against the UWE Bullets. The Titans kicked off and Bullets returned with some great field position driving their way down the field against a Titans defence which had seven first-time starters and the inexperience showed. The defence held off the Bullet’s on their first drive but their rest on the side line was not long as the offense were forced into a turnover on their first play of the game due to some aggressive Bullets defence, summing up what was to be a lacklustre and sluggish first quarter for the Titans where they failed to get out of their own half accept for a punt which was returned straight away back into difficult field position.

The start of the second quarter was inside the Titans redzone and it only took a few plays for the Bullets to run in the ball for a touchdown from the 1 yard line, followed quickly by the 2 point conversion. 8 points down and not long before halftime both the offence and defence started to get their heads in the game that was looking very much in the Bullets favour. A great drive from the offence near the end of the half led to a touchdown pass from rookie QB Sam Huxtable to WR CJ Caparas. While the 2 point conversion was missed the Titans went into the end of the first half only two points down to a strong UWE team and lucky not to be anymore.

The second half started off a lot better for the Titans which started with a great return on the kick off by George Downs-Wheeler and an offensive drive that led to a touchdown run from Huxtable and a two point conversion run from RB Josh Hughes which put the Titans ahead for the first time in the game 14-8. However this wasn’t to last as after a great kick return from the Bullets and a great offensive drive they were able to score with a pass over the top beating our coverage and tying the game 14 all. They were unable to convert their 2 point conversion. The quarter continued with the Titans defence stepping up and eventually forcing a turnover with rookie Ben Cooper catching an interception.

The fourth quarter followed and the Titans went up a gear in defence forcing the Bullets to punt more regularly and giving more time on the ball for the offence to start putting points on the board.  The pinnacle of this occurred midway through the quarter when Cotterill blocked a Bullets punt and force a loss of yards which put the offence into great field position inside the Bullets redzone with RB Jacob Amadi quickly running in the touchdown and Darren Quinn kicking the field goal to put the Titans up 21-14 signifying the swing in momentum away from the Bullets towards Swansea. This good form from the team followed and led to a great fumble recovery in Bullets territory by defensive lineman Charles Brooke-Taylor. With the offence taking advantage of this great field position, Hughes runs in again this time for 6 points which the Titans couldn’t convert for any extra points taking the Titans to be 27-14 up. At this late stage in the game the result was pretty much sewn up and the score remained the same leaving the Titans 1-0 with a lot of lessons learnt and a lot of time needed on the practice field. The Bullets played a good game and the Titans will be looking forward to their return journey on the 22nd of November.  

MVPs: RB Josh Huges, LB Dom Salzano, CB Ben Cooper