Filton squeaks by Lakenheath in U.K. battle
BRISTOL, England – Field position made all the difference Saturday as the Filton Pride rebounded from the previous week’s road shutout at Heidelberg with a 6-0 victory over the Lakenheath Lancers. Jordan Crouch sneaked over from the one-yard line for the game’s only score after Dan Obassa recovered a Lakenheath fumble on the Lancers’ one. Lakenheath had been pinned deep, according to Filton coach Benjamin Herod, by a 70-yard punt off the foot of Filton’s Jordan Allen. Xavier Thompson, who rushed for over 200 yards the previous week, carried 24 times for 92 yards Saturday; his teammate Chance Knoblauch led the Lancer defense with eight tackles, one of them a sack.The Lancers were unable to capitalize on their field-position opportunities, according to Herod. The Lancers three times took the ball inside the Pride 10-yard line but didn’t score.In addition to forcing a fumble on their opponent’s one-yard-line, the Filton defense benefited from an interception each by Nicky Farrell and Michael Chaudhury. Lakenheath also pulled off two picks.“It was a day of missed opportunities today as both Crouch and Farrell overthrew open receivers to be picked off when the Pride were driving well,” Herod summarized. “Tom Campbell was the most productive weapon on offense for the Pride but both he and Ryan Nestor had 35-yard runs called back for holding. Jack Sly was steadily picking up five yards a pop along with Crouch. but penalties stopped the Pride from moving chains consistently.”Filton (1-1) is to host winless Kaiserslautern on Saturday, the same day Lakenheath is to entertain Heidelberg.