|Posted by Hawkpeter on November 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM|
The Sutherland Seahawks were convincingly downed by UTS, 47-12 in a payback from the earlier season meeting where the Seahawks won 30-27.
Punctuating the problem from most games against UTS, the Seahawks handed the early game advantage to UTS. Despite forcing a fumble from the opening defensive stand, the offense would be intercepted from its first play, the ball being run back to the 1 yard line and quick a TD from the next play ensued.
Nick Lardner’s strong run back on the kickoff return could not be converted into points, and generally added to the slow start. UTS’ offense had no such problems and drove the ball for a second 1st quarter TD on the ground.
UTS’ offense was dominant on the ground racking up just over 300 yards rushing on the day and only passing 6 times. It was a vastly different defense from the earlier season meeting. The 7 top tacklers from the Round 4 game were not on the field for the Seahawks in this game and playing defense starts with good tackling and solid fundamentals.
Although RB Chris Watts had a solid day running the ball with 105 yards from 21 carries the passing game was ineffective and didn't produce the kind of results from the previos 2 games, especially when leading receiver Ned Stelzer went down injured.
The Seahawks will have to regroup quickly for this saturday's final regular season game against Wollongong Mustangs. The winner of the game will advance to the semi finals.
SEAHAWKS 12, UTS 47.