SGS College’s American Football Academy, PRIDE, smashed their first game on the brand-new, purpose-built pitch against Birmingham Lions with an outstanding 56-0 win. Last year saw them unbeaten in the BUCS National Division one Champions which secured their promotion into the Premiership for this year.
PRIDE American Football Academy learners were extremely excited to play their first game on the newly designed 4G pitch, which is one of only 3 specific pitches in Europe.
The game kicked off with a great atmosphere due to the new development including elevated filming platforms, music, play by play, raised bleachers and a turn-style entrance giving the true game day stadium experience.
The game had a fast start with both the defence and the offence scoring points early in the first quarter. Player PJ Hudson, secured a pick six for the defence before unfortunately leaving the game early with an injury. The Birmingham side struggled to move the ball against our defence with Daniel Spafford and Feranmi Okunlola picking up interceptions later in the game.
AJ Carr was the quarterbacks favourite target on the day, but Cameron Mills also chipped in with some big plays for score throughout the game. Jeremie Beni, Ovie Bazunu and Dejahne Erskine three of our running backs, found the end zone. The running clock (mercy rule) was enforced from half time.
"What a great result for our first game on this new field. We want to strive to be the best team in the country and now we can play on a field like nowhere else in the country. Despite the 56-0 win we will continue to improve our performance. We have lots of players out and have guys playing out of position, getting those players back in will help us with our continuing performance development."
Ben Herod - Director of American Football