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Wolverines leave Jets in their slip steam
3:42pm Thursday 3rd July 2014 in Sport
THE Lancashire Wolverines headed down to Coventry to take on the Jets who had just a single loss so far this year and sat in third place in the Premiership North.
The Wolverines were looking to build on their massive win over Doncaster and get back to a .500 record on the season, whilst also looking to chase back their playoff dreams.
Things started cagey as both defences were on top but the Wolverines’ opened the scoring when quarterback David Mead sold the fake perfectly to his running back and ran for the pylons, going in for six points untouched. Paul Stewart placed the extra point to make it 0-7 in favour of the Wolverines.
After the half time break defences continued to dominate, with the Wolverines' defensive line and linebacker corps repeatedly throwing Olney off his stride. Perkins found some yards up the middle but Lancashire stepped up when it mattered, forcing Coventry to turn the ball back over without showing any real danger of scoring.
But with just one score in it the atmosphere was tense throughout, and threatened to break when a pair of questionable calls from the referee saw the Jets move closer to the Wolverines’ end zone through penalties. But a timely pick by Ryan Morton saw Lancashire recover the ball and give themselves a little breathing space.
It became a game of clock management and coaching prowess, and Head Coach Simon Purcell ordered the team to retake the field on fourth down, in an attempt to draw Coventry offside.
The Jets began to drive the ball well, looking for the score that would tie the game, but, with hardly any time remaining, defensive back Chris Anderson intercepted an Olney pass, and burst down the sidelines.
He elected to go out of bounds, retaining possession for the Wolverines and allowing the team to burn the remainder of the clock and take home the win.