So close on spe­cial day

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - SPORT -

PERTH Blitz stal­wart Scott Smith’s 100th game ended in heart break on Fri­day night as his side lost to Swan City Ti­tans 18-16.

Kicking off round 5 at Curtin Univer­sity, a hand in­jury in the first quar­ter did not stop for­mer club pres­i­dent Smith from bat­tling on, but a touch­down with six sec­onds re­main­ing saw the Ti­tans snatch vic­tory.

Two fi­nal-quar­ter touch­downs to the Ti­tans would see Blitz re­group, as lapses in con­cen­tra­tion at cru­cial mo­ments on both sides of the ball ul­ti­mately cost the game.

Once again the key to stay­ing in the game was their strong de­fence.

De­fen­sive line­man Keith Eade had eight solo tack­les, one sack, and forced two fum­bles, while cor­ner­back Ai­dan Spencer made two in­ter­cep­tions to give the of­fence great field po­si­tion on both oc­ca­sions.

From the sec­ond quar­ter, the of­fence found their groove and seem­ingly con­trolled the next two quar­ters.

The of­fen­sive line pro­vided gaps for run­ning back Jon Liu to find 70 yards from 16 car­ries, with re­ceivers Paul Mamotte and Munya Matema both scor­ing touch­downs.

The Blitz’s are on two wins and three losses.

Mean­while the women’s team sit un­de­feated atop the lad­der af­ter a third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

The de­fence toiled hard in the 36-0 vic­tory to shut out the Ti­tans’ of­fence, while re­ceiver Te­gan Brown played her first game and had four catches for three touch­downs off 116 yards.

In round 6, Blitz re­turn to James Miller Oval on Satur­day in a triple-header against West Coast Wolver­ines.

Ju­niors kick off pro­ceed­ings at noon, women play at 2pm, and se­niors at 4pm.

For­mer Blitz pres­i­dent Scott Smith (55) could not cel­e­brate his 100th game with a vic­tory.

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