Monarchs take top spot after convincing win over Trojans

Monarchs take top spot after convincing win over Trojans

Monarchs take top spot after convincing win over Trojans

Cornwall Monarchs recorded a second victory on the bounce. Photo Izzy Ninnis

7th July 2021

By Tom Howe

Cornwall Monarchs top British American Football’s South West Division and maintain their 100 per cent winning record thanks to a 49- 7 victory over Torbay Trojans.

Sunday saw the Monarchs take on the Trojans in their second game of the 2021 season. Both teams were thwarted on their opening drives before the Monarchs worked into the end zone with quarterback Tom Atkinson finding Matt Cann with a pinpoint pass.

The Monarchs started to run riot with their defence hitting the Trojans and slowing their offence.

Further touchdowns came from Atkinson, who ran the ball in twice and soon provided a passing touchdown to Joby Wolfendon-Brown. Jayvon Donatien ran one in for good measure.

Kicker Ben Fulman converted three of the four extra points, taking the score to 33-0 in the Monarchs’ favour.

During their next possession, Torbay ran a sweep to the left and a few missed tackles saw their running-back carry the ball 50 yards into the end zone. Torbay converted and the score was 33-7. Monarchs came out on their next two possessions and powered the ball up the field with good work from their offensive line who were outstanding all day and led to two more touchdowns.

Atkinson ran in his third of the day before passing to Matt Cann for another. Fulman converted both extra points meaning, at the half-time whistle, the Monarchs were up 47-7.

The second half saw head coach Richard Atkinson utilize his bench and give a number of players valuable field time and experience which, in the long term, can only benefit the Cornish side.

Although the defence held strong, denying Torbay any further points and scoring a safety late in the game to take the score to 49-7, the Monarchs’ offense stuttered as penalties and inexperience led to a frustrating secondhalf.

However, at the final whistle, coach Atkinson said he was ‘pleased’ and ‘happy that the team took control of the game’ and that he could ‘give some of the newer members of the team some valuable experience’.

The Monarchs next match isn’t until Sunday, August 1 when they host Bristol Apache, another unbeaten side, at Newquay Sports Centre (2.30 pm).