Game 4: STORM WIN 46 – 0 vs Sentinels

In what was a gut-check moment in the brief history of the Morecambe Bay Storm, as the local American football club bounced back from a 74 to 6 beating at the hands of the Gateshead Senators with a big win against North Cumbrian divisional rivals the Carlisle Sentinels.  Stellar performances from the Offense, Defense and Special teams contributed to a 46 to 0 victory and the Storm’s first ever defensive shut-out of an opponent.  In what was a gloriously sunny and hot day on the North Lancashire coastline, the tactics of stretching the Sentinel defense with deep passes and wide runs proved decisive.


The Storm took over a stalled Sentinel drive on their own 20 yard line marching 75 yards downfield and culminating in a 3 yard rushing touchdown from runningback #18 Danny McLennan with a run over the right guard on a run-option-pass play.  The score was converted by #73 Ben France with a 3 yard run off the left tackle.  


It was the second quarter blitz from the Storm offense that sealed the victory with twenty-six points in the second period’s fifteen minutes.  Three touchdowns from Slotback Mark Baldwin and one from wide receiver Dion Feather took the game out of Carlisle’s reach.  All scores came off the effective ground game with Feather’s a long range sixty yard Punt Return leaving the score thirty-four to nil at the break.

The third quarter was scoreless with the visitor’s defense stepping up to stifle the Storm offense. With just fifteen minutes left in the game the home team finished the game in style with two more scores, one each from Baldwin and Feather to leave the final score forty-six to nil.

The Storm defense contributed forcing two fumble recoveries and a strip sack from Rick Schuttenbeld and James Rawsthorne respectively.

Game MVPs were Dion Feather for Special Teams with his Punt Return, Rick Scuttenbeld on defense for recovering two fumbles, and Mark Baldwin on Offense for his four touchdown display and some mazy snaking runs through the Sentinel defense.  As a unit special mention and recognition of a great performance in providing the run blocking goes to the Offensive line who led from the front.

“After our last outing we the guys needed to show they can overcome the disappointment of a heavy loss and they certainly did this” said Coach Fairhurst.  “There were some outstanding individual performances today but it was the team’s effort fighting back and the manner in which they did this that was the significant factor in getting the win.  I said to the guys, we’re not a seventy-four to six team and they proved that to themselves, to the coaches and the supporters who showed up today.”

Looking forward to the Storm’s next game which is Trimpell on 11th June against the Leeds Bobcats 3pm kick-off, coach Fairhurst said “We need to assess the injury situation, review the game film and develop a robust game plan to handle the Bobcats who were divisional champions and progressed to the semi-finals last season.  They are a well drilled rille, physical and fundamentally sound team on all sides of the football, this is gong to be game along the learning curve.”

The Storm would like to thank the fans who cheered from the sidelines and game day sponsors Up in Smoke for their support.

The Storm play games and practice at Trimpell.  Practices are Thursday evening 7pm to 9-30pm and Sunday afternoons… details can be found via  The Storm are still recruiting so come down and give it a try.