By Jeremy Vega, Vancouver WR
Defending the Queen’s Land
The London Knights hosted the Vancouver Legion in their first ever home opener, in a battle of two 0-1 teams. Both teams looking for bounce back performances after being routed in Week 1. It was clear, with the Queen in attendance, the London Knights came ready to play, and boy did it show. The London Knights took home the victory 36-3, dominating in all three facets of the game. Special teams came in clutch this week as early MVP candidate K Zach Daggs booted a perfect 5-5 in field goals, 48 yards being his longest, keeping him perfect on the season. Offensively, the Knights opened up with a big 67-yard touchdown pass from QB Michael Martin to WR Andre Godspeed. Michael Martin finished the game with a proficient 21-31 passing and two touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Godspeed led the team in receptions (4) as well as yards (100) and had one touchdown. As a unit, the offense had 270 passing yards and 94 rushing yards. They dominated the time of possession with a steady 27 ½ minutes while going 66% on 3rd down to wear out the Legion Defense. The Knights will stay home for their Week 3 match up against the Carolina Skyhawks. With lots to be excited about, this London team is trending upwards and a victory over the favorite Skyhawks, will propel this team in the right direction.
Been There, Done That
The Vancouver Legion traveled across the United States, across the pond, and into the United Kingdom, looking for redemption from their Week 1 performance. Unfortunately, they were left with more questions than answers after being routed for the second week in a row. The London Knights’ defense played great, but it’s hard to tell if it was a sputtering offense or a brick wall that lead to just 3 points for the Legion. The offense combined for 188 total yards, 7 first downs, and went 2-9 on 3rd down (22%). When the offense wasn’t attempting to run the ball, they were dinking and dunking hoping for any kind of success. For most of the game, the offense couldn’t get the ball past midfield leaving great field position for the Knights. The Vancouver Legion have been in a far worse spot than 0-2, as they were 0-4 last season before turning it all around. The Legion have 10 weeks left in the season and many believe they will once again find their stride and start clicking on both sides of the ball. Once again, the Legion will hit the road and travel all the way to San Francisco to take on the 0-2 Sharks. In what I believe to be a make or break game for both teams, Vancouver will need this win in case they fall to the heavy favorite Pride in their home opener, to avoid being 0-4 for a second straight year.