2019 Season

 GameDay 1

Game 1 vs Plymouth Wolverines

The Exeter Falcons entered the 2019 BAFA Flag League season with a match against their old rivals, the Plymouth Wolverines.

With the 1st play from scrimmage, new starting QB, Joe -Kewley-Joy found favourite target, Paul Hindle on a deep strike and Hindle took it all the way for a touchdown and Hindle was again targeted for a successful extra point. The Falcons defence carried on the momentum from the offence’s blistering start by stopping the first Wolverines drive thanks to great work by defensive captain Ed Mckenna. Kewley-Joy wasted no time on the next possession with another deep ball to Hindle, again taken to the house. Centre Connor Horton converted the point after to give the Falcons a 14-0 lead. With inspired tackling from cornerback John Willis, Plymouth were forced into a mistake on the next possession, with fellow cornerback Lewis Phillips intercepting a pass to give the Falcons another opportunity. Kewley-Joy, again looking composed under centre fired a deep strike to Nick Gould for another touchdown and followed it up with an extra point to Gould. Plymouth then tried to force another deep pass into Falcons territory, but Mckenna was equal to it and showing great awareness and agility, returned an interception for a touchdown, the extra point being converted by centre Ethan Lewis.

Half-Time
Falcons 28 – 0 Wolverines

The Wolverines received the ball to start the 2nd half and looked much sharper, marching the ball down the field for there 1st points of the day with a converted touchdown. The Falcons started to rotate players and receiver Andrew Smith took a short a pass from Kewley-Joy and turned it into a long gain, setting up another touchdown pass from Kewley-Joy to Smith with a “Mahomes no-look” throw.  The extra point was converted by Hindle. Plymouth again found their rhythm to score another touchdown on their next possession to make the score 35-13. Still rotating players, the Falcons went 4 and out on their next possession but great work from rookie safety, Will Granger meant the ball was quickly back with the Falcons O who wrapped up the scoring for the day with another TD pass from Kewley-Joy to Gould to give a final score of 41-13. With a new club record of 377 yards passing in the game, Kewley-Joy had a day to remember in his 1st start at QB along with Paul Hindle who also set a club record with 170 yards receiving in the game.

Full-Time
Falcons 41– 13 Wolverines

Offensive MVP: Paul Hindle/Nick Gould
Defensive MVP: Ed Mckenna

Game 2 vs Swindon Storm

In there 2nd matchup of the day, the Falcons looked to carry the momentum from the 1st game into this against a Storm side who had struggled to field a team on numerous occasions last season, but sported several new players.

An uncharacteristic mistake from QB Joe Kewley-Joy led to his 1st interception of the day on the Falcons 1st drive, however Swindon failed to capitalise on this thanks to great tackling from linebacker Patrick Smith. Swindon were playing tough defence, but a stroke of luck put the Falcons into scoring position. A deep ball from Kewley-Joy  was tipped by a Storm defender and Paul Hindle made an opportunistic grab. On the next play Hindle was back in action to catch the ball in the endzone to make the score 6-0. Will Granger was having an impressive debut gameday at safety and snagged an interception to end the next Storm drive. The Falcons took full advantage of this with Kewley-Joy finding Nick Gould for another TD, again unconverted to make the score 12-0. The Falcons D were playing exceptional football, with cornerback Lewis Phillips leading by example with some great tackling ensuring the Storm failed to progress in the half’s final drive.

Half-Time
Falcons 12 – 0 Storm

Storm received the ball in 2nd half but more great work from Granger saw him intercept the Storm QB for his 2nd pick of the game. Kewley-Joy found Ashley Jones with a long strike and the extra point was scored by Andrew Smith. The Falcons D was still playing tough and Ed Mckenna made several key plays to halt the next Storm drive. Kewley-Joy threw is 2nd interception of the game but the Falcons D again responded with Granger impressively deflecting a deep pass. Kewley-Joy connected with Jones again to seal the victory Ethan Lewis scoring the extra point for an impressive final score of 26-0.

Full-Time
Falcons 26 – 0 Storm

Offensive MVP: Ashley Jones
Defensive MVP: Will Granger

Game 2 vs Swansea Hammerheads

The Falcons’ final fixture of the day was against the Swansea Hammerheads, who looked strong after impressively beating the much-fancied Gwent Gators 12-8 in a prior game. Beginning the game on offence, the Falcons drive appeared to be stalling, before a freak deflected pass fell in Paul Hindle’s hands near the goal-line. On the next play, Nick Gould was found open for a touchdown, also scoring the extra point. On the Falcons first defensive drive, a long heave down-field was picked off by Ed Mckenna, returning it a short distance, and allowing Joe Kewley-Joy to pick out Paul Hindle for another TD, which was not converted. Bouncing back from the earlier interception, the Swansea offence drove down-field for a touchdown, and an ensuing extra point. Looking to keep the two-score advantage, Kewley-Joy staged an impressive drive, which was abruptly cut short with an interception. Capitalising on the mistake, Swansea scored another touchdown to level the scores. To end the half, Paul Hindle caught his 2nd touchdown as the clock expired to give the Falcons a narrow lead heading into half-time.

Half-Time
Falcons 19 – 12 Hammerheads

To start the second half, the Falcons defence forced a stop, led by John Willis with impressive tackling. Taking advantage, Kewley-Joy found Suzie Katana on a deep route for Suzie’s first ever competitive TD, with Paul Hindle converting the XP. Rallying, the Hammerheads found their rhythm offensively, scoring another touchdown. Ex-Falcon Matt Milum then made a great play for Swansea, picking off Kewley-Joy’s pass near the end-zone, setting up the Hammerheads to score once more, and make it a 1-point game. The Falcons offence was unable to respond, giving the ball back to Swansea, who had a chance to win the game on the final drive. All 5 players on the Falcons defence made great plays, pushing the Hammerheads back to a long 4th and GOAL. Ed Mckenna then sealed the game with a  crucial interception just outside the Falcons end-zone. It was Mckenna’s 3rd pick of the game – a new club record. Exeter ran out the clock to end a nerve-wracking game from start to finish.

Full-Time
Falcons 26 – 25 Hammerheads

Offensive MVP: Paul Hindle
Defensive MVP: Ed Mckenna


GameDay 2

Game 1 vs Gwent Gators

The Falcons entered this game looking to improve on their 3-0 record gained in GameDay 1 against a Gators side that many picked to be contenders for the division title.

Starting on offence in windy conditions, QB Joe Kewley-Joy lead a promising drive that ultimately stalled. However, the Falcons defence forced a quick 4 and out before Kewley-Joy picked out receiver Paul Hindle on a deep route to open the scores, with Nick Gould getting the XP. Ed Mckenna then came up with a huge play on 4th down, intercepting a deep pass and returning it for a touchdown. The defence’s of both sides held strong once more, before Gwent got on the board with the last play of the first half, as a deflected pass ended up in the endzone.

Half-Time
Falcons 13 – 6 Gators

Beginning the second half on defence, great coverage from the entire Falcons defence lead to another 4 and out. Kewley-Joy now had the wind behind him, and took advantage, finding Paul Hindle for another deep touchdown. Strong tackling from cornerback Josh Evans gave the ball back to the Falcons offence. On 4th down, Drew Smith came up with a huge catch, before being tackled just short off the end-zone. Paul Hindle then caught his 3rd touchdown of the day. The XP was picked off by the Gwent safety, however, he was tackled.

Gwent then staged a strong drive that was cut short when linebacker Patrick Smith intercepted a bobbled pass, setting up Kewley-Joy to find Gould for a touchdown, with Drew Smith grabbing the XP. To end the game, the whole Falcons defence banded together to keep the second-half shutout.

Full-Time
Falcons 32 – 6 Gators

Offensive MVP: Paul Hindle
Defensive MVP: Patrick Smith

Game 2 vs Swansea Hammerheads

In their 2nd matchup of the day, the Falcons faced the hosts, Swansea who had given them a run for the money on the opening game day, Exeter narrowly defeating the unfancied Hammerheads 26 – 25.

Playing in to the strong wind in the 1st half, the Falcons started on defence and continued where they left off in the 1st game, stopping the Hammerheads with a 4 and out, rookie safety Will Granger with some excellent coverage preventing a completion. The Falcons O could not take advantage and themselves went 4 and out. Defensive captain Ed McKenna forced a turnover on the next possession but the Falcons O failed to capitalise as Swansea’s D held firm with some solid tackling. The Falcons D again kept Swansea from gaining a 1st down with Joe Bishop showing fine tackling technique. The Falcons O finally started to click at the end of the 1st half and looked certain to score when QB Joe Kewley-Joy found favourite target Paul Hindle in the end zone but Hindle failed to hold on for the opening score.

Half-Time
Falcons 0 – 0 Hammerheads

With the wind behind them, the Falcons started the 2nd half explosively when from the 1st play from scrimmage Kewley-Joy went deep to Hindle who took it all the way to the end zone. The same pair combined for the extra point to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead. Great coverage by the Falcons D stopped the Hammerheads again and on the very next possession the Kewley-Joy / Hindle combination produced another TD, this time the XP converted by Connor Horton. More outstanding work from McKenna saw another Hammerheads drive stall and with the conditions in mind the offence took a chunk of time off the clock to leave the Hammerheads with one final possession from their own half which was once again thwarted by great defensive work from Josh Evans and a sack from Patrick Smith to leave the final score as 14-0.

Given the conditions on the day, the Falcons can be thrilled to leave with a 2-0 record and just 6 points conceded from there outstanding defence.

Full-Time
Falcons 14 – 0 Hammerheads

Offensive MVP: Paul Hindle
Defensive MVP: Ed McKenna

GameDay 3

Game 1 vs Southern Reapers

In there 1st game of the day in Andover, the Falcons faced the unbeaten Southern Reapers who play in the South West B conference. They were unbeaten but an unknown quantity to the Falcons but having arrived in plenty of time the Falcons were able to scout the Reapers in their 1st game and knew it would be a tough match.
Receiving the ball, the Falcons drove impressively but were thwarted when QB Joe Kewley-Joy was intercepted. The Reapers quickly punished the Falcons with a long TD pass which was converted to give them a 7-0 advantage. Again, the Falcons moved the ball well and Kewley-Joy found leading receiver WR Paul Hindle for a TD, who also converted to tie the score. The impressive Reapers offence marched downfield again to score an unconverted touchdown.
The Falcons offensive rhythm was disrupted as the Reaper’s adjusted their game and forced a couple of 4 and outs. Before the half, the Reapers scored again to make the half time score 20-7.

Half-Time
Falcons 7 – 20 Reapers

The relentless Reapers offence again marched down the field to score another TD, cementing the lead at 27-7. With great coverage the Reapers D were able to get to QB Kewley-Joy on multiple occasions to halt the Falcons O. The Falcons continued to play hard on defence led by captain Ed Mckenna but conceded again to fall behind 33-7. The Falcons managed to put together a drive deep into Reapers territory, but Kewley-Joy was picked off in the end-zone. The Reapers drove again but with the final play of game and still playing at 100%, Mckenna broke up a pass in the endzone but unfortunately suffered a serious fractured finger in the process.

Full-Time
Falcons 7 – 33 Reapers

Offensive MVP: Paul Hindle
Defensive MVP: Ed McKenna

Game 2 vs Wight Hell Hounds

In their 2nd game of the day, the Falcons faced off against another South West B team, the Wight Hell Hounds who had a difficult start to the season.
Defences were on top early in the game, the Falcons O were not clicking and trying to force the deep ball to often. They went back to basics and drove down the field with QB Joe Kewley-Joy running in the opening score, the XP scored by receiver Drew Smith. The makeshift Falcons D was playing well, John Willis in particular having a good game and kept forcing 4 and outs.

Half-Time
Falcons 7 – 0 Hell Hounds

Wight responded well in the 2nd half and opened their account for the game with a converted TD. The Falcons remained composed and hit back when Smith was picked out in the end-zone to give the Falcons back the lead, centre Ethan Lewis snagged the XP. The Falcons D held firm on the next drive and with momentum behind them went further in front when Kewley-Joy found Lewis for a TD. With time running down the Falcons went for a 2-point conversion, which was successful for WR Paul Hindle to give the Falcons a 22-7 lead. The Hell Hounds fought back and drove down the field for another TD but time was against them and Falcons ran out the clock to hold on for victory.

Full-Time
Falcons 22 – 14 Hell Hounds

Offensive MVP: Ethan Lewis
Defensive MVP: John Willis

Game 3 vs Buckinghamshire Wolves

The Falcons entered this game against a tough Buckinghamshire Wolves side who had a 5 – 1 record.

Beginning the game on defence, the Falcons looked to be holding strong, before being caught out by a deep ball, opening the scoring for the Wolves. However, QB Joe Kewley-Joy swiftly brought the side back into the game, as he lead a strong drive, ending with Nick Gould catching a short route to level the scores. The Wolves rallied, scoring 2 unanswered touchdowns, as a depleted Falcons defence struggled to deal with Bucks pacey receivers. Continuing his excellent GameDay, centre Ethan Lewis brought in another pass for a touchdown, bringing the Falcons back into the game. To end the half, the Wolves scored once more.

Half-Time
Wolves 26 – 12 Falcons

The Falcons defence began the second half strong, with safety Paul Hindle picking off a long pass, giving the ball back to Kewley-Joy who found Gould for another touchdown. Continuing their impressive offensive display, the Wolves scored another touchdown through an impressive catch on a deep ball.
In response, Exeter lead a strong drive, which was ultimately cut short through an interception. However, on the very next play, Josh Evans jumped the route for a pick to set up the Falcons in prime position. Paul Hindle caught a short route to make it a one score game.

As the Wolves attempted to run the clock out, the Falcons pushed up and left themselves exposed deep, where the Bucks scored another TD to seal the game.

Full-Time
Wolves 38 – 24 Falcons

Offensive MVP: Nick Gould
Defensive MVP: Patrick Smith


GameDay 4

Game 1 vs Gwent Gators

The Falcons had beaten the Gators 32-6 in a previous GameDay, and entered this game feeling confident. Beginning on defence, superb tackling from cornerback Josh Evans forced a four and out, before the Falcons offence stalled, handing the ball back to Gwent. The Gators staged an impressive drive that was cut short by an interception from stand-in safety Paul Hindle, allowing QB Joe Kewley-Joy to pick out Receiver Nick Gould for the opening score of the day. Cornerback John Willis then made a great play to grab his first ever competitive interception. Kewley-Joy then ran in a touchdown from 10 yards out, with Centre Ethan Lewis converting the XP. The Falcons stopped the Gators 2-minute drill offence in large part to excellent coverage from safety Will Granger.

Half-Time
Gators 0 – 13 Falcons

To begin the second half, Kewley-Joy lead a strong drive, finishing in a touchdown for Ethan Lewis, stretching the Falcons lead to 3 scores. However, Gwent rallied, and got on the board with an impressive grab in the back of the end-zone. Attempting to drain the clock, the Falcons turned to short passes and runs, making good yardage, but failing to score. The Gators ran their hurry-up offence, picking up good yardage on numerous plays. However, on 4th down, the Gators failed to convert, effectively sealing the game. Kewley-Joy ran out the clock to finish off a largely defensive and intense game.

Full-Time
Gators 6 – 19 Falcons

Offensive MVP: Ethan Lewis
Defensive MVP: Josh Davies

Game 2 vs Supers

The Supers sat one game behind the Falcons at the start of the day, making this game a crucial match up in the battle for the division title. The Falcons elected to begin on defence, however, Weston’s potent offence opened the scoring on the day, converting the extra point. Kewley-Joy staged a strong drive, which ended when he slightly overthrew his receiver, leading to an interception. Capitalising on this, the Supers scored once more, before turning the ball over again, and scoring a 3rd touchdown. The Falcons offence stalled, giving Weston the chance to score their 4th touchdown of the first half.

Half-Time
Supers 28 – 0 Falcons

After a poor first half display, the Falcons rallied on both sides of the ball, as Kewley-Joy found Ethan Lewis for the Falcons’ first TD of the game, and then Exeter’s defence stopped the Weston drive. Despite this, Weston prevented any form of a comeback from the Falcons, scoring three more times and preventing any further touchdowns from the Falcons, capping off a disappointing display for Exeter.

Full-Time
Supers 46 – 6 Falcons

Offensive MVP: Ethan Lewis
Defensive MVP: Josh Davies


GameDay 5

Game 1 vs Swindon

In sweltering conditions, the Falcons began on defence, where strong tackling from Cornerback Josh Davies set up a safety from Linebacker Patrick Smith, opening the scoring for Exeter. Safety Paul Hindle then picked off the Storm QB, and then caught a touchdown from Falcons QB Joe Kewley-Joy. The Storm staged a strong drive, that was ended with a great interception from safety Will Granger, allowing Kewley-Joy to find Receiver Nick Gould for another touchdown. Paul Hindle then grabbed another interception, taking it back for a score, before Kewley-Joy intercepted a pass before notching a rushing TD to stretch the scores. Kewley-Joy then grabbed a pick 6, before finding Centre Connor Horton for the extra point.

Half-Time
Storm 0 – 33 Falcons

Rotating to keep everyone fresh, Kewley-Joy lead an impressive drive, effectively draining the clock at the same time, before picking out Receiver Suzie Katana for the TD, who also caught the XP. Will Granger grabbed his second pick of the game, setting up a Josh Davies touchdown on the long ball, with Granger snatching the XP. Patrick Smith caught a bobbled pass for an interception, returning it a short distance. Smith broke off a large run and Kewley-Joy finished the drive with a rushing TD from 10 yards out. Swindon staged a long drive that was corralled due to strong coverage from the Falcons defence. Nick Gould brought in his 2nd touchdown of the day, and Granger caught another XP – his 3rd of the game, ending the match.

Credit must go to the Storm who despite missing key personnel and travelling with only 5 players, put in 100 percent effort in the very hot weather, throughout the entire game.

Full-Time
Storm 0 – 61 Falcons

Offensive MVP: Joe Kewley-Joy
Defensive MVP: Patrick Smith

Game 2 vs Weston Supers

The Falcons entered this game realistically needing a win to keep their division title hopes alive. To begin the game, the Supers staged an 8-play drive, ending in a converted touchdown. Quarterback Joe Kewley-Joy led his offence onto the field, and began a good-looking drive, but it was cut short by an athletic interception from the Weston cornerback. The Supers capitalised, punching in a second touchdown, before forcing a 4 and out from Exeter’s offence. Scoring another touchdown, the Supers stretched their lead. Keen to get to the half-time whistle, the Falcons ran out the clock to end a torrid first half.

Half-Time
Falcons 0 – 19 Supers

Needing points to get back in the game, Kewley-Joy led a strong drive, finding Receivers Nick Gould and Josh Davies with pinpoint passes, but the drive stalled. Switching defensive scheme, the Falcons defence marshalled the Supers, forcing a 4 and out. However, Weston’s defence continued performing well, forcing a 2nd interception. Botched coverage from the Falcons defence allowed Weston to score their 4th TD of the game, before a superb catch and run from Davies opened the scoring for the Falcons. To end the game, both sides traded defensive stops.

Despite a much-improved display in the second half, the Falcons slipped another disappointing defeat against the Supers, who now have a great chance to go onto win the division. Despite this, the Falcons will take heart from a much more competitive score-line compared to the first time the two sides met.

Full-Time
Falcons 6 – 25 Supers

Offensive MVP: Josh Davies
Defensive MVP: Will Granger


GameDay 6

Game 1 vs Reading Knights

In a rematch of the 2018 Plate Playoff final, the Falcons entered this game expecting tough opposition from a strong Reading side boasting numerous Uniball players. Beginning on offence, the Falcons struggled to get anything going, turning the ball over to Reading who scored after an 8-play drive, converting the extra point. QB Joe Kewley-Joy led a strong drive, that eventually stalled, giving the ball back to the Knights. Numerous missed tackles from the Falcons defence led to another Reading score. A 4-and-out from the Falcons allowed Reading to score once more through an athletic catch in the back of the end-zone.

Half-Time
Falcons 6 – 20 Knights

Regrouping at the half, the Falcons defence came out strong. An interception from Safety Will Granger set up Kewley-Joy to find Centre Ethan Lewis for Exeter’s opening score. Excellent tackling from Cornerback Joe Bishop stopped the Knights once more. Kewley-Joy led a promising drive, finding Lewis and Receiver Nick Gould consistently. Despite this, the Falcons couldn’t quite punch it in. On the first play of Reading’s next drive, Granger came up with his 2nd pick, however the Falcons stalled. Reading ran out the clock to end the game.

Full-Time
Falcons 6 – 20 Knights

Offensive MVP: Ethan Lewis
Defensive MVP: Will Granger

 

Game 2 vs Chichester Sharks

After the opening game defeat, Exeter faced the Chichester Sharks, a very experienced side who were relegated from the Premier Division last season. The Sharks won the toss and elected to start on offence, where they used clever running and pitch plays to make strong progress down-field, before opening the scoring with a short touchdown. QB Joe Kewley-Joy couldn’t get anything going. Chichester grabbed a 2nd quick touchdown. Kewley-Joy found Receiver Andrew Smith twice for good yards, but Exeter couldn’t get it in the end zone. Cornerback John Willis came up with his 2nd interception of the season. Lewis Phillips subbed into QB, with Kewley-Joy moving to Receiver. Chichester’s excellent pass defence stood strong, and their offence capitalised, scoring their 3rd unanswered TD.

Half-Time
Falcons 0 – 18 Sharks

Starting the second half on offence, Phillips posed a promising drive, but threw a pick in the end zone, handing the ball back to Chichester. Safety Will Granger jumped the route for his 3rd interception of the day. Phillips found Kewley-Joy on back-to-back passes, but Chichester’s brilliant defence held out. Linebacker Patrick Smith came up with sacks on consecutive plays, however the Sharks stretched scores on a deep ball. Another stall from the Falcons set up Chichester to score once more, ending the rout.

Full-Time
Falcons 0 – 30 Sharks

Offensive MVP: Nick Gould
Defensive MVP: Patrick Smith

 

Game 3 vs Buckinghamshire Wolves 2

It had been a torrid day for the Falcons so far. In their final game, they faced the Bucks Wolves 2, who despite showing a poor record, had always been competitive against premier opposition in their tough division. The Wolves started on offence, scoring after a long drive. On the first play of the Falcons opening drive, a bobbled pitch ended up being intercepted by the Wolves’ blitzer for a pick 6. Kewley-Joy got Exeter back on track with an impressive drive, culminating in a touchdown for Centre Ethan Lewis, who also grabbed the XP. Adjusting to Bucks’ offensive plays, the Falcons D forced a 4-and-out. Phillips subbing in at Receiver, stepped back as dual-QB and launched a long pass to fellow sub Ed Mckenna for the long score. Mckenna grabbed the extra point to level the scores entering the half.

Half-Time
Falcons 14 -14 Wolves

Resuming the second half on offence, Phillips moved over to QB, finding Receivers Andrew Smith and Nick Gould for good yards, before picking out Mckenna for his 2nd touchdown. Ethan Lewis snatched the extra point. The Wolves came back strong, continually moving the ball down-field, and scoring another touchdown. Exeter’s next drive ended with an interception thrown by Phillips, giving the ball back to the Wolves who scored again, stretching the scores to 27-21. On a repeat of an earlier play, Phillips found Mckenna on a go-route, tying up the game, however the Falcons failed to take the lead on the XP. This set up the Wolves on a 2-minute drill to win the game. Perilously close to the end zone, Safety Paul Hindle made the play of the game, swatting down a 4th down pass in the end zone, ending the game as a tie – the first in the Falcons’ BAFA history.

Full-Time
Falcons 27 – 27 Wolves 2

Offensive MVP: Ed Mckenna
Defensive MVP: Paul Hindle