London Blitz fight back to batter Bristol Aztecs

London Blitz wide receiver Andrew Cropper in action against Bristol Aztecs. Pic: Phil Rocker

London Blitz wide receiver Andrew Cropper in action against Bristol Aztecs. Pic: Phil Rocker - Credit: Archant

London Blitz brushed off an early setback to triumph 54-13 at Bristol Aztecs as they dominated in all three phases of the game.

The Aztecs jumped into a quick lead on a 52-yard touchdown pass just five plays into the game – but it wasn’t until the final minute of the game that their offence touched the scoreboard again.

Temi Oduyemi answered the Aztec touchdown with a 57-yard burst up the middle for a score before Blitz quarterback Josh Adamson linked up with Michael Aboujaoude for a 43-yard touchdown – their second scoring connection in as many games.

Field goal kicker Luke Naughton was on the mark from 35 and 27 yards respectively, taking the half-time Blitz lead to 20-7.

Defensively, the visitors flexed their collective muscle, with quarterback sacks from Peter Davies, Marcus Thouant and newcomers Matt Eva and Eddie Cheadle, a pair of sacks from Fab Gargiulo, and a shared sack between Luke Whitney and Kamil Potrec.

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Blitz also forced Bristol quarterback Gareth Thomas into a series of poor throws – the worst of which flew directly into the chest of defensive back Rob Warren, who took the ball 48 yards for a late touchdown.

Oduyemi added a second long touchdown run, this time of 68 yards, while Aboujaoude caught a second touchdown, and Dominic Husbands added a pair himself.

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Singificantly, Blitz returned home without any significant injuries, which should enable them to field a strong side for their opening IFAF European Champions League game at home to Aix-en-Provence Argonautes on Saturday May 2.

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