A 44-12 and 25-20 win over East Essex Sabres and East Kent Mavericks respectively clinched Wembley Stallions the #1 seed in the Southern half of the SFC2 playoffs, with a perfect 10-0 W-L record.
A 25-20 win against East Kent put Wembley on a 9-0 record, before finishing off the regular season with a 44-12 win against East Essex.
Two rushing touchdowns from Junior Ejehu, a pick six from Zoltan Kadar, and 2 safeties earned Wembley the win against East Kent.
While another touchdown from Ejehu, as well as 2 rushing touchdowns from Emmanuel Olagbaju, and receiving touchdowns from Casey Walker, Charlie Douglas, Sharif El-Fiky and Brett Parnham gave Wembley a 44-12 victory of East Essex.
The game against East Kent was one of two very strong defences, with both teams forcing turnovers, with East Kent leading 13-7 after the first quarter, Wembley’s lone score coming from a defensive pick six from Kadar.
A safety brought the gap between the two teams to just 12, with Tom McGinty returning the resulting punt to the East Kent 30-yard line. A strong run game saw Wembley get their first offensive touchdown, Ejehu running it in. The score now being 21-15 at the half.
The third quarter saw both teams fail to score any points. But the Wembley stepped up once again like it had all season, forcing a fumble in the fourth quarter, recovered by Kadar.
A second rushing touchdown from Ejehu, and a 2-point conversion catch from Seb Pettican, made the score 23-20 to Wembley, before a second safety forced by the Wembley defence put the game out of reach for East Kent.
While the game against East Kent showed Wembley’s power in the running game, and their strength in defence, the game against an East Essex side who had improved greatly over the course of the season showed Wembley’s efficient passing game, with Art Bakmanidis, connecting with Walker, Douglas and El-Fiky all the first half, to put Wembley up by 13 after two quarters, with the score 19-6 to the visiting team.
Rotations at quarterback didn’t hinder Wembley’s creative passing game, with tight end Parnham adding a further touchdown on Wembley’s first drive of the half.
East Essex scored another 6, before Wembley began to run down the clock, as well as putting up a further 12 points thanks to Olagbaju and Ejehu touchdowns.
With the regular season now complete, Wembley turn their heads towards the playoffs, with their quarter final home game against #8 Hertfordshire Cheetahs on Sunday 20th August.