As starts to a season go, that enjoyed by Vanden Warner’s Nottingham Caesars in the current, British American Football Association (BAFA) NFC1 South campaign, is one to excite Nottingham, and the East Midlands as a whole.
Albeit beginning a little later than other sides, the Caesars never let that fact distract them from the job at hand, and have made stern inroads on the path to promotion, winning their first four, and keeping three shut-outs along the way.
In starting 4-0, registering some 130 points, and conceding just fourteen, yes, fourteen, the Caesars have made themselves a force to be reckoned with, and high-likely, putting a target on their backs at the same time; their opening success being a 38-0 shut-out of expected challengers, Sheffield Giants.
New signing, one of a number made before the new season got underway, Joshua Oluwatosin, proved himself to be a force to be reckoned with following an MVP performance which saw the Wide Receiver claiming four, receiving TDs (touchdowns).
The standard set, the return contest, the following week, was a much tighter affair, the Caesars returning to Nottingham with a narrow, 22-14 success.
Birmingham Bulls were next up for the Caesars and, after consecutive wins over Sheffield, a need to continue what they’d started was required, doing so with a second shut-out success; Wellington Tafiryi getting the ball rolling with a rushing TD before quarterback Liam McGovern connected with Elliot Harvey for a passing TD, and Ben Hugh also adding another, rushing TD, in the 20-0 win.
The win over the Bulls was even more highlighted by the defensive prowess continually shown, Sam Robertson and Xavier Marshall among those praised for their efforts in the shut-out.
No soon had they racked up a second shout-out in three outings, then that statistic quickly became three shout-outs in four outings when the Caesars took the game to, and demolished, Sandwell Steelers, 50-0, in their last outing.
The road win was another statement for Warner’s Caesars and, in doing so, maintained their hundred percent start.
James Draper set the ball rolling with a running TD, former NTU star, Ben Harrison, claimed two receiving TDs, Ben Pugh and Nathan Hall, the latter also from NTU, added five and six, before a seventh TD of the game was afforded to Wellington Tafireyi, he wrapping up a comfortable win.
The Caesars have had a bye week this past weekend (28 May), before they travel to mid-table Northants Knights next time around, on Sunday 4 June, Warner’s charges looking to extend that 4-0 record.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @CaesarsFootball Nottingham Caesars have started their season well.