The Portsmouth Dreadnoughts’ head coach is not getting carried away after his side remain undefeated so far this season. Luke Head-Rapson said they still have to face tough opponents but was feeling optimistic about reaching the play-offs. The Hooks Lane outfit won their third game of the division against Hastings Conquerors 64-0 on Sunday.
The result sees the Dreadnoughts points tally reach 111 and they are yet to see any points scored against them.
‘It is too early in the season to talk about promotion but this win does put us in a good position going forward. There is another team in our division who are still undefeated and we have some tough games coming up. I know the Bournemouth Bobcats have improved and Swindon Storm will be angry after losing to us. ‘But these wins do put us in a strong position to make the play-offs.’
The Dreadnoughts scored an early field goal against the Conquerors through kicker George Evans. They extended their lead when running back Will Purkiss ran 25 yards into the endzone, missing the extra point to lead 9-0.
Special teams impressed Head-Rapson with their performance after returner Ben Meyers scored from a punt return; the extra point was also on target.
With the first quarter coming to an end, quarterback Stu Rees scrambled for a 24-yard touchdown although the kick was missed.
The hosts continued to dominate, forcing Hastings to punt on fourth down. After catching the return, Meyers sprinted downfield to put the Dreadnoughts 28-0 ahead. As the half went on, receiver Benny Debrah caught an 11-yard pass for a touchdown. For the extra point, holder Thomas Usai faked a field goal and found the endzone to make it 36-0.
Any doubt of a Dreadnoughts win was put to bed when running back Jethin George ran 50 yards down the field to score. Shortly afterwards Rees threw the ball to Rich Bloomer who’s touchdown made it 50-0. Debrah, this time on the field as a part of special teams, caught a punt return and ran 80 yards into the endzone with the extra point scored.
With the game drawing to a close, there was just enough time for wide receiver Jake Smith to catch a 15-yard scoring pass and for kicker Evans to convert the final point. Head-Rapson praised Meyers and Debrah for their touchdowns.
‘Returners Ben and Benny have been terrific. They brought an air of excitement to the team and players are willing to put themselves on the line for them and give them the chance to return the ball. It adds intensity to our game.’
The Dreadnoughts now face a three-week break before playing Swindon, who they beat 20-0 last month. Head-Rapson said: ‘I expect Swindon to be tough. They have lost all three of their games and are more determined than ever. ‘They are desperate to get a win and the last game was close. I expect them to have a new game plan and focus.’