Topping off an outstanding and record setting season, the Sutherland Seahawks won 42-0 over the North West Sydney Predators.
5 rushing touchdowns to Haoping Tang led to him being named 2015 game MVP. Indicative of the kind of well thought out game planning that went into the preparation, the first offensive play from scrimmage was a 34 yard touchdown to Tang, but it was Tang’s 16 yard 2nd half touchdown that broke several tackles that was the game’s best.
QB Daniel Besz threw an excellent 31 yard touchdown to Justin Whiting after a long return from a safety punt; field position that the defense handed several times to the offense, as they have most of the year.
The defense capped off a season where they set a new club record for yards allowed per play 2.76ypp, topping the 2.82ypp of the 2006 Championship team. The defense kept the Predators to – 13 yards rushing in the game and added a safety from a blocked punt, as well as a fumble, an interception and 2 sacks.
The game bogged down at several points with penalties and the 42-0 scoreline didn’t quite top the 48-0 victory from 2014’s Championship game but the game definitely demonstrated the tremendous hard work of the players and coaches.
Since taking over the Head Coaching role for 2012, Christos Lambroplous is 31-8-2 with 3 championships. The coaching staff continue to demonstrate excellent application of modern system principles in football as well as skill and physical development.
These guys have each won 3 Championships in a row.
An incomplete pass as time expired from the Golden Phoenix secured the Ankle Breakers 32-31 win in the first ever Seahawks 5 an Junior competition.
Coach Daniel Besz directed the team to an undefeated season, a feat he would repeat a day later quarterbacking the club’s Colts team.
Multiple touchdowns to Harry Clarke, who led the competition with 27 for the season, as well as Ethan McKean and Ryhs Downs kept the Ankle Breakers slightly ahead, the point after touchdowns vitally important.
Both quaterbacks played great Spencer Christlo for the Breakers and Max O’Shea for the Phoenix threw multiple touchdowns and just 1 interception a piece.
The Breakers and Phoenix played 3 very close games in 2015. 37-33, 45-35 and 32-31. The football was tremendously entertaining each time and it kept the spectators enthrawled.
In the 3rd v 4th game, a touchdown as time expired gave the Hurricanes a 44-39 victory over the White Lions. Both teams have suffered tough losses this year, underlining the competitiveness of the competition amongst so many inexperienced players.
A fitting final rushing touchdown to Haoping Tang capping his 149 yards for the game was trumped by the first ever score from offensive lineman Mitchell Wiseman from the backfield as time expired, icing the game 30-8 and sending the Sutherland Seahawks to its third consecutive Colts Championship.
TE/WR Jake Wedesweiler scored 2 touchdowns from 7 receptions for the game, good enough for equal 3rd best ever from the Colts team. The offense turned the ball over uncharacteristically on its opening drive allowing the Pirates to get up 8-0 early on.
Roaring back with a solid drive on the ground, QB Daniel Besz trotted in for his 7th rushing touchdown for the season but still a 8-6 deficit.
The defense toughen. LB Jackson Young ended the game with 14 tackles, good enough for equal 2nd most in a colts game for the club.
Swarming to the ball carrier and rallying once the play broke down kept the Pirates from scoring again. Safety Alex Mellor’s interception late in the game set up the final score. The takeaway was the 23rd for the Seahawk defense this season just 3 behind the record total from 2014.
The Seahawks will via for its 8th ever Colts Champinship from 9 appearances. The North West Sydney Predators were defeated 54-0 back in week 3 and will take on the Seahawks next Saturday December 19th at David Phillips Field. Kickoff is 3pm.
The 7-0 Ankle Breakers won another tight contest with the Golden Phoenix 45-35.
Like the Week Three 37-33 encounter, the game was in doubt into the final minutes, Harry Clarke’s 5th touchdown of the day from QB Spencer Christlo put the game beyond doubt. The Ankle Breakers of Coach Daniel Besz, have led the competition in scoring and have qualified for the #1 vs #2 final on Friday December 18th.
Who will meet them will be decided in this friday’s final round.
The Green Hurricanes had their best game of the season and defeated the White Lions 30-18 off the back of some tremendous defense. The Hurricanes will need a win over the Golden Phoenix and a 43 point improvement in their for/against differential.
The White Lions need to win their last game over the Ankle Breakers and have the Golden Phoenix lose whilst improving their differential over them by 29 points.
This week’s games start 6.40pm at Waratah Athletics Track on friday as normal.
Last saturday was the final regular season game for former Sutherland Seahawks Blake and Sean Muir.
Although the game went against the Baylor Bears, losing their 3rd QB of the season to injury and finishing 9-3, they will play North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec 30th Australian time.
The Baylor Bears offense was again ranked #1 in the nation in offense in yards per game out of 127 teams and #4 in rushing yards per game. Thanks in part to the work of the offensive line of which Blake and Sean are a part.
Blake with Head Coach Art Briles.
The game was also Blake’s last regular season game of his career. Saturday was his 36th start from 36 games. He will suit up for Baylor in the bowl game which will be his last as a Baylor Bear before becoming eligible for the 2016 NFL Draft.
Originally enrolling and playing at the University of Hawai’i in January 2011, Blake redshirted his first year and then started every game of the 2012 season at Left Tackle. The coaching change at Hawai’i precipitated a desire to move, a good idea evidenced by Hawai’i’s 10 wins under that staff in 4 years.
The move to Baylor came at the right time and Blake has contributed enormously, rated the #2 offensive lineman on the team behind Outland Trophy finalist Spencer Drango. The Baylor OL unit has been one of the best in the country.
During his time at Baylor, Blake was joined by his younger brother Sean who is a redshirt sophomore in 2015 at Center.
Over Blake’s career he has traveled to the following away games.
2011 (Travel Squad) Seattle, Washington; Las Vegas, Nevada; Ruston, Louisiana; San Jose, California; Moscow, Idaho.
2012 Los Angeles, California; Provo, Utah; San Diego, California; Fort Collins, Colorado; Fresno, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado.
2014 Buffalo, New York; Ames, Iowa; Austin, Texas; Morgantown, West Virginia; Norman, Oklahoma; Arlington, Texas; Arlington, Texas.
2015 Dallas, Texas; Arlington, Texas; Lawrence, Kansas; Manhattan, Kansas; Stillwater, Oklahoma; Fort Worth, Texas; (to be played) Orlando, Florida.
Add to all that, his games in Hawai’i and in Waco, Texas.
The boys have final exams this week and then Blake graduates at the end of next week with his family in attendence. Teh baylor Bears will then commence practice for the bowl game in Orlando.
The diary blog page of Blake (#73) and Sean Muir (#74), brothers, former
Sutherland Seahawk players and now Baylor Football offensive linemen.
December 24th 2015
Tomorrow the team heads to Orlando and the bowl site hotel.
The team actually practices on christmas day afternoon as you can see from the schedule below. Blake will start the game at Right Tackle as he did for the Texas game.
It will be yet another christmas away from home and family, but when that happens it means that there’s been a bowl game appearance…… that’s a good thing. No word yet on the gifts that are made available to players attending the game. Its usually things like clothes, watches, gift vouchers, bags etc.
The final OL grading has been published as well. Outland Trophy finalist Spencer Drango again rated out in front, Blake finished in 2nd. Hard to know what it all means as there were several curious gradings of games, but it is what it is. Having a published grading that was 2nd best on the team with the #1 offense in the nation isn’t bad.
December 22th 2015,
Some pics of commencement will be up shortly.
In the meantime, here is Blake and his team mates giving a shout out to important people in their life. Let’s hear it for Jenny Muir, Blake and Sean’s mum.
December 12th 2015,
Exams are going on, then Blake will have his commencement ceremony on Dec 19th at the University in Waco.
This is inverted veer, with Blake back at the Left guard spot.
Shock Linwood takes it out the front side on split zone, Blake again at his normal Left Guard spot.
More inside zone with kick action by the H-back, this time from Right tackle for Blake, and direct snaps to the RB.
Now on the backside of outside zone from the right tackle spot. Here you have to move fast to cut off defenders who are fast flowing.
This play was one of Blake’s better ones for the year. Looks like he’s shot out of a cannon on the veer release (arc release) getting to the 2nd level to cut the linebacker.
December 10th 2015,
All Conference teams come out for the Big 12. Its a strange world this football thing. Blake was honorable mention in 2014 but wasn’t listed at all this year. However, was named on the first team for the Bleacher Report and also first team for ESPN! Nice to see that someone is watching, but it really makes you wonder what really goes into all these lists.
He joins team mates Corey Coleman, Spencer Drango and Andrew Billings on the 1st team selections for Bleacher Report.
ESPN noted how well Blake performed compared to Spencer Drango who was named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the year.
Also, from Coach Briles’ press conference last week, some kind words about the offensive line unit.
December 9th 2015,
Some great pics of Blake on Senior Day and Sean out there for warm ups early with the other Centers courtesy of Jim Black.
December 8th 2015,
Blake has 5 exams this week; Sean has a full slate of exams too. Blake’s hoping they’re the last he ever has to take as he graduates next week and family are heading over to see the ceremony.
The team gets a week off to rest and then has practices scheduled in the lead up to the Bowl game which is held in Orlando, Florida. It will be Blake and Sean’s first trip to Florida.
Blake’s away games attended…..
2011 (Travel Squad) Seattle, Washington; Las Vegas, Nevada;
Ruston, Louisiana; San Jose, California; Moscow, Idaho.
2012 Los Angeles, California; Provo, Utah; San Diego, California;
Fort Collins, Colorado; Fresno, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado.
2014 Buffalo, New York; Ames, Iowa; Austin, Texas;
Morgantown, West Virginia; Norman, Oklahoma; Arlington, Texas; Arlington,
Add to that, all the games in Hawaii and in Waco, Texas. (Might make a map of all his games)
It will come to 37 starts from 37 games played. Blake missed 1 game from sickness (Cotton Bowl 2014) and missed 5 practices in total (1 in 2012, 4 in spring 2014.) Not bad for such a tough grueling sport.
December 7th 2015,
Well, nothing in a programs planning includes losing your 3rd QB to injury and having to use your punt returner to run your offense but that’s what happened to Baylor against Texas and ultimately they lost at home for the 2nd time this year 23-17.
Its a terrible way to end a regular season that could have been the best ever. They are now 9-3 and will play North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec 29th (30th in Australia).
Blake has one game remaining in his college career. He made his 36th start, this time at Right Tackle for the first time. Here is his bio as honored with the other seniors.
Baylor has reached the last regular season game. The game against the Texas Longhorns will kick off at 4am Sunday morning Sydney time. A win in this game will alsmot certainly send Baylor to the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day vs an SEC team, quite possibly Ole Miss.
For Blake it is his last home game, and will be his 36th start from 36 career games. Baylor’s senior class has a lot of wins under its belt and has seen a lot of success.
December 2nd 2015
Caught up with former Seahawk Adrian Thomas today via messenger. He’s in the UK at the moment working for a consultancy firm. Enjoying life over there. Football really has taken him around the world. His 5 years at Hawai’i 2006-2010 saw him start 16 games and attend the 2006 Hawaii Bowl, 2007 Sugar Bowl, 2008 Hawai’i Bowl and 2010 Hawai’i Bowl. The team was ranked 10th in 2007 and 16th in 2010.
After Hawai’i, football took him home and to Germany to play.
One of the best players to every go through the Sutherland Seahawks club.
Blake on his recruiting trip to Hawai’i with Coach Gordy Shaw and Adrian Thomas back in 2010.
December 1st, 2015
A lot of pics this year of Blake on the way to games.
In games that started as the city finally cooled off the Blue Ankle Breakers fought off the Green Hurricanes 58-44 in the highest scoring game of the season so far.
Down to just 5 man, the Breakers (5-0) kept a score ahead of the Canes (1-4) through 2 turnovers, Ethan McKean and Harry Clarke notching up multiple scores and gutting it out on defense as well.
The Canes have taken their time to get their offense into gear this season but 44 points was an excellent return on their midweek practice.
The 2nd game was also closely contested. The White Lions (2-3) behind Daniel Mauga-Hall’s 3 scores gave them a 44-36 final over the Golden Phoenix (2-3). The Phoenix got a much greater yield from their touchdowns, chipping in with PAT’s on three of them, the Lions scoring 2 extra touchdowns overall.
Ankle Breakers 5-0 (202 For, 113 Against) Golden Phoenix 2-3 (149 For, 147 Against) White Lions 2-3 (126 For, 134 Against) Green Hurricane 1-4 (123 For, 153 Against)
Next week the Breakers will play the White Lions and Hurricanes will play the Golden Phoenix.
The diary blog page of Blake (#73) and Sean Muir (#74), brothers, former
Sutherland Seahawk players and now Baylor Football offensive linemen.
November 30th 2015,
Well, all good things must come to an end. The TCU game was wet, it was cold and it ruined what was a highly anticipated game, arguably the most highly anticipated game leading into 2015.
It could never match the 61-58 contest from last year although it did come down to double overtime, TCU winning 28-21 in the end when Baylor couldn’t convert on 4th down. Both teams were without several starters and both teams played out of sorts. 5 turnovers from Baylor hurt, in particular a fumble on 3rd down when inside the TCU redzone. A field goal there with 10min remaining would hav ebeen enough for a win.
As it turns out, with Oklahoma winning, Baylor will probably end u in the same spot it would have with a win. The likely outcome with a win over Texas this saturday is that the Bears will go to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on New Years day and play against the #2 SEC team, most likely Ole Miss or Florida.
Blake played a nother solid game despite the fact that everything about the timing and play selection for the offense was topsy turvy. It was impossible to catch a ball and they ran it 71 times. Blake got through it okay, his wrist still bothered him a little and it wont be till he gets 3 weeks off leading into the bowl game that it will get back to 100%.
Some better plays from the highlights.
Two plays there. One on the gola line where Blake has been great all year and gets so low in his stance, he is impossible to submarine. Second play is where he springs Johnny Jefferson in the longest run of the game with the power play and takes out 2 defenders.
Again, here on the goal line, this time on the play side of power. The backer has walked down over the center and so its iso blocking while Broxton pulls and Chafin runs tight and straight to the endzone.
This was the final TD in overtime. A jump pass, unorthodox but in the conditions scores were manufactured an way possible.
November 27th 2015,
So its Thanksgiving Day today in the US. The boys had lunch with team mates at the Ferrell Center on campus.
Over the years they’ve had some great days on public holidays in the US. Christmas’, Thanksgiving, Independence Day and so on. It looks like New South Wales has 11 public holidays and Texas has 10.
Tomorrow’s game means that the players didn’t really get to venture too far from school for those who live in Texas. Tomorro’ws game starts at 11.30am Sydney time.
November 24th 2015,
A couple of plays that are nice to look at. Easy to run power when they dont try to spill the run. Who knows why they thought this was a good idea but Baylor ended up with 300 yard rushing.
This is how you stick someone in the dirt who is trying too hard to get vertical on a pass rush inside.
November 23rd 2015,
What a game, one of the team’s best. Despite needing 3rd string Qb Chris Johnson to take over from Jarrett Stidham who sprained his ankle, the Bears beat the Cowboys 45-35 in Stillwater.
The team had over 300 yards rushing and inflicted the first defeat of the season for Oklahoma State who were ranked 4th at the time. The Bears now have to regroup for a Friday night game at TCU which will be played saturday 11.30am in Australia.
Blake played another solid game, his 34th career start and came through just with the carry over wrist sprain and eye infection that annoyed him leading into it.
No telling yet what will happen in terms of starting QB for this week, its a short week and a huge game. If everyone remembers back to last year’s contest it ended up being the best game of the year and no doubt TCU will still want revenge for it.
November 21st 2015,
The camera seems to love Blake on the away game plane trips.
The Oklahoma State game will be 11.30am here in Sydney. There is a stream available from the Big 12 that can be paid for which will probably be the best way to watch in in Australia.
Blake has had to take some antibiotics for an infection from a cut from his helmet. Should be fine, no fever, just precautionary. You’ll probably notice the wrist support in the remaining games as well, just to stay on top of spraining it any further.
Wasn’t much motivation to go through and pick out and make gifs from this game since it was a loss, but here are 2.
This cut back on the Dart lead had a nice 2nd level cut from Blake to effect the defender.
Caught OU in a blitz here with the playside end going outside. Blake and Kyle buried the Nose tackle.
November 17th 2015,
As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
The Bears went down 44-34 to Oklahoma on the weekend, ending the chance at an undefeated season. The team took a lot of injuries in the game and Oklahoma had a great strategy. The team will have to re-group for the game at Oklahoma State this week to keep hopes alive for a Big 12 Championship.
Blake played fairly well and managed a wrist injury that has hung around since the Kansas State game. he played every snap at left guard. The offensive line unit had a tough game with the design of the front that Oklahoma ran. A full recap of the game can be found here.
The return game vs the UTS Gators was held up on the Central Coast in one of the wetter games that the Seahawks have had to get through. A full credit in particular to the Center, QB and Running Backs that they kept the team streak of not giving up a fumble; something that UTS team could not match.
Haoping Tang added another 3 rushing touchdowns and Quarterback Daniel Besz picked up several first downs as the offense scored 6 touchdowns building a 36-0 half time lead.
The defense added its 8th touchdown for the season as well as a safety, cornerback Dylan Dinale having 2 interceptions and Jackson Young blocking a punt. UTS did not gain a first down and were kept to negative yardage on the day, a monster effort by the defense and very rare outcome.
The Seahawks offense spread the scoring, 6 different receivers, Corey Delvalle having his first receiving touchdown on a 43 yard pass out of the backfield and Reece Weston scoring his 2 point PAT.
The Seahawks (7-0) will have the week off and then take on the West Sydney Pirates to round out the regular season before the playoffs start.