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Oxford Are In The Playoffs!
The Saints are set to travel down to Brighton on 23rd August to take on the Sussex Thunder in the first round, two teams who have played against each other many times over the years.
The last time Oxford took on Sussex was in a pre-season friendly at the beginning of the year. A young squad with many new players travelled down to the coast and experienced a competitive game against the Thunder.
Running back #20 Kev Brooks charges through against Sussex
After successful seasons for both clubs, it is fitting that the sides should meet again in the playoffs. Both teams have had a look at each other in pre-season but each will have progressed throughout the year and will no doubt have a few tricks up their sleeves.
When the Thunder took on the Saints, a number of veterans had not yet returned to the team, including the contingent of university players. This time Oxford are expected to be back to strength, including the offensive weapon duo, James Walter and Grant Tebb.
In the 13-12 regular season finale win over the Cornish Sharks, James Walter broke his 1,000 rushing yard record in a regular season in just 8 games.
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Player To Watch: Quaterback #10 Ben Denton
The Saints starting quarterback has come a long way since his first time under centre, in the Sussex pre-season. With 6 wins under his belt including several high scoring shoot out battles, Denton has bonded with the rest of the offense and has developed his knowledge of the position.
Denton began his career with the Saints as a corner back/free safety and also handled kick return duties. His size and ability to take off when needed can make him a threat on the ground, along with his previous experience of playing defense which aides in identifying coverages and finding opportunities.
In his debut season at quarterback, he has led this historic club to it’s first playoff appearance since 2012 and an impressive 6-2 record, which includes a narrow 1 point defeat by division winners Bristol Apache.
1st year quarterback Ben Denton evades a Sussex defender as he runs the ball
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