Sunday saw the team slip to a losing record for the first time ever as the Hampshire Thrashers, the Andover Thrashers suffering a losing record in 2006. It was also their lowest points production since a 6-16 loss to South Wales Warriors in 2008.
Nick Watson surpassed 5000 career passing yards with a 140 yard outing. He has now also thrown for more than twice as many yards as any previous Thrasher’s quarterback. The achievement was slightly marred as it also came with some unwanted accolades. With a quarterback rating of 95 this is the first time in his Thrasher’s career that his rating has dropped below 100.
Running back Ayman Abd-Elaziz has equalled his partner in crime, Orion Modebe in surpassing all of last year’s backs with the exception of Nic Jones. With a game limited by injury Modebe dropped to 8th on the all-time average per carry (of 20 carries or more) allowing Abd-Elaziz to pass him in to 6th place.
Kyle Latore had a modest day compared to his 2010 statistics but his 4th quarter touchdown reception moved him ahead of Paul Brady on the all-time touchdown receptions with 14. He has also closed the gap to just 4 receptions behind Brady on the all-time receiving. The touchdown also moved him to 3rd on the all-time scoring list level with 2008 running back Nick Fray.
With 1390 yards (1389 receiving and 1 rushing) he has also surpassed Manny Ferreira on the offensive yards from scrimmage, Ferreira tallying 1334 yards (521 receiving and 813 rushing).
Receiver Brad Sawyers also took command of the fifth spot on the all-time receptions, his 3 receptions in the game separating him from fifth equal with Chris Taylor. Another 6 receptions will take him in to the top three with Brady and Latore.
Nic Jones’ 6 tackles enabled him to pass Nick Michael to move in to 4th place on the all-time tackles list. Paul Kelly, playing in only the first half of the game, had an impressive day with 9 tackles which also saw him pass Ben Rabbett to move in to 9th position all-time.
Josh Amis had an 8 tackle performance to break in to the top 20, he jumped up four places to the number 16 spot. As a testament to the defensive back’s open field tackling he also now stands at 7th on the all-time solo tackles, only in to his second season in the defensive backfield.
Vassili Fedotov, Josh Amis and Kris Goswell are all scrapping it out at the top of the tackling table positioned 1, 2 and 3 respectively. The trio accounting for over a third of all of the team’s total tackles.
On special teams Ben Rosen continued his impressive kicking on the season, his third quarter 52 yard punt was the 5th longest in team history.