The Highland Stags were narrowly beaten in the British American Football Association Division 2 National Final as they were beaten 17–7 by Bristol Apache in London.
The Invergordon side, who were crowned Division 2 North champions and advanced to the national final, took the lead when Kyle Cocker received a pass from quarterback James Hudson in the end zone in the first quarter .
The Stags defense held firm in the first half, with Bristol only managing a James Baines basket to close the gap before halftime with the score at 7–3.
Bristol took the lead in the third quarter when Bristol quarterback Fen Trudgian was able to kick the ball into the end zone to give his team the lead.
Ed Green made the Apache’s position unassailable in the fourth quarter – scoring a three-yard touchdown to extend their lead to 10 points.
Highland Stags general manager Tom Hutchison said while it was a disappointing result, he was proud his team put up a great fight in a national final.
“It was definitely a great experience to play in a national final.
“Playing against the best team we have faced also added to the experience.
“Bristol were unbeaten in the final and we gave them our best, we gave it our all to try and get the win.
“But Bristol are a fantastic team and they got the win, we have no regrets.”
The Highland Stags are still promoted to Division One after a fantastic season winning Division Two North at a gallop beating Scotland’s top sides.
They beat Scunthorpe Alphas 18–8 in the semi-final at Invergordon to reach the national final where they suffered a loss to Bristol Apache.
Hutchison says the club have made good progress over the season and are looking to continue to develop next season.
“Hopefully we will continue to progress and people in the Highlands will know who we are.
“We will strive to build our team and develop our fans, we have worked hard to raise awareness of our club.
“I hope this will encourage people to play this sport. We are a team run by a team, we are a community and a family, this is more than a game for us and this is what we want to promote. .