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Two sides travel to Norfolk, VA to take on Mid Atlantic Conference Power Norfolk Blues

Posted Monday March 12, 2018

In our first matches of the season, the club traveled with two sides to Norfolk, VA to take on the Norfolk Blues.  Norfolk's A-side is a D1 team and is ranked #3 in the Mid-Atlantic behind Rocky Gorge and Pittsburgh Harlequins.  Their B-side plays in D2 and is ranked #2 behind Rocky Gorge D2.  Both matches meant Buffalo was stepping up a notch.  In the first match, Norfolk D1 dominated possession for 5 minutes and scored their first try under the posts.  At this point, things looked grim. However, BRC regrouped and answered with a try from Matt McGovern at the 12 minute mark.  Shortly thereafter, Colton Kells got a great offload from Mike Lang and scored a try that Kyle Johannsenn converted to give BRC the lead.  That lead was quickly erased as Norfolk scored 2 tries (1 converted).  Johannsenn added a penalty kick but BRC trailed 19-15 at the half.  The message at half time was increase the line speed on defense and work hard at the breakdown.  The pressure paid off as Mackenzie Doolittle grabbed an interception and scored  the try to put BRC back in the lead by a point.  Norfolk answered back with a converted try to retake the lead.  With less than 5 minutes left, BRC got back to within a point as Johannsenn scored on an interception.  With time running out, BRC had the ball deep in the Norfolk end but a series of miscues gave Norfolk the ball and they ran in for a try that was converted giving them a 33-25 lead with a minute left.  BRC again pressed the attack but turned the ball over and Norfolk booted the ball in goal where a BRC player batted it into touch and a penalty was called.  On the ensuing tap penalty, BRC were caught out of position and confused.  The resulting try gave Norfolk a flattering 38-25 win.
BRC's D3 side drew first blood in the second match as Matt Webber dashed in for a try that Chris Wells converted. Norfolk came back with a converted try of its own to tie the score. Wells add a penalty kick to push BRC back into the lead but again Norfolk answered with a converted try to take back the lead, 14-10.  BRC scored a go-ahead try near the end of the half as Evan Castellani dotted down and Wells converted (17-14 BRC).  The second half, however, was all Norfolk as they ran on some impact players.  Norfolk score 3 tries (2 converted) to end up winning 33-17.
All in all it was a good performance by both sides.  Playing up a level, both BRC sides showed they are for real. 
Next matches are at Penn State Saturday March 17.

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