Baton Rouge Match Report - 3-6-10
Written by Ian McNulty   

Baton Rouge Match Report - 3/6/10

NORFC 57 - Baton Rouge 14

New Orleans hosted upriver rivals Baton Rouge at the Gretna pitch on March 6 for what both teams knew would be a hard-fought rematch. New Orleans had traveled to Baton Rouge for the first game of its 2010 matrix season and came away with the victory that day. Now four games into the season, both teams were hungry for the win on their second meeting.
"Baton Rouge is always a very tough opponent and we have a great deal of respect for them," says New Orleans head coach Jerry Malina. "I think our team showed great focus and intensity today and we were able to capitalize on some opportunities that made a big difference."
New Orleans prop Jimmy Rehkopf set the tone early, scoring a try on the first possession after a solid series of phases inside the Baton Rouge red zone. Within a few minutes center Jeff Reuther stripped the ball from Baton Rouge in contact, completed an offload and then was in position to get the ball back and run in another try. A penalty call against Baton Rouge soon set up fullback Andrew Quackenbos to add three to the tally.
Back in Baton Rouge territory again, the ball was given the hot potato treatment between New Orleans forwards and backs before it found its way to prop Matt Upton, who completed a 30-meter run to score in the corner. Quackenbos' second conversion of the day then put the score at 22-0, but Baton Rouge was soon to bring its own offensive strength to bear.
A great break by Baton Rouge center Stephen Andrus set up fullback Danny Rosenquist for the visiting team's first try, which Rosenquist also converted. New Orleans made good on another penalty kick opportunity, and later landed a long kick down by the Baton Rouge goal line. Four New Orleans players were shortly on the scene chasing it down and wing David Buckingham snatched up a bad pass by Baton Rouge and put in the try. Quackenbos converted, raising the New Orleans lead to 32-7. Then, with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Baton Rouge mounted a furious effort near the New Orleans goal line and second row Stefan Miron made the try, which Rosenquist converted, leaving the halftime score at 32-14.
Despite resilient effort by Baton Rouge on both sides of the ball, a number of dramatic plays came together in the second half to extend the New Orleans lead and leave the home team in command. The game resumed with a great chase by scrumhalf Joel McLain down the touchline, setting up a five-meter scrum under the Baton Rouge goal posts. The ball went to Reuther, who completed a scissors pass to fellow center Eric Mackintosh and sent him on his way to score.
Coming in as a fresh reserve at center, Casey Mackintosh soon made his own monster run down the touchline, setting up an exchange through the hands of the backs that delivered the ball to Upton across the pitch for the try. Reuther then made his own big break at mid-field that forced another five-meter scrum. The Baton Rouge forwards retained the ball in the scrum but it came free in the try zone on a bad pass and McLain pounced on it to score the try for New Orleans while the packs were still locked together. Quackenbos soon put up another penalty kick, bringing the score to 50-14.
Baton Rouge was later able to keep the ball in the New Orleans half for extended play. But several threatening runs were halted by knocks and New Orleans would have the last word in the game. Back behind the Baton Rouge 22-meter line, Upton charged in for his third try of the day. Quackenbos added one more conversion -- bringing his stats to four of eight conversion attempts and three of three penalty kicks -- and closed the game out at 57-14.
In B-side action, mixed teams of old boys, veterans and new players slugged it out for an intense game that Baton Rouge carried 13-5.
New Orleans (3-1) next travels to Mobile to face Battleship on March 13.

Final Score - New Orleans 57 - Baton Rouge 14

New Orleans RFC

1) Matt Upton (c); 2) Adam Massey; 3) Jimmy Rehkopf; 4) Jimbo Hotard; 5) Jerry Zifodya; 6) Rob Hoffman; 7) Kevin Kern; 8) Jarrett Falcon; 9) Joel Mclain; 10) Ricky DeCastro; 11) David Buckingham; 12) Eric Mackintosh; 13) Jeff Reuther; 14) Casey Mackintosh; 15) Andrew Quackenbos; 16) Jimmy Courtenay; 17) Tony Breaux; 18) Jason Rich; 19) Chris Beacher; 20) Todd Fitzgerald; 21) Ryan Andree; 22)
Brad Guarisco; 23) Joe Palermo

Tries: Rehkopf, Upton (3), Reuther, Buckingham, E. Mackintosh, Mclain

Cons: Quackenbos (4 for 8)

Pen: Quackenbos (3 for 3)

Baton Rouge RFC
1) Derrick Jones; 2) Jason Mapp; 3) Jacob Verret; 4) Randy Broussard; 5) Hunter Guidry; 6) Bretton Somers; 7)
Joris van der Ham; 8) Joshua Ott; 9) Wells Carville; 10) Blake Arbour (c); 11) David Solberg; 12) Joseph Bruno; 13) Stephen Andrus; 14) Brandon Leon; 15) Danny Rosenquist; 16) Sid Dobson; 17) Sam Frake; 18) Stefan Miron; 19) Morgan Landry; 20) Hank Hughes; 21) Grant Middleton;

Tries: Rosenquist, Miron

Cons: Rosenquist (2 for 2)

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