Baton Rouge Match Report - 3-19-11
Written by Ian McNulty   

Baton Rouge Match Report - 3/19/11

NORFC 62 - Baton Rouge 8

The NORFC hosted Baton Rouge today in Gretna with the home team seeking to keep its undefeated record in the Deep South intact and the visitor eager to avenge a defeat earlier in the season and strengthen their playoff campaign. 
Andrew Quackenbos started the scoring with a good penalty kick minutes into the game, and Ross "Screech" Bellaci soon scored the first try after an offload from Jeff Reuther near the Baton Rouge try line. 

Before long Joel McLain added the another try off a long run by #8 Paul Bode, bringing things to 8-0. 
Baton Rouge made good on its own first penalty kick opportunity, getting on the board with a score of 13-3. Quackenbos then had a chance to return the favor with a good penalty kick to raise New Orleans to 16-3. 
New Orleans struck again as Bellaci made a half-break passing to Reuther who angled toward the corner and completed an over-the-shoulder switch to supporting Ricky DeCastro for the try. A Quackenbos conversion put the home team up 23-3.
If anyone on the New Orleans side line thought the game was under control, however, the visiting team shortly proved they were not about to roll over.  Stealing the ball after a tackle behind the New Orleans 22-meter line, the Baton Rouge fullback dove through defenders to score and tighten the tally to 23-8. 
The half ended at 23-8 with both teams confident the game could be theirs. 
The second half, however, belonged to New Orleans. The home team poured on the points, repelled some determined attacks and ran away with the game. 
From a scrum, Paul Bode launched into a monster run, dispensing stiff arms on his way into the try zone.  A good conversion made it 30-8. 
Back down in Baton Rouge territory again, McLain bulled the ball up behind the 5-meter line and pitched it to Jarrett Falcon for a try under the posts. A conversion and another penalty kick minutes later brought the score to 40-8. From a run by  Ryan Fitzgerald, Screech found the ball again and tore up an 
angle to score. 
 Matt "Matty Ice," "the most Uptonius" Upton  made a timely transformation from prop to wing, running over an overmatched defender for a try at the sideline that set up a 50-8 score, and another try minutes later upped the ante to 55-8. 
As the game was winding down, Bode capitalized on another break, offloading to Reuther who made the try, while a Falcon conversion brought the final score to 62-8. 
Meanwhile, the D3 squad won by forfeit after Panama City informed the team earlier in the week that it had insufficient numbers to travel. 
Baton Rouge provided a second side for a B side match, however, and this proved a great mix of veterans and new blood, including the local debut of several new players. The match ended with New Orleans rallying back from a 12-point deficit to win 24-12. 
With the D2 team at 6-0 and the D3 team at 5-1, both squads are preparing for a big upcoming weekend. D2 hosts Mobile for the last regular season match before playoffs, and the chance to sweep the Deep South once more. D3 hosts Okaloosa, the team that handed the New Orleans Green Side its one loss thus far in its inaugural season. 
It promises to be a great day of important games in Gretna. Make sure you're in that number. 
Ian McNulty
Writer & Editor
Author of "Louisiana Rambles"

Final Score - New Orleans 62 - Baton Rouge 8

New Orleans RFC
1) Matt Upton; 2) Wes Eustis; 3) Sean Malek; 4) Ben Benvenutti; 5) Chris Beacher; 6) Rob Hoffman; 7) Ryan Fitzgerald; 8) Paul Bode; 9) Joel Mclain (c); 10) Jeff Reuther; 11) David Buckingham; 12) Eric Mackintosh; 13) Ross Bellaci; 14) Andrew Quackenbos; 15) David Buckingham; 16) Mason Briant 17) Tony Breaux; 18) Matt Lytle; 19) David Sage; 20) Jarrett Falcon; 21) Chase Donaldson; 22) Todd Fitzgerald; 23) Nick Raziano

Tries: Bellaci (2), Mclain (2), Decastro, Bode, Falcon, Upton, Reuther 

Cons: Quackenbos (3 for 6), Falcon (1 for 3) 

Penalties: Quackenbos (3 for 3)
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