Krewe B Match Report (D3) - 4-16-11
Written by Jonathan Giepert   

Krewe B Match Report - 4/16/11

NORFC D3 Green 22 - 12 Krewe B

The New Orleans "Greens" inaugural season is not over yet. In what was without a doubt the biggest win of their short history, New Orleans prevailed over Tampa Krewe B 22 - 12 on Saturday at Pan American Stadium.
The first half started slow with both teams feeling the opposition out, and after some impressive ball retention by New Orleans' pack in multiple phases, flyhalf Will Traylor set up Mauricioooooooooooooo Urruitia with a great ball, and let him do the rest. A great sidestep by Urruitia saw him through an open gap in the Tampa backline and the first points of the day, and a conversion by Ahlemeyer put the home team up 7-0. The rest of the half saw some impressive defense from both sides, and although New Orleans had a couple of chances, the score at the half would remain 7-0.
The second half began with a bang, as it took just 90 seconds for newcomer Pat Kennedy to make his presence known. After deflecting a kick by the Tampa center, Kennedy took the blocked kicked untouched for 50 meters for a try under the posts, and with another conversion by Ahlemeyer, New Orleans took a 14-0 lead. Krewe refused to fold, but New Orleans' defense beat back attack after attack. Eventually Tampa was able to break through and get a try from big center Shane Stewart on a quick tap penalty.  Krewe added the conversion to tighten the game to 14-7. Right after the kickoff, Tampa again went on the attack, looking to possibly tie the match up, but the New Orleans defense, which averaged 9 points against all season, again held strong. With time winding down, New Orleans was able to gather back possession, and after some great ball handling from the backs, fullback David Buckingham found a gap and streaked down the sideline to put away one last try. An impressive 40m penalty kick in some very windy conditions a minute later from Ahlemeyer would be all the points New Orleans needed, and despite a late try from Tampa, it was too little, too late as the final whistle blew with the scoreboard reading New Orleans 22 - Tampa Krewe 12.
The magical run continues for this team in Tampa at the USARS Finals, where they will face off against Columbus-Ft. Benning. A win against Columbus will put the D3 team in the South championship game against the winner of Gainesville and Ft. Bragg, and will also secure a bid to the National Sweet 16 tournament. 

Halftime Score - New Orleans D3 Green 7 - 0 Tampa Krewe D3

Final Score - New Orleans D3 Green 22 - 12 Tampa Krewe D3

New Orleans Green
1) Gary Giepert; 2) Tony Breaux; 3) Mason Briant; 4) David Sage; 5) Jim Hotard; 6) Corey Lesassier; 7) Timur Alptunaer; 8) Will Barrett; 9) Casey Mackintosh; 10) Will Traylor (c); 11) Jeff Ahlemeyer; 12) Mauricio Urrutia; 13) Patrick Kennedy; 14) Nick Raziano; 15) David Buckingham; 16) Mike Gibbs; 17) Dmitry Pritykin; 18) Alec O'Brien; 19) Ryan Lowe; 20) Jeremy Boyce; 21) Mike Freeman; 22) Blake Hosli; 23) Jonathan Giepert

Tries (3): Urrutia, Kennedy, Buckingham

Cons: Ahlemeyer (2 for 3)

Ahlemeyer (1 for 2)

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