Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton played one of the Men´s Division 2 semifinals on Saturday, April 5th. Final score was 20 to 17.
The following commentary of the game was written by Mike Resta.
Posted on 4/8/2014 5:17:43 PM
me put it to you like this, if you had a chance to view this game and
decided not to for whatever reason....man did you blow it. This was the most
exciting game I have seen in a long time, action from whistle to whistle, both
teams fighting hard for their post season life.
in the game Boca seemed to have an edge and a lot of penalties against Fort Lauderdale put Boca in position for an early penalty kock from 40 meters which they made 3-0.
I must admit I was not comfortable, the refereee was a lady, I had seen her many
times before and she is quite good as a ref, but it looked like she might have
had our number as Boca marched down the field penalty after penalty. The fact
is our guys were a little slopy and needed to clean it up a bit which they did.
Our guys settled down and began to really bring it. The pack was winning ball
and Toby made perfect connections all day long to the backs then Nick
Vickers(Who played the game of his life) hit the gap hard and banged his way in
for the first try of the game and the score stayed 5-3 till halftime. The score
would have been 12-3 but a second try(Sean and Alex I think) of ours was
called back when the very blind richard lewis determined "Snap" had
stepped out of bounds 50 yards ago! Wow, that was a rough blow. Our center
Sean seemed unstoppable running over people left and right and no one could
catch him either, the boy IS fast. Not Tim Ford fast but close.
though the score was close for the first half Fort Lauderdale appeared to be in control
most of the time with Boca reacting back on their heels. The second half was
different Boca was in self destruct mode with many guys committing fouls of
every kind and 2 of their big pack guys were flat out cheating, they really
hurt Bocas efforts to win this game. So bad if fact both of them
ended up in the sin bin a couple of times and the penalties added up. Late in
the game the score was 17-3 thanks to 3 penalties and a drop kick all from
"Boot". So with 5 minutes left I was feeling ok, just ok not good because
Boca will come back if you give them one sliver of daylight and our boys did
just that. Boca decided to stop cheating and start playing solid ball and
marched down the field and got a well deserved try and conversion.
Now we are
only up 7 points and I am very nervous because Boca is on the move and our guys
are jaw jacking with the ref! Here comes the kick off with 3 min left and we
fumble it around a bit Boca steals our ball and marches down the field with
penalty after penalty against Fort Lauderdale and from what I could see most of them
earned. Boca found another gear and we took our foot off the gas, simple as
that. Next thing you know there is a furious battle at our try line for at
least a minute and then the dreaded whistle, another try. F**k ME the game is tied
with about one minute to go.
How many times have we been down this road with
Boca before? Post game pictures would show the last Boca try was no try at all
which is what 2 of our guys were in the refs face about, one was thrown out of
the game and one sin binned.
So with one minute left we are down 2 men and
receive the kickoff. Once again Sean gets the ball and runs over 3 of Bocas
best and stumbles toward the fullback who barely manages to hold him up but he
off loads the ball to someone Boca almost steals it but it ends up in fullback
Adam Kennedys hands and from 45 yards out he does a drop kick which goes down
the middle for a walkoff drop kick win, no time left on the clock.
what a game. Both teams should be proud of the high level play they
demonstrated in a real test of wills. great stuff and sorry you missed it, you
missed a good one.
not believe any BS about the ref somehow changed the game, she was as good as
any ref out there today and better than most. She had control over a bunch
trying there best to get away with everything and anything. I could never do
what she did, never.
we have Miami, this game will be played in Clermont on a neutral field. I will
forward those details to you soon.
Picture by Sheri Rogg Galante.