It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Bethesda, where PERC took on the Pittsburgh Harlequins in their third league match of the season. The match began with strong play by PERC on both sides of the ball. Chris Saint kept the offense moving with quick passing, while Matt Quigley tested Pittsburgh’s back three with a great display of tactical kicking. On the defensive side of the ball John Davis and Ed Sharkey consistently stalled Pittsburgh’s attack with solid midfield tackling. Featuring the return of Big Garvis, the pack had great showing in the scrums.
First blood was drawn Pittsburgh. After some strong defensive phases by PERC, Pittsburgh was able to use their size to power through the line. Following the score PERC and Pittsburgh both showed effective offensive prowess with running their forwards effectively and getting the ball through the hands of the backs. It was Pittsburgh again though who crossed the try line after they capitalized on sustained possession in the offensive zone. Being down by two scores, PERC showed resilience and the next try was theirs. Showing his speed on the outside, Jonelle took the ball to the house beating two defenders. Unfortunately, the Sir saw the play differently and called Jonelle’s placement of the try held up by Pittsburgh. After a high tackle minutes later, Blaser took the ball in off a quick tap at the mark and punched it in. PERC trailed 12-7 at the half.
A few minutes into the second half, it was PERC again with the score. With clean ball secured in the ruck, Saint delivered the pass to Will at ten, who dummied his defender and show his tremendous speed by taking the ball in from forty meters out. PERC now lead 14-12. Minutes later PERC was again on the sheet. With great defensive pressure Kenny was able to block a Pittsburgh clearing kick, and by summoning his inner youth soccer self, dribbled the ball into the try zone and dotted it down. PERC 21 Pittsburgh 12. To round out the scoring for PERC was Quigley with a penalty kick after some excellent offensive phases by both the pack and the backs. The score now laid in PERC’s favor 24-12. The cards were not in PERC’s favor though as Pittsburgh came marching back in the final 15 minutes, scoring three consecutive tries and making all of their conversions. Final score Pittsburgh 33 PERC 24.