October 12, 2019
PERC 28, Norfolk 27
The Potomac Exiles travelled down 95 for our second encounter with the Norfolk Blues this fall season. Norfolk was in high spirits at our 3 o’clock kickoff, their D3 side had just mounted a comeback to defeat Hampton Rugby to the cheers of all their families and friends. Emotions ran high at kickoff.
Norfolk’s D1 side carried this momentum, gaining quick possession and drawing first blood with a try just two minutes into the match, missing the conversion kick. Seven minutes later, Nate Tadesse left the pitch with an injury, replaced by Dom Tommarello. Just a minute later, Brendan Porter was given an early yellow for side-entry into a ruck. The bad news would continue to mount as Norfolk scored another try after a few compounded mistakes by the Exiles.
Guy Lopresti, 8 man and team captain, brought us right back down the field and slammed one down over the chalk for the Exiles’ first try of the match, Kenny Rothman kicking the conversion straight after.
Norfolk would have the last word of the half, putting over one more try and missing their third conversion to go up 15-7. The Potomac exiles made some impact substitutions at the half and brought in Ballah, Juice and Big Dom.
A few phases into the 2nd half, Corey “Krobar” Krobath blasted his way downfield, smashing three defenders in the open field. Guy wasted no time capitalizing on this, putting another one over just two minutes into the second half, showing some intensity and shift the momentum in the Exiles favor. Kenny split the posts down the middle to convert the try. Guy would strike again to complete his hat-trick just 12 minutes later with Kenny nailing the kick once more, Exiles up 21-15.
Brendan and Guy put in a physical shift, but it was time for the Mike Minchik and Mike Adadevoh to help close out the contest.
As the Exiles attacked in Norfolk’s 22, Kenny heard the Ref call for penalty advantage, and chipped a clever kick toward green pasture on the right sideline, Jacob Powers ascended and claimed the ball at the apex of his leap, running over to dive for what is being called the try of the fall season, Exiles up 28-15.
In the last ten minutes, Norfolk put forth a valiant effort to score two tries and bring the point differential to one. The Exiles defended with desperation and heart, at the 80th minute, Grayson would spoil their efforts with a forced knock-on the Blues’ fly-half inside the Exiles 22 to bring the match to an epic conclusion, 27-28 Exiles!