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Crusaders destroy Hurricanes
Written by Amsterdam Crusaders   
Tuesday, 17 March 2009 11:48

Despite Spring still not showing up, once again it was warm and atmospheric at Sportpark Sloten in Amsterdam. The national champions took on the Hilversum Hurricanes in their third match of the 2009 AFBN regular season.

The Amsterdam offense was determined to deliver a solid performance after a disappointing showing the week before. They did not disappoint, immediately showing what they were capable of as QB Claudio Bartolozzi found Tight End Marcus Muler for and 18 yard completion. A Marciani Heinze rush brought the ball closer to the endzone, and 2 plays later American RB Rishawd Watson juked and spun his way through the Hilversum defense for touchdown. Ronald Hein added the PAT: Amsterdam 7 Hilversum 0.

Rookie RB Miquel Castelen: 2 rush TDs

The following 29 minutes can best be described as a masterclass from the Crusaders. The Amsterdam Defense, led by Linebackers Akwasi Mensah and Kevin Bourne, and Defensive Back Stef Hupsel were hardly giving an inch and the offense appeared to be reborn. The Cru eased their way through the Canes defense both through the air and on the ground, resulting in an astounding 40-0 lead at half-time.

QB Claudio Bartolozzi: 4TD passes

Despite substitutions being made, no mercy was shown by the Cru defense in the second half either as they continued to return the ball to their offense in good field position. The five youth graduates in their rookie seasons and another three players entirely new to the game did themselves proud as not only did they build up precious experience but also helped Amsterdam on the way to another 22 unanswered points.

Kevin Bourne sacks Canes QB Maurice Tielen

With the scoreline running out of control and tensions high, the officials decided to shorten the 4th quarter by four minutes. When the dust finally settled the final score was 62 – 0 - a resounding victory for the reigning Dutch champions.

With a defense which has not conceded a single point in three games and an offense which with 454 total yards seems to finally have found its rhythm, Amsterdam will look to storm into the playoffs once again this season.

Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter:

Rishawd Watson rush; 6-0 PAT Ronald Hein 7-0
Marciani Heinze rush; 13-0 PAT Ronald Hein 14-0
Miquel Castelen rush; 20-0 PAT No good (Ronald Hein wide right)

2nd Quarter:

Miquel Castelen rush; 26-0 PAT Ronald Hein 27-0
Demspey Tamara rush; 33-0 PAT Ronald Hein 34-0
Etienne Lof pass from Claudio Bartolozzi; 40-0 PAT No good (Ronald Hein, blocked)

3rd Quarter:

Renze Burgers pass from Claudio Bartolozzi; 46-0 2PAT Renze Burgers 48-0
Mark Sier pass from Claudio Bartolozzi; 54-0 PAT Ronald Hein 55-0


4th Quarter:

Revelinho Graanoogst pass from Claudio Bartolozzi; 61-0 PAT Ronald Hein 62-0

(Photos courtesy Bob Calonne)