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Cats Run Wild on Trojans
Written by Rotterdam Trojans   
Monday, 16 March 2009 13:41
On Sunday morning, far too early for some, the Trojans began the long drive to Maastricht to face one of their rivals – the Wildcats. Both teams were undefeated going into Sunday’s matchup, the Trojans winning their last two games by at least a touchdown difference, while the Wildcats nearly doubling the net points of any other team while having used a large amount of their backup players in the previous games.

 

The Trojan offense started with the ball, but was held steadily by the fierce Maastricht defense. Despite a lot of effort, the running game which helped win the last two games for the Trojans, was simply not working against the tough Wildcat defense. Unfortunately, the defense was also overwhelmed by the Maastricht offense. Led by quarterback David Drane, the Maastricht offense quickly managed to score touchdowns on both of their first possessions in the 1st quarter. After their first unsuccessful PAT, where the ball sailed wide left of the uprights, Maastricht attempted a 2-point conversion following their second touchdown but were stopped by the Trojan defense. ending the quarter 12-0 in favor of the Wildcats.

The 2nd quarter was equally disappointing for Trojan fans, as both the offense and defense struggled against Maastricht. The Trojan offense had trouble to get a drive going, while the Wildcat offense scored two more touchdowns and converted both for two points. The half finished with a 28 point deficit.

Although some might have trouble believing it, the second half went far better for the Trojans compared to the first. While not scoring any points, the Trojan offense was able to pick up a few first downs and keep the ball longer. The Trojan defense also improved, as they only allowed a single Wildcat touchdown in each of the 3rd and 4th quarter, and only allowing them to convert once. The Wildcats won the game, with a final score of 42-0.

A lot could be said about the game, yet Wide Receiver coach Corne Heijnen’s words seemed more accurate than ever “You should enjoy this game, its not everyday that you get a ‘free game’. This is one they have to win, while we don’t”. In the end, the Trojans can be proud of their effort as nowhere in the 48 minutes did they give up. It should also be noted that while Maastricht allowed themselves to use a great deal of backup players in previous games, the Trojans forced them to keep most of their starters on the field. The game also reminded the Trojans that they can still improve and hopefully it will serve as an incentive to progress in the future – both personally and as a team.   

Q1: 6/0, 6/0 –         12-00
Q2: 6/2, 6/2  –        28-00
Q3: 6/2 –                 36-00
Q4: 6/2 –  Final:     42-00