By Christopher Baker October 26th, 2014: In the last week of the fall season the Fort Wayne Black and Blue took on rival White River in a game that was played well by both sides. White River made the short drive to Fort Wayne for the second meeting of the year for the teams. The first game ended in a one sided victory for the team from Indy, but in things ended differently this time in Fort Wayne.
White River traveled in force, bringing about twenty players to the fortress that is known as McMillen park. Fort Wayne Has not lost a home game during the fall season, 3-0.
Fort Wayne was 2-3 going into the game while White River was 4-1, and both teams were looking for a much needed win. Fort Waynes roster included: Jim Burns, Matt Brown, Kevin Hastings, Jeremy Dunfee, Brian Haber, Taylor Serres, Ben Fuchs, Jeff Salamone, Matt Mangan, Chris Ballard, Josh Boyanoski, Wes Steele, Nathan Strack, Shane Trigg, Felipe Martinez, Andrew Stephenson, Bryan Werling, Ryan Day, Ben Browden, Daniel Duffy, Ryan Day and Sam Hatlem.
The Black and Blue came out flat which lead to a kickoff try for White River and then another for River after about 10 minutes of play. Fort Wayne knew going into the game that White River would come to attack and that many storms needed to weathered in order to come out with a win. The Black and Blue weathered the first onslaught of a fast and the attacking style of White River and scored three tries of their own in the first half of the game. The game was 15-10 at halftime.
The second half began and Fort Wayne was looking to play a move the ball with it’s forwards. The second half was very contested and neither side wanted to give the opposition to move the ball. The last twenty minutes were filled with lots of offence for both teams and great team work from the Black and Blue to go up two tries with only minutes left.
The last minutes of the game saw White River take the the lead with about five minutes left in the game. Fort Wayne recovered its own kick off and pushed the ball down the field but could not push the ball over the try line. A late penalty was awarded and Fort Wayne had one chance to win the game with a scrum at the five meter line. A huge push and a little wheel was all that was needed for Ben Fuchs to score the game winning try at the end of regulation. The final score was 37-34 Fort Wayne .Try scorers for Fort Wayne included: James Sendo with two, Josh Boyanoski, Matt Mangan, Jeremy Dunfee, Ben Bowden, and Ben Fuchs.
With the fall season at an end and the Black and Blue 3-3, the winter ahead means work. We have to work to get better and people are stepping up to provide us with opportunities for just that. We can win two games in the spring; Michiana has to travel to Fort Wayne, we haven’t lost a home game all fall, and we can steal one from the Westside Outcasts. We have a great bunch of guys and we need to enjoy some time off, but we also need to be focused getting better; don’t do nothing during the time off. Fort Wayne should be proud of it’s ruggers, I am proud of what we have done this year and I look forward to two wins in the spring!
Bleed Black and Blue