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Seattle made them work for it, but the Glendale Raptors improved to 2-0 Saturday with a 19-15 defeat of the Seawolves at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash. The win makes the Raptors the only 2-0 team in the league.
Glendale drew some bad luck early when fullback Maximo de Achaval was sent off for making dangerous contact with a player in the air. He had hoisted an up-and-under and was chasing, and Seattle’s Phil Mack leapt to contest, with de Aachaval making incidental contact.
Despite the man disadvantage, it was the Raptors who struck first in the ninth minute via a Will Magie penalty. Massive prop Luke White made a barge through the Seawolves defensive live, putting Seattle on the back foot leading up to the infraction.
Glendale notched a second penalty in the 25th minute, this one coming from much further distance. Again it was Magie slotting the three points, putting the Raptors up 6-0.
The first try of the game came in the 36th minute. Hooker-turned-flanker Zach Fenoglio had the ball on the wing, laid a grubber, and Seattle fullback Mat Turner missed when trying to slide down on the ball, allowing Fenoglio to hop on it for the try. Magie couldn’t convert, making it 11-0 to Glendale.
Just before the half, Seattle got on the board via a Brock Staller penalty, cutting the deficit to eight going into intermission.
Glendale wrestled back the momentum with the opening try of the second stanza, coming eight minutes in. Off an attacking lineout, Shaun Davies sniped through the Seattle line with a dummy, putting the Raptors on the front foot. A couple of phases later, an overload on the weakside was esploited when Peter Dahl shifted a flat pass to Harley Davidson on the wing for the score. Unconverted, it put Glendale up 16-3.
The Seawolves finally ot their first try minutes later on their first trip into the attacking 22 of the half. Glendale was penalized in a scrum, and Mack tapped quickly and darted for the try line, coming up inches short. Vili Toluta’u slammed it over shortly thereafter, and Will Holder slotted the conversion, pulling the home team to within a single score at 16-10.
The Raptors had a chance to answer right back off the ensuing kickoff, with a mishandle and offside giving Magie a shot at posts, but his kick was missed, keeping Seattle one play from catching up.
Seattle spent plenty of time in the attacking end over the next 10 minutes, but the Seawolves couldn’t generate any points. In the 71st minute, Magie converted on his next shot at goal after the Seawolf pack was pinged for standing up in a midfield scrum. The successful kick put the Raptors up nine with just over eight to play.
With just over a minute to play, Glendale was penalized in its own end. Holder kicked to the corner, and the Seawolves put in a driving maul. Glendale brought it down illegally, giving Seattle another shot. With time expired, a bonus point was all there was to play for, and a penalty kick would have done it, but the Seawolves went for a try and opted for a scrum.
The decision was rewarded, as reserve center George Barton slammed into one defender and pirouetted his way into pay dirt. Staller missed the inconsequential kick.
Tries: Fenoglio, Davidson
Pens: Magie (3)
Tries: Toluta'u, Barton