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The top three clubs in the DI Mid-Atlantic improved their records over the weekend. With Pittsburgh on a bye, Rocky Gorge, Schuylkill River, and Norfolk won their games by impressive margins. Rocky Gorge almost hit the century mark crushing Wilmington, 89-12, Schuylkill River cruised to a 31-8 win over the Potomac Exiles, and the Norfolk Blues blanked Baltimore-Chesapeake, 41-0.
Rocky Gorge dominated the ball and scored 13 tries in its 89-12 rout over its old rival, Wilmington. The DII Champion didn’t have a chance against the physicality, speed, and offloading ability of Gorge. Rocky Gorge improved their record to 4-0 and leads the nation in scoring with 244 total points.
Eightman Josh Brown found the endzone four times and Ethan Reese and Tony Ayigah each scored a pair. Also getting in on try parade was Matias Cima, John Capobianco, Nick Kuhl, Nick DiMichele, and Mike Tillman. Wilmington’s opportune center Matt Weik scored two intercept tries for his squad’s points.
“We held the ball most of the game,” Gorge head coach Nick DiMichele said. “We won most of their set piece and just starved Wilmington possession.”
On the other side, Wilmington head coach Bob Weir reacted to the game saying, “I saw a very good Rocky Gorge team that punished us on every one of our mistakes. Wilmington is really inexperienced, but has been improving every single week.”
With its second win in a row, Schuylkill River is hitting its stride. In the battle of the Exiles in Philadelphia, Pa., Schuylkill beat Potomac, 31-8. The center combination of Bruce Dolan and Gareth Jones scored three tries and former Media flanker Ryan McHugh played an excellent game with great decision-making, tough defense, and a score. Wing Bradley Volm had the game’s opening score and flyhalf Matt Chiaramonte converted three of the five tries.
Even though a constant drizzle made handling a challenge and the forwards struggled in the set piece, Schuylkill head coach Bill Jalbert is encouraged on how the team is progressing. “Team defense was solid and when we were patient in attack, we were effective. Great work again from centers, Gareth Jones and Bruce Dolan, as they found the gaps and opened up space for the support. Man of the Match Ben Janssen was outstanding on attack and defense.”
After a bye week to contemplate their loss to Pittsburgh two weeks ago, the Norfolk Blues exacted their frustration on Baltimore-Chesapeake to the tune of a 41-0 shutout. According head coach Chris Porter, “ Norfolk played really well. Forwards led the way by dominating scrums and open play. They set up the backs to take advantage of the space and gaps. The team stuck to its pattern of play and created scoring opportunities. The defense was aggressive and put pressure on BC's attack.”
David Paradiso (2), Tavaris Tucker, Nick Sandoval, Jake Humphrey, Douglas Eby, and Kevin Mott each scored in the shutout with Humphrey adding three conversions. BC dealt with discipline issues all game, including a red card at the end of the first half.
This Saturday, Rocky Gorge ventures to the city to play Baltimore-Chesapeake, Wilmington invites Norfolk to Delaware, and Pittsburgh travels south to the Potomac Exiles.