Easterns 2010 wasted no time in getting competitive and interesting. In the first round two of the heavyweights from the Atlantic Coast region squared off in an excellent game.
Georgia was coming in off a disappointing finish at College Terminus and Virginia was coming into Easterns with a similarly bitter taste in its collective mouth after finishing poorly at the Wilmington 8s. Both teams were ready to start off on a new foot and it showed in the play as the game, which ended in a capped, double game point style in Virginia’s favor, 10-9.
The game started on a different note, as it was all Georgia for the first two points. Georgia’s Andrew Mistretta got a block and caught the score to earn bookends and to start the game off with a break for the Dawgs. After Mistretta’s play led to a 1-0 lead for the Dawgs a UVA drop gave Jojah another opportunity and Peter Dempsey quickly took advantage, finding Matt Bailey in the endzone with a loopy OI flick to extend the lead to 2-0.
However, UVA wasn’t about to just let Georgia run away with the victory. On the next point Night Train captain Matt King sent a hammer into the endzone for a score, 2-1. The next point became indicative of the rest of the game, as both teams struggled on offense. Wind was an enormous factor and both teams had problems catching the disc. After the marathon point Conger caught the disc over a laying out Dempsey to tie the game up at 2 apiece.
While this appeared to be a pivotal moment in the game, Conger told us afterwards that UVA felt little pressure during the point because of the way the game had gone so far.
“If it didn’t happen then, it would’ve eventually happened,” Conger said. “The wind was creating turnovers and Georgia’s not perfect.”
Both teams showed their imperfections throughout the game as turnovers abounded. That being said, neither team managed an upwind score until UVA broke to take half with a score of 7 to 5.
Coming out of half Georgia managed to tie the game up at 7-7 thanks to a full field huck from Dempsey to Brian Walter. Night Train answered in kind with an offensive point for a score and a then a break thanks to a Conger huck to take a 9-7 lead.
UGA once again refused to go away, as Rob Herrig found Caleb Edwards for a score from 10 yards out on the next point to close the gap to 9-8 in UVA’s favor. On the next point Jojah forced the turn and then found Dempsey skying for a huck and then throwing the score to tie things up and send the game to double game point, tied at 9-9.
The hardcap was on and UVA went on the offensive early in the possession, hucking the disc downfield. The wind picked up and took the disc with and while it was floating a crowd formed beneath it, a Jojah player got up above the group and managed to swat the disc away. Unknowingly though, he had “mac”ed the disc into the waiting arms of a Night Train player who quickly threw the score for the Night Train victory, 10-9.
Needless to say, Jojah was a little upset by the outcome of the game.
“That’s another team in our Region that’s beaten us,” Dempsey said. “That’s another team that’s going to be trying to take a spot from us in about a month and half. I don’t know how many teams from our Region we’re going to have to lose to before realize we’ve got a lot of fucking work to do.”