Severn River Men resumed their Mid Atlantic Conference schedule this past Saturday, traveling to play against undefeated division leaders, North Bay. It was a disappointing day for the squad from Annapolis, falling 26-7 to the 1st place team. North Bay’s defense displayed a bent but not broken attitude all day long, as Severn River had the lions share of possession in the first half inside North Bay’s 22 meter line, but did not come away with any points. For North Bay's side of the score board, they put two converted tries together in the first half and went into the interval up, 14-0. Severn was able to keep North Bay’s backline subdued for most of the game via some tough tackling by centers Phil Denton and Karl Teague, but had trouble containing the hard running of the North Bay pack. Lock Dave Faimanifo and Number 8 James Wadey were responsible for 3 of 4 North Bay tries Saturday. In a game packed with big hits throughout, inevitably there were some injuries, the majority of which were on Severn’s side of the ball. Both captain Mike Blimmel and openside flanker Bear Carter were subbed off in the second half due to injury. There were a few bright spots in the second half for Severn. Veteran Fly-half Erik “Punchy” Dronberger kept North Bay on the back foot with several deep probing kicks, one of which ended in a bit of excellent open play on the recovery from several Severn players, resulting in their lone try on the day. Additionally, 19-year old Cullen Bilger made his first conference start at Scrum-half and looked the part, organizing and marshalling the forwards in attack all day long with the aplomb of a much more seasoned player. Severn hopes to get back to winning ways in their last conference match of the season against Washington Irish at home, this Saturday at 1pm.
Tries: C. Gotimer (1-4) Conversions: E. Dronberger (1 of 1)