March 30, 2013. I guess a Mooseman can beat a Tiger… under water. Didn’t know I would need to know that, but it is true. It was proven out last week.
The Tigers hosted MTSU in the middle of a monsoon. There were several puddles on the pitch that could have drowned a man if he were caught on the bottom of a ruck. Where the grass was missing in the middle of the pitch was a mud pit. It was even difficult to kick off the ball because of the water. There was no drop kick, it was a mop kick.
Well enough bitching. MTSU was just bigger than we were. The game was a replay of the way they beat us in Murfreesboro. Big man up the middle… Over and over again.
We had a great game plan that we could not use because execution of a speed game on a day with impossible ball handling was asking a too much. Both teams struggled to keep the ball off the deck. It was just too slick. I saw probably 30 balls fly forward after the tackle just because of the grease ball. Tough to hold soap when you are going down hard.
And… we hit them hard all day. The Tigers got behind early, but never quit smacking the Moosemen around. I know there are several with knots on their heads because I could hear Jamie Perry out there knocking heads with them.
Though we lost the match, we did not give up. We were frustrated with the score, but not with our effort. The boys worked their butts off in this match against the best team in SIRC North. Nothing to be ashamed of here. In a few years, it will be a different story. The future looks bright.
Kudos to James Rodriguez who traveled to Memphis to call the match. He did a remarkable job creating some semblance of a game called “rugby” in Memorial Lake. Thanks James.
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