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Rotterdam Trojans give Amsterdam Crusaders 1st defeat with last second TD

By Walker Dycus

Last weekend the Rotterdam Trojans spoiled the Dutch Remembrance Day for the host Amsterdam Crusaders, handing them a surprising 23-21 loss in a game decided on the final play of the scrimmage.

On this special day, tensions were running high as both teams looked forward to a rematch of the previous meeting between the two, which saw the two teams Crusaders won handily 46-0. However, neither team was fully prepared for the wet, rainy conditions and also for the dramatic conclusion to this memorable match.

Early in the first quarter, after both teams exchanged kicks, the Crusaders went on the attack. Quarterback Jasper Nijland connected with wide receiver Davey Noor for the first touchdown of the game to make it 7-0. Late in the 1st quarter, Trojan horses Linebacker Colby Campbell forced a fumble and gave the Trojan horses attack excellent field position. Quarterback Walker Dycus found wide receiver James Crider to tie the game at 7-7 heading into the second quarter.

Photo: Sandra Ruhe

In the second quarter, both teams faced adversity as the rain and wind picked up and turned the game into a defensive battle. A failed kick attempt and penalty from the Trojan horses enabled Amsterdam to find the scoreboard again with another touchdown pass from Nijland, this time to Jordi Anrochte. The Crusaders missed their PAT attempt and went into halftime with a 13-7 lead.

In the third quarter the Trojan horses came out on the attack and quickly scored on a touchdown pass from Walker Dycus to Arthur De Boachie Rotterdam top, 14-13. The defensive battle continued for both teams until the game was paused for a pre-game moment of silence late in the third quarter Remembrance Day holidays. After the short break the Trojan horses marched down the field and capped the drive with a 32-yard field goal off the toe of Björn Nunnikhoven, extending the lead to 17-13 heading into the final quarter.

The Crusaders opened the fourth period by driving downfield Rotterdam just one yard line to be stopped on fourth and goal by a fierce Trojan horses defense led by linebacker Colby Campbell. however, the Amsterdam defense responded by the Trojan horses foul in the end zone to score a safety, closing the gap to 17-15.

After the subsequent kick-off of the Trojan horsesthe Amsterdam offense, starting from the 45 yard line drove to the one yard line and running back Sidney Kunst ran into the end zone to convert Crusaders lead 21-17.

Photo: Sandra Ruhe

After both defenses exchanged stops and the clock expired, the Trojan horses were able to make one last offensive drive. With less than two minutes to go, Rotterdam marched from their own 34-yard line and advanced into plus territory, putting the ball on the Crusaders 46 meters line. The Amsterdam however, the defense stood up and the Trojan horses offense, faced with a fourth down, had just enough time to get one more shot into the end zone. On the final play of the game, quarterback Walker Dycus threw the ball up and found a streaking Arthur De Boachie in the end zone behind the ball. Crusaders defense for a 46-yard touchdown to give Rotterdam a dramatic 23-21 victory.

Both teams fought hard until the end of the match and we look forward to a possible rematch between these two teams in the near future. Both teams are now at 5-1, with the Amsterdam Crusaders remain in the number 1 position in the BNL football competition rankings.